Shoreditch Town Announces Additional Programme Of Events To Complement Philip Ridley Double-Bill

Shoreditch Town Hall today announces a series of additional events, talks and readings running alongside its double-bill of Philip Ridley plays in its basement spaces.

These include rehearsed readings of Ridley's The Fastest Clock in the Universe and Ghost from a Perfect Place which, along with The Pitchfork Disney, complete his East End Gothic Trilogy, an adaptation of Ridley's book for children Krindlekrax and post-show Q&As with the casts of The Pitchfork Disney and Killer. For full details on the events please see below.

The Ridley double-bill, directed by Jamie Lloyd, features a new critically acclaimed production of his contemporary classic The Pitchfork Disney, starring George Blagden, Tom Rhys Harries, Seun Shote and Hayley Squires, which is running until 18 March; and the world première of Killer, a collection of monologues, which opens on 27 February. The two productions play in rep from 28 February until 18 March with Killer then continuing to run until 8 April.

Full programme of activity

Until Saturday 8 April, before and after performances of The Pitchfork Disney and Killer

Rebels and Rubble: An exhibition of photographs by Philip Ridley

Free

Thursday 16 February, 7.30pm

BSL interpreted performance of The Pitchfork Disney

Standard ticket prices (free ticket for a carer or companion)

Saturday 4 March, 10am

Rehearsed Reading of Krindlekrax followed by a Q+A and book signing with Philip Ridley

£2

(On Friday 3 March there will be dedicated schools performances of Krindlekrax at 9.30am and 1.30pm. Please contact Shoreditch Town Hall directly for further information and availability)

Friday 10 March, following 7.30pm performance of The Pitchfork Disney and Friday 24 March, following 6.30pm performance of Killer

Lovesongs for Extinct Creatures: Poetry with Philip Ridley

Free for those attending that evening's performance of The Pitchfork Disney

Philip Ridley's performances of his own poetry have become something of a cult hit over the past few years. At Shoreditch Town Hall, for two evenings only, he will read his sequence of poems that chart the journey of a love affair; from wanting love through to the grief of losing that love.

Saturday 11 March, 11.30am

Touch Tour of The Pitchfork Disney

Free for those who have also booked a ticket for the audio described performance

Saturday 11 March, 1pm

Audio Described performance of The Pitchfork Disney

Standard ticket prices

Wednesday 15 March, following 7.30pm performance of The Pitchfork Disney

Q+A with George Blagden, Tom Rhys Harries, Hayley Squires and Seun Shote

Chaired by Jamie Lloyd

Free for those attending that evening's performance of The Pitchfork Disney

Thursday 16 March, 7.30pm

Rehearsed Reading of The Fastest Clock in the Universe, directed by Rupert Hands, followed by a post-show Q+A with Philip Ridley and company. Chaired by Terri Paddock

We're all as bad as each other. All hungry little cannibals at our own cannibal party. So fuck the milk of human kindness and welcome to the abattoir!

In a strange room in East London, a party is underway. Cougar Glass is celebrating his 'birthday'. He is nineteen years old...again. And to celebrate your 'last year as a teenager' as you are slipping into your thirties requires a lot of preparation: the cake has to be perfect, the cards have to be perfect, but the most perfect thing of all has to be the guest of honour. For it's the guest of honour - Foxtrot Darling - who will bring the most precious gift of all. The gift Cougar would kill for...Youth!

Philip Ridley's second play was his breakthrough work. It caused a sensation when it premièred at Hampstead Theatre in 1992, winning Ridley the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer, the Meyer Whitworth Prize, the Critics' Circle Most Promising Playwright Award and a Time Out Award. Its exploration of 'metrosexuality' and the 'culture of youth' was years ahead of its time, and it is now regarded as a contemporary classic.

£6

Thursday 23 March, 7.30pm

Rehearsed Reading of Ghost from a Perfect Place, directed by Rupert Hands, followed by a post-show Q+A with Philip Ridley and company. Chaired by Aleks Sierz

I'm not threatened by you. Or your gang. I was threatening people before any of you were born...I'm Travis Flood!

When one-time gangster Travis Flood returns to his old East London stomping ground after a twenty-five years he finds much has changed.' A girl gang, clad in gold skirts and blond wigs - with a penchant for pyromania and revenge against men - have spread fear where once Travis held sway. But Travis is instantly captivated by the hauntingly beautiful gang leader, Rio Sparks. And soon a shocking story begins to emerge. A story that shatters both their distorted memories.

Ridley's third stage play was a cause célèbre when it premièred at The Hampstead Theatre in 1994. With its on stage violence and depiction of a 'girl gang' it provoked The Guardian to label it 'pornographic'. But it went on to be nominated for the Evening Standard Best Play Award and with its exploration of a 'post truth' world and the dangers of nostalgia - has, like most of Ridley's plays, proved itself uncannily prophetic.

£6

Saturday 25 March, 1.30pm

Touch Tour of Killer

Free for those who have also booked a ticket for the 3pm performance

Thursday 30 March, following 7.30pm performance of Killer

Q+A with John MacMillan and Philip Ridley. Chaired by Jamie Lloyd

Free for those attending that evening's performance of Killer

About Shoreditch Town Hall:
Over the past five years, Shoreditch Town Hall has established itself as vital, non-traditional arts and live events space on the London cultural map: a unique home for original and adventurous arts and artists from across the world, and a flagship venue for Hackney. With a focus on emerging talent and site-responsive performance, the building has become a vibrant home for original and ambitious theatre and performance, welcoming 27,000 audiences and supporting up to 100 artists and 8 new commissions every year.

Built in 1865 and occupying a huge 46,500 sq ft, Shoreditch Town Hall was for over 100 years one of the grandest Vestry Halls in the city. It ceased to be a home for local government during the 1960s and since 2005 has been a fully independent venue. From the magnificent Victorian grandeur of the Assembly Hall and Council Chamber to the warren of untouched, atmospheric basement spaces the building includes eight performance spaces ranging from 40 to 800 capacity.

Shoreditch Town Hall has never received revenue funding, supporting on average 90% (£350,000) of its arts and community programme annually through earned income, supplemented by smaller project grants. Since 2012 it has also raised and invested £2m to transform the building's in-house audience and production facilities, bringing back to full use its 750 capacity Assembly Hall - the largest purpose built auditorium in Shoreditch - as a public space, as well as installing two lifts to significantly improve access.

The artistic programme at Shoreditch Town Hall is made possible by the generous support of Old Possums Practical Trust, The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation & Arts Council England.

www.shoreditchtownhall.com

THE PITCHFORK DISNEY

Performances:

27 January - 18 March

Times: Various (1pm / 2.30pm / 3.30pm / 6.30pm / 7.30pm / 8pm / 8.30pm)

Tickets:

Previews: £18

Mon - Tue performances: £25

Wed - Thu performances: £26

Fri - Sat performances: £28

Under 25 tickets for Mon - Thu performances (not including previews or press night; limited availability per show): £12

All tickets subject to additional booking fees.

KILLER

Performances:

22 February - 8 April

Times: Various (3pm / 6pm / 6.30pm / 7.30pm / 8.30pm)

Tickets:

Previews: £15

Mon - Thu performances: £22

Fri - Sat performances: £25

All tickets subject to additional booking fees.

Ticket Deal: Purchase tickets to see both productions on any one Saturday during the run and get £5 off (Total price reduced to £48 from £53; available on Sat 4 March, Sat 11 March and Sat 18 March; not available for previews; limited availability per show)

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