Theatre Brothel | Almeida Theatre, London
UK Premiere as Part of Almeida Festival 2011

Greyscale's
Theatre Brothel

Featuring guest artists Inua Ellams (produced by Fuel) and Pin the Tale
Wed 6 Jul 2011 - Sat 16 Jul 2011

So, you’ve put on your coat, fed the cat, left the house and come to the theatre. And now what? What do you want? Do you want to laugh? To cry? To escape? Or do you just want to sit in the dark and watch? Allow Greyscale’s charismatic hosts to personally tailor your evening of entertainment.

The Theatre Brothel is a brand new theatrical experience featuring an exciting array of new and established talent, including work from Pin the Tale and Inua Ellams. Stories knot, twist and unravel but essentially these plays are utterly unpredictable: the script only tells half the tale, leaving space for moments when an actor addresses the audience directly, and waits for a reply…

By turns provocative, funny and dramatic, ensemble company Greyscale treat you to an evening that will leave you feeling utterly sated. Fresh from highly successful runs at Northern Stage, Newcastle and the Hull Truck Theatre, Greyscale bring their unique Theatre Brothel to the Almeida Theatre.

  • Elspeth Brodie (Greyscale). Photo Matt HumphreyElspeth Brodie (Greyscale). Photo Matt Humphrey
  • John Paul Connolly (Greyscale). Photo Matt HumphreyJohn Paul Connolly (Greyscale). Photo Matt Humphrey
  • Greyscale's Theatre Brothel. Photo Matt HumphreyGreyscale's Theatre Brothel. Photo Matt Humphrey
  • Emmy Sainsbury (Pin the Tale). Photo Matt HumphreyEmmy Sainsbury (Pin the Tale). Photo Matt Humphrey
  • Emmy Sainsbury (Pin the Tale). Photo Matt HumphreyEmmy Sainsbury (Pin the Tale). Photo Matt Humphrey
  • Greyscale's Theatre Brothel. Photo Matt HumphreyGreyscale's Theatre Brothel. Photo Matt Humphrey

Read what the Press have to say about Greyscale

* * * * "If Theatre Brothel is any measure of their capabilities, it proves they know good theatre and how to deliver it. From an audience point of view, there's certainly a great mix of excitement and trepidation throughout"
Naima Khan, Spoonfed, 11 July 2011
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"An evening at Greyscale’s experimental take-over of the Almeida is full of curious encounters, a chance to ponder on and see some engaging theatre...Campion holds the audience is his palm as he asks for their aid in enacting boxing fights and love scenes. Funny and by turns baffling, it’s a surreal exploration of selfhood."
Jon David, The Londonist, 11 July 2011
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"The layers of moral and political complexity pile up to quietly enthralling effect."
Donald Hutera, The Times, 11 July 2011  

"When theatre is described as interactive, many potential audience members will wince at the prospect of being made to participate. Greyscale manage to make this not just painless, but an experience that is enjoyable, exciting and vital.  it is being a part of the happening and the journey taken, together, that makes The Theatre Brothel such a dynamic and satisfying experience and I suspect, like me, you will be planning to return."
Deborah Klayman, Public Reviews, 9 July 2011
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* * * * "The evening unfolded in a series of engaging, funny and thought-provoking surprises."
Jonathan Brown, The Independent, 15 June 2011 (Northern Stage, Newcastle)
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* * * * "This is a wonderfully playful piece- but one in which Grierson subtly taps into questions of what it means to be author of our own lives and choices".
Alan Chadwick, The Herald, 6 April 2010 (Tonight David Ireland Will Lecture, Dance And Box- part of The Theatre Brothel, Oran Mor)

"Greyscale's touring show The Theatre Brothel, which takes place in unexpected backstage spaces, is packaged with the whiff of the illicit...  A Prayer, told with charm by Scott Turnbull, touchingly puts its faith in the audience to set aside reason and just believe".
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, 5 June 2011 (Northern Stage, Newcastle)
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"A wonderful piece that works because of the honesty of the performance, heart-breaking at times but also very funny for all the wrong reasons...I urge you to take a gamble yourself and see The Theatre Brothel."
Damian Robson, Whatsonstage.com, 1 June 2011 (Northern Stage, Newcastle)
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"Dimitrijevic is a formidably thoughtful and talented writer; and if it's possible to shape such a tiny meditative fragment into a worthwhile piece of theatre, then that's what she has achieved, with this strange theatrical act of prayer".
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman (A Prayer- part of The Theatre Brothel, Oran Mor. Winner of Title Pending Award for New Theatre)

 

 

 

Elspeth Brodie

Elspeth has worked regularly for Vanishing Point in productions of Interiors and The Beggars' Opera.

Theatre includes: Fuente Ovejuna (Oran Mor); Ghosts; Don Juan (Citizens’ Theatre); Pearlfisher (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh).

Television includes: Emmerdale; The Bill.

Film includes:
Acts of Godfrey.

Sean Campion

Sean cites performing in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme as a truly memorable experience, due to an audience of both Unionist and Sinn Fein members sitting side by side. Sean’s performance in Stones In His Pockets earned the production a West End and Broadway transfer, alongside an Evening Standard Best Actor nomination, as well as Tony and Olivier Award Best Actor nominations.

Theatre includes: Death and the Maiden; Othello (Salisbury Playhouse); Gambling (Soho Theatre); Lulu (Gate Theatre); Berlin-Hanover Express (Hampstead Theatre); The Quare Fella (Tricycle Theatre); Blackwater Angel (Finborough Theatre); Mayhem (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester).

Television includes: Eastenders; Holby City; Fair City; Raw.

Film includes: Timbuktu; Borgia; Goldfish Memory.

John Paul Connolly

John has worked extensively in theatre, notably for the RSC in Merchant of Venice; The Taming of The Shrew and The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes, as well as a wealth of work including The Ruffian On The Stair; Shake V Shave and The Tinker’s Wedding at the Orange Tree Theatre. John appears frequently on television, in popular dramas including Taggart, Birds of A Feather and The Bill.

Theatre includes: The Playboy Of The Western World (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Juno and Paycock; The Plough and The Stars (West End).

Television includes: Murder Rooms; Lorna Doone; Berkeley Square; To Play The King; You, Me and Marley; Armando Iannucci Shows; A Wing And A Prayer; Sharman.

Radio includes: Translations; Words and Music.

Inua Ellams
(produced by Fuel)

Inua is a word & graphic artist currently residing in London, merging visual art with the written word. Inua’s first full length piece, The 14th Tale, was awarded a Fringe First by the Scotsman at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His second show Untitled premiered at Soho Theatre and then toured in autumn 2010. Inua is currently developing Knight Watch: SouthS’tory, which is produced by Fuel and commissioned by the Albany.  Find out more at phaze05.com

Sandy Grierson

Alongside acting, Sandy has also worked as a director on Hidden (Vanishing Point) and an assistant director on École de Maître 2010. Sandy has written several plays, including Rhetoric; Tonight ¬__ __ Will Lecture, Dance and Box; Oresteia; Subway and Little Otik.

Theatre includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Headlong); The 13 Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo (RSC); My Arm; A Prayer (Greyscale); Monsters (Arcola / Strawberry Vale); James And The Giant Peach; Charlotte’s Web (Citizens Theatre).

Film includes: Night People; Brighten Up.

Radio includes: Down Boy; Dunsinane; Between Two Worlds; The Royal Game; My Romantic History; The Incomplete Work of Dave Mccabe; Mcleavy: A Bolt From The Blue; Blaze; Vanishing Point; The Charming Mr Kharms; Something Understood; The Confessions of A Justified Sinner. 

Susan Momoko Hingley
(Pin the Tale)

Susan is co-founder of Pin the Tale. She trained at East 15 after graduating from a degree in Law (University of Warwick). She is associate performer of physical theatre ensemble Tangled Feet. Susan speaks Japanese, German and English.

Theatre includes: Before I Sleep (dreamthinkspeak); Soho Streets (Soho Theatre); The Seagull (Factory Theatre).

As a devising assistant: The Diver (Soho Theatre).

Television and film includes: Doctors; Gloaming; Household Goods; presenting on Sumo.TV; international commercials.

Emmy Sainsbury
(Pin the Tale)

Emmy is co-founder of Pin the Tale.

Theatre includes: An Inspector Calls (Wyndham's Theatre, West End); The Trial (Watford Palace); In the Beginning (The Bush at Westminster Abbey); Prophesy (The Public Theater, New York City); Arden 2.0 (Old Vic New Voices); Miriam. Gonzalez. Durantez (Coalition season at Theatre 503); The Merchant of Venice (Arcola); The Man with the Luggage (Trestle, touring later this year). 

Television includes: The Death of Nisha Patel; The Bill

Scott Turnbull

Scott trained at LIPA in 2007 and recently won the Journal Culture Award  for North East Actor of the Year for his performance in Apples at the Northern Stage.

Theatre includes: How Many Miles To Basra (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Christmas Carol; Hansel and Gretel; Apples (Northern Stage); Book Of Beasts (Catherine Wheels); Heartbreak Soup (Empty Space); The Tempest (Customs House); Machine Gunners (Polka Theatre).

Television includes:
The Bill; The Royal Today; Byker Grove.

 

Lorne Campbell
Co-Artistic Director

Lorne has directed productions for Birmingham Rep, The Traverse, Oran Mor and The Theatre Royal, Bath. Lorne is a former fellow in creativity and performance at the R.S.C. & Capital Centre at Warwick University, as well as a former Associate Director of the Traverse Theatre. Lorne has also worked extensively in Eastern Europe and Russia, including tours and productions for The British Council, Teatri Polski Bydgosczc and the Ensemble of Togliatti.

Theatre includes: Distracted ( Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, winner of Meyer Whitworth Award); Carthage Must be Destroyed ( Theatre Royal Ustinov, winner of Best New Play Critics Awards Theatre Scotland); Cherry Blossom (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh); Tonight David Ireland Will Lecture, Dance and Box ( Oran Mor Theatre).

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Ragga Dahl Johansen
Director 
(Pin the Tale)

Ragga trained as a director at Rose Bruford College.

Theatre includes: Ulov; Catch (Pin the Tale for Edinburgh Festival Fringe / tour); Recycling the Reportage (Southwark Playhouse); Nansens Sønn (Rådstua Teaterhus, Norway); The Story of Phillip (Norway, Scandinavia tour); Notes on Falling Leaves; Hippo Love (BAC).

As assistant director: Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe); Othello (RSC tour); The Diver; The Bee (Soho Theatre); Timon of Athens (RADA); 4.48 Psychosis (LAMDA).

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Selma Dimitrijevic
Co-Artistic Director

Selma has a degree in Dramaturgy and was awarded the Scottish Arts Council New Writing Bursary in 2007 and Peggy Ramsey Bursary in 2008. Selma’s future projects include Ballroom for Greyscale and the libretto for Zatopek! Opera (Second Movement, Cultural Olympiad 2012). Selma’s translations include: Knives in Hens; Blackbird (David Harrower); Jonah and Otto (Robert Holman); Bedbound (Enda Walsh).

Theatre includes: Waterproof; An Incident at the Border; Cyrano (Oran Mor); A Beginning, A Middle and An End (Stellar Quines); Tonight David Ireland Will Lecture, Dance and Box (Oran Mor / Northern Stage).

As a writer, Selma’s work includes: Night Time (Traverse Theatre); Game Theory (ek performance / Traverse Theatre); Time to Go (7:84); Gods Are Fallen and All Safety Gone (Doc Theatre, Moscow); Broken (Oran Mor); Alaska Jack (Croatian National Theatre Osijek).

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Ian Rhys Jenkins
Sound Design / Music Supervisor
(Pin the Tale)

Ian studied Music Technology at Rose Bruford Collage. He has composed and created sound design for theatre in London, mainland Europe and Asia.  He also works for global television networks composing for adverts and television series.

Theatre includes: Catch (Pin the Tale); The Twits; George's Marvellous Medicine (Simply Theatre, Switzerland); Elite Model Look (live event and television show, China); African Voices; My City My Life (CNN worldwide broadcast).

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Anna Jones
Designer / Maker
(Pin the Tale)

Anna is a London based designer and maker. Since graduating from an Applied Arts course at Middlesex University in 2006, she has worked in a variety of mediums fabricating artwork for Damien Hirst and making props and set for theatre and events.

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Chloe Lamford
Designer

Chloe has worked extensively as a designer for both theatre, film and opera including designs for My Romantic History (Sheffield Crucible / Bush Theatre); Joseph K; Kreutzer Sonata (Gate Theatre) and The Mother Ship; How To Tell The Monsters From The Misfits (Birmingham Rep Theatre). In 2007, Chloe won a TMA Award for Best Design.

Theatre includes: Knives In Hens (National Theatre Scotland); Songs From A Hotel Bedroom (Royal Opera House / Tour); SUS (Young Vic); It Felt Empty…( Clean Break / Arcola Theatre); The Country (Salisbury Playhouse); Antigone At Hell’s Mouth (National Youth Theatre / Kneehigh Theatre); Small Miracle ( Tricycle Theatre / Mercury Theatre).

Opera includes: The Magic Flute (ETO); War And Peace (Scottish Opera); The Cunning Little Vixen; Orpheus In The Underworld (Royal College Music); La Calisto ( Early Opera Company).

Film includes: The Full Monteverdi; Rare Books; 4 Dreams of Miss X.

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Oliver Lamford
Assistant Director

Before directing, Oliver worked in feature film script development for UKFC, Pathe, Weinstein and Wild Bunch. He also worked as a theatre production photographer and his images have been published in the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Huffington Post and by the OUP.

As an assistant director, theatre includes: Half Man / Half Clam (New Wolsey Theatre)

As an assistant director, film includes: Shanghai (The Weinstein Company)

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Zahra Mansouri
Costume Design / Maker
(Pin the Tale)

Zahra studied at Central Saint Martins. She has costumed a variety of shows at the Bridewell including Les Liaisons Dangereuse and Hamlet.

Theatre design includes: Talking in Bed (Theatre 503); Pitch Perfect (Tristan Bates Theatre); The Shakespeare Conspiracy (Chelsea Theatre).

As design assistant: Antigone (Southwark Playhouse); The Boy Friend (Her Majesty's Theatre); The Seagull (Barron's Court Theatre).

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Aya Nakamura
Puppet master
(Pin the Tale)

Aya is a UK and France trained deviser, puppeteer and puppet maker, incorporating puppets into performances and narrative. Currently she is touring her solo puppet piece called UrashimaTaro which will be presented at the World Puppet Festival, Charleville (France).

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Alison Neighbour
Designer

Alison trained at RADA and alongside a wealth of theatre design work, she has worked as a costume designer for the Royal Court Fundraising Gala, as well as designed a new outdoor space for the Shunt Collective. Alison is also co-artistic director of Bread and Goose.

Theatre includes: Oh To Be In England! (Finborough Theatre); Reverie (Pleasance Dome); Gloucestershire (Arcola Theatre); Never Any Fruit (Pleasance Islington); That’s The Way To Do It! (Red Herring /  Tour); Fox In The Snow (Bread & Goose / Brickbox); Love (Bread & Goose / Shunt); Motortown (RADA).

As an assistant designer: Gambling (Soho Theatre); Eigengrau (Bush Theatre); Bliss (Hamburg Staatsoper); Money (Shunt); Roaring Trade;  Shoot / Get Treasure / Repeat (Paines Plough).

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Andrea Pierides
Costume design / maker
(Pin the Tale)

Theatre includes: Catch (Pin the Tale); One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest;
Hegley's Hammersmith Hanky Party; Max and Iván: Televisionarie; My
Boy Jack
(Chelsea Players Theatre Productions).

Television and film costume assistance include: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; Any Human Heart.

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Phillip Richardson
Stage Manager

Phillip has also worked as a Production Manager on shows including SUBS; Pay As You Go; Hotel Sorrento; Edward Bond Season; Pins and Needles (Cock Tavern Theatre) and the Peter Gill Season (Riverside Studio).

Theatre includes: Landscape and Monologue (Ustinov Studio, Bath); Stuck in the Throat (Hen and Chickens Theatre / Exeter Fringe Festival); So On And So Forth (Etcetera Theatre / New Diorama / Accidental Festival); The York Realist (Riverside Studios); State Fair; Generous (Finborough Theatre); Olive Juice (Lion Theatre / Unicorn Theatre); The Collector (Etcetera Theatre); Oleanna (The Carriageworks, Leeds).

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Bryony Roberts
Producer
(Pin the Tale)

Bryony is a theatre performer, facilitator, project manager and producer. She is currently the OVNV Education Manager for The Old Vic Theatre where she has assisted on PLATFORM (2010 Community Project), The 24 Hour Plays and the T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange.

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Edwin Shaw
Lighting and Sound Design / Lighting Operator
(Pin the Tale)

Edwin is a freelance lighting, set and sound designer and production manager.

Theatre includes: Measure for Measure; Henry IV (Bloomsbury Theatre); technician at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Catch (Pin the Tale).

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Kevin Treacy
Lighting

Kevin has also worked as a Designer for a wealth of theatre including The Nose (The Performance Corporation); Drive-By (Dublin Fringe Festival / Canterbury Festival) and Dr Ledbetter’s Experiment (Edinburgh Festival Fringe / Kilkenny Festival). Kevin’s design for The Nose won the Irish Times Award for Best Lighting Design 2008. Kevin’s future projects include: Xerxes; The Fairly Queen ;Flavio ( English Touring Opera); The Government Inspector (The Abbey Theatre).

Theatre includes: Tosca (Northern Ireland Opera); Rodelinda (Royal College of Music); Arrah na Pogue (Abbey Theatre); The Shawshank Redemption (Wyndhams Theatre / West End / Irish Tour); Dancing Shoes: The George Best Story (Grand Opera House, Belfast); Twelfth Night (Nottingham Playhouse).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"What an amazing find. Inua Ellams... Give the man a medal! Fantastic performance, fantastic vibes and generally well put together day of the festival. Thank you to all!"

"***** Having to climb stairs, be fed through backstage, to walk out onto an empty stage to finalise the process was theatre itself...a fantastic night of top-grade entertainment"

"Loved loved loved Greyscale's Theatre Brothel...go see if you can."

"Really excellent stuff! Inua Ellams was great, but Pin the Tale were fabulous!"

"A thought provoking evening at The Theatre Brothel."

"Inua Ellams performance of The 14th Tale at The Theatre Brothel - in turns funny, lyrical, moving, sickening.Great stuff."

"A Prayer, part of The Theatre Brothel is fantastic. Praise must go to Elspeth Brodie for her incredible performance."

 

 

Greyscale was formed by a group of established directors, writers, actors, and designers interested in exploring the fringes and gaps in-between the ways each discipline works. They are interested in the principle that the creative process should be developed through many artistic voices, rather than solely the director and writer.

Greyscale make carefully structured, powerfully live, original, interactive and anarchic theatre for a modern audience. Winners of the prestigious Title Pending Award for their production of A Prayer, the Company continue to create thought-provoking and innovative work. They believe that the audience shouldn’t get to sit in the dark snoozing, that you should enjoy their shows more than they do and that to get something out, you have to put something in…

Find out more at greyscale.org.uk

 

Evening performances 7.30pm

ASSISTED PERFORMANCES
BSL Interpreted
Wed 13 July, 7.30pm

(NB Inua Ellams will not be performing on 14 July)



£15

Concessions (Jobseekers Allowance, Full-Time Students, Over 60s, Deaf and disabled patrons)
£7.50
All concessions are subject to availability and proof of eligibility must be presented when booking and collecting tickets.

Young Friends of the Almeida
£3
Young Friends should reserve tickets by emailing nmitchell@almeida.co.uk

Find out more about Young Friends of the Almeida 

 
Arts Council England ASP Group