“The Grapes of Wrath”: Platform Event in Wimbledon and Previews

“(…) Damian O’Hare gave an exceptional performance as Tom Joad, returning from prison to find his family life ravaged by the prolonged lack of rain – forced to leave his family again but pledging to preach the word that the poor must band together for their rights. (…)”

(Source: “A powerful compelling epic drama…”)

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Damian O'Hare as Tom Joad and Christopher Timothy as Pa Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath". (c) CFT

As regulars of this blog and theatre buffs will know by now, “The Grapes of Wrath” will go on tour after its highly successful stint at Chichester Theatre Festival. The first dates are 1 – 3 October at the New Wimbledon Theatre. Those of you who bought (or will buy) tickets for the opening night and aren’t sufficiently depressed by the current state of economy yet will be happy to learn that the New Wimbledon will host a special event that night:

“(…) On the opening night performance on Thursday 1 October, New Wimbledon Theatre will also be holding an exclusive pre-show Platform Event: Recession vs. Depression at 6.30pm chaired by Artistic Director of the Chichester Festival Theatre and Director of The Grapes of Wrath Jonathan Church and internationally renowned business expert Allyson Stewart-Allen who will be discussing the economic elements creating the Dustbowl, how California today is facing similar conditions, the impact of economic imbalance on communities and the challenges of bringing a specifically American story to the British stage. There will also be a brief Q&A session. (…)”

(Source)

You can find links to all tour dates in the sidebar of this blog; click on the venue you’re interested in and you’ll get directly to the “Grapes of Wrath” page of the respective theatre. Read the information carefully, many theatres offer concessions for members, students, under 18s, senior citizens, unemployed people etc. Also keep an eye on the local press; there’s always the chance of winning tickets.

By  now, previews for future dates are beginning to show up in the local papers:

What’s On: The Grapes of Wrath at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth

AllMedia Scotland: Christopher Timothy and Sorcha Cusack to appear in The Grapes of Wrath at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

And now for something completely different…

You might have noticed that the design of the website has changed, with a vertical navigation bar rather than a horizontal one. While I slightly altered some of the graphics, I kept the old-fashioned cartoonish “60s” touch of the original. I hope it will work for you guys.

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