Harlow Playhouse: Diverse array of local talent celebrated on-line in Voice Box series


WEST End producer APL Theatre has teamed up with Witham based creative composers At Swefn’s Edge to present an online series celebrating a diverse collection of work from East-Anglian based performers, writers and creatives. The Harlow Playhouse will host the pre-recorded content via their website and will be live-streamed across four consecutive evenings from 8 – 11 December 2020.

Executive Producer at APL Theatre, Antony Stuart-Hicks said “ We have all wanted to join creative forces on a project and create a platform for talent of any age or experience based in the East-Anglian region to showcase their work across comedy, drama, audio/visual presentations, dance, children’s storytelling, and music. Freelancers throughout the theatre industry have suffered devastating losses and a dead-stop in opportunities to perform due to Covid-19. We need to celebrate their talents, their value – Voice Box is a response to that need.”

Each 45-minute episode has a varied programme of events, all of which interpret the theme “on-the-edge” and can be viewed online from the comfort of your own home. Kate Millner from At Swefn’s Edge explained that “putting an overall theme to the pieces allowed the artists to interpret that theme in their own unique and valid way, plus it is totally appropriate for the way 2020 has made a lot of people feel.”

Artists featured in the series include Spinning Yarn’s storyteller, Hannah Brailsford from Southend-on-Sea who delivers her adaptation of Aesop’s tale ‘The Fox & The Crow’, award-winning Colchester based playwright Nicola Werenowska’s one-man short play ‘Cash!’ is a close-up, electric drama that puts the audience’s perceptions and prejudices to the limit. Fans of epic theatre can enjoy a reimagined excerpt from Brecht’s ‘The Jewish Wife’ featuring Charlotte Luxford and Ben Jacobson and directed by multi-award-winning director Jamie Weston whose recent film ‘Wings’ starring Miriam Margolyes will air on Channel 4 in November. Comedy can be found in abundance with lashing of laughter across the episodes including chaotic comedy cabaret, The Dots.

Voice Box features 25 artists across four episodes with one purpose – to show you how much talent the region has to offer. Tickets are £6.50 for each episode or you can buy a VOICEBOX Festival pass for £18.50 giving you access to all 4 episodes and can be purchased from harlowplayhouse.co.uk

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