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[11 JAN 99] WARWICK ARTS CENTRE PRESS RELEASE
Blue Heart Opens At Warwick Arts Centre

The new tour of Caryl Churchill's Blue Heart opens at Warwick Arts Centre for three performances only from Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 January prior to its limited New York and London seasons.

"watching Blue Heart is a captivating, heady pleasure ... The play of the year"

The Independent

The production stunned audiences and critics alike when it played on an extensive national and international tour, winning the Barclays Award for Best Touring Production 1998. It is the same production, with all but one of the previous cast, that comes to Coventry.

Blue Heart is made up of two short plays each about family disruption and reunion from one of Britain's most inventive playwrights.

In the first play, Heart's Desire, a family is waiting for the return from Australia of a long absent daughter. As they wait, improbable secrets are revealed and long-held hostilities aired. In Blue Kettle, Derek (for reasons best known to himself) collects mothers, pretending to be the illegitimate son they gave up for adoption in the '50s.

Blue Heart claims a quality cast of RSC/RNT and Royal Court regulars and includes Anna Wing, (best known as Lou Beale in Eastenders) and Doreen Mantle (Mrs Warboys in One Foot in the Grave). A Warwick University student, Natalia Fernandez plays the part of a young Australian in Heart's Desire alongside a rampaging horde of children from local schools.

Tickets available from Warwick Arts Centre Box Office on Coventry (01203) 524524.

NOTES

  • Caryl Churchill and Max Stafford-Clark have collaborated many times over the past twenty years on the first ever production of now internationally recognised modem classics such as Light Shining in Buckinghamshire; Cloud Nine; Top Girls and Serious Money. Blue Heart continues this celebrated artistic partnership.
  • Dedicated to new writing Out Of Joint has gained a national and international reputation for its work and in 1997 won the prestigious Prudential Award for Theatre.
  • The production is directed by Max Stafford-Clark with design by Julian McGowan, lighting by Johanna Town, and sound by Paul Arditti.
  • Cast includes: Gabrielle Blunt, Bernard Gallagher, Mary MacLeod, Doreen Mantle, Pearce Quigley, Sally Rodgers, June Watson, Anna Wing.
  • The production was originally co-produced by Out of Joint and the Royal Court Theatre.

BLUE HEART TOUR 1999:

21-23 Jan
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

27 Jan- 20 Feb
Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York

23-28 February
International Festival of the Arts, Massachusetts

3-20 March
Pleasance Theatre, London

23-27 March
Library Theatre, Manchester

MORE INFORMATION: Paula King 01203 523804
  

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