Get ready. Take aim. Fire…. Sense of Place Theatre launches with a brand-new London production of The Frontier Trilogy, Jethro Compton’s 2015 triptych of three short plays set in the American Wild West, which runs for six performances only at the Hen & Chickens Theatre from 2 to 6 October 2018.
“In a secluded chapel, night has descended. A young man falls to his knees and begins to pray.”
Step inside the chapel of St Emmanuel and witness this trilogy of fast-paced, crackling Western dramas. Greed, ambition, love and vengeance drive these tales forward with an intensity and ferocity that will take you to the heart and heat of the Californian plains. Can two brothers survive their jealousy as the blood moon looms? Can Walker stay true to himself against the ticking clock? Can Jack escape his past and defy the man he was born to be?
Take a pew and watch the light and dark of human nature fight in the dust of the American West, beneath the eyes of God. This is the wild Wild West in all its gun slinging, heated, revenge-driven glory! Life doesn’t cost much out here. So you better fight hard to hold onto it.
The Frontier Trilogy consists of three short plays – Blood Red Moon, The Clock Strikes Noon and The Rattlesnake’s Kiss – all set in California between 1855 and 1866. The trilogy premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 in a production directed by the author. Jethro Compton‘s other plays include The Bunker Trilogy (seen at the Edinburgh Fringe and Southwark Playhouse in 20a3) and an adaptation of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (at the Park Theatre in 2014).
For this brand-new production of The Frontier Trilogy, which marks the debut for Sense of Place Theatre, Darren Barsby and Kim Southey co-direct. The cast are: Matt Greenbank, David Ellis, Rhys Tees, Josie Melton, Mark Haumann, Ashton Spear, Georgina Bennett, Jack Collard, Brian Merry and Zoë Lambrakis.
The Frontier Trilogy runs from 2 to 6 October 2018 at The Hen & Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul’s Road, London N1 2NA. Performances (90 minutes) are Tuesday to Saturday at 7pm, with a Saturday matinee at 1.30pm. Tickets are priced £15 (concessions £12). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
About Sense of Place Theatre
Sense of place. A strong identity deeply felt by inhabitants and visitors. As a company of actors, we feel a sense of place onstage, when performing, rehearsing, creating and watching theatre. Whilst it can be challenging, exposing and full of risk, it always feels like coming home, like the centre of your Self has hunkered down with a cup of tea. Watching theatre can create a sense of place too, but it can also create a feeling of ‘placelessness’, that unsettled and uncomfortable feeling that can lead you to ask questions of yourself and the world around you.
We aim to produce theatre that creates a sense of place for our audiences. Be it to believe in and enjoy inhabiting the world we have imagined, connecting emotionally or intellectually with the work we have created, or in some cases, feeling that lack of a sense of place, with placelessness encouraging questions and reflection.
We aim to work with emerging actors and creatives, giving the opportunity to find their own sense of place within our exciting and competitive industry.
“Space that is an integral part and an extension of the natural world around it, yet reveals the individuality of those who reside there and allows people to interact meaningfully to create a deep sense of belonging.” – Marilyn Finnemore from Importance of Place