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Wednesday 20 November

2pm-5pm: Workshop – Playing with Words
Hannah Silva

'The Disappearance of Sadie Jones'An insight into the writing processes and work of Hannah Silva, writer and director of ‘The Disappearance of Sadie Jones’. How are non-Aristotelian plays structured? What happens to character when you’re writing a dream world or a world with no characters in it at all? How can working with a dramaturg support a play’s development? What does producing your own work entail?
A practical workshop for those wanting to explore the power and musicality of language in non-naturalistic plays and performance. We will work with voice and text, rooted in the physicality of the performer and use simple exercises to reveal layers of meaning behind the words and the intersection of poetry and playwriting. The workshop is appropriate for writers, actors, performers and directors of all levels of experience.

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Hexagon (Free)

In Battalions
Fin Kennedy

Photo by Phil AdamsA one hour talk and Q&A with playwright, blogger and arts campaigner Fin Kennedy, author of the In Battalions report into how Government cuts to the Arts Council are affecting new play development in the UK. Fin will tell the story of how a chance meeting with Culture Minister Ed Vaizey gave rise to the report, summarise its findings and impact, and describe its next phase – a Delphi study which is trying to find solutions to the problem. Fin will also outline some lessons he learnt along the way for anyone thinking of taking on something similar.

Fin Kennedy is an award-winning playwright whose plays for theatre and radio are produced in the UK and abroad. Since 2007 he has been writer-in-residence at Mulberry School in East London, for whom he has co-founded a theatre company and written six plays. In 2009 they won a Scotsman Fringe First, the first time a school has received one. Fin has just launched Schoolwrights, the UK’s first playwrights-in-schools training scheme, and from November 2013 he will take up his new role as co-Artistic Director of Tamasha.

8pm The Disappearance of Sadie Jones
Written and directed by Hannah Silva
Foyle Studio (£10)
Ages 14+

The Disappearance of Sadie Jones

Lyricism, language play and poetic physical performance combine in this visceral and intuitive portrait of the human psyche.

Drawing inspiration from Strindberg’s Dream Plays, the latest work from writer and theatre-maker Hannah Silva blends sound design, distinctive writing and innovative vocal techniques to depict the story of Sadie Jones: a young woman battling a desire to disappear from her own life. As she leads her sister and her boyfriend into the strange landscape of her subconscious, language breaks down, and expressionist motifs depict a struggle between the three, as those closest to her are pulled into the depths of her imagination. The Disappearance of Sadie Jones is a moving and complex tale of love, loss and letting go.

“A structurally daring and challenging production that reminds you how visceral and powerful live performance can be” Exeunt Magazine ****

“The spartan text is conjured into shimmering gamelan lushness, interleaved layers pivoting about shared catchwords, superimposed, staggered, coalescing into riffs and refrains then diverging via counterpoint into cacophony.” Total Theatre

“Lecoq via Complicité; Berkoff via Frantic; DV8 and Pina Bausch swigged straight from the bottle.” Total Theatre

“The boundaries and also the limitlessness of language are revealed in a confounding puzzle of Beckettian madness.” Plays to See ****

Supported by the Arts Council England and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Developed through residences at Beaford Arts, CPT and the Bike Shed Theatre.

9.15pm Post-show discussion

10pm Close