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:
And received two accolades on Nicola Brierley’s Manchester theatre blog The Play’s The Thing:
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!
MISS JULIE by August Strindberg
translated by Michael Meyer
North East Tour & Hope Mill, Manchester
Our North East tour of ‘Miss Julie’ was a massive success, with great audience feedback from all four venues – Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, the Gala, Durham, the Exchange, North Shields and the Majestic, Darlington – and some fantastic reviews.
One of the big successes of the show was the use of a Servants Ensemble in each venue drawn from local actors. In Hexham we had members of local amateur dramatics groups, local choirs and students, at the Gala contingents from the Durham Student Theatre Society and Durham Dramatics Society, at the Exchange members of their theatre group, Newcastle College and the Cultural Spring, and in Darlington students from Darlington College. Each group threw themselves into the task with enthusiasm and power. All were an integral part of the success of the show.
The show went on to play at the award-winning Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester in June tour where it was a massive hit.
This tour, our first since we launched in late 2017, has set us on fire with ideas for future projects and even more ambitious tours. We’re already putting our feelers out further afield across the North East, but also Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire and beyond.