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Preview: Gods Are Fallen and All Safety Gone at Newcastle Northern Stage

Greyscale presents:

Gods Are Fallen and All Safety Gone

Newcastle Northern Stage
4th – 6th June 2015                         
A mother and daughter from the local community join an all male cast on stage each night of the run, in a dynamic and subtle exploration of the most intense of family relationships

Written and directed by Selma Dimitrijevic

‘It feels less like a traditional theatrical suspension of disbelief and more as if some kind of transference is taking place’ «««« Lyn Gardner         
‘A superbly subtle analysis of the comedy and agony of this closest of family relationships’
«««« Scotsman

Photo by Idil Sukan
Borrowing its title from John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, this highly celebrated work from one of the UK’s foremost contemporary theatre companies explores a moment of realisation universal to all; a child’s eventual recognition of their parents as a fellow human being. The show, performed by an all-male cast, presents a lifetime of conversations all condensed into an hour of subtle and intimate performance, observed live by a real life mother and daughter from theatre’s local community.
‘Beautifully, cleverly and intelligently performed’ (Andrew Haydon, Postcards from the Gods), by Scott Turnbull (Independent 'One to Watch') and Sean Campion (Selfridges, ITV), the performance plays out the story of a 30-something daughter visiting her aging mother, and depicts the most simple of conversations from baths, to tea, boyfriends and the weather. Using repetition with subtle developments and changes, the piece produces a dynamic analysis of a lifetime of interactions between the two, gently pulling apart an ever-evolving relationship with adistinctly inevitable end.
Director Selma Dimitrijevic said, ‘When Almeida offered us a bit of time and money to develop a new project I knew I wanted to do our own version of Gods. I also knew that Scott and Sean, would be perfect for it, and the fact that they weren’t the “right” gender didn’t make any difference. Making of the show turned out to be the defining point for the company. It was at the same time the easiest and the most difficult thing we did as a team. We stripped it down to basics, two actors, two guests and the audience; so there is nowhere to hide. Every time we do it, we basically say: “here, this is who we are, this is what we feel”, and our fantastic audiences seem to be ready to do the same.’
Selma Dimitrijevic is artistic director of Greyscale. As a director and writer she has worked with venues and companies both nationally and internationally, including Northern Stage, The Gate, The Bush, Almeida, Dundee Rep, Tron and Camden Peoples Theatre. Recent works include The Gamblers (Greyscale/Dundee Rep), Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone (Greyscale) and Dead To Me (Gary Kitching and Co.) Her plays have been performed in UK, Croatia, Russia, Ukraine and Canada. She is currently working on a new production War Is Boring/War Is Fun, which will tour later this year.
Greyscale is a Newcastle based international theatre company formed by a group of established directors, writers, actors, and designers interested in exploring the fringes and gaps of the theatrical process. The company strive to make carefully structured, powerfully live, political and anarchic theatre for a modern audience. In addition to Selma Dimitrijevic, company members include founder member Lorne Campbell, who is now the artistic director of Northern Stage, designers Oliver Townsend, Garance Marneur and Jon Bausor, writer David Ireland, and performers Sandy Grierson and Jimmy Akingbola.

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Twitter:  #GodsAreFallen
Running Time: 55 minutes | Suitable for ages 14+

Directed bySelmaDimitrijevic
Assistant Director Maria Crocker
Designed by Oliver Townsend

Cast: Sean Campion, Scott Turnbull


4 – 6 June           Northern Stage, Newcastle
                             Barras Bridge, NE1 7RH
                             7.30pm | £10 (£8 concs)
0191 230 5151


21 Apr                                   Farnham Maltings, Surrey
                                                Bridge Sq, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR
                                                7.30pm | £12 (£10 concs)
                                        | 01252 745444

23 Apr                                   Harlow Playhouse
                                                Playhouse Square, Town Centre CM20 1LS
                                                8.15pm | £12 (£6.50 U21)
                                        | 01279 431945

24 Apr                                   New Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
                                                The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS
     8pm | £12.75 (£10.75 concs)
                                        | 01227 787 787

26 Apr                                   Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset
                                                9 South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR
7.30pm | £10
                                        | 01308 424 204

28 Apr                                   Old Fire Station, Oxford
                                                40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ
7.30pm | £12 (£10 concs)
                                        | 01865 263980

30 Apr                                   Letchworth Arts Centre, Hertfordshire
                                                2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 3EW
                                                7.30pm | £10 (£12 on the door)
                                        | 01462-670788

1 May                                    Cranleigh Arts Centre, Surrey
                                                1 High Street, Cranleigh GU6 8AS
                                                8pm | Prices TBC
                                        | 01483 278000

2 May                                    The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Hampshire
                                                Barbados House, Station Road, Bordon GU35 0LR
                                                7.30pm | £10 (£9 concs/members)
                                        | 01420 472664

6 – 9 May                              Tron Theatre, Glasgow
                                                63 Trongate, G1 5HB                                        
8pm | £10 - £7.50
0141 552 4267

12 – 31 May                         Camden People’s Theatre, London
                                                58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY
                                                7.30pm (Tues - Sun) | £12 (£10 concs)
                                       | 020 7419 4841

4 – 6 June                             Northern Stage, Newcastle
                                                Barras Bridge, NE1 7RH
                                                7.30pm | £10 (£8 concs)
0191 230 5151

12 – 13 June                        Royal Exchange, Manchester (The Studio)
                                                St Anns Square, M2 7DH
7.30pm| £12
                                        | 0161 833 9833

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