14 - 24 June 2018
Part of Festival of Voice 2018
National Theatre Wales’ and Quarantine’s extraordinary new show invites its audience into a conversation about language with performer Jonny Cotsen – a performance built out of a fascination with what happens when we try to talk about how to live together. It’s inspired by the theatricality of language lessons, and discussions with migrants who learn English for all kinds of reasons. For business, for pleasure, for survival, to take part, to pass the test…
This exuberant A to Z of language and identity – made in Wales, but with a global perspective – pulls pop songs apart, tears grammar to pieces and invites all the languages in the room to be heard. A joyous, intimate, provocative encounter, English asks how language shapes us all and what happens to our sense of self when we don’t really know how to say who we are.
Venue: NDCW Dance House at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 June – 7pm
17 & 23 June – 2pm
Thursday 21 June, 4pm at Wales Millennium Centre
This free conversation event offers a chance to explore the city through the eyes of our diverse population. Every day, we work out how to get along together in shops, businesses, libraries, sports grounds and on the streets. Have you ever thought about how that works? During this session, we will showcase findings from a Cardiff University research project to consider how people talk together to persuade, teach, learn, share, entertain, relax and work.
Join us on a journey through Cardiff as it is experienced by people who share languages and those who don’t. Using photographs, recordings, interviews and observations we will ask how people get along despite, or perhaps because of, their differences. We invite you to join in the conversation.
Register for a FREE place here via Eventbrite.
“Somewhere between a linguistic puzzle and a collaborative stream of consciousness, a discourse on identity and a piece of ragtag, freeform improvisation”
Andrew Dickson, The Guardian, June 2018
“When the show finished, the conversations flowed between strangers”
★★★★ Owen Richards, theartsdesk.com, June 2018
“It is Jonny’s open nature and vulnerability that makes English such an intimate and thought-provoking experience”
Taylor Edmonds, Wales Arts Review, June 2018
Interview: Quarantine: the theatre company making ordinary people part of the conversation – Lyn Gardner, The Stage, June 2018
CREDITS AND PERFORMANCE DETAILS
English is devised by the company.
Director Richard Gregory
Dramaturg Renny O’Shea
Text Sonia Hughes
Designer Simon Banham
Lighting Designer Mike Brookes
Video Designer Simon Clode
Performer Jonny Cotsen
Movement Director Jo Fong
Production Manager Greg Akehurst
Stage Manager Perla Ponce Nunez
Technician Jane Lalijee
Emerging Director Chelsey Gillard
BSL Interpreter Tony Evans
English is made by Quarantine and National Theatre Wales, in collaboration with Wales Millennium Centre and its premiere is part of Festival of Voice 2018.