Screams reverberate through corridors. A forest echoes with the sound of gunfire. Innocent blood is shed and lives ripped apart. As the wounds on a community are left gaping, a young choir leader begins her quest to heal and to understand.
“For some time now I have reflected on the events
In an effort to understand them.
In an effort to understand him.
In an effort to understand.”
Acclaimed director Ramin Gray gets together with renowned playwright David Greig with a brave new work that explores the impact of a horrific politically motivated crime on a small community and delves into the nature of forgiveness, reconciliation and understanding.
The Events looks to find out how far forgiveness will stretch in the face of atrocity. Featuring local choirs and a soaring soundtrack by Irish composer John Browne, what unfolds is a story of tragedy, obsession and our destructive need to fathom the unfathomable.
Ramin Gray and David Greig last worked together on the critically praised RSC production of Gray’s play The American Pilot. Gray’s previous work for ATC to be seen at the Traverse was the double bill of Illusions and Sarah Kane’s Crave and before that The Golden Dragon.
David Greig’s recent plays include Midsummer, Dunsinane, and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and the West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Ramin Gray is ATC’s Artistic Director. Previously he was International Associate, then Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre where he directed many world and British premieres by playwrights including Simon Stephens’ Motortown, Marius von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One and The Stone, and Mark Ravenhill’s Over There. He has also directed at the RSC, Out of Joint, The Gate and in many theatres across Europe. Opera credits include the European premiere of Bliss by Brett Dean and Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice at Hamburg’s Staatsoper and Theater an der Wien.
Immediately prior to directing The Events, Ramin directed the premiere of the opera The Importance of Being Earnest by Gerald Barry at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden’s Linbury Studio.
John Browne’s works have been performed at the Royal Opera House (Babette’s Feast, Demon Juice), English National Opera (Early Earth Operas, Midnight’s Children), Southbank Centre (A Nightingale Sang) and Westminster Abbey (Small Selves, Out of Suffering). In recent years he has been composer-in-residence at FNSNM, Kings College London, created choral arrangements for the band Elbow, composed the score for The Itch of the Golden Nit, a BAFTA award-winning film by Aardman, been an adjudicator for BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012, created a music-theatre piece in Rwanda and run workshops for the British Council in China and India.
Actors Touring Company presents the best international contemporary theatre, using the theatre to tell stories from different views from around the world. The company collaborates with a wide range of UK and international theatre makers, commissioning writers, sourcing the best international scripts and translating them into English for the first time, and reaching audiences through their extensive UK and international touring rogramme. They are presently working on projects with artists from Belarus, Iran, Israel, Russia, Spain, the UK and Ukraine.The production will also appear in Vienna and Norway later in the year.
THE EVENTS By David Greig
Directed by Ramin Gray
Music composed by John Browne
UK TOUR AUTUMN 2013
THE EVENTS By David Greig
31st July to 25th August
Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Traverse Theatre
Tickets: £13 – £18 (concs from £6)
www.traverse.co.uk – 0131 228 1404
17th -21st September
Glasgow The Tron Theatre 8pm
Tickets: £12 (£8 concessions) Tue – Thu & £16 (£12
concessions) Fri – Sat
www.tron.co.uk – 0141 552 4267
Oxford: North Wall Arts Centre 8pm
Tickets: £13 (concs £11)
www.thenorthwall.org – 01865 319450
Dublin Theatre Festival – Peacock Theatre, Abbey
Tickets: €20 – €25
www.abbeytheatre.ie – +353 (0)1 87 87 222
9th October – 2nd November
London: Young Vic Theatre 7:45pm, Saturday matinees
press night 14 October
Tickets: £10, £19.50
www.youngvic.org – 020 7922 2922
5th – 10th November
Hull: Hull Truck Theatre 8pm
Tickets: £12 – £18 (£3 off concessions)
www.hulltruck.co.uk – 01482 323638
12th – 16th November
Bristol: Bristol Old Vic Theatre (Studio) 8pm
Tickets: £12/ £8
www.bristololdvic.org.uk – 0117 987 7877
19th – 23rd November
Birmingham: Birmingham Repertory Theatre (Studio)
Tickets £12, £15
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk – 0121 236 4455
26th – 30th November
Plymouth Drum Theatre 8pm
Tickets: £14/ £10 concessions
www.theatreroyal.com – 01752 267222
Tuesday 16th July 2013