Collide’s debut piece was a site-specific promenade performance of Sarah Kane’s final play: a raw and sincere landscape of the psychotic mind around the chambers of St Pancras’ Church’s Crypt in July & October 2015.
It is a story about someone who desperately wanted to communicate, to be understood; to be seen a person and not as an illness. 4.48 Psychosis allows us to observe the struggle of the self to remain intact and its inevitable fall.
Recreating an internal visual depiction of the human mind in turmoil. A barren space, and a mind which is full of potentiality at the same time. Exploring the fragmentation of self, the losing of borders that the psychotic mind experiences, the performance asks the audience to enter a subterranean labyrinth and encounter the complexity of the human memory, imagination and perception in all of its terror and beauty.
We have created a world open to its audience, a theatre of deconstruction which invites you to enter a region of the mind most of us would hope never to see.
“There is no benchmark I can offer, no relevant experience to relate it to, but in terms of pure stagecraft it is an excellent envisioning of a very difficult play, and an experience worth undertaking, even if only because it is different from anything else out there.” A Younger Theatre
★★★★ “I don’t think the written word is enough to convey the power of being in the crypt with the play going on around you.” LondonTheatre1
★★★★★ “An incredibly powerful production which rises to Kane’s challenge” PlaysToSee
Alisha Iyer, Miranda Teed, Cora Burridge, Helena Gadelha, Clemence Roberts, Ioli Filippakopoulou, Indre Kaftaniukaite, Depi Gorgogianni
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Emily Louizou (Director) is currently in her final year studying English at UCL. Over the past eight years she has been actively involved in theatre companies by directing, writing, acting, and producing plays. Last year she was chosen to direct Euripides’ Bacchae for UCL’s annual Classics Play, which was selected by the National Student Drama Festival 2015, and invited to give a special performance at the British Museum. Since 2011 she has been Creative Director for The No Project, an initiative with which she has been exploring ways that art can be used to raise awareness of human trafficking. Recent directing credits include: Euripides’ Bacchae (International Tour), Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano (Camden Fringe 2015), world premiere of Gingerbread (Almeida Theatre, August 2015), Unknown (Bloomsbury Theatre, March 2014).
Lily Hassioti (Designer) is an undergraduate student living in Dundee, Scotland. She is in her last year of Fine Art studies at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Responding to an era of consumerism and an age of enhanced communications, she focuses on producing works that focus on establishing relationships between the viewer and the artwork. Lily’s art practice combines traditional media with technologies to produce interactive works that function only with the viewer’s presence. Her installations become responsive with the use of sensors and microcontrollers and engage the viewers in experiences.
Ileana Arnaoutou (Designer) has just completed her second year of her BA Fine Art degree, at the Slade School of Art, UCL. Her art practice mainly focuses on materials and their potential. Intimate relationships formed between her thoughts and the artwork are a key point of her philosophy. The power of the unconscious and the ability to portray genuine spontaneous ideas through momentum is the motto and target that keeps her creating. Her latest body of work explores biomorphic shapes and their ability to be abstracted from the human body and seen as individual living forms.
Avra Alevropoulou (Designer) just completed her second year of her studies in Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins. She designed the Finborough Theatre world debut production of A Third (June 2015) and also worked as an assistant designer for the Artangel sight specific performance Have your circumstances changed. This year she also designed the Bacchae at the Bloomsbury Theatre. Avra recently designed for the National Youth Theatre as well as assisting for Dessa Rose, a musical that was nominated for Best Scenic Award at the Broadway World UK award 2014. Avra was also involved in the costume design creation for Scenes of Opera at the Royal Academy of Music.
David Denyer (Music composer) is an award-winning composer for theatre, screen and concert hall. He is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music and his recent work includes Streetcar Named Desire (June 2015), Bacchae (February 2015). His passion for music and his compositional style are rooted in his deep-seated desire to disturb, unsettle, and confuse his audience without mercy.
Nicole Cyrier (Assistant producer) is expecting to graduate September 2015, earning her MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology at University College London (UCL). She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology with a Minor in Theatre from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), with honors. There, she presented undergraduate research at The Second City Anthropology Conference (2013) and became heavily involved with UIC Theatre productions through costuming, make-up, and running crew. Nicole feels thrilled and extremely grateful to learn and work with the impressively spectacular cast and crew that is Collide Theatre.