The Beginning. Image: Julian Hughes

The Beginning in London
Thurs 29 & Fri 30 Nov 2012 7.45pm
Chelsea Theatre

Taking place somewhere between a rehearsal and a performance, dreaming and being awake, The Beginning asks how we might begin a career, a relationship, a life or a show. A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets the mesmerising music of Serge Gainsbourg in this tender love letter to theatre that addresses the unwritten contract between performers and an audience.

Part theatrical memoir, part safety announcement, The Beginning is the second in a trilogy of work inspired by Shakespearean stage directions by the award-winning writer and performance maker Michael Pinchbeck. Because he has promised never to perform again, Michael has invited Nicki Hobday and Ollie Smith to help him to remember how it feels to perform for the first time.

Developed at The Junction (Cambridge), Leeds Met Studio Theatre and Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre (Nottingham) and Loughborough University with financial support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Video trailer for The Beginning:

The Beginning asks us to reassess how we watch a play’ – The Stage

‘Michael Pinchbeck is a terrific theatremaker’ – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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