Shakespeare for a new generation and plenty to get you thinking: China Plate present Spring 2019
- Co-production with Contender Charlie set to bring brand new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet to schools across the country
- Scotsman Fringe First winners The Shape of the Pain and Status to tour
- Urielle Klein-Mekongo’s Yvette set for three-week Bush Theatre run and dates at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
- First Bite and Bite Size Festivals return showcasing exciting new theatre from the Midlands
- New York experts fly in to participate in Musical Theatre Darkroom to develop new shows
Midlands-based independent producing studio China Plate today announces the shows and festivals it will present during Spring 2019. From award-winning Edinburgh Fringe hits, through a new Shakespeare adaptation for young people, to opportunities for artists to develop new work, it’s going to be a busy start to the year…
In October 2018, a survey commissioned by LAMDA suggested that nearly a third of British schoolchildren don’t know that Shakespeare was a playwright; bringing Shakespeare to this new generation of children, China Plate have once again partnered with theatre education company Contender Charlie to createRomeo and Juliet – Mad Blood Stirring (3 Feb – 22 Mar) an adaptation for 9 – 13-year-olds (KS2 and lower KS3) written by Nick Walker.
Following their previous successful collaboration Macbeth – Blood Will Have Blood in 2015, the companies will once again create striking visuals and live music to bring the Shakespeare play to life in both public and schools performances, and workshops and an education pack will be provided to help students further explore the play. Romeo and Juliet – Mad Blood Stirring will be narrated by the Friar in modern English alongside the other main characters following the traditional Shakespearean text. From the charity and compassion of the Friar, to the apparent savagery of Tybalt, Contender Charlie use Shakespeare’s characters to explore themes of divided communities, violent crime and how far you’d go to protect what you love.
Following a Scotsman Fringe First award-winning run in Edinburgh 2017 and Offie nominated tour in 2018, The Shape of the Pain returns to London to play the atmospheric Wilton’s Music Hall as part of a tour (19 Mar – 5 April). Writer Chris Thorpe weaves together director Rachel Bagshaw’s personal experiences of living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) with a fictional narrative about a love affair, using sound, light and video alongside fully integrated captioning and audio description.
In Chris Thorpe’s collaboration with Rachel Chavkin, Status (also a Fringe First winner), Chris explores national identity, the narrative that comes with it and the internal and political conflicts that arise when people chose not to accept their nationality. Following the Prime Minister’s assertion that 'if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere' and touring the UK as Brexit looms, Status (19 Mar-30 May) attempts to show that feeling like a citizen of the world and having a specific national identity are not mutually exclusive.
Returning to the Bush Theatre for a three-week run (14 May – 1 June) Yvette is a one woman show with original music about a stolen childhood. It’s written, performed and based on the personal experience of exciting new talent Urielle Klein-Mekongo who was recently selected as one of the ‘Old Vic 12’ new generation of theatremakers. It’s about a thirteen-year old’s crush on Lewis, trying to be a woman, friends, virginity, garage remixes, hello kitty underwear and an ‘Uncle’ lurking in the corner of her story. The show premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 and toured to several London venues, including the Bush, in 2018.