16/06/19 SCREAM QUEER MURDER
We are delighted to announce that Scream Queer Murder has been programmed in the world renowned International Agatha Christie Festival in Torbay in September. We shall be performing in Paignton where she lived on her birthday – September 15th – the date around which this bi-ennial festival is curated. We would like to thank Director James Tyson for his faith in this new show and look forward to working with him and the Lucky Seven Club to make this a spectacular event!
05/07/18 HANDEL”S CROSS
Five years after it’s premiere we are in discussion to revive Handels’ Cross for a tour in the United Kingdom and Spain.
Handel’s Cross Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow ****
JAY RICHARDSON 17 October 2013
Doubtless a sensuous man, to judge by contemporary references to his weight and the passion-stirring splendour of his music, George Friedric Handel’s sexuality has long been a subject of conjecture, with the composer claiming that he only had time for music. So writer Martin Lewton and director Andrew McKinnon of Theatre North have filled this void of speculation with a sado-masochistic fantasy that sublimates physical titillation and suffering to the agony and joy of creation.
Set against a backdrop of Christian propriety, Lewton strips naked, before being bound to a St Andrew’s cross. Aligning his own painful process with that of The Messiah’s creator, he imagines the premier of Handel’s The Choice of Hercules in 1751, with 66-year-old “Fat Handel” (bizarrely replete with a Yorkshire accent) lusting after the production’s lead, 22-year-old castrato Gaetano Guadagni. As Lewton shares his graphic, fevered narrative, McKinnon variously scalds him with hot wax, force feeds him, fixes clamps to his nipples, douses him in scent and whips his chest and penis.
So, not always an easy watch, but one which does leave scope for the imagination, with both possessed pursuer and manipulative quarry brought vividly to life. McKinnon’s silent dutifulness under Lewton’s pre-arranged instruction only further blurs the boundaries of discipline, suppression and homoerotic energy bound up with the Christian trappings, punctuated with glorious bursts of Handel’s oeuvre.
26/06/18 QUEER BODIES
Our new work is currently interrogating the queer body.Following Queer Nights and the discussion that followed it at Birkbeck in January and a performance in Sitges Barcelona in June, both of which built on our previous show Cock commissioned by the Brighton Festival we plan a UK tour next year.
07/02/18 BILLY BUDD SAILOR
Plans are well underway to perform Billy Budd Sailor at the 2018 ¡Barcelona Solo! International Festival of Solo Performance. It will be performed in the bathroom of a private house in Barcelona, similar to its original production in Brighton UK where it won the main prize in the 2011 Brighton Festival.
18/05/15 BIRKBECK ARTS WEEK
Thursday 21 May
Performance begins 1800
Room G10, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD
CODES OF CONDUCT
Andrew McKinnon (Birkbeck) and Martin Lewton (Theatre North) return to Birkbeck Arts Week to perform two short performance pieces (referencing gay life and gay cultures) that have been further developed by Lewton and McKinnon from recently commissioned projects.
COCK originally commissioned by Brighton Festival.
CODE OF CONDUCT originally commissioned by The Point Eastleigh.
The performance will last about forty-five minutes and will be followed by a chance to meet the artists and discuss the making of the work. Total duration of event – seventy-five minutes approx.
ADMISSION FREE – ADULTS ONLY
Bookings – bbk.ac.uk/artsweek
20/03/15 GUARDIAN/BIRKBECK BOOK SALON
Martin Lewton will be reading from Quentin Crisp’s THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT during the first Birkbeck Book Salon at the Guardian on Thursday 26 March.
12/02/15 MIRANDO CHOSEN FOR BRIGHTON FRINGE WINDOW SHOWCASE
We are proud to announce that MIRANDO has been chosen by a panel of judges to be part of this year’s Brighton Fringe Arts Industry Showcase. Performances in Brighton 1st – 10th May go on sale later this month
30/10/14 PRAISE FOR MIRANDO
Audiences in London, Brighton and Barcelona have been enthusiastic about our latest show. In Clapham, Theatre Director Marie McCarthy was excited by the project as were the trustees and staff of New Writing South who attended in Brighton. MIRANDO was performed outside in Sitges, Barcelona leading Max Reuben, Director of Acting at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona to write : “I loved it… and the moon came out as Ariel was released!”
09/09/14 MIRANDO SHOWINGS
MIRANDO will be performed to an invited audience at Omnibus Clapham on Tuesday 30th September and the Marlborough Theatre Brighton on Tuesday 14th October. The performance last 70 minutes and will be followed by an informal discussion over a glass of wine. If you have not received your invitation and would like to attend please email our producer firstname.lastname@example.org. A showing in Manchester is currently being arranged.
24/05/14 MIRANDO AT BIRKBECK
Our latest project MIRANDO – a queer imagining of Shakespeare’s TEMPEST was premiered at as part of Birkbeck Arts Week last week. An audience of industry professionals, academics, students and the general public saw the first performance billed as a work in progress and discussed it with the creative team over a glass of wine. The response was universally positive and we were encouraged to continue work on the show with a view to touring it.
18/10/13 HANDEL’S CROSS TRIUMPHS AT GLASGAY!
The first “work in progress” performance of our latest project is to be performed at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth as part of their In The Flesh Programme at the beginning of December. More details to follow
BILLY BUDD SAILOR AT GLASGAY!
Billy Budd Sailor is to be performed at the Glasgay Festival -Scotland’s annual festival of queer culture. Ten performances are to be given in a bath in a bathroom in the Brunswick Hotel in central Glasgow from November 1st to 4th 2011. Booking now open http://www.glasgay.co.uk/event/id/557
Limited availability – book now!
Theatre North announces its latest project
Following our success with Billy Budd Sailor in Brighton Theatre North’s associate producers Sophie Larsman and Sarah Clews are now actively seeking venues for a tour around the UK in Spring 2012. In addition we are in discussions with several gay theatre festivals about performing in the autumn.
Last month we worked with sound designer Tom Gibbons at the Marlborough Theatre to fit the soundscape he has been working on to the text of Billy Budd Sailor. Tom, who has recently been working with Southwark Playhouse and Paines Plough, has come up with some ingenious sounds to add to the production