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Golem | #PULSE17 | New Wolsey Theatre

Golem | #PULSE17 | New Wolsey Theatre


A 1927, Salzburg Festival, Théâtre de la Ville Paris & Young Vic Theatre co-production

International award-winning hit show returns to ask if humanity needs an upgrade to make us more worthy of our machines

Written and directed by Suzanne Andrade | Film, animation & design by Paul Barritt

UK & International Tour

"Groundbreaking with strokes of genius … A witty collision of antiquated aesthetics, wide ranging cultural influences and modern day sensibilities" 5 Stars - Daily Telegraph

Following performances at the Young Vic, the West End and an extensive international tour, multi award-winning theatre company 1927’s Golem returns, continuing to challenge and satirise our misuse of technology with a tour of the UK, Europe & Asia

Mixing live performance and music with film and animation, Golem follows the life of extraordinarily ordinary Robert Robertson, whose life is irrevocably disrupted when he buys a golem – a creature who will improve the efficiency of his daily affairs. But when Robert upgrades to Golem 2.0, the show asks what happens when man is no longer in control of machine.

Eerily relevant to our tech-obsessed world, Golem is directed and written by Suzanne Andrade, with film, animation and design by Paul Barritt – who jointly won Best Designer at the 2015 Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for the production.

Seamlessly synchronizing live music, performance and storytelling with stunning films and animation, Golem is the fourth show from 1927 and had its world premiere at the Salzburg Festival in August 2014. Following a two month sold-out and extended season at the Young Vic, followed by West End transfer it has since toured extensively, visiting Taiwan, France, China, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Australia and the United States. In 2015, Golem won a Critics Circle Award for its design and a Knights of Illumination Award.

Confirmed 2017 performances will take place at Theatre Royal Plymouth, Bristol Old Vic, #PULSE17 (Ipswich), Oxford Playhouse and Harrogate Theatre, as well as Denmark’s ILT Festival and South Korea’s LG Arts Centre. Additional UK & International Touring May - December 2017 is to be announced soon.

Elsewhere, 1927’s The Magic Flute, co created with Komische Oper Berlin, has become the most successful show in the Komische’s history with over 200 performances worldwide to date. This year, the production has seasons in Germany, Poland, Moscow and the US. 1927’s most recent large scale work – a double bill of Ravel’s opera L’Enfant et les Sortilèges,  and Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka, in which circus artists replace ballet dancers, premiered to much acclaim in January 2017 and runs in repertoire at Komische Oper, Berlin, until early 2018, before touring.

1927 is an award-winning London-based company that specialises in combining performance and live music with animation and film to create magical filmic theatre. Founded in 2005 by co-artistic directors Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt, the five-strong Company also includes associate artist Esme Appleton, composer Lillian Henley and producer Jo Crowley. 1927 is based in Margate and London and became an Associate Company of the Roundhouse and HOME Manchester in 2016. Previous productions include The Animals and Children Took to the Streets (Sydney Opera House, National Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre); Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Battersea Arts Centre); The Magic Flute (Komische Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, LA Opera, Minnesota Opera); The Krazy Kat Project (Ensemble Musikfabrik); Petrushka & L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Komisch Oper Berlin).  

Running Time: 90 minutes | Suitable for ages 12+

Company Information

Written and directed by Suzanne Andrade         Film, animation & design by Paul Barritt          

Music by Lillian Henley                                      Drums & Percussion by Will Close

Sound Designer by Laurence Owen                   Costume Designer by Sarah Munro                  

Costume Construction by Sarah Munro & Martha Copeland

Dramaturgy by Ben Francombe                         Projection Screen Design by James Lewis

Produced by Jo Crowley


Genevieve Dunne, Nathan Lane, Philippa Hambly, Rowena Lennon & Felicity Sparks

Voice of Golem Ben Whithead, Additional Voiceover Suzanne Andrade

@1927productions | #Golem | www.19-27.co.uk

Ipswich performance

10th June #PULSE17, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

7pm | £10-£5

www.wolseytheatre.co.uk | 01473 295900

Original production supported in development by The Tolman Centre Cornwall, Harrogate Theatre, Stratford Circus and The Old Market.

Golem UK tour is supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts

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