The Bargain, a new play billed as “Noel Coward meets Neil Gaiman”, gets its world premiere this month at Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre in Walthamstow, east London. The Controlled Chaos production runs from 20 to 30 October 2021. Time to get booking!
In Michael Halliday‘s fantasy drama, the Duke of Kingsport is desperate to save his daughter from dying of a terminal illness. As all hope seems lost, he meets with the goddess of Death to see if she will spare Emilia’s life. She agrees but the consequences aren’t what the Duke expected.
The Bargain follows Halliday’s 2017 debut The Meeting. He says the new piece is:
“about love, death and family, something I think the world has realised the importance of after a year and a half keeping themselves safe in a global pandemic.”
The premiere production stars Michaela Murphy (as Manea/Tallulah), Mark Garfield (Duke/Lenus), Connor Jones (Taranis), Michael Stafford Wells (Lorenzo), Ruth Parratt (Emilia) and Joshua Jewkes (Edward/Emit). John Rushton directs.
About Controlled Chaos
Controlled Chaos Theatre Company was originally set up in Australia in 2009. The UK branch of the company, based in London, was created by co-artistic directors Dylan Lincoln and Paul Anthoney in the spring of 2017.
Controlled Chaos UK’s ethos is to try to redress the balance of British theatre, by encouraging more people from diverse backgrounds to engage with the theatre world, both on stage and off, including giving women a chance to take centre stage in the male-dominated classics.
What the critics say
Previous productions from Controlled Chaos have included Romeo & Juliet at Waterloo East Theatre, The Tempest at Brockley Jack Theatre, and Mission Creep at the White Bear Theatre. Praise for these has included the following:
“This certainly feels like new ground. Good theatre should both entertain and educate, and this succeeds on both counts” – Broadway World
“One of the best versions I’ve seen. Everyone puts a great deal of effort into bringing Shakespeare’s tale and wonderful words to life. This is a real example where it has been possible to make a triumph out of a tragedy” – London Theatre 1
“Full of natural charm and humour – well worth a look” – Fairy Powered Productions
“A beautiful tale played by a wonderful cast” – The Upcoming