Language: English (with a smattering of French)
Running time: 60 minutes
Nathan Evans takes a comic and poetic look at a pair of botched departures from forty-year unions: the UK’s exit from Europe, bien sûr, and Nathan’s British-born, Brittany-residing, Brexit-supporting father’s departure from the state of matrimony. A brand new solo show marrying the personal and political, spoken word and storytelling, music and film.
‘witty, engaging and inquisitive’ Exeunt
In 2002, having worked decades in a job he hated to raise three then twenty-something sons, Nathan’s Dad took redundancy, sold his semi-detached in Medway and bought a farmhouse in Brittany. The only French he knew was ‘oui’. Nathan’s Mum took the passenger seat, reluctantly.
In 2012, his mother phoned in tears: she’d been abandoned (for another woman) in the middle of Breton nowhere. She still couldn’t drive and her husband-manqué still could not speak French. The only son still speaking to both parents, Nathan had to play ‘Michel Barnier’ in the separation negotiations.
In 2016, the UK voted ‘non’ to the EU, dividing the nation (and family dinner tables) almost down the middle. In 2018, as Viola! begins, those separation negotiations are due to end and this new work-in-progress marrying personal and political, spoken word and storytelling, music and film, will reflect upon the cultural and generational divisions we are left with upon leaving.
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Nathan Evans is a writer, director and performer whose work in theatre and film has been funded by the Arts Council, toured by the British Council, broadcast on Channel 4, archived by the British Film Institute and performed at venues including the Royal Court, Royal Festival Hall and Royal Vauxhall Tavern. This is his first new solo show in some time.
89th Productions is collaborative theatre company founded by Clarisse M. Kye; their projects have been funded by the Arts Council and developed with theatres such as Arcola, Cockpit and Pleasance.
‘witty, engaging and inquisitive’ Exeunt on Flights of Fancy at Soho Theatre ‘17
‘a beautiful story with a strong message that comes straight from the heart’ LondonTheatre1, on SwanSong at the King’s Head Theatre ‘17
‘smart … of the moment … rapturously received’ Close-Up Culture on Femme Fatale, Wilton’s Music Hall ‘18
Writer/Performer Nathan Evans: www.nathanevans.co.uk