Figures of Speech

At a time of political turmoil, unprecedented world events and an increasingly divided society, what does inspiring leadership sound like?



Figures of Speech, a major new digital film project for 2017, will interrogate the vitality of speech to remember.



The Almeida brings together the most exciting artists to take risks; to provoke, inspire and surprise our audiences; to interrogate the present, dig up the past and imagine the future.



And so, we are on a quest to rediscover leadership, to put history’s greatest speeches back on the map, to come together and experience the moments when men and women stood in front of people to find that words are electric, hope is immortal and ideas can carve a path through history and into the future.



A concert of voices who demand to be heard, either again or for the first time, will take centre stage, as Figures of Speech uses the power of performance to explore big political and social ideas. This website creates a platform for a wider interrogation of what leadership and the power of the spoken word mean in 2017.

Schedule

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by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017
The Almeida Theatre today launches the second series of Figures of Speech, its major digital film project interrogating the vitality of speech, the power of performance, and what visionary leadership sounds like.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2017
Pontine Theatre opens its 40th Season with a solo staging of T. S. Eliot's FOUR QUARTETS performed by John Farrell. Mr. Farrell is the founding co-director of Portland Maine's celebrated Figures of Speech Theater. Performances are: Friday 3 November at 7pm; Saturday 4 November at 4pm; and Sunday 5 November at 2pm. Tickets are $24 and may be purchased online at www.pontine.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door a half-hour prior to each performance, based on availability. The performance takes place at the Newington Old Town Hall, located at 336 Nimble Hill Road, Newington NH.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2012
John Farrell returns to the Heartwood Theater with his acclaimed staged recitation of T.S. Eliot's poetic masterwork, November 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Skidompha Library.
by Marakay Rogers - Oct 24, 2013
Author Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce is about to appear in a new novel; it's time to look over the origins of England's youngest scientific detective.
by Ellen Dostal - Oct 18, 2013
Up-and-coming Coeurage Theatre Company makes a practice of including a Shakespeare play on its eclectic schedule each season. Following past productions of Romeo and Juliet and Double Falsehood comes their stab at Shakespeare's comedy of words, LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2017
Pontine Theatre opens its 40th Season with a solo staging of T. S. Eliot's FOUR QUARTETS performed by John Farrell. Mr. Farrell is the founding co-director of Portland Maine's celebrated Figures of Speech Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2017
The Almeida Theatre today releases the fifth instalment in the second series of digital film project Figures of Speech, with Russell Tovey performing American aviator Charles Lindbergh's 1941 'The War Agitators' speech.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017
Pontine Theatre opens its 40th Season with a solo staging of T. S. Eliot's FOUR QUARTETS performed by John Farrell. Mr. Farrell is the founding co-director of Portland Maine's celebrated Figures of Speech Theater. Performances are: Today 3 November at 7pm; Saturday 4 November at 4pm; and Sunday 5 November at 2pm. Tickets are $24 and may be purchased online at www.pontine.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door a half-hour prior to each performance, based on availability. The performance takes place at the Newington Old Town Hall, located at 336 Nimble Hill Road, Newington NH.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2012
John Farrell returns to the Heartwood Theater with his acclaimed staged recitation of T.S. Eliot's poetic masterwork, tonight, November 15 and tomorrow, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Skidompha Library.
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017
Today, Almeida Theatre has launched its major new digital film project for 2017, bringing brings together artists to take risks and interrogate the present, dig up the past and imagine the future.
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014
June 14 and 15, Pontine Theatre presents the first annual Portsmouth Puppetry Festival at the West End Studio Theatre. The schedule of events includes Soloman & Ashmedal by Peaks Island Puppets at 2pm on Saturday 14 June, Mano-a-Monolog by Andrew Periale at 7pm on Saturday 14 June, Jester Kings of Java by Figures of Speech's Ian Bannon at 2pm on Sunday 15 June, and The Magic Soup and Other Stories by Puppet Showplace Theatre's Resident Artist, Brad Shur, at 7pm on Sunday 15 June.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2018
The girl who said 'no' - she doesn't exist anymore, she died last summer - suffocated in smoke from something on fire inside her. In the heat of summer - under the wings of an angel - Alma meets John. Trapped between desire and fear in a life of obligation, her world turns upside down in the search for salvation. Check out photos from the production below!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2014
Artistic Director John Farrell heads off next week to Ontario, Canada, for a presentation of Four Quartets on March 17.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2013
Mamet Fest, a play festival celebrating the work of iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, opens this week, featuring OLEANNA and SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO in repertory at the Fifth Third Bank Theater, The Aronoff Center for the Arts, today and Saturday, March 22nd through April 6th at 7 PM (OLEANNA) and 9:15 PM (SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO).
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2012
This showcase by BlakDance Australia Limited provides a platform for Australian First Nation independent contemporary choreographers to work alongside international First Nation contemporary choreographers and will include performances, post?production forums, an artist symposium and master classes.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2018
The Almeida Theatre today launches the third and final series of Figures of Speech, its major digital film project exploring the vitality of speech, the power of performance, and what visionary leadership sounds like.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2013
Mamet Fest, a play festival celebrating the work of iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, opens this week, featuring OLEANNA and SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO in repertory at the Fifth Third Bank Theater, The Aronoff Center for the Arts, on Friday and Saturday, March 22nd through April 6th at 7 PM (OLEANNA) and 9:15 PM (SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO).
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2018
Further events are today announced for Almeida For Free - Summer & Smoke, the Almeida Theatre's free festival for anyone aged 25 and under taking place from Tuesday 3 - Thursday 5 April.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014
Actors' Shakespeare Project (ASP), under the direction of Artistic Director Allyn Burrows and Executive Producer Sara Stackhouse, announces the slate of plays for the beginning of its second decade. The 2014 -15 subscriptions are currently on sale and single tickets will go on sale August 1, 2014. For more information about ASP's 11th season visit actorsshakespeareproject.org or call 617-772-2200 x 225.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2012
This showcase by BlakDance Australia Limited provides a platform for Australian First Nation independent contemporary choreographers to work alongside international First Nation contemporary choreographers and will include performances, post-production forums, an artist symposium and master classes.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2018
The Almeida Theatre Today Announces Two New Almeida Young Company Shows.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2014
June 14 and 15, Pontine Theatre presents the first annual Portsmouth Puppetry Festival at the West End Studio Theatre. The schedule of events includes Soloman & Ashmedal by Peaks Island Puppets at 2pm today 14 June, Mano-a-Monolog by Andrew Periale at 7pm today 14 June, Jester Kings of Java by Figures of Speech's Ian Bannon at 2pm on Sunday 15 June, and The Magic Soup and Other Stories by Puppet Showplace Theatre's Resident Artist, Brad Shur, at 7pm on Sunday 15 June.
by Kristen Price - Jul 31, 2017
The delightful production of ALICE AND THE BOOK OF WONDERLAND, produced by the Annapolis Shakespeare Company has found a way to make the story of Alice and Wonderland new and fresh for children and adults alike. That's no easy feat. Alice and Wonderland is a reliable classic that most people know back to front. What ASC has managed to do is keep all the standard parts of the story that everyone loves, while telling the story in an entirely new and creative way. They've also managed to throw a few very funny nods in to current events that seem to bring the classic further into current times
by Lisa Norris - Jul 23, 2012
Approaching the 1 year anniversary of moving into their new Brewery District space, it seemed an appropriate time for Shadowbox live to roll out a calm, laidback revue of the past year. However, much like their new edgy warehouse space, the "Best of Shadowbox Live 2012" serves not to relax and reflect, but to accelerate the talent machine that is Shadowbox Live to even higher levels of comedic and musical brilliance.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017
Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold said: 'We are thrilled to present three major new productions at the Almeida, including two world premieres and one rare revival. Spanning the Atlantic and beyond, this season is a timely and limitless interrogation into contemporary cultural anxieties and the power we have over our own lives.'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2013
Sony Masterworks announces the release of Presente, the new album by Latin Grammy-winning band Bajofondo, available March 5, 2013. The album's title refers to what the band is at the present moment: a stirring mix of tango, milonga, folklore, rock, hip-hop, electronica, jazz, classical, and a world of sounds from the Rio de la Plata, the river that separates and unites Argentina and Uruguay. One of the most acclaimed live acts in the world, Bajofondo's Presente is also the biggest 'present' (both in size and scope) the band has delivered to die-hard fans and new converts: an epic 21-track high energy tour de force that blends a multitude of traditionally dichotomous genres seamlessly.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2013
Leaders from theatres around the world whose primary mission is to produce the works of William Shakespeare will meet at the home of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in Center Valley, Pennsylvania January 7 - 12, 2013.
by Caroline Sposto - Jan 6, 2014
'You're in unorganized territory . . .It's not an actual town, technically . . . .See, to be in a town you gotta get organized . . . .' The New York Post aptly described 'Almost, Maine' as 'The Twilight Zone meets Thornton Wilder.'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2011
Family audiences in Westbrook will soon be treated to the wild and wooly chronicles of Maine's own Paul Bunyan, Mighty Woodsman, Inventor of Logging and Hero-Leader of the best band of jim-crackin', rip-snortin' rogues that ever tramped the Maine woods. The Figures of Speech Student Ensemble (FOSSE) is developing a production of 'Paul Bunyan' that will premiere at Warren Memorial Library in Westbrook and then go on tour.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2018
Joining the previously announced Patsy Ferran are Seb Carrington, Nancy Crane, Eric MacLennan, Forbes Masson, Matthew Needham, Tok Stephen and Anjana Vasan. The production is designed by Tom Scutt, with lighting design by Lee Curran, composition by Angus MacRae, sound by Carolyn Downing and casting by Julia Horan.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2018
The girl who said 'no' - she doesn't exist anymore, she died last summer - suffocated in smoke from something on fire inside her. In the heat of summer - under the wings of an angel - Alma meets John.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2018
Great Apes is a new play by Patrick Marmion directed by RSC and Donmar actor Oscar Pearce (Wolf Hall, Real Thing), based on the novel by Will Self. It is a raucous, surreal modern satire that mixes Self's famously rich language with subtle simian movement and vocalisations to create a theatrical 'Planet of the Apes' crossed with 'Gulliver's Travels'. With set and costume design by Sarah Beaton, movement by Jonnie Riordan, lighting by Matt Haskins and sound by Dan Balfour.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2011
Family audiences in Westbrook will soon be treated to the wild and wooly chronicles of Maine's own Paul Bunyan, Mighty Woodsman, Inventor of Logging and Hero-Leader of the best band of jim-crackin', rip-snortin' rogues that ever tramped the Maine woods. The Figures of Speech Student Ensemble (FOSSE) is developing a production of 'Paul Bunyan' that will premiere at Warren Memorial Library in Westbrook and then go on tour.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2018
Casting has been announced for the World Premiere of Great Apes from the novel by Will Self; reimagined for the stage by Patrick Marmion. Great Apes is a new play by Patrick Marmion directed by RSC and Donmar actor Oscar Pearce (Wolf Hall, Real Thing), based on the novel by Will Self opening at the Arcola Theatre on Monday 19th March.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2012
Leaders from theatres around the world whose primary mission is to produce the works of William Shakespeare will meet at the home of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in Center Valley, Pennsylvania January 7 - 12, 2013.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
The Center for the Arts at George Mason University continues the 2019/20 Great Performances at Mason season this January and February with innovative dance programsa?"including a world premiere co-commission, stirring classical music, and the return of Virginia Opera, in addition to signature events from Mason's College of Visual and Performing Arts.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2016
Classical Theatre Company will expand its Shakespeare Outreach Program in the Fall of 2016 by establishing a Junior Shakespeare Acting Company.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2019
The Center for the Arts at George Mason University announced today the 2019/2020 season of Great Performances at Mason, its annual series featuring leading national and international artists in the disciplines of classical music, opera, jazz, ballet, modern dance, theater, and global music and dance. The Center also announced the return of the Family Series, offering its second season of affordable programming for young audiences.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2018
Meany Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington announces its 2018/19 Season, presenting 24 visionary artists and ensembles that are pushing artistic boundaries, blending genres and redefining the meaning of creative mastery. The lineup includes international artists and ensembles from thirteen countries and cultures, including India, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Italy, France, Mexico, South Korea, Ukraine, Canada, Taiwan, Colombia, Spain and the USA.
by Marina Kennedy - Apr 27, 2019
Have some fun and see the US premiere of 'Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain,' a hilarious and inventive play now being performed at 59E59 Theaters through Sunday, May 12.