Tue 21st - Sat 25th Feb 2017
A follow up to A Midsummer Night’s Dream with BSL and an original score
'Thisbe gives an interesting view of a classic and brings it alive with a company of actor musicians who are blending comedy, music and sign language in to a very different kind of production.'
Fourteen years have passed since the fateful night Thisbe’s parents, Helena and Demetrius, were lost in the woods. The only thing they remember is waking up completely in love with one another. But as their love becomes obsession, where does this leave their neglected and confused daughter, Thisbe?
Cue the prankster Puck and his fairy flunkeys who love nothing more than to meddle with the mortal world. With the promise of solving all of her problems, they lure Thisbe into the woods where it isn’t long before she finds herself embroiled in their roguery.
Intoxicated with magic and adventure, has Thisbe gone too far this time? Can she stop her family falling apart? And does she even want to?
With BSL interpretation built into every performance and an original score, this play is full of playful wit and boisterous theatricality.
Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes (no interval)
Thisbe: Rosalind Burt
Helena / Tryphena / Fairy 1: Anne-Marie Piazza
Demetrius / Lysias / Fairy 2: David Osmond
Hermia / Hesper / Aequitas / Fairy 3: Samantha Sutherland
Lysander / Koros / Puck: Joey Hickman
Mneme: Jennifer Wilson
Writer: Samantha Sutherland
Samantha graduated from the actor-musician course at Rose Bruford drama school in 2007. Since then she has been freelancing as a performer. She has worked closely with companies such as Pants on Fire, Dumbwise and Woodenfingers and has performed in theatres including The Watermill, Bolton Octagon and The Salisbury Playhouse.
Thisbe is Sam’s debut production as a writer.
Director: Roberta Zuric
Roberta is a freelance director. She recently directed All Quiet On the Western Front for Incognito Theatre which opened to five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and transfers to New York later this year. Her work includes Naked and Leonce and Lena (Brockley Jack), #MyWay and Rites (Edinburgh Fringe). Roberta is the artistic director of Kuentos Theatre and an artistic associate of Young Pleasance Theatre and National Youth Theatre. Alongside directing, Roberta is an experienced facilitator and teacher.
Musical Director: David Hewson
David is a composer, musical director and actor musician. He is the musical director of the theatre company Dumbwise and is also a singer-song writer. For DumbWise he composed original music for Faust (UK National Tour, Greenwich Theatre) and Twisted Christmas (Liverpool Playhouse), he was Musical Director/Arranger for Matchgirls (Wilton's Music Hall), and is currently writing for and facilitating DumbWise's research and development projects. David works as a freelance performer as well as a songwriter and composer.
Producer: Euan Borland
Euan is a freelance theatre producer and works with artists and organisations across a range of art forms but with a particular interest in new writing, actor musicianship and community projects. Euan currently works for the Half Moon Theatre and has previously worked with Theatre503, Fraser Cannon-Productions and Ideastap. He is also a mentor for the charity Arts Emergency. He produced Land of Our Fathers, at Theatre503, which was shortlisted for Best Production in the Off West End Awards 2014. Previous producing credits include Matchgirls (Dumbwise Theatre / Red Ladder Theatre / Wilton's Music Hall), The Living Room (Primavera Productions / Jermyn Street Theatre) and One Hour Only (Made From Scratch / Underbelly).
Thisbe Workshop: British Sign Language as a Creative Tool.
Date: 7th March 2017
Time: 6pm -8pm
Cost: FREE to those that book over 10 tickets to see Thisbe and £8 to others. Please bring the £8 with you on the day.
Suitable for: Teachers, youth workers, local residents , directors, performers, students over 18 and the curious.
No experience necessary, just a willingness to have a go and an enjoyment of meeting new people.
Writer, Samantha Sutherland, and actor & BSL Singer Jennifer Wilson, from Door Ajar Theatre will run this introductory workshop on using BSL in a creative context.
Drawing on their recent experiences creating Thisbe, an actor-musician production featuring integrated BSL throughout, Sam and Jenny will share exercise and techniques that will show how to use BSL creatively and as a storytelling device.
BSL is a language that brings a visual dimension to theatre. Even if you have no knowledge of BSL, this workshop will make us think differently about how we can utilise more than one language in theatre.
There are over 150 languages spoken in Newham schools; where better to explore this gift?
TO BOOK. Please e mail Jan Sharkey-Dodds JSharkey-Dodds@stratfordeast.com