"An intimate and absurd, one-person exploration of motherhood, exile and transformation. Part storytelling, part standup, part myth, it asks the question: How does an urban Canadian raising children in rural Kent, England with declining parents back home, learn the codes of survival?"
Supported by Arts Council of England, Arts Depot, BAC and Folkestone Quarterhouse
Picture: James Allan photography
“As World War II breaks out, Josephine and Peter leave their mother and set out on a journey that will change everything. Sent deep into the countryside, it soon becomes clear that not all is what it seems…
Sixty years later, Josephine is growing old and her memory is fading. We enter a world inside a memory archive, an archive that is falling apart, malfunctioning, exploding. The Archivists are frantically trying to order the memories, unable to stem the flow of recall. What makes a memory linger? What prompts a journey to our past?
Told with imagination and humour and set to an infectious live score, directed by award-winning theatre-maker for young people, Edith Tankus in collaboration with Jofre Caraben and Eugenie Pastor, designed by Kirsty Harris, Music by: Alex Vann. Co-produced by Battersea Arts Centre, Supported by Arts Council of England, Wildwood Festival and Quarterhouse “Normal” Festival
“What if the great and tragic story of King Lear were to be told by the King’s closest companion?
Nearly Lear is an emotional roller-coaster ride that has entranced both lovers of Shakespeare as well as newcomers to the Bard from Vancouver Island to Aberdeen, and from Broadway to the Sydney Opera House.
Upending expectations of what a Shakespeare play should be, Nearly Lear uses exuberant storytelling, music and film, as well as Shakespeare’s rich poetic text to take its audience firmly into the heart of this great story.”
“Award-winning theatre artist and clown Edith Tankus has charmed audiences across North America with her superbly comic performances as “Hurricane Gerty”.
Between her dreamy entrance and her gutsy grand finale, Gerty performs ukulele arias, off the wall puppetry, charismatic crowd-control and stupendous feats of spontaneous mirth - all served up with a dollop of Gallic charm to create a singularly unforgettable theatrical event. Life will never be the same.”