November 2011 to January 2012 | New Writing Season

SOMETIMES I LAUGH LIKE MY SISTER

by Rebecca Peyton and Martin M. Bartelt

 
Sundays and Mondays, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 January 2012

The London Premiere

THE ENTIRE RUN IS NOW COMPLETELY SOLD OUT
EXCEPT
FOR ADDED EXTRA PERFORMANCES ON

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 at 3.00pm

Wednesday, 25 January 2012 at 9.30pm

Tickets £13, £11 concessions

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**** Four Stars The Daily Telegraph
**** Four Stars WhatsOnStage

Following a smash-hit debut at the Edinburgh Festival and an acclaimed national tour, Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister receives its London premiere as part of the Finborough Theatre's New Writing Season, playing for six Sunday and Monday performances from 8 January 2012

Since her big sister, BBC journalist Kate Peyton, was murdered in Somalia, Rebecca has had rather a strange time. she welcomes us to her world in a passionately political, sharply comical and painfully personal account of life after Kate.

Crafting a moving and often comic tapestry of private moments from a public tragedy, Rebecca tells her own story of a courageous journalist and a loving big sister, whom she misses.

Following every performance, Rebecca will be in the Finborough Wine Café for a completely informal post show discussion which has become an integral part of the show, bringing audience members together for what is always a lively discussion of the show, the making of the show, and the many themes on which the show touches.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT/PERFORMER REBECCA PEYTON

Writer/Performer Rebecca Peyton's theatre credits include Soldiers (Finborough), Hothouse (Arcola Theatre & tour), Troubleshooters (Soho Theatre), Julius Caesar (Barbican), Electra (The Gate), Danelaw (White Bear), Next Door (Rosemary Branch), Asylum Monologues (Tricycle), Asylum Dialogues (New Players & tour). Television credits include EastEnders, Casualty and Stan. Film credits include All Friends Here, The Rat Trap, Bloody Mary. Rebecca will be appearing in a True Stories: Elizabeth Fry, as the nineteenth-century prison reformer, for the BBC's Learning Zone and in her first feature, Where I Belong, in 2012. She works with Actors for Human Rights and is part of Teatro Vivo. Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister is Rebecca's writing debut.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR MARTIN M. BARTELT

Writer/Director Martin M Bartelt has worked as a dancer, actor, director and producer. He has worked with artists from Pina Bausch to Sausanne Linke, toured from Ecuador to Belarussia, and he recently won the TeatarFest Award in Sarajevo for Courage, l'Amour e(s)t la Vie. Martin has also taught extensively including at the University of Hamburg, Germany, the University of Theatre and Cinema in Lisbon, Portugal, the University of Social Studies, Olten, Switzerland, and the Theatre School, Verscio, Switzerland. He is Artistic Director of Obviam Est, founder of Artists For The World, and founder-director of the Il Gatto Danza Festival in Switzerland.

THE PRESS ON SOMETIMES I LAUGH LIKE MY SISTER

“Passion, wit, depth and a ridiculous amount of charisma. No one tells a story like Rebecca” Chris Addison

“Peyton’s 85 minute one-woman show...is a visceral true story of the grief, confusion and beauty that have consumed life since her eldest sibling died seven years ago.” Matilda Battersby, The Independent

“For just over an hour the audience is plunged into that peculiar twilight zone of the aftermath: the stinging shock, the incomprehension of the awfulness, the surprise that smile muscles in your face still function. That terrible need to laugh in the face of tragedy. Peyton cleverly harnesses these universal responses and lays herself very bare.” Matilda Battersby, The Independent

“It’s a piece that once delivered will linger in the audiences’ mind, until ready to be digested. A piece of theatre that is subtle and unobtrusive –  it doesn’t demand or fight, rather it eases gently into our subconscious...Thankfully it’s not a piece that will leave you wallowing in pity or sadness, as it’s peppered with the comedic tales of Peyton’s before, during and after-Kate moments.” Jake Orr, A Younger Theatre

“In the end I feel like we laughed a lot more than we cried, this balance was spread into the body of the play as it became more than just a story about grief but about journalism and the BBC’s policies, about the Government's policies, about family, about friends, about the rituals that we need, about saying goodbye, about learning to live after saying goodbye.” Antoinette Stott, The Public Reviews

“A beautifully crafted play, and one I would highly recommend.” Kat Halstead, The British Theatre Guide

“A unique and entertaining piece of theatre.” Ed Theakston, Fourthwall Magazine

“Painfully honest, brutally humorous and certainly hopeful” Ed Theakston, Fourthwall Magazine

“Fascinating, moving and full of dark humour.” Lloyd Evans, The Spectator

“What Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister does, painstakingly and brilliantly, is humanise the stories we hear reported about journalists getting killed while working abroad.” Daisy Bowie-Sell, The Telegraph

“Rebecca Peyton has done something quite remarkable. She’s created an event that is at once universally resonant and undeniably personal.” Kat Halstead, The British Theatre Guide

“Peyton’s natural flair for the comedic works well in what could otherwise have been a somewhat heavy experience. This is the woman who at one point considered naming the show 101 Uses For A Murdered Sister; a vibrant and enduring personality that brings a sharp, often cutting edge to her story...Comedy acts as a catalyst to what is a genuinely moving performance.” Kat Halstead, The British Theatre Guide



THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL PRESS ON SOMETIMES I LAUGH...

**** Four Stars – "A reminder of how almost absurdly precious life is" TheTimes
**** Four Stars – "A well-crafted, subtle piece of storytelling" The Scotsman
***** Five Stars – "We walked out feeling vibrantly alive" Three Weeks
**** Four Stars – "Breathtaking" Fest
**** Four Stars – "Recalls the best of humanity... It is impossible not to be moved" - WhatsOnStage
"Passion, wit, depth and a ridiculous amount of charisma. No one tells a story like Rebecca" Chris Addison

TICKETS AND TIMES

Sundays and Mondays, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 January 2012

Evenings at 7.30pm.

Performance length: Approximately 75 minutes with no interval, followed by an informal post-show discussion in the bar.

THE ENTIRE RUN IS NOW COMPLETELY SOLD OUT
EXCEPT
FOR ADDED EXTRA PERFORMANCES ON

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 at 3.00pm

Wednesday, 25 January 2012 at 9.30pm

Tickets £13, £11 concessions

Tickets £13, £9 concessions

PLEASE NOTE THAT LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED AND TICKETS CANNOT BE EXCHANGED OR REFUNDED.

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Written by Rebecca Peyton and Martin M. Bartelt

Directed by Martin M. Bartelt

Performed by Rebecca Peyton

Presented by Vital Digression and Obviam Est in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

REBECCA PEYTON