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Autumn 2010 Fuel produces fresh work for adventurous people by inspiring artists


We work with artists to create theatre that makes you look at the world in a different way. It’s inspiring, playful and adventurous. We hope you enjoy it. Kate McGrath and Louise Blackwell
 Directors, Fuel

P.S. Our new website launches in September 2010. Visit fueltheatre.com to find out more.


Image: Inua Ellams Photos: Kim Leng Hills

Fuel and Soho Theatre present Inua Ellams’

Untitled

Untitled is a magical, lyrical story set in Nigeria and England of identical twin boys separated at infancy. In the quarrel after the marred naming ceremony, the mother grabs the titled child and flees, leaving the unnamed brother to lead an impetuous, chaotic, blasphemous existence until the spirits of the land make their stand. Inua Ellams’ debut play The 14th Tale won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival 2009, toured the UK and ran at the National Theatre in spring 2010.

“Packed full of snap, crackle and pop” Time Out on The 14th Tale Co-commissioned by Soho Theatre, Fuel and Contact. Developed as part of Fuel at the Roundhouse and The Jerwood Residencies at Cove Park. Funded by Arts Council England.   Bristol Old Vic 23 – 25 Sept, 8pm, £12 (£8) bristololdvic.org.uk 0117 987 7877 Soho Theatre, London 28 Sept – 9 Oct, 7.30pm, £10 - £20 Matinees 2, 7, 9 Oct, 3pm sohotheatre.com 020 7478 0100 Birmingham Repertory Theatre 20 – 23 Oct, 7.45pm, £4.50 - £10 Matinee 23 Oct, 2.45pm birmingham-rep.co.uk 0121 236 4455

Ustinov at Theatre Royal Bath 29 – 30 Oct, 8pm, £11 (£8) theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov 01225 448844 ARC, Stockton on Tees 3 Nov, 7.45pm, £5 - £10 arconline.co.uk 01642 525199 The 22nd Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 6 Nov, 5.45pm, £8 Poetry discussion 7 Nov, 12.15pm, Free aldeburgh.co.uk 01728 687 110 Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 9 – 10 Nov, 7.45pm, £10.50 (£8.50) warwickartscentre.co.uk 024 7652 4524 Contact, Manchester 12 – 13 Nov, 7.30pm, £8 (£5) BSL performance 13 Nov, 7.30pm contact-theatre.org 0161 274 0600 3


Autobiographer (in development) By Melanie Wilson

A sound poem for multiple amplified voices that combines the highly crafted poly-vocal textures of a live chorus with a richly detailed soundtrack. Underpinning this sound work will be a tender investigation into the condition of dementia. “A remarkable poet in word and sound” The Scotsman Developed as part of Fuel at the Roundhouse and The Jerwood Residencies at Cove Park. Funded by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award. Roundhouse, London 22 – 23 Oct, 8pm, £5 roundhouse.org.uk 0844 482 8008

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Melanie Wilson and Fuel present

Iris Brunette By Melanie Wilson

A sortie into a curious cityscape of the future past, featuring Iris Brunette: part time traveling refugee, part compassionate voyeur. A warmly mournful and disarmingly engaging piece, inspired by the film ‘La Jeteé’ by Chris Marker. “There are few more compelling presences than that of Melanie Wilson” The Guardian Commissioned and developed at BAC. Originally funded by Arts Council England. Hetveem Theater, Amsterdam Fringe Festival 3 – 6 Sept, 6pm and 8pm hetveemtheater.nl +31 (0) 20 6269291

Image: Gemma Riggs

Fuel at the Roundhouse Melanie Wilson and Fuel present


Simple Girl

Fuel presents

By Melanie Wilson Produced by Fuel

By Will Adamsdale

Jackson’s Way

A thrilling and touchingly funny encounter with a self-titled simple girl – at once mischievous flaneur, epic sentimentalist and grandiose fibber. Tales of glamorous peril jostle with a live soundtrack, executed by idiosyncratic heroine Melanie Wilson. “Just occasionally you come across a show on the fringe that’s innovative, startling and ever so slightly indefinable. For me, Simple Girl is it.” The Scotsman

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Melanie Wilson is a BAC supported artist. The Basement, Brighton 25 Nov, 8pm, £8 (£6) thebasement.uk.com 01273 699 733

“Hi, I’m Jackson and ten years ago I got excited...” A life-coaching legend tells you how he made it happen . . . and stay happened! Part theatre, part comedy, Jackson’s Way is a modern day parody of American motivational speakers and a satire on the world of self help and corporate jargon. Join Chris John Jackson for perhaps the most surreal and funny hour you are likely to spend in a theatre. “A veritable wizard, a virtuoso of the transcendently absurd… remarkable for both its sheer inventiveness and its perfect pitch.” The New York Times Winner of the Perrier Award for Comedy 2004 A BAC Scratch Commission

Image: Doug Bonallack

Image: Regine Rack

The Showroom, University of Chichester 2 – 3 December, 7.30pm, £10 (£6) theshowroomchichester.co.uk 01243 781312

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Image: Yoichi Watanabe

The Future Is Unwritten and Fuel present

Don’t Shoot The Clowns By Paul Hodson inspired by the book by Jo Wilding Punchy, playful and sometimes very silly, Don’t Shoot the Clowns tells the stories of a troupe of ramshackle clowns in a war torn country. It’s feisty, funny, political theatre about friendship, suffering and how far an individual has to go to make a difference. “Paul Hodson’s marvellous play… required viewing for anyone who enjoys funny, perceptive and passionately sincere new writing” Manchester Evening News on Meeting Joe Strummer Funded by Arts Council England. Developed as part of Fuel at the Roundhouse and The Jerwood Residencies at Cove Park. 6

Belfast Festival 19 – 23 Oct, 8pm, £10 (£8) belfastfestival.com 028 9097 1197

Komedia, Brighton 8 Nov, 8pm, £12 (£10) komedia.co.uk/brighton 0845 293 8480

Galeri Caernarfon, Wales 26 Oct, 7.30pm, £10 (£8) galericaernarfon.com 01286 685 222

South Hill Park, Bracknell 9 Nov, 8pm, £8.50 - £12 southhillpark.org.uk 01344 484123

New Wimbledon Theatre Studio 28 – 30 Oct, 7.45pm, £12 (£10) ambassadortickets.com/wimbledon 0844 871 7646

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton 10 – 12 Nov, 7.30pm, £10 - £16 nuffieldtheatre.co.uk 023 8067 1771

Mylor Theatre, Truro & Penwith College 3 Nov, 7.30pm, £9 (£7) trurocollege.ac.uk/etc hallforcornwall.co.uk 01872 262466

Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre 16 Nov, 8pm, £8 - £12 wmc.org.uk 029 2063 6464

Lakeside Theatre, Colchester 6 Nov, 7.30pm, £9 (£6) essex.ac.uk/artson5 01206 873 288

The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead 17 Nov, 8pm, £10 (£8) oldtownhall.co.uk 01442 228091


A Fevered Sleep and Young Vic co-production In association with Fuel

National Theatre Wales in partnership with Fevered Sleep

The Weather Factory

On Ageing

From the moment we’re born we grow, we change. Nothing ever stays the same. As an empty room fills with memories, a group of extraordinary performers create a portrait of a lifetime over the course of a show. Performed by children for an audience of adults, On Ageing is the latest in a series of acclaimed performances by Fevered Sleep that unravel and reimagine the fabric of everyday life. Young Vic, London 27 Sept – 9 Oct, Mon - Sat at 7.30pm, Sat 2 Oct at 2.30pm No performance Mon 4 Oct, £17.50 (Previews 27 & 28 Sept, £10) youngvic.org 020 7922 2922

This Christmas, Fevered Sleep and National Theatre Wales have invited an unusual guest to a midwinter gathering. Join them to discover what might happen if the weather came to visit. Created entirely on location in a house in Penygroes, The Weather Factory packs a year’s worth of weather into one ordinary yet magical place, celebrating the natural geography that makes Snowdonia the engine room of the Welsh climate. Penygroes, North Wales 7 – 21 Dec 2010 Tickets on sale 8 Nov nationaltheatrewales.org 029 2035 3070

Image: alexsteiner.com

Fevered Sleep’s work is produced in association with Fuel.

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Fuel presents


Clod Ensemble

Under Glass Under Glass is a performance which takes place within a series of glass jars and cabinets. Blending visual imagery, choreography, an original score by Paul Clark and text by TS Eliot Award-winning poet Alice Oswald, Under Glass is an animated exhibition of human life. Winner of the Total Theatre Award, Visual & Physical Theatre 2009 Supported by a Wellcome Trust People Award A Sadler’s Wells Commission Studio 31, Arts at Dartington 2 Nov, 7pm/8pm/9pm, £5 - £8 dartington.org/arts 01803 84 70 00 Nuffield Theatre, Southampton 4 Nov, 7.30pm, 5 – 6 Nov, 6.30pm/7.30pm, £10 (£8) nuffieldtheatre.co.uk 023 8067 1771

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Image: Manuel Vason

Bristol Old Vic 9 – 13 Nov, 7pm/8pm/9pm (7pm and 8pm only on 9 Nov), £8 bristololdvic.org.uk 0117 987 7877 South East Dance at The Basement, Brighton 19 – 20 Nov, 7pm/8pm/9pm, £8/£6 thebasement.uk.com 01273 699 733


Fuel presents Uninvited Guests’

Uninvited Guests and Fuel

Love Letters Straight From Your Heart

Make Better Please In collaboration with Lewis Gibson As at a Quaker Meeting, we wait attentively in silence for someone to feel moved to speak. In these times of crisis we make a collective ministry with you, Bristol Old Vic’s secular Society of Friends. Uninvited Guests convene a one-off Meeting of Sufferings, to voice stories from the news and listen to your concerns. Commissioned and developed by Theatre Bristol, Bristol Old Vic and BAC. Funded by Arts Council England. Uninvited Guests are Arnolfini Associate Artists and are supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Bristol Old Vic 17 – 20 Nov, £10 (£7) bristololdvic.org.uk 0117 987 7877

Let’s raise our glasses to long lost loves and current lovers, to mums, to dads and to absent friends. Uninvited Guests stage an event that is somewhere between a wedding reception, a wake and a radio dedication show. We speak of our own and other’s loves – deep, passionate, ambivalent and unrequited – and dedicate songs to them. If you want to join us on this happy occasion, send a dedication to someone you love to info@uninvited-guests.net “You can’t help but fall in love with it” The Guardian

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A BAC Scratch and an Arnolfini We Live Here commission. Also commissioned by Leeds Met Studio Theatre. Uninvited Guests are Arnolfini Associate Artists and are supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Originally funded by Arts Council England.

Image: Jonathan Bewley

Image: Paul Clarke

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 12 – 13 November, 7.45pm, £10 warwickartscentre.co.uk 024 76524 524

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September

October Bristol Old Vic 23 – 25 Sept 8pm

Untitled p3

Soho Theatre, London 28 Sept – 9 Oct, 7.30pm Matinees 2, 7, 9 Oct, 3pm

Birmingham Rep 20 – 23 Oct, 7.45pm Matinee 23 Oct, 2.45pm

Autobiographer p4

Iris Brunette p4

Hetveem Theater Amsterdam Fringe Festival 3 – 6 Sept, 6pm and 8pm

Simple Girl p5

Jackson’s Way p5

Don’t Shoot the Clowns p6

Belfast Festival 19 – 23 Oct 8pm

The Weather Factory p7

On Ageing p7

Under Glass p8

Make Better Please p9 Love Letters Straight From Your Heart p9

Young Vic, London, 27 Sep – 9 Oct Mon – Sat at 7.30pm, Sat 2 Oct at 2.30pm, No performance Mon 4 Oct

Galeri Caernarfon Wales, 26 Oct 7.30pm


November Ustinov at Theatre Royal Bath, 29 & 30 October, 8pm

ARC, Stockton on Tees 3 Nov, 7.45pm

The 22 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 6 Nov, 5.45pm nd

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 9 – 10 Nov, 7.45pm

December Contact Theatre, Manchester 12 – 13 Nov, 7.30pm BSL performance 13 Nov, 7.30pm

Roundhouse, London 22 & 23 Oct 8pm

The Basement Brighton 25 Nov, 8pm The Showroom University of Chichester 2 – 3 December, 7.30pm New Wimbledon Theatre Studio 28 – 30 Oct, 7.45pm

Mylor Theatre, Truro & Penwith College 3 Nov, 7.30pm

Lakeside Theatre Colchester 6 Nov, 7.30pm

Komedia Brighton 8 Nov, 8pm

South Hill Park Bracknell 9 Nov 8pm

Nuffield Theatre Southampton, 10 – 12 Nov, 7.30pm

Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre 16 Nov, 8pm

Old Town Hall Hemel Hempstead 17 Nov, 8pm Penygroes, North Wales 7 – 21 December

Arts at Dartington 2 Nov 7pm/8pm/9pm

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton 4 Nov, 7.30pm 5 – 6 Nov, 6.30pm/7.30pm

Bristol Old Vic, 9 – 13 Nov 7pm/8pm/9pm (7pm and 8pm only on the 9th) Bristol Old Vic 17 – 20 Nov

Warwick Arts Centre Coventry, 12 – 13 Nov, 7.45pm

The Basement Brighton 19 – 20 Nov 7pm/8pm/9pm


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Fuel Theatre Autumn 2010 Booklet