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Amazing news has just been announced!
Associate Artist Maxine Peake opens the Royal Exchange’s 40th anniversary season with her portrayal of iconic female protagonist Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece A STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE.
This production sees Exchange Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom and long-term collaborator Peake join forces once again to tackle one of modern dramas greatest plays. The production opens at the Royal Exchange on the 8 September and runs until 15 October.
Peake said of taking on the role…
Blanche DuBois is a monumental woman, complex, multi-layered and beautifully painted by Williams in this staggering play. Finding out who she is and developing her in a rehearsal room with a brilliant and generous director like Sarah is a thrilling journey to go on. I can’t wait to start.
This production reunites the incredible creative partnership behind acclaimed productions THE SKRIKER, HAMLET (Royal Exchange) and THE MASQUE OF ANARCHY (MIF 2013).
Sarah Frankcom commented…
This is an earthquake of a play that lays bare the extremes and contradictions of being human: desire and love, truth and delusion, hope and despair. I’m thrilled that this production will build on my creative collaboration with Maxine Peake. She’s a rare and fearless actor. I am positive we will create something electrifying for our intimate and unique space.
“Long before that, long before England was an idea, a country of snow and wolves where trees sang and birds talked and people knew we mattered…”
In a broken world, two sisters Lily and Josie meet an extraordinary creature. The Skriker is a shape-shifter, an ancient fairy. She can be an old woman, a child, a man, a death portent. She has come from the Underworld to pursue, seduce and entrap them, through time and space, through this world and her own.
Whilst speaking English in its human incarnations, the Skriker’s own language consists of broken and fragmented word play. Blending naturalism, horror and magical realism, it is a story of love, loss and revenge.
The Skriker….Maxine Peake
Lily…. Danusia Samal
Josie…. Laura Elsworthy
Choir Master…. Stuart Overington
The Hag…. Jessica Walker
Choir….Alaka Prodhun, Charlie Green, Charlotte Beale, Elizabeth Barry, Joanna Griffins, Justina Aina, Olivia Avouris and Rebekah Davies
The Skriker by Caryl Churchill was first produced by The Royal Exchange Theatre as part of the 2015 Manchester International Festival directed by Sarah Frankcom. It was adapted for radio by Caryl Churchill and directed by Sarah Frankcom.
Producer/Susan Roberts for the BBC
“We know that nurturing a child’s natural curiosity and creativity from a young age can have a massive impact on their development and on their adult lives.”
Some of the UK’s most inspirational and creative people including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Terence Conran, Carol Ann Duffy, David Shrigley, Heston Blumenthal, Stephen Merchant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Maxine Peake and Frank Cottrell Boyce have been telling us who or what inspired them as a child to help raise awareness of the impact creativity can have on a child’s life, in support of the children’s charity Curious Minds.
46 unique and personal tales have been collected together in an illustrated book, with a foreword by Wayne Hemingway and drawings from 15 illustrators including Steven Appleby (Loomus, The Guardian), Oliver Jeffers (Lost and Found), Nick Sharratt (The Story of Tracy Beaker), Al Murphy and Emily Forgot.
All proceeds raised from the purchase of this book will support creative projects for young people.
Curious Minds is a registered charity no. 1130988 that works across the North West to make sure all children have access to quality arts and cultural learning activities, providing kids with opportunities to be creative, have fun and stretch their minds and imaginations, giving them the best start in life.
The concept for the book was devised by creative collective Dorothy and its development was assisted by Arts Council England.
Maxine supports the Big Ride for Palestine:
Is an English stage, film and television actress
I am supporting the Big Ride as it is essential to show the Palestinian people that we are appalled by the long and horrendous suffering they have endured at the hands of the Israeli government.
Hopefully this terrific event will go some way to forcing our government to wake up and take responsibility.
I wish all the participants a fun packed ride and may your bum be not so numb!