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Book now for the Two Year Rep Contemporary Season performances of The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky, directed by Andrei Biziorek and The Love of the Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker, directed by Shane Dempsey.

By Maxim Gorky

Directed by Andrei Biziorek

In this modern-day interpretation of Gorky’s early 20th century world of misfits, a group of poverty stricken down-and-outs are forced to live together in a shelter, where they are exploited by the landlord. Among the group are a prostitute with romantic dreams; a cold, unemployed tradesman whose young wife is dying; a bitter, alcoholic former actor; a one-time aristocrat; a card shark; a thief; an old woman and a crazy drunken musician. Into this mix come mysterious women who manage to put a fire under their dreams and change each individual’s life.

The Lower Depths takes a look at the consequences of hope and despair in the lives in society’s invisible underworld.

Andrei Biziorek is a director and acting teacher. He has spent 20 years working between Poland, the UK, the US and Australia. In Poland he worked with companies including Gardzienice, Song of the Goat Theatre and was a member of Theatre ZAR, based at the Grotowski Institute, in Wroclaw, until 2007. He has taught acting and directed at numerous drama schools and theatres in the UK and abroad – the last eight years primarily at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. For the past four years he has been working intensively with the Demidov Organic Acting Technique, in collaboration with Russian colleague Andrei Malaev-Babel. As a result of this collaboration, Andrei founded the London Demidov Studio in 2018. He was Artistic Director of Waving Not Drowning Theatre until 2013 and in 2019 he founded The Tribe Theatre Collective, based in London, whose first production, Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, will open in London in June.

By Timberlake Wertenbaker

Directed by Shane Dempsey

2020, war torn Greece. A young woman is married off as a spoil of war; who husband also possesses her younger sister. A web of lies is constructed to uphold one man’s duplicitous desires.

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s feminist reworking of the Ancient Greek legend of the ‘Rape of Philomela’ explores the notion of a flawed hero, leaving the audience questioning at all times, who is the hero and who is the villain. A story of two women silenced for not fitting a traditional female role.

Shane Dempsey is an Irish Director working in London and beyond. He trained at the National Theatre Studio and E15 Acting School. He was Staff Director to Ian Rickson on his production of Translations by Brian Friel, (National Theatre). He is currently a National Theatre Connections Director. His recent work includes the critically acclaimed Continuity (Finborough), About Last Night, Seven Jewish Children (Arcola), 13, LOL (Clifftown Theatre), The Non-Stop Connolly Show (Finborough), The Master and Margarita (Bussey Building and Te Pooka Edinburgh), The Bay (Theatre503, The Space and Te Pooka, Edinburgh) and The Girl In The Box (Clifftown Theatre, Southend-on-Sea and RADA Studios).

Book now for The Lower Depths

> Saturday 11 May 7.30pm

Book now for The Love of the Nightingale

> Friday 10 May, 7.30pm, SOLD OUT

> Saturday 11th May 2.30pm, SOLD OUT

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