The story of the beginning of everything inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost – told through words and music.
A show for anyone who has ever created anything (a child, a garden, a paper aeroplane) then had to watch that wonderful thing spiral out of control.
“an enchanting, very funny show, swooping from the epic to the vulnerable.” The Independent
Tickets £10, £8
‘When I was five years old, my Dad was told our surname might be stopping him from getting a job. So we changed it. It worked.’ This intimate new show draws on experiences of mixed heritage and racism. Amid the cacophony of statistics and soundbites that surround the immigration debate, Labels offers an honest, human story about multicultural Britain.
“Powerful, important and funny”
“Terrific and really thoughtful”
Worklight Theatre’s award winning show Labels draws on writer and performer Joe Sellman-Leava’s experiences of mixed heritage to explore the broader issues of racism, immigration and displacement. During Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, it won a Scotsman Fringe First Award for outstanding new writing and the Holden Street Theatre Award (enabling a transfer to Adelaide in 2016). It was also shortlisted for the Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award.
Labels was inspired by a racism and equality workshop, led by Oscar-winning writer, actor and activist Emma Thompson, at Exeter University, 2009. The rise of far right parties both in Britain and across Europe compelled Joe to re-develop Labels for Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. It premiered in the wake of an ongoing humanitarian crisis in Europe, and fierce debates around migration and refugees. Emma Thompson, who has spoken out against the UK’s response to the current crisis, commented on a new draft of the script earlier this year: “What a terrific piece. I love it. Simple, powerful, important and funny.”
Joe uses his family’s stories about migration and mixed heritage to open a wider discussion about the way we talk about, think about and treat our fellow human beings. The play’s examination of Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis has sadly become more resonant in recent months. Worklight hope that by touring the show in Australia and the UK over the coming months, more people will be engaged in conversation about how the words we use affect the decisions we make about one another.
Cast and Creators:
Writer and performer: Joe Sellman-Leava
Director and dramaturg: Katharina Reinthaller
Producers: Michael Woodman and Joe Sellman-Leava
Costume & stage design: Charlotte Anderson
Lighting and sound design: Phil Hewitt
Photography: Benjamin Borley and Anna Bruce
Worklight Theatre online:
Twitter: @worklight_uk (#Labels)
CScape– our resident Dance and Physical Theatre Company – are running a Community Dance project at Trebah Gardens in early July. There are two open rehearsal sessions at the Tolmen Centre – on Wednesday 16th and 30th June: they are seeking 100 dancers of all shapes, sizes, ages and genders so there’ll be room for everyone. Ring Sally (Cscape) Williams on 07793953261 to find out more
OR JUST TURN UP!! The sessions run from 5pm to 9pm
(Café Tolmen will also be open on these nights so work up an appetite and then have supper – or vice versa!)
Shostakovich, writing his life affirming 7th Symphony, flees the Leningrad siege leaving his less talented student contemporary Karl to attempt to survive starvation and loss and miraculously conduct and broadcast the symphony among the ruins. A concert-play based on the novel by Sarah Quigley.
Tickets £10, £8Book Online
Every week the Locksmith’s wife reads aloud the next instalment of Dickens’ latest story to an assortment of characters who may have walked out of his novels.
But when she falls sick, the Locksmith has to step into her shoes and fiction and reality blur as they find themselves facing their deepest secret.
Tickets £8, £7 Children £4
China Plate and Caroline Horton present ‘You’re not like other girls, Chrissy’
Caroline Horton’s perfectly formed one-woman-show has won her universal critical acclaim, an award from The Stage and an Olivier nomination – and it’s easy to see why. Inspired by her grandmother’s love letters, ‘You’re not like other girls Chrissy’ is a tender drama of love and loss, a nostalgic glimpse into life in occupied France and a moving tribute to a marvellous character.
Horton’s play is immaculately judged and utterly irresistible.
Tickets £10 (concessions £8)