The Plays: OLD 'n' NEW

Learning comes through understanding, and this applies to Theatre as much as anywhere else.  One of our key  approaches to understanding is to try to see how other plays, modern classics if you will, have worked their magic; this is the third arm of the inamoment initiative.

 

Our 4 productions, as below, are linked by the fact they took many of their 'impulses' from looking at the different Theatre genres of the 20th century; for example, Shooting Clouds stepped into the shoes of the great American tradition of writing, and Love Hurts  into the works of British writers such as Pinter. I Love You . . . Goodbye combined a Shakespeare love story with a more intense 21st Century take - and added a third dance piece to bring the 2 together.

The Other Side

St.Paul's Church, April 2017

Birmingham & Midland Institute, May 2017

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​if only the dead could speak . . . 

 

What if, despite everything, there was an Afterlife . . .What if, somehow, the

Dead could speak . . . What on earth would they say to us ... ?

Orpheus in Blue

St.Paul's Church, July 2016.

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The classic Greek legend, retold for the 21st Century; a tale that speaks directly to us of the time we live in, asking ourselves what are we prepared to lose, and ultimately, what is it that we are all so desperate to regain. At any cost.

Sometimes, old Myths become today’s Myths . . . and that’s when they explode. A spell-binding journey through the underworld of Music, told through the eyes of a modern day Orpheus and his Eurydice.

I Love You . . . Goodbye

Old Joint Stock Theatre, April 2013.

A look, from different perspectives, at the pressures we all seem to have to cope with - self-inflicted or otherwise. Each of the 3 linked pieces looks at how couples in love have to deal with the goodbyes that are part of Love' package.

 

"The plays, written and directed by Frank Bramwell, are high on atmosphere, longing looks, and repetition. Although the action and dialogue is sparse, there is a lot going on this production, and it leaves the audience with something to think about, which is a sign of a fine production."

 

Shooting Clouds
Time Out Critics Award 2008
Union Theatre, 2008

Set in the global economic depression of 1958, this hard-hitting play tackles head-on the disastrous effects of an economic downturn on the Pearson family business; the greed and driving ambitions of individuals, and the avarice and financial power of the banks.

 

It is a play that explores the economic climate of today by looking at the last global economic recession of 1958; trying to see what lessons there are to be learnt and whether, despite being 50 years apart, there are similarities.

 

A small family business expands, to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by new markets; however not everything goes to plan, and before long the tensions within the family cause a meltdown; brotherly rivalry comes to the surface.

 

Below is a selection of quotes from Reviews and Audience Feedback; for more please click here

 

"Extraordinary retro piece of work closely resembles one of the autobiographical works of Tennessee Williams."

 

"Frank Bramwell's beautiful and absorbing play has particular resonance in todays economic climate."

 

"Touching story of shattered dreams."

 

"A poignant and thought provoking play."

 

"This uniquely American small town tale of money, politics, religion, and family life more than lives up to the USAs grandest traditions of household drama."  "Shooting Clouds is a fine drama, topical in its economic theme, but also affecting in the philosophical issues that are truly resonant for this or any era."
 

The Accidental Lives of Memories

White Bear Theatre, London, 2007

​How real are our memories, are we right to place so much reliance on them? These and other questions are looked at as group of 8 young people follow their chosen paths in life.

 

"To conclude, this play is thoroughly enjoyable, thought provoking, slightly sexy and very well choreographed."

"Combining dance, Shakespearean prose, and a set that could have been the brainchild of an Apple Mac designer, The Accidental Lives of Memories explores the use of memory and self-identity in tackling contemporary existentialist dilemmas."

 

Love Hurts

Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Buxton Fringe Festival, 2005

Below is a selection of quotes from Reviews and Audience Feedback; for more please click here

 

"It is a bit reminiscent of When Harry Met Sally at first glance, but this is a more subtle play than its distant cousin. It is also refreshing to find writing about love which does not descend into trite clichés or overblown sentiment. This is a touching and funny play . . “

 

“ . . . exceptional: searching, honest, thought-provoking, yet beautiful. Thoroughly captivating.”

 

“ I have seen a number of Bramwell’s dramas but this one was exceptional: searching, honest, thought-provoking, yet beautiful. Thoroughly captivating.”

 

“ Two characters, “damaged goods”, had me uncomfortable, embarrassed and tense as they unfolded the pains of lost loves. An inward piece that retracks the experiences of the heart; moving, erotic, beautiful. It tells it the way we wish it wasn’t – yet it hopes to heal. Wonderful production.”

 

​"It is also refreshing to find writing about love which does not descend into trite clichés or overblown sentiment. This is a touching and funny play . . "
 

 “Wonderful! The dialogue and performers pulled me into their world. Lovely, intimate moments, awkward little moves and looks. Nervous approaches and retreats – great movement.”