10th-15th July 2018, Waterloo East Theatre
Directed and produced by Kasia Różycki
Following a sell-out run last year, London's beloved, production inspired by Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' came back! It consisted of 5 fantastical, multi-layered and poignant plays - stories of love (often unrequited), power of the arts, double punishment, gender identity, the interactions of gods and mortals, loss of speech and, most of all, transformation! This original show featuring elements of visual, physical, devised and experimental theatre as well as live music created - yet again - a unique experience for the audience!
PROGRAMME: 'The Tapestry' by Emma Rogerson; 'Peleus' by Will Owen; ‘A Couple in One’ by Jonathan Brandt; 'I Fought The State and The State Won’ by Niall Urquhart; 'A Bumper Harvest' by Christine Roberts. Live Music by: Olandra (vocal, piano, guitar), Weronika Bielecka (vocal) & Sam Creer (cello).
Starring: Velenzia Spearpoint, Darcy Grey, Georgie Grier, Andrew Candish, Claire Emmott, Adam Gough, Victor Lamb, Meg Lake, Victoria Porter, Emma Austin, Stefan Boehm, Naheen Nazmin, Harriet Main, Abdoulie Mboob.
Crew: Kasia Różycki (Executive & Creative Producer, Director); Velenzia Spearpoint (Associate Producer); Gwenan Bain (Stage Manager); Aga Grandowicz (Graphic Designer); Chuma Emembolu (Lighting Designer & Technician).
SPECIAL THANKS: James Hall, Bread and Roses Theatre, PAFT (Polish Aid Foundation Trust).
REVIEWS & AUDIENCE FEEDBACK:
4**** Review by Michael Davies, Breaking The Forth Wall
'Following last year’s evening of plays inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Off The Cliff Theatre returns with a second round of the format, with all the plays directed by Kasia Różycki.'
Review by Laura Kressly for The Play's The Thing
'Largely well-curated and impactful.'
Review by James Hall for Just Add The Pictures
'Wow, what a difference a year makes! A year ago I wrote about Metamorphoses, a series of short plays presented at the Bread and Roses Theatre. Now, Off The Cliff Theatre which produced that first production are back with Metamorphosis II this time at the larger and more central Waterloo East Theatre. And it's good! There are five short plays, each very different, each with a strong story to tell and each compelling. The cast of 17 artists and musicians are versatile, professional and committed. Director Kasia Różycki has orchestrated everything very effectively and produced an excellent evening’s entertainment. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and I’m looking forward already to next year’s production.'
Audience feedback on social media:
'Fantastic night at #Metamorphoses2 by @Off_the_Cliff_ yesterday at @WaterlooEast. A very well balanced choice of 5 contemporary plays with a beautiful accompanying music performance. Huge congratulations to @Kasia_Rozycki and her talented Actors! Ovid would be proud!' by @CrushOnKash
'Many congratulations to @Kasia_Rozycki, @Velenzia, all the brilliant performers, writers, singers, musicians & everyone else involved in the 5 brilliant short plays that formed #Metamorphoses2 festival of physical & visual theatre tonight at @WaterlooEast where it's on till Sunday!' by @BigBri107
'Great time at #Metamorphoses2 last night at the fab @WaterlooEast theatre. Really proud to have my play part of it. Huge congratulations to @Kasia_Rozycki @Off_the_Cliff_ and all the cast and crew.' @niall_urquhart
'Join Off The Cliff as they bring you on a mythical, often violent journey into the very depths of the human condition through their modern interpretations of Ovid's tales, and bear witness to this exciting, original show full of visual delights and unexpected twists.' by @bakchormeeboy
'We really enjoyed our night of culchaaa @WaterlooEast last night watching @Off_the_Cliff_ ‘METAMORPHOSES 2’ even though we had to do thinking and stuff. Congrats to @Velenzia & all the cast. Massive S/O to @Kasia_Rozycki for a fab show! LAST CHANCE TODAY 4pm http://www.waterlooeast.co.uk' by @barberandbenson
'Absolutely THRILLED to have been a part of #metamorphoses2 with @Off_the_Cliff_ + @WaterlooEast —> such a brilliant evening of new writing with a FANTASTIC cast and team (esp @Kasia_Rozycki who directed ALL the pieces so beautifully + sensitively) so well done to ALL' by @EmmaRogerson
'Congrats @AndrewCandish, @claire_emmott & @Off_the_Cliff_ theatre for a touching & bold adaptation of #Ovid's #Metamorphoses2 @WaterlooEast. Creative use of classic #mythology to portray today's #dilemmas.' By @julieching
'Powerful and challenging new writing by @Off_the_Cliff_, Metamorphoses faces up to current and timeless human issues. Theatre which can change attitudes. Innovative staging and direction, especially in the Hermaphrodite/Salmacis segment.' by @simon_willshire
'Metamorphoses 2 is a great achievement - congratulations Kasia Różycki and all involved, especially Victoria Porter and Andrew Candish. I hope the final two shows at Waterloo East go well.' By @Su_Gilroy