Creative Green Awards 2017 – Best Performing Arts Venue

By Daniel de la Motte-Harrison

The other week, Julie’s Bicycle hosted their inaugural Creative Green Awards, held in the splendor Of Somerset House, and presented by Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion. These awards are in recognition of environmental, sustainable and ethical commitment, understanding and improvement within arts and cultural venues, galleries and festivals.

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The Creative Green Award-winners with Caroline Lucas. Photo by Alick Cotterill.

The Young Vic was delighted to be nominated for three awards; Outstanding Achievement, Best Commitment; and Best Performing Arts Venue. We were even more delighted to win the last award. In recent years, the Young Vic has become a 4* accredited Industry Green venue and has undertaken small-scale and larger initiatives to green the theatre, its ethos, staff and productions further.

Recent changes at the Young Vic have included:

  • Becoming a zero-waste-to-landfill theatre
  • Securing our energy from green sources
  • Installing LED lighting in our corridors and public toilets
  • Putting on two ‘Classics for a New Climate’ productions, most recently La Musica, which had almost half the energy emissions of a similar scale production[1]
  • Dealing with the waste we create through productions as sustainably as possible. Two tonnes of peat from A Midsummer Night’s Dream went to a local community garden, and the sand used in Ah, Wilderness! was donated to a local nursery.

We are also proud of the ethical and sustainable commitments of The Cut Bar, widely regarded as one of the best theatre bars and restaurants in London. There are several vegetarian and vegan options available, and produce comes from local, ethical or organic suppliers. The beer on tap come from Bermondsey, just 0.4 miles down the road, and the wine comes from a biodynamic vineyard in Tuscany.

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Janie Dee in Ah, Wilderness! Photo by Johan Persson. The sand used in this production was donated to a local nursery.

The Young Vic will always continue to work closely with our friends and colleagues at Julie’s Bicycle and the London Theatre Consortium to collectively attempt to reduce our emissions and impact further, making work of the highest artistic quality which doesn’t cost the earth.

For more information on the Young Vic’s sustainability policies and practices, or with any ideas on how we can improve further, please get in touch with Daniel at danielharrison@youngvic.org.

[1] 5.38 tonnes of CO2 created through energy use, compared to 9.88 tonnes created through energy use during The Changeling in the same space.

The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands to compose original music for Life of Galileo

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We’re thrilled to announce that The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands is reuniting with director Joe Wright to compose original music for Life of Galileo.

BAFTA winner Joe Wright’s production of Brecht’s masterwork Life of Galileo will be accompanied by an original score composed by Tom Rowlands, founding member of the English electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers. Joe and Tom first collaborated on the 2011 feature film, Hanna.

When Joe approached me with the idea I was excited at the thought of doing something totally new. I was also happy to rekindle my creative collaboration with Joe as he always makes something inspiring and stimulating.” – Tom Rowlands

Galileo uses the newly invented telescope to make ground-breaking discoveries about the planets that set him on a collision course with authority. In challenging the idea that the earth is the centre of the universe, he is challenging the all-powerful Roman Catholic Church. Brecht’s timeless play about the conflict between science and dogma is more topical today than ever before.

Life of Galileo runs 6 May – 1 July at the Young Vic. Find out more about the show and book tickets here

📸 Image courtesy of The Guardian

TBT – Tarell Alvin McCraney at the Young Vic

On Sunday 26 February 2017, Tarell Alvin McCraney made history by becoming the third African-American writer to win an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Moonlight. The film, based on his play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, also took home the Academy Award for Best Picture.

The Young Vic’s Maria theatre was home to the 2007 UK premiere of Tarell’s The Brothers Size which was also nominated for an Olivier Award. In 2008, Tarell returned to the Young Vic to remount the production and to stage the European premiere of his work In the Red and Brown Water in the Main House. That same year, he won the Evening Standard’s Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright.

‘The Young Vic has shown so much faith in my work.’ Tarell McCraney interview with TimeOut

In honour of this huge win and his amazing talent, we wanted to post a few quotes celebrating Tarell’s work at the Young Vic:

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Ony Uhiara and Adjoa Andoh in In the Red and Brown Water. Photo by Keith Pattison.

‘No piece of total theatre could have better lived up to the promise of its title than Tarell Alvin McCraney’s extraordinary In the Red and Brown Water… McCraney is a distinctive voice in American theatre.’  The Evening Standard review of In the Red and Brown Water read the full review here

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The set of In the Red and Brown Water. Photo by Keith Pattison.

‘Tarell Alvin McCraney is a name to remember… the virtue of McCraney’s play lies in the clarity of its storytelling and its ability to yoke different cultures.’ The Guardian review of In the Red and Brown Water read the full review here

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Ashley Walters in In the Red and Brown Water. Photo by Keith Pattison.

‘McCraney has a talent for painting pictures and characters with words.’ The Daily Mail review of In the Red and Brown Water

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Nathaniel Martello-White, Nyasha Hatendi and Obi Abili in In the Red and Brown Water. Photo by Marc Brenner.

‘An instant hit with critics and public alike.’ The Evening Standard on The Brothers Sizeread the full article here

🌟🌟🌟🌟 “Deviant and dazzlingly imaginative” | A Midsummer Night’s Dream reviews

Director Joe Hill-Gibbins has teamed up with designer Johannes Schütz (Three Sisters) to dive into the subconscious of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, giving us a nightmarish #YVDream that everyone’s talking about.

See what the critics, press night guests and audiences alike have been saying in our round-up below.

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John Dagleish and Jemima Rooper as Lysander and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo by Keith Pattison.

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“Lust and violence are never far away. Delves into the collective unconscious.”
The Guardian | Read the full review here

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“Deviant and dazzlingly imaginative”
The Independent | Read the full review here

 

“I loved so much about last night. All one wants is for people to speak with their souls present, and to remind us that this language and the contradiction of peoples’ personalities shines across 500 years.”
– Fiona Shaw

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Check out what else audiences have been saying over on our Storify and catch #YVDream while tickets last at Young Vic until 1 April .

The Young Vic in the West End: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

We are over the moon to announce our latest show for the West End. Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell will star in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Benedict Andrews. #YoungVicCat opens at the Apollo Theatre 13 July 2017.

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The truth hurts. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday.  The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell.  Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

Sienna Miller stars as Maggie alongside Jack O’Connell as Brick. A return to the stage for director Benedict Andrews following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Tennessee Williams’ searing, poetic story of a family’s fight for survival is a twentieth century masterpiece.

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Sienna Miller (Maggie) trained at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York.  She was last on stage in the West End as Patricia in Flare Path at the Haymarket Theatre and was previously seen at Wyndham’s Theatre as Celia in As You Like It.  Her New York theatre credits include After Miss Julie, Cabaret, Independence and Cigarettes and Chocolate.  Her many film credits include Live by Night, Mississippi Grind, Layer Cake, Alfie, Casanova, Factory Girl, American Sniper, Foxcatcher, The Edge of Love, G.I. JoeYellow and the forthcoming The Lost City of Z.  On television her credits include The Girl, Bedtime and Keen Eddie.

 

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Jack O’Connell (Brick) was last seen on stage in The Nap at Sheffield Crucible Theatre.  His other theatre credits include Scarborough for the Royal Court and The Spiderman, The Musicians and Just for NT Shell Connections.  His film work has garnered him multiple awards, including the 2015 EE BAFTA Rising Star Award, the New Hollywood Award and the Chopard Trophy Award at the Cannes Film Festival.  Most recently, his project Home won the BAFTA for British Short Film in 2017.  His other film credits include Money Monster, 300: Rise of an Empire, Unbroken, ’71, Starred Up, Liability, Private Peaceful, Tower Block, Weekender, Wayfaring Stranger, Eden Lake and Black Dog.  O’Connell will next be seen on screen in Tulip Fever, The Man with the Iron Heart as well as starring in the Netflix TV series Godless.  His television credits include Skins, United, The Runaway, This is England, Dive and Wuthering Heights.

For the Young Vic, Benedict Andrews has previously directed his own version of Three Sisters, which won the London Critics’ Circle Best Director Award, and A Streetcar Named Desire, with Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster, which transferred to New York in 2016.  His first production for the Young Vic was Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses, a co-production with ENO – where he has also directed La Boheme and Detlev Glanert’s Caligula.  His many directing credits for Sydney Theatre Company include The Maids with Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert, which toured to the Lincoln Centre Festival in New York; and Big and Small which came to the Barbican, also starring Cate Blanchett.  Andrews has also worked extensively at the Schaubühne Berlin, Komische Oper, National Theatre Iceland and Belvoir Street Sydney.  His first feature film, Una, starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, premiered at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival and will be released later this year.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof  will play at the Apollo Theatre, 31 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES, 13 July – 7 October 2017. For more info and to book tickets, click here.

All photography by Charlie Gray

What’s your name and where do you come from? 💘 YV Blind Date 💘

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An artist’s impression of what love at the Young Vic might look like

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
– A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This Valentine’s Day, we’re playing Cupid. We’re offering 6 lucky contestants the opportunity to be set up on a blind date by the Young Vic’s expert matchmaking services*.

You’ll get a free drink in The Cut Bar while you get to know your one-and-only, and then settle down in the dark together to watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

True love might bloom, maybe you’ll have a new theatre companion for life, or maybe you’ll just have a fun night out on us. All we ask of you, is that you take a selfie together, fill in our post-date survey, and let us write it up on the blog.

Applications are now open, and you have until midday 17 Feb to send us the following:

  1. Name
  2. Age
  3. The gender you identify with
  4. The gender you would like to be set up with
  5. An emoji that best describes your personality

To: marketing@youngvic.org with the subject line ‘YV Blind Date’.

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*Marketing team

11 Questions with the cast of See Me Now – Pan

PAN is pangender, pansexual, pandemonium, Pandora’s Box.
Pan is a non-binary, non-obligatory human rights fetishist.
Pan is an author, a lover, an artist and a muse.
Pan is some people’s dream and others worst nightmare.
Pan is you, her, him, she, he , it, they….
PAN’s motto is WHAT WOULD LOVE DO?

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If you could only eat one ‘Penny Sweet’ for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A fried egg sweetie.

What is one common misconception about the sex industry you would like to change?

That it’s seedy. Sex is natural and healing.

What is one thing you would like people to know about sex work? 

It involves a lot of dressing up, backstage nerves and performance!

Is this your first time working in theatre? What’s it been like?

It’s been tiring, I will stick to domination!

Descibe the See Me Now rehearsal room vibes in three words (or emojis).

Blood, sweat, tears.

What did you want to be growing up?

A woman.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?

Sleep.

What’s your favourite song and why?

Grace Jones, Libertango – I can relate!

What’s your favourite play or movie you’ve ever seen?

The Hunger, with Catherine Deneuve. Where she says ‘Please call me Margot’. It’s so camp!

If you could have one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

I’m already supernatural.

Do you think you will want to continue being involved in theatre after this production?

I would love to.

Pan stars in See Me Now  which runs 11 Feb – 4 Mar in the Young Vic’s Maria. Tickets for this production are all sold out but you are welcome to join our returns queues from an hour before each performance. Find more information on See Me Now here