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Greig looks to scale new heights in tale of identity



Preview by Jack Foley

PYRENEES, by Davig Greig, is the third production in Paines Plough’s ambitious new writing season, This Other England. It will be playing at London's Menier Chocolate Factory from March 29 to April 24.

At the foot of the Pyrenees, a man is found unconscious in the snow. He is a mystery. He has no memory and no hint to his own identity save what appears to be a British accent.

“I am a smoker, I’m not from Yorkshire, It’s not much but it’s a start”

Working on this single clue, a young woman is dispatched from the British Consulate to investigate.

Over the course of a day, as the snow melts, a bond begins to develop between the two until an elegant woman arrives claiming to be his wife throwing these tentative beginnings into confusion, and the man is forced to choose between a lost past and an uncertain future.

Pyrenees is a lyrical new play about truth, cultural identity and belonging.

David Greig is one of Britain’s most popular and prolific playwrights, and has four productions playing in London in 2005 – including The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union at The Donmar in the Spring and The American Pilot for the RSC in the summer.

His fourth production, an adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu The King, and a co-production between The Tron Theatre Company and Dundee Rep, will play later in the year as part of The Barbican’s Young Genius season.

His previous work includes Caligula for The Donmar, When The Bulbul Stopped Singing and Outlying Islands for The Traverse and for the Tron; Casanova (a co-production with Suspect Culture) and San Diego (a co—production with Edinburgh International Festival)

The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union and Pyrenees will both be playing concurrently in London.

They can be seen as companion pieces, and as the first two plays in a trilogy – linked by theme and characters.

Pyrenees is directed by Vicky Featherstone, outgoing Artistic Director of Paines Plough and first Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland.

Pyrenees will be her last production before taking up this new role. She previously directed The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union for Paines Plough at The Lyric Hammersmith.

The full cast is Frances Grey, Jonathan McGuiness, Hugh Ross and Paola Dionisotti.

Paola returns to working with the Tron, following her success in the company’s co-production with The National Theatre of Zinnie Harris’ Further than the Furthest Thing, a role for which she was awarded Best Actress at The Evening Standard Awards.

Set Design is by Neil Warmington, Lighting Design by Natasha Chivers and original music by Nick Powell.

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