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Mission Drift - National Theatre (The Shed)

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MISSION Drift, a new American musical created by Brooklyn-based ensemble the TEAM in collaboration with Heather Christian and Sarah Gancher, runs in The Shed, the National Theatre’s new temporary venue, from June 5 to June 28, 2013.

Mission Drift tells the story of a pioneering journey across the USA in pursuit of the soul of American capitalism, told through atomic blasts, lizard ballet, and music that fuses Vegas glitz with Western ballads and Southern gospel.

The show features two interweaving love stories presided over by seductive storyteller Miss Atomic: the saga of an immortal teenage Dutch couple as they travel west from Amsterdam to New Amsterdam in 1624, to modern-day financially devastated Las Vegas and the intimate portrait of Joan and Chris, an out-of-work cocktail waitress and a cowboy.

Rachel Chavkin directs a cast that includes Libby King, Brian Hastert, Heather Christian, Amber Gray and Ian Lassiter. Music is performed by Jonathan Anderson, Spencer Cohen and the company.

Mission Drift was winner of the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards and the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize.

The TEAM is a Brooklyn-based ensemble whose mission is to create new performance works that examine the experience of living in America today. Previous work includes Faster, Howl, Give Up! Start Over! (Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2005), A Thousand Natural Shocks, Particularly in the Heartland (Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2006) and Architecting (Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2008).

Mission Drift has music by Heather Christian, design by Nick Vaughan, costumes by Brenda Abbandandolo, lighting by Jake Heinrichs and Séan Linehan and sound by Matt Hubbs.

Tickets: £12 and £20 – available from the box office on 020 7452 3000 or online at theshed.nationaltheatre.org.uk/. Tickets are currently available to book in advance. A limited number of day tickets will also be available to buy at the box office, online and over the phone from noon on the day of performance.

ShedTalks: Entry for ShedTalks cost £1 but is free with a ticket bought for that night’s performance.

June 13 at 6.30pm – pre-show talk with director Rachel Chavkin.
June 20, post-show – meet the company.
June 27, post-show – an economic response.

Access performances: Captioned Performance – Thursday, June 20 at 8pm, Audio-described Performance – Saturday, June 22 at 3pm, Touch Tour at 1:45pm.