WE ALL COME FROM THE SEA AND BACK TO THE SEA WE WILL GO.

 

CITIZENS THEATRE IN ASSOCIATION WITH WONDER FOOLS

Telling the stories of human kindness behind the headlines, Lampedusa was a sell-out during its premiere run at Soho Theatre in London in 2015.

The Italian island of Lampedusa lies in the Mediterranean between Sicily, Tunisa and Libya. Once, fisherman Stefano made a living here.

Now, he uses his fishing boat to collect the bodies of drowned migrants from the sea. In the UK, Chinese-British student Denise is forced to go door to door for a payday loan company to finance her degree, meeting grinding poverty and racist prejudices as well as small acts of charity.

 

We urgently need a proper conversation about migration in this country, and in Europe. 
Anders Lustgarten, 20 March 2015
 

 

 

 

DATES

8 November - 18 November 2017

Citizens Theatre


Jack Nurse is supported by the Dewar Arts Award and Creative Scotland in order to direct this production of Lampedusa

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CAST

Louise Mai Newberry
Andy Clark

CREATIVE TEAM

Writer 
Anders Lustgarten

Director
Jack Nurse

Designer
Alisa Kalyanova

Lighting Designer
Benny Goodman

Assistant Director
Tess Monro

Casting Director

Laura Donnelly

Producer
Steph Connell

Associate Director
Robbie Gordon

Images by Alex Brady


"A zeitgeist-capturing evocation of hope" - ★★★★ The Herald   "An evening worth remembering" - ★★★★ - The Scotsman
★★★★★ Reviews Hub ★★★★ The List ★★★★ The Times  ★★★★ The Daily Record 

 

Staging Anders Lustgarten's Lampedusa has involved an exciting research and development process. To find out more take a look at our development blog:

 

Director Jack Nurse on Lampedusa

HE WAS NEVER MCNEILL OF GREAT BRITAIN.  HE WAS NOT EVEN MCNEILL OF SCOTLAND. HE REMAINED MCNEILL OF TRANENT – "THE FASTEST MAN IN THE WORLD"

George McNeill was born in Tranent, a small Scottish mining town. He began his career as a part-time professional footballer, signing for Hibernian at sixteen.

Giving up football to concentrate on athletics, he was banned from running as an amateur due to his professional football career, meaning he could never compete in the Commonwealth or Olympic Games. Despite this, he went on to break the professional world record and win a professional world sprint title in 1972. However, with all of these successes, George’s story is still mostly unknown to the wider world...until now.

Told by McNeill himself, this one-man show in collaboration with Wonder Fools, depicts his remarkable true story with hilarious anecdotes, archival film footage and music. He was never McNeill of Great Britain, he was not even McNeill of Scotland, he remained McNeill of Tranent -“The Fastest Man in the World”.

 

PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES

19 May 2015
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

18 February 2015
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

12 November 2014
Le Monde, Edinburgh

20 August 2014
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

30 July 2014
Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
(Part of Festival 2014)

21-22 July 2014
Old Hairdressers, Glasgow


CREATIVE TEAM

Writers 
Jack Nurse
Robbie Gordon
George McNeill

Directors and Designers
Jack Nurse
Robbie Gordon

Producer
Hector Macpherson Brown

CAST

George McNeill

All images by Jassy Earl Photography


IT WAS A GOOD NIGHT, IT WAS A STRANGE NIGHT, IT WAS A MAD NIGHT.

Wonder Fools adaptation of 'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart' by David Greig displaces the rural folk culture explored in the original play with the nightlife of Glasgow.

Greig’s original text was reinterpreted to explore lad culture, the objectification of women and subculture in Scotland. With four guys flashing back and forth between the morning after and the night before, trying to make sense of what's been and what's coming; accompanied by projection and a live DJ.

Wonder Fools were commissioned to explore this text by Playwrights' Studio Scotland's Crossing the Line Programme

 

PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES

17 November 2014
The Arches, Glasgow
(Part of Crossing the Lines)


CREATIVE TEAM

Directors 
Jack Nurse
Robbie Gordon

DJ/Sound Designer
Joshua Payne
(Super Conductor Sound)

CAST

Kenny Boyle
Connie Hartley
Jamie Buchanan
Mark Barrett
Robbie Gordon

TWO BOW-TIE CLAD PERFORMERS.
ONE TYPEWRITER. ONE TABLE. ONE VACANT SEAT.

‘This Is What You Look Like’ is a performance installation where the audience becomes the poet. Inviting passers by to sit down and converse with our performers, conversation quickly turns to their setting, the audience's experience, the atmosphere and it’s beating pulse:

"Who are they now in the world of the festival?
Who can they be tonight?
Who will they be when they have to go home?"

All the while the performers quietly extract eclectic phrases, unusual words and the essence of their thoughts, to create something unique, unexpected and personal.

‘This Is What You Look Like’ is an event/festival based installation for all ages, and all kinds of environments.  Performed in fields, under waterfalls and on dancefloors. 

This installation was initially developed with the National Theatre of Scotland’s LEARN department in The Forge shopping centre, Glasgow.

 

Upcoming Performances

Coming soon.

Previous Performances

July 2017
Citadel Festival, London

19 September 2015
North West Glasgow Arts Trail, Glasgow

21-23 August 2015
Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival,
Stirlingshire

8-9 August 2015
Mugstock Festival, Milngavie

2015, 2016, 2017
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Inverness

2015, 2016, 2017
Kelburn Garden Party, Largs

12-14 June 2015
Eden Festival, Dumfries


CREATIVE TEAM

Created by
Robbie Gordon
& Jack Nurse

Producer
Hector Macpherson Brown

PERFORMERS

Robbie Gordon
Jack Nurse
Stuart Ramage
David Gillan
Daisy Addison
Christie Russell-Brown
Jonathan Burns
Hector Macpherson Brown Perri Armstrong
Owen Sutcliffe

 

 

All images by Jassy Earl Photography