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26 October – 18 November

Suzy Storck

Book Tickets

Box office: 020 7229 0706

Press night
  • Tuesday 31 October

Young People's Night
  • £7.50 tickets for Under 26's
    Friday 10 November

Caption night
  • Performance and post-show talk is captioned
    suited for those who are deaf/hard-of-hearing
    or use English as a second language
    
    Thursday 16 November

In Conversation with Angela Saini & Aviah Sarah Day
  • Free post show conversation 6 November. 
    (with a ticket for that evening's show)


Their voices.

Their bodies moving about.

Their bodies all over the place all over me all day.

I can’t stand it anymore.

Another unbearably hot evening.  Suzy Storck sits by the window.  A glass of wine.  A bottle.  Three.  Her husband’s left.  Maybe he’s coming home.  Maybe he’s not. The radio buzzes.  Upstairs, the sound of tiny hands behind a bedroom door.  Her children.  Another glass. The smell of an animal that isn’t quite yet dead.  And still the sun will just not set.

How exactly did she end up here? 

Suzy Storck is the debut UK production of Jean-Pierre Baro, one of the most exciting new artists in French theatre, that dares to ask the question: what happens when you don’t want children - and you already have them?

Rehearsal photography: Helen Murray

Running time: 75 minutes 

Suggested age guidance: 14+.  Please call the Gate Theatre on 020 7229 5387 if you wish to know more about the themes and content of the show.

   
 

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26 October – 18 November
Matinee performances: 3pm
Evening performances: 7.30pm

Running time: 75 minutes 
★★★★
'A forceful production that presses home its point. "It happens here."'
WhatsOnStage

★★★★
Its simple, essential theatricality is electrifying.’
The Stage

★★★★
'Striking.'
The Guardian


★★★★
'Beguiling intimacy from a play with much to say.'
Evening Standard

★★★★
'Genuinely brutal, incredibly raw, and primal at its core.'
BroadwayWorld

A razor sharp study in the means by which women’s roles are allotted to them by a society unconcerned by what they want or need.’
Time Out

'What Mougel puts on stage isn’t post-natal depression but the systematic abuse of a woman’s body by a society altogether too ready to define what is natural, what is moral, what is right for that body to do.'
Exeunt Magazine

'Will live in the memory long after those who are lucky enough to witness it leave the theatre.'
British Theatre Guide

'Jean-Pierre Baro continues to make his unique mark on contemporary theatre, melding tragedy and comedy, realism and symbolism.'
Le Monde

'Jean-Pierre Baro gets the very best out of his actors. Their commitment is absolute, their inner lives are laid bare.'
Ouest France


 



Theo Solomon's theatre credits include Woyzeck (The Old Vic), The Minotaur, My Father Odysseus (Unicorn Theatre), Karagula (Styx) and Hamlet (UK tour).
Magali Mougel’s plays include, Erwin Motor, devotion, La Dernière Battue, Léda, le sourire en bannière and Penthy sur la bande, Je ne veux plus, Léda, Guérillères ordinaires, Elle pas Princesse, Lui pas Héros, Poudre Noire, Anticorps and La Nuit où le jour s’est levé, co-written with Sylvain Levey and Catherine Verlaguet. In 2017, her play The Lulu Projekt will run at Editions Espaces 34. The play has been selected for le Prix Godot 2017 des lycéens.
Chris was Deputy Literary Manager of the National Theatre for six years and is currently Literary Manager of the Royal Court. He has translated plays by Philippe Minyana, David Lescot, Rémi de Vos, Adeline Picault, Magali Mougel, Launcelot Hamelin, Frédéric Blanchette, Catherine-Anne Toupin and Fabrice Roger-Lacan for The National, The Almeida, The Donmar, The Traverse, The Birmingham Rep and The Young Vic among others.

His translation of Right Now was co-produced in 2016 by the Traverse, Bush and Ustinov theatres and in 2017, Oberon Books published a collection of his contemporary French translations. In 2014 Chris was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

As an actor Chris has worked at theatres including The National, The Royal Court, The Traverse, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Birmingham Rep, The Gate and English Touring Theatre. Directors have included Howard Davies, Sir Richard Eyre, Sir Peter Hall, Richard Wilson, William Gaskill, Erica Whyman, Stephen Daldry, Ian Brown and Annie Castledine. He most recently appeared alongside Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady.

 
Jean-Pierre Baro is an actor and director. Most recently he has directed an adaptation of the John Maxwell Coetzee novel Disgrâce (CDN Orléans, Théâtre National de la Colline) and the touring production La Ville Ouverte. Other directing credits include La Mort de Danton (Centre Dramatique National d'Aubervillier), Suzy Storck which had a run at Théâtre National de la Colline.

As an actor he has performed in Qu’elle ne meure (TNB in Rennes). Since 2004 he has led Extime theatre company in this role his director credits include, Woyzeck (CDN Orléans-Loiret-Centre, Sylvia-Monfort), Léonce et Léna/Chantier (Odéon-Ateliers Berthier) and L’Humiliante histoire de Lucien Petit (Odéon-Ateliers Berthier, Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers) which he also wrote.
Cécile is a set and costume designer based in London. She trained in Wimbledon College of Arts, graduating with a first class degree in 2013. She is a Linbury Prize finalist in 2013 and a Jerwood Young Designer 2016 for her work at the Gate on The Iphigenia Quartet.

Cécile’s work was exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial 2015, and at the V&A exhibition Make/Believe: UK Design for Performance 2011-2015, and at the World Stage Design exhibition in Taipei, in July 2017.

As Designer, her credits includes: This Beautiful Future (Yard Theatre), The Iphigenia Quartet (Gate Theatre), Punkplay (Southwark Playhouse), My People (Clwyd Theatr), Invisible Treasure (Oval House), The Mikvah Project (Yard Theatre).
Christopher was awarded OffWestEnd.com’s “Best Lighting Designer” award in 2016 for Teddy at Southwark Playhouse.
 
Other recent theatre includes: This Beautiful Future (Yard Theatre); Judith: A Parting from the Body, Cargo, After Independence and Octagon (Arcola Theatre); Chinglish and The Buskers Opera (Park Theatre); Speech & Debate and BU21 (Trafalgar Studios); Home Chat and Coolatully (Finborough Theatre); Last of the Boys,This Will End Badly and Johnny Got His Gun (Southwark Playhouse); Little Light (Orange Tree Theatre); and Lionboy (Complicite international tour).
 
Opera includes: L’Agrippina (Barber Opera); Jephtha, La Bohème and Macbeth (Iford Arts); Albert Herring (Hampstead Garden Opera); Belshazzar (Trinity Laban Conservatoire); Vivienne (Linbury Studio, ROH); and La Bohème (OperaUpClose, 2012 Olivier award winner).
Kate Duchene's previous credits for the Gate Theatre include The House of Bernarda Alba. Her theatre credits include Hedda Gabler, Everyman, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, The Miser (National Theatre), Forbidden Zone (Barbican), Faust, The Relapse, The Country Wife, Murder in the Cathedral and The Merchant of Venice (RSC), The Cherry Orchard (RSC, Barbican, Aldwych Theatre), The Sugar Syndrome (Royal Court), The Trial of Ubu (Hampstead Theatre), Henry VIII (Shakespeare's Globe), The Rivals (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham rep), The Sea (Leeds Playhouse), Kean (Old Vic), Cloud Nine, The Triumph of Love, Summerfolk and Love's Labours Lost (Chichester Theatre). For television her credits include, Foyle's War, Afterlife, The Worst Witch, Out of Hours, A Sense of Guilt, Marple; and for film, All Good Children, An Education, Monsieur N and The Tall Guy.
Caoilfhionn Dunne's theatre credits include Katie Roche (Abbey Theatre), The Nest (Lyric Belfast, Young Vic), Wild (Hampstead Theatre), Forever Yours, Mary Lou (Theatre Royal, Bath), Our Country's Good, The Veil (National Theatre) Fathers and Sons, The Night Alive (Donmar Warehouse). Her television credits include Love/Hate, Vexed II, Little White Lies and for film; In View, Wrath of the Titans, Corduroy.
Jonah Russell's theatre credits include My Brilliant Friend (Rose Theatre Kingston), A View from the Bridge, Kursk (Young Vic), Pains of Youth, Waves, Women of Troy, Attempts on her Life, and The Seagull (National Theatre), Lady Chatterley's Lover (Sheffield Crucible/ETT), Of Mice and Men (Birmingham Rep), Hood (Theatre Royal Nottingham/New Perspectives) The Mikvah Project (The Yard), Clytemnestra (Sherman Cymru), Yerma (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Small Hours (Hampstead Theatre) and Romans in Britain (Sheffield Crucible). For television his credits include Hatton Garden, The Hollow Crown, 24: Live Another Day, The Borgias, Green Wing, D-Day and Hidden City; and for film, Dark River, '71, Queen and Country, Kursk, Hell's Pavement, Play The Game and What a Girl Wants.

26 October – 18 November

Suzy Storck

Book Tickets

Box office: 020 7229 0706

Press night
  • Tuesday 31 October

Young People's Night
  • £7.50 tickets for Under 26's
    Friday 10 November

Caption night
  • Performance and post-show talk is captioned
    suited for those who are deaf/hard-of-hearing
    or use English as a second language
    
    Thursday 16 November

In Conversation with Angela Saini & Aviah Sarah Day
  • Free post show conversation 6 November. 
    (with a ticket for that evening's show)