Axel Vervoordt Company Announce Opening of New Gallery in Hong Kong

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The Axel Vervoordt Company is delighted to announce the opening of a new exhibition space in the heart of Hong Kong.  Due to open on 13 May 2014 during Art Basel Hong Kong, the Axel Vervoordt Gallery Hong Kong is an extension of the existing gallery in Antwerp.

It will offer a complementary programme of specially commissioned works, and will be an important platform for internationally renowned artists to participate in the radically-changing art scene in Asia.

Since the 1970s, Axel Vervoordt has developed a strong interest in Eastern philosophy, directly feeding into the spirit of the company, which has the ambition to create a dialogue between East and West.  As a result, the gallery has naturally worked with a broad range of artists who tend to explore concepts of void, universality or infinity.

The new space, which will be managed by Korean-born Mi Jeong Kim, will enable Axel Vervoordt Gallery to grow their roster of artists and in particular foster relationships with Asian contemporary artists.  The annual programme of exhibitions by established artists will be punctuated by showcases of work by younger and emerging artists.

Axel Vervoordt Gallery Hong Kong will open with a series of three specially-commissioned works by African artist El Anatsui.  El Anatsui (Ghana, b1944) grew up in a period typified by the search for social and personal identity, a central theme in his art. He investigates the erosion, survival and transmission of tradition.

Most of Anatsui’s sculptures are made out of materials once designed for another purpose.  His early works were built out of broken pottery or old wooden logs, which he cut up using a chainsaw.  In the past ten years, Anatsui has focused on large tapestry-like metal sculptures made out of thousands of colourful liquor caps.  Using found objects, he reworks and rearranges materials and transforms them into something new, while conserving the item’s history.

“This is an exciting moment for the Axel Vervoordt Company.  Following the success of the gallery in Antwerp, we have been planning our first international venture and Hong Kong is the obvious location from which to continue to explore the artistic dialogue between East and West which is so central to the ethos of our organisation.” Boris Vervoordt, Director Axel Vervoordt Company.

www.axelvervoordtgallery.com

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Krept & Konan Guest on West London Singer/Songwriter Jem Cooke’s New Single ‘Only a Dream’

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Since releasing her debut mixtape Cookie Jam in 2013, West London-based singer-song-writer Jem Cooke has been preparing for new single ‘Only a Dream’ featuring rapping duo of the moment Krept & Konan.

With radio support across several mixtape tracks courtesy of Mistajam, CJ Beatz, and Adele Roberts, producers include Old Boy (Emeli Sande & Naughty Boy), ADP (Krept & Konan – Young Kingz), Mojam & Craze and Hoax (Emeli Sande – Our Version Of Events) and Levi Lennox (Studio City) and also has guest appearances from Dot Rotten, Double S, Rebler & Nasty Jack and Scrufizzer.

Now working closely with producers Naughty Boy and Hank Hughes, Jem is currently working on a new EP as well as her debut album, due for release Summer 2014. With growing grassroots support, and a live show that has been gathering critical kudos, Jem Cooke is firmly on the radar for 2014.

Stream ‘Only a Dream’ here:

http://www.soundcloud.com/jemcooke

www.jemcooke.com

@JemCooke

 

‘Funny, Engaging, Painfully True’ – Nancy Freund’s ‘Rapeseed’ Explores Displacement and Transformation

 

 

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‘Synesthete’ author uses her own experiences of the neurological phenomenon to pen powerful, rich and uplifting novel about one family’s story of displacement and transformation

Before relocating to Greater London, Carolann Cooper has lived her life hiding from the secrets of her past. Born and raised in a small town in Kansas, USA, she is unsure whether her fourteenyear- old son Chip is her husband’s child or her twin sister’s husband’s and she is confined to a life of guilt and uncertainty. Carolann is a synesthete, so she sees her letters, numbers and memories in vast and varying colours and experiences powerful feelings of isolation, constantly feeling different to ‘normal people’, and an outsider to her own relatives.

When her family relocates to England, Carolann discovers the freedom she has so desperately been seeking for many years, and which, in result, cracks open her complicated history and exposes the secrets she has been keeping with and from her husband. Carolann must urgently figure out who she really is, in order to reconcile her own past with her family’s future as she can no longer return to the veils of privacy and comfort of her home. Rapeseed is a powerful story of self-discovery.

Based on the author’s own experiences of synesthesia, the novel explores the neurological phenomenon, and how it affects those who live with it. Rapeseed is a bright yellow flower, cultivated for its oil-rich seed, and which pays tribute to the theme of synesthesia throughout the novel and emphasises the idea that not everything in life is black-and-white.

The book is also based on Nancy Freund’s experiences of expat life, and offers an insight into the mind of a stranger in a new country. A multi-cultural novel, it follows one incredible woman on her journey dealing with issues and secrets of her past and laying them to rest in order to embrace a future of fulfilment, value and joy. Whilst a deep novel exploring family issues, disability and self-discovery, the book is an uplifting and at times humorous novel, making it a work of fine, contemporary women’s fiction.

As the Rapeseed fields begin to bloom across the UK, the book is a perfect spring/summer read. The book was named a finalist in the Book of the Year 2013 competition by ForeWord Magazine.

“Funny, engaging, and painfully true.” Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award winning author of The Shadow Tracer.

Nancy Freund is a poet, editor, reviewer and novelist who lives in Lausanne, Switzerland. Raised in Kansas City in the USA, she later moved to England where she married her husband and lived in Esher, Surrey as well as many different areas of London. Freund has a BA in English and Creative Writing and a Masters from UCLA.

Her poetry and fiction have appeared in many journals and she is a regular book critic. Her short story Marcus won the Geneva Writers’ First Fiction Prize 2013. Freund’s writing is all about contrasts and simple dialogue that’s sneakily profound. In her spare time she is active in community literacy projects for teens and adults and is a dog owner, horse lover, and art and education enthusiast.

Rapeseed by Nancy Freund (published by Gobreau Press LLC, RRP £7.99 paperback, RRP £5.97 eBook) is available online at retailers including amazon.co.uk and can be ordered at all good bookstores

http://www.nancyfreund.com/

Twitter: @nancyfreund

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After Nyne’s Music Recommendations – April 2014

One of the best things about working on After Nyne is the all of the fantastic music that passes through the HQ on a weekly basis.

We’ve compiled a crib list of what we’ve been listening to over the past few weeks, with links. Tracks for these artists are on our After Nyne Spotify Playlist - please give it a follow, we add new music all the time.

Ghetts – Rebel With A Cause LP

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Ghetts has been on the grime scene for a long time and has earned his stripes. Rebel With A Cause is fresh, urgent and confessional. I interviewed Ghetts for the Huff Post. Click here to read.

We’ve had this on repeat for quite a while.

Stand out tracks for us ‘Rebel’, ‘Fire Burning’ & ‘What I’ve Done’

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/rebel-cause-deluxe-version/id809748153

 

 

Hanne Kolstø -One Plus One Makes One Out of Two

 

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The first track to be taken from Hanne Kolstø’s album ‘Stillness And Panic’ (out May 7th)

Hanne has been nominated for a Grammy in her native Norway. This track works as a great introduction to her sound, innovative production with massive pop choruses.

https://soundcloud.com/jansen-plateproduksjon/hanne-kolst-one-plus-one/s-jr7hc

 

 

 

Moulettes – Constellations 

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Nominated for Best Group in Alternative BRIT Awards and Winners of Best Band category of  Spiral Awards 2013, Moulettes now are launching their third album ‘Constellations’ into a musical atmosphere that rarely sees such accomplished musicianship, storytelling  and song craft working so harmoniously together.

By exploring new blends of rock, pop, classical and folk music they have commanded respect by renowned players and DJs around the UK, including Bob Harris and Cerys Mathews.

Stream the single here:

https://soundcloud.com/proper-music-distribution/moulettes-constellations/s-Uq12v

 

Monica Azull – I Like It 

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Half Ugandan half Congolese, Monica came to England aged eight and is now living in London. Having been receiving some really positive feedback and being compared to top artists such as Ashanti, she is showing huge potential with her latest track.

Her debut track is a sexy, summery dead-cert hit. Monica’s unique tone layered with fantasy filled lyrics with a smooth beat for that touch of class, which on the whole creates a genuinely slick track.

Stream it here:

https://soundcloud.com/monica_azull/i-like-it/s-jJ5Ji

 

 

 

 

Have your own suggestions for our playlist? Email us at features@afternyne.com 

 

 

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Development of New App Places Mental Health and Well-Being in the Hands of Young People

 

A new app has been co-created by a group of 16-25 year olds to help young people affected by mental health issues.

The project has been led by leading arts centre FACT, in collaboration with Mersey Care NHS Trust and Red Ninja Studios, and has been funded by Comic Relief, Nominet Trust and the Creative Skills for Life initiative.

The In Hand App has been developed in response to growing concerns over mental health problems among under-18s, with one in ten now thought to be living with a diagnosable condition in the UK.

The app acts as a simple, digital ‘friend’ that promotes mental well-being and offers support through some of the difficult moments that many young people face.

Using a traffic lights system, the app allows users to communicate how they are feeling and empowers young people to control feelings of stress, anxiety or depression through suggesting simple actions. The app also aims to raise awareness and understanding of the steps individuals can take to manage their own mental wellbeing on a day to day basis.

Charlotte, one of the young people who has worked on the project said: “I genuinely feel that this app will be useful for young people in general, not necessarily just those dealing with the effects of mental health. Stress and anxiety is common in most adolescents and it is important to us that we can reach out and support other young people in the local and wider community.”

Louise Latter, Young People’s Programmer at FACT said: “The creation of In Hand has been a real joined-up effort, but essentially has been developed by young people for young people, which we feel is vital to the success of the app.

“Managing mental health is a sensitive issue and there is no ‘on size fits all’ approach. We listened to the things that were important to young people and have made the app customisable so that each user can tailor their own individual journey.”

The In Hand app will be officially launched at an event at FACT on Wednesday, 14 May at 4.30pm.

In Hand is just one project created by Freehand, the Young People’s Programme at FACT working with 13 to 25-year-olds in film, art and technology. FACT engages participants as producers as well as consumers of digital media, creating new forms of collective learning and expression, new tools and platforms for representation and dialogue.

Working at a pace that respects participants’ needs, FACT works closely with partner organisations to ensure projects are sustainable, support participants and provide longer-term cultural development.

In Hand has been created as part of the Innovation Labs initiative, funded by Comic Relief and Nominet Trust. Further support has been provided by The Creative Skills For Life initiative, funded by Creative England via the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, and managed by Creative England in collaboration with Creative Skills For Life and NHS England.

For more information on projects at FACT visit http://www.fact.co.uk/projects/

 

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Peace Maker – Soldiers and Susan Stockwell in Collaboration Artist Unveils New Commission at National Army Museum

 

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Contemporary artist Susan Stockwell’s new work, Peace Maker, is on display at the National Army Museum before it embarks on a tour of Regimental Museums across the UK from June 2014.

The work, which forms the central part of the new Piece Makers exhibition, is the culmination of an innovative two-year collaboration between the National Army Museum, Susan Stockwell and soldiers in UK rehabilitation and support centres.

Stockwell, whose interactive installation Sail Away featured in the main exhibition space in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in April 2013, was commissioned by the National Army Museum in December 2012 to work with the interconnected themes of the Army, conflict and rehabilitation. Peace Maker, a large-scale, textile-based work, is Stockwell’s personal response to this highly moving and at times challenging commission.

The inspiration for Peace Maker came from material created by soldiers during art workshops held at two UK recovery centres: Stoll based in Fulham and Tedworth House in the garrison town of Tidworth, Wiltshire. Stockwell also explored historical material from the National Army Museum’s Collection.

In Peace Maker Stockwell uses discarded Army blankets to create a patchwork quilt full of thematic heritage and layered with tactile meaning. It is resonant with the fragmentary and ultimately peaceful recovery process. Peace Maker reflects the profound challenges associted with duty, solidarity, loss and pride. Through the medium of quilting, Stockwell considers the traditions of sharing and storytelling in historical sewing practice. She employs recycled materials that have personal histories to convey the idea of piecing lives together, repairing them by stitching.

Central to Peace Maker is the work of veteran Michael Crossan from Stoll. His poignant screen print captures the essence of soldiers in war and acts as a focal point in the centre of the quilt. It is surrounded by dark grey and white swatches, representing a chess board and the game of war.

Many of the swatches are hand embroidered with quotes from the soldiers who took part in the workshops, as well as other relevant quotes, poems and words explored during the workshops. The reverse side of the work is an evocative silk flag in Army colours, simply containing the word Peace that reflects both a call for peace and the ultimate inner quietude found by soldiers in the process of mental or physical recovery.

Susan Stockwell said: “For me Peace Maker is about contemporary conflict and peace, themes which I see as timeless and universal. The blanket reflects the collaborative nature of the Piece Makers project; the hand embroidered quotes represent the experiences and voices of the soldiers, while the simple ‘blood’ red thread ensures a strong, unified look which allowed me to retain my voice as the author of the work. The silk side is my side and represents my own position as a pacifist.”

This is the first time the National Army Museum has collaborated with a contemporary artist and soldiers in UK rehabilitation and support centres. The project attempts to better represent real issues facing soldiers and veterans in and out of service today. Filming oral histories with soldiers taking part in the art workshops formed an important part of the project and captured the Museum’s unprecedented access to contemporary voices of soldiering and Army rehabilitation.

The oral histories and Stockwell’s Peace Maker will be accessioned into the National Army Museum’s Collection, creating an important legacy for the project. Susan Stockwell’s work takes many forms from small intricate studies to large-scale installations and sculpture. She is concerned with issues of ecology, geo-politics, mapping, trade and global commerce. She draws on the everyday domestic and industrial, disposable products that pervade our lives. These materials are manipulated and transformed into works of art that are extraordinary.

Stockwell gained an MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 1993. She exhibits in galleries and museums all over the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Katonah Museum of Art, New York and the National Museum of China, Beijing.

Piece Makers is part of the National Army Museum’s exciting Building for the Future project, which will see the radical transformation of the Museum’s building as well as an extensive programme of community projects, nationwide tours and travelling exhibitions, together with Regimental Museum collaborations, loans and expert support. The Building for the Future project is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Museum has received initial support towards its £11.3m HLF bid, including £350,000 development funding.

 

Peace Maker is at the White Space Gallery, National Army Museum until 30 April 2014 Museum of Army Flying, 11 June 2014

National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HT

 Nearest Tube Station: Sloane Square

Open daily 10am to 5.30pm (except 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan)

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‘To Capture the Wind’ – Yinka Shonibare MBE Unveils Latest Work At Howick Place

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Yinka Shonibare unveils ‘Wind Sculpture’ in London, April 8th

 

A striking, site-specific sculpture by internationally-renowned artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE has been unveiled to the general public as part of Howick Place in Victoria, London.

Doughty Hanson & Co Real Estate and Terrace Hill, the joint developers behind the new landmark building at 1-5 Howick Place, commissioned Wind Sculpture through art consultants HS Projects. It was unveiled yesterday in Wilcox Place by the artist himself, and will now serve as an integral part of the area’s development, which is rapidly becoming Victoria’s vibrant new ‘cultural quarter’.

Wind Sculpture, measuring 6 metres by 3 metres, explores the notion of harnessing movement, through the idea of capturing and freezing a volume of wind in a moment in time. The work echoes the sails from Yinka Shonibare’s Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square, ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’, now on permanent display outside the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

(Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

The captivating piece has special resonance at Howick Place, named after Viscount Howick, later 2nd Earl Grey, one of the main architects of the Reform Act 1832, Catholic emancipation and the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. Wind Sculpture continues Shonibare’s focus on themes of colonialism, trade, and race and employs the artist’s signature use of batik Dutch wax fabric designs – materials which have become synonymous with African identity.

Designed by award winning architects Rolfe Judd, Howick Place is an architecturally stunning and award-winning building, including just over 143,000 sq ft of commercial space and 23 luxury residential apartments, with spacious terraces offering expansive views over London’s most iconic sights. Situated midway between the fashion centres of Bond Street and Sloane Street, Howick Place is also recognised as a sought-after destination among a community of stylish tenants.

It has already attracted the Head Office of Giorgio Armani S.p.A, to 5 Howick Place, with international auction house Phillips, the design studio of Marc Newson and HQ’s of luxury brands Tom Ford and Jimmy Choo – with Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Moët Hennessy and Richemont a stone’s throw away.

Reflecting this sense of art and culture, Wind Sculpture, is the developers’ contribution to the ongoing renaissance of the area.

For more information, visit:

http://www.howickplace.com/

http://www.yinkashonibarembe.com/

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‘A Promised Land of Psychedelia’ – Danish Duo The Wands Launch Video For Single ‘The Dawn’

 

 

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“The aural sound of an acid trip at the blissed-out point when your arms appear to be made of rainbows.”NME

“Those of you at Liverpool’s International Festival of Psychedelia last September will know that The Wands were one of the weekend’s highlights”Drowned In Sound

“Can you picture maybe sitting on a fog-swirled mountaintop at sunrise and having a fairy tale read to you by one of those Lord Of The Rings treemen – toasted out on cheeba?  That’s “The Dawn” and it’s magnificent.”The Line Of Best Fit

“We’ve been spoiled for psych this year, but dapper Danes The Wands aren’t letting a glut of competitors bother them. Experience their mazy, dope-strong songs..”The Fly

“Scandinavia, it seems, is the new promised land of psychedelia” – Artrocker 

The Wands are a Danish psych duo formed in 2011 by childhood friends Christian Skibdal and Mads Gräs, who might as well be time-travelling wizards as their sound is a straight throwback to the 60’s psychedelia with subtle, contemporary touch-ups.

Bursting out of a creative community in Copenhagen, they played their first show in a dark living room in an old villa belonging to their friends. The Woken Trees, facing a crowd of friends who couldn’t believe their own ears, they had no clue what kind of magic potion the two long-haired lads had been brewing on behind their backs.

In August 2012 they were picked up by Fuzz Club Records which lead to the pressing of their debut EP, ‘Hello I Know The Blow You Grow Is Magic’, released on 10” coloured vinyl in November 2012. The launch was celebrated with a sold-out show in the old Freetown of Christiania just one week after the band opened the first edition of The Reverb Conspiracy Festival in London with a show that left everyone whispering their name throughout the entire weekend.

They’ve earlier played with members of other bands around Copenhagen such as The Road To Suicide, The Love Coffin and The Woken Trees. Since 2012 they’ve played more than 40 gigs around European venues and festivals.

The band is now working hard on their debut album.

Stream The Dawn video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssXCrrAQHGU

London Dates:
12.04 – THE PRISMATIC ROOM FESTIVAL, THE SHACKWELL ARMS, LONDON

13.04 – BIRTHDAYS, LONDON

 

More European dates listed here:

http://www.thewands.eu/

 

New ‘Politeness Index’ Examines Our Feelings on ‘Thank-You’

 

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A new Politeness Index that examines the way that we feel about various forms of thanks is released today.

The British Politeness Index analyses the way that British adults feel when on the receiving end of a thank you – from texts and status updates to handwritten letters.

The growth of electronic communication, which has seen 160 billion instant messages sent in the last year in the UK alone, has commoditised communication to the extent that in the view of many its impact has been lost.

The poll of 2017 adults, commissioned by occasion specialists Clintons, indexed positive and negative opinions about various methods of thanking, both electronic and real world.

The percentage of respondents that felt fully satisfied when receiving thanks via a range of methods were as follows: a handwritten letter or card (78%), an email (45%), a text message (41%), a Facebook message (22%), a Facebook ‘Like’ (21%), an automated electronic greeting card (21%) or a Tweet (13%).

Conversely, the poll found that one in four (26%) felt insulted by being thanked by a tweet, one in five (18%) felt insulted by being thanked via a Facebook status update and one in eight (14%) felt insulted by an electronic greeting.

Tim Fairs, director at Clintons, said: “Thanking people has never been easier and there’s an argument that it has become a bit too easy.   Our polling tells us that people appreciate being thanked with care.  People have a tendency to weigh their acts of kindness on the basis of the thanks that they receive.   The poll demonstrates that expedient electronic methods have nowhere near the impact on recipients that more traditional methods do.”

Separate polling for Clintons found that the average UK adult writes between 25 and 50 words by hand per week – or fewer than ten a day.  The proliferation of phones, tablets, laptops and PCs has reduced the volume of handwritten words substantially in a generation.

Britain sends more greetings cards that any other country, with more than 2 billion changing hands every year.

Age against the machine?

Looking at the data by age, 24% of 18-24 year olds were happy to be thanked by Tweet versus 3% in the 65+ age bracket, demonstrating that the elderly remain stalwart fans of traditional greetings.  The 65+ age group are the most supportive of automated electronic greeting cards, though, with 24% feeling appropriately thanked versus 14% in the 18-24 age group.

Traditional cards and handwritten letters score more favourably than their electronic counterparts by three to one and also score higher than their nearest rival by some distance.  They are the only methods that satisfied more than half of the poll sample.

Rhianne Bwye, a care worker from Bedfordshire, said, “It does sound old fashioned but I do prefer to receive a letter or card because both reflect an appropriate level of care and thought.  There is something about clicking to send thanks that makes me think of clicking fingers for service in a restaurant.  In other words it’s wrong.”

Imogen Overton, a student from St Albans, said: “I did a huge favour for my friend, which involved me driving miles out of my way to drop something off.  I didn’t do it with the expectation of payback but when I got a text that read THX three days later I felt deflated.”

What are your thoughts? Would you prefer a hand-written thank-you? Is that an old-fashioned concept, do let us know at features@afternyne.com 

 

UK premiere of Dalton Trumbo’s Anti-War Novel ‘Johnny Got His Gun’ Announced With Supporting Talks Programme

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The UK premiere run of Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun will include a programme of post-show talks, on subjects including medicine during World War I, how we should remember the Great War, and the play’s relevance to World War II, as well as a Q&A with the cast and creative team

Speakers will include Dr Catherine Gainty (Lecturer in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Kings College, London), Dr Will Kaufman (Professor of American Literature and Culture, University of Central Lancashire) and the Stop The War Coalition.

Johnny Got His Gun begins previews at the Southwark Playhouse on 21 May 2014, running until 14 June 2014 (press night 23 May 2014).

The talks will take place immediately after the show, in the theatre. Admission will be free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

Full programme of post-show talks:

Saturday 24 May (evening performance)

‘How Should We Remember The First World War?’
Hosted by Stop the War Coalition

Thursday 29 May

‘This play is not about the First World War: Johnny Got His Gun and the politics of World War Two’
Will Kaufman PhD FRSA FHEA
Professor of American Literature and Culture, University of Central Lancashire

Wednesday 4 June
Post-show talk with the cast and the creative team

Thursday 11 June

‘American Medicine at War’
Dr Catherine Gainty
Lecturer in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Kings College, London

Directed by David Mercatali (Tender Napalm, Black Jesus, Dark Vanilla Jungle), and starring Jack Holden (War Horse, Minotaur) as injured soldier Joe Bonham, Johnny Got His Gun is a powerful play about war, its perpetrators and its victims, adapted for the stage by Bradley Rand Smith from the 1939 book by the American novelist and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus, Roman Holiday).

‘Always here the same people willing to sacrifice somebody else’s life. But it’s time two people had a say in things: us little guys and the dead.’

When the call came, idealistic Joe Bonham eagerly volunteered for the trenches of World War One. Now he has paid a price he never expected, and far away from his American homeland he struggles to come to terms with what his world has become. As his grip on reality becomes ever more tenuous he reflects on the true nature of war and the choices he made.

Adapted for the stage by Bradley Rand Smith, Johnny Got His Gun won an Obie-award for Jeff Daniels when it premiered on Broadway in 1983. The book has also been filmed twice, with Timothy Bottoms in 1971, and Benjamin McKenzie in 2008.

Dalton Trumbo (1905 – 1976) was an American screenwriter and novelist. He won two Academy Awards®, for his screenplays for The Brave One and Roman Holiday. He was blacklisted in 1947 by the House Committee on Un-American Activities for being a suspected Communist. His many credits as screenwriter include Spartacus, Exodus and Papillon. In January 2014 it was reported that Steven Spielberg would begin filming Trumbo’s script for Montezuma, starring Javier Bardem. A film of Trumbo’s life, starring Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), begins filming this year.

Supported by the Stage One Bursary for New Producers.

Listings info

Metal Rabbit productions in association with Southwark Playhouse presents
the UK premiere of
Dalton Trumbo’s
Johnny Got His Gun
Adapted for the stage by Bradley Rand Smith

 

Directed by David Mercatali
Starring Jack Holden
Wed 21 May – Sat 14 June 2014
Previews from Wed 21 May 2014
Press night Fri 23 May 2014
The Little, Southwark Playhouse
77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD
Box office 020 7404 0234
southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

 

ALL preview tickets £10
Performance times: Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 3pm
Ticket prices: £18, £16
Nearest Tubes: Borough / Elephant and Castle

 

Post-show talks:

Saturday 24 May (evening performance)
‘How Should We Remember The First World War?’
Hosted by Stop the War Coalition

Thursday 29 May
‘This play is not about the First World War: Johnny Got His Gun and the politics of World War Two’
Will Kaufman PhD FRSA FHEA
Professor of American Literature and Culture, University of Central Lancashire

Wednesday 4 June
Post-show talk with the cast and the creative team

Thursday 11 June
‘American Medicine at War’
Dr Catherine Gainty
Lecturer in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Kings College, London

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