Wednesday, 25 March 2015
After their successful production, 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, Chalk Circle Theatre Company returns to The Garage, Norwich, in April (14th – 18th) with an absurd and funny musical that takes a satirical look at nationalism.
An alarmingly normal man is kicked out of the house by his wife. After hours of walking, tired and lost in the middle of nowhere, Adam needs a lift and a sofa for the night. An old school friend with a dark past arrives and they spend the night in the open, dreaming up Little Eden, the best of all possible worlds where everything is for the best. Or is it?
Supported by the Arts Council, Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council and directed by Adina Levay, the story of Little Eden has been devised by a passionate and talented ensemble comprised of young asylum seekers from Norwich and professional theatre makers. Together they have created an original piece of theatre exploring the connection between people and place, and the dynamic affecting this relationship, exploring narratives of identity, belonging and displacement.
A parallel story strand follows the journey of two young refugees from Africa to the UK, finally arriving in Little Eden just in time for a party with unexpected results.
The production aims to challenge negative public attitudes towards asylum and immigration and to increase the representation of BAME in the arts in our region.
‘With Little Eden, we all contributed towards the creation of the narrative, text, visual elements, sound and movement. We inspired each other, pushed each other’s boundaries and learnt from each other. I wanted to explore ways of co-authoring a performance with everybody involved as creative partners and encourage a diversity of voices.
‘As a theatre director I’m interested in how we develop our personal and group identity.’ said Adina Levay.
The creative team in alphabetical order: Chris Ellis - composer/performer, Sophia Egler - set & costume design, Moyses Gomes - photographer, Belona Greenwood - writer, Bereket Kudos - performer, Adina Levay - director, Michael Law - performer, Rachel Martis - performer, Laura McGill – performer/choreographer, Aeria Pulijaia - perfomer, Hetty Rance - performer, Safian Toheed - performer, Salman Toheed - performer, Solianna Wedeargay - performer.
Tickets for the show can be booked at the Theatre Royal Box Office T: 01603 630 000 or online www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
Monday, 16 March 2015
|Counting The Pennies - Rosalind Burt|
Our final group of images taken at our IWD event feature the writers and performers of Holding Stones and Counting The Pennies, two of the pieces on women and place commissioned for our Arts Council supported project ‘About’. Holding Stones was written by Thea Smiley and an extract was performed by Etta Geras. Counting The Pennies was written by Tess Little and an extract performed by Rosalind Burt. Adina Levay of Chalk Circle Theatre directed both. For more info on this project see our dedicated blog page "'About' comp".
|Counting The Pennies - Rosalind Burt|
|Holding Stones - Etta Geras|
Sunday, 15 March 2015
|Hetty Rance - Shaddup|
|Lilie Ferrari introducing Shaddup|
Friday, 13 March 2015
Here are some images from the first part of our event on International Women’s Day. The first part of the programme launched our new anthology of prose Words And Women: Two and featured some of the writers included in the anthology: Julianne Pachico, Anna Metcalfe, Holly McDede and the first prize winner of our prose competition Lora Stimson. These brilliant readings were interspersed with music by Star and Anna Mudeka.
If you’re interested in buying an anthology then visit the Unthank Books website where you’ll be able to buy a copy at the special price of £10, plus P&P!
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
We had a fantastic time on Sunday. The readings, music and performed extracts of our About commissions were more than wonderful and we will post images of the writers and performers later on this week, but firstly we’re posting some great sketches by Rachel Macrorie of our audience by way of a thank you to the many people who turned up to watch the event – a brilliant mix of men, women and children of all ages. It was heartening to see and hugely encouraging for everybody involved. Thank you.
A keen supporter of women's equal rights and pay, and an avid reader, Rachel was excited to celebrate the literary, musical and creative achievements of women from the region at the Words and Women event.
Friday, 6 March 2015
Here is a little info about them:
Sithabile Dube (or Star) is a young singer-songwriter, who has been inspired by a school motto- "Overcome Evil With Good," and by a love for physics and mathematics. In her own words: "These are songs of love- in truth. A learn-ed wisdom. A disco-very. A-mazing Grace. Enjoy.”
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Sunday, 1 March 2015
Our IWD event on the 8th March at the Fusion Digital Gallery in Norwich is double launch of our anthology Words And Women: Two, published by Unthank Books, and also the texts which we commissioned for ‘About’, our project on women and place supported by Arts Council England.
We have four fabulous actresses performing extracts from the ‘About’ texts, and they have been rehearsing hard with our ‘About’ director and mentor Adina Levay over the past few weeks. They are:
Rosalind Burt who graduated with First Class Honours in Drama And Theatre Studies, specialising in Performance, at Middlesex University. She’s appeared as Joanna in The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd, Beatrice Carbone in A View From The Bridge, Åse in Peer Gynt, and The Laundress in Steven Berkoff's The Trial. Rosalind will perform an extract from Tess Little’s script Counting The Pennies which is about a young prostitute incarcerated in Norwich’s lunatic asylum in 1880.
Kate Cox's theatre credits include Chris Bevans in Rumours, Sue Bayliss in All My Sons, Ada in New Electric Ballroom, Maudie Miller in Flare Path, Hecuba in The Trojan Women, and Herr Huld in The Trial. Kate is performing a condensed version of Jenny Ayres’ script Trouble And Strife, which features Station Mistress Appleton and her fight for a company coat during World War Two.
Etta Geras’ roles have included Death in Everyman , Katty in Friel’s London Vertigo, and Alonso in a female version of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. She’s a member of Total Ensemble, an inclusive drama company which devises a play through physical performance. Etta will perform an extract from Thea Smiley’s script Holding Stones which is the narrative of a widow walking The Bungay Straight on a pilgrimage of grief.
Hetty Rance has worked with Chalk Circle Theatre Company, The Hostry Festival and in children's theatre with Belona Greenwood's original plays, most recently The Snow Child . Hetty is performing an extract From Lilie Ferrari’s script Shaddup, which focuses on Jane Sellars who was hung in Norwich for stealing items to the value of twelve shillings in 1631.
More information about this project and the writers can be found on our dedicated blog page ‘About comp’.