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Theatre Ad Infinitum brings The Big Smoke

A capella theatre at the The Lowry 23-25 June

Published on June 8th 2011.


Theatre Ad Infinitum brings The Big Smoke

FROM 23-25 June The Lowry will be playing host to Theatre Ad Infinitum’s ‘The Big Smoke’, a one-woman show performed by Canadian actress Amy Nostbakkan and directed by Nir Paldi.

Star of the show Amy has said that this amalgamation of decades represents each character showing, ‘a particular style, melody and voice quality...

The show has been inspired by both the lives and works of Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and American poet Anne Sexton.

Sung a cappella throughout, the tragic story centres on a very talented young artist, Nathalie, and the collection of characters she meets along the way. These include, demeaning gossips, snobbish socialites and pig-headed men. Natalie’s honesty is no match for these brutal personalities, who eventually crush her wit, demanding that she conform to a world in which everyone must ‘fit in’. Despite maintaining quick-wittedness, she spirals into madness and is driven to suicide.

The style of the show is varied to say the least, with costumes evoking a strong 1950s feel, depicting women and men in their socially ascribed roles, and combines this with a 1960s jazzy theme. 

Star of the show Amy has said that this amalgamation of decades represents each character showing, ‘a particular style, melody and voice quality... In order to reflect her mood, Nathalie jumps from jazz to pop, 60s folk to 90s rock and reggae.’ Amy also says that, ‘the play uses music as its means of expression.’

‘The Big Smoke’ will be at The Lowry on 23, 24 and 25 June.  Tickets cost £10 (£8 conc), with some on special offer at £5. You can contact the box office 0843 208 6000 or visit www.thelowry.com .

 

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