Summer Season | May - August 2016

MAGGIE AND PIERRE

by Linda Griffiths with Paul Thompson

 
Sunday, Mondays and Tuesdays
19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 June, 3, 4, 5 July 2016

The European premiere

“So now you have me, and the country, and everybody’s rooting for you, what are you going to do with the “all” that you’ve got?”

In a new production commissioned by Finborough Theatre, the European premiere of Maggie and Pierre runs at the Finborough Theatre, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from Sunday, 19 June 2016.

In 2015, Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada in a landslide election victory. Maggie and Pierre is the story of his parents...

It's the late 1960s.

19 year old Maggie Sinclair is a hippie free spirit, born out of love, socialism and a lot of dope.

Pierre Trudeau is nearing 50, urbane, charismatic and soon-to-be elected as Prime Minister of Canada.

Reason and passion soon collide as they meet, fall in love, marry, live together in the public spotlight, have three children, and break up in a very ugly and very public way.

A Canadian classic, Maggie and Pierre is a tour de force one-woman play about the pressures of power and fame under the media spotlight.

Maggie and Pierre quickly became a Canadian classic after its world premiere in 1980 at Toronto's Theatre Passe Muraille. It went on to tour extensively throughout Canada including the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, was presented Off-Broadway in New York City, and filmed as a television movie.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS

Co-Playwright Linda Griffiths was born in 1953 in Montreal. Her other plays include Age of Arousal (2007), seen in the United States, Canada (including the Shaw Festival) and the United Kingdom; a collaboration with First Nations author and activist Maria Campbell which yielded both a play, Jessica (1987), and the behind-the-scenes story of its creation The Book of Jessica (1989), which is now a staple in Aboriginal studies around the world; Heaven Above, Heaven Below (2013) and Games: Who Wants to Play? (2014). Griffiths won five Dora Mavor Moore awards, two Chalmers Awards for Best Canadian Play, a Betty Mitchell Award, an ACTRA Award and the Quizanne International Festival Award, and was twice nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for The Darling Family (1992) and Alien Creature: A Visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwen (2000). In 2013, she was given a lifetime achievement award by the Playwright’s Guild of Canada. Linda Griffiths died in 2014.

Co-Playwright Paul Thompson is best known for his term as Artistic Director of Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto where he was acclaimed for pioneering techniques of collective creation, in which actors, playwrights and directors would collaborate on the creation of a play through field research and acting improvisations including such seminal Canadian plays as Doukhobors (1970), The Farm Show (1972), 1837: The Farmers' Revolt (1973, with Rick Salutin), I Love You, Baby Blue (1975) and Far As the Eye Can See (1977, with Rudy Wiebe). Thompson later served as Director General of the National Theatre School in Montreal from 1987 to 1994. He continues to direct theatre productions for Theatre Passe Muraille, Centaur Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, the Blyth Festival, Native Earth Performing Arts and De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Director Eduard Lewis has most recently worked as Assistant Director to Max Webster on Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax (Old Vic) which was nominated for an Olivier Award. He trained at Birkbeck University and he has gone on to direct Light and Shadow, Crap Dad Island and Sky Lines Project at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, where he was Resident Trainee Director. Direction includes The Terrible Tale of Twiddly Widdlies (Pleasance Edinburgh and New Diorama Theatre), Caught (Pleasance London) and Pick One (Arcola Theatre). In 2015, he went to the University of South Florida where he directed Mike Poulton’s A Tale of Two Cities as part of the BRIT Programme. Associate Direction includes A Tale of Two Cities, directed by James Dacre, (National Tour) and Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Max Webster, (Shakespeare’s Globe and International Tour). He has assisted Dominic Dromgoole on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Shakespeare’s Globe), James Dacre on Holy Warriors (Shakespeare’s Globe) and A Tale of Two Cities (Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton), Caroline Steinbeis on Talk Show (Royal Court Theatre) and Brilliant Adventures (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester) and Michael Longhurst on Cannibals (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester).

THE PRESS ON DIRECTOR EDUARD LEWIS

On The Terrible Tale of Twiddly Widdlies at Pleasance Edinburgh and New Diorama Theatre

“An ambitious and visually distinctive trio of wonderfully macabre stories.” Natasha Tripney, The Stage

“Three wonderfully perverse stories expertly weaved together in a punchy...short, show.” Martin Pettit, Everything Theatre On Caught at Pleasance Theatre

★★★★ Female Arts

“This direction, by Eduard Lewis, was extremely clever...the talent involved in the entirety of this piece is awe inspiring.” Steph J. Watkins, A Younger Theatre

TICKETS AND TIMES

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 June, 3, 4, 5 July 2016

Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.

Performance Length: 75 minutes with no interval.

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

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Directed by Eduard Lewis

Assistant Direction by Noa Nikolsky

Designed by Sarah Booth

Lighting by Ben Jacobs

Sound Design by Philip Matejtschuk

Movement Direction by Jonnie Riordan

Voice and Dialect Coaching by Nina Zendejas

Presented by Kate Powell in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

KELLY BURKE