Cie 111 – Aurélien Bory/Shantala Shivalingappa28 - 30 Jan
Cinema 202228 - 30 Jan
ABEL & GORDON AND FRIENDS
“Spectacular and very special… people are going to be talking about this non-stop… I can hardly believe it”
Jo Whiley, TV presenter and radio DJ
Trying to learn how to overcome uncertainty, Australian circus strong-lady Charmaine Childs asked people of all walks of life the same question: Can you tell me about a time when you felt really powerful? The result is Power, combining her own story with the extraordinary experiences of ‘ordinary’ people.
Initially striving to feel powerful by being invincible and in control, the show accepts the mess of uncertainty and finds strength in places where we wobble. It celebrates the power we have to choose the next step through the chaos. Unfolding through a mix of verbal storytelling, voice-over interviews and impressive physical strength and artistry, this is an exciting piece of new circus-theatre - optimistic, uplifting, funny and moving.
Developed whilst working in collaboration with companies including Complicité, Ockham’s Razor and Spymonkey, Power is directed by Emma Bernard, acclaimed for her staging of innovative opera, theatre, music and dance across the UK. Roll up for a joyous and touching celebration of how we are powerful, even in an uncertain world!
“She has a light touch and a keen ear which allow her to explore her themes of strength, power and resilience in ways that go beyond the obvious and create really involving moments”
Mervyn Millar, Object Animation Director, War Horse
“Bizarre and impressive”
“Flipping traditional gender ideas on their head, it is a strength act with a difference… jawdropping”
Charmaine Childs /
Strong Lady Productions
Created and performed by Charmaine Childs
Director: Emma Bernard
Composer: Matt Eaton
Creative Mentor: Charlotte Mooney
Lighting Designer: Sophie Postlethwaite
Movement Coaches: Gabbie Cook, Farid Herrera, Anthony Missen, Connor Wild
POWER was commissioned by The Lowry Salford’s WEEK 53 with the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
It received funding from Arts Council England and an award for adapting to rural touring from Cambridge Junction/Creative Arts East.
The work is supported by mentorship from Turtle Key Arts and Ockham’s Razor, and partnerships with Metal, Jacksons Lane, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, and Out There Arts.