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Theatre Absolute has nine life-lines

WRITERS and performers are being given a fabulous opportunity to showcase their work, thanks to a Coventry theatre.

The award-winning Theatre Absolute in the City Arcade has announced it will commission nine new works.

Chris O’Connell, artistic director at the theatre, has issued a rallying call to artists to grab the chance.

He said: “Thoreau’s quote, ‘We are not where we are, but in a false position’ seems particularly apt at this moment in the 21st Century.

“It’s a provocative call for theatre makers to explore people’s’ experiences today. It includes headline issues like politics, economics and migration but will reflect much wider perspectives offered by exciting new and established writers.

“We look forward to see our artists’ responses.”

In a two-year project under the banner Are we where we are? The nine new pieces commissioned will include a monologue, duologue, a devised ensemble production and six short form theatre pieces written and performed by the writers.

The programme launches with the premiere of May Utang, written and performed by Jules Orcullo (pictured above) at Absolute’s Shop Front Theatre on Thursday 11 May, 7.30pm.

The performance will be followed by an opportunity to hear more about Are We Where We Are? the new commissions planned for the project, and this new work by Jules Orcullo, a Filipina-Australian writer and performer.

May Utang, which translates as ‘there’s debt’, recounts her encounters with people questioning her identity whilst living in Coventry, Sydney and the Philippines.

Julia Negus, producer Theatre Absolute said: “The new pieces of theatre will make the most of our theatre space which was created in a former fish and chip shop in a shopping precinct in Coventry.

“Whilst working here over the last eight years we have experimented with different theatre forms and we look forward to sharing these new works with our audiences. If you haven’t been to the Shop Front yet do come along, it would be lovely to see you.”

After the May Utang premiere, which lasts about 20 minutes, there will be a post show chat and an after show party with a special soul funk DJ set.

Tickets are £8 (full price) & £6 (concessions) available online from Oxboffice and ticket includes an invite to stay for the post show discussion and after party.

The project is supported by Arts Council England, Coventry City Council, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Talking Birds, The Belgrade Theatre and Warwick Arts Centre.

Winner!