We’re delighted to announce that we have been given a research and development grant to work on a new production for NightOut and small-scale touring venues in Wales.
Originally a radio script by Stuart Fortey (who wrote our other great World War One piece, ‘On Scarborough Front’) ‘The Kaiser and I’ is a two-hander centred on the platonic relationship between a ballroom dance teacher and her Prussian Army Officer pupil in Berlin in the run-up to and during the First World War. As a piece about dance, it contains a highly rigorous dance and musical element and the intention through the R&D is to grapple with the staging, choreographical and musical elements of the piece. As a radio play, the visual and choreographic elements are – by the very nature of the medium – significantly underdeveloped. It is hoped to highlight these in the process and initiate any necessary script changes as a consequence in order to create a small to mid-scale independent touring show to offer to venues (including Night Out) of Wales in 2019 to coincide with centenary of the aftermath of the war. This will be a joint venture with Pontardawe Arts Centre. We will also be collaborating with Ty Cerdd to access their music archive to investigate the musical options available for the different styles of dance that would need to be performed.
The piece will be directed by Joe Harmston, and will feature Sonia Beck and David Lyndon, with original music composed by Andrew Griffiths.
The Arts Centre is hosting a free work-in-progress of the piece on the 31st of August 2018.
We do hope you can make it.