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This Must Be The Place

BY BRAD BIRCH & KENNETH EMSON

Theatre. 8th – 12th Feb, 19:45, £12.
NEW DATE ADDED: 16:30, Saturday 11th Feb

Extra Matinee Added Due To Popular Demand
16:30, Saturday 11th February

This is not a London story. No. None of that here.

Triple Off West End Award nominated Poleroid Theatre present two short ballads about being alive and not…

“A masterful look at life’s transitions and the connections that make us who we are.”
(A Younger Theatre)

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“This is not a London story.
No timely tale of protests on the street. Nor night bus puke recollections.
No rising rents and financial complaints. No.
None of that here.”

In an exhilarating first time collaboration between Pinter Commission Winning Brad Birch (Royal Court, RSC, Soho Theatre) and BAFTA nominated Kenneth Emson (BBC, Royal Court, Bush), This Must Be The Place makes its London premiere at Vault following an acclaimed debut performance at Latitude Festival 2016, directed by Justin Audibert (RSC, National Theatre, Young Vic), presented by Poleroid Theatre – the company behind the triple Off West End Award nominated production of Free Fall by Vinay Patel and the acclaimed nation wide new writing platform Write It : Mic It.

Two friends, fugitives from their problems, try and start again in the big smoke but find themselves waiting on the margins still.

A man in the midst of crisis tries for a clean break from technology, connectivity and the pressures of city life.
Two short ballads about being alive and not… About migration, missed connections, and life on the edge of respectability. Frantic and funny, quiet and thoughtful. Sometimes bleak, but never without a sense of hope, and certainly sweary enough for a child to be lead away by their parents. About where we are now, and whether we are really living. About getting away from it all.

“A masterful look at life’s transitions and the connections that make us who we are.” (A Younger Theatre)

CAST

FELIKS MATHUR (Fear And Misery Of The Third Reich, Union Theatre), MOLLY ROBERTS (Jumping Puddles, Frantic Assembly/Open Clasp; The Snow Queen, New Vic Theatre; Free Fall, Pleasance Theatre – OffWestEnd Award-Nominated for Best Female Performance) and HAMISH RUSH (En Folkefiende, Pleasance Dome; Lies We Tell, BIFA Films Ltd 2016) return to Poleroid Theatre’s This Must Be The Place following an acclaimed debut performance at Latitude Festival 2016. JAMES COONEY (Bottleneck, HighTide/UK Tour – OffWestEnd Award-Nominated for Best Male Performance; Hamlet, Cymbeline, King Lear – Royal Shakespeare Company; Island, National Theatre) completes this dynamic cast.

“Kenny and Brad are two of the most urgent yet humane playwrights working today. Their work explores the dark undercurrents of life in the 21st century but does so from the perspective of those on the margins whose stories we rarely get to hear. They are also artists whose work challenges the boundaries of what the live experience of theatre can be.” – Director Justin Audibert

“A masterful look at life’s transitions and the connections that make us who we are.” – A Younger Theatre on This Must Be The Place

“Four outstanding performances from Mike Noble, Feliks Mathur, Molly Roberts and Hamish Rush.” – A Younger Theatre on This Must Be The Place

“Clever, poignant, touching…” – A Younger Theatre on This Must Be The Place

“short, sharp, shockingly entertaining” – The Guardian on The Brink by Brad Birch ★★★★

“Strong piece… emotionally variegated” – The Stage on Terrorism by Kenneth Emson ★★★★

Nominated for three Off-West End Theatre Awards, Poleroid are a new writing theatre company encouraging multi-disciplinary work and artist development. We believe that people learn through doing and set frameworks for artists to showcase and develop their skills in a supportive environment. We explore the dark undercurrents of life in the 21st century from the perspective of those on the margins whose stories we rarely get to hear. We give a platform to exceptional fast-rising new writers, actors and directors from across the UK and through our collaborative method nurture bold urgent new work that is committed to engaging new, younger audiences with theatre.

Recent work includes Plastic by Kenneth Emson (Latitude Festival 2015, Touring 2017); This Must Be The Place (Latitude Festival 2016); The Locker Outings (Vault Festival); Write It : Mic It (Live Theatre/Paines Plough Roundabout/Vault/Hackney Attic/Castle Hotel/Wilderness Festival); Free Fall by Vinay Patel (Triple Offie Nominated, Pleasance, published by Methuen Drama).

www.poleroidtheatre.co.uk

Cast FELIKS MATHUR (Fear And Misery Of The Third Reich, Union Theatre), MOLLY ROBERTS (Jumping Puddles, Frantic Assembly/Open Clasp; The Snow Queen, New Vic Theatre; Free Fall, Pleasance Theatre – OffWestEnd Award-Nominated for Best Female Performance) and HAMISH RUSH (En Folkefiende, Pleasance Dome; Lies We Tell, BIFA Films Ltd 2016) return to Poleroid Theatre’s This Must Be The Place following an acclaimed debut performance at Latitude Festival 2016. JAMES COONEY (Bottleneck, HighTide/UK Tour – OffWestEnd Award-Nominated for Best Male Performance; Hamlet, Cymbeline, King Lear – Royal Shakespeare Company; Island, National Theatre) completes this dynamic cast.

Writer BRAD BIRCH has recently received rave reviews for The Brink at the Orange Tree Theatre and was awarded the 2016 Pinter Commission to write a play for the Royal Court.

Writer KENNETH EMSON is currently under commission from the Bush Theatre, previously won the Adrienne Benham, OffWestEnd Adopt A Playwright and Mercury Theatre Essex Playwriting awards, and has been nominated for both a BAFTA and BAFTA Cymru.

Director JUSTIN AUDIBERT has worked with venues and companies including the RSC, Theatre Royal Plymouth, oho Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Red Ladder, HighTide and the Young Vic. In 2012 he was the Acting Coach for the finalists of BBC 2’s Shakespeare Off By Heart. He has been Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio, and was the recipient of the 2012 Leverhulme Award for Emerging Directors.

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