Phoenix Rising from The Big House
London theatre news: Monday 13 November 2017
London Fringe - Site specific - Young people
The Big House re-stage their acclaimed debut play 'Phoenix Rising' at Smithfield Meat Market in memory of an inspirational cast member - playing until 2 December 2017.
Image: The Big House
Four years after the phenomenal success of their debut play 'Pheonix' - praised by critics, industry peers and audiences alike (see some of the comments below) - The Big House is re-staging the play that launched them in 2013 in memory of one of the original cast members.
Now re-imagined and recast, but true to the original premise, 'Phoenix Rising' will run from the 8 November to 2 December in the underground car park of London's iconic Smithfield Meat Market.
Written by Andrew Day and directed by Maggie Norris, 'Phoenix Rising' follows the first steps of an 18-year-old leaving care - steps that lead him straight into poverty, bad company and the constant attacks of his worst enemy: himself.
Out on the track, he is untouchable.
No-one can get near him.
But when his wings start to fail him, he will have to face his demons, to make one final flight.
'Phoenix Rising' explores this raw and bitter truth, and the hard road to a hopeful future.
About the company
The Big House has a simple mission: to enable care leavers and at-risk young people to fulfil their potential.
Through their intensive programmes, The Big House uses drama, life and employment skills, counselling and wrap-around long-term support to develop emotional well-being and enable marginalised young people to live independently.
Each project culminates in a three-week run of a full-scale theatre production.
Developed by the young people with a professional writer, The Big House productions explore imagination and collective experience, raise awareness of the challenges these young people face, and provide a platform for their voices to be heard.
Rt. Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said ...
"Within all of us there is a poem, within all of us there is a painting, within all of us there is a novel, within all of us there is a real expression of what we want to see of the world.
And what The Big House does is open it up and bring it out.
I loved every minute of it.”
Reviews of 'Pheonix' in 2013
Shot through with moments of pure theatre, graced with vivid, moving performances by an excellent young cast.
A stirring opening statement from this exciting new theatre group." - Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem)
"I've seen quite a lot of this sort of work with young people, but rarely anything so passionately or so brilliantly acted, and even more rarely so beautifully staged." - Michael Coveney, Whatsonstage
"Inspired by the lives of its cast - all recent care-leavers - this pulsating, angry promenade production sizzles with energy." - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
"Within 15 minutes I was hooked.
I found myself jostling to get a better view." - Camilla Cavendish, The Sunday Times
"A Soaring Achievement" - Broadway Baby
Aston McAuley - Callum
Anthony Brown - Dr Bernard
Atlantia Sami - Shauna
Charmel Koloko - Josiah
Daniel Akilimali - Bready
Ishara Bilson-Graham - Suzanne
Jade O'Sullivan - Linda
Jay Scott - Sylvester/Denzel
Jordan Bangura - Omar
Lou Mussington - Diane
Melissa Madden - Adebola/Receptionist
Oz Enver - Disease
Perrina Allen - Nina
Rebecca Farinre - Hannah
Rebecca Oldfield - Julie
Rowan Fornah - Judge
Shakira Robertson - Lauren/Adebambo
Writer: Andrew Day
Director: Maggie Norris
Assistant Director: Francisca Olivares
Producer: Adam Paulden
Associate Director: Sammy Glover
Set & Costume Designer: Emma Bailey
Lighting Designer: Zoe Spurr
Composition & Sound Designer: Ed Clarke
Fight Director: Kate Waters
Stage Manager: Sophie Stoddart
Movement Director: Joeseph Toonga
Production Manager: Nick Slater
Digital Media: Silence
Graphic Design: Rich Jackson
Smithfield Car Park
Box office & audience meeting point:
94 Cowcross Street
London EC1M 6BH
8 November to 2 December 2017
Mon to Sat at 7-15pm
Matinees Thursday (9 Nov) & Sat at 2-15pm
Duration 90 mins (no interval)
Early bird £10 & £12
The Big House:
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