Want to talk theatre? Age 13 +
The links below are only given free, online whilst social isolation is in place. As well as watching these amazing shows, think about the company's behind them, search them out online, think about seeing their work live when you can get out again. Think about the theatre's where the recordings are being made - visit their web page. Theatre is not always as accessible as we'd like it to be, maybe we can't get to one, or have the money to see a show, so this is an opportunity for us all to see various works. It doesn't take away from how our actors and venues need us to visit them, to keep this amazing creative form alive. In the meantime, here are some pieces to watch.
Six youths head out into a local estate, features beat boxing. Mature themes. https://youtu.be/CL2DIlzz73w
Antigone by Sophocles
Watch free, whilst we're in social isolation. Thank you Actors of Dionysus Age restriction: 12+, as set by the company.
Synopsis of the play
A brother condemned to walk forever in the shadow of death. A family teetering on the brink of catastrophe. A world where one girl dares to take a stand.
This blistering new adaptation by Christopher Adams and directed by Tamsin Shasha sees Sophocles’ tragedy reimagined in a dystopian landscape, where fate is written in code and where drones flock across the skies. Brought to life by innovative theatre company Actors of Dionysus, this production combines bold ideas with passionate and visceral physical theatre.
Running time 75 mins no interval
Antigone has been produced with support from Square Chapel Halifax to whom we are indebted. We are a small charity and do have a donation page set up if anyone is able to make a contribution at a particularly tough time for small charities: https://www.gofundme.com/f/actors-of-dionysus
This was further to an Arts Council GFTA funded Research and Development period supported by Redbridge Drama Centre and Bradfield College.
Love's Labours Lost
(signed for D/deaf people) https://www.youtube.com/user/markdeafinitely
Man to Man By Manfred Karge, translated by Alexandra Wood (a one woman performance)
Age 13+ Contains reference to adult themes and occasional bad language, age recommendations set by the company.
What lengths would you go to to put the next meal on the table? As the Nazis come to power in Germany, a young widow discovers that her only means of survival is to take on her dead husband’s job and with it his identity. Her struggle to maintain this extraordinary deception for over forty years forms the focus of this hauntingly poetic and utterly gripping one-woman tour-de-force.
Available here to watch, during social isolation: (cut and paste in browser)
Wales Millennium Centre production Running Time: 75 mins
AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur
(Recommended for ages 14+, set by the company, occasional use of bad language, themes of the Holocaust/Racism)
Captured live at the Orange Tree Theatre in London, the UK premiere of the play AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur is available to watch online for free for a limited time.
(cut and paste in browser) ://www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/ot-on-screen
About the play
An Israeli violinist. Living in her trendy canal-side Amsterdam apartment. Nine months pregnant. One day a mysterious unpaid gas bill from 1944 arrives. It awakens unsettling feelings of collective identity, foreignness and alienation. Stories of a devastating past are compellingly reconstructed to try and make sense of the present. A strikingly original, audacious thriller by Maya Arad Yasur, a prize-winning Israeli playwright, whose work has been produced worldwide. This is Matthew Xia’s first production as Artistic Director of ATC.
“Amsterdam is timely and hauntingly reminds us that the past exists in the present. In failing to acknowledge our darkest history we risk repeating it.” Lyn Gardner
“Amsterdam is full of rewards... a moving excavation of the tensions surging under the city’s streets.” Time Out
Cast (On Screen) Daniel Abelson, Fiston Barek, Michal Horowicz, Hara Yannas
Trranslation Eran Edry
Direction Matthew Xia
Design Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Movement Jennifer Jackson
Lighting Ciarán Cunningham
Sound Max Pappenheim