Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring.
13 & 14 May 2017, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, UK
“The person performing in front of you is dying in front of your eyes, as I am dying now. That’s literally true, invisibly so. But if you are sufficiently patient, you will see it…”
- Herbert Blau
Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring is an extraordinary quartet about living, dying and our relationship with time.
Comprising three live performances and a film, Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. is a 7-hour marathon event where audience and performers merge in a piece of mass portraiture that’s fragile, frequently funny, often moving, always human.
- Summer. looks at this very moment – dozens of people on stage, responding to questions and instructions they’ve never seen before. Summer. premiered to sell-out audiences in a Salford warehouse in June 2014. In 2016, Summer. featured 45 performers ranging in age from 7 months to their early eighties, most of whom had never been on stage before.
- Autumn. is an interval between Summer. and Winter. Like a theatre interval – but almost 2 hours long and full of conversation, expert voices, explorations of the past and predictions for the future. It invites its audience to reflect on our place in history – and, of course, offers them refreshment.
- A delicate portrait of an individual at the end of a life, Winter. is a film made by Daniel Saul and Rachel Davies.
- Spring. features a group of women at various stages of pregnancy. It closes the quartet with a piece asking questions about hope and the future and celebrates the potential of new life. How do we want the world to be?
★★★★★ The Skinny, 2016
★★★★ The Stage, 2016
There is in this a governing spirit of tenderness and generosity that lifts the event above the workaday…
The Guardian, 2016
“Tonight and tomorrow the show will be different. Because that’s how life is….”
★★★★ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian on Summer 2014
Old Granada Studios, Manchester | 22 – 26 March, 2 & 3 April 2016
"Quarantine has created something genuinely special with this show. Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. is a high watermark in the history of a remarkable theatre company" The Skinny 2016 [Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring.]