Our favourite time of year

Our favourite time of year

The nights are drawing in, the leaves are falling from the trees and ATC is spreading the Autumn love. It’s our favourite time of the year!

We have one show out on a UK and International tour, another in rehearsal for its London premiere, another tour for Spring 2018 about to be announced — then we begin working with a community cast in Hong Kong in preparation for ATC’s debut there in March. How do we do it all?

We gather the best people around us, is how. Acclaimed vocal coach Mary King – you’ll have seen her as an impassioned commentator at Cardiff Singer of the World, or heard her on Radios 3 and 4 – has been working with composer John Browne, choreographer Sasha Milavic Davies and our 60-strong cast drawn from the local community in Lambeth and Southwark to make the London premiere of The Suppliant Women.

The company have been working with our co-producers the Young Vic twice a week since September and now, with only two weeks to go, we’re hugely excited to bring the fruits of all their hard work and commitment to the Young Vic stage — from 13 – 25 November.

Living with the Lights On is nearing the end of a UK and International tour which has featured a residency at the Mental Health Arts Festival in Scotland and a private showing at RADA, the drama school where writer-performer Mark Lockyer trained 30 years ago. After the show, Mark was presented with his degree certificate!

Particular highlights of the current Living with the Lights On tour (its third since 2016) have been sell-out international dates at the Espoo Theatre in Helsinki and the Lliure Theatre in Barcelona, where it received nightly standing ovations. Amid the dramatic political events in Barcelona, audiences filled the theatre, wept and laughed with Mark — and filled social media with their reflections and admiration.

Do you follow us @atctheatre …? It’s the place to find all our up-to-date news — plus all the wonderful feedback we receive for our work. If you haven’t caught Living with the Lights On in the UK, you still have three chances – at Warwick Arts Centre, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.