theatre can happen anywhere
Brighton-based company, Move to Stand, bring the award-winning The Collision of Things to us on the 23rd and 24th of July. The show, which will tour before hitting Edinburgh Festival Fringe in late July, is directed by Ben Kidd (The Shawl, Young Vic) and features actor Martin Bonger, who is Artistic Director of Move to Stand.
Martin Bonger trained at the Lecoq school in Paris, and has been working with the Nightingale for some time. He originally came to our spaces as a performer with The Plasticine Men, whose show Keepers was developed and first shared at the Nightingale. Martin performed in Keepers, which gained national coverage during a run at the Pleasance in Edinburgh in 2010, and later went on the road in a wide-ranging UK tour.
We have since been able to offer Move to Stand support and development space for The Collision of Things, in which the international cast has drawn on their own experiences to create a moving and compelling new show about an unlikely friendship. Appealing to fans of physical theatre and great storytelling alike, this is an exploration of the lives we lead in modern cities, as a young couple and their lodger learn what it means to come home.
Performing alongside Martin is Richard Kiess who starred in international hit Lost in the Wind for Lost Spectacles, and has toured extensively with Blunderbus Theatre Company, and completing the cast is Merce Ribot, who recently came to the Nightingale with the physical theatre piece You and Me. Performed with her co-director Patricia Rodriguez, under their company name Little Soldier Productions, this touching and extremely well-received exploration of sisterhood in later life was a highlight of our Brighton Fringe programme in May 2013. Director Ben Kidd recently directed David Mamet’s The Shawl at the Young Vic after being awarded the Genesis Future Directors Award. He has also worked at The National Theatre, the Globe, the Royal Court and Project Arts Centre, Dublin.
The Collision of Things received rave reviews and was awarded the Best of BE Touring Prize when it appeared at Birmingham’s highly acclaimed BE Festival, which is fast becoming a hotbed for uncovering up-and-coming talent.
The Collision of Things will be at the Nightingale on the 23rd and 24th July at 7.30pm. Tickets are available online.