Cardiff’s pub theatre The Other Room, located in Porter’s, has opened its second season (entitled ‘Blue Sky’) with new play Blud, written by Wales Drama Award winner 2014 Kelly Jones. Blud has had great reviews, and is still running at The Other Room until Friday 18 September. It’s even been featured in the Guardian’s Top Ten Tickets this week! (Get your tickets here)
Blud is a co-production between The Other Room and otherMother, a new Welsh, all female theatre company set up by producer Olivia Harris, director Anna Poole and playwright Kelly Jones. The play is a powerful and authentic exploration of the call for war in a town defined by football. Artistic Director of The Other Room Kate Wasserberg comments:
“When I first read Blud, a play about those girls who are left behind and desperate to belong, it broke my heart a little – and made me laugh out loud. Never allowing her characters to become victims, Kelly tempers the violence and vulnerability of these girls with a celebration of their courage, humour, loyalty and the wild passions of their imagination. It is work like this that has the power to inspire the next generation of audiences, of theatre makers and all of us – to make the world a little better. otherMother is a company of brilliant women with big ideas and I could not be more proud that their very first show will be at The Other Room.”
Playwright Kelly Jones comments:
“For me Blud feels very much like a play about the town where I’m from (Dagenham). It tells the story of an area once rich in industry but now struggling, left a wasteland with no opportunities or hope. The inspiration for the play came from my love of football and an article I read about a female football firm in the 1980s who claimed they were fighting for the working class under Thatcher’s government. The process of writing the play has been exciting and involved myself studying the art of football tactics and war strategy, which feeds in to the internal structure of the play.”
Blud is the opening production of The Other Room’s second season ‘Blue Sky’, which also features Your Room (Mon 5 October – Sat 14 November), six weeks where hundreds of local artists will be invited to make work in the theatre with scratch performances, masterclasses and pop up events, and a Christmas production Alix in Wundergarten (Tue 1 – Sat 19 December), from resident company difficult|stage.
The season underlines The Other Room’s ambition to be a new, exciting and innovative voice within the cultural landscape of Cardiff. Artistic Director Kate Wasserberg explains:
“The idea behind ‘Blue Sky’ is simple. We are throwing open the doors and inviting the artists of Wales in. The sheer range of this season is thrilling, as we flood our little stage with hundreds of voices from this brilliant city. This is what The Other Room was made for, and we are very proud to be a home to the artists of the future.”
The Other Room’s second season will also feature various ‘TOR Presents’ events, including creative team members in conversation, guest speakers and cast talkbacks.
Tickets for Blud are available NOW from www.otherroomtheatre.com.
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