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Preview: Into Thin Air at Washington Arts Centre

New play explores pressure in the modern world
Into Thin Air
Washington Arts Centre
Thursday 1st October 2015

Newcastle based Precious Cargo are coming to Arts Centre Washington with their new show Into Thin Air, exploring the increasing pressure on everyone to succeed at everything. It looks at when ambition moves from a positive motivator to become the weight of expectation and an inability to live in and enjoy the present, as we are too fixated with what’s next. Using tight ensemble performances and magical-realism, Precious Cargo presents a slick, intelligent exploration of how we cope in an increasingly pressurised world.

Photo: Natasha Langstreth
Jonluke McKie -  Artistic Director at Precious Cargo said: "Into Thin Air came about after we found we were all having similar conversations with friends and families about the impossibility of trying to juggle the different areas of our lives. With social media providing a constant platform for comparison and increasingly busy lives, we wanted to explore what would happen if this pressure caused people to simply disappear when it got too much"

“This is a beautifully woven story…beautiful interludes and detours into a more poetic realm …combines concrete and more abstract emotions with empathy and plenty of humour.”
(Susanne Kass, Prague Film and Theatre Centre)

Photo: Natasha Langstreth
Into Thin Air is co-created by Precious Cargo (When She Went, The Last Drop) and North East writer Allison Davies (Weather to Fly – 2014 Journal Culture Awards finalist). The show has been developed with the support of ARC, Stockton, Arts Centre Washington, Live Theatre and Northern Stage. It has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Into Thin Air is on at Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 1st October 2015 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced £8.50 / £6 (conc) and can be purchased from by calling 0191 219 3455.

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