OTHELLO by William Shakespeare

Rose Playhouse & Waterloo East Theatre 2015 / England Tour & New York City 2016

This stylish, fast-paced adaptation transfers the action to the cityscapes of modern London. In the cutthroat financial world, we dive into an abyss of power and intridue, riddled with suspicion and jealousy. Beneath the surface of this civilised and polite environment we encounter brutality and callousness. 

Director: Pamela Schermann, Lighting designer: Petr Vocka, Sound designer: Phil Matejtschuk, Costume designer: Gillian Steventon.

Spring 2016 cast: James Barnes, Adam Cunis, Charlie Blackwood, Josephine Berry, Shane Noone

Summer 2016 cast: James Barnes, Adam Cunis, Emily Bairstow, Venetia Twigg, James MacLaren/David Couter

More information at www.contemporaryshakespeare.com

Photos (c) Lidia Crisafulli 

STATE OF FEAR. Responsibility to…?

18th October 2015 at Southwark Playhouse 

Seven new plays by emerging playwrights in response to the current political climate in the UK. ’State of Fear. Responsibilty to...?’ explores society’s challenges, prejudices, perspectives and uncertainties, because we believe theatre should ask questions and spark debate. Refugee crisis? EU Referendum? Islamophobia? Immigration? Whose opinions do we have and who do we trust?

Having received over 200 submissions by writers from all over the UK, Time Zone Theatre have selected seven original plays which will be performed at Southwark Playhouse. An evening of new writing, directed and performed by some of London’s most exciting talent.

Plays

THE WATCHERS by Jayne Woodhouse, directed by John Young, Cast: Olivia Onyehara, Madeleine Bowyer

JUST LIKE ME by Rob Johnston, directed by Stevan Mijailovic, Cast: Adam Cunis, Tom Crowhurst

BRITAIN FOR BREAKFAST by David Bottomley, Directed by Pamela Schermann, Cast: Esme Sears, Andres Ortiz, Fayez Bakhsh

THE FABULOUS DEREK ALFRICK by Tom PowellDirected by Pamela Schermann, Cast: Ben Hale, Samuel Lawrence, James Maclaren, Venetia Twigg

WALRUSES by Daniel Segeth, Directed by Rob Henderson, Cast: Nicholas Clarke, Andrew McDonald

LIFE SENTENCE by  Siân Rowland, Directed by Tessa Hart, Cast: Victoria Porter

SEASON’S GREETINGS by Mai Leh Dinh, Directed by Stevan Mijailovic, Cast: Joseph Black,  Julia Fresco, Mark Knightley, Yuna Shin

OTHELLO by William Shakespeare 

3 - 28 February 2015 at The Rose Playhouse, Bankside

10 - 21 March 2015 at Waterloo East Theatre

This stylish, fast-paced adaptation transfers the action to the cityscape of modern London. In the cutthroat financial world, we dive into an abyss of power and intrigue, riddled with suspicion and jealousy. Beneath the surface of this civilised and polite environment we encounter brutality and callousness. Everyone is under constant surveillance, private and business lives entwine, workers are caught in a bubble without privacy or time off outside the Corporation. There’s always someone watching you, analysing your every move and waiting for an opportunity to stab you in your back.

Director: Pamela Schermann // Costume designer: Gillian Steventon // Lighting designer: Petr Vocka // Sound designer: Phil Matejtschuk // Cast: James Barnes, Trevor Murphy, Samantha Lock (Rose Playhouse performances), Charlie Blackwood (Waterloo East performances), Ella Duncan, Denholm Spurr.


                                                                                                                                                                                           Production shots © Robert Piwko 

SHOOT, I DIDN'T MEAN THAT  / THE LAST DAYS OF MANKIND (EPILOGUE) 

by Catriona Kerridge / by Karl Kraus (translated by Edward Timms and Fred Bridgham)

Karl Kraus’ epic satire responding to the outbreak of WW1, THE LAST DAYS OF MANKIND is one of the masterpieces of 20th century European writing. Inspired by this text and with the support of Arts Council England and the Austrian Cultural Forum, Time Zone Theatre and director Pamela Schermann commissioned playwright Catriona Kerridge (Paines Plough, National Theatre Studio, Oxford Playhouse) to respond to its apocalyptic vision a century later. Her play SHOOT, I DIDN’T MEAN THAT, staged alongside Kraus’ epilogue, is a razor-sharp dark comedy about four women’s intoxication with the great wars - with Brits abroad, conflict tourism and a lot of disaster.


Background

Marking the centenary of the outbreak of WW1, Time Zone Theatre and Austrian director Pamela Schermann invited British playwrights to respond to Karl Kraus’s epic The Last Days of Mankind. The resulting double-bill aims to encourage an intercultural dialogue about past and current global conflicts by combining a play by one of the most influential Austrian playwrights of the 20th century with the work of emerging British talents. Out of 100+ expressions of interest, the panel selected Catriona Kerridge's Shoot, I didn’t mean that, which will run alongside a staging of the epilogue of Kraus' epic.

Director: Pamela Schermann // Set and costume designer: Mike Lees // Lighting designer: Petr Vocka, Sound designer: Ben Osborn // Projection designer: Matt Brown. Cast: Emily Bairstow, Alexa Hartley, Alexine Lafaber, Jocasta King


23 September - 18 October 2014 at Tristan Bates Theatre

Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum London and by Arts Council England.

Production shots © Robert Piwko 

ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE - Opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck


This opera by German composer Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714 - 1787) is based on the myth of Orpheus. Unable to accept the death of his beloved wife Eurydice and overcome with grief, he embarks on a journey to the underworld, where he tries to soften the spirits by his music. They finally agree to let Eurydice return with him on one condition: Orpheus must walk in front of her and not look back until they both have reached the earth again.

The year 2014 marks the 300. anniversary of Christoph Willibald Gluck's birthday. His most popular opera Orpheus and Eurydice tells a timeless story about the power of love and our ability to change our faith by believing in our strengths and by daring to push and redefine boundaries.

Revised French version 1774, SUNG IN ENGLISH. 

Musical director: Andrew Charity // Stage director: Pamela Schermann // Lighting designer: Petr Vocka // Assistant director: Keiko Sumida. Cast: Robin Green (Orpheus), Mimi Doulton (Eurydice), Darja Scukina (Amor), Victoria Pym (Understudy Eurydice/Ensemble), Olivia Doutney (Understudy Amor/Ensemble), Sophie Kochanowska (Ensemble) & Community choir.


12 performances in June 2014 at The Rose Playhouse, Bankside. 

Production shots (c) Robert Piwko

WOYZECK! - a new adaptation of Georg Büchner's masterpiece

Adapted and directed by Stevan Mijailovic

An electrifying one-man-show based on georg Büchner's incomplete masterpiece. By using spoken word, physical theatre and sound, one actor portrays all characters of the play and takes us on a journey into Woyzeck's troubled mind. 


30th July - 25th August at 5pm, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, C Nova

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW by William Shakespeare


A contemporary production of William Shakespeare's famous play about love and possession, obedience and power, which tackles current issues such as independence, emancipation and the right of self-determination.

Director: Pamela Schermann // Set designer: Sophie Mosberger // Lighting designer: Nikki Sutton // Sound designer: Ben Osborn. Cast: Carmina Kato, Benedict Salter, James Maclaren, Tom Phillips, Robert Gosling, Alexa Hartley, Paul Valentine, Sam Harris, Alexa Brown, Matthew Eaton.


3rd - 28th September 2013 at The Rose Playhouse, Bankside. 

                               

Production shots (c) Robert Piwko

SALOME by Oscar Wilde


What would you risk to fulfil a sexual desire? Your marriage, your job, your health? An electrifying story about individuals caught in a struggle of lust and power which leads to their downfall. 

Director: Pamela Schermann // Designer: Anna Hourriere // Lighting design: Nejlah Shaddouh // Sound design: Max Pappenheim. Cast: Jenna Verdicchio, Matthew Eaton, Alex Morgan, Kat Sellner, Jolyon Westhorpe, Danny Solomon.


3rd - 27th August 2012 at ZOO Southside, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 

WERTHER'S SORROWS by Duncan Gates // Based on a novel by J.W. von Goethe


Goethe's classic follows young Werther and his doomed love for another man's wife. 'Werther's Sorrows' is a study of innocence, betrayal and emotional manipulation updated to contemporary Britain, which asks whether any of us can truly perceive the nature of love. A new adaptation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's famous novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther" by Royal Court Young Writer's Programme graduate Duncan Gates.

Director: Pamela Schermann // Designer: Anna Hourriere // Lighting design: Nejlah Shaddouh // Sound design: Max Pappenheim. Cast: Jenna Verdicchio, Matthew Eaton, Alex Morgan, Kat Sellner, Jolyon Westhorpe, Danny Solomon.


3rd - 27th August 2012 at ZOO Southside, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 

THE LAST DAY based on a novel by Victor Hugo / adapted by Pamela Schermann


In the final moments before his execution a man finds himself caught in a whirlwind with the painful and poignant memories of his life and the fear of what comes next. This new adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel "The Last Day of a Condemned Man" revitalizes the classic text with theatricality using story-telling and physical theatre and brings our attention to one of the most essential human questions: Can the death penalty ever be justified?


Director: Pamela Schermann // Designer: Yole Lambrecht // Lighting designer: Ryan William Funnell (Old Red Lion Shows) & Katy Lowry (Waterloo East Theatre shows). Cast: Ben Hale, Megan Smith


21st & 28th November 2011 at Old Red Lion Theatre

27th January - 4th February 2012 at Waterloo East Theatre

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