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Dateline: 23rd January, 2004

On Blindness - Three Top Companies Combine

Opening at the at Soho Theatre, London on 12th February, On Blindness is a co-production between three of the UK's most inspiring and successful theatre companies: Frantic Assembly, Paines Plough and Graeae. Each company has carved its own unique theatrical language, audiences and styles throughout their histories.

On Blindness is an new play by Glyn Cannon. The piece was commissioned by Paines Plough and Graeae after a shortened version was performed at Wild Lunch in 2002 (new writing season). On Blindness was originally written as part of a project which involved disabled directors, writers and performers. The wider philosophy of that project was to explore the different possibilities of theatrical language, signing and voice. On Blindness responds to this idea imaginatively.

On Blindness is an intriguing, gritty play about blind people who can see things as they are, and sighted people who can not.

It brings together some of the UK's most groundbreaking artists. The show is co-directed by the organisations' Artistic Directors - Vicky Featherstone (Paines Plough), Jenny Sealey (Graeae) and Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett (Frantic Assembly). Scott and Steven also have a choreographic role to play in the development of the play (as well as performing in the piece).

The creative team is designer Julian Crouch of Improbable Theatre, lighting designer Natasha Chivers and Composer Nick Powell (the same creative team that developed Tiny Dynamite with Paines Plough and Frantic Assembly in 2001).

The show opens at Soho Theatre, London on 12th February 2004 until 13th March 2004 (www.sohotheatre.com). The show will then tour to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds (www.wyplayhouse.org.uk) from 16th - 20th March and Birmingham Rep (www.birmingham-rep.co.uk) from 23rd - 27th March.

 

 

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©Peter Lathan 2004