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NATIONAL THEATRE WALES & QUARANTINE CREATE NEW SHOW EXPLORING MULTILINGUALISM AND IDENTITY     

NATIONAL THEATRE WALES & QUARANTINE CREATE NEW SHOW EXPLORING MULTILINGUALISM AND IDENTITY
ENGLISH IS INSPIRED BY THE THEATRICALITY OF LANGUAGE LESSONS, AND BY CONVERSATIONS WITH MIGRANTS IN WALES AND ACROSS THE UK

National Theatre Wales and Quarantine will work together for the first time to stage a brand-new show called English, in June 2018 at Cardiff’s Dance House, as part of Festival of Voice 2018.

English invites its audience into a conversation with performer Jonny Cotsen (Louder Is Not Always Clearer), inspired by language lessons and conversations with migrants in Wales and across the UK who learn English, whether for business, for pleasure, to study or for survival. A joyous, intimate, provocative encounter, English asks how language shapes us all, and what happens to our sense of self when we learn a new language, and don’t really know how to say who we are.

This exuberant A to Z of language and identity – made in bilingual Wales, but with a global perspective – will pull apart pop songs, tear grammar to pieces and invite all the languages in the room to be heard.

Director Richard Gregory is an artist based in Manchester. He is co-Artistic Director (with Renny O’Shea) of Quarantine, since 1998. Richard has developed a distinctive practice around both intimate and epic responses to everyday life and the commonplace. Richard has directed or co-directed 26 projects and productions for Quarantine. Currently a Visiting Fellow at Northumbria University, Richard was Associate Director at Contact, Manchester (1991-1995) and Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne (1995-1998), and Associate Artist at Leicester Haymarket Theatre (2002-2003). He recently directed What Is the City but the People?, the opening event for Manchester International Festival 2017.

Performer Jonny Cotsen was born in Cardiff, a profoundly deaf man in a hearing world. Jonny is a qualified graphic designer and teacher but has left his professional career to develop himself as a performance artist, drama facilitator and consultant for inclusion in the arts. Jonny also runs inclusive drama workshops and training for people with and without disabilities, and is a trustee for Disability Arts Cymru. His performing credits include: solo show Louder Is Not Always Clearer (Mr & Mrs Clark, touring). Ways Of Being Together (Jo Fong), Cardiff: City Road Stories (Sherman Theatre) and Confessions (Theatre Versus Oppression).


Listings Information

National Theatre Wales & Quarantine present
ENGLISH
with Wales Millennium Centre
Part of Festival of Voice 2018

Performer: Jonny Cotsen
Director: Richard Gregory
Dramaturg: Renny O'Shea
Text/Collaborating Artist: Sonia Hughes
Designer: Simon Banham
Lighting Designer: Mike Brookes
Movement Director: Jo Fong

Emerging Director: Chelsey Gillard

Dates: 14-16 & 20-24 June 2018 – 7pm
17 & 23 June 2018 – 2pm
Location: The Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL

Box Office
Online: nationaltheatrewales.org/english
By phone: 029 2037 1689
Tickets: £11.25-£15

National Theatre Wales  
web site
: https://nationaltheatrewales.org
Nia Jones
e-mail: niajones@nationaltheatrewales.org
Monday, May 14, 2018back

 

 

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