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The Events returns to the Young Vic in July

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE EVENTS is returning to the Young Vic (Maria Studio) from July 10 to August 2, 2014, as part of a UK and US tour.

As well as London’s South Bank Centre (April 5), the tour will also visit Brighton, Aberystwyth, Finchley, Lincoln, Cardiff, Liverpool, Newcastle and Belfast, as well as New Haven, Columbus and Philadelphia in the US.

Previously Posted: ATC’s forthcoming project, The Events, premieres at The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh this August prior to a tour and London run at The Young Vic (October 9 to November 2, 2013).

How can I hate him if I don’t understand him?

Screams echo through corridors. A forest echoes with the sound of gunfire. Terrified children are led across a playground. At Claire’s choir rehearsal, one of the singers is missing.

David Greig’s urgent new play asks how far forgiveness will stretch in the face of atrocity. Featuring local choirs and a soaring soundtrack, The Events tells of tragedy, obsession and our destructive desire to fathom the unfathomable.

David Greig’s recent plays include Midsummer, Dunsinane, The Monster in the Hall and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. He has also written the book for the new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on June 25, 2013.

The Events will be directed by Ramin Gray, Artistic Director of ATC. Previously he was International Associate, then Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre where he directed many world or British premieres including Simon Stephens’ Motortown, Marius von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One and The Stone, and Mark Ravenhill’s Over There. He has also directed at the RSC, Out of Joint, The Gate and in many theatres across Europe.

His opera credits include the European premiere of Bliss by Brett Dean and Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice at Hamburg’s Staatsoper and Theater an der Wien. Immediately prior to directing The Events, Gray directed the premiere of the opera The Importance of Being Earnest by Gerald Barry at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden’s Linbury Studio.

Gray’s other recent shows include recent include Wild Swans (a co-production with the Young Vic), The Golden Dragon, Crave and Illusions.

Ramin Gray and David Greig last worked together on the critically praised RSC production of Greig’s play The American Pilot.

The Events has music composed by John Browne, whose works have been performed at the Royal Opera House (Babette’s Feast, Demon Juice), English National Opera (Early Earth Operas, Midnight’s Children), Southbank Centre (A Nightingale Sang) and Westminster Abbey (Small Selves, Out of Suffering).

In the last few years, he has been composer-in-residence at FNSNM, Kings College London, created choral arrangements for the band Elbow, composed the score for The Itch of the Golden Nit, a BAFTA award-winning film by Aardman, been an adjudicator for BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012, created a music-theatre piece in Rwanda and run workshops for the British Council in China and India.

The Events will also tour to Glasgow, Oxford, Dublin, Hull, Bristol, Birmingham and Plymouth. The production will also appear in Vienna and Norway later in the year.

NB: In light of a misleading headline in The Observer, ATC (Actors Touring Company) issued the following statement:

On Sunday March 24, a news piece ran in The Observer that, in its headline, referred to The Events as being a musical about Anders Breivik and the 2011 Norway massacre. This is not the case and The Observer has subsequently corrected the title of their report online. Unfortunately the original error has been duplicated in other media. We wish to make clear that The Events is a serious work that tells a fictional story. During the creation of the piece, the company and writer undertook some research in Norway in order to examine how both individuals and institutions reacted to the aftermath of the events of July 22, 2011. This presumably is the source of the misleading headline.