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25 September – 18 October

The Edge of our Bodies

The Edge of Our Bodies

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Box office: 020 7229 0706

Key Dates

£10 Gatecrasher performances
  • Thu 25 Sep - 7.30pm
    Fri 26 Sep - 7.30pm
    Sat 27 Sep - 7.30pm
    Sat 4 Oct - 3.00pm
    Sat 11 Oct - 3.00pm
    Wed 15 Oct - 3.00pm
    Sat 18 Oct - 3.00pm

Press Night
  • Mon 29 Sep - 7.00pm

£7.50 Young People's Night
  • Tue 7 Oct - 7.30pm

Captioned performance
  • Thu 9 Oct - 7.30pm



Bernadette is 16.
She is pregnant.
Her boyfriend doesn’t know.

Much more importantly than all that, however, she will soon be auditioning for her high school’s production of Genet’s The Maids. As she stands on the cusp of adulthood, she must learn to untangle the real world outside from the thorns of her imagination. 

Adam Rapp’s haunting and mysterious coming of age story will receive its first major UK staging, directed by Gate Artistic Director Christopher Haydon.  

The show is running at 75 minutes without an interval.
 
Part of the Who Does She Think She Is? season.


Buy a season pass and see all three shows (The Edge of Our Bodies, Chimera and The Chronicles of Kalki) for £33 with code SHE33.

Under 26: why not join us on 7 Oct for only £7.50?  
Click here for more info or book tickets above.

 

Book Tickets

Mon - Sat 7.30pm
Sat 3.00pm
★★★★
“Mesmerising.”
Time Out CRITIC'S PICK

★★★★
“Never less than gripping.”
The Arts Desk
 
"Almost offensively good."
Financial Times

“Shannon Tarbet is riveting.”
The Guardian
 
"Christopher Haydon’s production has a needling intelligence and confrontational punky energy, and Shannon Tarbet as the schoolgirl Bernadette — spiky, sulky, angel-faced — seethes with dangerous volatility."
The Times

"Fiercely uncompromising theatre from a season which promises much."
There Ought To Be Clowns

"Tarbet expertly captures Bernadette’s troubled loneliness"
Evening Standard

"Shannon Tarbet excels."
WhatsOnStage

"Make sure you don’t miss this very special work."
A Younger Theatre
 
“A captivating performance of Adam Rapp’s vivid monologue.”
The Stage
 
“Shannon Tarbet perfectly captures that see-saw quality, of a girl and a woman sharing the same body.”
The Stage

"An immaculate performance, impeccably directed by the Gate's Artistic Director Christopher Haydon."
British Theatre Guide

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The Edge of Our Bodies at @gatetheatre thought provoking, funny and moving! @_Tarbs was outstanding.. Go and get tickets if you can!!

@gatetheatre Loved Edge of our Bodies - moving and hilarious. Shannon Tarbet is a star, Lily Arnold's design beautiful. Stunning final scene!

Go see #TheEdgeofOurBodies at the @gatetheatre - stunning production, really powerful & moving performance, brilliantly staged/directed.

EDGE @gatetheatre = brilliant. Direction = bold+brave, sound/set/lighting design = beautiful+surprising, & @_Tarbs = absolutely outstanding.

Very happy to see The Edge of Our Bodies @gatetheatre tonight, great writing, acting, directing.
The Edge of our Bodies is supported by Arts Council England and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Adam Rapp +

Playwright

Christopher Haydon +

Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive

Shannon Tarbet +

Maid & Iphigenia

Mark Howland +

Lighting Designer

George Dennis +

Sound Designer

Jennifer Tang +

Director - Clytemnestra

Michael Ager +

Production Manager

Natasha Jenkins +

Deputy Stage Manager

Adam Rapp is an OBIE Award-winning playwright and director, as well as a novelist, filmmaker, actor, and musician. His play The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois had its world première last month at South Coast Repertory. His other plays include Red Light Winter (Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association, a Lucille Lortel Nomination for Best New Play, two OBIE Awards, and was named a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize), Blackbird, The Metal Children, Finer Noble Gases, Through The Yellow Hour, The Hallway Trilogy, Nocturne, Ghosts in the Cottonwoods, Animals and Plants, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Faster, Gompers, Essential Self-Defense, American Slingo, and Kindness. For film, he wrote the screenplay for Winter Passing; and recently directed Loitering With Intent. Rapp has been the recipient of the 1999 Princess Grace Award for Playwriting, a 2000 Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the 2001 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, and Boston’s Elliot Norton Award; and was short-listed for the 2003 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, received the 2006 Princess Grace Statue, a 2007 Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, and the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 

Christopher is Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre and formerly an Associate Director at the Bush Theatre. Credits include: The Christians (Gate Theatre/Traverse Theatre, Winner: Fringe First), Grounded (Gate Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Studio Theatre Washington DC, national and international tour; winner: Fringe First, Best Production - Off West End Awards) Image of an Unknown Young Woman, The Edge of Our Bodies, Trojan Women, Purple Heart, The Prophet, Wittenburg (Gate), Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham Rep/West End), Sixty-Six Books, In the Beginning (Bush Theatre/Westminster Abbey); A Safe Harbour for Elizabeth Bishop (Southbank Centre); Grace, Pressure Drop (On Theatre); Deep Cut (Sherman Cymru/National Tour); Monsters, Notes from Underground (Arcola); A Number (Salisbury Playhouse). Short Films include: Devil in the Detail (Royal Court/Guardian). As a journalist he has written for: The Scotsman, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The New Statesman and Prospect Magazine.

Christopher will be directing Agamemnon for The Iphigenia Quartet. 

Theatre credits include The Edge of Our Bodies (Gate Theatre), Hotel (National Theatre), A View from the Bridge (Liverpool Everyman Playhouse), Circle Mirror Transformation (Royal Court/Rose Lipman Centre), To Kill A Mockingbird (Royal Exchange Manchester), Spur of the Moment (Royal Court Theatre), 66 Books - When You Left I Thought I'd Die But Now I'm Fine (Bush Theatre), The Flooded Grave (Bush Theatre/Latitude Festival), Mary Shelley (Shared Experience), Mogadishu (Manchester Royal Exchange/Lyric Hammersmith), Rapture, Blister, Burn and Skane (Hampstead Theatre). Her television credits include Virtuoso, River, Lewis, Inspector George Gently, Monroe and Silk. Her film credits Leavey, Look Away, Winter Song and A Promise.
 
 
Training: Wimbledon College of Art. RSC (Resident Design Assistant, 2009 – 2011): King Lear; The Rape of Lucrece; I Cinna (the poet); The Taming of the Shrew; Much Ado About Nothing ; The Bullet; Ahasverus. Other theatre and opera: Peddling (High Tide Festival Theatre); Minotaur (Polka Theatre); World Enough and Time (Park theatre); Gruesome Playground Injuries (Gate Theatre); The Boss of It All (Assembly Roxy/Soho Theatre); A Season in the Congo (Young Vic, Maria Space); Happy New (Trafalgar Studios); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cambridge Arts Theatre); Opera Scenes (National Opera Studio); Red Handed (The Place, London); Love Is (Linbury Studio, LAMDA); Alice’s Adventures in the New World (The Old Red Lion); Rush Hour (Shunt Vaults); A Macbeth (Pleasance, Edinburgh); A Picture of Alchemy (Etcetera Theatre). Forthcoming productions:  Watching The Living (New Perspectives, Touring) ; Beached (Soho Theatre,  Marlowe Theatre); The Jew Of Malta (Swan Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company). 
 
Mark studied, briefly, at Oxford University prior to training in Stage Lighting Design at RADA. Previous credits for the Gate include: Purple Heart, The Trojan Women, The Prophet, The Kreutzer Sonata (2012 revival), Yerma, Wittenberg, The Kreutzer Sonata (2009), Vanya. Other theatre credits include: Hitchcock Blonde (Hull Truck); Ignorance (Hampstead Theatre); Canvas (Chichester Festival); Ghosts, Sweeney Todd (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark); Singin in the Rain (New Theatre, Copenhagen); Entertaining Mr. Sloane, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Absurd Person Singular, Molly Sweeney, Translations (Curve); Measure for Measure (Sherman Cymru); Bea, Pressure Drop, On Religion (On Theatre); Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Vienna’s English Theatre); Dick Turpin’s Last Ride, Much Ado About Nothing, Cider with Rosie, The Merchant of Venice (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); The Man Jesus, Uncle Vanya, , Dockers, The Home Place(Lyric Theatre, Belfast); A Number (Salisbury Playhouse); Topless Mum (Tobacco Factory); Monsters (Arcola Theatre); The Pains of Youth (Belgrade Theatre).
George’s theatre credits include The Homecoming (Trafalgar Studios);
Primetime, Fireworks, Liberian Girl (Royal Court), Brave New World,
Regeneration (Royal and Derngate/ Touring Consortium), Harrogate (HighTide
Festival),Chicken (Eastern Angles/ Paines Plough), Image of an Unknown Young
Woman, Eclipsed, The Edge of our Bodies, Dances of Death (Gate Theatre),
Beautiful Thing (Arts Theatre/ UK Tour), A Breakfast of Eels, The Last Yankee
(Print Room),peddling (Arcola Theatre/ 59E59, New York/ HighTide Festival),
Visitors (Bush Theatre), Mametz (National Theatre of Wales), Minotaur (Polka
Theatre/ Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Spring Awakening (Headlong), The Island
(Young Vic), Love Your Soldiers (Sheffield Crucible Studio), Thark (Park
Theatre), Moth (Bush Theatre/ HighTide Festival), Hello/ Goodbye (Hampstead
Theatre), Liar Liar (Unicorn Theatre), Good Grief (Theatre Royal Bath/ UK Tour),
The Seven Year Itch (Salisbury Playhouse), When Did You Last See My Mother?
(Trafalgar Studios 2), The Living Room (Jermyn Street Theatre), Debris, The
Seagull, The Only True History of Lizzie Finn (Southwark Playhouse) and A Life,
Foxfinder (Finborough Theatre).
Jennifer is an award-winning UK and International stage director and theatre maker. She has recently returned from Sweden, where she directed the Scandinavian premieres of two Nick Payne plays to critical acclaim, consequently winning the Scenokonstguidens award for Arets Karthasis 2015.

As Director: Constellations & One Day When We Were Young (GEST, Gothenburg); Listening To Hackney (Chatsworth Palace); Fault & Malteaser Falcon (Brixton Library); For The Record (TRP /The Lab, Plymouth); The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other (The Drum, Plymouth); Blow Out; Feathers; The Forum (Etcetera Theatre, London); Chasing Beckett (The London Theatre); Neil Diamond Saved My Life (Riverside Studios, London); Feathers (Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter); Shelter; Paper Queen (National tour and Bush Theatre, London); Crave (The Young Vic, Clare Studio).

As Associate/Assistant Director: Weaklings (National Tour, Chris Goode & Co); The Edge Of Our Bodies (The Gate Theatre, London); MADMAN (Drum Theatre, TRP); Solid Air (Drum Theatre, TRP); Inside Wagner's Head (Royal Opera House and Theatre Royal Plymouth); The Magic Flute (Ryedale Festival & The Arcola); #AIWW: The arrest of Ai Weiwei (Hampstead Theatre, London); The Owl and The Pussycat (ROH2, Royal Opera House); There is a War; The Good Soul of Szechuan (Watford Palace Theatre); Phaedra's Love (Arcola Theatre); Rodelina (Iford Arts); Annie Get Your Gun (The Young Vic, Clare Studio).

Jennifer will be directing Clytemnestra for The Iphigenia Quartet.  
Michael is a Freelance Theatre Production Manager. He previously worked at the Young Vic Theatre as Technician and Production Manager for the Taking Part Department (2007 – 2013), where he production managed numerous projects with Young People, Schools, Local Community and Young Directors in the Clare and Maria Theatres.

Previous productions at The Gate: The Edge of Our Bodies; The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco.

Recent productions include: Man (Young Vic); Flat Stanley (Engine House); Who Do We Think We Are? (Visible Ensemble); The Saints and The Best Christmas Present in the World (Nuffield Playing Field, Southampton); In Lambeth (Spell Bound Productions); Debris (Open Works); The Cutting of the Cloth, London Wall and What The Women Did (Two's Company Productions); Tutto Bene Mama, The Last Yankee and Ignis (The Print Room); Donny's Brain, Godchild, Fault Lines, The Blackest Black and In The Vale of Health (Hampstead Theatre); Early Days (Of a Better Nation) (for Coney at Battersea Arts Centre, Warwick Arts Centre & Frascati Theater Amstersam). 
 
Natasha studied MA in Theatre Film and Television at the University of Glasgow.  Projects include- Idomeneus (Gate) London Road, 13, Greenland, Blood and Gifts, After the Dance(NT), One Man two Guvnor’s (West End) Seven Jewish Children (Royal Court), Rope(Almedia), My Dad’s a Birdman, Annie Get your Gun, The Girlfriend Experience, SUS(Young Vic)T’was the night before Christmas ,Hannah, Something Very Far Away, 1001 Nights, LiarLiar(Unicorn),Moth (Bush) Small Holdings (Hightide/Soho)and Slope(Tramway).Natasha has worked extensively at the NT studio.  Natasha also works as a designer and director. Design credits include: Beyond Caring (The Yard),  How was it for you? (Unicorn Theatre), Glen Garry Glen Ross (G12).  As design/ costume assistant The Velveteen Rabbit (Unicorn), The Events (ATC).  As assistant director: to Blanche McIntyre on Tonight at 8.30 (Nuffield/ETT-National Tour), Liar Liar (Unicorn) and The Only True History of Lizzie Finn (Southwark Playhouse); to Douglas Rintoul on 1001 Nights (Unicorn/Transport) and Rufus Norris on The Table (NT Studio).

25 September – 18 October

The Edge of our Bodies

The Edge of Our Bodies

Book Tickets

Box office: 020 7229 0706

Key Dates

£10 Gatecrasher performances
  • Thu 25 Sep - 7.30pm
    Fri 26 Sep - 7.30pm
    Sat 27 Sep - 7.30pm
    Sat 4 Oct - 3.00pm
    Sat 11 Oct - 3.00pm
    Wed 15 Oct - 3.00pm
    Sat 18 Oct - 3.00pm

Press Night
  • Mon 29 Sep - 7.00pm

£7.50 Young People's Night
  • Tue 7 Oct - 7.30pm

Captioned performance
  • Thu 9 Oct - 7.30pm