Tuesday 24 May - Thursday 2 June 2016 at 7:45pm

Neville Studio - Tickets: FREE, reserve in advance.


NEAT Studio events are FREE! Tickets must be reserved in advance. To book any of these events please call the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.

Four staged readings of European play texts that will be performed for the first time in the UK by the Neat ensemble and directed by Susannah Tresilian.

MIHAELA: THE TIGER OF OUR TOWN – Tuesday 24 May 2016, 7:45pm

By Gianina Cărbunariu

A staged reading of TIGER, a European Mockumentary from Romania.

An average European town. A beautiful medieval square, cafés, pigeons, passers-by, tourists, homeless people… An ordinary town, where everything is as it always has been, until suddenly something out of the ordinary happens. A tiger escapes from the zoo. Based on a true event, when a Siberian tiger created chaos in a European town, we are given a witty, playful and political tale of our time.

“During the documentation, I made interviews with people from the town, but I was more interested in their opinions about the city, about what a “European” city could mean today, about their fears, their everyday life, about the way normal people relate to their town, to possible dangers, but also to invented dangers, to minorities, to what is strange or different. The tiger is “the stranger”, the possible or invented danger, “the different one” that enters your reality and forces you to reset your mind. The tiger is also the stranger inside each of us”. (Gianina Cărbunariu – Writer)

AGAINST LOVE (CONTRA L’AMOR) – Thursday 26 May 2016, 7:45pm

By Esteve Soler, translated by Hillary Gardner

A staged reading of a Spanish play text.

A peasant kills his mother for a princess. A woman shatters spontaneously into a thousand pieces on her honeymoon. Kids experience love through pills. Astronauts learn to love. A porn star mulls over his regret. In a series of burlesque sketches, Esteve Soler examines love from all its angles. Part of the award-winning Against Progress Trilogy this caustic, witty, aching play shines light on love and asks us: are we for or against?

RADIO CULTURE – Tuesday 31 May 2016, 7:45pm

By Maxim Dosko, translated by Andrew Walby

A staged reading of a Belarusian play text.

A man lives his life. He works on a building site. He eats his packed lunch. Life happens. He listens to the radio….

Created as an audio adventure, the Playhouse Ensemble will take the audience through an audio experience. Sit back, close your eyes, and for an hour let him do the complicated living for you.

Winner of the Grand Prix and the Best Experimental Text for Stage at the Belarus Free Theatre’s prestigious International Competition of Contemporary Drama. Previous winners have included Pavel Priazkho, Anna Yablonskaya and Alexey Sherbak, whose work have been produced at the Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Company and Soho Theatre. The competition receives up to 700 texts from 22 countries around the world, looking for the work that best scans and reflects the countries they live in.

INVISIBLE – Thursday 2 June 2016, 7:45pm

By Tena Štivičić

A staged reading of a Croatian play text.

Lara left home convinced that hard work and talent would reward her with a better life. Anton was forced to leave his village and finds himself suspended sixteen floors above a city, cleaning windows. Malik stands on a beach and looks out towards country where women reportedly walk half-naked. And Felix, a young businessman with a pretty wife and a lucrative future, finds it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. Amid the world of visas and wind turbines, commuter flights and nightclubs, fairy tales and tabloid press, a chance meeting drives disparate lives towards a chilling point of no return.

A funny moving and topical portrayal of the world in flux, Invisible explores the many sides of migration “in a world where the borders are constantly reshaping.”

These events are part of neat16.

An extra £1 charge will be added to your order if you would like your tickets posted to you.

Dates & Times

EUROPEANEAT - Tue 24 May 7:45pm Tue 24 May Neville Studio 7:45pm FREE
EUROPEANEAT - Thu 26 May 7:45pm Thu 26 May Neville Studio 7:45pm FREE
EUROPEANEAT - Tue 31 May 7:45pm Tue 31 May Neville Studio 7:45pm FREE
EUROPEANEAT - Thu 2 Jun 7:45pm Thu 2 Jun Neville Studio 7:45pm FREE

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