Emerge 2021 Festival, a platform for emerging creatives to explore and make new work at south London’s Golden Goose Theatre, continues this week with the premiere of As Long as You Knew, a spoken-word play about grief, which runs for three performances only from 14 to 16 December 2021. Time to get booking!
As Long as You Knew follows the story of five individuals entering group bereavement therapy, each with their own outlook on loss and legacy.
“A moving and poetic exploration of grief”
Described by Papatango Theatre as “a moving and poetic exploration of grief”, this new play uses spoken word to explore how we, as humans, experience grief in the strangest of ways, and how we can learn to move forward when the world seems determined to hold us in place.
As Long as You Knew is written by Ellie Cozens who is joined in the female-led team by director Rasa Niurkaite, movement director Lucy Alder, and producer Alice Bezant, who are dedicated to “creating work that brings people together through common threads of experience”.
The five-strong cast for this features Rosie Weston, Andrew Houghton, Sarah Wandendaya, Joe Dowling and Dom Farrow.
(*Trigger warning: this play contains language exploring several topics including death and pregnancy loss, with inferences of suicide and homophobia.*)
As Long As You Knew runs from 14 to 16 December 2021 at the Golden Goose Theatre, 146 Camberwell New Rd, Vassal, London SE5 0RR, with performances at 7pm. Tickets priced £11 (concessions £9). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
About the Golden Goose Theatre
The Golden Goose is a new theatre close to the heart of Camberwell in south London. Founded by writer/director Michael Kingsbury, who is also the artistic director of the White Bear Theatre in Kennington, and led by Georgia Leanne Harris as artistic director, the Golden Goose aims to produce and programme new work from upcoming creatives and more established practitioners eager to forge new directions in their work.
Since recently opening its doors, the Golden Goose has premiered Chloe Yates‘ Women’s Prize for Playwriting shortlisted play A Rat, A Rat, hosted shows from multi-award-winning Out Of The Forest Theatre, Fringe-First winner Chris Larner and Althea Theatre. They’ve also supported new work from Frumpish Theatre through the FRESH writing festival and development nights from several new creatives.
The theatre launched the Emerge 2021 Festival to give an opportunity for new creatives to showcase their talent and skill in the industry, working together to create theatre and art.
Ellie Cozens (playwright): Ellie Cozens is a playwright from the North West of England, who studied Drama And Creative Writing before moving into playwrighting practices during 2019. Her most recent work, As Long As You Knew, uses spoken word and commentary to explore grief; more specifically, how we learn to move forward with loss in a world designed to hold us in place. She is excited to be sharing this at the Golden Goose Theatre from the 14th-16th December.
Rasa Niurkaite (director): Rasa Niurkaite is an award-winning theatre director and dance dramaturg. She graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland MA in Theatre Directing. In 2017, she co- established theatre company STIGMAcollective based in London. With her work, Rasa is trying to make sense of the world we live in. Her productions explore the messy truths we choose to avoid, marrying the real and the surreal, putting characters and real voices centre stage, where the 4th wall doesn’t exist. Rasa is passionate about working with creatives who have never done theatre before in order to keep the process fresh, challenging, and exciting.
Lucy Alder (movement director): Lucy Alder is a northern actor, director, and choreographer. She is a progressive and multifaceted creative and performer, specializing in musical theatre. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Taxi Man Productions and of a new writing initiative The COW Community. Lucy is motivated and inspired to create work that invokes discussion, both inside the rehearsal room and within the audience. She is an advocate of female-driven material, and new writing. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA in Music Theatre) and has a BA Hons from Royal Holloway University of London in Drama and Theatre Studies.
Alice Bezant (producer): A graduate of the University of Kent’s MA Creative Producing course, Alice’s most recent producing credit is the multiform, multimedia work ‘Spin A Tale’, with Constella OperaBallet, where she produced live dance, music, and drama performance into a digital world premiere. Building her experience through Production and Stage Manager roles, Alice has combined her theoretical and practical skill, showcasing her unique understanding of the arts as a business. With a focus on production and participation in her work as an outreach and education officer, engineering enriching and innovative ways for the arts to interact with the community sits at the heart of Alice’s work.