The war is over and the nation lies in ruins. You and your fellow survivors must build the beginnings of a new country. What are the rules you’re going to live by? And can you avoid the mistakes of the past?
A piece of interactive theatre for a playing audience, Early Days (of a better nation) explores the possibilities of nationhood and democracy, drawing inspiration from the 2011 England riots, Arab Spring, Iceland’s crowd-sourced constitution and the rise (and fall) of Occupy.
Early Days is presented as a part of Parliament Week 2014, a programme of events that connect people across the UK with Parliament and democracy.
“I play it as if it's real – and that's exactly how it feels. For two hours, I lose myself in the show."
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (Coney’s A Small Town Anywhere)
Concept by Annette Mees and Tom Bowtell
Director: Annette Mees
Writer: Tom Bowtell
Sound Designer and Composer: Richard Hammarton
Lighting Designer: Cis O'Boyle
Set Designer: Jeannine Inglis Hall
Co-commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre, National Theatre Wales and Battersea Arts Centre. Production development supported by Cultural Institute at KCL. Funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Unity Theatre Trust. Coney is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
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Sat 22 and Sun 23 November, 10am-5pm. (Weekend tickets £10 | £8 concs)
Talking/Making/Taking Part invites you to play, chat and share - and eat - through informal discussions and interactive performances. Let’s spend a weekend together and see what new ideas we can grow and communities we can build.
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