Almeida Theatre: Further events announced for Almeida for free – Summer And Smoke

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Ned Bennett credit Manuel Harlan

Further events are today announced for Almeida For Free – Summer & Smoke, the Almeida Theatre’s free festival for anyone aged 25 and under taking place from Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 April.

 Added to the programme are masterclasses from director Ned Bennett, designer Soutra Gilmour, live performances from Summer and Smoke cast member Anjana Vasan and poet Solomon O.B, and a closing night party curated by Gaggle Collective. The events run alongside three performances of Rebecca Frecknall’s production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke performed entirely for free to 25s and under.

Anjana Vasan

Anjana Vasan

In the lead up to the festival, the Almeida Participation team is running an outreach programme, connecting with local youth organisations and schools to provide workshops, tickets and opportunities to perform on the Almeida stage as part of the Almeida’s commitment to engaging with new audiences.

This year’s festival has been made possible through the generous support of The Taylor Family Foundation. The Taylor Family Foundation, set up in 2007 by Ian and Cristina Taylor, supports charities giving opportunities to children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to improve their chances of attaining success; improving access and engagement in the performing arts and helping the homeless and struggling families to overcome their challenges. http://www.thetaylorfamilyfoundation.co.uk/

Solomon OB

Solomon OB

Tickets for the newly announced Almeida For Free events go on sale at 5pm on Thursday 15 March.

Also announced today is a day of general public performances of Séance, Darkfield’s unnerving exercise in suspense and surprise, on Friday 6 April. This sits outside of the Almeida For Free festival and the performances are available to anyone (tickets £5).  General public tickets for Séance go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 13 March, alongside tickets for Ontroerend Goed’s £¥€$ (LIES) which runs for three weeks in August.

FULL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

REBECCA FRECKNALL DIRECTING MASTERCLASS

Tuesday 3 April 12pm-2pm

Workshop led by Rebecca Frecknall, director of Summer and Smoke.

 SO YOU THINK YOU’RE A (FEMALE) DIRECTOR?

Tuesday 3 April 2:30pm-4:30pm

Arts writer Victoria Sadler will be joined by a panel of directors including Rebecca Frecknall, director of Summer and Smoke; Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director of Graeae; theatre and film director Nadia Latif; Róisín McBrinn, Head of Artistic Programme at Clean Break; and Caitlin McLeod, one of the resident directors at the Almeida and Artistic Director of The Coterie. They will talk about what it means to be a female director in the industry today and what the future looks like for female directors. This will be an interactive debate where audience can submit questions in advance.

ACTING MASTERCLASSES

Tuesday 3 April 2:30pm-4:30pm and Thursday 5 April 2:30pm-4:30pm

Led by members of the Summer and Smoke cast, these workshops will look specifically at Tennessee Williams’ text drawing on techniques used in rehearsals.

EMMA FRANKLAND THEATRE-MAKING MASTERCLASS

Tuesday 3 April 4:45pm-6:45pm

Theatre-maker Emma Frankland explores making theatre using yourself and your story.

ANJANA VASAN

Tuesday 3 April 5pm-5:30pm

Summer and Smoke cast member Anjana Vasan performs songs from her debut EP Too Dark For Country.

SÉANCE

Tuesday 3 April 8pm-11pmWednesday 4 April 3:30pm-6:30pm and 8pm-11pmThursday 5 April 3:30pm-6:30pm and 8pm-11pm(Each performance lasts 20 minutes)

A presentation in complete darkness. Proceed with an open mind.

This intense sonic performance from Darkfield explores group psychology and superstition in an unnerving exercise in suspense and surprise.

 DENIM: WORLD TOUR

Tuesday 3 April 10:45pm-11:45pm

Experience DENIM’s unique take on drag as they present a vibrant carousel of twisted pop classics and original songs interspersed with stand-up and sketch comedy.

SOUTRA GILMOUR DESIGN MASTERCLASS

Wednesday 4 April 10am-2pm

An insight into the everyday practicalities of working as a theatre designer.

 REIMAGINING SUMMER AND SMOKE

Wednesday 4 April 2pm-3pm

Three local youth organisations, led by industry directors, present reimaginings of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke.

INUA ELLAMS WRITING MASTERCLASS

Wednesday 4 April 3pm-5pm

Poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams (writer of The Barber Shop Chronicles) leads this writing workshop exploring his work and process.

ANSWERS BACK: YOUNG, ANXIOUS AND OVER IT

Wednesday 4 April 4pm-5:30pm

A panel of guest speakers discuss everyday pressures and their effects on young people.

KANE HUSBANDS MOVEMENT MASTERCLASS

Wednesday 4 April 5pm-7pm

Artistic Director of physical theatre company The Pappy Show, Kane Husbands leads this masterclass exploring the use of movement in theatre.

 JAYDE ADAMS: JAYDED

Wednesday 4 April 10:45pm-11:45pm

Acclaimed comedian (nominated for 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer Award) is back with a new show about popularity.

LULU RACZKA WRITING MASTERCLASS

Thursday 5 April 10am-12pm

Award-winning playwright Lulu Raczka shares her approach to playwriting in this interactive masterclass.

 BETWEEN THE LINES WITH THE ALMEIDA YOUNG CRITICS

Thursday 5 April 12pm-1:30pm

The Almeida Young Critics deconstruct the alchemy of Summer and Smoke with a panel discussion.

NED BENNETT DIRECTING MASTERCLASS

Thursday 5 April 12:15pm-2:15pm

Workshop led by director Ned Bennett (PomonaAn Octoroon).

SOLOMON O.B.

Thursday 5 April 3:10pm-3:40pm

Poet and artist Solomon O.B. performs a 30 minute set of his original spoken word.

 ALMEIDA YOUNG PRODUCERS: MIND ON THE MIC

Thursday 5 April 4pm-6pm

Two hours of talent, ideas and new work from young artists, curated by the Almeida Young Producers.

GAGGLE PRODUCTION PRESENTS GAH! (GAGGLE AFTER HOURS)

Thursday 5 April 10pm – late

A raucous fusion of live music, flash performance and party hits. Expect everything from the fun to the absurd. Confetti and conga.

So You Think You’re A (Female) Director? will be live subtitled by stage text and the performance of Summer and Smoke on Tuesday 3 April will be both live captioned and audio described.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Saturday 24 February – Saturday 7 April 2018

Summer and Smoke
By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Rebecca Frecknall

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During the week commencing 2 April, the box office hours will be:

                                    Monday 2 April12pm – 7:30pm

                                    Tuesday 3 April10am – 10:45pm

                                    Wednesday 4 April9am – 10:45pm

                                    Thursday 5 April9am – 10:45pm

                                    Friday 6 April 10am – 10:45pm

                                    Saturday 7 April 10am – 7:30pm

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