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These Trees Are Made Of BloodTheatre Bench presents The World Premiere of These Trees Are Made Of Blood by Darren Clark, Amy Draper and Paul Jenkins at SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE from Wednesday 18th March to Saturday 11th April 2015

These Trees Are Made of Blood, a new play about Argentina’s Dirty War, will play in The Little at Southwark Playhouse from Wednesday 18 March to Saturday 11 April 2015, with a press night on Friday 20 March at 8.00pm.

And for our next act …
The Magical Military Junta …
Will make 30,000 people disappear before your very eyes.

During the 70s and 80s, Argentina was locked in a period of state terrorism, with a military dictatorship waging war on suspected left-wing political sympathizers. Thousands of citizens were “disappeared”; seized by the authorities and never heard from again. Set in a timeless Buenos Aires cabaret club before, during and after Argentina’s Dirty War, These Trees are Made of Blood tells the story of one Mother’s search for her daughter, and a Nation’s search for answers. In an immersive production which weaves together theatre, videography, cabaret and original live music, this new piece of political theatre promises to be an unforgettable audience experience.

So come on in. The club’s open all hours and history can always be rewritten after one too many.

It is estimated that more than 30,000 citizens were kidnapped during the military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983, with most of the victims never being found. One of the most prominent action groups became the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who every Thursday since 1977 have peacefully demonstrated in the Plazo de Mayo, the central square near the government palace in Buenos Aires. With their now iconic white headscarves, the group of mothers have become known around the world for their solidarity, and continuing search for answers.

The cast features Val Jones as Gloria, a Mother in search of her ‘Disappeared’ daughter, with Charlotte Worthing as her daughter Ana, and Greg Barnett as The General. The cast also features actor-musicians Anne-Marie Piazza, Eilon Morris and Rachel Dawson, cabaret artist Alexander Luttley and illusionist Neil Kelso. There will also be an additional cabaret artist at every performance, alternating each night from a collective of cabaret acts, to be announced.

24th March marks The Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice, a public holiday in Argentina to commemorate the victims of the Dirty War. On Tuesday 24 March 2015 there will be a post show Q&A at Southwark Playhouse to discuss the legacy of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.

These Trees are Made of Blood is written by Paul Jenkins from an original concept by Amy Draper, with music and lyrics by Darren Clark. It is directed by Amy Draper, with design by Georgia Lowe, lighting by Sherry Coenen, sound by David Gregory and videography by Wayne Eagles.

Creative Biogs
Paul Jenkins | Writer
Credits include: Natural Selection at Theatre 503, First Person Shooter for the Birmingham Rep, Island Hopping with the Belarus Free Theatre and Red Star Newport for Radio 4. Paul lectures in scriptwriting at Bath Spa University and is researching writing for interactive theatre thanks to a Creative Wales Award.

Darren Clark | Music and Lyrics
As a composer and lyricist Darren has had his work performed at venues including The Roundhouse, Jackson’s Lane and at The Edinburgh Fringe. Work for stage includes The Grumpiest Boy in the World (Finegan Kruckemeyer) and Once Upon a Snowflake (Maria Litinova) by Paper Balloon Theatre. Darren’s contemporary folk songs have been broadcast on BBC Radio and he wrote the score for the BBC radio series The Ministry of Stories.

Amy Draper | Director
Directing includes Usagi Yojimbo (Southwark Playhouse), Life on the Refrigerator Door (Yard Theatre), The Door (Park Theatre), Angel Cake (CPT) and Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World (Southwark Playhouse, BAC and Brighton Fringe). In 2013 she was the Community Director for CASA Latin American Theatre Festival. She was Tour Director on SPID Theatre’s 2012 national tour of Childsplay and has assistant directed on ten productions.

Cast Biogs
Val Jones | Gloria
Theatre includes: Miramar (Triongl), ‘Tis a Family Affair (Sherman Theatre), Who Killed the Elephant (Intangible Studio) and Lady of Letters (Theatr Bara Caws). Film includes The Followers (Iris Films), Under Milk Wood (dFati fFilms)

Charlotte Worthing | Ana
Theatre includes: The Wind in The Willows (Open Book Theatre), The Just So Stories (National Tour and Pleasance, Edinburgh) The Miniaturists, Word:Play4 and The Occupied Times (Arcola Theatre), Power, Glory (The BikeShed Theatre), PLAYlist, Festopia (Theatre503) and Liquorice and Smoke Rings (The New Wolsey). Radio includes: Chain Gang, The Private Patient (BBC Radio 4 and 7)

Greg Barnett | The General.
Theatre includes: Therese Raquin (Park Theatre), The School for Scandal (Theatre Royal Bath), Swallows and Amazons (Vaudeville Theatre), 20th Century Boy (New Wolsey Theatre), Pushing Up Poppies (Theatre 503), Spend Spend Spend (The Watermill and UK Tour), Zorro (Garrick Theatre) and Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales Theatre).
Television includes: Doctors (BBC).

Anne-Marie Piazza | Actor-musician
Recent work includes Henry IV Parts I & II Music & Speeches (Royal Shakespeare Company); Richard III, and Alice Through the Looking Glass (Covent Garden’s Actor’s Church). Other plays include Dickens’ Ghosts (Cheltenham Playhouse); Snow Spider (Oval House, Tristan Bates); What Every Woman Knows (Finborough Theatre) and Hanging Around (The National/Kneehigh). Other work includes regular character Annette Turner in The Archers and many plays for BBC Radio drama.

Eilon Morris | Actor-musician
Eilon is percussionist and theatre practitioner. He is an associate director of DUENDE, and has worked with OBRA Theatre Co. as a performer and composer since 2011. He is also an associate artist of Whitestone Arts and research associate of the Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research. In Australia Eilon was a founding member of the Quiddity Ensemble (2001-2004) directed by John Britton and the Butterfly Club Pocket Theatre (1998-2002). Other companies Eilon has worked with more recently include BBC Radio Drama, Dirty Laundry, Encounter Productions, Unfinished Business, IOU, Chol and music groups Stems and Kelter.

Rachel Dawson, Actor-musician
Theatre credits include: Will Harvey’s War (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham), Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaur (UK Tour), Ernest and the Pale Moon (UK Tour), Jack and the Giant (The Theatre, Chipping Norton), Cider with Rosie (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham), Tom’s Midnight Garden (Bloomsbury Theatre, London), Twelfth Night (Minack Theatre, Cornwall), and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch). Film and Televison includes: Muse at the Brit Awards, Olly Murs at the Royal Variety Performance and Michael Buble on Strictly Come Dancing.

Neil Kelso | Cabaret Artist
Neil Kelso is an award-winning cabaret performer, actor-musician and illusion designer. Work includes: The Mad Hatter in Edinburgh Magic Festival’s Wonderland dinner shows, a piano recital of Rachmaninoff’s Piano at Holbourne Recital, and performances with his jazz trio at the world-famous Concorde Club. Radio includes the 2014 BBC War Years radio documentary. His first book Astonishing! about the science of illusion and the psychology of live performance is available from Amazon.

Alexander Luttley | Cabaret Artist
Alexander is best known for creating the character Pi the Mime for which he was nominated Best Burlesque in the 2015 London Cabaret Awards. Theatre credits include Storyteller in Children of Eden, Nerissa in Merchant of Venice and Policeman in Pirates of Penzance.

77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD
Press Night: Friday 20 March, 8.00pm
Tickets: £18 Standard, £16 Concession, £10 Previews
Performances: Monday to Saturday 8.00pm, Saturday matinees 3.30pm
Box Office: www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk | 020 7407 0234

Friday 6th February 2015


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