21 February 2012
Critically-acclaimed dance theatre company Signdance Collective is to perform its show New Gold at Warehouse Theatre in London for two weeks in April, as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, a cultural celebration inspired by the Olympics and Paralympics.
The show is supported by fellow deaf and hearing theatre company Handprint Theatre, and the band 'Dead Days Beyond Help'.
New Gold follows four characters in their search for ‘gold’ and is supported by the Cultural Olympiad’s Creative Campus initiative and Signdance Collective, which is theatre company-in-residence at Buckinghamshire New University, has performed it throughout Europe The Middle East and premieres in the UK during this season in Croydon.
The New Gold season also includes Campaign To Be Me!, shows and workshops supported by the South East's Cultural Olympiad Programme - ACCENTUATE in partnership with NDCS and SDC. CAMPAIGN TO BE ME! is lead by deaf dancer/ actor Jacob Casselden. With film by David Bower.
New Gold's cast includes Signdance Collective’s artistic directors David Bower, who starred in the Hollywood hit Four Weddings and a Funeral, Cuban dancer Isolte Avila. and actor Dexter Hamlett, who starred in 1970s police series CHiPS, joining the company between 13 April and 21 April at The Warehouse.
Isolte Avila, SDC's dance director said:
“New Gold has been hugely well-received wherever we have performed it and we are sure that will also be the case at Warehouse Theatre. We are very lucky to also benefit from a run by the excellent Dexter Hamlett and look forward to contributing to what is sure to be an enriching cultural experience.”
New Gold which was developed at Bucks New Uni is directed by Slovenian director Goro Osojnik (Ana Desetnica International Festival) with dramaturgy by award-winning playwright Pedro de Senna (who takes over from Dexter from 22nd-29th April). The show also includes performers Laura Goulden and Francesca Osimani.
During the day Handprint Theatre Company, who create accessible theatre for deaf and hearing children will be running a children’s activity day for five to ten-year-olds called Soapy Sam, which includes puppet workshops.