“How can I hate him if I don’t understand him?”
Screams reverberate through corridors. Innocent blood is shed and lives ripped apart. As the wounds on a community are left gaping, a young choir leader begins her quest to heal and to understand.
Scotsman Fringe First Winner, Carol Tambor Award Winner, What’s On Stage Award Nominee, The Guardian Best Theatre of 2013.
When ATC’s The Events by David Greig premiered at The Traverse in Edinburgh last August it was immediately heralded as one of the standout theatrical productions of the year. It received four and five star reviews, winning a raft of awards and selling out the entire run.
Now, after selling out at The Young Vic last Autumn, The Events returns there this Summer as well as commecning on a national and US tour throughout 2014.
The Events is a collaboration between ATC’s acclaimed Artistic Director Ramin Gray and celebrated playwright David Greig. Exploring the impact of a horrific politically motivated crime on a small community, it examines the nature of forgiveness, reconciliation and tolerance and asks how far understanding will stretch in the face of atrocity.
With a brand new cast and featuring a different local choir every night performing a soaring soundtrack by Irish composer John Browne, what unfolds is a tale of tragedy, obsession and the destructive desire to fathom the unfathomable.
The production has also been translated into both German and Norwegian. It was staged at Schauspielhaus Vienna from November 2013 to January 2014 and will be seen at Brageteatret in Drammen later this Spring.
Actors Touring Company presents the best international contemporary theatre, using theatre to show stories from various perspectives from around the globe. The company works together with a broad range of UK and international theatre makers, commissioning writers, sourcing the best international scripts and translating them into English, and reaching audiences through their extensive UK and international touring programme. ATC are currently working on projects with artists from Belarus, Iran, Israel, Russia, Spain, the UK and Ukraine.
ATC’s Artistic Director Ramin Gray, recently directed the double bill of Illusions and Sarah Kane’s Crave (“profound, beautiful and terrifying.” The Herald) and before that The Golden Dragon (“Ramin Gray’s superb touring production for ATC” The Daily Telegraph).
Before taking the post at ATC, Gray was International Associate, then Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre where he directed many world or British premieres by playwrights including Simon Stephens’ Motortown, Marius von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One and The Stone, and Mark Ravenhill’s Over There. He has also directed at the RSC, Out of Joint, The Gate and in many theatres across Europe. Opera credits include the European premiere of Bliss by Brett Dean and Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice at Hamburg’s Staatsoper and Theater an der Wien. Immediately prior to directing The Events, Ramin directed the premiere of the opera The Importance of Being Earnest by Gerald Barry at The Royal Opera House Linbury Studio.
David Greig’s recent plays include Midsummer, Dunsinane, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and the new West End stage musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His other work includes The Letter of Last Resort, Fragile, Damascus and Miniskirts of Kabul, Brewers Fayre, Outlying Island, The American Pilot and The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union. His adaptations also include The Bacchae; Tintin in Tibet; Caligula and Peter Pan. He has also written extensively for radio.
John Browne’s works have been performed at the Royal Opera House (Babette’s Feast, Demon Juice), English National Opera (Early Earth Operas, Midnight’s Children), Southbank Centre (A Nightingale Sang) and Westminster Abbey (Small Selves, Out of Suffering). In recent years he has been composer-in-residence at FNSNM, Kings College London, created choral arrangements for the band Elbow, also composed the score for The Itch of the Golden Nit, a BAFTA award-winning film by Aardman, previously an adjudicator for BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012, created a music-theatre piece in Rwanda and organised workshops for the British Council in China and India.
THE EVENTS By David Greig, Directed by Ramin Gray, Music composed by John Browne
18th and 19th March, 7.30pm Corn Exchange, Brighton £14 (£12 concs)
22nd March, 7.30pm Aberystwyth Arts Centre £7 – £14
01970 62 32 32
25th and 26th March, 7.30pm
Arts Depot, Finchley
£16 (£14 concs)
020 8369 5454
27th – 29th March, 7.30pm
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
£12 (£10 concs)
2nd and 3rd April – 8pm
Weston Studio, Wales
Millennium Centre, Cardiff
£8 – £12
029 2063 6464
5th April – 8pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, South
Bank Centre, London
(Part of Chorus! 2014 and Classical Season)
£10 – £20
0844 875 0073
8th – 12th April, 7.30pm
matinee 12th April 2pm
£12 – £18
0151 709 4776
15th – 17th April, 7.30pm
Northern Stage 2, Newcastle
£14 (£12 concs)
0191 230 5151
23 – 26th April, 7.45pm
The MAC, Belfast
£12 – £22 http://themaclive.com
(0)28 9023 5053
10th July – 2nd August, 7.45pm
Saturday matinees 2.45pm
Press night 11th July
Maria Studio, Young Vic £10 – £19.50
020 7922 2922
w/c 23rd July
Yale Repertory Theater
Arts & Ideas Festival, New Haven, CT, USA
w/c 29th September Wexner Center, Columbus,
w/c 6th & 13th October Annenberg Center,
Philadelphia, USA (Harold Prince Studio)
Tuesday 14th January 2104