“Another corker”, “beautiful, warm and moving” – audiences have taken to social media to share their love of Crowded Room’s new play about facing up to death, The Colours. See what’s being said, then book your tickets!
The play, created using interviews with patients, doctors, nurses and volunteers at Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff and Ty Olwen Hospice in Swansea, runs at Soho Theatre from 30 July to 17 August 2019.
“It would be abnormal if someone didn’t die.
You know, that would be very strange.
We’d pay a lot of attention, I think, if that happened.”
Written by Harriet Madeley and directed by Max Barton, The Colours tells the story of five people as they lie on a tropical beach sipping piña coladas, moving through fantasy, memory and reality as they process the most profound yet ordinary of experiences: nearing the end of life.
As they describe moments from their lives, dig into their present experience and reflect on what the future has in store, audiences are taken on a rollercoaster ride of the human imagination… and transported all the way to the brink; as far as the eye can see.
Meet Jill & Joe, two characters from The Colours
Madeley and Crowded Room co-founder Mark Knightley also star in the play alongside Morfydd Clark, Claire-Marie Hall and Ché Francis.
Crowded Room create cross-form theatre that aims to stimulate discussion around difficult subjects and effect change. This year, in addition to premiering The Colours, they created 2030, exploring AI and inequality. They also featured on BBC Radio 4 with The Listening Room & toured the production to 20 theatres, prisons, psychiatric hospitals and schools across the UK. They are currently working on Echoes, a piece tackling stigma and misinformation about HIV, and One Night, following the lives of a community faced with adapting to rapid change.
The Colours runs at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3NE from 30 July to 17 August with performances Mondays to Saturdays at 7pm, Matinees Saturday at 2.45pm. Tickets are priced from £11. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
What’s being said on Twitter?
Another corker by @harrietmadeley4 & @Crowded__Room! Saw her performance of #TheColours @sohotheatre last night – who knew talking about death & life limiting illness could be so uplifting? ✨ #coloursdeathcafe
— Emma Dickson (@EmmaBDickson) August 7, 2019
It’s hard to find the words to describe how beautiful #TheColours (@sohotheatre) is.. I’m an emotional bean but this really got me. The love, life and humour people find in the face of death is uplifting af. Everyone needs to see this – 👏❤️ @Crowded__Room pic.twitter.com/D1xIkcC8x5
— Lucy Curtis (@l_curtis_) August 6, 2019
“A beautiful, warm and moving production, The Colours is not to be missed – just don’t forget your tissues.”
— Kirsty Herrington (@KHerrington83) August 4, 2019
— Celia Learmonth (@celiajlearmonth) August 3, 2019
Great evening watching @Crowded__Room ‘s #TheColours at @sohotheatre. Great cast interpreting real people’s experience of #PalliativeCare at @TyOlwenHospice . Well done @harrietmadeley4 and the whole team #weneedtotalkaboutdying
— Howell Jones (@howelltjones) August 2, 2019
The reviews are in for our ‘truly unmissable’ play about love through terminal illness #TheColours @sohotheatre There’s just over a week left! Book here: https://t.co/gGPoTjLMS6 pic.twitter.com/Mz9mMAuFWm
— Crowded Room (@Crowded__Room) August 7, 2019