It’s True, Acephalous Monster, Natalie Inside Out, Out Of Order, Oi Frog
It’s True, It’s True, It’s True – tour starts 8 October
Breach Theatre's It’s True, It’s True, It’s True is an historical courtroom drama with an all female cast.
In telling the story of the rape of Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi in 1612, the production uses transcripts of the trial of fellow painter and Gentileschi's tutor Agostino Tassi, but it will sound all too familiar to today's audiences, asking how much has really changed.
At last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the play won The Stage and The Scotsman Fringe First Awards; it returned to the Festival this year.
It’s True, It’s True, It’s True is directed by Billy Barrett and produced by Ellie Claughton. Dramaturgy is by Dorothy Allen-Pickard.
The tour visits CAST Doncaster, Theatre Deli Sheffield, Live Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Square Chapel Halifax, East Riding Theatre, The North Wall Oxford, Warwick Arts Centre, Salisbury Playhouse, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Wardrobe Bristol and Leeds Playhouse.
Acephalous Monster – tour starts 9 October
Controversial US performance artist Ron Athey is in the UK with a tour of his show Acephalous Monster, a work seen as a metaphor for Trump’s America.
The work is inspired by the secret society of Acéphale, the 1930s anti-fascist review and magazine, to Athey has provided a provocative modern twist using the Acéphale, the eponymous figure of the headless man, regarded as a symbol of transformation.
Taking the form of various monsters and interacting with video projections of beasts and people and using readings, lectures, appropriated text and sound and by re-imagining Brion Gysin’s brutalist Pistol Poemas as vocal / percussive choreography, Athey looks at contemporary neofascism.
Acephalous Monster visits Glasgow Buzzcut at CCA, Colchester Arts Centre, Norwich Arts Centre, Leeds CLAY: Centre of Live Art Yorkshire, NIAMOS Radical Arts Centre Manchester, Toynbee Studios London and Cambridge Junction.
Natalie Inside Out – tour starts 11 October
Natalie Inside Out combines the skills of hand balancer Natalie Reckert and digital artist Mark Morreau.
The outcome is an intimate show about the vulnerability of a circus artist as she struggles to achieve something extraordinary by looking the relationship between Reckert’s body and its digitally-represented counterpart.
Natalie Inside Out visits Jackson’s Lane London, Lyric Theatre Bridport, Circomedia Bristol, Northern Stage Newcastle upon Tyne, Ustinov Studio Bath and Enable Us Festival Sheffield.
Out Of Order – tour starts 12 October
Forced Entertainment's Out Of Order will première at the Southbank Centre in London and then tour.
With no spoken language, the play is a collage of scenes, images, texts, fragments and action delivered by a troupe of hapless clowns, comical and absolutely tragic, looking at the things in life that go—out of order.
The ensemble is made up of Richard Lowdon, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor, Robin Arthur, Jerry Killick and Nicki Hobday. It is conceived and devised by the company and directed by Tim Etchells.
Out Of Order is a Forced Entertainment production, co-produced by Künsterlhaus Moustonturm & Schauspiel Frankfurt, PACT Zollverein Essen, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin and Gessnerallee Zurich.
It visits Queen Elizabeth Hall London, HOME Manchester and ACCA Brighton.
Oi Frog & Friends! – tour starts 12 October
A musical adaptation of Kes Gray and Jim Field’s bestselling, award-winning picture books sees Frog, Cat and Dog in chaos at school.
This show for families with children aged 3 and over has songs, puppets, laughs and rhymes.
The cast is made up of Darren Seed as Dog, Lucy Tuck as Cat, John Winchester / Robin Hemmings as Frog and Simon Yadoo as Cheetah. Rebecca Ayres is understudy / ASM.
The Oi Frog & Friends! adaptation is by director Emma Earle, the composer is Luke Bateman, the lyricist is Richy Hughes and the puppet designer is Yvonne Stone. It is produced by Kenny Wax Family Entertainment.
Oi Frog & Friends! Visits Frensham Heights Farnham, Norwich Playhouse, Forum Theatre Billingham, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Hertford Theatre, The Rose Theatre Kingston, Lyric Theatre London, Hayes Beck Theatre, Aylesbury Waterside, Chichester Minerva Theatre, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Liverpool Playhouse, Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre, Bromley Churchill Theatre, Newbury Corn Exchange, Birmingham Town Hall, Leicester Curve, Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre, Mold Theatr Clwyd, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Canterbury Marlowe Theatre, Salford Lowry Quays, Radlett Centre, Lichfield Garrick and Leeds Grand Theatre with more dates to be announced.