The new show opened this week at Theatre N16, is Stephen Thompson’s Spincycle. A play about politicians and media spin that couldn’t be more timely if it tried – Stephen has now gone onto fame as a TV writer, and wrote much of the recent new series of Sherlock, but this is his first play.
Britney is in the charts, Blair is in Number 10, and butter is bad for you.
Steve Thompson (writer of Doctor Who, Silk, Sherlock, Upstairs Downstairs and Jericho), began his working life as an intern in an advertising agency. Spincycle takes you in to the world where anything and anyone can be repositioned and rebranded. Giving an insider glimpse at the mechanisms used to manipulate consumers, public opinion and the electorate.
SPINCYCLE: ‘We’re making a buck out of people’s ability to distort…..It makes money. It kills truth and it runs the world. Get over it!’ It’s the early noughties and Jane’s team are skilled at repositioning all manner of brands; butter, tampons, theatre companies. You name it, they’ll repackage and reposition it for you. But how do you go about re-branding a politician, with a closet full of skeletons? This team can sell you things you never knew you needed; but can they change the country’s mind on who should govern them? Written by Steve Thompson (Jericho, Sherlock, Dr Who, Roaring Trade, Whipping it up, Damages) – Spincycle takes a thoroughly entertaining look at the fast paced highs and lows of the world of advertising, mixed with politics and the media. ‘Maybe I’m talking shit because I’m pissed. Or maybe I’m pissed because I’ve spent my day talking shit’
The Canting Crew present the professional premiere of Spincycle which was written in 2003. This is their 5th project since forming in 2013 with their aim being to create theatrical experiences that are both innovative, accessible and exciting for a modern audience. There previous shows include the English language premiere of Comedy – A Tragedy in One Act by Nikos Kazantzakis, which was performed at Sadler’s Wells in 2014.
Stephen Oswald, Artistic Director of the Canting Crew has been acting, writing, directing and evolving theatre and physical performance pieces for over 25 years. His work has gained critical praise, a nomination for an Edinburgh Fringe First and New Scottish Writing Awards.
TheatreN16 make it affordable for new and ambitious theatre companies, such as the Canting Crew to produce new work, whilst creating an artistic hub within its South London community.
77 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9HD
8th – 19th November 2015