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Why not skip along to Southwark Playhouse new season



Preview by Jack Foley

THE new artistic director of Southwark Playhouse opened his inaugural season with a production of Toby Farrow’s Kangaroo Valley, which will continue playing until April 10.

Gareth Machin arrived at the prestigious Southwark venue after several years as an associate director at Bristol Old Vic, where he also served as acting artistic director.

Other season highlights include a visit from Tour de Force and Machin’s own Southwark directorial debut, a revival of Arthur Miller’s The Archbishop’s Ceiling.

 

Kangaroo Valley, meanwhile, tells the story of pro-swimmer, Jez Brenneman, who arrives from Cape Town and checks into an Aussie-filled Earl's Court hostel, where he prepares to embark on a whistle-stop tour of self-destruction.

It will be followed by Tour de Force's staging of Jean Genet's The Maids, from April 13 to May 1, which places the 1947 classic in a contemporary setting, exploring the modern desires of people with money, fame and glamour.

Tour de Force was founded by Peter Joucla and has earned a name for itself for touring new physical theatre productions of classic texts, in both French and English, for the past six years.

Machin's interpretation of The Archbishop’s Ceiling runs from May 5 to 29 and features the story of a leading dissident writer, who must decide whether to remain in the country after the only copy of his new novel is stolen by the secret police.

Miller's play examined the erosion of personal integrity in the face of an colossal, unseen power.

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