More Light at the People’s Theatre
Playwright Bryony Lavery’s More Light begins with an introduction to The Emperor of Ancient China who has one hand on death’s door. Architects, engineers and merchants have carved an elaborate sepulcher within a tomb of jewelled stars so his demands to die lavishly are met.
The Emperor’s concubines, who to this point have lived royally yet without free will, are requested to join him within the tomb before it is sealed. Now that the Emperor’s power has subsided, the determined ladies begin to discover a new sense of survival – often resulting in barbaric measures. Onedeterminedly crie
Rarely produced since its premiere in 1997, this production at The People’s Theatre transforms the main stage into an elaborate and interchangeable set. Performances from a relatively young cast – although with no lack in emotional maturity – prove that The People’s Theatre is not afraid to take on a challenge.
Co-directors Sarah McLane and Kate Wilkins acknowledged this, saying, “It’s been an exciting and challenging experience. Everyone involved in the production has created something unique, from wardrobe to lighting; from set design to the cast themselves, who, as well as performing the play, provide all of the music and sound.”
Lavery introduces playful wit to break up the horror of dilemmas unfolding on stage. As we follow these characters from incarnation, to their eventual fate, this production with leave you with a feeling of wonderment.
More Light, a rarity to see on stage in the North East, is yet another triumph for The People’s Theatre.
“An incredibly powerful & absorbing play … If you see it, you won’t forget it!”– NE Lifestyle Magazine
DATE: Tuesday 9 to Saturday 13 May 2017 – 7.30pm
VENUE: The People’s Theatre, Stephenson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5QF
TICKETS: £13.50 (Concessions £11) ring on 0191 265 5020 or via WEBSITE: www.peoplestheatre.co.uk
*All photos by Paula Smart