World Premiére of New Olympics-Inspired Play
Sheffield Theatres press release: 10 April 2012
Warm up to the London 2012 Olympic Games celebrations with Sheffield Theatres and Chol Theatre’s co-production of LeanerFasterStronger, premièring in the Crucible Studio Theatre from Wednesday 23 May – Saturday 2 June.
Written by Kaite O’Reilly, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for Poetry in 2010, and directed by Sheffield Theatres’ Creative Producer Andrew Loretto, LeanerFasterStronger is a darkly-humorous and provocative theatre experience that explores the limits of what being human means. Set in-the-round in the Crucible Studio Theatre, different characters examine the themes of enhancement, new science and bioengineering and ask the question, how far would you go to be the best?
A new collaboration with neighbouring Chol Theatre in association with iMove, this new production will be brought to life by four young performance artists doubling as multiple characters. Acclaimed interactive media artist, Shanaz Gulzar (Transform season at West Yorkshire Playhouse), will design the show which will feature real-time film projections, with lighting design from Gary Longfield (Lives in Art and Peter Pan) and sound design from Shane Durrant (Thirsty).
LeanerFasterStronger writer Kaite O’Reilly said: ‘When I was a student in Sheffield during the early mid 80s, Sheffield Theatres was a major landmark on my cultural horizon. As an aspiring theatre practitioner, it was somewhere I went to learn, to be provoked, entertained and to be inspired. Returning after twenty years and having my own work on in the Crucible Studio Theatre, that I attended so frequently, is quite wonderful. I hope that LeanerFasterStronger will continue the tradition for emerging practitioners and audiences alike.’
As part of the season, on Tuesday 29 May at 6.00pm Kaite O’Reilly is running a workshop for aspiring playwrights aged 18 years and over. Tickets cost £10.00, for more information call the Box Office on 0114 249 6000.
LeanerFasterStronger forms part of Extraordinary Moves, an exciting arts and science partnership between Chol Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University and iMove, Yorkshire’s Cultural Olympiad programme. For iMove, Sheffield Hallam University are also hosting a series of Olympic inspired events including a panel discussion with Paralympic athletes (25 April), an Olympic Games guest event in association with BBC Radio Sheffield and a unique opportunity to ‘Meet the Olympic Commentators’ (9 May). For more information visit www.shu.ac.uk/events. Site Gallery are also premièring a new thought-provoking exhibition by artist Jason Minsky.
Tickets for LeanerFasterStronger are on sale now from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office, priced £10.00 – £15.00.