Pig Girl: Finborough Theatre – Earls Court Life
The Finborough Theatre in Earls Court presents the European premiere of Pig Girl.
“I’ve got a life, and I’m gonna keep it.”
A new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre and originally seen as a staged reading as part of Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, and part of its Winter Season of 20 Premieres, the European premiere of Pig Girl by former Canadian Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough Theatre, Colleen Murphy.
Inspired by real events.
For eighty-five minutes, a Killer holds a Dying Woman captive in a secluded barn. Their names say it; there is no escaping the horrific conclusion.
In the empty space on either side are the Dying Woman’s Sister and a Police Officer. Their action spans nine years as the sister beats her head against a police force agonizingly slow to investigate the disappearance of marginalized sex workers.
The play gives a fictional victim’s story back to her as she fights to refuse the inevitable. It will not help her, but her heroic defiance gives voice to thousands of women whose lives or spirits have been lost to violence.
Pig Girl received its world premiere in November 2013 in a hugely controversial production at Theatre Network in Edmonton, Alberta. It recently won Canada’s prestigious Carol Bolt Award, sponsored by Playwrights Canada Press, the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, and Playwrights Guild of Canada, for the best new by a Playwrights Guild of Canada member that has premiered in the past year.
Sundays and Mondays, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 January, 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 February 2015
Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm.
Performance Length: Approximately 90 minutes with no interval.
Theatre: John Ferguson
“A fragment of life, fully expounded and without conventionality or confusion…the best play you have done” W.B. Yeats about John Ferguson
The first UK production in nearly 100 years of St John Ervine’s timeless tragedy John Ferguson opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week run from Tuesday, 20 May 2014.
Rediscovered and commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, John Ferguson is an urgent and powerful tale of faith and fear in a time of crisis. It is another of the Finborough Theatre’s acclaimed series of rediscovered Irish dramas, following the huge success of another play by St John Ervine – Mixed Marriage in 2011.
Ulster in the 1880s. John Ferguson lives by the word of God, and believes there is a reason for everything. His wife, Sarah, lives by the earthly reality around her. The Ferguson family are on the brink of eviction from their farm when a local man makes a proposal that could be the answer to their prayers. But as a series of devastating events unfold, the Fergusons find themselves tested to their limits…
Set in a rundown farmhouse in County Down, John Ferguson was first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 1915, establishing Ervine as one of Ireland’s greatest writers. The play was subsequently performed in 1919 at The Theatre Guild in New York where it was originally scheduled for just five performances – it eventually ran for more than 130, putting the Guild on the Broadway map and saving it from bankruptcy. It was last produced in England by Nigel Playfair at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith in 1920.
Playwright St John Ervine (1883-1971) was a dramatist, novelist, biographer and critic. A protestant, born in East Belfast, he was for a time an unlikely choice as Literary Manager at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under W.B. Yeats, where John Ferguson was first produced in 1915. His many other plays include Mixed Marriage (1911), Anthony and Anna (1926), The First Mrs. Fraser (1926) and Boyd’s Shop (1939). In later life, Ervine turned his back on Ireland and its politics, and moved to England where he became a noted drama critic for The Observer and The Morning Star, as well as a novelist and a biographer of both Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw.
Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Box Office 0844 847 1652 Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Tuesday, 20 May – Saturday, 14 June 2014
Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm. Saturday matinees at 3.00pm (from 31 May 2014).
Prices for Weeks One and Two (20 May–1 June 2014) – Tickets £14, £10 concessions, except Tuesday
Evenings £10 all seats, and Saturday evenings £14 all seats. Previews (20 and 21 May) £9 all seats.
£6 tickets for Under 30’s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.
£10 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 24 May 2014 when booked online
Prices for Weeks Three and Four (3–14 June 2014) – Tickets £16, £12 concessions, except Tuesday
Evenings £12 all seats, and Saturday evenings £16 all seats.
Performance Length: Approximately two hours with one interval of fifteen minutes.
Unscorched @ The Finborough – Earls Court Life
Well, now that all the frivolity of Halloween has passed and Earls Court has emerged relatively unscathed it’s time to move on to some more serious business.
The Finborough Theatre has some unmissable plays for you to take in this month.
The winner of the fifth Papatango New Writing Prize in partnership with the Finborough Theatre, Unscorched tells the tale of Tom.
Tom spends all his days surfing the net…
Because Tom works in child protection.
Faced with watching recordings of the most unforgivable crimes on a daily basis, in a job that barely anyone else can endure, Tom struggles to retain his humanity. Meeting Emily might just mean his life has changed for the better, but when your entire working life is spent watching the most terrible of crimes, can you ever go home and say “I love you”?
It is estimated that there are 50,000 – 60,000 regular viewers of child pornography in the UK alone. With reports of footage of abuse rising by 42% in the last six months, Unscorched examines the impact on those analysts confronting such footage every day.
Tackling an important and taboo subject with sensitivity, humour and courage, and chosen from more than 500 entries to win this year’s Papatango New Writing Prize, Luke Owen’s first play reveals a dramatist of exceptional promise.
Also playing is Lee Harvey Oswald, a Finborough Theatre commission, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy – with an special additional performance on Friday, 22 November at 12.30pm at the exact time of the assassination.
Dallas, Texas. 12.30pm. Friday, 22 November 1963. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Approximately 70 minutes later, assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested.
48 hours later, Lee Harvey Oswald himself was murdered.
Told through the eyes of Oswald’s wife and mother, coupled with extracts from the Warren Commission’s report, we follow the unsettled drifting life of Lee Harvey Oswald – his loveless marriage to his Russian wife, his challenging relationship with his mother and his pathological hatred of Kennedy’s life and achievements. Oswald had the means, motive and opportunity, but did he even do it? Could a man who never did anything on his own murder a President?
Showing Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 and 22 November 2013
An Evening with Dame Diana Rigg – Earls Court Life
Diana Rigg will be hosting a one night fundraising performance at The Finborough Theatre, Earls Court, on the 20th October.
Whether you have loved her since James Bond, The Avengers or just caught her recently in Game of Thrones it is very unlikely that this icon of stage and screen hasn’t captured your heart at some point during her career.
She will be talking about her book, No Turn Unstoned, a collection of some of the most scathing reviews ever received in entertainment history. The impetus for the epitome was a rather scornful remark about her nude scene in Abelard and Heloise by critic John Simon. She decided to call upon her many friends and acquaintances in the theatre and film industries, asking them to share their worst-ever reviews. The result being both hilarious and horrifying in equal measure.
The evening is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear Dame Diana talk about No Turn Unstoned, followed by a questions and answers session, in the uniquely intimate surroundings of the Finborough Theatre.
Enjoy!The FInborough Theatre 118 Finborough Road, SW10 9ED 0844 847 1652 Sunday, 20 October 2013 at 7.30pm