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News From Vauxhall

@The Hope Theatre  Theatre

News From Vauxhall @The Hope Theatre 

February 25th & 26th 7:45 pm 

Inspired by a ten-year series of prolific, poetic, and philosophic notes by Vauxhall resident and writer Alan Alphie Pritchard, News From Vauxhall is the newly-devised work from Bird Mouth Collective, taking a deep dive into the writer’s mind. Featuring writing by Alan Pritchard and Michelle Hanks 

Expect great story telling, physical theatre, puppetry and even tango dancing on a wild odyssey through London’s dark back-streets, mysterious underground clubs and abandoned cinemas. The show is as hilarious and satirical is as it is poignant and haunting. Part farce, part illusion and part fantasy, with a lot of questioning of reality, flipping the middle finger at greed and examining the myths and absurdities that keep the city ticking.

Performers rapidly and surreally change characters and locations from moment to moment, undressing literally and figuratively before the audience’s eyes. Expect to see noir-like detectives who travel foggy streets in a search for truth and meaning, Victorian prostitutes condemning ‘history in all its manifest horror’, an overbearing demigod boss accompanied by office workers creating commercials about life in ‘boxes’, and a sultry chanteuse singer/poet at a smoky underground club called The Radiant Cool.

While various aspects of the writer’s voice bring these farcical, absurdist, grotesque characters to life, they also wrestle with them in moving soliloquies, where they are visited by repeated vivid memories of a horrifying train explosion and the loss of a friend, where they are battling a gripping depression coupled with a passionate desire to stand up for a fair and equitable world.

Anticipate a roller coaster ride of emotions, a raucous-wild ride of both laughter and heart-breaking London stories.

Latecomers may not be admitted. Please arrive in good time for the start time of 19:45.
Under 18s are not permitted into the theatre for this performance. 
No re-admittance once the performance has commenced. Refunds and exchanges are not available.

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Bird Mouth Collective was established in September 2021 by Michelle Hanks, with a vision to bring together writers, performers, theatre makers and creatives to devise, workshop develop, and explore new writing and ideas for performance.   

Past events 2022 Camden Fringe

Bird Mouth Collective presented  two Short Plays at The 2022 Camden Fringe:  The Apartments by Verity Rowsell, and At Least I Can Dance by Michelle Hanks, and pre-show/interval poems by Andrew Neil Carpenter.

The plays mixed a surreal, satirical, funny, emotional and poignant punch about relationships,gender inequality, mental health, grief, heartbreak and capitalism within the benefit system. 

There were prolific performances from Buddleia Maslen, Alain English, Avi Mendelson, Sharon Trotter, Brandon Kai Thorne, Laura Lamas, Sasha Bond and Andrew Neil Carpenter. 

The double bill was directed by: Michelle Hanks 

with lighting design by Kimber Wright. 


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News From Vauxhall at The Hope Theatre
News From Vauxhall at The Hope Theatre
25 Feb 2024, 19:45 – 26 Feb 2024, 19:45
The Hope and Anchor, 207 Upper St, London N1 1RL, UK
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