ELYSIUM

ELYSIUM

WHO ARE WE?

"A force to reckon with..." - ReviewerNumber9

"At the forefront of making high quality theatre for northern audiences." - The Play's The Thing

Elysium TC is a new, independent, professional theatre company based in Durham. Our goal is to bring the best of world theatre to the North of England, with particular focus on the North East.

CATCH OUR LATEST PROJECT, THE COVID-19 MONOLOGUES, HERE:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs7xL1Azzgnu0VkU1odZ5Qw



Elysium Theatre Company is an award-winning, independent company based in Durham. We tour regularly in the North East and Greater Manchester and, before Covid-19 hit, we were planning an expansion into the wider North. We have produced six highly acclaimed productions so far, with plays by Owen MacCafferty, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Samuel Beckett, Jez Butterworth, August Strindberg and Athol Fugard to our names. In 2019 we won Best Revival In The North East from the British Theatre Guide.

As Covid-19 hit we were just about to launch our latest production, 'Look Back In Anger' by John Osborne. We've had to postpone that into 2021, but we have not been deterred. Throughout lockdown we have been very busy!

We have just launched a fantastic new initiative, THE COVID-19 MONOLOGUES, five new pieces of writing for five fantastic actors written, rehearsed and filmed during lockdown. More on these later, but if you want to catch them, you can find them here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs7xL1Azzgnu0VkU1odZ5Qw

As well as the Covid-19 Monologues which go online in September/ October, we have produced a new play for the Online: Onstage Festival in Durham, spear-headed by the Gala and the Assembly Rooms Theatres. You can see 'Isolations' by Gary Kitching here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuQhoBTfY7o&t=375s

We've also done a whole series of online workshops on the major dramatists of Western drama. You can see the key ones here:

Shakespeare: the Comedies:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlMBJa8_3EI&t=916s

Shakespeare: the Tragedies:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnAGq1SAdYg&t=5601s

Shakespeare: the Late Plays:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5cMarFM_PU&t=154s

Ibsen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTTBtV3kb0o&t=17s

Strindberg:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl5p0skhHKw&t=6467s

Chekhov:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ORYnQKTrew&t=475s

More to come! Covid-19 will not defeat us! Onwards and upwards!

LATEST

SHOW

THE COVID-19 MONOLOGUES
by Rachael Halliwell, Chris Dance, Paul Herzberg, Mike Elliston & Hamza Rafique
Sept/ Oct 2020

Five new writers, five great actors, five new plays, all specially commissioned and produced by Elysium TC:

ONE OF A KIND by Rachael Halliwell, performed by Sarah Boulter: a local reporter goes undercover in a care home to be close to her father. Online September 30, 2020.

PUSH YOURSELF, SLIGHTLY by Chris Dance, performed by Amy Gavin: meet Diane, wellness consultant and demotivational speaker, who will help you realise your dreams, a bit. Online October 2, 2020.

THE MOTH by Paul Herzberg, performed by Victor Power: a chance encounter on a train in 1994 between a black British man and a white South African soldier leaves a long shadow nearly three decades later. Online October 5, 2020.

SUGAR by Mike Elliston, performed by Edmund Dehn: Bristol, 1721, the Reverend Harcourt is given the task of writing the sermon for the funeral of famous philanthropist and notorious slave trader Sir Edward Colston. Online October 7, 2020.

THE ART OF BEING A SOLUTION by Hamza Rafique, performed by Shobna Gulati: Preeya, Government Advisor and so-called 'racial gatekeeper', sits her child carer, Deborah, down for good speaking to. Online October 9, 2020.

All directed by Jake Murray and filmed and produced by Andrew Glassford...

Catch them as they come online this September and October!

NEWS

LATEST NEWS
by Jake Murray

THE COVID-19 MONOLOGUES – SEPT/OCT

 

We are incredibly proud to announce our next creative project, five new monologues by five new writers written, performed and filmed by Elysium actors during lockdown:

 

Five playwrights were asked to write a short monologue each. No subject was given, each was free to write whatever they wanted about whatever they wanted. The result was five fantastic monologues on diverse, but, fascinatingly, not unrelated topics.

 

They are:

 

ONE OF A KIND by Rachael Halliwell, performed by Sarah Boulter: a local reporter goes undercover in a care home to be close to her father. Online September 30, 2020.

 

PUSH YOURSELF, SLIGHTLY by Chris Dance, performed by Amy Gavin: meet Diane, wellness consultant and demotivational speaker, who will help you realise your dreams, a bit. Online October 2, 2020.

 

THE MOTH by Paul Herzberg, performed by Victor Power: a chance encounter on a train in 1994 between a black British man and a white South African soldier leaves a long shadow nearly three decades later. Online October 5, 2020.

 

SUGAR by Mike Elliston, performed by Edmund Dehn: Bristol, 1721, the Reverend Harcourt is given the task of writing the sermon for the funeral of famous philanthropist and notorious slave trader Sir Edward Colston. Online October 7, 2020.

 

THE ART OF BEING A SOLUTION by Hamza Rafique, performed by Shobna Gulati: Preeya, Government Advisor and so-called ‘racial gatekeeper’, sits her child carer, Deborah, down for good speaking to. Online October 9, 2020.

 

COVID-19 NEWS MARCH-JUNE

Well, no-one expected 2020 to be what it has been! But Elysium has not been idle. In fact somehow lockdown has been more productive than we could have possibly imagined!

 

To rally everyone and lift spirits, we began a series of internal online play readings with our ensemble of actors. These were private, purely for our entertainment, but gave us a chance to stay creative, work with some old faces and enlarge our ensemble by bringing in some new ones.

 

Then we launched a season of public online workshops. These were enormous fun and a huge hit. We explored Greek Tragedy, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Strindberg and Chekhov. If you want to catch key ones, you can find them here:

 

Shakespeare: the Comedies:

 

Shakesapere: the Tragedies:

 

Shakespeare: the Late Plays:

 

Ibsen:

 

Strindberg:

 

Chekhov: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ORYnQKTrew&t=11s

 

As well as this, we have produced a short online play, ‘Isolations’ by Gary Kitching, which you can see here:

 

 

 


AS WE ENTER 2020

 

We are thrilled to end the last year with the news that our production of MISS JULIE won Best Revival In The North East in the British Theatre Guide:

 

https://www.britishtheatreguide.info/features/the-best-of-north-east-theatre-284/2?fbclid=IwAR3gSIHsqtH3GFR586jiaZXlO4Ort0_u1a93qWzAsG9CeSQcswXw_KEhDrA

 

And received two accolades on Nicola Brierley’s Manchester theatre blog The Play’s The Thing:

 

Best Theatre Discoveries in 2019

 

Top 10 Theatre Shows in 2019

 

A great way of beginning a new year of Elysium creativity! Onwards to 2020!

 

LOOKING BACK ON 2019

 

PLAYLAND by Athol Fugard

 

Black History Month

 

North East Tour & Empty Space Theatre, Manchester

        

We were incredibly proud to present the Northern premiere of Athol Fugard’s great play about the end of Apartheid during Black History Month this year. We played at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham – with whom we are building a powerful ongoing creative relationship – the Exchange, North Shields, City Theatre, Durham (where we performed ‘The River’ last year), the new Empty Space Theatre in Salford, Greater Manchester and the wonderful Hullabaloo Space in the Darlington Hippodrome.

 

‘Playland’ got some of the best reviews and audiences responses we have ever had. It also gave us the opportunity to work with Show Racism The Red Card, the UK’s foremost charity dedicated to working against racism in this country. It was also a real pleasure to reunite Danny Solomon and Faz Singhateh who did such wonderful work for us last year in ‘Jesus Hopped The A Train’…

 

On to the future!

 

 

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