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The Noises
On from 02 Apr 2019 till 20 Apr 2019
Old Red Lion Theatre
by Jacqueline Saphra
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama

Tickets: £12 - £16.50 / (£14.50 concessions)

About: The Noises

‘I am Luna, new bitch.

Golden Luna, dog show winner,

no food-snatcher,

no hair-shedder,

no shit-maker,

no Them-biter.

Gold as good Luna.’

Luna’s a dog. A good dog. Nemesis of the big-dick-labradoodle, rabbit hunter, merciless protector of the human pack.

It’s a warm April night and The Noises are everywhere. Luna’s only friend, Ellie, has gone out, but Ma has locked Luna in and she’s getting restless. The night is stretching out and changing shape, strange smells are drifting through the closed door.

Beyond the door, The Noises are getting faster and louder and Luna’s beloved Ellie hasn’t come home.

What does it mean to be brave? What does it mean to be good?

Confined here together in the dark, what else do we have but each other?

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A mother and daughter collaboration between TS Eliot Award Shortlisted poet and playwright Jacqueline Saphra and director-dramaturg Tamar Saphra, The Noises is a visceral new play about fear, courage, the nature of violence and what we're prepared to do for the ones we love.

The Noises is performed by Amy McAllister (Scorch; Call the Midwife), with sound design from Tom Parkinson (I’m A Phoenix, Bitch; Super Duper Close Up).

Every performance has fully integrated audio description for blind and visually impaired audiences.

If you identify as blind or visually impaired and/or have access needs, you can select the ‘Access’ ticket option when purchasing your ticket to notify box office staff in advance of your attendance. If you have any particular access needs you’d like to discuss, or for any questions or for more information, email thenoisesplay@gmail.com.

For every performance throughout the run, we provide:

- Integrated audio description

- A pre-show introduction and audio flyer, available at www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk

- An audio venue guide, available at www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk

- An extra staff member on hand to assist with any access needs

- Due to the nature of the sound design, we strongly advise that guide dogs do not go into the theatre space. A member of staff will look after them during the performance.

- A quiet space to sit upstairs by the entrance to the theatre, which will be open before the show every night from 7pm, and from 2:30pm for Saturday Matinees.

What we can’t provide is:

- Step free access

- Accessible toilets

- Captioned performances

Touch tours will take place 45 minutes before the show on Saturday matinees (6th, 13th and 20th April) at 2:15pm.

The Noises was longlisted for the 2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.

This production has been generously supported by The T.S. Eliot Foundation and Arts Council England.

TEAM
PERFORMER – AMY MCALLISTER
WRITER – JACQUELINE SAPHRA
DIRECTOR – TAMAR SAPHRA
PRODUCER – LIAM MCLAUGHLIN
STAGE MANAGER – RACHEL DARWOOD
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – EVANGELINE CULLINGWORTH
SOUND DESIGN – TOM PARKINSON
SET AND COSTUME DESIGN – GEORGIA DE GREY
LIGHTING DESIGN – TIMOTHY KELLY
MOVEMENT DIRECTION – LOUISE KEMPTON
AUDIO DESCRIPTION CONSULTANT – JENNI ELBOURNE
ACCESS CONSULTANT – AMELIA CAVALLO

Trigger warning: This play contains descriptions of violence, adult themes and strong language

Warning: This production contains haze (made from water vapour), flashing lights and loud noises

Age guidance: Suitable for ages 14+

Running time: 75 minutes approx. without an interval

Tuesday 2nd April – Saturday 20th April 2019
Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday matinees 3.00pm

POST-SHOW EVENTS:

Wednesday 10th April: Free post-show poetry reading with Jacqueline Saphra, Amy McAllister, Mona Arshi and Megan Mckie-Smith.

Friday 19th April: Post Show Chat-back: Creatively Integrating Access – We’re joined by Amy Evans, Amelia Cavallo and Adam David Elms to discuss how fringe theatre makers can embrace access as a creative layer to the theatre-making process.

Reviews

“A truly exceptional piece of theatre" – Reviewer Number 9
"a show that will delight dog people" – Exeunt Magazine
★★★★ "An excellent, unmissable play" – Mind The Blog
★★★★ "Bravo to this company and access consultant Amelia Cavallo and audio-description consultant Jenni Elbourne for an integrated approach to enjoying theatre ... a pedigree production" – London Pub Theatres
★★★★ “This play may revolve around a dog’s perspective, but it delves into an abstracted perspective on very human issues, and is likely to be different from anything you have seen before” – Spy in the Stalls
★★★★ "McAllister’s remarkable vivacity is outstanding ... this piece really deserves to be noted for its originality and its refreshingly stripped-back glitz." – The Upcoming

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