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A Hamburg Premiere – Couch Theatre Presents

Our new one-woman play

Iphigenia in Splott

by Gary Owen

Winner of Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards in 2015

Sprechwerk Hamburg, Klaus-Groth-Straße 23, Hamburg (U/S-Bahn Berliner Tor)

7th and 8th September 2021 at 8 p.m.

Language: English

(Warning: the play contains strong language with descriptions of scenes of a sexual nature)

Click the Sprechwerk link for tickets:

Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen

Effie, if you met her on the street, is the kind of girl you would avoid eye contact with. Her life is a mixture of drugs, alcohol and drama. She will give you the finger without a batting an eyelid. But, like so many let down by society and the government, despite all her bravado she ultimately has no voice and no one to speak for her. However, our Greek heroine, via a poor British suburb, finally finds her voice and when she does there’s no stopping her. Gary Owen’s tense, heartbreaking yet witty monologue feels, as The Guardian five-star review put it, almost like the beginning of a revolution.

In Greek mythology, Iphigenia was Agamemnon’s daughter, sacrificed to ensure a fair wind to Troy and to further the ambitions of men. Who, we must ask ourselves, in today’s society are continually being sacrificed in order for others to pursue the insatiable desire for growth and profit?

Iphigenia in Splott was written for the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, where it enjoyed two sell-out runs. It then went on to the Edinburgh Fringe and the National Theatre in London. It won Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards in 2015. The original production was also included in The Guardian’s 50 Best Theatre Shows of the 21st Century.*

Cast and Crew:

Effie: Naomi O’Taylor

Costume and Stage Design: Martin Scheibe

Director: Jason Couch


Ticket: pre-ordered €19.40 reduced €12.80 (Box office €21 reduced €13.50)

Further reading:

About Gary Owen – http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/client/gary-owen

About The Guardian’s list – https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/sep/17/the-50-best-theatre-shows-of-the-21st-century

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Couch Theatre presents

Iphigenia in Splott

by Gary Owen

Photo: moodsmoodsphotgraphy

Tickets on sale now via these links

https://sprechwerk.hamburg/index.php/eine-vorstellung-und-ticket.html?day=20210907

https://sprechwerk.hamburg/index.php/eine-vorstellung-und-ticket.html?day=20210908

For our first play (up until now we’ve performed readings and staged readings) we present a one-woman monologue entitled Iphigenia in Splott.

The play was first produced for Sherman Theatre in Cardiff and moved to the National Theatre in London. It won ‘Best New Play’ at the UK Theatre Awards in 2015.

Summary

Effie, if you met her on the street, is the kind of girl you avoid eye contact with. Her life a mixture of drugs, alcohol and drama. She will give you the finger without a batting an eyelid. But like so many let down by the UK government and society in general, she has no voice and no one to speak for her. However, our Greek heroine, via a poor Cardiff suburb, finally decides to rage…and rage…in Gary Owen’s tense, heartbreaking yet witty monologue, which in itself almost becomes a call for revolt.

In Greek mythology, Iphigenia was Agamemnon’s daughter, sacrificed to ensure a fair wind to Troy and to further the ambitions of men. Who, we must ask ourselves, in today’s society are continually being sacrificed in order for others to pursue the insatiable desire for growth and profit?

Cast and Crew:

Effie: Naomi O’Taylor

Costume and Stage Design: Martin Scheibe

Director: Jason Couch


Performance time: 75 minutes with no interval

Ticket: pre-ordered €19,40, reduced €12,80 (Box office €21, reduced €13,50)

Language: English (Warning: the play contains strong language with descriptions of a sexual nature)

http://www.sprechwerk.hamburg

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News and Updates

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, theatres in Hamburg are closed. However, this doesn’t stop us planning future productions.

Currently we are working on bringing back DIE SOUVERÄNE LESERIN by Alan Bennett to Goldbekhaus, where we should have performed last year.

Then in September comes our new major project Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen. First produced by Sherman Theatre, Cardiff and then going on to the National Theatre in London, Iphigenia in Splott is based in Cardiff and is inspired by Greek mythology. Effie is the kind of girl you avoid eye contact with. Her life a mixture of drugs, alcohol and drama. This razor-sharp, tense, heartbreaking yet witty play is almost a call for revolt. Effie will be played by Naomi O’Taylor. Venue TBC. More details on this play soon.

Watch this space for more updates. You can also ‘like’ and ‘follow’ our website below. Or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and Youtube.

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FUTURE PRODUCTIONS

On 7th and 8th September 2021 we present our new major project Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen. For the last 3 years, we have been performing readings and staged readings, however, this will be our first play.

First produced by Sherman Theatre, Cardiff and then going on to the National Theatre in London and winning the Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards, Iphigenia in Splott is a one-woman play based in Cardiff and is inspired by Greek mythology.

Effie is the kind of girl you avoid eye contact with. Her life a mixture of drugs, alcohol and drama. This razor-sharp, tense, heartbreaking yet witty play is almost a call for revolt. Effie will be played by Naomi O’Taylor. Directed by Jason Couch. Costume and set design by Martin Scheibe.

Hamburg Sprechwerk, Klaus-Groth-Str. 23. Tickets via: sprechwerk.hamburg

Warning: Contains strong language and scenes and depictions of a sexual nature

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POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Our Staged Reading of

A New Case For Sherlock Holmes by Rob Quirk

Featuring Murder, Mayhem and Weasels!

A mysterious lady visitor sets in motion a chain of events involving blackmail, prostitution and murderous mayhem.

A dramatized reading performed live and in person by Mr Jason Couch, Ms Julie Spanswick and Mr Robin Quirk at Tisch & Stuhl, Gaußstraße 60, 22675 Hamburg on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September 2020 at 7.30 pm.

Tickets €15,00 (reduced €12) plus booking fee now available via http://www.Eventim.com

Limited seating capacity, book early to avoid disappointment!

A Standing Ovation

We had a standing ovation yesterday… and rightly so. Naomi O’Taylor is phenomenal, fierce and electrifying as Effie in our production of Gary Owen’s Iphigenia in Splott.

There are still some tickets left for tonight’s performance. You can either buy them via Sprechwerk.hamburg or at the box office tonight.

Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen at Sprechwerk Theatre on 7th & 8th Sept 2021 at 8pm.

With Naomi O’Taylor
Directed by Jason Couch
Costumes and Set Design by Martin Scheibe

Tickets: http://www.sprechwerk.hamburg
Photo: Conrad Lüneburg

Premiere Tonight of Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen

There are still some tickets left for tonight’s performance. You can either buy them via Sprechwerk.hamburg or at the box office tonight.

Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen at Sprechwerk Theatre on 7th & 8th Sept 2021 at 8pm.

With Naomi O’Taylor
Directed by Jason Couch
Costumes and Set Design by Martin Scheibe

Tickets: http://www.sprechwerk.hamburg
Photo: Conrad Lüneburg

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