LEAVING PLANET EARTH
Photographs: Bec Andrews
Image: Douglas Chalmers
Written and Directed by Catrin Evans and Lewis Hetherington
A Grid Iron Production for Edinburgh International Festival 2013
Old Earth has nothing left for us, and so it is time for a new beginning. Cross galaxies, traverse light years and find yourself in a world where you can be the centre of your own universe. Welcome to New Earth. Never look back.
Vela, the revered and celebrated architect of this new society, has recently been avoiding her public duties in favour of visiting the Old Earth Museum and the company of its Security Guard. As the final migrants arrive, she is becoming increasingly obsessed by her memories, and questions are growing about her sanity.
Leaving Planet Earth is a site-responsive promenade production on an epic scale. Tracing the story of humanity’s first migration into space, it asks fundamental questions about our connection to this planet. Should we leave this world, and if so, who will endure and at what cost?
'A beautiful, eloquent and technically stunning show that offers a unique and spectacular future perspective on the most challenging crisis of our time.’
‘An extraordinary undertaking’
The Daily Telegraph
‘dazzling precision... a technical marvel on an epic scale’
‘walking away from Leaving Planet Earth leaves you with a genuinely refreshed perspective on our environment’
The Huffington Post
Images: Gabriela Restelli
Grey Swan at the Brockly Jack Theatre, London, July 2011.
Alan works in a genetics lab and is tired of everything. His son is hard work. His Mother is a grey rock in a flowery armchair. His Wife is a frozen lake. And then he meets Stella.
Stella is a call girl. Stella is speckles of sunlight on water. Stella is something different.
Alan is going to change everything.
“A confident, compelling and original piece of writing full of vividly drawn characters....”
An adaption of 'THE ARCHIVIST'
by Hector Levy
An adaption of 'INSTRUCTIONS FOR BUTTERFLY COLLECTORS'
by Marianna Eva Perez
Images: Leslie Black
National Theatre of Scotland as part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint at the Oran Mor. February 2011.
The Archive is old and dusty and punctuated by the sound of muffled screams. She was so sure she could unravel the mystery of her lost parents here, but the kindly Archivist makes her feel so confused. Maybe she was wrong. Maybe it doesn’t matter. Maybe she should forget all about it.
A young woman obsesses over the little Brother she lost, taken by the government when he was just a baby. She imagines the life they would have had together. She collects butterflies. She is lost in a world of memories she knows never happened.
‘heart-stopping... plunges beyond the obvious into the nature of the damage inflicted by political violence.’
‘A breathtakingly intense, deeply poetic, and heartbreaking account of the loss and emotional damage inflicted by the dictatorship’s bloody rule’
Images: Leslie Black
A Play, A Pie and A Pint at the Oran Mor. October 2009.
Vic and Elizabeth cannot wait to have a baby. And it will be perfect. They know this because they have been selected for a scientific trial and can make it perfect.
As their son grows up, they both wonder if this experiment has worked. Has he turned out the way he was supposed to, and if not, was it their fault?
‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein meets Jan Svankmajer’s Little Otik in Lewis Hetherington’s thought-provoking domestic drama about genetic engineering and parental yearning.’
‘Hetherington raises powerful questions about the changing moral character of a society in which little seems "God-given", and everything becomes a matter of consumer choice.’
Images: Leslie Black
A Play, A Pie and A Pint at the Oran Mor. September 2006
Three siblings in an apocalyptic world, the sea is raging, the landmass is diminishing and the population are in crisis. Government sanctioned executions are presented as the solution. Andrew has to chose whether to kill, or be killed.
‘one of those thrilling, bursting with promise debuts that makes the Oran Mor Play, Pie, Pint Season so rewarding'.
THE FRAGMENTED LIFE OF DOROTHY LAWRENCE
Images: Royal Conservatoire Scotland
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, August 2012.
Inspired by the real life story of Dorothy Lawrence - an Edwardian Orphan who cycled across France disguised as a man to fight in the trenches of the First World War - this show explores the imprint her story made on history and what resonance it holds today.
Dear Dorothy. I’m trying to write a play about you, but you’re dead and it’s rather difficult to find out anything about you.
Instructions for Butterfly Collectors
/ The Archivist
The Fragmented Life of Dorothy Lawrence
Images: Neil Thomas Douglas
Visible Fictions 2013
The Professor has spent her life with robots. She has built them, tested them, broken them and started all over again. The Professor has spent so much time with robots that some people say she has prefers them to humans.
Friends Electric is a magical story about a spark of connection igniting between a human (you) and a robot (like you?). Discover what makes you human, how our hearts can take over our brains and how our brains can do amazing things.
For everyone over 7 years old.
“If I could reach into my brain and delete all the bad bits, if I could get rid of everything embarrassing and painful, and have an empty brain ready to be filled with new information, I would do it.
Images: Neil Thomas Douglas
Platform, Easterhouse, December 2012
It’s Christmas Eve and there is something in the air. Goldilocks has everything, but tonight, for some reason she feels funny, something isn’t quite right. There is something out there calling to her. The Bears are deep in the Forest waiting for Daddy Bear to come home. Everything is snuggly but Baby Bear is behaving very oddly.
And on this magical evening in the wise old forest, the stars are out and the birds are singing a strange song in the trees. Goldilocks and The Bears will stumble into each others lives and nothing will ever be the same again.
"This Goldilocks gets the mix just right with jokes and songs, romance and show-downs to suit all tastes and ages. Writer Lewis Hetherington has cunningly tweaked the original tale into a present-day encounter between the haves – Goldie and her banker tycoon mother, Mrs Locks – and the have nots, those poor but happy bears who live at one with nature in the woods."
Starcatchers at Platform, Easterhouse.
I was a singing swimmer in this interactive performance for the very young. It went on to tour pools across Scotland; a celebration of singing, dancing and swimming with babies and their grown ups.
Images: Tommy Ga Ken Wan
Lyra Theatre and Catherine Wheels. Craigmillar Castle, September 2012.
"It might not be an easy story, it might not be nice, it might have bits which are sad or confusing. But that’s what we do, find the stories which are hard to tell.
Because if we don’t find them then no one will and they will be lost forever. But Rebecca’s story is in here somewhere. We have to make sense of it as we go.
And we know this story starts with Rebecca. A girl who wants to disappear."
Images: Iain Craig
Created by Ailie Cohen and Lewis Hetherington
Cloudia has always had her head in the clouds. A cloud expert, she has dreamt all her life of seeing a Cloud Man – extremely rare creatures who live a quiet life high up in the sky... Follow the clues to the very top of Cloud Mountain, a place where the views are always surprising – and, if you’re lucky, you might see something very special indeed. Featuring a blend of puppetry, storytelling and sumptuous visuals, Cloud Man is a 45-minute show suitable for children aged 4 to 7 years.
Cloudman was selected for the Made in Scotland Edinburgh showcase 2011, as well as the Imaginate Festival 2012, and has been touring extensively throughout the UK and internationally for the last two years.
‘A Joy to behold’
‘A deceptively simple story that will melt even the flintiest of hearts.’
The Incredible swimming choir
“A short, beautifully-sculpted 55-minute show… an understated and outstandingly gentle piece of theatre”
The Scotsman - Hot Show
“The most accomplished show yet from Analogue… a cleverly restrained and touching piece of theatre”
“I defy anyone not be drawn into this deeply moving examination of life, death and memory.”
“Analogue now must be considered the natural heirs to Suspect Culture and Frantic Assembly.”
“Vivid, accomplished and – in its filmic way – intensely theatrical”
“A quietly splendid production, magically well staged: it lingers long.”
Guardian ★★★★ / Daily Telegraph ★★★★ / The Herald ★★★★ / Financial Times ★★★★
"This piece of work knotted my stomach… Mile End is a tight, slickly constructed and precisely executed piece of work."
"There’s more invention crammed into the opening ten minutes of this ensemble piece than in an hour of some of the other shows on the fringe… dazzling"
"This is neuron-firing, emotionally hot-wired theatre from a visionary young company"
The Guardian ★★★★ / The Scotsman ★★★★ / Evening Standard ★★★★ / Metro ★★★★
Creating work in communities and schools is a really important part of what I do. Finding ways for a diverse group of people to collectively and creatively express their ideas about the world informs the way I make work and why I think theatre is important and exciting.
I lead workshops throughout the year on writing, devising and collaborating for adults and children with any experience of theatre. They may involve building dens, playing games in the dark, making stories from old photos, or anything we discover on the day.
Below is a small selection of some of the projects I’ve been involved in.
Images below by Mike Kwosniak / Lewis Hetherington
RISE AND SHINE
New Wolsey Theatre Young Company.
An exploration into what makes us the same and what makes us different into our globlalised, techonologically interconnected world.
THE CABARET OF
National Theatre of Scotland Learn
Fifty young people and a barber shop quartet singing, dancing and telling the story of a girl who has lost her Father.
Visible Fictions, Tweedmouth West First School
One hundred children created this site specific promenade piece with myself and Jen Edgar. It told the story of the Beast who lived in and protected their school.
Royal Conservatoire Scotland: Dramaworks
Parents are away. House party is on. Put the invite on facebook, myspace, twitter. Young people from all over Scotland travel to the Highlands hoping to find somewhere to lose themselves.
GIACOMO'S CIRCUS OF
Royal Conservatoire Scotland: Dramaworks
Giacomo the Entertainer? The Warmongerer? The Child kidnapper? Follow the misadventures of the residents of Littlington as the imminent arrival of Giacomo’s Circus threatens to disrupt their suburban perfection.
Over the last few years I’ve been fortunate to undertake a number of projects in collaboration with Sense Scotland; exploring the creative possibilities of making work inspired by non formal communication. Including observing rehearsals of the deafblind performance group for their shows Park and Home and also leading a series of drama workshops for the Siblings group.
Rise & Shine
The Cabaret of impossible dreams
Giacomo's circus of the fantastic!