Gameshow Presents THIS IS THE MOON, THAT IS THE EARTH Tour, Now-April 12
Emerging company Gameshow are developing a new work exploring human relationships to the universe, which will tour to Ovalhouse, Camden People's Theatre and The Yard in 2014. This is the Moon, That is the Earth, will play with the nature of live performance and spark debates on issues both infinitesimally small and impossibly large. Questioning the nature and meaning of the distance between audience and performer, the two-man production will prompt audience members to ask why they are watching - and what they get in return.
Matt and Matthew are going on a journey into space and the audience is coming too. We won't be back for tea. Or probably ever again. In the meantime, a few questions: Has anyone seen my crisps? Is there really a rock'n'roll star on board? Is there a story to be told? What are you doing here anyway? A show for anyone's who has ever wanted to be famous / tried and failed / wondered how Brian Cox can go on living when he knows how insignificant we all are.
Feedback will be encouraged, continuing Gameshow's collaborative practice. The project will be developed at Ovalhouse (26 February - 1 March) before full performances at Camden People's Theatre (22 March) as part of their SPRINT Festival and The Yard (8 - 12 April 2014).
This is the Moon, That is the Earth will be devised and performed by Gameshow Directors Matt Ryan and Matthew Evans. In conjunction with the performances, two free post-performance discussions will be held.
Gameshow began as conversations between directors Matt Ryan and Matthew Evans. This collaboration is the start of what they do. Each project is an attempt to develop their collaborative practice in new ways. Previous work includes The Jewish Wife at BAC, Agatha at The Yard, HS2 Project and A Phone Call From Franz at Camden People's Theatre, and Space Junk at Lyric Hammersmith.
More information about This Is The Moon, That Is The Earth's tour engagements follows:
Ovalhouse at 52-54 Kennington Oval, London: Wednesday 26 February - Saturday 1 March at 8:00pm. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased by calling 020 7582 7680 or online at www.ovalhouse.com.
Camden People's Theatre at 58-60 Hampstead Rd, London NW1 2PY: Saturday 22 March at 9:00pm. Tickets are £10 / £8 and can be purchased at www.cptheatre.co.uk
The Yard at Unit 2A?Queen's Yard, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5EN: Tuesday 8 - Saturday 12 April at 9:00pm. Tickets are £10 (includes ticket to Determine By Bern Roche Farrelly at 7:30pm) and can be purchased at www.theyardtheatre.co.uk.
At Ovalhouse on Thursday 27 February, join the company and Co-Director of contemporary art gallery Breese Little, Henry Little, for a Q&A about the universe, rock n' roll and where we all fit in.
At The Yard on Wednesday 9 April, the company will be joined by Theatre Director Olly Hawes to discuss the universe, rock n' roll and where we all fit in.
Matt Ryan directs for Gameshow. He worked with Gameshow to create I know a bank and The Tiger that Isn't before moving to Melbourne in 2011. Here, Matt assisted Laurence Strangio (Stripped) and James Adler (A Christmas Carol) and trained with physical theatre companies Zen Zen Zo, Chunky Move and the Tony Yap Company.
While in Melbourne, Matt directed a new version of Edgar Allen Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum and Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis. Since returning to London, he's directed Gameshow's version of Agatha at The Yard and worked with Matthew and the Lyric Young Company to create Space Junk at the Lyric Hammersmith.
Matt has trained at The Young Vic and was shortlisted for the Genesis Future Director's Award.
Matthew Evans has directed Bang Up by Anders Lustgarten at the New Players Theatre, She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith at Hoxton Hall, and devised Change Vanya with the Uncover Company at the Albany. He has also performed in Big Breath In by Oscar Wood at Tristan Bates Theatre and Alice Redux by Emily Lim at Oxford Playhouse.
Matthew works regularly with Katie Mitchell - as staff director at National Theatre, associate director at Hampstead Theatre and currently for Theatertreffen in Berlin. He's also assisted Simon McBurney, Thea Sharrock and Bijan Sheibani at National Theatre, Festival D'Avignon, Young Vic and on tour. He won the 2010 JMK Directors Award.
Matthew trained at the National Theatre Studio, for a year with Living Pictures, and at the Young Vic, where he hosts the work-in-progress night Freshworks. He has been an assessor for Total Theatre Awards in Edinburgh and Off West End Awards in London and a blogger for the Globe to Globe festival at Shakespeare's Globe.
Matthew has worked with young people in theatre at Afghan Boys Club, National Theatre, Northern Stage, Oxford University, Peckham Shed, Rose Theatre Kingston, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Warwick Arts Centre.
Photo Credit: Tina Remiz