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The Giaour

November 20, 2013



The Giaour

In November 2011 the Playground undertook a co-development with the Actors Touring Company working on a Byron poem called Giaour and two Polish artists, the writer, Marcin Cecko, and the director Krysztof Garbacewski came to the Playground and worked with a number of actors on exploring this poem and creating a contemporary story. A presentation was given of the work in progress and was attended by David Sefton,the new artistic director of the Adelaide Festival who happens to greatly admire the work of Marcin and Krysztof.

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American Justice

November 20, 2013

Presented by Playground Studio and Echo presents
in association with Louise Chantal Productions

 

American Justice by Richard Vergette

Director:          Lisa Forrell

Design:            Signe Beckmann

Lighting:          Colin Grenfell

Sound:             Tom Lishman

with Ryan Gage, David Schaal and Peter Tate

 

‘Director Lisa Forrell keeps everything spinning suspensefully & I can already envisage a Hollywood film’ 
- The Evening Standard

‘It’s a visceral life-force of a performance from the quixotic Gage’ 
- The Evening Standard

‘A short, sharp, thoughtful evening in the West End´s most modestly priced theatre’ The Times

‘Ryan Gage excels, displaying a wonderful mix of malevolence and earnestness’ 
- Whatsonstage

‘With a story full of surprises and a superb cast, American Justice is not to be missed’ 
- West End Frame

‘an efficient psychological thriller that grips throughout’ 
- The Telegraph

‘the play never relaxes its hold in Lisa Forrell’s sharp production’ 
- The Telegraph

‘Ryan Gage brings both disconcerting menace and moments of poignancy’ 
- The Telegraph

‘Peter Tate captures the moral ambiguity of the Congressman, whose motives may not be quite as noble as they seem’ 
- The Telegraph

 

WINNER Audience Favourite Award and Best Production Award, 24.7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

WINNER Best Fringe Production, NOMINATED Best New Play and Best Performance, Manchester Evening News Awards

 

 

Synopsis:

As Barack Obama sweeps to power, John Daniels (Peter Tate) is elected to Congress. The fulfilment of this political ambition is marred by personal tragedy when
his only daughter is murdered in a random shooting by a feral, illiterate thug,  Lee Fenton (Ryan Gage). Fenton is sentenced to death when Daniels, in an apparent act of altruism and Christian forgiveness, appeals for clemency on the condition that he be allowed to educate the boy himself.  The sympathetic court agrees, despite the objections of the prisoner and the hard-line prison Warden (David Schaal).  As we progress through to Obama’s re-election in 2012, Fenton learns both to read and to question his teacher’s motives. When Obama’s second term  draws to a close, the Congressman’s real motive is revealed and the convict makes a startling revelation of his own.

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Madame Ida – 2011

February 8, 2012

Madame Ida – 2011

Originally developed over two periods, at the Playground, as a theatre piece,
Madame Ida finally came to life as a short film. Featuring two Playground artists,
Lisa Forrell – the director, and Naomi Sorkin (Madame Ida) it also stars, Celia Imrie,
Maryam D’Abo and Angelique Rivoux. The film was produced by Cecilia Frugiuele for Parkville Films. It  was previewed at the V&A and the Hay Festival and premiered at the Capri International Arts Festival in September 2011. In  January 2012 it was shown at the London Short Film Festival, at a special screening in Paris and in March 2012 will be seen at the Female Eye film festival in Toronto, Canada.

www.madameida.com

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Splendid Isolation – 2011

February 8, 2012

Splendid Isolation – 2011

Written by Nick Ward and directed by Simon Usher.
Adapted from Heart of Darkness and Outpost of Progress by Joseph Conrad.
This is a world premiere.

A grotesquely dark comedy about slavery, opium addiction, cartography,
madness and abandonment.

Performing at The Queen Dome Pleasance Edinburgh
3-29 August 2011 14.05pm

Production image by Che’naye Farrugia

Reviews:
www.fringereport.com
www.whatsonstage.com
www.one4review.com

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Odd Man Out – 2011

February 8, 2012

Odd Man Out – 2011

Written, Directed and Performed by Peter Tate

A desperately lonely man,suddenly experiences companionship and is able to express himself again but says the wrong thing and his moment of joy passes,perhaps forever.Previewed worldwide including the Actors Studio in New York,the performance has won grand jury prizes in Poland and Lithuania.

Performing at The Den, Zoo Venues Edinburgh
8-29 August 2011 10.45am

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Mash Up – 2010

February 8, 2012

Mash UP – 2010

2010 saw the Playground involved in a very exciting project instigated by Caitriona McLaughlin,an associate director for a number of years.Caitriona has always admired the work of The Labryrinth Theatre company from New York,ever since seeing their production of Jesus Hopped the A train in London a number of years ago.She created links to the company and suggested a collaboration between Laryrinth artists and those from the Playground.And in the summer of 2010 ,at Bard College,upstate New York,at the annual Labryrinth summer intensive,the 2 groups met.There was a mixture of actors,directors and playwrights from both groups.Caitriona led the group,actors improvised on a given theme and the writers took this work and created scenes.It was a fascinating week and we are working now to bring the Lab artists to The Playground for a 3 week period to continue this process and hopefully produce as many scripts as there are writers in the room.

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Motherhood – 2009

December 30, 2011

Motherhood – 2009

Helen Tennison,lead artist.

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Ducktails – 2009

December 30, 2011

Ducktails – 2009

Caitriona McLaughlin,lead artist

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The London Odyssey – 2008

December 30, 2011

The London Odyssey (site specific piece) – 2008

Kamaal Hussain, lead artist.

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Bellboy at Hotel from Hell – 2008

December 30, 2011

Bellboy at Hotel from Hell – 2008

Albie Gravener, Lead Artist. Musical.

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