THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK by Ed Edwards
A co-production between Most Wanted and Offstage Theatre in association with W14 Productions and Alastair Michael, co-commissioned by Soho Theatre.
Tour dates 2019/2020 to be announced soon:
“The history of England jumps off its axis. 2am, 8th July, 1981, 20 cities across England burn."
The night of the Manchester uprising. That night changed everything. That night two kids locked eyes. Mandy and Neil. Years later they meet again, but revolution is not in the air. All that was crushed by Thatcher. Or by a heroin epidemic. This is an epic love song to a lost generation.
Drawing from his own personal experience, Ed Edwards' script crackles with anger, humour and authenticity about the road to recovery
In November, The Political History of Smack and Crack will transfer to a homeless refuge in Manchester. The city will be playing host to the inaugural International Arts and Homelessness Summit and Festival (curated by With One Voice), bringing together policy makers, artistic leaders and homeless delegates from around the world. As part of the Festival, this authentic and urgent play will open at the Mustard Tree in conjunction with outreach workshops, a local refuge for people trapped by homelessness, dependency and poverty.
Director: Cressida Brown
Lighting Designer: Richard Williamson
Sound Designer: Richard Hammarton
Movement Director: Kate Sagovsky
Design Consultant: TBA
Cast to be announced
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Thank you to our funders:
The Fidelio Charitable Trust
Offstage Theatre with Paul Jellis and The Yard Theatre presents…
RE:HOME - It’s home isn’t it? It’s where it started.
9 Feb - 5 Mar 2016
Cast: Full casting will be announced shortly.
Created by Offstage Theatre
Director Cressida Brown
Producer Paul Jellis
Designer Georgia Lowe
9, 10, 11 February, 8pm. Previews: £12.50/£10 conc.
12, 13 February, 8pm £15/£12.50 conc.
15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 February, 8pm. £15/£12.50 conc.
22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 February, 8pm. £15/£12.50 conc.
29 February, 8pm. £15/£12.50 conc.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 March, 8pm. £15/£12.50 conc.
Acclaim for RE:HOME
Re:Home nominated for two Offies: Best Production, Best Ensemble
I Excellent review from British Theatre Guide I
I ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1 I
I Dr Catherine Brown's brilliant review! I
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'Winner of the Kevin Spacey Foundation Award'
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It’s home isn’t it? It’s where it started.
Ten years ago residents of the Beaumont Estate Towers in Leyton looked on as their homes were dismantled brick by brick.
Re:Home sequels Cressida Brown’s 2006 production, Home, made and performed before people were moved out of the towers.
In 2016, Cressida revisits the Beaumont Estate to make a show about what our homes mean to us today.
Using testimonies collected from former and current residents of the estate, Re:Home documents fraying relationships in the changing landscape of East London.
Winner of the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice – UK Theatre Award, Re:Home is a show brimming with urgency and compassion, giving a voice to a community that no longer exists.
Acclaim for Home:
★★★★★ “Offstage pulled off a coup de theatre, creating a piece at once human, gripping, touching…the writing, direction and acting were impeccably sensitive and nuanced” – WhatOnStage
★★★★ “An infectiously defiant spirit…linguistically versatile and politically charged” – Time Out
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Thank you to our supporters, without whom our work wouldn’t be possible.
Re:Home is generously supported by Kevin Spacey Foundation, L&Q, Arts Council England, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, Unity Theatre Trust and Waltham Forest Council.
RE:Home’s kickstarter campaign has been generously supported with free donations from Oberon, Bloomsbury, Duncan Macmillan, Sir Patrick Stewart, Caryl Churchill, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Nick Payne, Jancis Robinson and Ruth Roger’s River Café.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre presents
By Cressida Brown and REP Foundry artists
Promenade - Meet at the REP's Box Office
26 - 27 September 2015 - Get tickets: I www.birmingham-rep.co.uk I
Inspired by real-life encounters and experiences from around the backstreets of Birmingham, Cressida Brown and our Foundry artists create a promenade performance around the entire theatre where you’ll bump into the scenes and characters that inhabit our city.
Offstage and Underbelly Productions in association with Theatre Uncut
Offstage are delighted to announce that a reincarnation of Walking the Tightrope will be playing at the Underbelly this Summer 2015 for entirety of the Edinburgh Festival.
Eight explosive short plays by Caryl Churchill, Ryan Craig, Omar El-Khairy, Tim Fountain, Neil LaBute, Gbolahan Obisesan, Mark Ravenhill, and Timberlake Wertenbaker about Freedom of Expression in the UK today.
Dates: 5th - 29th August,
Venue: Topside, Underbelly
The show will last an hour, which includes a 30 minutes discussion after the plays.
Panelists and Chairs to be announced.
To buy tickets and location click here: http://www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk
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"An explosive surgery of freedom of expression"
"Walking The Tightrope is an incredibly important production.
As crocodiles gather below and landmines wait ahead, the tightrope between arts and politics is becoming increasingly dangerous
– it bellies the need for artists to become philosophers. Thankfully Offstage Theatre has risen to the challenge."
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"Brave storytelling", "Remarkable", "Intrepid."
"A great project and the director-curator, Cressida Brown, should be delighted with what she’s achieved."
“You become part of a much larger and greater discourse by simply being in the audience."
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"The twelve works are incredibly varied in their subject matter, interpretation and comment on the issue.
Often light hearted and illuminating, sometimes cryptic and incisive, the writers infuse their own take on the commission,
bouncing the audience through the unrelated scenes, charging the production with provocative energy."
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"Brown’s Walking the Tightrope is clearly a labour not just of love but passion,
created on a shoestring, by a stirling, hard-working and very versatile cast of seven.
Amazingly, Brown herself directed the majority of the plays supplemented by colleague Kirsty Housley.
Housed in a make-shift space on a plain wooden stage, in the old Guardian building in London’s Clerkenwell/Farringdon area,
the context only added to the strange frisson of an event of artistic worth and intense moral questioning."
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"Bravo to producer Cressida Brown, her group Offstage Theatre and collaborates Theatre Uncut for bringing Walking The Tightrope to the stage.
It truly entertains while challenging, and that is no mean feat!"
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"It felt tricky, dangerous, stimulating, discomfiting – what serious theatre is for, in other words"
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