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Third Angel and Dep Arts present The Life and Loves of a Nobody

The Life and Loves of a NobodyThird Angel examines our obsession with fame, fortune and celebrity in an extraordinary telling of an ordinary story. In their distinctive style, Third Angel co-founder Rachael Walton and performer Nick Chambers create the world of Rachel, a character we never meet, with string and scissors, light, shade, and paper butterflies. By looking at the intimate details and moments of beauty in a run-of-the-mill life, they question why it is that people strive for fame, and whether it makes you a ‘somebody’.

An earlier version of The Life & Loves of a Nobody was first performed in Sheffield in 2014. It tells the story of a woman called Rachel, who starts life in a tower block and dreams of being famous. The closest she ever gets is flipping burgers outside a circus, until finally she gives up all hope and becomes a nurse. That is until one day there comes the chance to change it all… but at what cost?

Co-creator and performer Rachael Walton said, “We wanted to make a beautiful show about an ordinary life. We were interested in asking if an ‘ordinary’ life is enough in the age of celebrity – because we seem to be told all the time that we should aspire to a certain sort of lifestyle, a certain sort of success. We also wanted to make a show that acknowledged the importance of those childhood ambitions we all have. The dream jobs most children imagine having. In some ways the show feels like a children’s picture book – telling the life story of the girl who’s going to live it.

Alexander Kelly, co-creator of the show, added, “Making the show we talked about circuses, talent shows, and entertainment as social control. We talked about how contestants on (things like) The X-Factor talked about how this was their “one chance”, their “only chance”, how they “couldn’t go back” to their other lives. And we thought about how those opportunities to escape always seem to be to allow one person to escape by a long way, at the expense of those around them, rather than helping everyone escape by a shorter distance.

Third Angel was formed twenty years ago in October 1995 by Rachael Walton and Alexander Kelly in Sheffield with the aim to make contemporary performance that speaks directly, honestly and engagingly to its audience and explores the small, intimate things in life: the value of individual experience, the beauty to be found in the tiny details of everyday life, and the surprising emotional power of memories and places. The company has shown work at festivals and venues across the UK, Europe and beyond, most recently in Brussels, Beirut, Sarajevo, Athens and Rio de Janeiro. In 2015 they break new territory in the US with What I Heard About The World at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

Running Time: 70 mins (no interval) Suitable for ages 14+

Company Information: Performed by Nick Chambers and Rachael Walton Devised by Alexander Kelly and Rachael Walton
Sound design by Ivan Mack Design by Andrew Stephenson
Lighting Design by Mark Howland Produced by Dep Arts

Listings information
The will be a BSL performances at each venue – for full details please visit the venue’s website
27th January 2015 Live at LICA, Lancaster
Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW
8pm £11-£8
liveatlica.org 01524 594151

3rd – 7th February 2015 The Albany, London
Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm £12 (£10 concs)
www.thealbany.org.uk 020 8692 4446

12th February 2015 Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
7.45pm £12 (£10 and £9.50 concs)
www.warwickartscentre.co.uk 024 7652 4524

13th March 2015 Hull Truck Theatre, Hull
50 Ferensway, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire HU2 8LB
8pm £12 (£10 concs)
www.hulltruck.co.uk 01482 323638

14th March 2015 Prema Arts Centre, Uley
South Street, Uley, Nr Dursley, Gloucestershire GL11 5SS
8pm £12-£5
www.prema.org.uk 01453 860703

22nd March 2015 Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax
10 Square Rd, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 1QG
7.30pm £13 (£11 concs)
www.squarechapel.co.uk 01422 349422

25th March 2015 Cast, Doncaster
Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU
7.45pm £12.50 (£10.50 concs)
www.castindoncaster.com‎ 01302 303 959

26th & 27th March 2015 The Lowry, Salford
Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, Manchester, Greater Manchester M50 3AZ
8pm £12 (£10 concs)
www.thelowry.com 0843 208 6000

Thursday 15th January 2015


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