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_THE FACTION SOLOS

A series of solo shows adapted from classic drama and literature. This is a major project in our commitment to developing new ways to bring new writing and the classics together and interrogate our ensemble practice.


In September 2014 The Faction premiered a season of classic solo shows that comprised of three triple bills running in rep under the name REPTEMBER at New Diorama Theatre. This pioneering project saw some of the most daring names from world literature celebrated through the voices of our most exciting emerging writers. These unique plays proved so popular with our audiences we reproduced them in January 2016 at New Diorama and  Wiltons Music Hall under the name TRANSFORMATIONS. These shows are available for touring at different points in the year.
 


_THE PLAYS

Directed by Rachel Valentine Smith or Mark Leipacher


AN ARAB WOMAN SPEAKS

by Dario Fo and Franca Rame

Originally created with and performed by Sahar Assaf

BORKMANN

by Ibsen adapted by Mark Leipacher

Originally created with and performed by Alexander Guiney

DUENDE

a lecture by Lorca newly devised by Kate Sawyer and Rachel Valentine Smith

Originally created with and performed by Kate Sawyer

DOGS DIALOGUE

by Cervantes in a new version by Gareth Jandrell

Originally created with and performed by Natasha Rickman


FAUST

by Goethe in a new version by Gareth Jandrell

originally created with and performed by Cary Crankson

recreated with and performed by Christopher Hughes

JOAN OF ARC

by Schiller specially adapted by Mark Leipacher*

Originally created with and performed by Kate Sawyer

*This adaptation comes from our full company 2015 production

 

THE MAN WITH THE FLOWER IN HIS MOUTH

by Pirandello adapted by Mark Leipacher

Originally created with and performed by Lachlan McCall

 

MEDEA/WORN

by Euripides in a new version by Emily Juniper

Originally created with and performed by Anna Maria Nabirye*
*an early version was originally performed by Sakuntala Ramanee

 

METAMORPHOSIS

by Kafka in a new version by Gareth Jandrell

Originally created with and performed by Tom Radford

MY LAST DUCHESS

after Browning's poem in a new version by Jessica Siân

Originally created with and performed by Amelia Donkor

PROMETHEUS
by Aeschylus in a new version by Will Gore
originally created with and performed by Mark Leipacher

 

OFF WESTEND TBC AWARD NOMINATION (for projects outside of categorisation)

OFF WESTEND AWARD NOMINATION MOST PROMISING PLAYWRIGHT Emily Juniper
OFF WESTEND AWARD NOMINATION BEST PERFORMANCE (MALE) Tom Radford

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'A TWISTED TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY EDGE'

PLAYS TO SEE ★★★★★

'AN IMPORTANT EVENT FOR THEATRE  LOVERS AS IT NOT ONLY EXPOSES THE WORKS OF GREAT FAMOUS WRITERS, BUT ALLOWS NEW WRITING TALENT INTERPRETING THESE AND LINKING THEM TO A TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY WORLD. THE STORYTELLING IS CLEARLY DRIVEN BY PASSION AND THE FACTION’S EYE FOR DETAIL IN TEXT AND AESTHETICS MAKES THIS EVENT SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO CATCH'
A YOUNGER THEATRE

'STAGED WITH CLARITY, INTIMACY AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING AESTHETICS'

BROADWAYWORLD ★★★★

'INGENIOUSLY CONCEIVED AND COMES AS A MARVELOUS SURPRISE. SUFFICE TO SAY, IT DEMANDS AN EXPRESSIVELY PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE FROM SAWYER AND SHE FULLY DELIVERS, VIVIDLY ENTERTAINING BUT WITH A TRAGICOMIC NOTE THAT BLOOMS BEAUTIFULLY LATE ON. LORCA MAY NOT HAVE REFERENCED PENÉLOPE CRUZ, SIMON COWELL OR NICK CAVE DIRECTLY IN HIS WORK BUT THE UPDATING IS BEAUTIFULLY DONE AND MAKES GREAT ARTISTIC SENSE...

OUT TO BE CLOWNS ON DUENDE

'NATASHA RICKMAN’S SPELLBINDING AND BRAVE PERFORMANCE

A YOUNGER THEATRE ON DOGS DIALOGUE

'​TRANSFIXING THE AUDIENCE WITH A BLISTERING INTENSITY THAT IS HARD TO IGNORE'

OUT TO BE CLOWNS ON FAUST

CHRISTOPHER HUGHES’ MEPHISTOPHELES IS A TOUR DE FORCE, AN INCREDIBLE PIECE OF ACTING THAT FEELS UTTERLY ORGANIC
PLAYS TO SEE ON FAUST

STEPHEN JOSEPH THEATRE ASSOCIATE ENSEMBLE
PETER BROOK EQUITY ENSEMBLE AWARD WINNERS
OFF WESTEND BEST ENSEMBLE AWARD WINNERS

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