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AWARD-WINNING WRITER KAITE O’REILLY TACKLES THE LAST GREAT TABOO IN NEW PLAY, COSY.
THIS DARKLY COMIC NEW WORK COMBINES AN UNFLINCHING EXAMINATION OF OUR ATTITUDES TO YOUTH, AGEING AND DEATH, WITH AN OFTEN HILARIOUS AND MOVING ENCOUNTER BETWEEN THREE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN
This March at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre, an all-female, all-Welsh cast including Sharon Morgan will perform Kaite O’Reilly’s new play Cosy; a provocative, brutally honest but at times laugh-out-loud work that asks big questions about how – and when – our lives draw to a close.
“It’s like I’ve disappeared. I walk down the road and throw no shadow.”
“That’s what getting older does for you.”
Rose wants an exit plan that is bold and invigorating, but her three warring daughters have other ideas. We all have to die, but what makes a good death? Everyone seems to have an opinion…
Cosy is supported by Unlimited, a three-year commissioning and support programme which aims to embed work by disabled artists in the UK cultural sector, and shift perceptions of disabled people. Cosy is Kaite’s second Unlimited commission. The first, In Water I’m Weightless, was produced by National Theatre Wales, directed by John E McGrath and also performed at the Wales Millennium Centre and London’s Southbank Centre, as part of the official London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Kaite said: “Often it seems we’re in denial about two great truths – that we will probably age, and certainly, eventually, die. As a playwright, this is wonderful material to explore, filled with opportunities for humour, strong viewpoints and complex human emotions. To laugh in the face of both is I think the best revenge.”
Kaite O’Reilly has won many awards for her writing, including the Ted Hughes Award for The Persians (National Theatre Wales), Peggy Ramsay Award for YARD (Bush Theatre, London), and MEN best play for Perfect (Contact Theatre). Other credits include: the 9 Fridas (Taipei 2014, Hong Kong 2016); Woman of Flowers (Forest Forge); In Water I’m Weightless (National Theatre Wales/Unlimited/Wales Millennium Centre/Southbank Centre); LeanerFasterStronger (Chol Theatre/Sheffield Crucible); peeling (Graeae); Schlachthaus (Maxim Gorki, Berlin). A Fellow of International Research Centre ‘Interweaving Performance Cultures’ in Berlin, she is reflecting on her extensive work in disability culture and between hearing and Deaf cultures.
Director Phillip Zarilli is the founding Artistic Director of the Llanarth Group with credits including: playing ‘the’ maids, Told by the Wind, The Beckett Project (at Malta Arts Festival), Play, The Echo Chamber. He directed the premiere performances of two of Kaite O’Reilly’s plays: the 9 fridas (invited Guest Director, Taipei Arts Festival, 2014) and The Almond and the Seahorse (Sherman Cymru, 2008).
Kaite O’Reilly in association with Wales Millennium Centre and The Llanarth Group
Supported by Unlimited
Written by: Kaite O’Reilly
Directed by: Phillip Zarilli
Designed by: Simon Banham
Lighting Design by: Ace McCarron
Costume Supervisor: Holly McCarthy
Assistant Producer: Tom Wentowrth
Cast includes: Sara Beer, Llinos Daniel, Ruth Lloyd, Sharon Morgan, Ri Richards & Bethan Rose-Young
Venue: Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5AL
Dates & Times: Tues 8th – Sat 12th March, 8pm
Matinees: Thurs 10th & Sat 12th March, 2.30pm
Age guidance: 12+ (contains strong language)
Tel: 029 2063 6464
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