Athenaeum Productions, founded by then 16-year-old actor-producer George Jaques, is gearing up for the premiere next week of its second play BREATHE. Sneak a peek inside rehearsals with Jaques and the company, all aged under 25, as they tackle this gritty new play about teenage suicide – and then get booking!
“Just breathe”. Often this is the best advice we have to offer anyone when the pressures of life gets too much. But what about when these two words just aren’t enough? In our relentless pursuit for perfection – to look perfect, to act perfect, to be perfect – the overwhelming pressure cannot always be remedied by these two worn out words.
BREATHE, the second play by George Jaques, explores the anxieties of everyday life and how that manifests into three adolescent couples, who are radically different but ultimately united by their shared burden.
Jaques, from Wandsworth, south London, started his theatre company, Athenaeum Productions, when he was just 16 years old. He presented his debut play, Dilate, tackling teen drug culture in London, last year. For BREATHE, Jaques completed the script, assembled the cast, negotiated the theatre space, produced and rehearsed the show, while also studying for his A-Levels at Whitgift School.
The premiere production, directed by Damsel Productions’ co-founder Hannah Hauer-King, also stars Douglas Clarke-Wood, Martha Hay, Byron Easmon, Elizabeth Brierley and Gus Flind-Henry: all under the age of 25. BREATHE has set and costumes by Cindy Lin, lighting and sound by Joe Price, with dramaturgy by Bunker artistic director Joshua McTaggart.
BREATHE runs 31 July to 4 August 2018 at the Bunker Theatre, 53a Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU, with performances at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £20 (concessions £15, under-30s £10). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Photography by Dan Fearon.