Footprints on the Moon by Maureen Hunter
Wednesday 24 May 2017
London Fringe - Shows
Part of its celebrations of Canada's 150th birthday, the Finborough Theatre presents the European premiere of Footprints On The Moon by one of Canada's most acclaimed playwrights - from 28 May 2017.
Image: Finborough Theatre
So you knew that Canada was celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, right?
Ok, neither did we (congratulations if you did!), but the Finborough Theatre is on its toes on this one and with plans in place too.
The Finborough is already well-known for presenting Canadian work in the UK, so its hardly a surprise then that they're offering-up a show as part of its celebrations of Canada's birthday bash.
Footprints on the Moon is a new production commissioned by the Finborough and is also its European premiere.
The play is written by one of Canada's most acclaimed playwrights, Maureen Hunter, and will be playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from Sunday, 28 May 2017 (see the dates section below).
Maureen Hunter's work has been produced from coast to coast in Canada, as well as in the USA and the UK and by CBC and BBC Radio.
She has been short-listed for two Governor General's Awards, two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding New Play and the Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.
Her play Transit of Venus became the first Canadian play ever produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
An opera version of Transit of Venus, for which she wrote the libretto, premiered at Manitoba Opera in 2007.
Other plays include Wild Mouth, Atlantis, Vinci, The Queen of Queen Street, Beautiful Lake Winnipeg, and Sarah Ballenden which premiered in April 2017 at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
Footprints on the Moon is directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour who returns to the Finborough Theatre where she was a Resident Assistant Director including assisting Purni Morell on Alpha Beta.
Trained as a director through the Young Vic Directors Programme, she is a Creative Associate at the Gate Theatre, and is the Artistic Director of Wrested Veil for which she directed Hosea's Girl which won aTalawa Studio Firsts Award.
Direction includes An Adventure (Bush Theatre), Cell (The Young Vic), Here Comes The Bride (Black Lives Black Words at the Bush Theatre), All The Ways to Say Goodbye (The Young Vic), Dishonour, You Know That I'll Be Back, and Universally Speaking (Theatre 503) and Pushers (Etcetera Theatre).
Assistant Direction includes assisting Justin Audibert on Macbeth and Bijan Sheibani on Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre, Stratford Circus and Schools Tour), Gbolahan Obisesan on the Olivier Award nominated Cuttin' It - as part of The Young Vic's Jerwood Assistant Director Programme, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation (The Young Vic, Royal Court Theatre, Birmingham REP, Sheffield Theatres and The Yard Theatre), Ria Parry on Three Generations of Women (Greenwich Theatreand Tour), Lucy Morrison on Plaques and Tangles (Royal Court Theatre), Ellen McDougall on Idomeneus (Gate Theatre) and Henry V (Unicorn Theatre), and - as Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director - Carrie Cracknell on A Doll's House (The Young Vic).
“What's wrong with me?
Something's got to be awful wrong with me.
Why am I never enough for people?”
Joanie loves her home - a small town on the Canadian prairies.
But Joanie's mum left her, her husband left her, and now her teenage daughter Carol-Ann wants to leave too ...
If only she could “freeze a bit of time”, so nothing ever changed - like the footprints on the moon.
As Joanie battles to keep Carol-Ann from leaving to go and live with her dad in Toronto, she is finally forced to confront why she keeps being abandoned by her loved ones, and the loves and losses that have shaped her life.
Anne Adams - Joanie
Sally Cheng - Carol-Ann
Samantha Coughlan - Beryl
Nicholas Goh - Boone
Derek Hagen - Dunc Carr
Author: Maureen Hunter
Director: Anastasia Osei-Kuffour
Lighting: Peter Harrison
Sound: Lucinda Mason Brown
118 Finborough Road
London SW10 9ED
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 28, 29, 30 May, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 June 2017
Sunday and Monday evenings at 7-30pm.
Tuesday matinees at 2-00pm.
£18, £16 concessions