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Alphabetti Theatre present a world premiere of
Written & Directed by Ali Pritchard
Performed by Christina Berriman Dawson & Kay Greyson
Composition & Sound Design by Wilf Stone
Script Developed by Christina Berriman Dawson, Kay Greyson & Wilf Stone
TUES 19th APRIL – SAT 7th MAY 2022
Performance Time: 7:30pm
Covid-19 Policy: This production will have socially distanced tickets which will sell out fast, audience numbers vary depending on restrictions.
Tickets: Pay What You Feel (booking essential)
Running Time: Approx. 45 mins
Age Rec: 16+
Access: Wednesday 27th April will be a captioned performance, Wednesday 4th May will be audio described, and all Saturday matinees will be relaxed.
Content Warnings: This performance contains swearing and themes that some audiences may find upsetting and distressing for more information please contact the theatre.
"It isn’t personal. It’s just an algorithm."
The world has become a stark place since the crisis. People trade their freedom for shelter, their lives for the city’s power, their past for others’ present. At least there is Opolis.
Julie wants change. She wants her privacy. She wants a life outside of Opolis. But she needs to provide something in return, and as time closes in she must decide what she’s prepared to lose.
Opolis is a new psychological sci-fi thriller from Alphabetti Theatre’s award-winning Artistic Director Ali Pritchard. Created in his frank humorous, political and emotive style, it asks us to examine the difference between lived and displayed experiences, and how far we’ll go for the picture perfect life.
Praise for Pritchard’s previous work:
“Pritchard’s light touch and eye for the absurd stop things descending into bleakness. He manages to imbue the production with plenty of humour without minimising the plight of its protagonist, and it’s peppered with delightful touches.” - The Stage, About Present, 2019
“Ali Pritchard’s sparsely staged production does a skilful job of keeping the audience off balance with abrupt changes in tone. The audience is invited to laugh at comic misfortune one minute, and then made choke on that laughter the next.” - The Stage, About Bacon Knees & Sausage Fingers, 2019
Meet the Creative Team behind Opolis:
Christina Berriman Dawson
Christina's theatre credits include ’Gaze’ (NORTHERN STAGE), ‘Art of Facing Fear’ (Theatre Os Satyros), ‘Credit’ (Cap-a-Pie), ‘Sugar’ (Open Clasp- BBCiPlayer), ‘Goldilocks & the Three Bears’ (QDOS Theatre Royal Newcastle), ‘Under Milk Wood’ (Northern Stage) ‘Rattlesnake’ (Open Clasp), 'Beyond The End Of The Road' (November Club-Tour/SAGE) ‘Key Change’ (New York Theatre workshop, Off Broadway and UK National Tour & Live filming Space/BBC ), 'Sugar' (Open Clasp at Live Theatre), '5 Dead Nobody's' (Customs House), ‘Clothes Swap Theatre Party’ (Forward Theatre & Derby Playhouse), ‘Dolly Mixtures' (Customs House), Make do and Mend performed at European Parliament, 'From there to you, from here to me' (Odd Man Out), 'Turning Pages' (Live Theatre), 'Season Ticket R&D' (Northern Stage), 'Prince', ‘Queen’ & ‘Dandini’ (Tyne Theatre), The Frights (Alphabetti Theatre & Theatre N16 London), Hull’s Angel (Ensemble 52), Gaslight On Grey Street (Theatre Royal Studio), Pied Piper Project & Cautionary Tales From The Trenches (November Club), Flock (ZENDEH), ‘Dick’ in Dick Whittington & ‘Aladdin’ in Aladdin (Barnsley Lamproom Theatre), The Selkie (Sage Gateshead), The Bodies (Live Theatre), Nowt To Look At (BBC Radio Drama), George Gently (BBC) and feature film The Magdalene Sisters Christina was awarded the 2017 Live Theatre Bursary for her show ‘Children of the Night ’. In 2020 she was made a Live Theatre Associate. Christina is represented by Janet Plater Management.
At 23, Kay Greyson has been rapping and performing for over ten years cementing her reputation in the UK as a hardworking and multi-talented artist. Her US influenced style calls back to the mid 2000's hip hop she loved as a teen. As a writer, she focuses on clever songwriting with a groove to keep any crowd moving! Having already supported legends like The Game, KRS One, DJ Yella, Akala etc she is now focused on creating her own legend. Her 2021 single 'Over and Over' amassing over 60,000 streams and being featured on Radio 1 as part of 'Jack Saunders Future Artists' feels like just the beginning.
Outside of music, Kay has began acting. She has been in theatre shows across a variety of venues in the North East including a school tour of Brash Theatre's 'Raising Shame'. She also began writing her own work with her first piece being premiered at Alphabetti Theatre as a reaction piece to '10 things to do in a Small Cumbrian Town'.
In 2022, Kay plans to keep developing as an actor and writer as well as dropping new music she has written on a recent trip to Los Angeles, to really cement herself as a multi-talented all-around artist.
Wilf Stone is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and composer hailing from Northumberland and an associated artist with Alphabetti Theatre.
He's toured with various bands and also as a solo artist from the age of 15, from UK Festivals such as Kendal Calling, Glastonbury and Solfest to European and Chinese tours.
Wilf has composed, sound designed and performed in various theatre productions including Alphabetti Theatre's Present and more recently Tree (The Worriers).