An update from Theatre Royal Stratford East:
“In these extraordinary and anxious times, we have been in constant discussion with our staff, artists and theatre colleagues across the country.
“In view of the government’s advice yesterday afternoon (Mon 16 Mar), we have now decided to cancel all remaining performances of Frantic Assembly’s I THINK WE ARE ALONE, and to close the theatre to the public until further notice. Though this is with a heavy heart, the wellbeing of both our staff and the wider community is our biggest priority.
“Theatre Royal Stratford East is a beloved cornerstone of the local community as well as the London theatre landscape and we are determined to survive this closure and to return with gusto, with new and exciting shows to entertain you all when this is all over! If you feel able to donate to the theatre at this time, your support would mean a lot and go a long way to ensuring that we survive. We will be in touch with all ticket bookers over the coming days – please bear with us.” – Nadia Fall, Artistic Director
Frantic Assembly are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a brand new production, I Think We Are Alone by Sally Abbott, co-directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham.
I Think We Are Alone is a bitter sweet and funny take on our ache to connect with those voices we need to hear again, those arms we need to feel around us and those faces we need to see again. It is about letting go and holding on to what we love the most.
Two sisters are estranged and bicker over text. Their brittle and aggressive language is pushing them further apart when what they really want is to meet, clear the air and talk about the events that happened when they were young girls that haunt them still.
Josie is not allowing grief to get in the way. All of her focus is on what is best for her son, Manny. She desperately wants him to fly but can she let him go?
There is a person-shaped hole in Graham’s heart and it’s driving him to some dark places. When a stranger returns an act of kindness both find themselves opening up and connecting in a way that might just bring a bit of light in. There is beauty in this. This was meant to happen!
I Think We Are Alone is a delicate and uplifting play about our fragility, resilience and our need for love and forgiveness.