Belfast Boy heads to Liverpool

Delighted to announce that Belfast Boy will be heading to the Lantern Theatre in Liverpool on Monday the 23rd November @8pm for more info and to book tickets please check out the link:

http://www.lanterntheatreliverpool.co.uk/?post_type=events&p=1422

 

WHAT’S ON

– BELFAST BOY BY KAT WOODS

Multi Award winning, critically acclaimed “Belfast Boy” makes its Liverpool debut. This solo show explores the true story of Martin Hall over one unforgettable hour

BFB Artwork Draft 6 - New DateMartin Hall is having trouble sleeping. Since fleeing from Belfast during the troubles, his brothers have fallen in and out with the law, his mother has had her heart broken, and his sexuality has gotten him into trouble.

Now he must relive it with a psychologist over one unforgettable hour.

Multi award winning writer/director Kat Woods makes her Liverpool debut with “Belfast Boy”, straight from two sell out, 5 star runs at the Edinburgh fringe and acclaimed tour of Northern Ireland, London and Finland.

Winner of ‘The Stage Award for Acting Excellence’ and ‘The Fringe Review Award for Outstanding Theatre’ “Belfast Boy” was also long listed for an Amnesty International freedom of Expression award.

Starring local Liverpool Actor, Greg Fossard, reprising his role after his success at the Edinburgh Fringe. Greg’s previous theatre credits include ‘Avenue Q’, ‘Les Misérables’, ‘Little Voice’, ‘Spring Awakening’ and the lead role of Bobby in ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’. He appeared in ‘My Beautiful Son’ for ITV and ‘Nice Guy Eddie’ for BBC.

New York City review for Wasted

Review: Wasted
$20-40 in Manhattan at SoHo Playhouse

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This Event ended Oct 22nd, 2015
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11752552_10153573497434248_4426845517727468305_nIt’s always thrilling to discover a fresh new voice making waves in international theater, one that not only engrosses its audience and keeps them invested in the unfolding narrative, but also forces each individual to question everything they know about the most quotidian of affairs. Irish playwright and director Kat Woods, whose play Wasted explores the murky area in consensual sex between two twenty-somethings after a night of heavy drinking, is such a voice. American theatergoers have a chance to see her Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit during its limited run at the SoHo Playhouse in NYC.

The show has an interactive element and begins from the moment the doors of the house open, the audience summoned by stars Will Merrick and Serena Jennings, who play revelers Ollie and Emma. The stage is backlit in red and the air is ripe with the permeating sounds of club music, which makes the atmosphere seductive and highly energized. It’s very much about getting a first-hand, momentary glimpse into some of what unravels during the night, but only the moments of fun — the bit that can be misleading to the random onlooker.

Soon after, the play begins to take a dark turn as the night’s events are recounted by a confused and tearful Emma to her friend Kate (played fantastically by Mr. Merrick). The scenes where Ms. Jennings confides are hard to watch and, juxtaposed with the affable Ollie’s own confusion and doubt, heartbreaking. Suddenly things aren’t what they seem and the play escalates rapidly into a nightmare for both Emma and Ollie. Ms. Woods’ writing is sharp and honest, but never heavy-handed in an attempt to convince. She trusts people to think for themselves and gives her actors free range to tell the story, which they do by skillfully embodying various characters, each helping to put the pieces of the puzzle together through transitions in time, scenes of intimacy framed like snapshots and phone messages.

Wasted is inspired by true events. In an interview with StageBuddy, Ms. Woods said that tackling the issue of consensual sex is important to the actors as well as herself because the the culture of binge drinking has become the norm for people in their teens, 20s and 30s. It certainly has become the norm in the US, with horrifying consequences. Wasted offers the opportunity to help build conversations around how to prevent, handle and resolve these issues with better understanding of matters that are far from black and white.

Wasted – SoHo Playhouse – SoHo Playhouse

I am very excited to announce that my new play Wasted will transfer to New York in October 2015.

WASTED transfers to the Soho Playhouse Encore Series in New York.

September 1, 2015 (New York, NY) – With over 200 shows presented at FringeNYC Festival and 2000 at Edinburgh Fringe, it’s hard to be in the know about what’s worth seeing. Even worse is having missed the show everyone is talking about post-festival. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Fringe Encore Series will present some of the most critically-acclaimed and crowd-pleasing shows from both festivals. But more importantly, it pinpoints and cultivates the theater talent of tomorrow.

From September 10th to October 30th, the Fringe Encore Series and SoHo Playhouse will present eighteen productions from the FringeNYC Festival and five from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Split between the Main Stage and the Huron Club at the Playhouse, these two dozen shows have already received accolades from the likes of The New York Times, Metro NY, Time Out New York, The Scotsman, TheaterMania, among others. Highlight selections for the 2015 series include: a one-act drama based on real events surrounding the grey areas of consensual sex written by Kat Woods (Belfast Boy) and starring Will Merrick (Skins, About Time); a new musical about choosing the next Pope with Stephen Christopher Anthony (Book of Mormon), Alexa Green (Wicked), Jason Veasey (Lion King) and more; a moving drama about dealing with the aftermath of a loved one’s suicide, which received the of FringeNYC 2015 Overall Excellence in Acting award; a compelling one-woman show depicting Eleanor Roosevelt’s lesbian relationship; and many more.

The 23 productions were hand-selected by seasoned professionals in the NYC theater community including Britt Lafield (Founder and Producer of the Fringe Encore Series, overseeing the NYC selections), Darren Lee Cole (Producer Fringe Encore Series, Artistic Director SoHo Playhouse, overseeing the Edinburgh selections), Scott Morfee (Producer of the Barrow Street Theatre), Michael Sgouros (Owner and Producer of The Players Theatre), and Brenda Bell (Artistic Director of Literally Alive Theatre).

The series is particularly important to Lafield and Cole, who see it as more than just an opportunity to showcase the best of both festivals, but an opportunity to foster and develop emerging talent.

Wasted 

www.noprophettheatrecompany.com/shows

No Prophet Theatre Company

Writer/Director: Kat Woods

Cast: Will Merrick (Skins, About Time) and Serena Jennings.

Performances: 10/15 at 7pm, 10/16 at 9:30pm, 10/17 at 9pm, 10/18 at 7pm, 10/21 at 8pm, 10/22 at 7pm, 10/25 at 7pm

Location: Main Stage

Based on true events. An engaging and unsettling drama in one act. Wasted explores the grey area in consensual sex and how outside pressures can blur the lines of what did happen and what we think happened. This dark drama puts the audience in the jury seat and forces us to make a judgment on a crime which is based on feelings and emotions rather than fact and evidence. From the writer of Belfast Boy, a winner of the 2014 Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award.

Source: Wasted – SoHo Playhouse – SoHo Playhouse

Belfast Boy – Tampereen Teatterikesä

BELFAST BOY transfers to Finland as part of the Tampere Festival Fringe 2014

Written and Directed by Kat Woods

 

There he is seated, in his chair, and the one-hour session may begin. Each question asked digs deeper into Martin’s life: the restless Northern Ireland of his childhood and fleeing to London; the Dance Academy and the smoky night clubs.

 

Belfast Boy is a poignant, emotionally charged monologue based on a true story about a professional dancer Martin who has sought the help of a therapist for insomnia.

 

The award-winning actor Declan Perring carries the monologue brilliantly and shows us that creating an inspired, enthralling piece of theatre art only takes one man on stage. Kat Woods’ sensitively nuanced script and Perring’s energetic, utterly committed acting work perfectly together. The thematically huge performance pulls the audience along one memory after another, from joy to sorrow and back again, never once letting go.

 

Source: Belfast Boy – Tampereen Teatterikesä