In the wake of the UK government’s launch of its “Let’s Talk Loneliness” campaign, Dark Skies Theatre is mounting a brand-new production of Penelope Skinner’s 2010 “modern urban fairytale” Eigengrau for a strictly limited season next month. Time to get booking!
Darkness visible… The colour seen by the eye in perfect darkness.
This is a play about London. About being lost in urban chaos. About a struggle to find meaning in a world of random encounters and connections.
Eigengrau, directed by Offies-nominated Georgie Staight, runs at London’s Waterloo East Theatre from 10 to 22 September 2019, with a press night on 11 September.
Penelope Skinner‘s play, first seen at the Bush Theatre in 2010, documents the lives of four twenty-somethings as they struggle to find a sense of identity through confusion and isolation in a hectic metropolis. Often brilliantly funny, this character-driven tragicomedy centres on relationships – from friendships to messy romantic entanglements – as it casts an unflinching gaze on the contradictions of being a woman today.
Staight’s new production of Eigengrau stars Katie Buchholz, Isabel Della-Porta, George Fletcher and Callum Sharp. It’s designed by Bex Kemp, with sound and lighting by Johnny King. It’s produced by Frances Livesey for Dark Skies Theatre.
A recent YouGov poll found that, contrary to commonly help notions around older people feeling lonely and isolated, young people between the ages of 18 and 24 were the age group most likely to identify as such: three out of four reporting feeling alone, with similar numbers saying they didn’t want to burden others.
In the wake of this research and the launch in June of “Let’s Talk Loneliness”, a cross-party campaign to tackle the stigma of loneliness, Eigengrau is now more relevant than ever. It looks at how, in a world full of incidental connections, it can be difficult for young adults to find what we’re looking for, and at the isolation and panic that can lead to uncomfortable choices.
Director Georgie Staight comments:
“I feel Skinner’s text and the characters within it still ring so truthful nine years on. It engages the audience with biting humour and isn’t scared to confront modern hypocrisies head on. We’re hoping to present an interpretation of the play that a young millennial, perhaps feeling lost or overwhelmed at this stage in their life, can relate to.”
Established young theatre director Georgie Staight focuses on developing the most exciting new voices across the UK and working with up-and-coming theatremakers and companies. She believes in work that is subversive, joyful and collaborative, and enjoys theatre that engages through strong character and humour.
Her recent directing credits include four-time time Off WestEnd-Nominated Chutney (Bunker Theatre); D-Day-75 (Watermill Theatre); Roosting (Park Theatre); Into the Numbers (Finborough Theatre); Dubailand (Finborough Theatre); Flood (Tristan Bates Theatre) and White Light (Arcola Theatre).
Let’s Talk Loneliness
Loneliness is an issue that can affect us all at some point in our lives. In January 2018, following recommendations from the Jo Cox Foundation, the UK Government announced a programme of work to tackle loneliness.
The following October, the Government launched its Loneliness Strategy, which committed to tackling the stigma of loneliness and promoting the importance of social connections. And from this, the #LetsTalkLoneliness campaign was born, to encourage everyone to start the conversation and say it’s okay to feel lonely and to talk about it.
The cross-party initiative and Let’s Talk Loneliness website was officially launched in June 2019 by Minister for Loneliness Mims Davies. In addition to Parliamentary support, it brings together charities and organisations including The Marmalade Trust, Co-Op Foundation, British Red Cross, Campaign to End Loneliness, Mind, Public Health England and the Jo Cox Foundation.
Eigengrau runs from 10 to 22 September 2019 at Waterloo East Theatre, Brad Street, London SE1 8TN, with performances Tuesday to Saturdays at 7.30pm, matinees on Sundays at 4pm and Saturday 21 September at 3pm. Tickets are priced £10-15. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!