About the Show
Part of The Storm Cycle
National Theatre Wales
Created by Mike Brookes
Sound Designer: Mike Beer
Composer: Tic Ashfield
Associate Director: Julia Thomas
Emerging Director: Kyle Legall
Thursday 21- Saturday 23 March 2019
The Neon, Newport
A brand new show that fuses postwar and contemporary text, innovative sound and a young cast of local actors and spoken word performers to explore ideas of personal freedom and choice.
The problem with choosing is that it just goes on, moment by moment, for an entire lifetime, and happens without reason.
I guess I just still want to feel that I can always re-choose.
That no choice I make will be so bad that I can’t be saved from it,
What are the consequences of our choices on ourselves and on others? Made and performed in Newport during the weeks leading up to the UK’s planned withdrawal from the EU, this show will be performed by an extraordinary cast drawn from the area’s vocal but under-represented millennial generation.
Immersing the audience into the heart of the action, STORM.3: Together and Alone will be a timely, theatrical response to the stormy political times in which we find ourselves.
Based on Pour une morale de l’ambiguïté by Simone de Beauvoir © Editions Gallimard.
Thoughts from the Artist
“I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering how to discuss things at the moment; when opposition is dismissed as ‘fake’, and arguments and information are replaced with slogans designed to ‘win the narrative’ by stirring emotions rather than ideas – slogans that can mean whatever I want them to mean.
Questions about which of us are really amongst ‘the people’ being talked about – or what I might individually want to ‘take back control’ of, and for or from whom – seem difficult to ask.
As a theatre maker I don’t feel able to offer answers to any of those questions, nor do I want to; but I do feel a need to try to open up spaces where we might look at them.
The Storm Cycle began as an exploration of new ways to do precisely that, as these storms began to gather – STORM.3 has become a particular and perhaps pivotal moment in that journey.
The decision to voice words drawn from The Ethics of Ambiguity is not only a recognition of the continued and current relevance of Simone de Beauvoir’s ideas, but also remembers the desolation and optimism that followed WWII and gave birth to the Europe in which we now live.
The choice to work with local performers who might make these words speak about their own needs and time, seemed inescapable.
This is not a theatre that I already know how to build; but I hope that it might offer some room to meet and reflect, in ways that are perhaps not possible in other places…”
Creator of STORM.3: Together and Alone
What To Expect
HOW TO GET THERE
The address for The Neon is:
We recommend you travel to the performance by train. Regular mainline trains serve Newport train station. To plan your journey, visit National Rail Enquiries.
WALK (Train station to The Neon)
From Newport Train station to The Neon is a 10 minute walk (0.5 miles, mostly flat).
• Via Queensway/B4591 and Clarence Pl/B4596
• Walk south towards Queensway/B4591
• Turn left onto Queensway/B4591
• At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Clarence Pl/B4596
• Turn left onto E Usk Rd
• Destination will be on the left
For bus service information, please visit Bus Times
There is limited free street parking past the bridge behind The Neon. The closest car parks are Clarence House Car Park and NCP Newport High Street car park. Find out more here.
ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE
The production will be a promenade-style performance, and audiences will be standing throughout. Seats will be provided for those who require them.
The running time is currently estimated at 90 minutes, with no interval.
The age guidance for this performance is 14+.
Captioning will be provided for all performances on iPads. A member of the team will show you how they work, and be on hand to help throughout. If you would like to pre-book an iPad, please contact us on email@example.com / 029 2035 3070.
The space is wheelchair accessible.
Seats are available for those who need them.
If you would like to chat to us about access, or seating, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org / 029 2035 3070.
Latecomers cannot be admitted once the show has started. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the performance to check in at the Box Office.
REFRESHMENTS TO BUY ON-SITE
There will be a bar open in the foyer space of the venue prior to performances but please note, with the exception of bottled water, drinks are not permitted in the performance space.