Red Shift: 30 years of innovation and intense touring throughout the UK and internationally
Red Shift's first Time Out review 1983: "99.9% pure theatrical magic"
Red Shift Theatre
THE FALL OF MAN
Celebrated by press and public at the Edinburgh Festival 2009, June/July 2010 saw Red Shift touring this unusually intimate, hard-hitting 'micro' theatre piece to Bristol's Tobacco Factory, Taunton's Brewhouse Theatre and Lincoln's Drill Hall Arts Centre where it was again lauded by audiences and industry observers. In 2012 Chicago's Right Brain Project made their own production in a converted industrial unit near Lake Michigan. Chicago Theater Beat **** "Holloway has managed to find a wry sweet spot between pathetically predictable characters and a timeless masterpiece" New City Stage Recommended "That's why Jonathan Holloway's update/homage is so compelling; we see how relevant Milton's themes remain today. Holloway intersperses segments of Milton's epic "Paradise Lost," detailing Adam and Eve's fall, within the narrative of married businessman Peter (Corey Noble) and nanny Veronica (Anna Robinson) who contemplate and then conduct an affair."
The Fall of Man has played to full houses following Red Shift's decision to move away from conventional touring and, at least for a while, create new work sensitive to locations and contexts. It appears generally agreed the show confirmed the company's position at the forefront of UK practice previously established over 27 years of innovation.
"It is not the way that the tale pans out to its eventual and inevitable sordid end that matters, so much as the way the story is told. Working with only a bed, three simple lights and Sarah Llewellyn's insistent soundscape, the production creates an intense intimacy that implicates its audience; you feel slightly soiled watching it. It also boasts two assured and brave performances". - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
The Scotsman: * * * * (featured Hot Show) "they have created another provocative piece - on the surface a small story of a briefly lived-out relationship, but more fundamentally, a tribute to the kind of fleeting passions that make life worth living." Three Weeks: * * * * "A bold, impressively performed production that endows a difficult literary work with graphic contemporary resonance." One4review.com: * * * * "In the intimate space, barely lit by small domestic light bulbs, good performances are drawn from both performers in this strong hard hitting performance" Metro: * * * * "Casting the audience as voyeurs by having us cluster round their bed, this is a branding iron of sex and guilt." EdinburghGuide.com: * * * * "This is a superbly inventive and beautifully adapted piece that grips the audience in a vice and refuses to let them escape." The List: "powerful body language, unnerving music, and the clash of native and non-native idioms and priorities create loaded moments", Fringe Review.co.uk: "sexy and gratuitous, combining a fun romp with the sometimes fraught politics of sexual relationships, and make this piece delightfully watchable despite the sometimes heavy emotional content", Broadway Baby: "with strong language, nudity and sexual situations. The audience surrounds the stage on three sides and is very close, giving a strong sense of immediacy and reality to the performances. It feels like were eavesdropping on something very private and intense.", Fest/The Skinny: "Since the early 1980s, Red Shift has gained a reputation for innovative theatre and this latest piece comes as no exception... unfalteringly bold in simulating sex and violence... Performed in the round against an intimate set comprising just a single bed, this is never gratuitous, simply visceral."
The show requires an intimate claustrophobic situation, needs only minimal technical support and because of its length (40 mins) can be played twice in an evening. Contact us on 07958 617837 for further details.
A collaboration between Jonathan Holloway (founder: Red Shift), Graeme Rose (co-founder: Stan's Cafe) and the Company using original dialogue and excerpts from John Milton's Paradise Lost
The Story: Sited in the bed-sitting room of Slovenian child minder Veronica. Visited in the early hours by Peter - father of the children she nannies - we watch their adulterous relationship fall apart in near darkness. An intense theatrical experience played with the audience huddled around their single bed. Unforgiving in its explicit physicality and emotional depth. Skirmishing across issues of the actor-audience relationship. High tragedy in a tiny domestic environment. Huge words. Throwaway remarks. Candid love-making eclipsed by mistrust. Red Shift welcomed Graeme Rose back to the company for this ambitious risk-taking event: Graeme is a theatre-maker committed to developing innovative, collaborative work. A co-founder of companies Glory what Glory, Stan's Cafe and The Resurrectionists, he is also associate artist with Bodies in Flight, and has worked repeatedly with the likes of Insomniac Prods, Talking Birds and Red Shift.
Way back when...
The Red Shift Back Catalogue
2010 revival of NOSFERATU THE VISITOR by E15
Red Shift's Jonathan Holloway is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 3 & 4, the world's most prolific and popular venues for new drama
Fortunes of War (eps 4, 5 & 6) adapted by J Holloway from the novels by Olivia Manning. The climax of a naive couples' adventures as they flee the Nazi advance across Europe and into Africa. Cast inc Joanna Lumley.
Wuthering Heights A radical reinterpretation of this great story in which Holloway celebrates Cathy's obssessive all-consuming passion as a prime example of the extremities that make life worth living. Features Natalie Press as Cathy. review
The Old Spies An original comic drama imaging life after MI5, and on the doorstep of dementia. With Clive Swift, Eleanor Bron, John Nettles & Rachel Atkins.
The Kane Conspiracy Exploring the nail-biting build up to the 1942 Oscars during which the FBI tried to acquire and destroy every existing print of Citizen Kane.
ALL PASSION SPENT Adaptation of the 1931 novel by Vita Sackville-West. An aged widow defies her children to embark on an independent life and a peculiar relationship with an admirer from long ago. Starring Honor Blackman. Broadcast in 5 eps.
REP Actor George Friendly has just started work in one of Britain's last surviving seaside repertory theatres. His first part is in Clubfoot the Avenger, and he thinks he knows how the rest of the summer is going to go. Cast inc Jay Villiers, Lucy Liemann, Michael Fenton Stevens. .
THE QUEST reimagining the Grail Quest. With Julian Rhind-Tutt (Green Wing) and Mark Gatiss (League of Gentlemen). "Jonathan Holloways Arthurian world is about as far away from the familiar one as was his version of Faust in this same slot not long ago. In other words, he deconstructs, reshuffles, updates and astonishes, and all to make us see the heart of the story more clearly. It works too. Julian Rhind-Tutt, again, plays the lead with Mark Gatiss as Merlin. " - Gillian Reynolds, The Daily Telegraph.
TThe Railway Siding Holloway's moody and moving ghost story set on the overnight train from Fishguard to London, with Sam Dale, Lydia Leonard, Ewan Hooper and Mark Lewis. Now a theatre play published by Samuel French. Critic's Choice in Time Out, The Observer and The Telegraph
A Night with Johnny Stompanato Hard-boiled Hollywood drama based on the true story of the stabbing of superstar Lana Turner's boyfriend Johnny Stampanato by her daughter Cheryl.
2013 has been a big year for Red Shift. Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway won a First Prize at the Prix Italia for his BBC version of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and we have been very proud to work alongside Jessica Edwards' Flipping the Bird, returning to the Edinburgh Festival in 2013 with yet another hugely popular show - Jekyll and Hyde - which then successfully tranferred to London's Southwark Playhouse. See the gorgeous trailer here.
new play for Flipping the Bird is clever, creepily melodramatic
and beautifully realised" - Libby Purves, The Times **** "Jonathan Holloway doesn't
seem to have understood that the Edinburgh Fringe is supposed
to be characterised by haphazard lack of preparation and poor
performances of terrible scripts. Jekyll & Hyde is bound
to win awards .. It comes highly recommended." - Philip Fisher, The British
Theatre Guide ***** "strangely
brilliant, as Holloway experiments with the idea of a female
Jekyll driven mad by the gender constraints of the age, a superb
scientist who also prowls the city like a sexually liberated
vampire... Holloway's text adds a new dimension to our understanding
of Stevenson's masterpiece." - Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman "This is a script that embraces
subtlety and crescendo. Jonathan Holloway's ear for tone is intuitive
and thoughtful: there is a rhythmic staccato to the piece that
pays homage to the conventions of its literary precursors...
Holloway reveals an acute intelligence and a great respect for
a work from which he asks, not demands the right, to adapt in
an innovative way." - Broadway Baby **** "Jonathan Holloway's thought-provoking script...
provides food for thought... gripping, radical retelling of a
classic story. Prepare to have your eyes opened in shock and
- Three Weeks "This
is cracking theatre - a genuinely unexpected gem of a show. The
whole production is pitch perfect, and the twist in the tale
is unexpected, original and exciting. If I was off to the Edinburgh
Fringe, I'd see it again!" - Everything Theatre **** "a thoroughly polished piece
which left me wanting to see it again immediately. Undeniably
brilliant all round" - viewsfromthegods *****
Red Shift was founded in 1982 by Director Jonathan Holloway (click for biog) and Designer Charlotte Humpston. The company has toured all over the world and given over 3,000 performances in studios, major theatres, tents and parks. It has travelled throughout the UK, and visited Ireland, the Middle and Far East, North Africa and South America. Its past work has been revisited by companies and producers in the UK, North America and Australia. "Red Shift does the shows people want to see" - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Click here to enter Website.
Red Shift Theatre Company in association with Pleasance Theatre presented
Invisible Show II
In the open air at The Pleasance Courtyard for the Edinburgh Festival 2011 where it was immediately embraced by audiences and the media. The show is now available for performances embedded in event crowds. If you are interested please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. "Five stars are not enough for this polished, multifaceted, flawless, 24-carat rose diamond of a show."
speaks for itself:
The Guardian "It's an ingenious idea
this piece is woven
into the fabric of everyday life: is that woman talking on her
mobile an actor or a real person? Surely that girl sitting at
the table having a row with her boyfriend must be part of the
show? Or maybe not. Gradually, the show comes into focus, and
it's like eavesdropping on a series of tiny explosive conversations,
fragments of everyday life
this little show sings with
Red Shift Theatre
Performers: Stephanie Day, Jill Dowse, James Rallison, Graeme Rose