As announced earlier this week, we’ll be at Theatre N16 with two exceptional new pieces on the 26th and 27th of May. Our lovely director Tonje (Artistic Director at Blackout Creative Arts) has a message for you, if you’re still not sure what this is all about!
Staging the Nation started with us doing a rehearsed reading of Paul Thompson’s By Common Consent in August last year. And even though the play was written over 40 years ago in the year before the last EU referendum, it found it’s relevance again in June last year: when Britain chose to leave the European Union. Paul Thompson says he wrote By Common Consent perhaps as a warning for the future. The play paints a vivid image of what could happen within a country that leaves humanitarian principles behind, condemn democracy and appoint a “League of Youth” to keep peace and order, in a fictional land where capital punishment is reinforced to keep possible terrorists at bay. Paul Thompson wrote about the extremities of course, as a way to awaken the people that could so easily fall asleep thinking everything was as it should be.
Paul Thomson’s play along with many other plays right now and in the years to come will be about democracy: the freedom of speech that is so important to our civilized society. History repeats itself, which is why we need to be reminded of the past and warned about the future.
After the rehearsed reading we received two very different written responses that we will present to you in the end of May at Theatre N16, and we are truly thrilled for them to become part of the ongoing Brexit debate. One of them is a sharp hard-hitting adaptation of Paul Thompson’s play written by Jessica Bailey, and the other is an exceptional new theatrical game invented by Terri Donovan – a game that puts our doubts and fears of making a choice for our future to the test.
Let’s start to make a platform for our voices to be heard, let’s continue the ongoing debate, and let’s avoid ending up in a Paul Thompson-esque world at all costs – join us on the 26th and 27th of May at the brilliant Theatre N16 to see what us gals have been cooking up!