5 October 2015 • Christopher Haydon
New Season Announced NUCLEAR: A Season about the FamilySometimes our loved ones can be the hardest people to love. The family can be a locus of security but it can also be the epicentre of catastrophe. In Nuclear: A Season about the Family we will take a look at how domestic detonations in this fundamental unit can have profound effects on our society as a whole.
Each of the remarkable plays in this season takes a striking view on how we navigate the fundamental relationships on which we build our lives. To begin with, I am thrilled to be presenting the world premiere of Nina Segal's In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises). Directed by Ben Kidd (Lippy, Young Vic). The play takes a hallucinatory look at one couple's experience of having their first baby. Over the course of one night, mum and dad try to still their screaming infant – but as the hours grow longer, the world becomes elastic around them and the horrors that scar our planet crash in to the baby’s room. Should they ever have brought this child into such a wounded world?
We follow this with the Gate’s most ambitious commissioning project to date: The Iphigenia Quartet. We invited four of the UK’s most exciting and radical playwrights – Caroline Bird, Suhayla El Bushra, Lulu Raczka, and Chris Thorpe – to write short, explosive responses to the classical tragedy Iphigenia at Aulis. In Euripides’ original play, Agamemnon must sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, in order that the gods will raise the winds to get his fleet of ships to Troy – for the war that will rescue Helen. But his deceit of his wife Clytemnestra and the killing of his child, end up tearing him and everything around him to pieces.
This archetypal story of familial catastrophe has now been reimagined by each writer from the differing perspectives of the key characters in the play: Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia and the Chorus. The Iphigenia Quartet plays with a range of theatrical styles and will be directed by a team of the most exciting emerging directors in the UK led by Gate Artistic Director, Christopher Haydon. Iphigenia’s story has been reinvented and retold anew throughout history, and now audiences can experience this most contemporary retelling afresh as the plays are performed in a pair of double bills across consecutive nights.
The Gate has always existed to champion the theatre makers of tomorrow. So it is a thrill to be presenting the work of so many brilliant emerging talents alongside individuals whose reputation for radical artistry is already established. I look forward to introducing you to their remarkable work soon.
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In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises)
A hallucinatory look at one couple's experience of...