About the show
National Theatre Wales + Sherman Theatre in partnership with BBC Cymru Wales + BBC Arts
NETWORK PLAY READINGS
Saturday 2 May, 7pm
by Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in collaboration with Sherman Theatre
Writer Tracy Harris
Director Matthew Holmquist
For a while it looked like audiences wouldn’t get to experience Tracy Harris’s powerful new play Ripples. On the day before the first performance the run at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama was cancelled due to the situation regarding Covid-19. The production was Sherman Theatre’s collaboration with Royal Welsh College for it’s NEW: 2020 new writing festival.
However, a month on from that disappointment, the play will finally be seen in the first of our Network Play Readings. The original cast of final year RWCMD acting students will perform a revised, virtual version of the play directed by Matthew Holmquist, from their own spaces where they wait out lockdown.
Sometimes there are no safe spaces…
Eight strangers join an online rehab group to confront, revisit and replay the traumas of their past. How can they re-connect with themselves and each other in a world so disconnected? Ripples compassionately explores what leads us to seek help.
Network Play Readings, in partnership with Sherman Theatre, offers you the chance to experience a varied range of exceptional plays delivered in new ways through a digital space.
Ripples will be broadcast at 7pm on Saturday 2 May (link here) and then available on demand until Saturday 16 May. The performance lasts approximately 70 minutes.
What to Expect
How to watch
Ripples will be performed and streamed live, here
You will also be able to access the recording of the play for 2 weeks following the live performance, until Saturday 16 May. Once available, this link will be clearly posted on our website and all social media platforms.
The performance will last approximately 70 minutes.
About the show
Ripples is suitable for ages 18+.
The show contains themes of an adult nature, scenes of a sensitive nature and strong language. We don’t want to give away too much about the production to those who want to enjoy it as a live piece of theatre, but if you do want to learn more, you can click below for a list of trigger warnings.
There is closed captioning available. The captions can be turned on and off as needed.
After the show
Ripples does contain issues which may trigger difficult emotions for some audience members.
If you’d like to chat to someone after the show, the Samaritans are available 24/7, 365 days a year.
Call for free on 116 123
MARK HENRY DAVIES
MERYN DAVIES WILLIAMS
Deputy Stage Manager
These are uncertain times for us all. The impact of Coronavirus is presenting devastating challenges for artists and theatre makers here in Wales. As a national company and as a collective of people, we are deeply aware of our role in supporting, enabling and nurturing the performance sector around us as well as offering the people of Wales the chance to connect to the stories that can unite us in shared experiences while we are kept apart.
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