It’s genuinely exciting to hear that Liverpool’s own Tmesis Theatre have announced what will be not only their first one woman show but also their most innovative collaborative work to date – the dark and twisted Wolf Red. Wolf Red premieres at the Unity in September for four nights only, with tickets on sale now.
Deep in the dark woods, a woman is held prisoner. But is her sinister captor a predator of the body or her mind? Fairytale and reality blur in what is described as “a quirky and memorable production which explores the dark side of human nature”.
Combining acclaimed physical theatre company and founders of the city’s PhysicalFest Tmesis (Elinor Randle will perform the piece and Yorgos Karamalegos will direct) with new writing from acclaimed North West playwright and creative collaborator Chris Fittock, Wolf Red is a menacing and entertaining piece that explores one woman’s sinister, evocative and playful journey.
The duo have previously worked with Fittock on their show The Dreadful Hours. Following a series of workshops with local writers in 2007, in two weeks they had created a short piece, which experimented with different styles of text and movement. It was presented at the Liverpool Everyman’s Everyword festival in July 2008, before being made into a full-length sell out show at the Everyman in 2009.
Elinor Randle of Tmesis said: “The collaboration with Chris Fittock was particularly successful, and we wanted to continue to pursue combining text with our physical work in our new piece. We are very excited to premiere this new production.”
Tmesis Theatre’s fifth production follows successful European tours of Tmesis, Memento Mori, and Anima, their trilogy on life’s journey and The Dreadful Hours. A solo show performed with astonishing passion, energy and skillful physicality, Wolf Red promises “a feast for the eyes with stunning visuals”, an innovative set from local designer Lois Maskell and lighting by Polish designer Arek Chrusiel .
Marrying a fresh original soundtrack with new writing and choreography, Wolf Red is set to be another example of the incredible physical theatre that is unique to Tmesis Theatre.
It runs at the Unity from September 26 to 29. For tickets and information, visit the Unity’s website. Here’s a taste of the piece: