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THE COVID-19 MONOLOGUES Vol 2
Chris Barlas, Hannah Ellis Ryan, Rani Moorthy, Janet Plater & Steve Byron
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by Jake Murray

THE COVID-19 MONOLOGUES ARE BACK!

  

 

After the success of the first five monologues we have commissioned five more…

 

Starting on April 8 2021 we will be presenting them one every two days:

 

FAKE by Chris Barlas, performed by Karren Winchester – In the midst of the pandemic, Marion is here to tell us the truth about Covid-19. Chemtrails, vaccines, 5G, the New World Order, its all here!

 

ONE SMALL GLOBE by Janet Plater, performed by Jake Jarratt – Joe is an actor. Thanks to Covid he’s not that busy at the moment. That’s why he’s taken a fantastic new job, one that’s out of this world.

 

BY THE WAY I HATE MYSELF by Hannah Ellis Ryan, performed by Laura Littlewood – After a hard day putting on a sad face at her mum’s funeral, Beth is home alone with a glass of red to unburden her feelings about her dearly departed mother.

 

I JUST CALLED TO SAY by Rani Moorthy, performed by Alex Townson – As his father lies unconscious in an ICU, a young man opens up about their relationship and the pain he has overcome.

 

BLACKMAIL: A REIVER’S TALE by Steve Byron, performed by Micky Cochrane – A gripping story from the era of the Reivers, when the borders of England and Scotland were lawless territories terrorised by powerful families ready to use violence and extortion to get what they wanted. A lone man takes his stand as he pushed to the edge of his endurance.

 

ELYSIUM ONLINE WORKSHOPS 2: GREAT AMERICAN DRAMATISTS:

 

Earlier this year we did a series of online workshops on the key dramatists of European theatre: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Strindberg and Chekhov.

 

We have just completed our subsequent series on iconic American playwrights: Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller.

 

You can watch them here:

 

Eugene O’Neill:

 

 

Tennessee Williams:

 

 

And Arthur Miller:

 

 

THE COVID-19 MONOLOGUES ARE GO!

You can watch them all here, each one the world premiere of a new piece of writing:

 

 

‘One Of A Kind’ by Rachael Halliwell:

 

 

‘Push Yourself, Slightly’ by Chris Dance:

 

 

‘The Moth’ by Paul Herzberg:

 

 

‘Sugar’ by Mike Elliston:

 

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:

 

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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