After its DOUBLED UP reading at The REP last year, BOLDtext’s Vanessa Oakes is previewing her new play ALL IS WELL in Coventry and Birmingham this May.
aleks told me that you can smell fear… people sweat it out bit by bit and then other people smell the fear and they start to sweat… and so the fear spreads… person to person…
ALL IS WELL is at times poetic, funny and devastatingly fierce in its appraisal of the true cost of nuclear power.
Thur 4, Fri 5 & Sat 6 May 7.30 pm (6 May also 2.30 pm)
Tickets £8 (£6)
Shop Front Theatre, Coventry, CV1 3HW
Fri 12 & Sat 13 May 7.30 pm
Tickets £10 (£8)
Midland Arts Centre Foyle Studio, Birmingham, B12 9QH
Plus post-show talks on Thur 4 & Fri 12 May
A stunning evocation of the long term aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, ALL IS WELL tells the story of Aleks, Stefan and Nina as they struggle to trust one another again while living with the fear of the invisible radiation.
On Radunitsa, the day of remembrance for the dead, the forest is once again filled with people as they return to visit their family graves. But Anna and Blackbird have other ideas to keep the day trippers and tourists away for good.
Written by Vanessa Oakes
Directed by Mark Evans
Designed by Nancy Surman
Puppetry by Joff Chafer
ALL IS WELL is supported by The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry University Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Liz and Vanessa arrive at Astley Castle to set up for our ‘Write What You Know Workshop’.
One of the grander workshop venues we have encountered so far.
Fingers crossed that the weather holds…
…because this is our view of the ceiling.
At tea break we all retired to Astley Reading Rooms for tea/coffee (and cake) and as the rain began to fall we decided to order another round of drinks and continue indoors.
Lunchtime brought a welcome break in the clouds, and Steve…
…with his trusty trolley.
Steve rehearsing Liz (Julia’s understudy).
The audience start to arrive…
Waiting for the rain and the thunder to abate so we can finally begin.
We met some lovely people and had a great day (despite the British weather). Thanks for having us!
I loved the relaxed feel of it all and the wealth of knowledge from the workshop leaders.
All elements were perfectly timed. Full of tips and ideas and very laid back. Very helpful.
Given me new enthusiasm for writing my book.
Coffee break @ Friends Meeting House
After struggling through rush hour road works (!) and traffic chaos Nicola & Vanessa started the day off with our Write What You Know workshop which is where things immediately started to look up.
Great, open, atmosphere to be able to express yourself in.
Friendly open atmosphere. And prompting exercises that get your mind flowing.
I found it really helpful, thought-provoking, and opened me up to possibilities.
Nicola @ The Brethrens Kitchen @ Lord Leycester Hospital
Four dramatic monologues, read by ourselves, exposing our working practices and influences, as well as exploring how our individual backgrounds have shaped the writers we are today.
In Search of The Unhappy Ending by Liz John
Dark Matters by Nicola Jones
Lowering My Voice by Helen Kelly
The Other Me by Vanessa Oakes
8 pm Lord Leycester Hospital
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