Theatre

ON THE MARCH in Oxford March 2018

A site-specific, promenade adventure into the march of women’s history, directed by Jo Noble and performed by the Oxford Playhouse Young Company. With music by Matt Winkworth and movement by Emma Webb. Commissioned by Oxford Playhouse to mark 100 years of (some) women getting the vote. And many others finding their voice.

On The March flier

 

PIXEL DUST in London and Edinburgh summer 2017

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Simone James as Daniella

Daniella swings from meme to meme, a Tarzan of the data fields. But can this digital odyssey lead her to the answers she needs?

Previewed at Omnibus, Clapham on 28/29 July 2017 and opened at Assembly Roxy Upstairs on 3 August 2017. Directed by Poppy Burton-Morgan, designed by William Reynolds for Metta Theatre.

“Timely and intelligent… the show poses some intriguing questions about the way identity is constructed both on and offline.” The Stage

“Clare Bayley’s engaging script [has] a stream-of-consciousness, understated kind of naturalism.” The Scotsman

“Pixel Dust is that rare thing: a piece of theatre about the internet that isn’t utterly technophobic… hugely refreshing.” Broadway Baby

MOUTHFUL – THE PROTECTORS in London October 2015

“Bayley’s The Protectors is a knock-out, five-star dystopia… a vision of resistance in a world in which corporate food interests have eradicated natural vegetables. Heartbreaking” **** Kate Maltby, The Times

Alisha Bailey as Dinah - photo by Richard Davenport

Alisha Bailey as Dinah – photo by Richard Davenport

Erica is hoping to win round her daughter’s affections with a rare delicacy, but her motives are mixed and the dangers are greater than either has anticipated.

A short play commissioned as part of Metta Theatre’s response to the global food crisis and inspired by the decline of biodiversity. Informed by the work of the Finnish scientist, Ilkka Hanski.

Other writers involved in Mouthful are Bola Agbaje, Lydia Adetunji, Inua Ellams and Neil LaBute.

Cast: Dona Croll, Alisha Bailey, Robert Hands and Harry Lister Smith.

Opened at Trafalgar Studios Two on 8 September 2015. http://www.mettatheatre.co.uk/productions/mouthful/

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Dona Croll as Erica – photo Richard Davenport

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Robert Hands and Alisha Bailey – photo Richard Davenport

BLUE SKY

Jane, an investigative journalist, is trying to find out where a terror suspect disappeared to after stepping off a plane to Karachi. Ray, a planespotter, could help but he just wants a quiet life. And Mina, the disappeared man’s wife, is convinced he’s left her for another woman. A political drama about complicity, denial and extraordinary rendition.

First produced at Hampstead Downstairs and Sherman Theatre, Cardiff directed by Elizabeth Freestone for Pentabus. For more information, including cast and creatives, and reviews click here.

For play text go to Nick Hern Books

Blue Sky was produced at Burning Coal Theatre company, USA in January 2016

http://burningcoal.org/blue-sky/

THE ENCHANTMENT

In bohemian Paris in the 1880s, a young Swedish woman falls for a known philanderer. For a while her life is illuminated by love, but when the affair loses its lustre, she takes her fate into her own hands. An English version of the fictionalised autobiography of the celebrated writer Victoria Benedictsson.

First produced at the National Theatre, Cottesloe, directed by Paul Miller. For more information, including cast and reviews, click here.

For play text go to Nick Hern Books

THE CONTAINER

Five migrants in the back of a container lorry have risked everything to get to the UK. The agent is demanding more money, but not everyone can pay. An award-winning play written to be performed inside a container.

First produced at the Udderbelly, Edinburgh directed by Tom Wright. For more information including cast list and reviews, click here.

For play text go to Nick Hern Books

The Container will be produced at Canadian Stage Theatre in Toronto Canada, previewing from 31 August 2016.

THE WOMAN WHO SWALLOWED A PIN

Eight siblings are orphaned after the First World War. They scatter, leading their lives unaware of each other’s fate. Only when their great-granddaughter starts her own family does the full story of the lost siblings come to light. A devised play written to be performed in promenade, and first produced as a site-specific production at Southwark Playhouse, directed by Deborah Bruce.

For more information, cast, creatives and reviews, click here.

BLAVATSKY

Was Madame Blavatsky a fake or a person of rare spiritual insight? The play investigates  the extraordinary events of the life of the founder of the Theosphical Society, Helena Blavatsky – her claim to be able to make objects move and materialise magically, her lengthy travels in India and Tibet – and juxtaposes them with the story of a contemporary couple searching for spirituality in a materialistic world. Devised with Andy Lavender and the company.

First produced at the Young Vic Studio. For more information, cast, creatives and reviews, click here.

THE SHIFT

Three generations of British women stand at crucial moments in their lives, which coincide with key moments in European history: in 1947 the first Labour government has just been elected, and Tilly is just about to be married; in 1968 she is bemused by her daughter, Celia’s sexual emancipation and les evenements in Paris; and in 1997 Celia’s daughter is on the brink of adulthood and England is again poised for a Labour government after 18 years of Thatcherism. Devised with Andy Lavender and the company.

First produced at the Young Vic Studio. For more information, cast, creatives and reviews, click here.

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Laura, a solicitor’s clerk, has fallen in love with a Kurdish political refugee. When his application for asylum is turned down and he is deported, Laura throws herself from a road bridge and lands on top of a lorry. Now her sister Susie is re-tracing her dead sister’s last journey, and befriending the driver who unwittingly caused her death.

First produced at the New Grove Theatre, directed by Shabnam Shabazi. For more information, cast, creatives and reviews, click here.

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