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SNOW Q

by Maria Jastrzębska

Date: Tuesday 18 February

Time: 7:45m 

Venue: All Saints Centre 

Address: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE

A troubled fairy tale for troubled times. Snow Q is a multimedia live literature production, written by poet Maria Jastrzębska and directed by LLL's Artistic Director, Mark C. Hewitt, with music by Peter Copley and film sequences by Wendy Pye.

The work, written in the hybrid language of Ponglish (half-English / half-Polish), is a dramatized reimagining for two performers of Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved story, The Snow Queen, using this enigmatic tale of friendship in a harsh world to explore contemporary themes of social isolation, gender, sexuality, migration and exile.

At the centre of Jastrębska's poetic drama are Gerda and Kai, two lost young people who are lifelong friends. When winter comes, ice enters Kai’s heart. The unhappy Kai disappears off into the snow ... and so begins Gerda's quest. The work also features the voice of Crow, an acerbic commentator on human affairs.

In the words of Maria Jastrzębska:

“As a child I was greatly disturbed by the idea of a piece of ice falling into your heart. Could someone else’s tears melt it? When I started writing Snow Q I knew Gerda and Kai were not going to be traditionally girl-and-boy in my version. But there are so many other stories within this story. I wanted to ask what it is that keeps us disconnected from one another and everything around us. How do we truly communicate with each other? Once ice has lodged in our hearts, can it melt?”

The work is performed by actresses Rita Suszek and Maria Ziółkowska (pictured).

Snow Q was originally created as a multi-artform installation work. This will be the live literature version. Find out more on this video »

Snow Q blogsite: https://snowqproject.wordpress.com/

Tickets bought from Saturday 15th onwards will be kept in a named envelope for you to collect at the door. Just give your name at the desk when you arrive.

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SNOW Q on tour

Further previews of Snow Q will happen at the following venues:

Thurs 13 Feb, 7.30pm: Square Tower, Portsmouth (Tongues&Grooves). Book here »

Thurs 20 Feb 7.30pm: Centrala Space, Birmingham. Book here »

Fri 21 Feb, 7.30pm: Clapham Library, London. Book here »

Sat 22 Feb, 4.00pm: The Spire, Brighton. Book here »

Crow image © Dagmara Rudkin, 2018

Snow Q live lit tour: full details here

Experiments with Live Literature

Day 1: Fairy Tale and Mental Health

Date: Saturday 28th March

Time: 2:00pm 

Venue: All Saints Centre 

Address: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE

Tickets: £10 advance / £12 door

A panel event with and film and performance, bringing together writers Maria Jastrzębska (Snow Q), Gus Watcham (Redder), Sarah Walton (Sophia's Tale) and John Agard (Goldilocks on CCTV), who have all used elements of deconstructed fairy tale in recent works. Plus poet Maggie Sawkins (whose Zones of Avoidance was winner of The Ted Hiughes Award for New Work in Poetry), writer Colin Hambridge (Disability Arts Online) and actress Marta Carvalho (Labyrinth), who have all created pieces of contemporary live literature in which mental health is a central defining element.

(Photo: Gus Watcham as a dysfunctional Red Riding Hood in her later years.}

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LABYRINTH

Date: Saturday 28 March

Time: (evening) tbc

Venue: All Saints Centre 

Address: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE

Tickets: £8 advance / £10 door

A second chance to see this riveting physical theatre production performed by Portuguese actress Marta Carvalho. A monologue  that gives voice to a woman on the edge, haunted by the coercive entanglements of a failed love affair, who determines she will break free by annihilating all trace of her ex. A ritual psychodrama that hovers uneasily between murder and vivid fantasy.

The original Portuguese text (‘Labirinto de Amor e Morte’) was written for Marta Carvalho by Galician theatremaker Moncho Rodriguez and toured extensively in Portugal, Spain and Brazil. This new English version of the text was written by LLL's Artistic Director, Mark C. Hewitt, and previewed in Autumn 2019.  Music for the production was composed by Narciso Fernandes, featuring the voice of Clarisse Fernandes

Read a review of Labyrinth in Hastings Independent Press from October 2019, click here »

See a video of the production in rehearsal: click here »

Photo © Anna Arnone, 2019

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Experiments with Live Literature

Day 2: The space between live literature and theatre

Date: Sunday 29th March

Time: 4:00pm 

Venue: All Saints Centre 

Address: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE

Tickets: £10 advance / £12 door

Day 2 of the weekend will be a freewheeling exploration through rehearsed readings of a range of classic and contemporary works that inhabit the fertile space between live literature and theatre, presented by LLL's Artistic Director Mark C. Hewitt working with an international team of actors.

What is Live Literature? What is Theatre? Can a performance text without characters or plot still be riveting?

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