Monday, 24 July 2017

Preview: Peacocks, Lobsters and Us at Stockton ARC

A romantic comedy for the Tinder generation

Peacocks, Lobsters and Us
Stockton ARC Arts Centre
Monday 31st July 2017

Steelworks Theatre Company’s world premiere of Peacocks, Lobsters & Us premiers at ARC Stockton Arts Centre on Monday 31st July before heading to the Edinburgh Festival.

Steelworks Theatre Company was founded by award-winning playwright and Hull Truck favourite Gordon Steel, writer of Like a Virgin, Dead Fish, A Kick in the Baubles and Studs. 

Steelworks’ inaugural production Grow Up Grandad, had a sell-out run at ARC, Stockton Arts Centre followed by a highly successful UK tour last year. It has since been published by Josef Weinberger. 

This is Steelworks first venture to the Edinburgh Festival.  

A Family Affair
Following her successful playwright father into the business, Director and Choreographer Rebecca Steel takes Steelworks in a new direction.  Pure serendipity has resulted in Rebecca performing in the same venue as her father, when he won a Fringe First for his first play, Dead Fish in 1993.   The C Venue, Celtic Lodge on the Royal Mile has fond memories for Rebecca who, as a small child, would leaflet her father’s show.

Dating, Mating and Dance
Explosive dance theatre with an original, quirky insight into life’s most compelling experience – Love. The mating game becomes the dating dance in this witty and charming take on boy-meets-girl. In turn comic, tragic and full of heart, we answer the questions you never dared ask: Should you have sex on the first date? When is it too soon to leave? Is it a walk of shame or a stride of pride? How smooth are your chat up lines? Who should make the first move? Does the ‘The One’ exist? We can’t promise to turn you into a femme fatale or the next Casanova, but we could show you how to dance your way out of your dating dramas.

Director Rebecca Steel has worked extensively as a performer for companies including The Cholmondeley’s and Featherstonehaugh’sSweetshop Revolution and Collision Dance Theatre. She has choreographed across the country and internationally for The Loons Theatre Company, New Zealandcreating specially commissioned original circus-dance-theatre for the Christchurch Arts Festival; recently she was movement director for ‘And Yet It Moves’ at the Young Vic.

She is currently Head of Theatre Studies at Eton College where she has directed numerous shows including Tamburlaine, Oh What a Lovely War, Tristan and YseultDeath of Salesman and Romeo and Juliet.

Peacocks, Lobsters  & Us can be seen at ARC Stockton Arts Centre on Monday 31st July at 7pm and 8:30pm and in Edinburgh 3rd-19th August at C Venues. Venue 50, C Cubed, Royal Mile at 19.55. 
This performance is priced on a Pay What You Decide basis, click here to find out more.
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