Some Kind of End

by Steven Bloomer

Age advice: 13+

Every year, Theatre Centre awards several playwrights seed commissions. The plays they write and develop may or may not end up touring with the company. However, we give the writers the support they need to develop a concept and help to make the production a viable touring option. Please find below the details of a new play by Steven Bloomer. 

It’s been raining for 40 days. With the army brought in to clear the streets, there are mysterious reports that the storm will get much worse at midnight. Things go from bad to worse when Jimmy and his sister Celeste become separated after a fight. Jimmy takes shelter at the school with reluctant PE teacher Mr Cahill. Celeste is out in the storm looking for him, aided by an army reservist who is flouting orders for reasons of her own. As the rain pours, and with the audience’s help, Jimmy and Celeste’s story unfolds: just what did happen to their little brother? Why has Jimmy been spending so much time at church? Will it ever stop raining, and is this the apocalypse?

Trialled as part of our Tomorrow’s World project in 2013, the promenade style performance would incorporate the audience seamlessly into the story – as bystanders, characters and active proponents of the narrative.

The story looks at themes that include bereavement, redemption and forgiveness. The production would incorporate theatrical techniques such as promenade performance, elements of immersive theatre and Brechtian direct address. Non-Drama subjects areas covered would include Geography (extreme weather, global warming) and RE (belief systems, philosophy).

Suitability: Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 | Ages 13+ | Years 8 to 13
Potential subject links: Drama and Performing Arts, English, Geography and RE at GCSE and A-Level

Steven Bloomer's plays include Boiling Frogs (Southwark Playhouse); Bugs and After Revolution (Wilderness Festival); First They Slaughtered the Angels (Guildford School of Acting) and Punch (Edinburgh Festival). Steven is an associate member of experimental theatre group The Factory, part of the Royal Court Studio Group and spent a year on the Paines Plough / Film 4 attachment Future Perfect. He won Theatre Centre’s Adrienne Benham Award in 2009.

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