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TARA Arts - Summer 2013

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TARA Arts has announced its programme for Summer 2013.

“…the he and she of it.” A Portrait of James Joyce – May 3 and 4 at 7.30pm. Tickets £13.50, £9.50 concessions.

One of Ireland’s leading actors, Frank Grimes, performs his riveting portrait of one of the world’s greatest literary figures, James Joyce. Includes extracts from Finnegan’s Wake, Portrait of the Artist as a
Young Man, Dubliners
and Ulysses.

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The Idealist – May 8 to May 11 at 7:30pm. Tickets: £12, £8 concessions.

Based on true events, The Idealist follows the story of Antti Penttinen, a Finnish idealist who sets off for Russia to pursue his dreams of contributing to communism and changing the world through song. Antti is soon confronted with a society rift with distrust. He struggles with his naïve idealism in a reality which is sinking into darkness.

Set in the 1930s, The Idealist is an absurdist play about dictatorship, oppression and the truth about dolphins.

Sir Andrew Motion – The Customs House – May 15 at 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50.

A stunning new collection from the former Poet Laureate. The book is in three sections and opens with a sequence of war poems, Laurels and Donkeys, which draws on soldiers’ experiences from the First and Second World war, through to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also reads from The Cinder Path (Faber), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and answers questions about his writing. Followed by book signing.

Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny – May 16 to May 18 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £13.50, £9.50 concessions.

Johnny is caught between a jail-bait femme fatale and the demon truck-driver who hounds her. This Fringe First Award Winner is like nothing you’ve ever seen. A road movie for the stage… a rock opera for the spoken word… a story of love, redemption and an AK47.

Sense by Anja Hilling – May 21 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10.

A series of stories driven by the senses, exploring the radical highs and heart-wrenching lows of teenage love. Five scenes thrust the audience into a series of diverse and often challenging relationships; each an intense, poetic journey into touching, tasting, hearing, inhaling, seeing and experiencing life to the extreme.

Rob Drummer and Andrea Ferran direct.

Co z tobą? What About Me? by Krzysztofa Balinska – May 23 and 24 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12, £8 concessions.

A surreal work in progress comedy about immigration in London and those, who become foreign in their own country. Personal testimony, harsh realities and heartfelt discoveries make this a unique and relatable piece for anyone who’s ever felt like a stranger.

A work-in-progress production by students from South Bank University, inspired by Tara Arts’ archive of theatre productions from 1977 to the present. Presented by undergraduates on the Creative Practice course which is taught by Tara Arts.

The Black Messiah by Kirsty Orosko – May 29 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10.

Epiphany Arts presents the story of Bobby Hutton, a member of one of the most famous civil rights activist parties in Black American history.

One day after the death of Martin Luther King, Bobby Hutton, a sixteen year old member of the Black Panther party in America, was murdered. This production re-tells the story of Hutton’s life during his time as a Panther, up until his death.

The Black Messiah is also a work-in-progress production by students from South Bank University, inspired by Tara Arts’ archive of theatre productions from 1977 to the present. Presented by undergraduates on the Creative Practice course which is taught by Tara Arts.

Shooting the Moon by Sonia Hale – June 24 and 25 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £13.50, £9.50 concessions.

It’s hot, Armageddon hot. The city sky line burns bright with the threat of riot and rebellion. A drug gang is frantically harvesting their crop. Tensions are running high, paranoia is at fever pitch. With the threat from police and rival gangs imminent the last thing they need is the arrival of a mysterious woman.

Anna is searching for her lost child, rumoured to have been kidnapped by the gang. In this desperate land of drugs, gangs and violence, Anna is prepared to do anything for her cause. But her love is put to the ultimate test as her quest takes her to the edge of life and closer to the brink of insanity.

Women of Troy by Euripides – June 26 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10.

In no man’s land between the shattered walls of Troy and the tents of the victorious Greeks, Hecuba, Queen of Troy, waits to sail away to a sorrowful destiny. While she waits she hears of her relative’s destinies and witnesses the cruelty of her captors – Troy’s men and children have been brutally slain, leaving its women to serve them like dogs.

But buried deep within the misery and grief, a ray of hope in the human spirit shines and Euripides proves that no-one wins in war! Considered Euripides most tragic piece, Women of Troy is a dark piece of theatre with a strong anti-war message.

Holocaust: a Living Journey-Book – July 10 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10.

If history retreats into obscurity as the world rushes forward at breakneck speed what are we left with to help avoid making some of the same mistakes?

Returning to Tara Theatre following their debut in 2010 with The Right to Remain…Tupac Shakur, this US-UK company brings together ritual and multi-media in a spellbinding mosaic of original monologues and scenes complemented by the Five Choruses of Noble Peace Prize poet Nelly Sachs.

Accompanied by archival film, music and inspirational testimonies featuring five holocaust survivors, Holocaust: a Living Journey-Book offers nine young actors whose energy and commitment raise the question, “Will they remember?” How important is it for mankind to remember its history? What is the value of collective and personal memory?

All tickets sold for this production will benefit the Tara Theatre building development campaign.

2:1 – July 13 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions.

2:1 is a modern day response to the representation of women in power and poses the question, are we a sum of our body parts?

This is collaboration between choreographer Rachael Nanyonjo and writer Emma Dennis Edwards that fuses dynamic physical contemporary movement with text exploring the world of dance, arts and themes of the gaze.

This performance has been supported by the London Hub of Sustaiend Theatre as a part of their artists development award Pitch It.

Julie Madly Deeply – July 17 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £13.50, £9.50 concessions.

Adored by millions, Dame Julie Andrews is a genuine legend of entertainment. But does Mary Poppins ever long to let her hair down at the end of a hard day? Does Maria Von Trapp ever wish she was called sexy instead of saccharine?

Julie’s songs from musicals including Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady are intertwined with stories and anecdotes about Andrews’ own life, from her beginnings as a child star to the recent challenges of losing her famous singing voice. What emerges is a delightfully funny and candid love letter to a true show business survivor.

Women of Hope – July 24 to July 26 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £13.50, £9.50 concessions.

Women of Hope is a verbatim music theatre drama by Renu Arora, in collaboration with Asha Projects and Latin American Women’s Aid. The show has been inspired by women who’ve suffered shocking domestic abuse, often for decades.

Moved by the generosity and openness of these women, their experiences behind closed doors are brought to light. Their extraordinary spirits shine through as their stories are explored, and their unique, innately hopeful, individual and collective voice is found. This is a funny, touching, and very human journey into the heart and soul of these remarkable women.

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