We’d like to introduce you to our latest Made By The Marlowe production, which will be premiered in The Marlowe Studio in January.
Run The Beast Down is an exhilarating theatrical journey performed with a live electronic score, a boundary-pushing hybrid of theatre and music, combining elements of storytelling, dark comedy and magical realism with a pulsing soundtrack. Excited yet? We certainly are.
The play takes the banking crash of 2007 as its starting point, but then heads off in some very unexpected directions, to tell the story of Charlie, who’s lost his job and is suffering from insomnia – and finds himself being haunted by an urban fox. What on earth is going on – and is it real or in his head? The mystery twists its way towards a city in flames and a Kendal Mint Cake-fuelled murderous showdown…
It’s the first full-length play by Titas Halder, who also works as a theatre director, having trained under the likes of Michael Grandage and Jamie Lloyd. Directing duties on Run The Beast Down will however fall to Hannah Price, who previously directed Boa, starring Harriet Walter, at the Trafalgar Studios.
One of the great excitements for us of this production is that we’ve been involved with the play from almost its very beginnings. The script was developed through our Roar! New Writing programme. This helps writers develop plays they’re working on, through mentoring and allowing them to work with actors, so they can hear their words being spoken. Run The Beast Down was one of the first plays to receive the full Roar! treatment, which culminated in a rehearsed reading of the show, for staff from The Marlowe and our partner organisations.
Roar! focuses on plays with real potential to be produced in the UK – we’re very excited to be working with Libby Brodie Productions to bring this one to life. After its run with us, Run The Beast Down will also be performed at the Finborough Theatre in London, one of the capital’s leading theatres for new writing.
The production is supported by The Marlowe Theatre Development Trust.
Run The Beast Down: The Marlowe Studio, Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 January. Book here.