Convicts and Lunatics

Convicts and Lunatics is an amusing and thought provoking double bill featuring Red Ladder Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed one-woman musical drama, followed by feminist comedy dance at its best, by up and coming Gracefool Collective.

Red Ladder champion’s new writing, particularly that which challenges or agitates, and it is this common ground in questioning power and authority that they share with the raucous and thought provoking work of dance makers, Gracefool Collective.

Wrong ‘Un is a suffragette’s story by Boff Whalley, set in February 1918 where Parliament is poised to grant what the suffragettes have been fighting for – votes for all women.  After years of direct action, imprisonment and force-feeding, it seems their time has come. This is the story of a Lancashire mill-girl on her journey from schoolroom to prison cell and beyond.

Written by ex-Chumbawamba guitarist and writer Boff Whalley, Wrong ‘Un was originally directed by Justin Audibert and is now under the direction of Red Ladder’s Artistic Director Rod Dixon, with Design by Ali Allen. Both Ella Harris (2016 dates) and Kathleen Yore will be taking on the role of Annie Wilde, the Lancashire mill-girl galvanised by a rousing mixture of injustice, conviction, self-doubt and fear on her journey from schoolroom to prison cell and beyond.

This really is too much: Outlandish and highly entertaining, this piece of dance theatre by Gracefool Collective delves into a world of farcical stereotypes and preposterous power struggles. Watch four characters bend over backwards in an attempt to be 3-dimensional, high definition, water-drinking, salad-eating, moisturizing WO-men in modern society.

Originally commissioned by Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s ’Northern Connections’ programme, This really is too much is an outlandish, bold and entertaining genre-busting performance. With original writing by Gracefool Collective with extracts from Hidden: A Gender (in Gender Outlaw) by Kate Bornstein, costume advice by Kelli Des Jarlais; sound by Florence Glen and lighting design by Luke Haywood.

Gracefool Collective will be performing an abridged version of the show for this double bill at the same time as touring the hour-long version, which will be performed at Yorkshire Dance in Leeds on Friday 26th May and Camden People’s Theatre in London on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017.

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