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Directed by Chris Durnall
Following its acclaimed Welsh premier in March Company of Sirens are touring Philip Ridley’s extraordinary one woman play about a young girls search for love and home.
Seren Vickers plays Andrea a young girl abandoned by her family, groomed and abused by sexual preditors and rendered homeless. Depressing? In part , but Ridley allows her spirit and sense of hope and possibility to shine through in sections of Bleak Humour that are breathtakingly brilliant.
What critics said
“go and see this remarkable, unmissable performance now! Seren Vickers… gives the most, captivating, strong and charismatic performance” Theatre in Wales
“I am speechless after Dark Vanilla Jungle the best solo performance I’ve ever seen” New Welsh Review
“Committed performance, committed writing of the highest order. Relevant, topical, unbearable. Unmissable” Guardian
Astonishing Theatre. Vitally important work. All women should see this.Do yourself a favour..Go!” Big Issue
“Dark Vanilla Jungle is theatre with the additives taken out Company of Sirens make great theatre”
Supported by the Arts Council of Wales the National Lottery and Shelter Cymru
By kind permission of Knight Hall Agency, London
Old Red Lion
6th 7th September 8.00
11th 12th September 7.45
16th 17th 18th 8.00
St Peters Road
19th September 8.00
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
25th September 8.00
About the Author
Playwright Philip Ridley was born in the East End of London, where he still lives and works. He is a contemporary artist, poet, novelist, film-maker and one of the country’s most celebrated living playwrights. Ridley has been described as ‘probably a genius’ (Time Out), ‘a visionary’ (Rolling Stone), ‘the master of modern myth’ (Guardian) and ‘the best British playwright of the last 20 years’.
About Company of Sirens
Company of Sirens was founded in 2009 to present productions of uncompromising contemporary texts to Welsh audiences for the first time. Recent productions are Anthony Neilson’s Stitching and The Censor, Sean Tyrone by Mark Ryan, Revelation by Patrick Jones and Troyanne by Ian Rowlands. Last year the company presented Welsh premiers of two Philip Ridley plays Tender Napalm and Mercury Fur
What the critics said about Company of Sirens production of Tender Napalm first premiered at Chapter in April 2014
“A mind blowing piece of writing”
“Clever, witty, poetic and emotive, this play has it all”
“Performed to perfection by Matthew Bulgo and Jannah Warlow”
“Takes your breath away and leaves the watcher stunned by the experience”
“Company of Sirens have produced an incredible piece of theatre”
“This is important theatre and feels like it, see it!”
Company of Sirens work is steely, unflinching and entirely unsentimental” New Welsh Review