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Arcola Theatre Reopens Its Doors With The World Premiere of WE STARTED TO SING

Performances run 19 May – 18 June 2022.

Following the successful Arcola Outside season last summer in their new purpose-built performance space, Arcola Theatre throws open the doors to their theatre for the first time since March 2020, reopening with the world première of Barney Norris' new play We Started To Sing. The production sees Norris continue his collaboration with the venue, where Visitors - his multi-award-winning first play - and Eventide were previously staged. We Started to Sing, also directed by Norris, opens on 23 May, with previews from 19 May, and runs until 18 June, and is the first in a new season of work, with full details to be announced.

Later in the reopening season, will see the return of a body of work in Arcola Outside and Grimeborn from 1 August to 4 September featuring seven productions in Studio 1, alongside additional further plans for outside programming.

Artistic Director of Arcola Theatre, Mehmet Ergen, said today, "We are delighted to reopen our much-loved indoor space this Spring with We Started to Sing. We can't wait to welcome audiences back to a place so many regard as home. Seven years after making his name at Arcola with Visitors and Eventide, Barney Norris' autobiographical new play about family and memory, seems like the perfect way to bring our audiences back to celebrate our past and imagine our future together."

Barney Norris added, "This is a play about family and home, and I am fortunate to be able to make it with the Arcola, who have made me feel part of the family ever since they let me stage my first play, Visitors, there. It was at the Arcola that I first started trying to write plays out of love, in order to connect audiences with what they love in their own lives; We Started To Sing is an attempt to come home to that idea, and welcome audiences back from the isolation of the last few years. I am happy to be home."

"I wish there could be a day where families came together and just said it all to each other. Because then everyone would know it all, and there'd be nothing left to hurt anyone."

Sussex. London. Wiltshire. Northamptonshire. Wales. Over three decades, a family spreads across the country, and the chord they once made together starts to fray. How will the distance growing between them change the music of their lives?

Barney Norris returns to the Arcola with a brand-new play - We Started To Sing is a love song to the people who raised him, and a hymn to the bravery of our brief lives.

Barney Norris' previous work at Arcola is Eventide (2015) and Visitors (2014) - the latter which won the Critics' Circle Award and the Off West End Award for Most Promising Playwright. His other plays include Nightfall (Bridge Theatre), While We're Here (Bush Theatre), Echo's End (Salisbury Playhouse), and acclaimed adaptations of Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, and Federico García Lorca's Blood Wedding. His novels include Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, Turning for Home, and The Vanishing Hours.

Performances run 19 May - 18 June 2022.

Box Office: 020 7503 1646

Tickets from £12 - £30

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