The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in association with Complicitie Creative Learning, present A Studio Season: Three International Adaptations at The Pleasance Islington, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London, N7 9EF.
Three new works directed by Complicite and devised by graduating students of the Acting Collaborative and Devised Theatre course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. The three shows are directed by three Complicite Associates directors who have worked with the Company at key moments in its celebrated and diverse history. Students from Central’s BA (Hons) Theatre Practice course will make up part of the production team.
This first-time collaboration between Central and Complicite offers second and third-year students a unique opportunity to work with professionals from one of the world’s leading theatre companies. A diverse cast of 15 emerging theatremakers will work with experienced Complicite directors to devise shows adapted from three international novels to be performed in rep at The Pleasance Theatre in Islington.
The project also offers an outreach programme to secondary schools to encourage young people who may not normally apply to drama schools to apply.
Alongside the productions, actors from each company will train to lead workshops in schools, providing a platform for the next generation of theatre practitioners.
Marcello Magni, Complicite’s co-founder, directs Maktub, inspired by Paulo Cohelo’s novel The Alchemist which tells the story of a young shepherd who pursues a dream that takes him on an epic journey across a war-torn desert.
Catherine Alexander, who joined Complicite in 1994 as an associate director, adapts Alain Mabanckou’s Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty: ten year old Michel’s exuberant eye witness account of growing up in 1970’s Pointe Noire, Congo.
Kirsty Housley, co-director of The Encounter, creates a piece inspired by Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s War & War, telling the story of Korin, an archivist on an escape mission from 1990’s Hungary.
In rep from 25 Feb – 5 March 2017
Ticket prices £12 / £10 All three shows for £24/20
Pleasance Box Office: 020 7609 1800
Running time approximately 60 – 70 minutes each show
About The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is a higher education conservatoire – a specialist college of the University of London which nurtures creative collaboration. Courses include acting, applied theatre, movement, musical theatre, drama & movement therapy, theatre and live performance, puppetry, scenography, actor & teacher training, voice, technical arts & production, and writing for stage & broadcast media. With over 60 academic staff, together with visiting artists and lecturers, Central has the largest grouping of drama/theatre/performance specialists in the UK, an active research culture and is a hub for the theatre and performance industries. Find out more about The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama by visiting: www.cssd.ac.uk
Since it was founded in 1983, Complicite has toured the world, winning over 50 major awards and becoming known as one of the UK’s most exciting and enduring theatre companies. From its early performances at the Edinburgh Fringe (where More Bigger Snacks Now became the first theatre show to win the Perrier Comedy Award) to being screened throughout the world as part of NT Live, Complicite has continued to experiment, breaking new ground with every new show.
Recent productions include Beware of Pity, The Encounter, Lionboy, The Master and Margarita, Shun-kin and A Disappearing Number. The Company is also known for its award-winning Creative Learning programme which provides innovative opportunities for people to engage with its work. Find out more about Complicite by visiting: www.complicite.org