Maureen and Sylvie are taking a break but they will, hopefully, be back on the road sometime soon.
UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO THE CONTINUING LOCKDOWN MAUREEN AND SYLVIE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL THESE SPRING 2021 DATES.
Theatre Royal Bath, Ustinov Studio
Thu 4 March 2021 8PM
The Theatre Chipping Norton
Fri 5 Mar 2021 7:45 PM
01608 642 350
“So funny I cried”
“Amazingly funny, loved the banter between the performers and audience”
“Fantastic production – humorous method of approaching taboo subjects”
“Thoroughly enjoyable –transported me out and away from the trials of modern 2018 life”
“Best play I’ve ever seen, funny, political and a bit rude”
RedCape Theatre return with a dark comedy. The tale of Maureen and Sylvie’s Road Trip around the highways and byways of England delivering essential life-saving First Aid training. Part quintessentially British First Aid training course, part ' Thelma and Louise', Thunder Road is a show about how to survive.
The show has a unique style and tone, a blend of stand-up/compering, physical theatre and new writing. It is highly accessible whilst remaining true to the RedCape mission of telling the stories of ordinary people in extraordinary situations.
Thunder Road tells the story of two women, Maureen and Sylvie, who embark on a First Aid training trip. When things take an unexpected turn in a Travelodge, events spin out of control and they find themselves on a life changing road trip where their friendship is tested to its limits and they must keep moving just to stay alive.
The characters in Thunder Road, Maureen and Sylvie, are influenced by the creations of Victoria Wood, Steve Coogan, Bridget Christie and Julia Davis, and in common with those creations the show examines some of the darker corners of human nature, venturing into seriously dangerous territory where first aid becomes a metaphor for survival.
The story confronts themes of domestic abuse, the curbing of female ambition and the portrayal of women in crime dramas as faceless victims. The characters are complex; absurd yet believable. They claim for themselves themes and concepts that are traditionally masculine: the fugitive buddy movie, cars and driving, the music of Bruce Springsteen and being a life-saving hero.
Created & performed by Cassie Friend & Catherine Dyson
Written by Catherine Dyson
Artistic Consultant Rebecca Loukes
Sound Design & Artistic Consultant Andrew Dawson
Design by Tina Bicât
Lighting Design by Ben Cowens
Produced by Turtle Key Arts
CASSIE FRIEND – REDCAPE THEATRE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/PERFORMER Cassie Friend is a founder member of RedCape Theatre, she has performed in the productions The Idiot Colony, 1 Beach Road, Thunder Road and will be performing in the new show On Track. She co-directed Be Brave and Leave for the Unknown with fellow Artistic Director Rebecca Loukes.
Cassie is Artist in Residence at South Street Arts Centre where she has directed and performed in a dozen of their productions for the award winning Sitelines Festival. Venues include a Victorian department store, Reading football stadium, an Abbey and a yurt. RedCape’s new show On Track will be the first co-production with South Street and will take place both indoors and outdoors.
Cassie trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, was a compere for many years and is a keen cyclist.
CATHERINE DYSON – REDCAPE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR/WRITER & PERFORMER Catherine Dyson is a writer and performer. With RedCape she performed in 1 Beach Road and Thunder Road, and wrote Be Brave and Leave for the Unknown, Thunder Road, On Track, and will be writing the script for new show The Luminous.
She was part of the BBC Writersroom Wales 2018/19, BBC Writersroom Comedy Room 2019/20, and Sherman New Welsh Playwrights 2016. In 2019 she was shortlisted and specially commended for the Wales Writer in Residence Award. She was longlisted this year for the same award and also for the Funny Women Writing Award 2020. She is also an Associate Artist with Theatr Iolo.
Further information about Catherine's work is at http://www.cathdyson.com
REBECCA LOUKES - REDCAPE THEATRE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR /ARTISTIC CONSULTANT Rebecca Loukes trained in the body awareness practices of Elsa Gindler with Eva Schmale and Charlotte Selver and Asian martial/meditation arts with Phillip Zarrilli. She co-created and co performed The Idiot Colony and worked as Dramaturg on 1 Beach Road. She is currently devising the new show. As well as being a co-founder of RedCape Theatre she is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Exeter and Associate Editor of the Journal of Theatre, Dance and Performer Training.
ANDREW DAWSON - SOUND DESIGNER & ARTISTIC CONSULTANT Andrew is a theatrical originator and artist, studying dance with Merce Cunningham, theatre with Phillipe Gaulier, Monika Pagneux, Jacques Lecoq and movement through The Feldenkrais Method. Over the last 30 years he has created numerous stage performances and as Movement director, he has worked at English National Opera, MET Opera NYC and LA Opera. He was a lead puppeteer in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. He created ‘Spirit of the Ring’ The whole of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in 30 mins told with his hands. Listen & wonder: A close encounter with the film music of John Williams, is his latest work.
TINA BICÂT- DESIGN Tina designs costumes, sets, puppets and objects for contemporary dance, circus, opera, installation, scripted and devised drama, big outdoor community events, intimate naturalistic shows, transformations and tricks. Her designs are often the result of working with the company in rehearsal. She also works with the Drama students of St Mary’s University where she is the design technician. She is an Associate Artist with Ockham’s Razor, won the Critics Circle award for her work with Punchdrunk and has written seven books on various aspects of theatre practice.
BEN COWENS - LIGHTING DESIGN Ben trained at The Academy of Live & Recorded Arts in stage management and technical theatre specialising in lighting design for theatre, events & dance.Since graduating he has designed productions internationally and re-lit productions around the United Kingdom. He was nominated for an off west end award for best lighting designer. www.bencowens.co.uk
TURTLE KEY ARTS - PRODUCER Turtle Key Arts produces and devises original, inclusive art to entertain and inspire. We believe that access to the arts helps to improve the quality of life by bringing people together, offering creative opportunities, social inter-action, confidence and self-esteem.