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FellSwoop Theatre present Ablutions at Soho Theatre

Ablutions posterPicture yourself as a bartender, sipping top-shelf whiskey and watching your customers descend into nightly oblivion. Your heart is broken by the world around you and, leaving the whiskey aside, you hatch a devious, unthinkable plan of escape…

Returning from its sell-out run at Edinburgh Festival 2014, award-winning FellSwoop Theatre present Ablutions – a dark, modern drama, adapted from the novel by Man Booker shortlisted author, Patrick deWitt (The Sisters Brothers). A grimly funny tale from the sodden depths of the Los Angeles underworld, Ablutions blends a live soundtrack with detailed mime and deWitt’s heart wrenching humour. It is a beautifully sleazy tale of personal decay and domestic despair… (The Skinny)

Ablutions is certainly worth your time, a possessed carousel of characters and noise that scores a deep impression through its intelligent stagecraft and relentless despair (A Younger Theatre). Patrick DeWitt, described FellSwoop’s adaptation as an imaginative and thoughtful group of artists who have worked wonders.

FellSwoop Theatre’s previous show, Belleville Rendez-vous (an adaptation of Slyvain Chomet’s animation film), won the NSDF Emerging Artists Award 2011 and was critically acclaimed nationwide on its sell-out tour. Ablutions is commissioned by Bristol Old Vic Ferment, supported by Arts Council England and is Winner of the Critic’s Choice Award at Ignite Theatre Festival. It is directed by Bertrand Lesca who recently assisted Peter Brook (A Magic Flute – World Tour) and Declan Donellan (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Ubu Roi – World Tour).
Ablutions plays at Soho Theatre as part of a UK tour.

Director Bertrand Lesca
Musical Director Ben Osborn
Creative Producer Jesse Meadows
Lighting Designer Elliot Griggs
Dramaturg Rina Vergano
Cast: Eoin Slattery, Fiona Mikel, Harry Humberstone, Ben Osborn
Developed with Bristol Old Vic Ferment
Supported by Arts Council of England

Tuesday 10th February – Sunday 22nd February 2015, 7pm
Saturday matinees, 2.30pm and Sundays, 5.30pm
No performances on Mondays
Running time 60 minutes
Soho Theatre – Upstairs, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE
Box Office Tickets are available from www.sohotheatre.com or 020 7478 0100 at £15 (£12.50) or previews at £10

Cardiff, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – Friday 30th January
Swansea, Pontardawe Arts Centre – Thursday 5th February
Bath – Friday 6th – Saturday 7th February
London – Tuesday 10th – Sunday 22nd February
Exeter, Bikeshed Theatre – Tuesday 24th – Saturday 28th February
Bristol Old Vic – Wednesday 18th – Friday 20th March
Derby, Derby Theatre – Saturday 21st MarchPage | 3
The Hub, Leeds – Sunday 22nd March
Hat Factory, Luton – Thursday 26th March
Wellingborough, Castle Theatre – Friday 27th March
Salisbury Arts Centre – Tuesday 30th March
Manchester, The Lowry – Saturday 4th April

Friday 30th January 2015


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