Bed Peace - Cockpit Theatre
Tuesday 12 February 2019
Off-West End - Shows
Craft Theatre will premier their new work "Bed Peace: The Battle of Yohn and Joko" - marking the 50 year anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous bed-ins for peace - at the Cockpit Theatre from 29 March.
Photo by Lidia Crisafulli
Know what happened in 1969?
Well, among many other events, Richard Nixon was sworn in as the USA's 37th President, and in Israel Golda Meir became the country's first female prime minister ... and the Vietnam War was still raging.
(There's a handy page on Wikipedia if you want to know more about the events of 1969).
For some people, though, more interestingly creative events took place in that year such as the Bed-Ins For Peace, courtesy of John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono.
The couple held two Bed-Ins of a week's duration each, designed as non-violent protests against wars, and experiments with new ways to promote peace.
(There's a film here entitled 'BED PEACE starring John Lennon & Yoko Ono' which might explain more).
All that's by way of an intro for a new work being presented by Craft Theatre called 'Bed Peace: The Battle of Yohn and Joko', which marks the 50 year anniversary of the famous bed-ins.
Bed Peace is devised and directed by Rocky Rodriguez Jr, and will be at the Cockpit Theatre from 29 March to 28 April 2019.
Craft Theatre bring John Lennon-esque wit, fire and honesty, and Yoko Ono-esque spirituality, philosophy and mystery, plus ensemble story-telling, physical theatre and live music to help bring to life once more, the energy of 1969 and the Lennons' mission to bring peace to the world.
This devised piece, set intimately in the round, captures these seminal protagonists; an artist's impression of a snapshot of that unique time, and that unique relationship.
Recreating 1969 via the use of both verbatim and imagined script and creating a vehicle for audiences to experience this reality, Bed Peace is an exploration of the power of peaceful protest, of the power of art as protest and of the circumstances that lead to the creation of some of the most important music of our time.
Bringing Lennon to life with all of his flaws and all of his humanity; this is an imagination of the experience of one of the most influential men in recent history and one of the most captivating relationships of the modern era.
Here's the trailer ...
About the company
Craft Theatre is dedicated to creating opportunities for debate, discussion, activism and community connection, for those that are looking for ways to be active, for ways to support their core values and to combat hate.
Craft began as a practice based research initiative to develop actor training and developed to become a working rep company year round working with a unique and specific set of techniques.
They use cognitive neuroscience, exhaustion, identity deconstruction and imaginative connection.
Founded by Rocky Rodriguez Jr, Craft's artistic director, the company is fast developing a strong reputation for its devised shows, as well as its fearless emotional connection on stage, and skilled physical and ensemble work.
Craft Theatre has traditionally worked within a poor theatre aesthetic; their work holding connection between audience and performer as paramount.
Central to Craft's work is a strong interest in breaking traditional theatre norms, building community, connection and discussion.
Craft aims to build theatre that goes beyond just theatre, to empower people to see their world, to see their place in it, to question for themselves the things they see around them; to live with solidarity and compassion and courage.
Craft also aims to support people who want to do just that, and the company plans to hold talks, discussions and workshops for people who want them.
2019 marks the 50 year anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous bed-in peace, when the Lennon's took over a hotel room, campaigned for peace, and sparked a movement.
John Lennon-esk wit, fire, and honesty, Yoko Ono-esk spirituality, philosophy, and mystery.
Ensemble storytelling, authentic acting, elements of physical theatre, comedy and tragedy, bring to life the Lennon's from the 60s/70s and their plight to bring peace to the world.
50 years on, with the West involved in constant strife, what can we gain from going back to bed?
Is it finally time to give peace a chance?
Craig Edgley - John Lennon
Haylin Cai - Yoko Ono
Lyna Dubarry - ensemble
Helen Foster - ensemble
Author: Devised by Rocky Rodriguez Jr
Composer: John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney
Director: Rocky Rodriguez Jr
Designer: Abigail Screen
Production: Helen Foster, The Cockpit & Craft Theatre
From: Friday 29 March 2019
Closes: Sunday 28 April 2019
ActDrop full listing for Bed Peace