LATEST NEWS
by Jake Murray

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!

 

 

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.