As the memories of former patients collide violently with her own, a child psychologist attempts to record what she’s spent her whole life trying to forget.
But as Time loosens it’s grip, and her recording equipment begins to argue back, we hear the inner workings of a mind on the brink of collapse.
With a microphone shaped like the human head and an audience with wireless headphones on, vivid soundscapes and whispered memories wash over the audience as they try to puzzle together the missing pieces of an almost forgotten life.
‘What we never really understood is that we shouldn’t have recorded what they remembered. We should have recorded what was forgot. It‘s in those gaps where the life lives.’
Based on collected testimony from Age UK community groups, Thrown is a sensory and cinematic reverie on conciousness, written by multi-award-winning playwright, Jodi Gray.
Thrown is one of seven plays to be selected for Nick Hern Books annual publication PLAYS FROM VAULT - a collection of the best new writing in performance at VAULT - London’s biggest arts festival. PLAYS FROM VAULT FOUR can be purchased online from Nick Hern Books
PLAYWRIGHT Jodi Gray
DIRECTOR Ross Drury
SOUND DESIGN Chris Drohan
LIGHTING DESIGN Lewis Logan Fowler
PRODUCER/PERFORMER Jill Rutland
PRODUCER Jessica Cheetham
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What we hope to finish with is a Living Record of experience that might - just might - be able to compete with funny cat videos, and provide a little bit of humanity in a time when humanity seems quite hard to find.
| THE THROWN JOURNEY |
A YOUNGER THEATRE
Residency with Theatre in the Mill, Bradford
We collected stories from the elderly in workshops across the UK over two years, including during a Facebook Live workshop at the Brighton Digital Festival at Hop50+. We turned our findings sensitively into a series of memories that became a play, Thrown written by Jodi Gray. This was performed at Theatre in the Mill, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Brighton Fringe Festival and the Vault Festival, to critical acclaim. It was also streamed online.
Moving away from the model of verbatim theatre
Visiting Age UK Bradford to collect stories
The first R&D - reflections and explanations
THROWN by Jodi Gray
- Kevin Lloyd-