HOME FIRES by Lucy Kaufman @ Jack Studio Theatre

Helen Jeckells as Minnie Ballard. Photo: Paul Treacy.

Sydenham Arts Festival and Spontaneous Productions present HOME FIRES by Lucy Kaufman.

A powerful story of London’s women during World War One.

Home Fires explores the impact of World War One through the eyes of women - Mothers, Wives, Sweethearts, and Munitions Workers - using actual letters, diaries, poetry and song.

Featuring an all-female cast, this musical play brings to the stage the real-life stories and experiences of Sydenham’s gas workers and their families. The result is a touching, sometimes comic, and engaging story which embraces universal themes of comradeship, love and loss.

Home Fires was developed as part of the Heritage Lottery and Arts Council England-funded musical theatre project TILL THE BOYS COME HOME, and premiered at the prestigious Sydenham Arts Festival 2014 in July.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lucy Kaufman studied Film & Literature at the University of Warwick. Twenty of her plays have been produced in nearly fifty venues around the UK and Australia, picking up various awards. Her play Vintage was Bite-Size Plays’ ‘People’s Choice Winner’ at Brighton Fringe Festival in 2011 and 2013, winning ‘Best Theatre Performance′ in the Latest Awards and BBC Pick of the Week. Recently, she was commissioned by Sydenham Arts to write a new full-length play about the life of Eleanor Marx, daughter of Karl, who lived and died in Sydenham.

ABOUT THE COMPANY:  Spontaneous Productions is a Sydenham-based company that has been the in-house producing theatre company for Sydenham Arts since 2012. It has produced more than 35 original productions since 2007, including open-air theatre at The Dolphin Pub, site-specific theatre in empty spaces across SE London and original children’s theatre at Albion Millennium Green nature reserve. It is committed to creating innovative and original theatre for SE London and bringing its quality work to both new and established audiences.

Sydenham Arts is a community arts organisation which embraces every art form and provides a wide range of exciting arts events and activities for new and existing audiences in the southern part of Lewisham borough.  It is committed to providing a platform for emerging, local artists as well as bringing high-quality, established artists to the area. Alongside its event programme it has regularly run free participatory workshops, partnered with local schools and colleges on original projects and provided mentoring for young actors, singers, musicians, playwrights and poets. 


Production Information:

Writer: Lucy Kaufman | Production Designer: Rhyan Eldon-Davis | Composer: Deborah Garvey | Costume Designer: Sarah Mercade | Director: Vicki Hambley | Production Assistants: Helen Goward & Felicity Hayward | Creative Director / Producer: Jonathan Kaufman | Cast: Deborah Garvey, Grainne Gillis, Helen Jeckells, Noor Lawson, Rachael Owens

Listings Information:

Venue: Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, London, SE4 2DH

Box office: www.brockleyjack.co.uk or 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 fee for phone bookings only)

Dates: Tuesday 28 April to Saturday 2 May 2015, 7.45pm

Press Night: Thursday 30 April

Tickets: £14, £11 concessions (suitable for 12+)

Theatre website: www.brockleyjack.co.uk

Company website: www.sydenhamarts.co.uk

Twitter: @BrocJackTheatre / @sydartsfest

Facebook: /brocjacktheatre / SydenhamArtsFestival

Venue contact: For further information, contact Karl Swinyard (admin@brockleyjack.co.uk / 07984 415572)

Company press contacts: Jonathan@sydenhamartsfestival.co.uk / 07904 505923 and Helen@sydenhamartsfestival.co.uk /  07868 459370

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