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Mad Man Sad Woman

21 June, 2017 - 8 July, 2017

The Space

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Amidst the debris of a condemned house, two desperate strangers realise they have been abandoned. Huinca (Bil Stuart), a drunk who knows he only has days left to live, has been left with prostitute Eva (Sadie Shimmin) as part of a bet by friends. The two argue and Eva is determined to leave, but is held back by fear. of what awaits her in the outside world. They start making a home from the surrounding junk, but as the bulldozers move in, a choice lies ahead ‚Äď accept their fate or cling on to hope.

Written by award-winning Chilean playwright Juan Radrig√°n, Mad Man Sad Woman gives voice to the voiceless; finding beauty, laughter, and dignity in the lives amongst the rubble. In a powerful new translation by Catherine Boyle, this timely UK premiere demands attention for those forced to live on the margins of our society.

Head for Heights is a theatre company known for its innovative approaches to translation. Their bold new production is directed by Sue Dunderdale.

“Touches of humour pepper a well-wrought production, offering a rare chance to see Juan Radrig√°n’s affecting and still relevant work” –ActDrop

“A bold new production demanding attention! / The converted church provided the perfect backdrop for a gritty and moving tale between two of society‚Äôs marginalised characters” –Thespyinthestalls¬†

“Really astonishing piece of theatre. Both actors are amazing in this complex, and bleak play. Highly recommend you see it” -Audience Member

“The Space is programming some amazing theatre! Mad Man Sad Woman is a powerful indictment to poverty and disenfranchisement” -Audience Member

”This is precisely the kind of play our society needs right now, to ask of itself what do we actually really mean by society.” –¬†There Ought To Be Clowns

Join Head for Heights, Out of the Wings and Legal Aliens for a post show Q&A on ‘Voices in Translation’ on the 29th June.

New Chilean Drama Opportunities

Head for Heights are also offering exciting readings of two new Chilean plays and a workshop for directors, actors, writers and audiences passionate about collaborative approaches to translation. To find out more click here. Book for a reading or workshop and get £4 off your ticket to Mad Man Sad Woman (£20 combined price).

Writer: Juan Radrig√°n, translated by Catherine Boyle
Director: Sue Dunderdale
Performers: Sadie Shimmin and Bil Stuart
Composer: Dominic Ashworth
Set/Costume Designer: Amelia Jane Hankin
Sound Designer: John Leonard
Lighting Designer: Rory Beaton

Audience Warnings: Contains adult themes


7:30pm, Sundays 5pm

Running Time: 100 minutes

Quote Huinca when booking to get 2 tickets for the price of 1! This is a limited offer, subject to availability.

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Dates: 21 June, 2017 - 8 July, 2017

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