PARK THEATRE ANNOUNCES NEW 2013/14 SEASON

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PARK THEATRE ANNOUNCES NEW SEASON

Following the successful launch of the Park Theatre in May, with a critically acclaimed inaugural season, Artistic Director Jez Bond today announces the new season which begins next month at the Finsbury Park venue. Highlights of the season include the world première of Park Theatre’s Writer in Residence Sarah Rutherford’s new play Adult Supervision, which Bond will direct. Other Park Theatre productions are the previously announced pantomime Sleeping Beauty, and a second world première with Stroke of Luck by Larry Belling starring Tim Pigott-Smith.

The season in Park200 opens with Filter Theatre’s Twelfth Night, and will later see the return of Snapdragon Productions with The Dead Wait – their current production of Thark opens this week.

Park90 continues as the hotbed for new and experimental theatre hosting a variety of companies; including the world premiere of The Barrier, a contemporary story of religious and political divide in London, a production of the wonderfully intriguing French comedy Little Black Book directed by Kate Fahy and The Keepers of Infinite Space, a political piece about Palestine from the team behind the international hit The Fear of Breathing.

In addition, the theatre throw open their doors to a festival of improvisation from major practitioners from across the world. From the 20 – 26 January 2014 the festival will play across Park200 and The Morris Space.

Artistic Director Jez Bond said today, “Since our opening in May, we have been overwhelmed by the support for the new venue, both within the local community and across the capital. I’m thrilled to announce our new season today – a diverse mix of new work, innovative and exciting partnerships with new and established companies, and the cream of British theatrical talent across both our spaces. This season builds on the foundations of our work thus far, cementing our place in the London theatre scene, and I look forward to building on this as we secure the future for the theatre in Finsbury Park.

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Park200

TWELFTH NIGHT

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Created by Filter

Directed by Sean Holmes

24 September – 6 October

Press night: 25 September at 7pm

Filter make their Park Theatre debut with their critically acclaimed production of Twelfth Night, which comes to Park200 as part of their current national tour.

Two worlds collide in Filter’s explosive new take on Shakespeare’s lyrical Twelfth Night.

Olivia’s melancholic, puritanical household clashes head on with Sir Toby’s insatiable appetite for drunken debauchery. Orsino’s relentless pursuit of Olivia and Malvolio’s extraordinary transformation typify the madness of love in Illyria: land of make-believe and illusion.

This story of romance, satire and mistaken identity is crafted into one of the most exciting and accessible Shakespeare productions of recent years. Experience the madness of love in this heady world where riotous gig meets Shakespeare.

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World Première

ADULT SUPERVISION

BY SARAH RUTHERFORD

Directed by Jez Bond

8 October – 3 November

Press night: 10 October at 7pm

“I keep trying to find something a bit exotic in my family tree. Best I could do was a great-grandma who looks a bit tanned in the old photos.”

US election night 2008. A smart inner-London ‘village’. For white ex-lawyer Natasha, adoptive mother to two Ethiopian children, tonight is the ideal opportunity to get to know the small handful of other ‘mothers of children of colour’ at their smart private school. But as the Obamatinis start to flow, the middle-class veneer starts to crack and Natasha’s carefully-planned social occasion quickly unravels. Lifting the lid on a stew of racial tensions and social embarrassments this is a hilarious, provocative and brilliantly insightful look at the new ‘Beige Britain’.

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THE DEAD WAIT

BY PAUL HERZBERG

Directed by Joe Harmston
6 November – 1 December

Press night: 8 November at 7pm

Snapdragon Productions presents the London première of Paul Herzberg’s award-winning play, in a new version for Park200.

1989, South Africa, and Josh Gilmore is poised to become the first white athlete to break 10 seconds for the 100m, carrying the hopes of a racist regime. But he’s conscripted into a war under the fanatical Papa Louw.

In the rubble of an Angolan village they discover a wounded black freedom fighter. When Papa orders Josh to carry the man back to the border, a remarkable bond is forged.  Josh is forced to make a choice: between the humanity he shares with his enemy and the iron will of his commander.

Directed by Joe Harmston, whose recent credits include The Father (Belgrade Coventry) for which he received a 2012 TMA Award nomination for Best Director (“Catch it before they ban it” – The Telegraph), The Prodigals (UK Tour) and Harold Pinter’s The Lover and The Collection starring the writer (Donmar Warehouse).

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THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY IN THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE: ABRIDGED [REVISED]

BY REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

2 – 8 December

Revised for 2013 and re-imagined for Park200’s thrust stage, audiences can get even closer to the action as all 37 plays are covered in 97 minutes. An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years at the Criterion Theatre. In this revised production, The Reduced Shakespeare Company weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in a wild ride, which has previously left audiences breathless and helpless with laughter.

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SLEEPING BEAUTY

BY JEZ BOND AND MARK CAMERON

Directed by Jez Bond

11 December 2013 – 19 January 2014

Press performances:  13 December at 3pm and 7pm

The battle of good versus evil gets a facelift in this original script of Sleeping Beauty by Artistic Director, Jez Bond and Associate Artist, Mark Cameron.

Family audiences of all ages are invited to join a host of characters and their trusty canine companion for a night of magic, romance, original music and laughter this Christmas. This new tradition in N4 is the Park Theatre’s first annual pantomime, featuring original music and Hazel, the theatre’s dog.

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World Première

STROKE OF LUCK

BY LARRY BELLING

Cast includes: Tim Pigott-Smith

29 January – 2 March 2014

Press night: 31 January at 7pm

Shortly after the death of his wife, Lester Riley, an invalid who has suffered a premature stroke, announces to his three estranged middle-aged children that he is getting married again – to his young, sexy Japanese nurse. They are also shocked to learn that Lester has saved an enormous amount of money from his secret life as the exclusive television and radio repairman to a Long Island mob family. To stop the nurse from getting this surprise inheritance they must stop the marriage. They try every trick in the book: legal, religious, intimidation, psychological, and, in the case of one son, criminal. But they fail; or do they? Lester, it seems, has a few tricks up his own sleeve.

Stroke of Luck is a dark comedy that explores the themes of greed and guilt, how to reunite families that have been driven apart, and how debilitating physical ailments do not necessarily mean diminished mental faculties.

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Park90

SYMPATHY PAINS

BY ROSALIND ADLER

3 – 22 September

Directed by Kirsty Bennett

Press night: 4 September at 7pm

Fresh from the Edinburgh Festival, Sympathy Pains is a comedy drama about a pregnant man.

Guy is a failure – out-earned big time by his wife, Chris.  The marriage is under pressure: she feels knackered, he feels purse-whipped. Faced with one rejection too many, Guy reaches his lowest ebb – and that’s when the miracle happens.  He is with child!  He is special, chosen, Messianic.

The conviction takes hold and the couple have to renegotiate their marriage to find a way of helping him stay afloat without the rubber ring that is his delusion.

This is a comedy about a seismic social shift in the power struggle between the sexes. Female breadwinning is a phenomenon at all income levels and is transforming every aspect of our lives.

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World Première

THE BARRIER

BY SALLY LLEWELLYN

Directed by Kirrie Wratten

25 September – 20 October

Press Night: 27 September at 7pm

Earwig Arts Productions present the world première of The Barrier – a contemporary tale of neighbourhood tensions.

In Stamford Hill, North London, in the early 21st century, two communities live side-by-side. Shalev and Malka are strictly orthodox Hasidic Jews, whose wish is to be separate from the rest of society in order to focus on God’s commands. Their secular neighbours find their own liberal values challenged by what appears to be a simple request.  Soon others are involved, and tensions escalate.   How can the peace be restored?

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FOG

BY TASH FAIRBANKS AND TOBY WHARTON

Directed by Ché Walker

22 October – 10 November

Press night: 24 October at 7pm

First performed at the Finborough Theatre, Fog comes to Park Theatre as part of a successful national tour.

“Is dis where you’d put sniper?”

“What?”

“Place da man wi’ da sub?”

“What you talkin’ ‘bout now?”

“In the war zone”

“What war zone?”

“Dis is a war zone, ya get me? An’ we gotta take ‘em all out, see?”

Two families: one white and dysfunctional, the other black and aspiring. Gary and Lou were put into care as young children by their soldier father, Cannon, following the untimely death of their mother.

Ten years later, Cannon returns, expecting to reassemble his family around him. But he feels a stranger in this ‘new’ England of broken promises. And nothing could prepare him for the damage that abandonment and an inadequate care system has wreaked on his kids. He desperately tries to repair what has been broken, but is it all too little too late?

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THE DOOR

BY CHERISE CROSS

Directed by Amy Draper

12 November – 1 December

Press night: 14 November at 7pm

Shortlisted for this year’s Brighton Fringe Best New Play award, 8fold theatre company’s production of The Door receives its London premiere at Park Theatre.

“ There’s this door… you have to promise me you’ll never open it, no matter what. Promise me! ”

What happens when sleep eludes you and not just for a night but for a week; for a month? What does a man do when he’s no longer sure what’s real and what’s in his head? Can he be aware of the effect it has on his mental health; his sense of normality; his relationships?

Inspired by playwright Cherise Cross’s own battles with insomnia, The Door is a psychological drama that takes the audience on an unnerving journey into the surreal world of sleep deprivation.

Shot through with a wicked black humour, The Door promises an unforgettable theatrical experience for those bold enough to step inside. “

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

in a new version and directed by Andrew Shepherd

ACS Random

3 December – 15 December

Press night: 4 December at 7pm

Christmas! War! Cocktails! Love! Comedy! Drama! Dancing! Shakespeare! Much Ado!

Christmas 1945… the war may be over but there’s one more battle left to be fought. It’s the first festive season after the heartache of the Second World War. The Prince’s Own Battalion return to the “Messina” Estate – after being billeted there a few years ago – for a Christmas to remember. In the heart of a beautiful frost covered English countryside, two high society wits are destined to star in the greatest love story yet written, even if they don’t know it.

Following on from their triumphant 10th anniversary season, acclaimed company ACS Random makes their debut at Park Theatre, with a Christmas inspired take on one of Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedies. A festive treat for all the family from the team behind the critically acclaimed productions of Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and epic comedy The Shakespeare Conspiracy.

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LITTLE BLACK BOOK

BY JEAN-CLAUDE CARRIÈRE, TRANSLATED BY SOLVÈNE TIFFOU

Directed by Kate Fahy

17 December 2013 – 19 January 2014

Press night: 19 December at 7pm

Unaware that his apartment door is ajar, a man is making coffee, preparing to leave for work.

A woman enters silently, carrying a suitcase. Who is she? What does she want? Will she find it?

She: Is it very hard to seduce a woman?

He: No…..no it’s not hard…

She: It’s all in the technique I suppose?

He: Absolutely not.

She: What then?

He: It would take hours to explain.

She: I’m in no hurry.

A very French love story from writer Jean-Claude Carriere, long time collaborator of Bunuel and Peter Brook.

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THE KEEPERS OF INFINITE SPACE

BY OMAR EL-KHAIRY WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CAROLINE ROONEY

Directed by Zoe Lafferty

22 January – 16 February 2014

Press night: 23 January at 7pm

The Moving Theatre in association with Global Uncertainties presents the world première of The Keepers of Infinite Space.

46 years. 750,000 prisoners.

Since the Israeli occupation in 1967, Palestine has become a nation of prisons. Up to 40% of the male population have been detained under military orders. Virtually every family has seen at least one relative put behind bars and generations have grown up in the shadow of the cell.

The team behind the international hit The Fear of Breathing chronicle a hidden world of incarceration where imaginative resistance, strange escapades and unexpected betrayals have become the norm.

Omar El-Khairy’s Sour Lips was performed at Ovalhouse Theatre. He is the Leverhulme Associate Playwright at the Bush Theatre.

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