JAN 99] WARWICK ARTS CENTRE PRESS RELEASE
Blue Heart Opens At Warwick Arts Centre
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
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
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.
- 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
- 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:
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
27 Jan- 20 Feb
Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York
International Festival of the Arts, Massachusetts
Pleasance Theatre, London
INFORMATION: Paula King 01203 523804
Library Theatre, Manchester