I thought it was especially interesting to have lighting designer Nigel Lewis involved in the discussion – I was fascinated to hear how terrifying it was for him to plunge the stage into darkness for a lengthy portion of the evening.
Written by Paloma Pedrero – Spain’s most prolific playwright in the 21st century – and directed by Simone Coxall, The Eyes Of The Night makes its UK premiere at the Cervantes Theatre in London.
It’s an intriguing premise. A successful middle-aged woman approaches a blind lottery ticket seller and offers him money to spend an hour in a hotel room with her. What does she want, and what is his expectation?
Bianca Bagatourian’s script adapts the life and work of Howard Zinn (who passed away in 2010) into this 65-minute long play.
Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey’s set is a brilliant white, harsh, flickering, fluorescent lighting occupied by glass cages and nowhere to hide. It resembles an otherworldly waiting room cum detention centre, a place where Amor (Richard Sumitro) can re-enact poignant parts of his life
“War has changed, but it’s effect on generations of women hasn’t,” writes Sarah Berger, founder and artistic director of So & So Arts Club. Military history is mostly dominated by men, but Sally Hayton-Keeva gives voice to disregarded but valid female experiences of conflict.
On the day the long-awaited Chilcot report was finally published, it felt somehow appropriate to head down after work to the So and So Arts Club to see Valiant, a show composed entirely from the voices of people affected by war. What makes Valiant unique, however, is that all these voices are female.
VALIANT chronicles a century of war as seen through the eyes of women from across the globe. Adapted for the stage by Lanna Joffrey from Sally Hayton-Keeva’s book of interviews Valiant Women in War and Exile, we meet thirteen women who have fought in, struggled through, and survived conflict.