Desert

Desert

Tue 08 - Thu 10 April 2014

Desert

★★★★ RemoteGoat
★★★★ Exeunt Magazine
 
US Army Intelligence analyst Bradley Manning alledgedly leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks. He was sentenced to 35 years in jail for this crime.

How did this 25 year old super-intelligent, awkwardly effeminate soldier become the centrepiece in a war between WikiLeaks and the American government?

A multimedia exploration of this significant yet little known figure, blending real life transcripts with imagined events to probe into the heart of this extraordinary story.

A MolinoGroup production
Written by Edward Fortes
Directed by Bethany Pitts
 
the MolinoGroup is a theatre and performance collective established in 2011 by Bethany Pitts (Director) and Edward Fortes (Dramaturg). Previous work includes Esther, Flor, Ilona (Scooter Café, Waterloo) and Smoke / Mirrors (V&A Playhouse Festival).
 
Working with an acting ensemble in a collaborative way, the company develops new writing from a different angle, developing text through workshops alongside a more physical approach and with a writer in the room. In doing so, they aim to bridge the gap between new writing and devising practices.
 
Bethany Pitts is a director specialising in new work, both scripted and devised. She was the Assistant Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth from 2012 – 2013, working on productions including The Astronaut’s Chair by Rona Munro and Forever House by Glenn Waldron. Previously she was Resident Assistant Director at Theatre503 and has directed productions at Arcola Theatre and Oval House, as well as site-specific work at the V&A Museum.
 
Edward Fortes is a writer and dramaturg whose work has been performed at Theatre503, BAC and the V&A Museum. He is a former Literary Associate of Oval House and has collaborate with the MolinoGroup to create the text for all of the company’s performances to date.

"Because of this exceptional, challenging play, I drove home thinking about times when I have stood up for my beliefs, and times when I have betrayed them. Could I have done what this unhappy soldier did?"
RemoteGoat

"Using words – spoken and projected – both from Manning and created for the show, with screened and live images, Edward Fortes’ script and the Group’s elliptical two-hander demonstrates evidence of deadly acts by Americans abroad included in Manning’s revelations and the determined punishment of someone not even securely adjudged guilty."
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