Tuesday 21 February 2017 - Saturday 11 March 2017
Comedy, New Writing
★★★★ “...like a boxing match, the two characters jab punches towards each other’s beliefs, convictions and philosophies.” "...a highly enjoyable play...” – Remote Goat
Orbits follows the planet-sized egos of left wing German playwright Bertolt Brecht and Hollywood film star Charles Laughton as they negotiate the translation and adaptation of Brecht's play Life of Galileo for its American premiere, with Laughton lined up for the lead.
The themes of Life of Galileo – an account of Galileo's trial for the heresy of believing that the Earth orbits the Sun and his subsequent recantation under threat of torture – are reflected in the lives of Laughton, a gay man in the climate of 1940s America, and Brecht, who's left wing sympathies would eventually lead him before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
The play explores how – just as Galileo crumbled under the Inquisition – Brecht's beloved 'concrete truth', could crumble under pressures, political, historical and personal. A fitting tale perhaps for the post-truth times we find ourselves in today.
“...a remarkable account of a remarkable series of meetings... ...beautifully performed, I only wished I had had the chance to see the play again because I am certain it would reward repeated viewings..." Tony Palmer - film director
General Admission £ 14
/ Concessions £ 10
/ Early Birds (First Two Weeks) £ 8
Early Birds Expire 2017-01-31
Dates & Times
Next Performance Tuesday 21 February 2017
Runs until Saturday 11 March 2017
About the Company:
The Entire Theatre Company Two performers, a writer, a director and a producer. We create stripped-back productions, that explore character and concept through the medium of the duologue.. Our motto: 'small stage, big ideas'.
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Cast & Crew:
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Writer : Wally Sewell
As Playwright in Residence for OPEN Ealing Wally wrote Royal Wedding, specially commissioned to exploit the siting of OPEN's premises next to an erotic goods emporium. The Wrong Tree and A Muse of Fire were performed in the Off Cut Festival at the Riverside Studios in 2011 and 2012, The Garden at the Lost Theatre in 2012 and The Adventure of the Crying Boy at the Drayton Court Theatre in 2012 and 1996. His play Spogons was short-listed for the Croydon Warehouse International Playwriting competition in 2007.
Director : Anthony Shrubsall
A professional stage director and theatre academic of many years standing. Associate Director at Questors Theatre and former Artistic Director of the Drayton Court Theatre, 2001-3, he is currently Theatrical Director and Chairman of OPEN Ealing Arts Centre. He directed Richard Tyrone Jones’s Big Heart, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which toured nationally and was adapted into a series for BBC Radio 4 in 2012. He has directed for the Kenneth Branagh New Writing award at the Windsor Fringe Festival in 2012.
Peter Saracen – Brecht
Peter has acted for stage, film and television. Played the lead in Heresy at the Tabard Theatre as the inquisitor Don Domingo in 2014. He played the Pastor in RETZ's immersive piece The Trial, developed in collaboration with the Barbican and Guildhall and supported by Sky Arts and the Arts Council in 2013. He appeared in the film musical Les Miserables in a singing character part in 2012. He has a wide range of experience, from the classics to street theatre including an appearance in Ken Campbell and Neil Oram's legendary twenty hour epic The Warp at the Roundhouse Theatre in 1999.
Edmund Dehn – Laughton
Edmund has appeared in numerous productions for stage, film and television. On stage he has appeared variously as Prospero in 1994, Job in 1990, Becket and Coriolanus. In 2009 he won Best Supporting Actor at the LA Reel Film Festival for Charon in Lovelorn, he appeared as Pedro in the short film Junta accepted for this year's Cannes Film Festival - 2014, and the Judge Minty Fan Film – in which he plays the title role – won the Best Action Film and the Audience Award at the Wasteland Festival 2013 and has recently topped 280,000 views on YouTube. He read the Gormenghast Trilogy unabridged for audio book and was a regular character in cult children's TV show Knightmare 1987-8.
Lucy Appleby – Producer
Lucy started as a child actor, trained with Uta Hagen in New York, and worked in film, TV, radio and theatre in England and Japan, where she also specialised in voice-overs. On the Director's course at the City Lit she assisted on Market Boy and A Dream Play. She has directed for Theatre 503 Rapid Write Response and at the Drayton Arms Theatre, co-directed on Effie's Burning at the Etcetera Theatre and directed The Radio Theatre Company at the Bridewell Theatre. Assistant director on two productions that went to the Edinburgh Festival in 2014, Frank Sent Me and Signal Failure, which went to New York. Delighted to be working with The Entire Theatre Company.