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Ship of Fools
On from 20 Feb 2007 till 10 Mar 2007
by Andrew Bovell
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama

About: Ship of Fools

20 February – 10 March
SHIP OF FOOLS by Andrew Bovell, Directed by Toby Frow. European Premiere.

20th February – 10th March SHIP OF FOOLS

by Andrew Bovell

The award winning writer of Strictly Ballroom and Lantana

directed by Toby Frow

designed by Lucy Osborne

European Premiere

Theatre503 and Strike Ensemble are proud to announce their co-production on Ship of Fools.

Two journeys, two sets of travellers, five hundred years apart.

1492.Basel. In a flash of inspiration the town council summons the city's 'fools'. Outcasts, handicapped, homosexuals and subversives are herded onto a ship with neither sail nor oar and floated down the Rhine into permanent exile.

2007. Britain. In a populist initiative, the government selects a group of long-term unemployed, bundles them onto a bus and drives them deep into the unknown to work for their dole.

Theatre503 and Strike Ensemble present a riotous and compelling exploration of how society deals with its outsiders by internationally acclaimed Australian writer Andrew Bovell.

Following the success of Photo Story (BAC 2004, awarded the Pick Of The Fringe by Fest) and Love Remains (Edinburgh 2006), Strike Ensemble once again units a group of talented young artists to produce visually compelling and skilfully executed theatre.

Andrew Bovell is an internationally acclaimed writer for both stage and screen. His plays have won numerous awards including the Victoria Green Room, State Premier�s Awards and the highly praised peer-judged AWGIE award. His co-authorship of Strictly Ballroom , alongside Baz Lruman, put him firmly on the map of cinema and his recent film Lantana was critically acclaimed internationally, winning Best Screenplay at the 2003 London Critic�s Circle Film Awards.

Toby Frow has directed extensively both in London and across the UK. Recently featured in Time Out as 'Theatre's bright young thing', Toby spent one year as Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse. There he worked alongside Richard Eyre, Michael Grandage, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and John Crowley. Recent directing credits include The Pillowman (National Theatre, Tour UK/Ireland), Beautiful Thing (Sound Theatre, London, nominated for the Best Off-West End production by Whatsonstage Awards) and Shaw Triple Bill (Orange Tree Theatre).

Caroline Steinbeis: Producer

Miriam Ackerman: Co-Producer

Lucy Osborne: Set Design

Sarah Grange: Costume Design

Andrew Hammarton: Music and Sound

Tues – Sat – 7.45pm / Sundays – 5pm

£12 / £7 concession / Tuesdays PAY WHAT YOU CAN

Box Office 020 79787040 �

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