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Highs and Lows: preview of play directed by Mark Espiner

Mark Espiner, who’s been doing very interesting work with his theatre company “Sound and Fury” has a new play in preview.

The play is written by Glen Neath, entitled The Highs and Lows of Owning your own Home.

Mark’s full announcement follows the ‘more’ button, but he introduced it as follows:

I had mentioned this to a couple of you and if you’re free you
might like to sample it. It’s a showcase of the first act of this
fine new Beckett/Pinter/Kafka-esque play with a bit of Magnus Mills
thrown in and is about three 30-something men struggling over a
property and a woman. With the writer I’ve cast it with some fine
actors in their late-70s which really adds to the petty squabbles –
which have a linguistic undercurrent of international politics and
the war on terror.

THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF OWNING YOUR OWN HOME
Directed by Mark Espiner
Performed by John Ringham, Godfrey Jackman and Patrick Driver
Designed by Lizzie Clachan
Costumes by Charlotte Espiner
Lighting by Chris Umney
Produced by Jo Carr

A house. A garden. Three chairs. And an ancient grudge.
Three men squabble over the ownership of a house, a woman and each
other’s attention.

PLACE: The Hackney Empire Bullion Room, Mare St, E8 1EJ
DATE : Friday January 13, 2006
TIME: 7.30pm
PRICE: £12/£8
Box Office: 020 8985 2424

For more details see www.rotozaza.co.uk/joyride.html


Here’s the full text of Mark’s announcement:

I had mentioned this to a couple of you and if you’re free you
might like to sample it. It’s a showcase of the first act of this
fine new Beckett/Pinter/Kafka-esque play with a bit of Magnus Mills
thrown in and is about three 30-something men struggling over a
property and a woman. With the writer I’ve cast it with some fine
actors in their late-70s which really adds to the petty squabbles –
which have a linguistic undercurrent of international politics and
the war on terror. I’m trying to get producers and funders along to
it to help get it on stage – the Arcola is due to stage it in May.
Hope to see you there – and if not see you soon.
All best,
Mark

You are invited to an exclusive preview of the first act of Glen
Neath’s new play

THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF OWNING YOUR OWN HOME
Directed by Mark Espiner
Performed by John Ringham, Godfrey Jackman and Patrick Driver
Designed by Lizzie Clachan
Costumes by Charlotte Espiner
Lighting by Chris Umney
Produced by Jo Carr

A house. A garden. Three chairs. And an ancient grudge.
Three men squabble over the ownership of a house, a woman and each
other’s attention.

Writer Glen Neath’s sinister and comic take on the power struggle
in relationships is witty, provocative and disturbing.

Glen Neath’s debut novel The Outgoing Man “surreal and wickedly
funny” (The Times), was published by Portobello Books in September
2005 to critical acclaim.
Director Mark Espiner (Sound & Fury), most recently worked with
Shunt artists on Ether Frolics (Shunt Vaults, Edinburgh and This
Way Up tour 2005).
Designer Lizzie Clachan is a founder member of, and designer for,
the Shunt collective.

PLACE: The Hackney Empire Bullion Room, Mare St, E8 1EJ
DATE : Friday January 13, 2006
TIME: 7.30pm
PRICE: £12/£8
Box Office: 020 8985 2424

You will also get the chance to see Glen Neath’s THE SUPERHEROES (a
work-in-progress) alongside pieces by THE RIOT GROUP, ROTOZAZA and
MATT RUDKIN.

A LIFE AFFIRMING JOYRIDE VOL.1 , a season of work, takes place over
three nights Jan 12-13

For more details see www.rotozaza.co.uk/joyride.html

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  1. Well, the play was a blast. So many people showed up we had to turn them away and the Hackney Empire’s Bullion Room was a perfect venue for the show. The two older actors (77 and 81) managed to remember all the right moves and lines and, as the pros they are, got the laughs from the audience. Hoping to have this play fully staged in 2006 in London. Thanks for featuring it in the weblog.

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