Theatre Preview: The Marked @ Tobacco Factory Theatres
by Polly Hember
“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned” Maya Angelou
Theatre Témoin’s The Marked has arrived in Bristol after a 5-star success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year and an acclaimed run at London’s Ovalhouse, on a regional tour to areas of the UK most affected by homelessness.
The play delves into the tense and wreaking links between childhood trauma and homelessness in adulthood. Following the story of Jack, who grew up in a fantastical play-world of monsters and invisible guardians, he now finds himself on the streets in London in a far more dangerous land. When a ghost from his past turns up, Jack must harness the power of forgotten myths to save himself and the ones he loves. Using masks, puppetry and physical theatre, The Marked exposes vivid psychological kaleidoscope of memory, pain and healing.
In 2016, Government street counts estimated about 4134 homeless people sleeping rough on the streets on any one night across the UK. Since 2010, homelessness has increased by 55%. With ongoing cuts to services, this trend is expected to rise and continue. Theatre Témoin actualises the voices of the most vulnerable in our communities on stage.
The Marked was developed alongside community consultants from St. Mungo’s Recovery College and Cardboard Citizens, who participated in Mask Theatre workshops delivered with the support of Big Lottery’s Awards for All Scheme.
“While researching The Marked and listening to the stories of people experiencing homelessness, it became increasingly clear to me that for some people fantastical beliefs are a matter of urgency,of vital necessity. When you have lived through powerful experiences, you need an equally powerful language and framework to describe those experiences”
– Ailin Conant, Theatre Témoin’s Devising Director
★★★★★ “A rollercoaster ride that pulls no punches”
British Theatre Guide
★★★★★ “Wondrous, magical… a marvellous journey”
★★★★ “A powerful visual world”
Where Tobacco Factory Theatres
When Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th May
Times 8pm / Friday 2pm Matinee
Running Time 1 hour approximately
Age Recommendation 12+ (some strong language)
How much £13 / concession £9