OFF THE CLIFF and 'A BENCH AT THE EDGE'
When I first read A Bench at the Edge by Luigi Jannuzzi, I couldn't believe how well it fits with Off The Cliff’s artistic mission! Had I read it a couple of years ago, this play would have been one of the main sources of inspiration for the company's name!
WHY DID I CALL THE COMPANY OFF THE CLIFF?
Have you ever wondered why I called the company 'Off The Cliff'? Well, when I started brainstorming ideas, I instantly knew it had to be something that would represent the core values of the company. I have always thought of theatre as an incredible platform where one could address current issues and convey important messages. I love provoking the audience to reflect on the world we all live in and question it, but more importantly - to act in response! I wanted that element of 'humanity' to lie at the heart of all our productions. I have also always been interested in discovering innovative ways of making theatre. I am passionate about creating a unique theatrical experience for the audience and unafraid to push the boundaries of the theatrical form. Thinking about a name for the company that would best represent these aspects, I decided to call it 'Off The Cliff', because where better to reflect on your entire life if not when standing at the very edge of a cliff? Also, metaphorically speaking, 'jumping off the cliff' signifies the courage to take risks in order to accomplish a new level of artistic achievement!
'A BENCH AT THE EDGE' BY LUIGI JANNUZZI
The appeal of the play. First of all - the title. The action of the play takes place at the edge of an abyss - just like on the edge of a cliff…! Uncanny! The two main characters meet there and reflect on their own lives and chosen paths. Secondly, it raises awareness of mental health issues, enabling better understanding of the motives that may lead people to commit suicide. It also suggests ways of how best to help them. Last but not least, the play is written in the style of Theatre of the Absurd and the plot is surreal. It's also a dark comedy, so I have no doubt that it will offer a unique theatrical experience for our audience!
Don't take my word for it, though! Come along to see the show and find out for yourself! Tues 26th - Sat 30th November at 6.15pm (1pm matinee on Sat) at the Tristan Bates Theatre.
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