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LAST CHRISTMAS

TRAVERSE THEATRE, EDINBURGH

Written by Matthew Bulgo

December 2016

Traverse Theatre Company presents a Dirty Protest Production

 

Director: Kate Wasserberg

Cast: Sion Pritchard

Returning home for Christmas, Tom is confronted with the ghosts of his past. Forced to face his demons, will he be able to rescue his family and his future in time?

A hit at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and Soho Theatre, award-winning Welsh theatre company Dirty Protest bring you this funny, heartbreaking and uplifting play. Forget panto and the dreaded office Christmas party, this one-man show from Matthew Bulgo will make you laugh, cry and leave the theatre wanting to call your loved ones.


Design by Burning Red

Dirty Protest's first national tour was a new conception and total re-write of the 2013 production of Parallel Lines by Katherine Chandler.

Director: Catherine Paskell

Cast: Jan Anderson, Sara Lloyd Gregory, Lowri Palfrey, Gareth Pierce

parallel lines

national tour

Written by Katherine Chandler

October - November 2015

Venues: Chapter, Cardiff; Pontardawe Arts Centre; Aberystwyth Arts Centre; Galeri, Caernarfon; Llanelli Ffwrnes; Hafren, Newtown; Soar Centre, Penygraig

Dirty Protest have reworked what was already a good play into a great one. The strength of this production is its simplicity of staging with such a complex subject. The style of this production has an eerie physicality to it, as at times it feels as if you are watching it in slow motion adding to the palpable tensions on stage. The compositions that director, Catherine Paskell, creates are positively photographic and some of the images may haunt you as you feel the pain of the characters piercing through the pictures. Paskell has shown a singular vision here that has aided Chandler’s complex script to thrive. What she has staged here is excellent. An extremely thought provoking production skillfully executed.
— Arts Scene in Wales
***** (5 STARS)
— Western Mail / WalesOnline

last christmas

edinburgh festival

soho theatre

wales tour

Written by Matthew Bulgo

August - December 2014

WINNER: BEST PLAYWRIGHT, THEATRE CRITICS OF WALES AWARDS 2015

Director: Kate Wasserberg

Cast:  Sion Pritchard

Returning home for Christmas, Tom is confronted with the ghosts of his past. Forced to face his demons, he attempts to rescue his family and his future. Will Tom be able to save it all in time?

First performed at Sherman Cymru and Theatr Clywd - 2013

***** (5 STARS) There’s a real humanity to Last Christmas, a truth in the writing and playing that makes it one of the best things on the Fringe this year. Don’t miss it.
— The Scotsman

parallel lines

chapter, cardiff

Written by Katherine Chandler 

November 2013

BEST PRODUCTION: THEATRE CRITICS OF WALES AWARDS 2014

PREMIERE OF WALES DRAMA AWARD WINNING PLAY

FINALIST IN SUSAN SMITH BLACKBURN INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRIGHTING PRIZE 2015

Director: Catherine Paskell

Cast: Jan Anderson, Lisa Diveney, Gareth Pierce, Rachel Redford

Steph is 15 years old. Simon is her teacher. Both live in Cardiff but their parallel lives couldn’t be more different. When an accusation is made and their worlds collide, things aren’t as simple as they might seem.

Award-winning playwright Katherine Chandler explores truth, class and power in contemporary Wales in this gripping, uncompromising play.

Katherine Chandler’s new play Parallel Lines reminds us how exciting and challenging Welsh drama can be.
— Phil Morris, Wales Arts Review
Parallel Lines is a significant production in the history of Welsh theatre.
— Othniel Smith, British Theatre Guide

plays in a bag

royal court theatre

June 2013

Plays in a Bag are portable plays that can be taken anywhere, in a bag 

We commissioned Matthew Bulgo, Sandra Bendelow, Katherine Chandler, and Alun Saunders to write new 15 - 20 minute long plays which could be performed anywhere, out of a bag.

These plays were the first time a Welsh writer has been performed in the Royal Court within the last ten years. 

The range and number of talents Dirty Protest have discovered in recent years would seem to indicate that an exciting era of dramatic writing is dawning in Wales, and these raw, idiosyncratic, though highly accomplished, Plays in a Bag, wholly vindicate the decision by the Royal Court to spotlight the exciting possibilities that lie ahead for Welsh theatre.

One of the most refreshing and satisfying aspects of Plays in a Bag, as a whole, is its interest in the lived experiences of so-called ordinary people - Wales Arts Review

raw, idiosyncratic, though highly accomplished
— Wales Arts Review

PLAYS IN A BAG 2

ALMEIDA THEATRE

An Almeida Festival Commission

July 2013

Plays in a Bag are exactly that, plays which can be carried anywhere in a bag!

We commissioned Brad Birch, Lisa Jen Brown and Neil Bebber to creating lo-fi, high-drama short shows. 

 

Cast:  Ceri Murphy, Sara Harries Davies, Lisa Jen, Rebecca Harries, Lee Mengo, Christian Patterson.


 

 

PLAYS IN A BAG AT LATITUDE FESTIVAL

July 2013

Writers Brad Birch, Alun Saunders and Katherine Chandler took their Plays in a Bag straight from London to the Latitude Festival.


This is the Welsh premiere of After The End, and the first full production from new writing company Dirty Protest. 

Director -Mared Swain

Cast: Kezia Burrows, Gruffudd Glyn

 

after the end

Sherman Cymru co-production

July 2013

A nuclear attack on London leaves Mark and Louise fighting for survival in a fall-out bunker in London. In this masterful two-hander, award-winning playwright Dennis Kelly explores terrorism in its many brutal forms.

Dirty Protest has spent the past five years building up its profile in Cardiff (and occasionally beyond) by staging readings of short plays in a number of non-traditional venues (some of them annoyingly uncomfortable), reaching out for new, young audiences, and giving much-appreciated exposure to dozens of writers (myself included, to declare an interest) and actors. The goodwill thus accumulated has resulted in full houses for their first full-scale production, mercifully in a real theatre—the Welsh premiere of Dennis Kelly’s 2005 apocalyptic tragi-comedy After The End.

This is a fine production of a disturbingly perceptive, painfully funny play, providing abundant evidence that the talented and highly ambitious Dirty Protest team will find little difficulty in continuing to make their mark in future.
— British Theatre Guide