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Theatre: John Ferguson

Posted by Caroline Lofts

“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.

 

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Theatre: Yesterday’s Tomorrow

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Drayton Arms Theatre & PostScript Theatre present the World Premiere of Yesterday’s Tomorrow, a serviceman’s love at war by Gene David Kirk. The play is based on actual events and is directed by Hamish MacDougall with movement directed by Anna Morrissey.

Coming to the end of their peacekeeping tour of duty, Ian and John grow desperate to realise their unlawful and unacceptable feelings for each other. Closeted and cloistered, they carry out their duty as professional and proud servicemen in the knowledge that this is their last tour. Their final duty. An end to a secret.

Gene David Kirk – writer. Gene’s first play Where & When was staged at The Cockpit in 2001. His second play All Alone was staged at the Edinburgh Festival in 2005 where it received The Stage: Best of the Fest and Attitude: Pick of the Fringe. At the International Dublin Gay theatre Festival 2006 Gene’s All Alone was nominated for The Oscar Wilde Award for Outstanding Achievement in New Writing for Theatre 2006. It was then staged in London, August 2007, before it moved to New York at the Soho Playhouse, off-Broadway. For theatre voice and Theatre503 he wrote Hillingdon for the Urban Scrawl on-line drama series. All Alone played again in London in 2014 at the Drayton Arms Theatre to sold-out performances and four-star reviews. Gene is currently developing a new play on human trafficking called Slagheap.

Hamish MacDougall – Director. Hamish is an Associate Director of The Kings Head Theatre and an Associate Artist of The National Youth Theatre.  As a director, Hamish directed the World Premiere of I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark On Sundays by Tennessee Williams and worked closely with Edward Bond on a rare revival of his play, The Under Room (Both at The Cock Tavern Theatre) the World Premiere of new farce, The Upstanding Member  by Gregory Skulnick (Old Red Lion Theatre) The UK Premiere of, Below The Belt by Richard Dresser starring comedians Mike Wozniak, Tom Golding and Graham Dickson (Pleasance, Edinburgh) the first UK revival of ‘The Lights’ by Howard Korder (Spring Warehouse, Vauxhall) The 24 Hour Plays and Shuffling Off (Old Vic New Voices) Happiness (Kings Head Theatre) SUBS by RJ Purdey and Nightsongs by Jon Fosse (Cock Tavern Theatre). As an assistant director, Hamish has worked for companies such as Complicite, The Old Vic Theatre, Immersive specialists Coney and The Trafalgar Studios.

Showing nightly at 8pm until 31st May 2014

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Drayton Arms Theatre
Drayton Arms
153 Old Brompton Road
London
SW5 0LJ
020 7835 2301

 

 

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Theatre: The Golden Dragon

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The Drayton Theatre has announced a new production of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s dark modern tale of immigration, identity and…insects.

The life of a chef isn’t easy…

Join the company, as they tell you a very strange tale!

Come along to the Golden Dragon – you’ll find the whole world squeezed into our tiny kitchen. Men playing women, the old becoming the young, a tooth that tastes a little bit like Thai soup and a little bit like blood… A fast and frenetic food-fight of a show starring a quick journey back and forth to China, an air stewardess fascinated by teeth and a very twisted take on an old fable…

Directed by young directors Tom Brocklehurst & Elena Liutkute, this is a rare chance to see Schimmelpfennig’s work performed in the UK. As with much of his other work, it’s an experimental, complex and witty piece that explores some darker aspects of society and human nature – in this case the treatment and stigmatisation of immigrant workers…

Using the Chinese restaurant setting as a base, Schimmelpfennig draws you into the lives of various people living in the same apartment block. At first their stories seem quite normal, but it turns out there is more to these characters than first meets the eye…

Tuesday 28th Jan – Saturday 1st Feb
Tuesday to Friday 8pm, Saturday 7:30pm
General Admission £ 10 (Friday / Saturday)
 
The Drayton Theatre
153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ
020 7835 2301
enquiry@thedraytonarmssw5.co.uk
 

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Unscorched @ The Finborough - Earls Court Life

Unscorched @ The Finborough – Earls Court Life

Posted by Caroline Lofts

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.

Unscorched @ The Finborough - Earls Court Life

Unscorched Tuesday, 29 October – Saturday, 23 November 2013

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.

Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald

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

 

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Earls Court Fringe at the Drayton Arms

Earls Court Fringe at the Drayton Arms

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Earls Court doesn’t just have the one ‘theatah’ darling, we have two!

Yes, for some very intimate fringe theatre you can head upstairs at The Drayton Arms to a tiny playhouse where some of London’s finest upcoming actors and playwrights put on a show just for you, and 42 other people.

Shows run Tuesdays through Saturdays and begin promptly at 8pm each evening and 7.30pm on weekends. This gives you ample time to partake in a pre-theatre dinner which you can book ahead of time and enjoy in the downstairs dining room. Food is freshly prepared in the on site kitchen and there is a good wine list to complement your meal.

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Running until the 10th August you can catch a performance of Treatment, a play written and directed by Raymond Kym-Suttle. A dark comedy about the drama that comes with having a family the tagline reads, ‘Time to teach an old dad new tricks. If you’ve got family, you’ll relate.’

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here. General admission is £10 in advance.

The Drayton Arms Theatre
153 Old Brompton Road, Earls Court, SW5 0LJ
020 7835 2301

 

 

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