‘All of us come from somewhere’

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Read an extract from LUCKY PETRA here


first performed by Stephanie Anderson, Amanda Briskin- Wallace, Akili Brown, Cristina Carrillo, Larissa Flint, Sherill-Marie Henriquez, Sara Leone, Mary Leigh Montgomery and Esther Um

(multiple roles, ensemble cast)

music by Christopher Ash
directed by Tony Graham
dramaturg Cecily O’Neill

for New Plays for Young Audiences

artistic director David Montgomery
producer Teresa Fisher
production stage manager Cassie Renee Holzum
assistant stage manager Mary Leigh Montgomery
artistic associates Jim DeVivo and Gina L Grandi
assistant dramaturgs Rachel O’Neill and Gina L Grandi

extract showcased at BEAM 2018 at Theatre Royal Stratford East supported by 2timetheatre

performed by John Caddick, Adam Chatterton, Nathan Gregory, Evie Rose Lane, Natasha Lewis, Josh Sneesby and Lucy Wells with the voice of Paul Nicholas
directed by Peter Rowe
with the help of Noam Galperin, Marc Folan, Rosamunde Hutt and Chloe Mashiter

original pitch performed by Sarah Middleton, with Alex Glyde-Bates, Lacey Grimshaw, Beth Irving, George Roberts, Robert Smith, Olivia Squires, Dominic Stevens, Olivia Thorn, Rosy Tyler, Harry Watts and the help of Michael Goron and David Owen Norris

What is Lucky Petra?

Lucky Petra is a story set here and now, but with the shape-shifting, archetypal feel of folk tales. It unfolds through a combination of scenes staged in different locations, each immersing us in one of the worlds to which Petra travels. Equally vivid are the journeys we make between the locations: musical promenades which shift the mood and give the whole experience a festive, celebratory feel. The influences reach back to the pageant dramas (banned in Ipswich ‘for ever by order’ in 1531) to modern experiments in site-responsive performance – as well having the popular appeal of fairy tale anachronism that powers panto and Pixar.

A group of actors (some of whom also play instruments) and musicians (some of whom also act) want to tell us Petra’s story. They come from different places, but all like to share music and stories. Sometimes – as we will discover – there are disagreements between them about how this story should be told.

The story they tell begins with Petra, who lives with her dad in a tower. Petra worries about her dad. He has no job, is ill, has money worries, and lives in a place that he sees as very different from what he once thought of as home. And Petra is unhappy at school, where her lack of money and ‘oddness’ make it hard for her to fit in. She is drawn to the ‘strangers’ who come to their town for various reasons, but this causes resentment from her father.

A mysterious stranger meets Petra while she is bunking off school one day and insists she take a ‘magic stone’ as a gift. Petra takes refuge from a rain storm under a bridge with a group of musicians who say they have come to her town to escape various dragons. Petra finds this all a bit weird – though they seem nice enough.

When Petra and her dad have a massive row about her skipping school, he turns into a lion and Petra storms out into the storm. Which seems never to stop…

Initial inspiration came from August Strindberg’s Lycko-pers resa and the analysis of that play by Lowell Swortzell, with additional influences from Henrik Ibsen and Maurice Maeterlinck.