A Well Remembered Voice: autumn tour

We are excited to be able to announce dates for our forthcoming tour of A Well Remembered Voice, our production of J. M. Barrie’s first world war play that has been developed with the University of Hertfordshire’s Everyday Lives In War.

The dates are:

  • OSO Community Arts Centre, Barnes 7th & 8th October, 7.30pm (020 8876 9885) 
  • The Weston Auditorium, Hatfield 17th October, 7.30pm (01707 281127) 
  • Leicester Square Theatre, London 29th & 30th October, 3pm (020 7734 2222)

We will also be taking performances into schools and running educational activities exploring the themes of the play and the musical, physical style of our adaptation.

You can find further details and see a trailer for the show here.

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Local children needed for A Christmas Carol!

 

Io Theatre Company are inviting children local to the Cheltenham Playhouse to be a part of their Christmas production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol! 

 

On 25th October, auditions will be taking place for three groups of children between 6 and 14 years old in the roles of the Cratchit children, the family of Scrooge’s poor clerk, Bob Cratchit. The children will be licensed to perform and supervised by licensed chaperones during the performances.

 

Anyone available for the dates of the production (16th to 31st December 2014 including some daytime performances) and interested in auditioning should contact the Associate Director, Andy Holloway, at andy@iotheatrecompany.co.uk.

Everyday Lives In War

Io Theatre Company’s production of J. M. Barrie’s A Well Remembered Voice was given its first outing on Wednesday as part of the University of Hertfordshire’s launch of their World War One engagement centre, ‘Everyday Lives In War’.

The centre has been set up to encourage community research; one of its particular areas of interest is supernatural beliefs, which ties in perfectly with J. M. Barrie’s story of a bereaved mother attempting to contact her dead son, who ultimately appears to his father.

After an evening of talks and demonstrations, the launch culminated with A Well Remembered Voice performed in the Weston Auditorium. Historian Ciara Meehan has written about the event here.

Casting news

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We’re delighted to announce the cast for our forthcoming production of J. M. Barrie’s A Well Remembered Voice. Iestyn Arwell, who played Alun in the 2012 Ovalhouse run of The Snow Spider, returns to Io Theatre Company along with Anne-Marie Piazza, who played Nain in both runs of the same show. David Broughton Davies has been cast in the role of Mr Don, a man confronting his past and future as he comes to terms with the loss of his son through a supernatural encounter, and the ensemble is completed by Sarah Vezmar.

We are also pleased to be working again with designer Florence Hazard and lighting designer Sherry Coenen, both of whom have worked on The Snow Spider.

A Well Remembered Voice

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Io Theatre Company have been commissioned by the University of Hertfordshire on behalf of their First World War Engagement Centre: Everyday Lives in War, to stage a production of JM Barrie’s short play A Well Remembered Voice. It will be performed at the Weston Auditorium at the University of Hertfordshire as part of the launch of the Centre on 4th June 2014, after which the work is intended to have a life as a touring production for Io Theatre Company and the WW1 centre that can travel to theatres, arts centres and museums.

We will be using our own unique approach to classic texts, combining the spoken text with newly composed music, movement and physical theatre, to bring to life the play’s intellectual and emotional potential.

Further updates to follow!