Composing for Blackbird at The Hope Street Theatre
Roots theatre in association with The Hope Street Theatre and BareWater Productions present Blackbird by David Harrower.
This production was set for 2020 and to be directed by award winning Nick Bagnall. The restrictions meant that no live performances would be possible in Liverpool, much like the rest of the country. However, thanks to the current easing of these same restrictions, and the success of a public funding campaign, the production is back on for the end of 2021! Benji is onboard as Composer, which will mark the second play he has composed for in the UK.
Ray is confronted with his past when Una arrives unannounced at his office. Guilt, rage and raw emotions run high as they recollect their relationship from fifteen years ago, when she was twelve and he was forty.
This intense work was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival. Blackbird has won several awards including Best New Play at the Olivier Awards and in 2016 transferred to Broadway starring Jeff Bridges and Michelle Williams.
Roots Theatre uses live theatre performances to: push the boundaries of independent theatre in Merseyside, confront relevant social issues affecting women, bring contemporary writing to new audiences and challenge them to "see the unseen".
Harrower’s gripping drama “mixes guilt, memory and desire into the most potent of theatrical cocktails” – Daily Telegraph.
Contains strong language and themes of strong sexual content that some audience members may find upsetting,
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Girl Inside - Book Week 2021
The Flying Elephant Company presents a new childrens musical, Girl Inside by Benji Riggs. This production was developed for a Book Week 2020 and was performed to over 3000 students around Adelaide.
Girl Inside is a heart-warming tale about Annabella - a young girl trapped inside herself and struggling with the feeling that she is not enough.
"Girl Inside explores the difficulties children face while navigating the realities of growing up. We are shown this through the eyes of Annabella, the hero of our story, who struggles to deal with her own anxiety and self worth. During this historic time, Girl Inside shows us that, while we may feel more isolated and alone, we can still find a way through and come out stronger than before. Annabella is a role model that young children can be inspired by to discover the strengths they already have inside themselves."
After a successful 2020 season, Girl Inside will return to schools around South Australia for Book Week 2021. The tour locations will also include schools and venues in regional Victoria.