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A Colder Water Than Here

BY MATT JONES

Theatre. 1st – 5th Feb, 18:15, £12.
Matinee 5th Feb, 15:00

Voices echo for thousands of miles with memories of the past. Leaving homes thousands of miles away, 6 characters long for something different. a colder water than here is a multilingual theatre piece exploring how we carry the past with us.

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Irena has left home thousands of miles behind in search of a different future whilst Sam longs to leave hers; where here is doesn’t matter any more. But voices of the past keep echoing in the present.

In a country tearing itself apart over ideas of nationhood and citizenship a colder water than here asks questions about what it means to belong somewhere and to leave home behind, how the past shapes us.

Continually shifting between time and place; exploring ideas of language and memory, home and displacement a colder water than here is a new, multilingual piece of theatre being performed for the first time at VAULT 2017. Written by Matt Jones and directed by Lily McLeish, this new, formally daring play asks pertinent questions of what it means to belong somewhere and to leave the past behind. Featuring a specially designed installation by German artists Hartung & Trenz, this production will embrace the unique atmosphere and architecture of the Vaults under Waterloo to create an exciting and innovative piece of international theatre.

Matt Jones is a playwright and has previously been on attachment at Bristol Old Vic and was a member of the Young Writers’ Programme and invitational Studio groups at the Royal Court.

Lily McLeish is an Anglo-German theatre director. She has directing experience in Germany as well as the UK including the Young Vic, National Theatre, Royal Court and RSC. She trained with theatre company Port in Air and since 2012 she has been working and training with Katie Mitchell, most recently working as her Associate Director on productions internationally as well as the UK.

Detlef Hartung and Georg Trenz create site specific light-text installations. They have created light-text installations internationally for museums, galleries and companies, projecting their work on architectures and spaces such as churches, empty factory buildings, outdoor landscapes, and on to the outside of buildings.

Max Pappenheim is a composer and sound designer; work includes new-writing projects with directors James MacDonald, Katie Mitchell, Anna Ledwich and David Mercatali, and regular collaborations with Silent Opera.

Anthony Doran is a Lighting Designer and Production Electrician. He regularly collaborates with Katie Mitchell, Jack Knowles and Oily Cart. He also often builds and refurbishes lighting practicals used for theatre and the home.

Cast: Daphne Alexander, Siu-see Hung, Zed Josef, Jennifer Lim, Chandni Mistry, Giorgio Spiegelfeld

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