AND SUDDENLY I DISAPPEAR

THE SINGAPORE/UK ‘D’ MONOLOGUES – TOURING ENGLAND AND WALES SEPTEMBER 2018

“Victims, villains, metaphors, parodies, benefit scroungers or inspiration porn stars…. I was tired of the way disabled characters were portrayed and frustrated by the limited range of parts available for disabled and D/deaf actors, so decided to be the change I wanted to see and initiated The ‘d’ Monologues in 2009.” Kaite O’Reilly
AND SUDDENLY I DISAPPEAR: THE SINGAPORE/UK ‘D’ MONOLOGUES is the latest manifestation of the project – fictional monologues in multiple languages inspired by conversations and interviews with under-represented and overlooked disabled and D/deaf people in Singapore and across the UK.

Innovative in form, multilingual and intercultural in its nature, AND SUDDENLY I DISAPPEAR: THE SINGAPORE/UK ‘D’ MONOLOGUES is an international dialogue of what it is to be human from opposite sides of the world. A triumph after its World premiere in Singapore in May 2018, the performance comes to the UK for a limited number of performances, opening the Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre 5-6 September 2018 and touring to Oxford, Leicester and Cardiff (further dates and venues, below).

The company consists of pioneering artists exploring new theatre languages and form, with the aesthetics of access – audio description, captioning, sign language – at the very heart of the work. Poignant, provocative, with passion and sly wit, stories of difference are told live and via video in unexpected ways, reveling in all the possibilities of human variety.

The show isn’t about access, it’s about the innovative use of theatre languages – mixing visual and spoken storytelling in dynamic form, interweaving English with some Mandarin, Cantonese, Welsh and British Sign language sequences. There’s no static sign language interpreter in the corner of the stage, but live and pre-recorded sequences that tell little-known stories physically and visually, with creative captioning throughout.

The outstanding cast includes Sophie Stone (currently at The Globe in ‘Emilia’), Garry Robson (currently at The National in ‘Titus Andronicus’), Deaf visual language director/performer Ramesh Meyyappan, Welsh disability icon Sara Beer, and introducing Macsen McKay. Singapore performers Peter Sau (National Best Actor award winner) and Grace Khoo perform live, joined by other disabled Singaporeans via film and video sequence. The monologues are written by award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly and directed by Phillip Zarrilli.

And Suddenly I Disappear: The Singapore/UK ‘d’ Monologues Trailer: https://vimeo.com/272958421

2018 TOUR DATES:

SOUTHBANK CENTRE’S PURCELL ROOM (LONDON)

5 – 6 September 7.45pm [Unlimited Festival performances] www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/unlimited 

THE OLD FIRE STATION (OXFORD)

8 September 7.30pm www.oldfirestation.org.uk/whats-on 

ATTENBOROUGH ARTS CENTRE (LEICESTER)

9 September 7pm www2.le.ac.uk/hosted/attenborougharts/whatson

CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE (CARDIFF)

11 – 12 September 8pm. www.chapter.org 

THE ‘D’ MONOLOGUES PUBLICATION

– a collection of Kaite O’Reilly’s solo plays for atypical actors will be published by Oberon to coincide with the UK premiere.

OTHER LINKS:

Kaite O’Reilly in conversation with British Council Singapore: https://vimeo.com/242969844

THE STAGE:

Writer Kaite O’Reilly on The Singapore ‘d’ Monologues: ‘It’s like the Vagina Monologues for the deaf and disabled’ https://www.thestage.co.uk/features/2017/writer-kaite-oreilly-on-singapore-d-monologues/

AND SUDDENLY I DISAPPEAR: THE SINGAPORE ‘D’ MONOLOGUES is commissioned and supported by Unlimited, with funding from Arts Council of Wales and British Council.

Kaite O’Reilly

AND SUDDENLY I DISAPPEAR: the Singapore-UK ‘d’ Monologues

Kaite O’Reilly’s Unlimited International Commission

Produced in the UK by The Llanarth Group

Chapter, Cardiff

September 11th and 12th

8pm

A multilingual, intercultural theatre project, a creative dialogue between UK and Singapore-based artists in an exploration of what it is to be human on opposite sides of the world. Supported by an Unlimited International commission, O’Reilly’s fictionalised monologues shed light on the lived experience of being Deaf or disabled in both the UK and Singapore, and the public perceptions, social attitudes, national agendas as well as misconceptions, stigmas and barriers that empower and/or disempower the individual.  A poignant, powerful, humorous, and philosophical celebration of ‘the atypical’, showcasing stories previously unshared.

This accessible performance includes an ensemble cast of seven outstanding performers from the UK/Singapore, a visually striking set of short pre-recorded videos, visual theatre sequences and a stimulating soundscape. It uses the aesthetics of access, including creative captioning and integrated audio description.

Tickets: £12/£10 

Box Office:  029 2030 4400 

To book tickets please go here

Age 13+ 

Chwarae Teg

Womenspire Awards 2018

We are delighted that our Patron, Kaite O’Reilly, has won the Creative Award at this year’s Chwarae Teg Womenspire Awards.

The following is a description of the category –

“The creative sector is increasingly important to not only the Welsh culture but the Welsh economy. This award will be given to a woman who personifies the best of the sector; pushing the boundaries through creativity and putting Wales on the map. They use their position and skills to support and encourage other women to be represented across all creative platforms.”

Kaite has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for women in the arts over many years, as a playwright, mentor and disability arts activist. We send her our warmest congratulations for the recognition she deserves.

Unlimited

Announcing the New Unlimited Commissions…!

unlimited logoA performance exploring female desire, sexuality and neoliberalism, a roving installation celebrating mind-wandering and magic carpets, the formation of a House of disabled Vogue ball performers, and a dance between two bodies of air feature amongst our arts-commissioning programme Unlimited’s 24 incredible new commissions and awards, with over £945,000 going directly to making these ambitious artworks happen.

DAC are delighted that their Patron, Kaite O’Reilly, has been awarded an Unlimited International Commission to create the Singapore ‘d’ monologues with Ramesh Meyyappan, Peter Sau, Grace Khoo, Lim Lee Lee, Sara Beer and director Phillip Zarrilli. Kaite said – 

“The Singapore ‘d’ Monologues is an international theatrical dialogue of difference, disability, and what it is to be human, from opposite sides of the world. Inspired by previously unrecorded disabled experience, fictionalised monologues will be precedented across multiple languages (spoken/projected/visual), incorporating aesthetics of access. This performance will set an important precedent: the first multilingual, intercultural, disability-led theatre project created between the UK and Singapore.”

Congratulations also go to Chloe Clarke for her theatre piece, ‘The Importance of Being Described – Earnestly’; Lloyd Coleman and the Paraorchestra and artist Rachel Gadsden.

Click here to read the full announcement!

Llanarth Group

Told By The Wind

told-11-bannerCo-Creators: Kaite O’Reilly

Jo Shapland , Phillip Zarrilli

Performers: Jo Shapland, Phillip Zarrilli

 

Told by the Wind is a performance of movement and text that ‘dances’ an inner landscape and invites the audience to enter an imaginative space of possibilities. Critics have described the performance as ‘hypnotic’, ‘contemplative’, ‘mesmerising,’ and ‘hauntingly poetic’.

 

Told by the Wind previewed at the Evora Portugese festival, premiered in the UK, and has toured internationally to Berlin, Chicago, Poland, and most recently Tokyo. The show was co-created by an interdisciplinary team of artists working internationally including award-winning playwright/dramaturg Kaite O’Reilly (Ted Hughes Award for New Works of Poetry for The Persians with National Theatre Wales), Jo Shapland (dancer/ choreographer/performance-maker) and performer Phillip Zarrilli (Artistic Director/Llanarth Group).

 

Small World Theatre, Bath House Road, Cardigan SA43 1JY

Sunday

October 9th  at 3pm

doors open 2.30pm

01239 615 952

http://smallworld.org.uk/events/category/live-events/

 

Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Wednesday 12th October 7.30pm

Thursday 13th October 7.30pm

029 2030 4400

http://www.chapter.org/told-wind

 

Unfortunately the lift at Chapter is currently not working, they have posted this message on their website:

 

Our lift is currently out of service and will be back in working order by Fri 28 Oct. Until that time, access to the first floor and the Seligman Theatre is via the stairs only. If you, or one of your party, is unable to use the stairs, we would advise you not to book for performances in the Seligman Theatre during this period. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Cosy – 8th to12th March – WMC

Cosy-main“It’s like I’ve disappeared. I walk down the road and throw no shadow.”
“That’s what getting older does for you.”

Rose wants an exit plan that is bold and invigorating, but her three warring daughters have other ideas. We all have to die, but what makes a good death? Everyone seems to have an opinion, Rose’s three daughters, her precocious granddaughter and even the strange woman taking refuge in the garden.

Cosy is a darkly comedic look at the joys and humiliations of getting older and how we shuffle off this mortal coil. Written by award-winning writer Kaite O’Reilly, it tackles head-on our obsession with eternal youth, and asks whose life (or death) is it, anyway?

Click HERE to buy tickets

cosytheplay.co.uk