PHOENIX

Nov 26 2013 19:45 - Dec 14 2013 21:00

Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT London

Ground-breaking new theatre company The Big House presents Phoenix, the blistering new play by Andy Day focusing on the fractured lives of those leaving the care system and performed by care-leavers from The Big House's education programme.

Phoenix is back by popular demand after a sell-out run at Hackney Downs Studios - where The Big House is theatre company in residence.

You can't control Latitia. You can't help her. You can't catch her, so quick are her feet. But she's sinking fast. Sixteen and straight out of care, she's heading to rock bottom unless something, or someone, can break her fall. When the worst thing that could possibly happen happens, she takes her first step towards something good.

Written by Andy Day from the lives and words of the cast and directed by Big House Artistic Director Maggie Norris, this immersive promenade performance around the extraordinary spaces of Hackney Downs Studios drama draws out the raw and bitter truth, and the hard road to a hopeful future.

Phoenix has been developed out of The Big House theatre company's innovative 11-week personal and social development project for care leavers aged 16 – 25 from their own words and experiences, bringing into sharp focus the lives of this too often forgotten and marginalised group.

Please note: Phoenix has a 12+ age restriction.

Writer - Andy Day

Director - Maggie Norris

Designer - Kate Unwin

Lighting Designer - Josh Carr

Sound Designer - Ed Clarke

Movement Direction - Maggie Norris & Osman Enver

Andy Day is TV and film screenwriter, with credits including Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Channel 4 TV series, 2000), Mean Machine (film, 2001) and Long Time Dead (film, 2001). He has worked with Scene & Heard as a volunteer, helping children to write plays, and as a playwright for Only Connect, writing plays play scripts based on the experience of ex-prisoners.

Maggie Norris founded The Big House in 2013 and directs this production. From 2008 – 2012 Maggie was Artistic Director of Only Connect, a creative arts company working in prisons, schools and from the company's base in Kings Cross. Directing credits for Only Connect include Any Which Way (Evening Standard and Time Out Critics' Choice), Family Matters, A Christmas Carol (or Badman Christmas) & His Teeth (Evening Standard and Time Out Critics' Choice, nominated for 6 Off West End Awards). Other directing work includes Bad Girls – The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Garrick Theatre London), The Sunshine Boys (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Bodies (LIVE Theatre Newcastle).

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