News: Spring-Summer 2016 @ Theatre Ad Infinitum…
Bucket List – Premiering Summer 2016
Bucket List is in Creation
Theatre Ad Infinitum bring to life an adventurous exploration of life and death in Mexico’s border towns. Created following conversations with close collaborator Vicky Araico Casas, Bucket List is told from the point of view of Milagros, a Mexican orphan girl. When a British PHD student arrives in the neighbourhood of Ciudad Acuña, a Mexican town bordering the USA, Milagros shows an unusual talent for chess. Persuaded to leave her life in Mexico plagued by violence and injustice, she moves to the USA to pursue a new life at Harvard.
When Milagros discovers she is suffering from terminal cancer, she is forced to return to Mexico where a devastating discovery fuels an impassioned desire to seek revenge. With physical storytelling, an all female cast tell the story of Milagros’s life in light of turbulent US-Mexican relations and the global capitalist system.
See below for upcoming dates when you can catch a first glimpse of the work-in-progress…
Bucket List is supported by Arts Council England, Battersea Arts Centre, Bristol Old Vic, The Lowry, The North Wall, Redbridge Drama Centre, Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre in the Mill and Anglo Arts (Twitter: @angloarts, Facebook:Facebook.com/angloarts).
Work-in-Progress Performances of Bucket List and how you can get involved
We will be sharing Bucket List as a work-in-progress – a tradition at Ad Infinitum – in which we put audiences at the heart of the work and ask for feedback to help with the development of the play. Each sharing is followed by a post-show talk where we’ll ask for your thoughts on the work – what worked for you, what didn’t, and how can we improve the play? We then take your feedback and integrate that into the process so that the next time we show the play, it will be further developed.
We’d love you to be part of the process. There are three showings in March that you can attend:
Come and get involved in the debate…
Bucket List is a brand new theatrical epic tackling social mobility, neo-colonialism and freewill versus fate through the prism of Mexican-US relations. On 11th March we are delighted to be presenting Bucket List as a work in progress piece at The Lowry, Salford, in preparation for its world premiere at Edinburgh Festival.
Following the show, we are convening a panel to explore some of the themes that arise in the play. We are bringing together a number of academics, journalists or individuals working in international development. They will join with director/writer, Nir Paldi, and cast member Vicky Araico Casas for a lively and engaging discussion with the audience around the social and political questions Bucket List raises. We’d love to see you there.
Join the discussion:
Come into our rehearsal room and see how we work on Bucket List…
The rehearsal will be followed by a short Q&A with the company.
Master Class: An Opportunity To Train With Theatre Ad Infinitum
The Storytelling Body | The Lowry
2nd – 3rd April 2016 | 10am – 4pm both days
The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ
An intensive master class for professional and semi-professional actors, directors and theatre practitioners, led by multi-award-winning international ensemble, Theatre Ad Infinitum.
How can we create stories, spaces and characters full of intensity and urgency using only our bodies and an empty space?
In this two day workshop that shares Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Lecoq-based theatre-making disciplines you will learn how to push the physical limits of storytelling – and your own skills as a creative theatre maker – in order to realise an abundant world of characters, colours, emotions and atmospheres. Making full use of your body, an empty space and a physical-gestural language, you will explore and develop your own individual storytelling style that will empower and enable you to surprise and captivate audiences.
Expertly facilitated by co-artistic directors, Nir Paldi & George Mann, this workshop encourages you to dive headfirst into the professional, productive and innovative environment of physical theatre making that has fostered all of Theatre Ad Infinitum’s productions.
‘Theatre Ad Infinitum have moved to the front of the pack’ –The Guardian
Feedback from previous Master Class Participants:
“It has given me a fantastic toolbox to work from, providing great inspiration in terms of content and work ethos.”
“Thank you so much Theatre Ad Infinitum for such a wonderful masterclass! Great experience.”
“Had an Amazing time & taken away a lot, working with some great people. Level 5 and above!!”
There are a limited number of places on the course so book early to avoid disappointment.
Workshop cost: £100
To apply for a place on the Master Class, please send a CV and covering letter (no more than one page) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our new Blog Ad Infinitum is now LIVE!
We now have a blog! Blog Ad Infinitum will contain entries written by the core company, the actors and creatives, as well as photos, videos and a whole lot more. There are already a number of entries uploaded including a new entry from actress and deviser in Bucket List, Charlie Dubery. You can find it here:
There will be regular alerts going out on Twitter and Facebook letting you know when its been updated – so do keep an eye out…
Look out for further news about sharings, previews and the premiere coming soon…
Pink Mist London Premiere at Bush Theatre and its return to Bristol Old Vic
Co-Artistic Director George Mann is currently working part-time as Associate Director at Bristol Old Vic. In June-July 2015 George co-directed a new play with John Retallack, Pink Mist, by award winning writer, Owen Sheers.
Pink Mist tells the story of three young Bristol men deployed to Afghanistan. Returning to the women in their lives who must now share the physical and psychological aftershocks of their service, Arthur, Hads and Taff find their journey home is their greatest battle.
Owen Sheers’ Pink Mist was inspired by 30 interviews with returned servicemen and first staged at Bristol Old Vic in 2015. “Fearlessly lyrical in its imagery” (The Times), this critically acclaimed show directed by John Retallack and George Mann (Theatre Ad Infinitum) matches Sheers’ haunting verse with dynamic movement.
“Beautifully performed by its young cast, John Retallack and George Mann’s production finds a physical language to match the brawny verve of Sheers’ poetry … Heartbreaking.” – The Guardian ★★★★
“Standing ovations are rare enough that one lasted three curtain calls is worth mentioning. Pink Mist may be the most important play of the year. It is certainly one of the best.” – What’s On Stage ★★★★★
Education with Theatre Ad Infinitum
If you would like to explore our theatre making style, learn more about what we do and how we work, keep checking our education page, here, where you can find out about up coming workshops/master classes you can participate in, and/or book us for a workshop of your own.
Watch this space and/or subscribe to our mailing list using the form on the right of this web-page for the latest Theatre Ad Infinitum news…
Theatre Ad Infinitum is proud to be an associate artist at The Lowry and Redbridge Drama Centre. We are extremely grateful to Arts Council England for having supported a lot of the research, development and touring of our theatre through Grants for the Arts, to Theatre Bench who have been supporting our work since 2013, and to Jacksons Lane.