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Three Sisters

Three women talk at a table. Picked up via headset microphones, the words they say belong on the lips of three women trapped in a life of social decay and lost hope, in provincial Russia over 100 years ago. But they are not these women – they are not there,…

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Traviata

Traviata is a workshop project investigating opera as a basis for the construction of a piece of contemporary theatre, and the use of manipulated live feed imagery. Anna Fenemore Nicki Woods Craig Pullen Kevin Egan Jack Dale Presented at Sunday Lunch Club, Axis Arts Centre, and the Text and Theatre International…

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After Dubrovka

A sound installation for theatres. In 2002 something happened in a theatre in Moscow. It wasn’t a piece of theatre, at least not in the way we usually use the phrase, and it had an horrific outcome. There were people on a stage who shouldn’t have been there, and others…

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North East

You’re in the first audience and you are shown onto stage and told who you are and where you were sat in the auditorium. Then the first half of the epic musical Nord Ost materialises around you, all the way up to the interval, when it stops. Or you’re in…

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Epilogue

Three performers surrounded by the audience on all sides, and with their hands over their eyes, do their best to imagine themselves into the invented epilogues to the Cherry Orchard, Brief Encounter and Carousel. Performed by Niki Woods, Anna Wilson, Russell Armstrong Directed by Neil Mackenzie Supported by greenroom Manchester,…

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round-about

Like desperate understudies surrounded by the fragments of a huge shattered glitter-ball, five performers present the musical Carousel barefoot, on a floor of over two hundred mirrors. Re-tracing the dance steps, singing at inappropriate moments, and taking the acting far too seriously, they play the kind of dangerous games that…

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Set – on watching Brief Encounter

This is not the film Brief Encounter. This is not a stage version of it either. Tonight five skilled performers promise to magically conjure Brief Encounter out of almost nothing, to recreate for you the experience of watching this classic English film, without the need for actors or an inch…

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Three Degrees of Frost

This is a staging of ‘The Cherry Orchard’ by Anton Chekhov. On stage there’s a room, and some trees. There are some actors, and a script, and it’s been translated. Everything is ready. We think we know what it means. We think, although it is a hundred years old, that…

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Tall Tales / Bad Memories

In a half constructed world, in a time that is not quite now, four people discover the last clues left, neatly folded, in a draw. To us they might be the designs for buildings, but to them they are the route home, the stories of the past, the plans for…

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