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Past programme

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Theatre

The White Devil

Dates
Tuesday 9 November 2010 - Saturday 4 December 2010

Following a hugely successful production of The Duchess of Malfi at the Blue Elephant last year, Lazarus returns to John Webster to stage one of the finest and most complex Jacobean tragedies, The White Devil.

Vittoria, wife of Camillo, is consumed in a decadent and dangerous love affair with Duke Bracciano, husband to Isabella. Their intoxicating game of lust and sexual obsession leads to the destruction of the court and their own existence.

This passionate and tragic piece will be played by a large ensemble who - through the use of text, movement and music - create the debauchery and decay of the Italian court. The hunt is on for The White Devil…

Reviews
Review by Katie Shellard from Running In Heels

Review by Naima Khan from Spoonfed.co.uk

Review by Georgia Blake from WhatsOnStage.com

Press coverage
Interview with director Ricky Dukes


Directed by
Ricky Dukes
Designed by
James Sheppard & Ricky Dukes
Movement by
Ria Whitton & Ricky Dukes
Music and Sound Design by
Sebastian Willan
Lighting Design by
Heather Doole
Costume Design by
Rebecca Mills
Photographer
Tina Engstrom
Cast
Tim Astley, James Billington, Sebastian Canciglia, Elaine Hartley, Jen Holt, Sophie Howard, Nic Lamont, Jonathan Leinmuller, Andrew Leishman, Christopher Mark, Hollie McGovern, Victoria Sye, David Tyrrell, Andrew Venning, Danny Wainwright and Peter Wiedmann

Recordings

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Feature on Reprezent radio
Theatre

The Cave [WORLD PREMIERE]

 

'You want to kill her because she is not afraid'?

Dates
Tuesday 19 October 2010 - Saturday 6 November 2010
Image reproduced by kind permission of
The Mervyn Peake Estate

by Mervyn Peake

In one cave, thousands of years of history are played out. A history marked by conformity and the persecution of anyone who dares to speak out. One family struggles to live their day-to-day lives. Then one day a young girl enters the cave and throws their belief system into question.

This unsettling and powerful play by Mervyn Peake - author of Gormenghast - is a dark, inquisitive look at the nature of authority and its effect on the human condition.

There will be a post-show discussion with the writer's son, Sebastian Peake chaired by writer Neil Norman on Tuesday 26 October.


Reviews
It has streaks of the angry postwar nihilism of Anouilh and Sartre: the hopeful theme of rejecting fear and social coercion leads only to amoral fragmentation in the last act. But it is extraordinary: a howl, an imperfect and painful philosophical struggle, part of a remarkable artist's testament. Honour to the little theatre." –Libby Purves, The Times

Review by Running In Heels

Review by Marcus Sedgwick

Review by Caroline Jowett from Express.co.uk

Review by Paul Vale from The STAGE


Interviews
Interview by BehindTheFringe.com

Londonist Out Loud 2: Aaron Paterson from Londonist on Vimeo.


Director
Aaron Paterson
Designer
Talulah Mason
Costume Designer
Nicki Martin-Harper
Lighting Designer
Claire Childs
Sound & Video Designer
Chris Adams
Composer
Ewen Moore
Fight Director
Ronin Traynor
Photographer
Dougie Firth
Cast
Sebastian Aguirre, Diane Axford, Nick Hoad, Emily Wallis, Matthew Wade & Guy Warren-Thomas
Gallery

Rehearsal

 
Dates
Tuesday 19 October 2010 - Saturday 6 November 2010

The three artists involved in the exhibition to accompany the play 'The Cave' have spent a number of days watching and making drawings of the rehearsals. They have all responded in ways particular to their own working methods. Collecting images and ideas during rehearsals has been enormously inspiring for all three artists.

Florence Peake has concentrated on 'one to one' contact with the director and cast of the play and produced a set of drawings showing the dynamic nature of the rehearsals. By a mixture of quick observations and more 'worked' drawings she echoes her own practice in choreography and performance.

Lewis Peake, with his experience in film and television, has used a combination of photography and drawings as starting points for his work in the exhibition.

Fabian Peake has used the drawings and watercolours produced during the rehearsals to develop ideas and visual themes in his studio. The work produced displays a linear path which often diverges greatly from the original subject. The initial drawings 'on set' were the basis for a more cerebral interpretation of events encountered in the rehearsals.

Theatre

Jukai 樹海

"I came to myself in a dark wood, where the true way was wholly lost" Dante

Dates
Tuesday 28 September 2010 - Saturday 16 October 2010

At the base of Mount Fuji lies a stretch of forest known locally as 'The Sea of Trees'. Centuries of secrets lie hidden under the mossy earth, where rivers of lava have hardened over to form the cavernous forest floor. Thousands of people who have entered these woods have never been seen again. Some simply got lost. Others went in intending to disappear…

Theatre Témoin collaborates with Taiko drummers to devise a new piece which incorporates half-mask, contemporary theatre and Japanese traditional music to tell a story about straying from the path.

FAQs: "Jukai" @ Blue Elephant Theatre, London [BehindTheFringe.com]

Featured article: JUKAI Review 28 Sept -16 Oct [JapaneseLondon.com]

★★★★★Review of Jukai 樹海, by Theatre Temoin [Remotegoat.co.uk]

Review by Amy Yorston [The British Theatre Guide]


Director
Ailin Conant
Lighting Designer
Pablo Fernandez Baz
Costume Designer
Urara Sakurai
Set Designer
Laurence Webb
Dance Choreographer
Bert Roman
Movement Director
Robin Guiver
Fight Choreographer
Ronin Traynor
Devising cast
Nomura Daisuke, Dorie Kinnear, Tomoko Komura, Bradley Wayne Smith & Julia Yevnine
Devising musicians
Ikuyo Conant & Nao Masuda
Gallery

Mildred Rambaud

 
Dates
Tuesday 28 September 2010 - Saturday 16 October 2010

Lead drawings by Mildred Rambaud

Gallery

Borough Faces etc.

 
Dates
Tuesday 29 June 2010 - Tuesday 20 July 2010

A member of The Camera Club at Kennington, Philip Ratciff is a local portrait photographer.

Most of the pictures were taken in and around the Borough Market with enthusiastic co-operation of members of Trinity College of Music.

Theatre

Stairway To Heaven

by Steve Hennessy
Nominated for the Offwestend.com Theatre Award: Best Director <Vote Now!>

Dates
Tuesday 15 June 2010 - Saturday 10 July 2010
Supported by
the Big Lottery Fund

Cheops’ Pyramid. Egypt. 2,700 B.C.

The biggest, most terrifying and dangerous construction site the world has ever known.

A hundred thousand men will haul two and a half million limestone blocks weighing a total of six million tons up a building the size of a skyscraper using nothing but human muscle.

On his first day working on the pyramid, one young man has to adapt quickly to a new life in a work gang where intense friendships and hatreds are forged in a feverish furnace of desert heat, brutal humour, backbreaking work, horrific accidents, drink, sex and death.

And as the ghosts of dead workmates and visions of Amun Ra the Sun God elbow their way into Makhthon’s dreams, something strange is happening just out of sight, on the higher ledges of the pyramid, where the workers are never allowed.

Where does the stairway really lead?


Writer
Steve Hennessy
Director
Chris Loveless
Design
Ann Stiddard
Lighting
Chris Lince
Movement
Omar F. Okai
Music
Renell Shaw
Sound
Matt Hall
Photographer
Michael Brydon
Cast
Nicholas Cass-Beggs, James French, James Ronan & Matthew Ward

Press

“Beautifully short at just an hour long, and as far from sex and cynicism in the city that preoccupies most modern plays about men in love, Stairway to Heaven is touching, strange and bravely original”
Gallery

We see the World through the Prism of our Understanding

Multimedia 2D works, exploring space and the individual experience.
Dates
Wednesday 2 June 2010 - Saturday 26 June 2010

An exhibition of work by Jessica Davies.

Theatre

Spark: London

 

Dates
Monday 7 June 2010 - Friday 11 June 2010

Everyone has a story in them. Extraordinary true stories of life in this fine city told by a specially-selected group of Londoners.


Recordings

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A story told by Martin Cullingford

Press

"Britain's first true-storytelling club night"
Theatre

The Book of Disquiet

by Fernando Pessoa

Dates
Thursday 3 June 2010 - Saturday 5 June 2010

Listed as one of The Guardian’s top 100 books of all time, Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet was discovered in a trunk in his apartment in Lisbon after his death in 1935. Part novel, part memoir, part philosophical meditation on the futility of living, Pessoa’s Livro defies definition and endures as a testament to modernist writing.

Have you ever thought how invisible we really are to one another?
How little we really know about each other?
We look but do we really see?
We listen but what we hear is our own voice inside.


The Book of Disquiet


Director
Nicholai La Barrie
Translation/Adaptation
Mark O'Thomas
Lighting Designer
Pablo Fernandez Baz
Electronic Composer
Jo Thomas
Photographer
Dougie Firth
Cast
Alex Clarke, Charlotte Gallagher, Nicholas Caesar & Polly Lister.

Naughty!

Dance & Theatre (Double-bill)

Dates
Tuesday 11 May 2010 - Saturday 29 May 2010

Modern Romance

Sebastian Rex Dance Group

A full-length contemporary dance piece examining gender politics and the effect of the re-definition of identity on our modern interpretations of love and romance. With a soundtrack buzzing with songs from the Noughties.



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Acting Like Mad

A very short play about commodities. This dark comedy asks a very simple question – if celebrities sell themselves to the public – who owns them?


Writer/ Director/ Choreographer
Sebastian Rex (Awarded a Peggy Ramsey Foundation grant in 2010)
Designer
Helena O'Nions
Lighting Designer
Claire Childs
Photographer
Tina Engström
Cast
Lisa Bender, Kate Chisholm, Matthew Crouzières, Lisette Foster, Ido Gonen, Christopher Hall, Jo Sadler-Lovett

Press

“Subtle satire and hilarious script”
“It's handsomely choreographed and there's a sly sense of humour at work here.” TIMEOUT CRITICS' CHOICE
Theatre

Othello

by Lazarus Theatre Company

Dates
Tuesday 13 April 2010 - Saturday 8 May 2010

WINNER: 'Best Fringe or Regional Play' Broadway World UK Awards 2010


A sweeping and dramatic production of Shakespeare's classic story of love, betrayal and jealousy - using text, movement and music with an ensemble cast of fourteen.
Directed and Designed by
Ricky Dukes
Design by
Tom Couling
Movement by
Ria Whitton and Ricky Dukes
Music and Sound Design by
Sebastian Willan
Lighting by
Heather Doole
Costume Design by
Nicki Martin-Harper
Production Image by
Liam Welton
Cast
Anita Constantine, Sam Donnelly, Carsten Garbode, Nicole Hartley, Robin Holden, Kathryn Levell, Elana Martin, Amelia Newbould, Alec Parkinson, Evan Regueira, Daniel Souter, Guy Warren-Thomas, Zoe Wellman & Leanne Westbury

Press

"A very beautiful and unusual production, and well worth seeing".
Gallery

More of Venice

Exploring this magical city
Dates
Tuesday 13 April 2010 - Saturday 8 May 2010

Photographs of Venice by Tina Engström


Watercolours of Venice by Bianca Marsden

Theatre

Nobody's Home

A Modern Odyssey by Theatre Temoin

Dates
Tuesday 16 March 2010 - Saturday 20 March 2010

Turbulent storms and fantastical monsters stalk Ulysses at every port; what should be a joyous voyage — his homecoming — becomes a nightmare more torturous than the war he is returning from.

A modern and highly physical retelling of The Odyssey,painting a dreamscape of post-war trauma through the story of a combat veteran fighting a psychological battle to get “home.”

Nobodies Home’ had a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2011.


Directed by
Ailin Conant
Photograph by
Jet Sun
Cast
Dorie Kinnear & Will Pinchin

Press

'A hugely inventive and compelling piece, which both entertains and shows the true horrors of war.'
Thom Dibdin

The Stage

'Breathtaking...Great imagination...magical...touching and deep.' Fleur Poad

Fringe Report