www.apatt.co.uk Daedalus Theatre Company presents
A Place at the Table Developed at Camden People’s Theatre Devised by the company Directed and Designed by Paul Burgess. Lighting Design by Katherine Williams. Choreography by Cecile Feza Bushidi. Composition by Matthew Lee Knowles. Cast: tbc. A powerful and intimate response to the conflict in Burundi opens at Camden People’s Theatre for a three week run on 3 November 2011 with a preview performance on 2 November 2011. Press Night: Thursday, 3 November 2011 at 7.00pm
A Place at the Table is a powerful theatrical response to the on-going troubles in Burundi, Rwanda and the African Great Lakes Region. Featuring an all-female cast, predominantly from Central/East Africa, this intimate, immersive production explores the shockwaves from the 1993 assassination of Burundi’s President Melchior Ndadaye backwards through colonialism to ancient legend and forwards to the Rwandan genocide and the continuing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each audience member is invited to take a place at a large table alongside the performers and to eat, drink and join a remarkable shared act of remembering and questioning. Drawing on a range of sources including interviews with refugees and campaigners to UN Reports, A Place at the Table uses the powerful medium of verbatim theatre to create a uniquely personal experience that explores the subtle and dangerous relationship between history, identity and violence. Burundi is a country with a rich but often tragic past – a tragic past that touched director Paul Burgess when his schoolfriend Charlotte Wilson was murdered by paramilitaries alongside her fiancé and 19 others when their bus was ambushed en route to Bujumbura (see http://www.cwmf.org.uk for more information). Charlotte’s brother Richard, whose book Titanic Express explores the issues surrounding the killings, is a key advisor on the project, along with several Burundian refugees and experts on the region. A Place at the Table is not about that specific tragedy but is rather an attempt to understand its context Daedalus Theatre Company is an artistic democracy that offers an open space for theatre-makers, professionals from outside the industry, and community members to make bold, research-based theatre that communicates with as wide an audience as possible and gives people the tools to engage with wider issues. The company’s structure reflects its beliefs: Daedalus is primarily concerned with how theatre can engage with and enrich society. Its co-directors are both designers by training, one of sets and costumes, the other lighting. This gives Daedalus an unusual perspective in which all elements are given equal weight in the creative process. Productions include Out of Nothing (The Junction, Cambridge) and Selfish (Camden People’s Theatre). Camden People’s Theatre is located in central London and is a unique space that supports the creation and presentation of innovative contemporary theatre and live art by emerging and established artists. A Place at the Table was first developed at CPT in spring 2009. The Press on A Place at the Table “...director and designer Paul Burgess has created a brilliant visual platform for this narrative via the set… a powerful testament to the act of bearing witness” Critics’ Choice, Tamara Gausi, Time Out For press information, interviews and images please contact Susie Safavi on email firstname.lastname@example.org or 07875277913.
Listings Information Daedalus Theatre Company A PLACE AT THE TABLE Developed with Camden People’s Theatre CAMDEN PEOPLE’S THEATRE 58-60 Hampstead Road London NW1 2PY 2 – 19 November 2011 Tuesday to Thursday 7pm Friday and Saturday 7pm & 9pm Tickets: £12 (£8 concessions) Box Office: 08444 77 1000 Online Booking: www.cptheatre.co.uk Nearest Tube: Warren Street, Euston Square, Euston Suitable for ages 14+