Posts Tagged ‘Print Room’

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Jealousy. First dance piece at the Print Room, Westbourne Grove

Thursday, 2 February, 2012

Jealousy opens on Monday, with 4 choreographers and the artist Laurence Kavanagh helping to bring this fusion of dance and sculpture to fruition.

Alain Robbe-Grillet’s seminal novel ‘Jealousy’ was the starting point and inspiration for this new commission, which was developed by Laurence Kavanagh.

”It explores our relationship to objects and architecture as representations of internal states of the human psyche. Using the narrative structure of the novel as inspiration, the production collages the key elements of soundscape, material, light, and movement as well as spectator viewpoint to explore the audience’s perception of truth.”

The project involves young emerging choreographers James Cousins winner of New Adventures Choreographer Award; Morgann Runacre-Temple, Hubert Essakow and Daniel Hay Gordon.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at www.the-print-room.org or by calling 020 7221 6036. There are still some earlybird £10 tickets left for Monday 13th February and both of our Saturday matinees, otherwise tickets are £20/£15.

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Judgement Day at the Print Room, by Mike Poulton

Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

New version of Ibsen’s “When We Dead Awaken” runs 16 November to 17 December 2011

Henrik Ibsen

When We Dead Awaken is the last play Ibsen wrote before his death in 1906.  Rarely performed, and yet a haunting piece, the play is a celebration of life and love.

Written and first performed in 1899, When We Dead Awaken is set within a mythical Nordic landscape. In this version, Judgement Day offers an explicit self-portrait of Ibsen as an aging artist: restless with his art, his homeland and his married life.

The central character, the sculptor Rubek, exhibits all the extraordinary passion and drive that was an essential part of Ibsen’s own creative character.  Whilst holidaying with his young wife, Rubek encounters his muse: a woman that he loved and left a lifetime ago. What follows is a heartfelt examination of how Rubek has used these two. Over a series of heated encounters, the entire scroll of Rubek’s life is unrolled in Ibsen’s final – and most autobiographical – exploration of what it means to love and to be loved.

Mike Poulton is one of Britain’s foremost translators and adaptors of classic plays.  Most recently, he won praise for his adaptation of Schiller’s Luise Miller at the Donmar Warehouse.

More information at: www.the-print-room.org For tickets, call 08444 77 1000 / 020 7221 6036

The Print Room is at 34 Hereford Road, London, W2 5AJ

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Snake in the Grass, at the Print Room

Thursday, 24 February, 2011

Darker Ayckbourn

Run now extended to 12 March

The Print Room may be a small venue, but its production values certainly aren’t, at least judging solely on the basis of their current production, the rarely seen Snake in the Grass, by Alan Ayckbourn.

Set on a long unused tennis court, the production moves from broad daylight to the dark of night reflecting the twists and turns of a convoluted plot. What exactly those twists and turns entail, is something you should really find out for yourself, but the repercussions from the death of the domineering father of sisters Miriam (Sarah Woodward) and Annabel (Susan Wooldridge) are both alarming and – because Ayckbourn will always be Ayckbourn – nervously funny at the same time.

Designed by William Dudley, that set is magnificent, and the venue being what it is, the audience almost sits on it, and everything that happens happens within touching distance. There are lovely sound effects too, from Neil Alexander. (The very important well does sound very deep indeed, and the random twangs from the wire netting are suitably disturbing).

Both sisters have suffered at the hands of their now deceased father. Miriam has had to bear the brunt of his long and difficult old age. Annabel fled to Australia where her star – as successful businesswoman – has waxed and waned. Now, with the estate left to Annabel, rather than her sister, there is fence-mending to be done and the two women’s difficult past to review.

It is an intense and sometimes harrowing history but played with a lot of poise by the two women and the feisty and down to earth Alice (Mossie Smith), their father’s ex-nurse, sacked for incompetence, but with a darker tale to tell than the sisters want heard.

Ayckbourn’s view was that into the darkest plot must come laughter, and while this isn’t quite in the class of shaken up predilections as Joe Orton, it isn’t far off, and laughter comes with an acute awareness that probably we shouldn’t be quite so amused.

The production now runs until 12th March because of its well deserved success with audiences. For those who don’t know the Print Room it is a very welcoming venue in Westbourne Grove, with a very good pub and restaurant handily opposite!

Cast:  Susan Wooldridge – Annabel; Sarah Woodward – Miriam; Mossie Smith – Alice

Directed by Lucy Bailey; Designed by William Dudley; Lighting Design by Richard Howell; Sound Design by Neil Alexander

reviewed 22 February 2011

(c) michael spring 2011

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