Announcing our summer tour: Titus Andronicus

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All-Female Titus Andronicus from SMooth Faced Gentlemen - Ashlea Kaye & Leila SykesThe time is here – we can finally announce our plans for this Summer!

We’re a pretty new company, with big ambitions, so we’ve planned this year for two things: developing our own style, skills, and identity; and getting the work in front of as many people as possible!

So, it’s with great excitement we can confirm our 2013 Fringe Tour of Titus Andronicus:

  • We’ll be officially premiering the show at the wonderful Buxton Fringe (where last year we won the award for Best Production), performing again at Underground VenuesArts Centre Studio.
  • We’re then high-tailing it up to the Edinburgh Fringe for a full three-week run at the beautiful Bedlam Theatre, world-renowned for being a hub of innovative new theatre companies on the Fringe. We’re honoured to be joining their programme, in the headline slot of 7:30pm.

From there, we’ll be taking the show further – more dates to be confirmed.

For those who aren’t familiar with it, Titus Andronicus is the first tragedy Shakespeare wrote, and one of his most misunderstood plays. It tracks the feud between the families Titus, a respected warrior returning to Rome after a bloody victory, and his former prisoner – turned Empress – Tamora. It’s a vicious, visceral tale of revenge and responsibility, which, with its uncompromising brutality, was all but banned for best part of three centuries. There are (literally*) buckets of wonderful characters, only three of whom are women, and barely any of which survive!

Like our Romeo & Juliet, we’ll be cutting the play right down to a fast-paced action-packed comedy-fuelled 65 minutes of Shakespearean joy, presenting 27 characters with just eight actors. Ours will be a vibrant, energetic take, lovingly told with rigour and vigour and lots of coloured paint.

Can you tell we’re excited?

Smooth-Faced-Gentlemen-All-Female-Titus-Andronicus

We’re pleased to be welcoming Associate Director Yaz Al-Shaater back to direct the show, and once again, founder/Artistic Director Ashlea Kaye will fill the shoes of company manager and produce. Also on board to offer two very different approaches to Dramaturgy are Associate Director Tom Crawshaw and new collaborator Anna Beecher. We hope to work with Anna a lot more in the future, so why not get to know her by reading her recent contribution to our blog?

If you’re interested in joining our creative team, by the way, there’s still time to apply (see this post for job opportunities).

Casting will be announced shortly, with plenty of regulars… and we’ll be auditioning for new people! We’ll put a call out in the next couple of weeks – keep an eye on our twitter for news, or join our mailing list here →

Peppered across this post are a sneak preview of our promo photos, artfully created by Haroun Al-Shaater from Brother Brother Studios, and featuring Leila Sykes and Ashlea Kaye.

All-Female Titus Andronicus - The LadderThis year is a big one for us. When we conceived the company, all-female Shakespeare was a rarity in Britain, especially in the mainstream, and the idea of a company dedicated to the purpose was unheard of. Since then, the Donmar made waves with their all-female Julius Caesar, and the Globe have announced they’re touring an all-female Taming Of The Shrew from June.

We’ve got big plans for the future, and we hope you’ll join us at this exciting time as we set them in motion! Remember, to stay up to date, just join our mailing list, follow us on Twitter, or like our Facebook page.

See you at the Fringes!

*Well, sort of. Come and see it to find out what we mean.

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