Tobacco Factory Theatres to Stage A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
A View From the Bridge is the second production in the inaugural Factory Company season at Tobacco Factory Theatres. Following Adele Thomas's dynamic production of Macbeth, the Factory Company will perform a new, in the round production of this dramatic family drama by Arthur Miller in the atmospheric Factory Theatre. The production will be directed by the theatre's Artistic Director Mike Tweddle in his first production for Tobacco Factory Theatres.
A View From the Bridge is a gripping tragedy that is as powerful and pertinent as ever. Eddie Carbone is an honourable, hard working man who has raised his niece Catherine like a daughter and loves her like nothing else. When his wife's cousins arrive from Italy he's proud to offer them safe harbour, but when Catherine falls for one of them, Eddie's dark and dangerous struggle begins to surface.
In this fascinating and provocative exploration of a complicated man and the unravelling of his world, Miller exposes a society that values different people in tragically different ways.
For Mike Tweddle, A View From the Bridge tells a deeply moving story with a strong wider message:
"It's utterly action-packed and thrilling, and features the terrible demise of a flawed man and the impact on wider society. Miller's writing is perfect. He tells a domestic story with microscopic detail and insight, at the same time as offering a powerful political critique that raises vital questions around immigration, gender and morality. And he doesn't stop for breath!"
Katy Stephens, stunning as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, plays Beatrice opposite Mark Letheren (The Crucible, Bristol Old Vic) as Eddie. Laura Waldren (13, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School), for whom the Factory Company season is her professional debut, will play Eddie's niece Catherine and Simon Armstrong (Living Quarters, Tobacco Factory Theatres and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Duncan in Macbeth) will play the lawyer/narrator Alfieri.
Alongside the professional cast for A View From the Bridge, Tobacco Factory Theatres has enjoyed recruiting a fantastic group of adults - the Get On Stage community company - who have attended a 10-week theatre course with Mike Tweddle before joining rehearsals of the production and taking on small ensemble roles in the show.
The Factory Company season has also incorporated Get Involved events connecting the productions with the local community, artists and audiences. See the Tobacco Factory Theatres website for more information:
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