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Under the Bed
September 19, 2016 - October 6, 2016
Designed by Hannah Sibai
Produced by 154 Collective
Under the Bed – UK tour from 19th September 2016
When Alice is stolen away in the middlof the night by her mum she has no idea what is happening. Scared, confused and angry, Alice finds herself in a strange house, forbidden to leave, arguing with her mum during the day and hiding under her covers from the strange noises at night. Told using performance, live music, animation and film, Under the Bed is a compelling new play about childhood trauma and what happens when nightmares are indistinguishable from reality.
Under the Bed began life as an Art Exhibition, commissioned by Leeds Central Library, exploring the origins of fairytales. Writer, Dan Mallaghan and Artist Fabric Lenny were then awarded funding to publish an illustrated storybook – based upon the exhibition – creating a new, modern, fairytale.
This theatre production has been devised by the Performers and the Creative Team, collectively; using the storybook as inspiration and working alongside experts in fairytales and childhood trauma. Under the Bed was originally commissioned by Theatre in the Mill, Bradford and ARC, Stockton and has received further support and funding from Arts Council, England, Bradford Council and The Civic, Barnsley.
Mon 19 Sept – Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Tue 20 Sept – Saltburn Arts Centre
Thur 22 Sept – Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
Fri 23 Sept – Alnwick Playhouse
Wed 28 Sept – Hartlepool Town Hall
Thur 29 Sept – ARC Stockton
Sat 1 Oct – Seaton Delaval Arts Centre
Tue 4 Oct – Customs House, South Shields
Thur 6 Oct – Arts Centre Washington