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LIGHT Barbican Centre International Mime Festival and UK Tour

Light
Theatre Ad Infinitum – ‘Light’ Photo Credit Alex Brenner

A wordless sci-fi thriller performed in darkness and accompanied by a pulsating soundtrack, an Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show from the consistently inventive Theatre Ad Infinitum, directed and written by George Mann, at The Pit, Barbican Centre as part of London International Mime Festival and UK Tour

Coming after sell-out shows at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Light commences a UK tour, starting with performances at the Barbican as part of the London International Mime Festival. Inspired by Edward Snowden’s revelations, Theatre Ad Infinitum conjures an Orwellian future where a totalitarian regime monitors the thoughts of its citizens through implants.

Charged with hunting down ‘terrorists’ who seek illegal disconnection, a young government agent encounters an enigmatic figure from his shadowy past. This nightmarish tale of love, betrayal and technological power blends anime-style storytelling and a pulsating soundscape by composer Chris Bartholomew to draw audiences into a sci-fi realm, entirely illuminated by LED strip and torchlight.

Created by the company behind Translunar Paradise and Ballad of the Burning Star, which both toured extensively to critical acclaim, Light is another original production from a company whose work changes in style as they explore new subjects. Director George Mann was recently announced as the recipient of a 2015 Quercus Award, conceived by the National Theatre Studio to enable promising directors to make the transition from directing in fringe and smaller venues to working on main stages around the UK. Starting in 2015, George will work with Tom Morris as Associate Director at Bristol Old Vic, while continuing as Co-Artistic Director of Theatre Ad Infinitum alongside Nir Paldi.

Light was created with Deaf actor Matty Gurney, who performed in the show during its Edinburgh run and reprises his role for the tour. Matty regularly appears on the BBC’s See Hear and appeared in BSL soap opera Switched. The company began collaborating with Matty after a research and development session where they discovered complimentary approaches to physical storytelling, George through gesture and mime gleaned from Lecoq training, and Matty through British Sign Language and Visual Vernacular. Visual Vernacular is a form of physical theatre using movement and facial expressions developed by Deaf artists for Deaf and Hearing audiences. Following performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, the production was nominated for a Total Theatre Award in the Physical Theatre category.

Composer Chris Bartholomew has drawn on epic works, both contemporary and classical, to create a film-like score, cued live in collaboration with George Mann who performs the live vocals in real time during the performance. Lighting effects have been created by the company in consultation with Matthew Leventhall.

Director George Mann said “I’m excited to be revisiting light after a successful Edinburgh. As a company, we’re consistently fine tuning and developing our repertoire – it’s part of the way we work; it means we can be responsive to feedback from audiences and it keeps the theatre we make alive. Light is definitely one of the most technically ambitious and challenging productions we’ve made to date, so I’m thrilled that we’ve recently been awarded Arts Council England support for two weeks of additional development time. I’m now looking forward to getting back in the rehearsal room with the company in January 2015 and getting Light ready for its London Premiere and UK tour.”
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Company Information
Directed, writer and live vocals George Mann Associate Director Nir Paldi

Composition and sound design by Chris Bartholomew
Set and costume design by Fiammetta Horvat Lighting Consultation Matthew Levethall

Cast: Charli Dubery, Matty Gurney, Deborah Pugh, Michael Sharman and Robin Guiver

Listings information
15th January 2015
Redbridge Drama Centre
Churchfields, South Woodford, London E18 2RB
8pm | £10-£6
www.redbridgedramacentre.co.uk
0208 708 8803

20th to 24th January 2015
The Pit, Barbican Centre, London
Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
7.45pm | £18 + booking fee
www.barbican.org.uk
020 7638 8891

27th January 2015
The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University
Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP
7.30pm | £10 (£8 concs, £5 EHU students)
www.edgehill.ac.uk/artscentre
01695 584480

28th to 29th January 2015
The North Wall, Oxford
South Parade Oxford, OX2 7JN
8pm | £15-£12 + booking fee
www.thenorthwall.com
01865 319450

2nd February 2015
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
19.30 | £11-£16
www.royalandderngate.co.uk
01604 624811

3rd February 2015
The Core at Corby Cube
George St, Corby, NN17 1QG
7.30pm | £12.50 -£8.50
01536 470470

4th to 5th February 2015
The Lowry Studio, Salford
Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
8pm | £14
www.thelowry.com
0843 208 6000

6th February 2015
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
7.30pm | £12 (£10 concs, £9 Supporters)
www.nordenfarm.org
01628 788997

10th to 11th February 2015
Liverpool Unity Theatre
1 Hope Place, Liverpool, L1 9BG
8pm | £12-£14
www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk
0151 709 4988

12th to 14th February 2015
Bristol Old Vic Studio
King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED
8pm | £12
www.bristololdvic.org.uk
0117 987 7877

16th February 2015
King George’s Hall, Blackburn
Northgate, Blackburn, BB2 1AA
8pm | £10-£8
www.kinggeorgeshall.com
01254 582579

Tuesday 9th December 2014

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