We have a busy Autumn season ahead of us. In September we’re performing for one night only, ‘An Evening of Franca Rame and Dario Fo’ at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre, led by Burjesta’s Artistic Director, Mikyla Jane Durkan, three actresses will be performing four ‘feminist’ monologues from Italian radicals Franca Rame and Dario Fo – click here for more details.
We are also in rehearsals for our main Autumn production, an original in-house piece of work, ‘Revolution’ which looks at the events of the Russian Revolution. We’ll be performing this at our place of residence around the 100th anniversary of the revolution in October – click here for more details.
And if that’s not enough we’ll be putting on our first ever panto this Xmas – Jack and the Beanstalk. We’re currently running workshops in preparation for this so if you fancy getting involved either on or offstage – click here for more details.
An Evening of Franca Rame and Dario Fo
On Saturday 23rd September at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre we will be performing four stories from acclaimed Italian dramatists Franca Rame and Dario Fo. ‘The Rape’ a harrowing account of Franca Rame’s actual abduction and rape by fascists. ‘A Woman Alone’ where a house-wife deals with contending claims of a family groper, a Peeping Tom and a lovelorn boy. A comic-grotesque interpretation of Euripides classic tale of infanticide, ‘Medea’ and in ‘Rise and Shine’ the double oppression of women as both worker and wife is explored. It’s an adult only show and if you want to book tickets to see it click on the following link – www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk
Here are some reviews for the show from a performance we did of it earlier this year:
‘A beautiful piece of theatre which showcases Dario Fo and Franca Rama’s work wonderfully…(the) wonderful Ms. Durkan punishes the stage with her rampant wit’ 8.5/10 – Liverpool Sound & Vision
‘…(Maggi) Green and (Mikyla Jane) Durkan excel in their respective pieces with believable and entertaining performances that delighted their audience’. North West End
‘skilfully performed…accomplished’ Musings and Daydreams Blog Site
October is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and our main Autumn production is dedicated to looking at the extraordinary and inspiring events that took place in Petersburg and throughout Russia a 100 years ago. Based on numerous eye-witness accounts from varied sources, Tsarist diaries, Foreign Ambassador’s memoires, the accounts of Bolsheviks who took part in the revolution such as Leon Trotsky and journalists such as John Reed (who wrote ‘Ten Days that Shook the World’) this in-house and original piece of works seeks to give an authentic flavour of what occurred in Russia between February and October of 1917, events which led to the fall of the 300 year-old Romanov dynasty and its replacement by the Soviet Union. The play depicts all the main players in the drama, from Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky to their political opponents such as Kerensky and Tsar Nicholas II himself.
In the production, we are using a Greek-style Chorus as well as songs and music from the time.
We are performing Revolution at our place of residence, The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool a 100-seater fringe theatre venue. Dates for the shows are 20th, 21st, 24th and 25th October. Tickets cost £8/£6. Reserve tickets on 07913 449 396.
Please note there will be a Q & A with cast and crew members following the show on the 24th October.
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
In our sixth year of existence we thought it finally time to put on a panto. So in conjunction with The Casa management this December and coming January we’re putting on ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We’ll be putting our own twist on it so that both adults and children can enjoy the fun. We’re running workshops each Wednesday at The Casa, beginning with general workshops on the origins of panto followed by workshops specifically leading into the production itself. So if you fancy coming along and getting involved either onstage or backstage or if you simply want to know more about pantos now is the time to come along. Workshops start at 7pm and cost £3/£2 and are open to all whether you’re a total beginner or experienced actor.
For more details about anything Burjesta related contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org