A mesmerising piece of playwriting — generous, compassionate and subtle — The Events was the sleeper hit of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival. For this Australian production, the brilliant Catherine McClements is joined by a host of community choirs in an extraordinary blend of theatre and music.
Claire is a minister and the director of a choir that meets regularly in a local hall. It’s made up of all sorts, but when a disaffected young man enters the hall and opens fire with a semi-automatic, this community — and the ideals that formed it — are blown apart. After the event, Claire is left asking the big question: How do we live together knowing it can all come apart in a moment?
The Events, in a co-production by the Actors Touring Company, the Young Vic Theatre, Brageteatret and Schauspielhaus Wien, was first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, on 4 August 2013.
By David Greig
Director / Clare Watson
Composer / John Browne
Set & Lighting Designer / Geoff Cobham
Musical Director / Luke Byrne
Fight Choreographer / Scott Witt
Pianist / Luke Byrne
The Boy / Johnny Carr
Claire / Catherine McClements
“It was impossible not to be moved.” SMH
“The Events is a superb and unique examination of one victim’s self-destructive desire to understand the essence of violence.” Stage Whispers
“Claire’s community chorus – the “one big crazy tribe” – lifted the show out of relentless darkness, finding a beautiful harmony we so desperately need.” Daily Review