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Recent and forthcoming activity

New collaborative work, R&D of work in progress and forthcoming events

Blank Productions
Songs of the Chambermaids
Work in progress / R&D

On Saturday 30 September, first performances were given of Songs of the Chambermaids, a section of Mark C. Hewitt's recent (unperformed) play, CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS - 11 MOVEMENTS FOR THEATRE. In this section, a chorus of three chambermaids become a sort of karaoke girl band to chart the narrative arc of Sigmund Freud's essay, 'Civilization and its Discontents'. The three 'songs' are performed over rhythmically complex music for percussion ensemble and lead instruments by composer Thomas Strønen - the only section of the play to be structured this way. After five days rehearsal, the songs were performed script in hand by Marta Carvalho (Ana), Leann O'Kasi (Bo) and Melissa Sirol (Cressida) as part of Half Hour Hits, an experimental R&D platform focused on short new works, presented by Lewes Live Literature at the All Saints Centre, Lewes. As part of the same R&D platform, Mark C. Hewitt also directed successful first performances of a new version of T.S. Eliot's dramatic fragment, Sweeney Agonistes.

Leann O'Kasi, Marta Carvalho and Melissa Sirol performing Songs of the Chambermaids

Directing / collaborative work
Black Curtain: A Public Sharing of New Work by a Disgraced Writer via an Actor Trapped in the Theatre
by Neil Noon

Mark C. Hewitt is working with writer Neil Noon and actor George Dillon on developing a new play, entitled Black Curtain: A Public Sharing of New Work by a Disgraced Writer via an Actor Trapped in the Theatre. The play, about a fantastical antagonism between a writer and an actor, will be previewed at The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton before moving on to London's Soho Theatre.

Black Curtain A side
Performance dates
Tues 31 Oct / Weds 1 Nov, 7.30pm: The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton
Tickets £9.50 / £7.50 (conc.)

Live Literature (on tour)
Roll Over Atlantic ☆☆☆☆
by John Agard

Caribbean-British poet John Agard's one man show, directed by Mark C. Hewitt for intercultural performing arts company Crosspath, continues its tour into autumn 2017 with a date at Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, hosted by The Marlowe Society. The production revisits Christopher Columbus and his infamous discovery of the New World in a mischievous voyage in verse (with songs) that mixes the tides of cabaret and calypso as John variously becomes Columbus, The Atlantic, a native shaman and The Mighty Mosquito (see picture below).

Read the 4 Star review from London's Southbank Centre »

Mon 13 November: Corpus Playroom, Cambridge. Details »