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Within This Landscape

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1984

1984

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Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis

Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis

Mon 11 Aug - Sun 21 Sep

Regeneration

Regeneration

Tue 23 Sep - Sat 27 Sep

Arthur Author

Arthur Author

Mon 13 Oct

Betrayal

Betrayal

Fri 03 Oct - Sat 18 Oct

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Antigone

Tue 21 Oct - Sat 25 Oct

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The Kite Runner

Mon 27 Oct - Sat 01 Nov

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Helver's Night

Thu 30 Oct - Sat 08 Nov

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Hanging Hooke

Sat 15 Nov

The Woman In Black

The Woman In Black

Mon 17 Nov - Sat 22 Nov

She Stoops to Conquer

She Stoops to Conquer

Tue 25 Nov - Sat 29 Nov

Mr Puntila And His Man Matti

Mr Puntila And His Man Matti

Thu 27 Nov - Sat 29 Nov

The Circle Of Chalk

The Circle Of Chalk

Thu 27 Nov - Sat 29 Nov

A View From The Bridge

A View From The Bridge

Fri 13 Feb - Sat 28 Feb

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The Wind In The Willows

The Wind In The Willows

Thu 31 Jul - Sat 30 Aug

Sing and Sign Stage 1 (6-18 Months)

Sing and Sign Stage 1 (6-18 Months)

Mon 22 Sep - Mon 01 Dec

Sing And Sign Stage 2 (1 - 2½ Years)

Sing And Sign Stage 2 (1 - 2½ Years)

Mon 22 Sep - Mon 01 Dec

Singamajigs

Singamajigs

Tue 23 Sep - Tue 02 Dec

Story Makers

Story Makers

Wed 17 Sep - Wed 03 Dec

Puss In Boots

Puss In Boots

Wed 10 Dec - Sat 03 Jan

Old Mother Goose

Old Mother Goose

Thu 11 Dec - Sat 31 Jan

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The Importance Of Being Earnest

The Importance Of Being Earnest

Fri 11 Jul - Sun 17 Aug

Noel James

Noel James

Thu 13 Nov

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Summer Big Band

Sat 30 Aug

Perform Rises

Perform Rises

Sat 04 Oct

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Phoenix Dance Theatre

Wed 12 Nov - Thu 13 Nov

Burns Night Ceilidh

Burns Night Ceilidh

Sat 24 Jan

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Old Mother Goose

Old Mother Goose

Thu 11 Dec - Sat 31 Jan

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Arthur Author

Arthur Author

Mon 13 Oct

Antigone

Antigone

Tue 21 Oct - Sat 25 Oct

The Restoration of Nell Gwyn

The Restoration of Nell Gwyn

Thu 09 Oct - Sat 25 Oct

Cell

Cell

Mon 10 Nov

Jonny Got His Gun

Jonny Got His Gun

Tue 11 Nov

Birthday Suit Party

Birthday Suit Party

Wed 12 Nov

Helen

Helen

Fri 14 Nov

More Tales from Kafka

More Tales from Kafka

Tue 18 Nov - Thu 20 Nov

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Fri 21 Nov - Sat 22 Nov

General

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The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Wed 23 Jul - Sun 10 Aug

Iolanthe

Iolanthe

Thu 18 Sep - Sat 20 Sep

The Pirates Of Penzance

The Pirates Of Penzance

Wed 05 Nov - Sat 08 Nov

Mr Puntila And His Man Matti

Mr Puntila And His Man Matti

Thu 27 Nov - Sat 29 Nov

The Circle Of Chalk

The Circle Of Chalk

Thu 27 Nov - Sat 29 Nov

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Ghost The Musical

Ghost The Musical

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Play In A Week - 8-11s

Play In A Week - 8-11s

Mon 11 Aug - Sat 16 Aug

The Wind In The Willows

The Wind In The Willows

Thu 31 Jul - Sat 30 Aug

The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea

Thu 18 Sep - Sat 04 Oct

Sing and Sign Stage 1 (6-18 Months)

Sing and Sign Stage 1 (6-18 Months)

Mon 22 Sep - Mon 01 Dec

Sing And Sign Stage 2 (1 - 2½ Years)

Sing And Sign Stage 2 (1 - 2½ Years)

Mon 22 Sep - Mon 01 Dec

Singamajigs

Singamajigs

Tue 23 Sep - Tue 02 Dec

Story Makers

Story Makers

Wed 17 Sep - Wed 03 Dec

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Helen

Helen

Fri 14 Nov

Workshop

Play In A Week - 8-11s

Play In A Week - 8-11s

Mon 11 Aug - Sat 16 Aug

Sing and Sign Stage 1 (6-18 Months)

Sing and Sign Stage 1 (6-18 Months)

Mon 22 Sep - Mon 01 Dec

Sing And Sign Stage 2 (1 - 2½ Years)

Sing And Sign Stage 2 (1 - 2½ Years)

Mon 22 Sep - Mon 01 Dec

Singamajigs

Singamajigs

Tue 23 Sep - Tue 02 Dec

Story Makers

Story Makers

Wed 17 Sep - Wed 03 Dec

The Press - Review: Breathing Corpses

Fri 08 Mar 2013

Written by Charles Hutchinson

 


Anna Soden as teenage chambermaid Amy

YOU may not be familiar with Laura Wade’s work, but that should change with the upcoming film conversion of Posh, her play about a fictionalised version of the Bullingdon Club, beloved of our leader Dave, boy George and Boris in Oxford student days.

In the meantime, the York premiere of the Royal Court hot property’s first dark deed, 2005’s Breathing Corpses, forms part of the Theatre Royal’s Yorkshire season on account of her Sheffield upbringing.

It is a typically astute choice by York Settlement Community Players, the original trendsetters among York’s rising tide of adventurous community theatre companies. More correctly, the choice was initiated by Anna-Siobhan Wilcox, the burgeoning York director who Settlement invited to direct this season’s show on the strength of her Hedda Gabler for Mooted Theatre Co last year. From her ten suggestions, Settlement settled on the experimental Breathing Corpses, a disturbing, very darkly humorous slice of intense noir that defies mathematics and logic, but is all the better for being open-ended.

It starts with an ending, and this is not giving anything away, when a bedroom suicide is discovered by teenage chambermaid Amy (York College drama student Anna Soden) in an anonymous hotel off a roundabout – a bleak English scene that Harold Pinter would have loved. You will see a silent figure with black wings and white skeletal mask meander through that room, a harbinger never to be seen again until unnerving us at the finale, as if to say, the chain reaction of deaths may not be over yet.

Hence we re-meet suicide victim Jim (Paul Osborne) as he was before, a gently joshing manager of a self-storage facility, where an awful odour has caught the nose of Jim and employee Ray (Jon Adams). Jim will never recover from what he discovers, the devastating impact captured in a scene with his kindly, caring but exasperated wife Elaine (Helen Wilson): played with the actors’ backs to the audience so that tender and broken body language becomes all.Wade then reveals what led to three other deaths, not in chronological order, but filling in the full picture by the most intriguing route, each scene change accompanied by apt music, such as Echo And The Bunnymen’s Killing Moon.

The body language is not good between businesswoman Kate (Clancy McMullan) and her bruised live-in boyfriend Ben (Nathan Unthank), whose long, brutal scene is the most difficult both to perform and watch. They pull it off superbly, Unthank continuing his rise as one of York’s most promising young talents (as does Anna Soden), while McMullan’s somehow brings vulnerability to the otherwise monstrous Kate.

One more piece must be slotted into place: another man under the duvet in that anonymous hotel on Amy’s cleaning rota. His name is Charlie (Jamie McKeller); he has a flash car, a silver tongue, an inner turmoil giving him hell, and a knife. Will he use it? That is for you to decide: one more layer of intrigue in a chilling, circular human drama into which director and cast breathe black and blue life in all its complexities.

 

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/leisure/music/10275336.Settlement_Players_rise_to_darkly_humorous_task/

 

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