Antler’s two-handed tale of friendship and obsession, Lands, which was originally a hit at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, has bounced its way to west London’s Bush Theatre where it currently has audiences jumping for joy. You only have to glance at Twitter to see that. You’ll have to spring into action if you want to catch it, as it ends its London run on 1 December. Time to book tickets!
Lands is the tale of two friends. One can’t stop bouncing on a mini trampoline. The other is struggling her way through a 1,000-piece jigsaw. They’ve been together, here, for a long time. They are happy here. But there’s a problem. It’s a massive problem and soon they’re going to have to talk about it…
The production stars Leah Brotherhead and Sophie Steer as Leah and Sophie. Brotherhead boasts credits including Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies (Royal Shakespeare Company), while Steer previously appeared in Breach Theatre’s Tank and Kandinsky Theatre’s Still Ill.
Jaz Woodcock-Stewart directs the show. She previously directed Antler’s Days Like This, If I Were Me and This Way Up. As an assistant director, her credits include Network (National Theatre) David Bowie musical Lazarus and Measure For Measure (Young Vic).
What’s being said on Twitter?
Wow! @bushtheatre I saw #landstheplay last night.Terrific still thinking about it. Great performances and @JazWoodStew is a directorial delight so bold and on point. Laughing aloud followed by lumps in my throat. See this play people if you can. It was sold out last night
— Julian Moore-Cook (@JMooreCook) November 17, 2018
If you can, go and see @ANTLERtheatre‘s #landstheplay at @bushtheatre! It’s funny, it’s cool and really moving. Really beautiful performances from @SophieSteer1 and @BrotherheadLeah too! Well done @JazWoodStew 💫
— Jessica Bailes (@jessica_bailes) November 16, 2018
— Eleanor Pead (@EleanorPead) November 16, 2018
And our mates thought…
You can’t fault the boldness of the @bushtheatre for commissioning #LandsThePlay and you can fault even less the energy and commitment of team @ANTLERtheatre in performing it. If you like your theatre intimate and experimental, it’s for you.
— Rachel Williams (@billiwilliams) November 8, 2018
— MyTheatreMates (@MyTheatreMates) November 13, 2018
Lands runs until 1 December at Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8LJ. Performances are Mondays to Saturdays at 7.45pm, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.45pm. Tickets are priced £15-£20. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Leah Brotherhead: Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Shakespeare’s Globe/Liverpool Everyman); Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies (RSC/Aldwych Theatre/The Winter Gardens On Broadway); Another Place (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Doctor Faustus(West Yorkshire Playhouse/Glasgow Citizen’s); People Like Us (Pleasance); Euphoria (Ensemble 52); DNA (Hull Truck/Uk Tour); The Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre). TV includes: White Gold, Doctors, Vera, Casualty, Boy Meets Girl. Leah is a BBC Carleton Hobbs Award winner and has played numerous roles for the BBC Radio rep company.
Sophie Steer: Tank, National Tour (Breach Theatre); Still Ill, New Diorama (Kandinsky Theatre); Astronauts Of Hartlepool by Tim Foley, Winner Of Vaults Festival Origins Awards For New Work; Sparks by Simon Longman, Old Red Lion; Buckets, Orange Tree Theatre; Romeo & Juliet, Watermill Theatre. TV includes: Chickens, Big Talk Productions. Short films include: Caliban’s Cave, short film adaptation of Tim Crouch’s I, Caliban; A Thousand Empty Glasses, Nominated For Best Short At Raindance/ Palm Springs.
Who are Antler?
Theatre company Antler, who specialise in telling stories using theatre and film, are Bush Associates for 2017/18. They have previously won the IdeasTap Underbelly Award, the Pulse Festival Suitcase Prize and Best Short Fiction award at the BFI Future Film Festival. Their previous shows have toured the UK, including London stops at Bush Theatre and Soho Theatre.