THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES -Available to stream for free. EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 6TH!

Coronavirus has been affecting us all, but some groups of people are feeling it more than others.

As the world starts to un-pause and we leave our digital selves behind for the real world, we feel a sense of urgency to chew the fat and see how we can all be a part of addressing these imbalances in our daily lives. Why don’t you join us: Watch, Listen, Talk, Share.

Last weekend our production of Winsome Pinnock’s powerful new play ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS aired on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Lockdown Theatre Festival and the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine. In May we created an intergenerational production called CONNECT FEST, and on the 22 June we’re making our archive recordings of Kendall Feaver’s multi-award-winning play THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES, a 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting winner, and our co-production with Graeae THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA available via our YouTube channel.

THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES and THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA will be available to stream for free on our YouTube channel from 8am on Monday 22 July

 

“I’VE GOT A GYM MEMBERSHIP NOW. I’M READING THE BACKS OF CEREAL BOXES. AND THEN I STARTED THINKING HOW STRANGE IT WAS TO KNOW THE CALORIE INTAKE OF A BOWL OF CEREAL, BUT NOT THE CONTENTS OF MY OWN MEDICATION.”

 

Anna is coming of age. Possibilities are unfurling in front of her and she’s ready to take control. But her mother’s been standing guard all these years, taking care, editing the choices. When Anna makes a decision that could affect the rest of her life, can Renee stand by and watch?

From writer Kendall Feaver comes a family story full of heart and humour, of a young woman trying to take control and a mother compelled to protect her. Winner of a Judges Award at the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.

(CONTENT WARNING The show contains frank discussion of mental illness throughout. There is a scene containing an attempted overdose at the end of Act One and Act Two contains graphic scenes depicting a woman suffering from extreme mental distress.)

Director KATY RUDD

Designer ROSANNA VIZE

Lighting Designer LUCY CARTER

Sound Designer GILES THOMAS

Movement Director VICKI MANDERSON

ANNA – Norah Lopez Holden

RENEE – Julie Hesmondhalgh

OLIVER – Mike Noble

VIVIENNE – Sharon Duncan-Brewster

 

In 2018 it received 5 award nominations, in writing, directing and performance categories

• Katy Rudd won The Stage Debut award for her direction of this show

• Kendall Feaver took the Best New Play award at the 2018 UK Theatre Awards

• Norah Lopez-Holden was nominated for best performance in the UK Theatre and Broadway World Awards.



These productions raise some important questions about the world in which we find ourselves today. They are interesting catalysts for conversations about the disproportionate impact of Coronavirus on key groups within UK society – specifically disabled people, children and young people, older people and Black communities. Together with the release of these productions we are presenting four panel discussions across the week of 22 June. Inviting a mix of artists, young people, industry specialists and some of those who created the original pieces of work, we will livestream these conversation inviting questions from our digital audience using the wider themes of these plays as a gateway into bigger and broader issues of the day.

 

 

 


THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES: PANEL EVENT
Monday 22 June, 5pm – 6pm

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How is lockdown affecting the mental health and well-being of young people and how can theatre offer healing from this time? Author of advice book Dear Katie, TV and radio presenter Katie Thistleton will chair this panel. She is joined by original cast member Julie Hesmondhalgh who will talk about her role as a mother trying to help her daughter through her battles with her mental health and two members of the Royal Exchange Young Company.

 

 

 

If you enjoy this performance, please consider making a donation to support the artists and creatives responsible for bringing this story to life.

For every donation received: 50% will go to the artists and creatives involved in creating the production; 50% will go directly to support the Royal Exchange Theatre

Text 5ALMIGHTY to 70460 to donate £5

Text 10ALMIGHTY to 70460 to donate £10

Text 20ALMIGHTY to 70460 to donate £20 (Text is only available on UK networks and will cost your donation amount plus one standard rate message)

Thank you for helping keep theatre alive.

22 Jun 2020

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