Headlong Futures presents
ACTS OF RESISTANCE
Created by the Headlong Futures company and Stef Smith Directed by Rob Watt
In the not so distant future, England finds itself in the middle of yet another political earthquake. In our sitting rooms, on our streets, just off our shores, something is shifting under our feet and all across the nation communities are cracking.
Acts of Resistance is a provocative and playful new show, created by four communities across England and award- winning writer Stef Smith. Born from Headlong Futures, Headlong’s bold and ambitious outreach initiative, the play will be performed on Sunday 7 and Monday 8 April at Bristol Old Vic.
In these politically uncertain times, our country is more divided than ever before.
Headlong Futures set out to unearth stories behind these fractures and ask how we can work together across generations, across backgrounds and across the nation.
Acts of Resistance is the culmination of this - a renewed sense of collective vision-making which looks at what we have inherited and what we are willing to leave behind.
Over eighteen months, playwright Stef Smith and Headlong’s Outreach Associate Rob Watt have been working with four partner organisations and participants from their surrounding communities, many of whom do not engage with the arts and often feel their voices are not heard.
Each group worked with an Associate Director from within their community to present a locally based piece centred around their own unique stories, examining the questions and the contradictions that seemed most important to their immediate lives. Stef Smith will take these individual works and evolve them into one larger original play - Acts of Resistance, directed by Rob Watt.
Headlong Futures is collaborating with the following venues and groups;
Theatre Royal Plymouth – Headlong Futures Associate Director Lucy Hirst has been working with a group of ex-military personnel and their families. They range in ages from 21 to 75 years.
Bristol Old Vic – Headlong Futures Associate Director Julia Head has been working with a group of 23 young people from in and around the Lockleaze estate
Brewery Arts, Kendal – Headlong Futures Associate Director Jon Randall has been working with the Act Your Age group from rural parts of the Lake District.
New Perspectives, East Midlands – Headlong Futures Associate Director Jayne Williams has been working with a community group based in a library ranging from ages 12-82 from the Mansfield area.
The cast of Acts of Resistance will be made up exclusively from members of each of the communities listed above. Headlong Futures and Acts of Resistance is generously supported by Backstage Trust, The Buffini Chao Foundation,
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Garfield Weston Foundation.
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Acts of Resistance
Bristol Old Vic King Street Bristol BS1 4ED
Performances: Sunday 7 April at 6pm and Monday 8 April at 2pm
NOTES TO EDITORS
Headlong is one of the UK’s leading theatre companies, dedicated to making exhilarating, risk-taking and provocative new work and collaborating with the most exciting and adventurous theatre artists in the country. Past productions include Meek (Traverse Edinburgh and Tour), Labour of Love (West End), People, Places and Things (National Theatre/West End/UK Tour/New York), This House (West End/Chichester Festival Theatre/UK Tour), The House They Grew Up In (Chichester Festival Theatre), Junkyard (Bristol Old Vic/Theatr Clwyd/Rose Theatre Kingston), Pygmalion (UK Tour), 1984 (Almeida Theatre/West End/UK Tour/Broadway/World Tour), The Nether (Royal Court Theatre/West End), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (UK Tour), The Absence of War (UK Tour), The Glass Menagerie (UK Tour), Spring Awakening (UK Tour), Chimerica (Almeida Theatre/West End), American Psycho (Almeida Theatre/Broadway), The Seagull (UK Tour), ENRON (West End/Broadway).
Stef Smith – Writer
Work includes Girl in the Machine and Swallow (Traverse Theatre), Human Animals (Royal Court), Remote (NT Connections Festival), Tea and Symmetry (BBC Radio), Smoke (and Mirrors) (Traverse Theatre & Dot, Istanbul for Theatre Uncut), Back to Back to Back (Cardboard Citizens), Cured (Glasgay Festival), Grey Matter (The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen) Woman of the Year(Oran Mor, Glasgow) and Falling/Flying ( Tron, Glasgow).
Her critically acclaimed show Roadkill, won numerous awards, including an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.
Recently Stef took part in the BBC Drama Writers Room and her current commissions include the Traverse Theatre, the Citizens Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, the National Theatre of Scotland and the National Theatre. She is also an Associate Artist at the Traverse Theatre and Leeds Playhouse.
Rob Watt – Director
Rob is a director, dramaturg and facilitator. He collaborates with writers, poets, communities and designers to try and make sense of the fractured world we live in.
Rob is currently Outreach Associate at Headlong Theatre and regularly teaches at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, ALRA and City University. He previously produced participatory work for young people at the National Theatre (2011-2016), was a Lead Artist at Lyric Hammersmith, an Artist Mentor at the Barbican and was Associate Director at Immediate Theatre (2003 - 2011).
Credits include: The Exorcism by Ross Sutherland (BAC), Rallying Cry by Apples and Snakes (BAC), How to Survive a Post Truth Apocalypse by Francesca Beard (Soho Theatre/Roundhouse/UK Tour); SEXY by Vanessa Kisuule (Roundhouse/Bristol Old Vic/UK Tour); Be Prepared by Ian Bonar (Underbelly/VAULT Festival); Love and Information by Caryl Churchill (Institute of the Arts Barcelona); Standby For Tape Back-Up by Ross Sutherland (Soho Theatre/Shoreditch Town Hall/UK tour).