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People's Company Production 2018

All Your Gold (working title)

This is a brand new piece, developed by writer Miriam Battye, director Nik Partridge and with input from People’s Company members. The story looks at the value we place on ourselves and those around us.

The final piece will be written specifically for the cast involved, so it really is a truly unique project. You can apply to audition in January or apply get involved back stage if you prefer to be behind the scenes.

The play will focus on a living wake, organised by Ros (fifty nine, mother of two, contributor of £1,271,205 to the Gross Domestic Product of the UK), who is on a quest to remember what she’s worth.

She invites the town. A daughter who doesn’t have time for her any more. A man who once professed to love her. Her neighbours, her colleagues. She hires a couple of extras, to keep up the numbers. Gets a photographer. A piñata. And they gather in confusion to sit and remember Angie. In the truest sense of the word, to call her to their mind.

Over the course of a lively and unique self-organised funeral wake, a community comes together in strange ritual to celebrate one life, in all that it’s worth.
The play promises to be an exciting, bold, theatrical adventure; a funny and provocative time-bending quest, employing a range of different performative approaches and styles, with something for everyone.

Director Nik Partridge says, “The idea of community is key to this production and I can’t think of a more brilliant and diverse community to explore it with than the People’s Company. Miriam is a fantastic talent and it will be wonderful developing a play with her as writer. The show will be a joyous and anarchic exploration of the value we place on our own lives and will allow us to be incredibly playful and creatively push at the boundaries of what theatre is!”

Full training is provided and no previous experience is needed for on stage or back stage roles. Enthusiasm and commitment are required – after all, what you will experience will be like a professional production experience! If you have any access requirements please just let us know when you apply to get involved.

If you would like to apply for a back stage role please apply here.

The full schedule can downloaded from this page.

If you’ve any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01752 230 379 or peoplescompany@theatreroyal.com

BACKGROUND INFOABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Nik Partridge As Staff Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth Nik’s Directing credits include The Blue Road (Young Company) and Scenes from an Execution (People’s Company) both 2017. He was Director-in-Residence at Tobacco Factory Theatres for 2014-15 and BBC Performing Arts Fellow 2014, Nik’s wealth of directing credits include: Infinite Lives by Chris Goode (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Bruises by Kieran Hurley (Royal Court), St Joan of the Stockyards by Bertolt Brecht (Bristol Old Vic), 140 Million Miles by Adam Peck (Traverse/Oran Mor/Tobacco Factory Theatres), Infinity Pool by Bea Roberts (National Tour). As Associate Director: Hetty Feather (West End & UK Tour), Macbeth (Filter Theatre). Nik is also a National Theatre Connections Director.

ABOUT THE WRITER

South West based writer Miriam Battye was shortlisted for the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting with her first play, I STARTED A FIRE. She has been a part of the Royal Court Young Writers and Invite Only Group and was part of the first BBC Drama Room cohort in 2016 and she is a writer on attachment at the Bristol Old Vic. Theatre credits include: Electricity (National Youth Theatre), Trip The Light Fantastic (Bristol Old Vic), The People (Theatre Royal Bath Ustinov), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (the egg) and Pancake Day (The Bunker). She also writes regularly for young audiences and has recently written for CBBC.