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King Arthur’s Night

This isn’t the King Arthur you know.

Jun 15-18, 2017
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Thu, Jun 15, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Berkeley Street Theatre
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Fri, Jun 16, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Sat, Jun 17, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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The June 18 performance will feature Relaxed Performance. MORE INFO >

World Premiere
Commissioned by Luminato


An upside-down world. A betrayed love. An unwanted child. Animals learning to walk and talk. A revolt by the subjugated masses. A kingdom come undone. This isn’t the King Arthur you know.

Refined, brutal, crude and tender, King Arthur’s Night is a radical re-examination of the creative process and a kick in the knees to our assumptions about difference. This ambitious work of theatre and music is co-created by Niall McNeil, an artist living with Down syndrome, with Marcus Youssef and James Long (Winners and Losers at Canadian Stage) and Canadian alt-songstress Veda Hille (co-creator of A Craigslist Cantata in Factory Theatre’s 2013 season). The integrated cast features a mix of actors living with and without Down syndrome, a live band, and a twenty-person choir.

King Arthur’s Night tests what we know about the limits of theatre, language and our collective understanding of the narratives that are permitted to shape our world.
 

Relaxed Performance of King Arthur’s Night

June 18 at 2 pm

The Relaxed Performance is offered to all patrons who would benefit from a more relaxed environment; those with sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability and/or an Autistic Spectrum Condition are especially welcome.

Adaptations to the performance include house lights kept on low, adjustments to volume and special effects in the performance, and a relaxed attitude amongst audience, staff and performers to noise and movement around the theatre during the show.

A full visual story will be available two weeks before the performance. A quiet area will be available for those who need to leave their seats before or during the performance.

Please be aware that loud noises will occur during this Relaxed Performance. For patrons, who are disturbed by loud noises, we offer the option of following along with an "headphone interpreter". The interpreter will be sitting to the right of the stage or stage left in the theatre.  The interpreter will signal to patrons when a loud noise is about to occur, by putting on a set of head phones.  The patron will then have time to put on their own set of headphones (or ear muffs) so the volume of the potentially disturbing noise is reduced. Please note that patrons must bring their own noise reducing headphones.  

Photos by Tristan Casey.

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Estimated Run Time:
1 hr 30 min, no intermission
1 hr 30 min, no intermission
Commissioned by Luminato, co-produced by the National Arts Centre, developed with the major support of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the National Arts Centre (Collaborations Program), Stratford Festival, and Bard On the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Associate Presenter: Why Not Theatre. Community Partner: Down Syndrome Research Foundation of BC. With support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, the City of Vancouver, and the Vancouver Foundation.

The Playwrights acknowledge the assistance of the 2016 Banff Playwrights Colony – a partnership between The Banff Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Neworld Theatre acknowledges the support of the Performing Arts Residency program at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Creatives

Niall McNeil literally grew up in the theatre, at the Caravan Farm Theatre in British Columbia’s interior. He appeared in numerous Caravan shows and had a long, productive collaborative relationship with Vancouver’s Leaky Heaven Circus. Niall’s genius as an artist is his ability to associate, and to create through dialogue and play, with a seemingly preternatural ability to riff and shift perspective, subverting expectations. The results of this are counterintuitive, absurd, disarming, confusing, hilarious, frightening and occasionally heart-stopping. In the world of King Arthur’s Night there is a permeable boundary, between the source material, pop culture and Niall’s own world. He is a gifted associator, making links between characters that defy traditional categorizations like fictional and real. Niall challenges the classifications and categorizations that we “neurotypicals” assume must be the only legitimate means available to perceive and name the world. They’re not. There are worlds we can’t name or even imagine, within every one of us. That’s why we have art: to offer ourselves a glimpse.

WRITTEN BY
Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef

ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSED BY
Veda Hille

DIRECTED BY
James Long

PRODUCED BY
Neworld Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

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Specialized Performances Relaxed Performance of King Arthur’s Night

June 18, 2 pm

The Relaxed Performance is offered to all patrons who would benefit from a more relaxed environment; those with sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability and/or an Autistic Spectrum Condition are especially welcome.

Adaptations to the performance include house lights kept on low, adjustments to volume and special effects in the performance, and a relaxed attitude amongst audience, staff and performers to noise and movement around the theatre during the show.

A full visual story will be available two weeks before the performance. A quiet area will be available for those who need to leave their seats before or during the performance.

Please be aware that loud noises will occur during this Relaxed Performance. For patrons, who are disturbed by loud noises, we offer the option of following along with an "headphone interpreter". The interpreter will be sitting to the right of the stage or stage left in the theatre. The interpreter will signal to patrons when a loud noise is about to occur, by putting on a set of head phones. The patron will then have time to put on their own set of headphones (or ear muffs) so the volume of the potentially disturbing noise is reduced. Please note that patrons must bring their own noise reducing headphones.