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Our Share of Tomorrow - Theatre503

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING celebrated runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and York Theatre Royal, Our Share of Tomorrow will tour to venues across the East – the area that inspired it – before receiving its London premiere at Theatre503, where it runs from June 17 to July 6, 2013.

A story of love, grief and loyalty, Our Share of Tomorrow is presented by Real Circumstance in association with the Mercury Theatre and Lakeside Theatre.

Tom asked Grace out when they were sitting on the Quay. She was fifteen, he a year older, and they were very happy together. But then she had to go away – something to do with her parents. So he sat on the Quay waiting for her. And one day she came back.

The production was developed through the company’s own distinctive process, which blends devising and improvisation with traditional scripting, aiming to create emotionally detailed, resonant and truthful work.

Characters – originally inspired by real people – are improvised and developed with the cast to explore thematic structures and narratives, which over time are developed into the final work through a process of writing, re-writing and further improvisation.

Real Circumstance’s Artistic Director, Dan Sherer said: “The play was inspired by wanting to make a simple love story, and then taking the circumstances of that story very seriously.

“When I started making Our Share Of Tomorrow, I thought it would be about a romantic love, and it is, but as the piece grew it became a story about the love between parent and a child; and then a story about loss. What does it mean to love somebody who is no longer there? Or to love somebody whom it is impossible to love?

“I grew up on the Quay of an Essex fishing village, and there is a lyricism and a poetry that belongs to that environment, which I wanted to capture – a feeling of wanting to hold back the passage of time; to not have to grow up.

“Real Circumstance develops plays through extensive improvisation, where the actors build their characters over a long period of time, and then improvise until that material is honed into a finished piece. This approach, strongly influenced by Mike Leigh, gives our work a level of detail and emotional clarity that is really unusual.

Our Share Of Tomorrow is the best example of our work to date. It combines a clarity of performance and a depth brought about by improvisation, with the precision of authorship. This is united through a lyrical, theatrical aesthetic to make a piece that is deeply moving, and resonant to those who experience it.”

The cast includes Tamsin Joanna Kennard, Jot Davies and David Tarkenter.

Written and directed by Dan Sherer, Our Share Of Tomorrow is designed by James Cotterill, with lighting by Michael Nabarro and sound by Steve Mayo.

Our Share Of Tomorrow is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets: £12, £10 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7978 7040 or online at www.theatre503.com/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm (no shows June 24 and July 1), 5pm on Sunday, June 23 and 30.

Running Time: 1 hour 10 minutes.

The tour will visit Colchester, Norwich, Ely and Stowmarket.

Playing With Grownups runs at Theatre503 from May 14 to June 8, 2013. Also at Theatre503: Thatcherwrite, a series of short plays looking back at Margaret Thatcher – the woman, the politics and her legacy.