Art 50 Weekender

'And the Band Keeps Marching On'

Presented by Martha Barnett and Art 50

The Barbour Room

Recommended for ages 14+ (some strong language and adult themes)

This event is part of Art 50 Weekender, a free festival showcasing some of the 50 artistic projects commissioned by Sky Arts, exploring what it means to be British today.

When John, a sheltered rural Orangeman, has a crisis of identity after his first ever trip to ‘the mainland’, his wife, Susan, battles to hold the family together and keep everything looking perfect for the impending Twelfth of July. But when John invites a young Belfast blood & thunder bandsman into their home, Susan’s carefully constructed middle class world starts to fall apart as her past comes back to haunt her.

Martha Barnett – Writer
Martha is from Belfast and is currently based in Edinburgh. She read English at the University of Bristol. Debut play THE SHIFT shortlisted for Theatre 503 Playwriting Award; LITTLE BOXES (Theatre 503 – Rapid Write Response); CITY AM (Sky or the Bird for Wandsworth Fringe); HOW TO RIDE A ROLLERCOASTER (rehearsed read at Traverse/ runner up Pitlochry Festival Theatre Short Play Award); AT A STOP (developed through Tron Progressive Playwrights, script surgery with Stephen Greenhorn through Playwrights Studio Scotland and Lyric Theatre Belfast); DEREK VS THE EVIL HALLOWEEN PIGEON (comedy horror short – BBC/ Nice One) and SCOT SQUAD (sketch writing for Series 5 to be aired 2019 – BBC 3/ Comedy Unit). Martha was one of the Lyric Theatre Belfast’s New Playwrights for 2018. She has been shortlisted for the 2019 BBC Writersroom’s THE BREAK. And the Band Keeps Marching On is her first full-length play commission.

Svetlana Dimcovic – Director Trained at University of Birmingham, National Theatre Studio, Royal Shakespeare Company. Film and television work: ITN, Channel 4 News, MTV. Translated over 27 plays (RSC, BBC, European Broadcasting Union, Royal Court, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Gate). Led the Bush BEE Programme at the Bush Theatre, London (2009-2010), Associate Director of the Gate Theatre, London (2003-2005), Associate Director of the Caird Company, London (2002-2005) and Trainee Director at the Orange Tree Theatre (2001-2002). Directing: Traverse Theatre, Avignon Festival, NT Studio, Bush, Gate, Riverside Studios, Lyric Hammersmith, Orange Tree, Citizens Theatre, BAC, Finborough, Hampstead, Kings Head. Founded Merchant Culture, connecting art and culture with digital innovation.

Cast in order of appearance:

Susan: Rosie McClelland
Annie:Ruby Campbell
Danny: Conor Gormally
John: Paul Mundell
Stage directions read by Daphne Kouma

As this is a free event please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time to avoid disappointment. Any seats not allocated 10 minutes before the start of the event will be offered to a standby queue.

Storyvault Films Limited is recording at this venue for a programme provisionally entitled “Art 50: This is Britain” for Sky Arts and it is possible you may appear in shot. By attending this event you consent to filming and sound recording which may include you and its use in commercial distribution without payment or copyright.

Duration: 80 minutes

Part of Art 50 Weekender

Presented by Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Sky Arts & Storyvault Films Art 50 – a debate about our national identity. In March 2017 Article 50 was invoked. Sky Arts invited 50 artists to respond to the question of what it means to be British today. From this...

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