The Story / Hela


Explores the themes that divide us and asks profound questions about the darker side of humanity. When does an act become violent? Should we really fight fire with fire? And how far would you go to avoid it?
The Story/Hela at Theatre503

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Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: Theatre503
Starts: Wednesday 15 January 2020
Closes: Saturday 18 January 2020
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

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Synopsis


THE VIOLENCE SERIES is a trio of dystopian dramas - written by Matthew Bulgo, Tess Berry-Hart and Mari Izzard - set in a world that is familiar but on fire.


Commissioned and produced by The Other Room for their Autumn 2019 season, each play explores the themes that divide us and asks profound questions about the darker side of humanity.


When does an act become violent?


Should we really fight fire with fire?


And how far would you go to avoid it?


THE STORY

A volunteer arrives back from working in a refugee camp to discover she is now an "enemy of the people."


Arrested and imprisoned for her actions, the only way to maintain her sanity in a world turned upside down is to discover the identity of the mysterious interrogator from her past.


Inspired by Tess's work with refugees from Assad's jails and Libyan prisons, The Story is a psychological thriller set in a Kafkaesque world that interrogates the language of 'othering' and the stories we tell ourselves to justify violence.


Is mental torture worse than physical?


And how long can we last before our loyalty - and sanity - splinters and snaps?


The Story is a disquieting exploration of moral condemnation and personal responsibility that keeps the audience guessing to the very end.


Directed by Fringe First winner David Mercatali [Dark Vanilla Jungle, Blue Heart, Cargo and other works].


HELA

Erin, a young mother, has lost her son but no one will listen.


Driven and desperate, she must find him by any means necessary.


Waiting patiently for the right moment, now is the time for action, answers and justice.


In a futuristic world of information and revolt, justice is determined - like everything else - by an algorithm.


In this dystopian Wales, the most odious form of violence is protected, and the lines of justice become blurred.


Hela asks whether our obsession with data can truly be trusted?


Can deep seated pain ever be defused?


And how far we are willing to go to see justice happen?


Winner of The Other Room's Violent Burns Playwright Award, Mari Izzard makes her playwriting debut with this dark and unsettling tale.


Hela leaves no rock unturned in this tale of dirty family secrets and vigilant justice.


Artistic Director Dan Jones directs this unsettling bilingual production with innovative accessibility woven into the narrative.


Whether you speak Welsh or not, everyone will be able to understand, enjoy and be challenged by this provocative production.


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Dates


Previews from:Wednesday 15 January 2020

Closes:Saturday 18 January 2020

Performance days & times


Evening:

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Matinee:

Wednesday - 3-00pm

Friday - 3-00pm


Tickets


Standard:
£5 - £15

Concessions:
£12

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Creatives


Author: Tess Berry-Hart and Mari Izzard
Production: The Other Room in association with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Theatre503

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