GOODBYE ROSETTA DEBUTS THIS WEEKEND AT THE WARREN, BRIGHTON
GOODBYE ROSETTA – Be taken on a journey of self-discovery in this bitter-sweet coming of age tale.
As Mental Health Awareness Week draws to an end it’s important to still remember that people continue to suffer in silence; a week of raising awareness goes a long way but keeping it in our consciousness long after this is even more important.
Brighton based Hungry Wolf Visionary Youth Theatre from the creative team behind The Theatre Workshop, in support of Ditch The Label, present a debut production of Goodbye Rosetta, a play bringing awareness of the issue of mental health in young people.
In this age of anxiety, depression and loneliness Goodbye Rosetta tackles the issue of teenage mental health with sensitivity & wit. Performed by a cast of nine, Goodbye Rosetta takes us on a journey of self discovery as a group of misfits, with a little help from the stars, navigate their way through the disarray caused by an emotional breakdown. This coming of age tale tells the story of a group of teens on the verge of adulthood.
On the day writer Katherine Manners started her research, the Rosetta space probe crashed into the Comet67P. It had been travelling to, and orbiting the comet, for 12 years. “There was something so inherently dramatic about that story, something heroic and tragic and self sacrificing, and confirmed a hunch that space held a great many metaphors for depression.” Katherine Manners
Inspired by this cosmic sacrifice and Matt Haig Goodbye Rosetta was born. Written exclusively for Hungry Wolf Visionary Youth Theatre, Goodbye Rosetta was developed by 30 young actors in collaboration with writer, Katherine Manners & Director, Conor Baum. Hungry Wolf VYT strive to give young people a voice creating current and cutting edge theatre. From the producers of hit play ‘Runts’ Hungry Wolf VYT return to Brighton Fringe Festival to premier this original piece of new writing.
Venue: The Blockhouse, The Warren
Dates: 1/2/3 June
Tickeprices: £10 / concessions £8.50
Venues box office: 01273 987 516 / otherplacebrighton.co.uk
Fringe box office: www.brightonfringe.org/
Suitable for ages 14 +
Writer: Katherine Manners
Katherine is a writer and actress. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has performed regularly in the West End, in regional theatre and on television.
She has had several short plays produced, including Lucky George for the RADA studios and London Transport Museum, and Don’t Cross Bridgesfor St James Theatre and Southwark Playhouse, which is currently being made into a short film.
She has several plays in development including Rooftoppers which has had workshop development at the National Theatre studios and Bristol Old Vic, and The Worst Word which is being supported by The Yard Theatre, Hackney, and will be part of the Camden People’s Theatre Hotbed festival.
Director: Conor Baum
Having trained at Rose Bruford College and Columbia College Chicago (where he was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Directing) Conor Baum was offered a directing observership with California-based repertory company Shakespeare Napa Valley in collaboration with the University of Kingston and SITI Theatre Company New York. Conor then went on to work alongside The Wrestling School under Howard Barker and was a participant in two research projects alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company. Conor is a resident director of Brighton-based theatre company Brief Hiatus and was previously the artistic director of Squall + Frenzy, his work receiving a nomination for Best Play at Brighton Fringe 2014. His recent credits include two five-star sellout productions – Dracula at Preston Manor (“Conor Baum is not only a director-he is an orchestrator, a producer and a designer — and this is fully on display in his breathtaking concept” – Remote Goat) and Sweeney Todd at 88 London Road (“…the whole production showed the minimalism and creativity which characterises Baum’s work.” – FringeReview). Conor is thrilled and honoured to be collaborating with Hungry Wolf and is looking forward to the year ahead.