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RXConnect - WE NEED TO TALK

The Almighty Sometimes / Connect Fest / The House of Bernarda Alba / Rockets and Blue Lights

  • 22 June 2020 - 13 July 2020
  • On Tour / External

1 WEEK, 3 DAYS, 4 PANEL DISCUSSIONS, 4 ARCHIVED PRODUCTIONS

Coronavirus has been affecting us all, but some groups of people are feeling it more than others.

As the world starts to un-pause and we leave our digital selves behind for the real world, we feel a sense of urgency to chew the fat and see how we can all be a part of addressing these imbalances in our daily lives. Why don’t you join us: Watch, Listen, Talk, Share.

Last weekend our production of Winsome Pinnock’s powerful new play ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS aired on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Lockdown Theatre Festival and the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine. In May we created an intergenerational production called CONNECT FEST, and on the 22 June we’re making our archive recordings of Kendall Feaver’s multi-award-winning play THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES, a 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting winner, and our co-production with Graeae THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA available via our YouTube channel.

THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES and THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA are now available to stream for free on our YouTube channel.

These productions raise some important questions about the world in which we find ourselves today. They are interesting catalysts for conversations about the disproportionate impact of Coronavirus on key groups within UK society – specifically disabled people, children and young people, older people and Black communities. Together with the release of these productions we are presenting four panel discussions across the week of 22 June. Inviting a mix of artists, young people, industry specialists and some of those who created the original pieces of work, we will livestream these conversation inviting questions from our digital audience using the wider themes of these plays as a gateway into bigger and broader issues of the day.


THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES: PANEL EVENT
Monday 22 June, 5pm - 6pm

How is lockdown affecting the mental health and well-being of young people and how can theatre offer healing from this time? Author of advice book Dear Katie, TV and radio presenter Katie Thistleton will chair this panel. She is joined by original cast member Julie Hesmondhalgh who will talk about her role as a mother trying to help her daughter through her battles with her mental health and two members of the Royal Exchange Young Company.

THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES PANEL EVENT

CONNECT FEST: PANEL EVENT
Wednesday 24 June, 11.30am – 12.30pm

How has theatre opened up ways of staying connected for older people in our community during lockdown? Actor Wyllie Longmore will be in discussion with Farrell Curran (Head of Cultural Partnerships/ Age of Creativity Festival Director) and members of the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Elders Company and Graduate Company. They will explore their involvement in the creative arts and what the impact of lockdown has been for them.

CONNECT FEST PANEL EVENT

THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA: PANEL EVENT
Wednesday 24 June, 5pm - 6pm

How has the lockdown disproportionately affected disabled people across the UK and what does theatre need to do to make space for this community in the future? We are joined by Director Nickie Miles-Wildin, one of the creative team from the production. Nickie will open up the discussion as she talks about both her creative vision for the show and her personal experiences as an artist during lockdown.

 THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA PANEL EVENT

ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS: PANEL EVENT
Friday 26 June, 5pm - 6pm

How does the way we tell stories and who tells them define us and our lived experience? Stella Kanu, Executive Director of LIFT Festival and Chair of Eclipse Theatre Company hosts this final panel discussion. Joined by Winsome Pinnock - multi-award-winning playwright and writer of ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS; Wyllie Longmore - award-winning actor and teacher of acting who has appeared at the Royal Exchange on a number of occasions; Tony Gordon - a hugely respected activist within the Manchester community and pioneered the Nana Bonsu Oral History Project; Yusra Warsama - a multi-award-winning actress and theatre-maker in Manchester; Roy Alexander Weise – multi-award-winning director and Co-Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre.

This discussion will begin to ask how fiction and journalism have affected the lives of Black people in the UK and what is needed to affect change, reshape history and improve quality of life.

You can listen to ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS , as part of the Lockdown Theatre Festival on BBC Radio 3.

ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS PANEL EVENT

 


It is an incredibly tough time for the theatre industry and we need your help now more than ever. These productions have been created by both our fantastically skilled in-house team and brilliantly talented freelance artists. Whilst the majority of our staff are on furlough, so many freelancers, who make theatre happen, are unable to work, and many are falling through the cracks of the government support schemes. With this in mind, any donations made will be split between the Royal Exchange and the artists that worked with us to make these pieces.

To support please visit royalexchange.co.uk/donate or you can donate by text message for each production:

THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES
For every donation received, 50% will go to the artists and creatives involved in creating the production, 50% will go directly to support the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Text 5ALMIGHTY to 70460 to donate £5 | Text 10ALMIGHTY to 70460 to donate £10 | Text 20ALMIGHTY to 70460 to donate £20

THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA
For every donation received, 33% will go to the artists and creatives involved in the creation of the production, 33% will go to co-producers Graeae, the UK’s leading theatre company for D/deaf and disabled actors, 33% will go directly to support the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Text 5HOBA to 70470 to donate £5 | 
Text 10HOBA to 70470 to donate £10 | Text 20HOBA to 70470 to donate £20

ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS
For every donation received, 50% will go to the artists and creatives involved in creating the production, 50% will go directly to support the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Text 5ROCKETSAND to 70450 to donate £5, Text 10ROCKETSAND to 70450 to donate £10, Text 20ROCKETSAND to 70450 to donate £20.

Text is only available on UK networks and will cost your donation amount plus one standard rate message.

  • Event Information
  • THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES: PANEL EVENT
    Monday 22 June, 5pm - 6pm
    DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAMME

    CONNECT FEST: PANEL EVENT
    Wednesday 24 June, 11.30am – 12.30pm

    THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA: PANEL EVENT
    Wednesday 24 June, 5pm - 6pm
    DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAMME
    DOWNLOAD THE EASY READ SYNOPSIS

    ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS: PANEL EVENT
    Friday 26 June, 5pm - 6pm
    DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAMME


    PLEASE NOTE:
    There are content warnings for THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES and ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS

    THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES
    The show contains frank discussion of mental illness throughout. There is a scene containing an attempted suicide/overdose at the end of Act One and Act Two contains graphic scenes depicting a woman suffering from extreme mental distress.

    ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS
    Age Guidance 14+
    This production contains potentially upsetting themes around slavery, physical violence, sexual violence, colonialism and racial prejudice. It contains strong language

  • Creative Team
  • THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES by Kendall Feaver

    ANNA Norah Lopez Holden
    RENEE Julie Hesmondhalgh
    OLIVER Mike Noble
    VIVIENNE Sharon Duncan-Brewster

    DIRECTOR Katy Rudd
    DESIGNER Rosanna Vize
    CASTING DIRECTORS Jerry Knight-Smith CDG & Vicky Richardson
    LIGHTING Lucy Carter
    SOUND Giles Thomas
    MOVEMENT Vicki Manderson

    STAGE MANAGER Harriet Stewart
    DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER Leona Nally
    ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Amber Chapell

    THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA by Federico Garcia Lorca. Adapted by Jo Clifford.

    BERNARDA ALBA Kathryn Hunter
    MARÍA JOSEFA Paddy Glynn
    ANGUSTIAS Nadia Nadarajah
    MAGDALENA Chloë Clarke
    AMELIA Philippa Cole
    MARTIRIO Kellan Frankland
    ADELA Hermon Berhane
    SIGNER MAID EJ Raymond
    SPEAKER MAID Natalie Amber
    PONCIA Alison Halstead
    PRUDENCIA + BEGGAR WOMAN Freddie Stabb

    DIRECTOR Jenny Sealey
    DESIGNER Liz Ascroft
    LIGHTING Johanna Town
    SOUND Carolyn Downing
    Casting Director Sarah Hughes CDG
    MOVEMENT DIRECTOR Lucy Hind
    VOICE Frankie Armstrong
    REHEARSAL INTERPRETER Jude Mahon
    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Nickie Miles-Wildin
    BSL translation led by Rita Mcdade, with Catherine King and Deaf members of the cast.

    STAGE MANAGER Patricia Davenport
    DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER Rosie Giarratana
    ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Amber Chapell


    ROCKETS & BLUE LIGHTS by Winsome Pinnock

    ESSIE/LUCY Rochelle Rose
    LOU/OLU Kiza Deen
    THOMAS/TREVOR Karl Collins
    CAESAR/REUBEN Natey Jones
    CLARKE/PEARSON/BENJAMIN Everal A Walsh
    TURNER/ROY/PETER PIPER Paul Bradley
    RUSKIN/JOHNSON/DECKER Matthew Seadon-young
    DANBY/MARY/MEG/SHONA Cathy Tyson
    BILLIE Anthony Aje
    JESS/JEANIE Kudzai Sitima

    DIRECTOR Miranda Cromwell
    DESIGNER Laura Hopkins
    LIGHTING DESIGNER Jessica Hung Han Yun
    SOUND DESIGNER Elena Peña
    COMPOSER AND MUSICIAN Femi Temowo
    ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Mumba Dodwell
    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Chantelle Walker
    CASTING DIRECTOR Vicky Richardson CDG

    STAGE MANAGER Louise Martin
    DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER Sylvia Darkwa-ohemeng
    ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Sarah Barnes

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