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Jadek

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“Jadek reflects and challenges contemporary issues by confronting certain generational dividers to comedic effects.”

— Sam Holland, Migration Matters

We are very pleased to announce our new play ‘Jadek’ which we will be touring in the autumn of 2019 at the following venues:

 

(Tickets not available to buy now will be in August.)

Synopsis

‘Jadek’ is a new play exploring identity, culture and migration. Seen through the relationship between a blind, Polish Grandfather and his English Granddaughter.

Grandad found a home in Yorkshire in 1945 after spending six years fighting and surviving World War 2. He likes a whiskey and hates the ventilation in his front room. Every morning he opens his eyes and a sorrowful “bloody hell” escapes his lips as he realised he’s still blind.

Chesca drinks way too much beer and has moved house a mere 28 times. As a modern-day performance artist, Chesca feels repressed by the world around her and pissed off at all the men in it. Chesca found a home at her Grandad’s house after spending what felt like most of her life at war.

‘Jadek’ is based on the true story of when performance artist & writer Chesca moved in with her blind, Polish, 94-year-old Grandad and explores how this unexpected turn of events affected both of their lives.

“Imagine If are approaching this very exciting project with the right attitude. As a blind theatre-goer and maker it is encouraging to see them engaging with blind artists, cast members and audiences and I was encouraged by the types of questions and subjects that were being raised in the rehearsal room.” – Ben Wilson, Agent for Change, Sheffield Theatres

 

Our work appeals to socially engaged audiences and its frank, contemporary and unapologetic approach to the issues it explores has proven successful with both younger and older audiences. We have a comprehensive marketing and audience development plan in place to support out work when it tours. 30% of our audiences for ‘You Forgot the Mince’ were first-time theatre goers and 34% were from low-income backgrounds. Following on from this hugely successful national prison tour, Jadek’ will also tour prisons across the UK.

 

Running Themes in ‘Jadek’:

  1. Post-traumatic stress disorder
  2. Ageing
  3. Mental health
  4. Family carers
  5. Visual impairments

 

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