Tale of a tragedy, and unraveling the story behind it, Winsome Pinnock’s One Under comes to the Arcola Theatre next month following a successful UK tour. Book your tickets for the Graeae production now!
The revival of Pinnock’s 2005 short play runs at the Dalston venue from 10 to 21 December 2019.
When a young man jumps in front of a train Cyrus is driving, the mysterious circumstances prompt him to search for answers. In pursuing the truth of Sonny’s final hours, Cyrus is led to laundrette worker Christine, as the past begins to catch up with people whose lives are changed forever.
Re-written and re-imagined by playwright Pinnock, this new version of One Under explores the themes of the power of guilt and the quest for atonement and delves into the fragility of human relationships.
Stanley J Browne leads the cast of disabled and non-disabled performers, playing Cyrus. He returns to the Arcola, where he previously appeared in Titus Andronicus. Browne is joined in the cast by Reece Pantry, who plays Sonny, and Clare-Louise English, who plays Christine. Shenagh Govan and Evlyne Oyedokun complete the cast.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Deputy Artistic Director Amit Sharma directs One Under. Previously Associate Director of Graeae, his productions for the influential theatre company include The Solid Life of Sugar Water, Cosmic Scallies and The Iron Man.
Speaking about the production, Sharma said:
“One Under is such a rich, nuanced and beautiful piece of work. It’s a play about everyday people, overcoming extraordinary events in the most human way possible. Winsome is someone who has a unique touch writing characters and stories that you feel nothing but empathy for.”
Pinnock, who won the Alfred Fagon Award in 2018 for Rockets and Blue Lights, commented:
“I’m delighted to be re-visiting my 2005 play One Under for Graeae and Theatre Royal Plymouth. I’ve long admired Graeae’s mission and aesthetic, and have always wanted to work with them. I am excited to be working with Amit on exploring the world that the characters inhabit and I’m really looking forward to seeing how new audiences up and down the country will respond to the play.”
This production of One Under, co-produced by Graeae and Theatre Royal Plymouth, was commissioned by Ramps on the Moon, a collaborative network of Arts Council of England National Portfolio Organisations working to achieve a step change in the employment and artistic opportunities for disabled performers and creative teams, and a cultural change in the participating organisations to enable accessibility to become a central part of their thinking and aesthetics. Each performance of One Under incorporates both audio-description and captioning.
The winter season at Dalston’s Arcola Theatre is an eclectic affair. One Under is joined by Tim Key‘s new Christmas show, Chrimbo Bimbo, the return of Maxine Peake‘s acclaimed cycling drama, Beryl, and gig theatre show The Canary and the Crow.
One Under runs at the Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL from 10 to 21 December 2019, with performances Mondays to Saturdays 7.15pm (21 Dec 7pm), matinees Saturdays 2.30pm. Tickets from £10. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!!
Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre; breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing Deaf and disabled artists centre stage. Artistically led by Jenny Sealey, Graeae’s signature characteristic is the compelling creative integration of sign language and audio description, which engages brilliantly with both disabled and non- disabled audiences. Championing accessibility and providing a platform for new generations of artists, Graeae leads the way in pioneering, trailblazing theatre. Recent productions and co-productions include This Is Not For You, Reasons to be Cheerful, The House of Bernarda Alba, Blood Wedding, The Iron Man and The Threepenny Opera.