Dance of Death

Candice Edmunds in association with Citizens Theatre presents

DANCE OF DEATH

By Frances Poet
Adapted from August Strindberg
Conceived and Directed by Candice Edmunds

Fri 22 April – Sat 7 May 2016, Citizens Theatre

PRESS NIGHT Tue 26 April 2016, 7.30pm



In association with the Citizens Theatre, joint Artistic Director of Vox Motus Candice Edmunds presents a new adaptation of August Strindberg’s Dance of Death in the Citizens Theatre’s Circle Studio next month from 22 April. Adapted by Frances Poet, designed by Graham McLaren and starring Tam Dean Burn, Lucianne McEvoy  and Andy Clarke, Dance of Death brings together some of the best creative talent in Scottish theatre.

Strindberg’s pitch-black comedy drama is an insight into the 25-year marriage of Alice and the Captain, which has become a bare-knuckle battle of vitriolic exchanges. Stranded on a drifting raft the couple play cruel mind games and wait to see who will be annihilated first. An old friend makes his way to their remote outpost and attempts to untangle the web of slights, lies and half-truths, uncovering the devastating effect their vitriol has had on his own family.

The warring couple are played by Tam Dean Burn and Lucianne McEvoy, who most recently appeared at the Citizens Theatre in Dominic Hill’s production of The Libertine in 2014. They are joined by Andy Clark, who also appeared in The Libertine as well as the Citizens’ recent co-production with Edinburgh International Festival Lanark: A Life in Three Acts.

Graham McLaren, outgoing Associate Director of National Theatre of Scotland and newly appointed co-Director of Abbey Theatre, Dublin, will design the show. His design credits at National Theatre of Scotland include A Christmas Carol, In Time O’ Strife and Tin Forest. Lighting will be by Simon Wilkinson, who has previously worked with Edmunds on Vox Motus’ Dragon and The Infamous Brothers Davenport as well as recent Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh productions The Weir and Caucasian Chalk Circle. New music will be created for the show by Luke Sutherland, whose wide-ranging career includes occasional membership of Glasgow post-rockers Mogwai and scores for National Theatre of Scotland’s Venus as a Boy and Whiteout by Barrowland Ballet.

Tickets are available now from the Citizens Theatre website citz.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 0141 429 0022.

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Press night Tue 26 April, 7.30pm

 

For more information, interviews and images, or to request tickets, please contact Claire Lowney, Marketing & Communications Officer claire@citz.co.uk, 0141 418 6232. Production images will be available to download from the Citizens Theatre flickr feed flickr.com/citizenstheatre

LISTINGS

Candice Edmunds in association with Citizens Theatre presents
DANCE OF DEATH
By Frances Poet
Adapted from August Strindberg
Conceived and directed by Candice Edmunds
Designed by Graham McLaren
Lighting Design by Simon Wilkinson
Music and Sound by Luke Sutherland

Cast: Tam Dean Burn, Andy Clark, Lucianne McEvoy
Dates: 22 April – 7 May 7.30pm

Previews: Fri 22 and Sat 23 April 7.30pm
Matinee: Sat 30 April and Sat 7 May 2.30pm

Tickets:£14.50/£9.50 concessions
Previews £9.50

NOTES TO EDITORS

CITIZENS THEATRE
“As theatrical icons go, few come bigger than Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre” (The Herald)
The Citizens Theatre is an iconic venue and theatre company based in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. It has been one of Scotland’s flagship producing theatres since 1945. Fondly known as the Citz, it is led by Artistic Director-Joint Chief Executive, Dominic Hill and Executive Director-Joint Chief Executive, Judith Kilvington.
Within a beautiful Victorian auditorium that dates from 1878, the Citizens presents a world-class, contemporary repertoire based on bold new interpretations of classic texts. As its name suggests, it places a strong emphasis on work that can enhance and transform the lives of citizens of all ages, cultures and social backgrounds through performance and participation that everyone can access.
The theatre is currently planning and fundraising for an ambitious £20.5 million building re-development which will be the first comprehensive, integrated redevelopment of the building in its 138 year history.
For the latest information on all Citizens Theatre shows, learning and participation activity and the forthcoming theatre redevelopment project visit citz.co.uk

BIOGS

CREATIVE TEAM

Frances Poet
Frances is a Glasgow-based playwright with fifteen years of experience working in theatres across the UK as a dramaturg and Literary Manager. Her debut play, Faith Fall, was presented at Oran Mor and Bristol’s Tobacco Factory in 2012. Since then she has completed two “Classic Cuts” for Oran Mor; The Misanthrope (after Moliere), and a free version of Racine’s Andromaque which also played at The Byre Theatre, St Andrews. Frances’s radio drama, The Disappointed, aired on BBC Radio Scotland in 2015 and her short film, Spores, starring Maureen Beattie and Lorraine McIntosh is due to premiere later this year.

Candice Edmunds
Candice is co Artistic Director of Vox Motus, where she has co-created and directed Dragon, The Infamous Brothers Davenport, The Not-So-Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo, Bright Black, Slick and How to Steal a Diamond. Vox Motus co-produces and tours internationally, and productions have been nominated for and won numerous awards, including the UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People for Dragon in 2014. Candice has worked as co-director and dramaturge with Barrowland Ballet on Whiteout, A Conversation With Carmel and The River (for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Cultural Program), and worked as Creative Consultant on Exhibition Road’s 2012 Olympic Festival (London).

CAST

Tam Dean Burn
Tam Dean Burn last performed in the Citz Circle Studio in his adaptation of Luke Sutherland’s novel Venus As A Boy in 2007. Now they’re back working there together again. Previous appearances by Tam at the Citz include his one man show of Irvine Welsh’s Filth which went on to tour internationally; his adaptation of The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh; several shows directed by Philip Prowse and Giles Havergal and a previous production of Dance of Death directed by Stewart Laing. Recently Tam has recorded the audiobook for Irvine Welsh’s new novel A Blade Artist and will soon be seen in the Shetland to Glasgow road movie Moon Dogs directed by Philip
John. He has also been very involved with the ongoing campaign to save North Kelvin Meadow and the Children’s Wood in Glasgow from building developers, especially by reading the works of campaign supporter Julia Donaldson there.

Andy Clark
Recent theatre: Lovesick Blues (Òran Mór); Lanark ( Citizens Theatre/Edinburgh International Festival); 13 Sunken Years (Lung Ha/ Stellar Quines); Little Sure Shot (West Yorkshire Playhouse/The Egg); Aladdin (Macrobert); Colquhoun & Macbryde, Three Sisters (Tron Theatre). Other theatre includes: The Libertine, No Mean City, Hamlet, Othello (Citizens Theatre); The Cherry Orchard, Pinocchio, Tartuffe (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh); The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, Julie, Gobbo (National Theatre of Scotland); Gastronauts (Royal Court); I’m With The Band (Traverse, Wales Millennium Centre); Of Mice & Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Vernon God Little (Young Vic); Measure For Measure (Clwyd Theatr Cymru). Film & television work includes: Bob Servant, Sea of Souls, River City, Peter Manuel: The End of Evil? & The Da Vinci Code. Radio work includes: Rebus, Cherry Blossom Whisky Company, The Dead Hour, Geordie& The Five of Spades. Andy was a member of Dundee Rep Ensemble from 2000 – 03 appearing in over twenty productions including: The Winter’s Tale, The Land of Cakes, The Seagull and The Laird of Grippy.

Lucianne McEvoy
Lucianne trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. Her theatre credits include The Weir (Edinburgh Lyceum); Lovers (Cumbernauld Theatre); Andromaque (Òran Mór); March of Women (Glasgow Women’s Library); Horizontal Collaboration (Fire Exit/Traverse); The Libertine (Citizens Theatre); Leaving Planet Earth (Grif Iron/EIF); A Doll’s House (National Theatre of Scotland/Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh); The Making of Us (Tramway/National Theatre of Scotland); Instuctions for a Butterfly Collector (Òran Mór /Traverse/National Theatre of Scotland); Woyzeck (Corcadora); The Ladies Cage (Finborough); Festen (Birmingham Rep/Tour); Riders To The Sea (Abbey, Dublin); Blood and Ice (Edinburgh Lyceum); The Thebans (Theatre Babel); The Boy Who Fell Into A Book (English Touring Theatre); Hinterland (National / Out Of Joint); Translations (Abbey, Dublin / Tour); Mutabilitie (Samuel Beckett Centre) and Dolly West’s Kitchen (Old Vic / Abbey, Dublin) where she was nominated for Best Actress at the Dublin Theatre Festival. For television Lucianne played the regular role of Tara in NY-LON for Channel 4. Her radio credits include Stardust and If I Could Fly, both for RTE. Lucianne’s film credits include In America (Harlem Film Productions), A Family Affair (UCD) and The Pear Bottle (Igloo Productions).

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