It’s 2048 and the end of the world is nigh. Actually, it’s not that nigh – it’s been going on for flipping ages and everyone’s a bit over it, to be honest. Liam and his long-suffering wife Edel have been up all night trying to get their chaotic affairs into some kind of order, surrounded by dozens of empties from last night’s raging party. They feel rough, they’re on edge, and they’re blasting music to drown out the cataclysmic noise outside as cities start to disappear and the world’s animals go haywire. Liam is hammering furiously at his typewriter, finishing the memoirs that no-one will ever read. Edel is wrangling with her laptop, desperately trying to say a final goodbye to their beloved kids. And they’re both reflecting on past regrets – and trying to put them right in sometimes bloody, messy, outrageous ways. As tempers fray, family secrets are outed and their behaviour becomes ever more questionable, Liam and Edel try to work out what really matters as they career towards a bickering end – while the world literally falls apart around them.
John Morton’s brutally comic Denouement – presented as an audio-recorded reading – has been nominated for the inaugural Popcorn Award for playwriting.
A co-production between the Traverse Theatre and Lyric Theatre Belfast stars real-life couple Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones, Derry Girls) as Liam and Marie Jones (In the Name of the Father) as Edel, is directed by the Traverse’s award-winning Co-Artistic Director Gareth Nicholls (Crocodile Fever, Ulster American) and features sound design and composition by Michael John McCarthy.
2. A Midsummer Night’s Theatre
Online Dialogue with and about Silviu Purcărete Moderator: Octavian Saiu
Guests: Silviu Purcărete, Coca Bloos, Ofelia Popii, and Jonathan Mills
Having been featured in the programme of the Edinburgh International Festival three different times, making a strong impact at the Avignon Festival, Silviu Purcărete is arguably Romania’s best-known international theatre artist. His iconic Faust, a production of monumental proportions, with a cast of more than one hundred people, has been considered one of the greatest shows on Earth. Rather enigmatic, not easily tempted to speculate about his own work, Purcărete remains the type of artist who prefers to talk through his performances rather than about them. However, sometimes, he accepts the “challenge” of certain questions and he answers with charming serenity. At the age of seventy, he remains the same great sceptic, although he maintains his healthy sense of humour, while preparing to direct a new performance in Tokyo.
3. Little Angel Theatre
Based in Islington, Little Angel Theatre is London’s only purpose-built puppet theatre, and has been producing and making puppetry shows since 1961. They produce innovating puppetry productions for 0-11s, as well as running community events, courses and classes for children and adults, and nurturing artists’ talent. Watch their series of online shows, fairy tale recitations and series of puppetry and craft activities you can do from home. They even show you how to make your own puppet at home. And everything is free to watch.
4. A Discussion with Kwame Kwei-Armah
Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of London’s Young Vic Theatre, in discussion with Christiane Amanpour on how theatre worldwide must react to the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.
5. Missing People
Cast: Simon Darwen, Susan Hingley, Ishia Bennison, Yutaka Oda, Yuri Eikawa, Natsumi Nanase and Hiroki Tanaka.
Co-directed by Mark Rosenblatt & Nobuhiro Nishikawa
Sakiko is nervous. She’s introducing her fiancée Dan to her parents for the first time at her family home in Kani, Japan. And, whilst brother Hiroki, the ‘perfect child’, got married close to home, Sakiko’s got to break the news that their wedding will be in London, where they’ve built their lives. But under the surface, something isn’t right. Her mother is acting strangely, her father is gone for hours and a strange figure waits in the garden.
Brad Birch’s play premiered at the New National Theatre in Tokyo before transferring to Kani Public Arts Theatre. The play was scheduled to play in the Courtyard Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, but the run was cut short by the coronavirus outbreak. Missing People is a bilingual family drama performed by Japanese and British actors, in a coproduction between Leeds Playhouse and the Kani Public Arts Theatre in Japan.