Urania, in association with The Bread & Roses Theatre, presents
Constance & Eva
by Kimberly Campanello - directed by Luke Davies
A new play by Kimberly Campanello about two sisters who abandoned their privileged upbringing in Ireland to become political radicals. Constance Markievicz and Eva Gore-Booth battled imperialism, fought for women's rights, and sought to redefine gender and sexuality. They were famous - even infamous - during their lifetimes, but history has largely forgotten them.
How can their stories be told, and what can we learn from them about how to be politically active today?
Constance and Eva is a multimedia reimagining of the lives of these two sisters, bringing together archive footage, found text and performance to tell their story. It is a first time collaboration between the poet Kimberly Campanello (Strange Country, Hymn to Kali) and director Luke Davies (Chemsex Monologues, HIV Monologues), and is Urania's first production.
'TOP PICK' - London Pub Theatres Magazine
'Brave, refreshing piece of theatre' - Remotegoat
'a thoughtful, meditative examination of the early 20th century through the eyes of two women, whose empathy led them to try and change inequality because they could' - Breaking the 4th Wall
Praise for director Luke Davies' most recent production, The Chemsex Monologues (King's Head Theatre and Adelaide Fringe, 2017): ★★★★★ - Plays to See, What's on in Adelaide, Gay Times, London Theatre 1, Act Drop, Tezza's Theatre Place & ★★★★ - West End Wilma, British Theatre, Islington Gazette, London Pub Theatres
Constance and Eva
Creative Producer: Charlotte Gallagher creates and shepherds projects that offer competing and surprising perspectives, including Carlotta de Galleon: A Fool for Love for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 and the Vaults Festival 2017 with Colin Watkeys.
Playwright: Kimberly Campanello was born in Elkhart, Indiana, and is a dual American and Irish citizen based in the UK. Her poetry books include Imagines (New Dublin Press), Strange Country (The Dreadful Press), Consent (Doire Press) and Hymn to Kālī (Eyewear Publishing). MOTHERBABYHOME is forthcoming from zimZalla Avant Objects. She has been awarded residencies at the Fundación Valparaiso, the Heinrich Böll Cottage and The Studios of Key West, where she began writing Constance and Eva. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at York St John University.
Director: Luke Davies is artistic director of Dragonflies Theatre. Recent directing credits include The HIV Monologues (Theatre 503, Ace Hotel), The Chemsex Monologues (King's Head, Adelaide Fringe), Superficial (The Glory), Queers (King's Head), The Clinic (King's Head), Journey to Sex Colony 01 (Teatre de L'Enjòlit, Barcelona), The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (Théâtre de la Poulie, Avignon) and King Ubu (Zoo Venues, Edinburgh). He trained at Lamda.
Sound design: JP Thwaites is a songwriter, guitarist, drummer and experimental electronic artist. 2016 saw him performing live electronics with Sarah Sarhandi’s ‘Both Universe’ project, composing alongside Yaniv Fridel for Dante or Die’s theatre production ‘Handle With Care’, writing and releasing with home-grown alternative rock band Lunacre, composing the score for Chris Anstey’s award-winning short ﬁlm 'The Victorious' and cowriting, producing, touring and releasing Alxndr London’s debut EP ‘A Long Time Ago’ amongst many more. This wide variety of work has gained him support from the likes of The Southbank Centre, The Guardian, NME Magazine and Annie Mac/BBC Radio 1.
Film: Sandeep Gill is a film director and editor with over seven years of experience in commercial, theatrical, and narrative film. His most recent work includes the theatrical adaptation of the epic film, The Fall (Theatro Technis), and filming and editing the entire video projection component of the play, The Clinic (King's Head).
Sunday 17th September at 7.30pm
Monday 18th September at 7.30pm
Tuesday 19th September at 7.30pm
Wednesday 20th September at 7.30pm
Thursday 21st September at 7.30pm
Friday 22nd September at 7.30pm
Sunday 24th September at 2.30pm
Monday 25th September at 7.30pm
Tuesday 26th September at 7.30pm
Wednesday 27th September at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 | Concessions: £10
Running Time: 50 minutes
Age 13+. Ticket purchases are non refundable. Concession prices apply to students; under 18s; pensioners; those on disability and unemployment benefits; Equity, BECTU & SDUK members; Portico Places cardholders. As a young venue we are still upgrading and developing the space, any additional donations are much appreciated and will be used towards improving the theatre even further and keeping the venue going in the long-term.