JERUSALEM Plays Exeter's Rougemont Gardens, Now thru May 31; Continues Tour in June 2014

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JERUSALEM Plays Exeter's Rougemont Gardens, Now thru May 31; Continues Tour in June 2014

From Common Players, in association with Exeter Northcott Theatre, a new production of Jez Butterworth's critically acclaimed play, Jerusalem, will tour the West Country in May and June. The new production will be made in a new way which will involve local artists and communities and teach new skills to those involved.

First performed in 2009, Jerusalem became the Evening Standard's Best Play of the Year and is an epic and heroic play about our great British need for a connection with the landscape and our roots; an underpinning theme of the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.

In part a lament about the erosion of country life and in part a rebuff to the antiseptic modern world, Jerusalem charts the chaotic and hilarious events over the 24 hours of a local mid-summer festival. Imagine Midsummer Nights' Dream populated with characters straight out of Shameless and Skins.

The New Jerusalem project will take this indoor play and plant it outside, locating its roots in and around the communities of the Westcountry. Common Players and Exeter Northcott Theatre are creating a new midsummer event with the play at its centre, and they are seeking out both old and new audiences who want to come to an engaging event with a moving story at its heart.

Anthony Richards, Director, said, "Over 120 people have come forward to be involved in New Jerusalem. It's a big experiment to see how epic and large-cast theatre can be crafted and presented locally, in the fields and forests of the area. I'm inspired by the wealth of talent that exists around us and I'm excited about building on Common Players heritage of outdoors shows by taking a great play which can startle and surprise people, to be part of a locally owned event.

We're very lucky to be working with some great local artists like Braunton sculptor Jon Rodney-Jones and Kentisbeare Musician Alan Boxer, and the theatre-making experience embedded in Exeter Northcott. It's a great development opportunity for skilled and energetic local artists to come together and create something engaging, fun and connected to our time and place. Conceived, cast, created and consumed in Devon; high quality local produce, using the best local ingredients. "

Jerusalem will open at Exeter's Rougemont Gardens on Tues 27 May before touring to Dulverton, Torquay, Kentisbeare, Hatherleigh, Moretonhampstead, Lewdown Newton Abbot and Crediton. Tickets: £10; Exeter Fri & Sat Party Nights: £12; Concs: £2 off. Age: 14yrs+. Available Via Exeter Northcott Theatre Box Office: 01392 493 493 or online at www.exeternorthcott.co.uk and through community locations.

FULL TOUR DATES:

EXETER

Rougemont Gardens

Tues 27 - Sat 31 May 8pm

BSL Interpreted performance - Thurs 29 May

DULVERTON

Knackershole Barn, West Knowle

Fri 6 June 8pm

TORQUAY

Torre Abbey, The King's Drive

Sat 7 June 8pm

KENTISBEARE

Glimsters Farm

Fri 13 June 8pm

HATHERLEIGH

Community Centre

Sat 14 June 8pm

MORETONHAMPSTEAD

The Sentry

Fri 20 June 8pm

LEWDOWN

Coombe Trenchard

Sat 21 June 8pm

NEWTON ABBOT

Hannah's at Seale-Hayne

Sun 22 June 7.45pm

CREDITON

Shobrooke Park

Sat 28 June 8pm

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