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Posted by: Iain Fisher
« on: July 14, 2013, 11:20:48 AM »

A performance of Mum's speech in East

It is by Jenna Jones as her exam performance for A Level Performance studies.
Posted by: Iain Fisher
« on: November 16, 2011, 11:51:11 PM »

By Moonlight's production of East returns to the cornerHOUSE on 25- 26 Nov 2011 at the arts centre in Surbiton.

"The underbelly of the East End – with its all its brutality, vulgarity and humour - is portrayed in director Tanju Duncan's brilliant adaptation of Steven Berkoff’s powerful elegy to the place where he grew up.  East is a warts-and-all portrayal of a family in conflict – with each other and all about them.  Told to us in verse, the complex monologues of the characters fuse Shakespearean rhythms with cockney street talk to create a raw, explosive, in-the-gutter language that speaks volumes about the people who utter its words.  This fast-paced, hilarious and hugely compelling production is simply “potty mouth poetry at its best”.

Duncan said: “I am delighted to be involved with such a talented cast and keen to present Berkoff’s classic East, in true Total Theatre style, where the actor-audience relationship is immediate, where the expressive physicality and general language of the actors in creating stage pictures and image is not just a display of technical skill, but a pre-requisite of the making of the drama.”

There will be a Q&A with the cast after the show.

Details are here

Thanks to Tanju for the information.  The photo is by Claire Harris.

Posted by: Iain Fisher
« on: May 30, 2011, 12:52:22 AM »

PASS, the Performing Arts Studio of Scotland in Edinburgh present East from 30 May- 2 Jun 2011.

"Our production of East aims to demonstrate how powerful language can be in the theatre. Steven Berkoff has forged a dynamic poetry from the collision of Shakespearean rhythms and cockney slang, creating a heightened theatrical vernacular that is at once obscene, audacious, dark and beautiful. The language is striking and demands the immediacy of the actor’s physical response."

Details are here