The Young Vic in London is to revival drama Further from the Further Thing in 2023.
The show will run at the Young Vic from 9 March to 29 April 2023.
Based on real events on the island of Tristan da Cunha, Jennifer Tang is set to direct a visionary interpretation of Scottish playwright Zinnie Harris’s award-winning modern classic.
The story of a community haunted by its past and under threat from a modern world in crisis, the show’s creative team includes designer Soutra Gilmour, lighting designer Prema Mehta, sound designer George Dennis, composer Ruth Chan, movement director Ingrid Mackinnon, voice and dialect coach Emma Woodvine, illusions designer John Bulleid and casting director Charlotte Sutton.
On a remote volcanic island in the middle of the Atlantic, a community has lived undisturbed for centuries, defying the swirling currents of modernity and capitalism. Cut off and exposed to the elements, their survival has created a complex bind with their land. But when one of the inhabitants brings an outsider to the island, their way of life is changed forever.
The play was first performed in 1999, and was the winner of the 1999 Peggy Ramsay Award for new theatre writing. Zinnie Harris also won the 2001 John Whiting Award, and the Edinburgh Fringe First Award for the play.
Director Jennifer Tang said in a press statement: “It’s a complete privilege to direct this stunning play for the Young Vic, and to be collaborating with such a brilliant team to bring it to life. The play is beautiful, lyrical and vividly evokes a community that feels both far away and familiar. Although written over 20 years ago, its message about how our choices impact people and our planet feels more urgent than ever. Zinnie’s extraordinary play is both intimate and epic, local and global – it asks us to think about our notion of home, our sense of belonging, and how far we will go in pursuit of our values. I’m just so excited to share it with audiences in the spring, along with the work of all the brilliant artists involved.”
Tang went on to say: “Directing this play brings my Genesis Fellow and Associate Directorship at the Young Vic to a close. The past couple of years have been a real adventure, where I have been able to become part of the rich ecology of an incomparable theatre and arts organization creating an artistically ambitious and exceptional programme of work. The ways in which this Fellowship has allowed me to develop as an artist are wide-ranging and deep-seated and I am incredibly grateful to the Genesis Foundation and all at the Young Vic for this opportunity. I’m sad to be leaving but happy to be saying farewell through this gift of a production.”
Coming soon to the Young Vic is new musical Mandela, starting performances on 29 November.
The Young Vic also has two West End transfers coming up: James Graham’s Best of Enemies coming to the Noel Coward Theatre from 14 November 2022 starring Zachary Quinto and David Harewood; and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! directed by Daniel Fish coming to the Wyndham’s Theatre from 16 February 2023.
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