Flesh and Bone at Soho Theatre
Sunday 27 May 2018
Off-West End - Shows
An ward-winning play that gives a voice to working-class communities comes to Soho Theatre this July.
Image: Unpolished Theatre
Following sold-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 and Adelaide Fringe, Unpolished Theatre now bring the multi award-winning play Flesh and Bone to Soho Theatre from 3 to 21 July 2018.
The play is a fast-paced ride through a working-class estate which fuses Shakespeare-inspired lyricism with cockney accents, giving a voice to a community often ignored.
With their homes due for demolition, the gritty residents of an East London Tower Block fight for their very right to exist in a city that is unjustly trying to kick them out.
Exploring the depravity, triumphs and utter hilarity of their situation, Unpolished Theatre thrust the audience headfirst into the story.
Using wickedly eloquent voices, Flesh and Bone seeks to articulate the unspoken, drawing from real life and giving a voice and compassion to characters who society frequently turn their nose up at.
Inspired by Eliot Warren and Olivia Brady's own families and observations, this show has been awarded a Scotsman Fringe First, the Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award and a Critics Circle Award in Adelaide alongside the Overall Best Theatre Award of the entire festival.
East-End born and bred, Elliot Warren and Olivia Brady met at Bournemouth University where they began to forge work that gives a voice to working-class communities in this country.
Writer and director Eliot Warren says ...
"The East End has always held a special place in my heart, particularly Stepney and Bethnal Green as that's where my family lived.
All big, loud characters with their fantastic accents and stories and faces.
It's these people that have always coloured my writing and was the catalyst for me wanting to write Flesh and Bone."
Following the success of the run at the Edinburgh Fringe, the show was picked up for development by the National Theatre Studio and showcased to theatres around the country, and is made possible through the support of co-producers at The Pleasance Theatre.
About the company
Founded in 2017, the company aim to give voices to the unheard and fire out voracious theatre, packed with heart and soul.
Elliot and Olivia both studied acting at the Arts University Bournemouth where they survived on 25p noodle packets and cups of tea for three years.
It was here that their final showcase, their 'piece de resistance' as it were, was formed - an odd little 10 minute show called Unpolished (little did they know that name would stick with them.)
Their friendship and working relationship grew stronger after graduation and after appearing in a handful of amateur dramatics plays together they found themselves in a cafe, on a hill, somewhere in London deciding that they were to form their own theatre company.
Unpolished Theatre was birthed alongside their first show - Flesh and Bone.
Feast your eyes upon the depravity, triumphs and utter hilarity of the underprivileged in a vivid and fast-paced ride through a working class estate which fuses Shakespeare-inspired lyricism with cockney accents.
Award-winning Unpolished Theatre will thrust you into their stories, hold you by the scruff of the neck, and make you listen.
Terrence - Elliot Warren
Kelly - Olivia Brady
Reiss - Michael Jinks
Jamal - Alessandro Babalola
Grandad - Nick T Frost
Author: Elliot Warren
Director: Elliot Warren and Olivia Brady
Production: Unpolished Theatre
From: Tuesday 3 July 2018
Closes: Saturday 21 July 2018
Standard: From £10
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