whatever a moon has always meant

Currently in development with Sodid Svid, whatever a moon has always meant is a monologue written by Salka Gudmundsdottir and directed/co-produced by Graeme Maley.

In 1988, 7 year old Lena is going camping, armed with a treasure map, a fake moustache, her walkman and a stolen Smiths tape. Dad is crying in the driver’s seat. Mum isn’t coming. It’s raining already and the engine’s making an ominous sound. Twenty-five years later, Lena remembers the weekend that changed her understanding of her family and the world of adults. Mixing black humour with a keen sense of the child’s perspective, this monologue explores questions of identity, shame and acceptance.
Coming in 2015.

Mizzle Rock in Gdansk

Our very own Salka Gudmundsdottir was in Gdansk recently for a rehearsed reading of her play, Mizzle Rock (Mżawka Górna), directed by Wojtek Zrałek-Kossakowski who made use of innovative soundscapes and audio. Gdansk’s excellent Teatr Miniatura hosted a vibrant programme of events presenting Icelandic culture to celebrate co-operation between the theatre and Icelandic artists. The performance of Mizzle Rock was followed by a discussion on Icelandic playwriting and attended by a full house of enthusiastic theatre-goers and local artists. Click here for a colourful photo report of the events and to explore the ambitious work of Teatr Miniatura.

**** in the Herald

Our Breaker team got a lovely wee boost this morning for those last few performances; theatre critic Neil Cooper has plenty of praise for Breaker in today’s Herald and describes the show as a “haunting meditation on how ancient stories can bring some kind of redemption in the modern world”. Four stars from Cooper!

You still have a few days to catch Isabelle Joss and Iain Robertson in Breaker if you haven’t been yet. The show closes on the 25th of August after a thoroughly delightful Fringe run, thanks not least to our excellent stage manager, Chris Gillies, and the wonderful Underbelly team. Book through the Fringe website or get yourselves down to Underbelly Cowgate for tickets on the door!

Fringe Madness!

So now we’re halfway through the Edinburgh Fringe, and it’s been a glorious one so far. “Breaker”, directed by Graeme Maley and starring the wonderful Isabelle Joss and Iain Richardson, is playing at Underbelly Cowgate throughout the festival and so far we’ve had appreciative audiences, four star reviews and a very warm reception from the Underbelly gang. Great crowds at the venue and the atmosphere is top notch!

Still just over 10 days to catch the show, go to the Fringe website to book tickets.

Breaker Coming Soon to Edinburgh

We’re delighted to announce that Isabelle Joss and Iain Robertson will be appearing in Breaker at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013, directed by Graeme Maley who has directed and developed the play since its first incarnation at Oran Mor last year.

Isabelle Joss trained at the RSAMD and has recently been appearing in GREAT EXPECTATIONS directed by Graham McLaren. Other recent theatre credits include TAKE ME IF YOU NEED ME at the Oran Mor, SCROOGE at the Cottiers Theartre, MEN SHOULD WEEP directed by Josie Rourke at the National Theatre and GILT directed by Zinnie Harris for 7:84. She appeared in a season at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre where she was awarded the Leon Sinden Award for Best Supporting Actress in Liz Lochead’s GOOD THINGS. Isabelle’s TV credits include LIFE OF RILEY for BBC, DEAR GREEN PLACE for BBC1 Scotland, TAGGART for SMG, THE BILL, KITCHEN directed by Kieran Walsh for Ecosse/Channel 5 and the BBC2 comedy FEEL THE FORCE. Film includes THE ACID HOUSE and AMERICAN COUSINS.

BAFTA winner Iain Robertson has worked extensively in theatre, film, television and radio. Theatre credits include The Mysteries for Bill Bryden and The Winter’s Tale for Nicholas Hytner, both at The Royal National Theatre.  He received an Ian Charleson Award for his Trinculo in Michael Grandage’s production of The Tempest. Star of the cult Glasgow gang film Small Faces, Iain is also well known for his work in The Debt Collector alongside Billy Connolly, Sea of Souls with Bill Paterson and Dawn Steele, Steven Spielberg’s Band of Brothers and more recently as Gash in the cult British comedy Rab C. Nesbitt.

Tickets for the Fringe are now up available, get your Breaker tickets today!

An Award for Breaker

We would like to say a massive thank-you to everyone who came to see Breaker at the Adelaide Fringe. After an exciting, intense and very rewarding 4 week run at Holden Street Theatres we wistfully said goodbye to Adelaide and the Land Down Under. The final night of the Fringe was the icing on the cake since we received the much-coveted Underbelly Edinburgh Award (pictured: cast members Finn den Hertog and Hannah Donaldson with Underbelly’s Stephen Makin) from one of the top venues at the Edinburgh Fringe. It’s an absolute delight for us to see the show go on to new pastures. Stay tuned for more Edinburgh news!

A Weekly Award from the Fringe!

Breaker is still in full swing at Holden Street Theatres and running until the end of the Adelaide Fringe, March 17th, when we pack up our bags and return to cooler climates. We’ve been having a grand old time but the most exciting news are probably that we won an award last Thursday night for our production. We received the Week Three Weekly Award for Theatre. Check out the details and full list of winners here.

With love from Adelaide

To sum up the reaction to Breaker at Adelaide Fringe thus far:

**** Kryztoff RAW: Another high-quality production at Holden Street, which offers strong performances, interesting subject matter and an opportunity to think, feel and contemplate.

**** AdelaideNow: Hannah Donaldson and Finn den Hertog give excellent performances

****1/2 Adelaide Theatre Guide: This poetic, dark tale of legend and loss is well worth putting on your list of Fringe productions to see!

****1/2 TalkFringe rating

TalkFringe users have said:
“Greatly enjoyed the play, the characters and the acting.”
“An amazing linguistic feast that transports you to another place filled with events tearing a small community apart. Wonderful!”
“Breaker is a beautiful journey which takes you to another place. I highly recommend this amazing production.”

Fantastic reviews in Adelaide

We’ve now been performing our latest show Breaker at Holden Street Theatres since Feb. 15th and we’re having a grand old time at the Adelaide Fringe. Reviews are coming in thick and fast, Kryztoff Mag gave us a **** review, saying: “This is another high-quality production at Holden Street, which offers strong performances, interesting subject matter and an opportunity to think, feel and contemplate.” Jake Orr from A Younger Theatre describes it as a “piece of chilling storytelling” and Adelaide Theatre Guide gives us a whopping great ****1/2 stars.

So get your Breaker tickets now, folks – get onto Holden Street Theatres’ website or the Adelaide Fringe site!

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Breaker in Adelaide!

Our cast + director Graeme Maley + writer Salka Gudmundsdottir have arrived in sunny Adelaide in South Australia and are up and running after recovering from the surreal time difference and long journey. Today we attended the Holden Street Theatres Media Day and met some of our fellow performers as well as members of the local media. The programme at Holden Street is looking great so do check out the other shows this Fringe season. The weather is warm and sunny as expected, with temperatures due to rise and possibly some thunder and lightning coming our way … nothing we can’t handle though! We’re busy rehearsing and finalising all our arrangements before we open on Friday at 6.30pm.