Pandora brings together the innovative artistic duo Grace Chilton (Universal Pictures, BBC, RSC, Lyric Hammersmith, Sundance Festival, Nabakov) and Paksie Vernon (West Yorkshire Playhouse), led by the acclaimed new director Debbie Hannan (Royal Court, National Theatre, Soho Theatre, Complicite and Citizens Theatre). With an all female company, Pandora will unpick ancient stories of blame, control & shame that still shape attitudes towards women today.
Pandora is brought to you by Etch. Founded in August 2014, Etch is a female led theatre company which aims to discover, nurture and produce progressive new work. Their scratch nights and unique theatre events support emerging artists, providing a platform from which to collaborate, experiment and develop. Since launching, Etch has consistently achieved sell-out audiences for each of their unique events including ten new writing scratch nights, four editions of The Daily Plays and a four-day new writing festival: A Festival of New Writing.
Etch is an Associate Company of Live at Zedel and the first Associate Company of Pleasance London and is supported by Pleasance Futures and English Touring Theatre Forge company programme.
Debbie Hannan, Director comments: “Pandora is a unique new work, by two fresh and distinct voices which Etch have been supporting in the long term, and as resident director, I’m thrilled to be directing it at the Pleasance this year. Paksie and Grace are bringing the untold story of a woman in crisis, next to the age old story of a Goddess in doubt, and bringing their own twist to it. As a company, we’ve been delving in depth to some of the darkest corners of being a woman, and find ways to tunnel back out of them. I think Pandora will move people to think about where in their life they are free and they are trapped, and question what it takes to cause change. We’re also peeling back some of the oldest stories that form our idea of womanhood, and I’m excited about the prospect of audiences rewriting some of those old ideas into something new.”
Anthony Alderson, Artistic Director at Pleasance says: “The Pleasance works with a great many emerging companies, but every now and again one stands out – Etch’s commitment to seeking out the best of new writing, engaging a community of emerging writers, actors and directors, and dedication to making high-quality innovative work makes them an exceptional part of the new writing scene. Their vision for the company and their approach to making work means time and time again they are the driving force for the most exciting new work happening, and the seeds of the future start with them.”
Performance Dates 7 – 11 March, 7.45pm (4pm matinee on 11th)
Running time 1 hour
Writer/performer Grace Chilton
Writer/performer Paksie Vernon
Director Debbie Hannan
Pleasance Islington, North Road, Carpenters Mews, N7 9EF
Box Office Tickets are available priced £10 (£8 concessions)
Available from Pleasance Box Office 020 7609 1800/