Every One marks Chris Goode & Company’s first venture into presenting work authored by a playwright other than Chris himself: it is an ambitious full-length play by associate artist Jo Clifford, which received its first – and, until now, only – production at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh in 2010.
Out of the detail of ordinary lives, Jo creates a universe that is lyrical, tender, extravagant and wonderful. Her experience as a trans woman, and as an indomitable survivor of critical illness and bereavement, shines through the work, creating an audience experience that is completely direct and accessible but also utterly unique, innovative and full of mystery.
Despite ecstatic five-star reviews and euphoric audience response, the play has never been seen in England.
“Mary is a mother of two whose sudden death leaves her husband and children struggling to find the order they had previously sought in Latin verbs, video games and fashion design. Journeying with Death towards heaven, Mary reflects on her life in a discussion that ranges from the futility of ironing to the Holocaust and the greed underpinning global warming.”
The Guardian *****
2 - 19 March 2016
Battersea Arts Centre
London SW11 5TN
Chris Goode’s newest publication The Forest and the Field is a polemical thinking-through of the whole concept of theatre as a ‘space’, and a politically motivated exploration of how, and where, that theatrical space meets the real world that surrounds and suffuses it. Available on Unbound