The Yard in Hackney Wick is back with a new season of work after their successful opening season last year in 2011. The performance space will be programmed from April to December with a mixture of dance, theatre and opera. The season begins with a new play by young Indian theatre-maker Soumyak Kanti DeBiswas inspired by T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock; a retelling of Wagner’s The Ring Cycle by LIVEARTSHOW following on from their critical hit MANGA SISTER; a three week festival running in July prior to the Olympics exploring what British Theatre might be today, enabling new voices to emerge in The Theatre of Great Britain; a new play by Tarek Iskander loosely based on Joseph Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness exploring the Second Gulf War from an Iraqi soldier’s perspective; an experiential show The Fish Tales of Alaska which uses interview footage, photographs and images from a real-life fisherman in Alaska to explore Man’s relationship to Nature and ending the season with an alternative Christmas show Pied Piper written and directed by The Yard’s Artistic Director Jay Miller.
The Yard’s 2012 season opens with If what I hear is true – a new play by Soumyak Kanti DeBiswas and will run from 28 April to 19 May, with a press night on 3 May.
At home in Kolkata in 2005, Kanti founded Tin Can, a large, multi-disciplinary theatre company that quickly took the Indian arts scene by storm. Through their interrogative and collaborative attitude, Tin Can galvanized youth arts not just in Kolkata, but across India to Mumbai, Bangalore and, later, internationally to Stirling and Plymouth through an association with the British Council. Kanti has sought to bring the model of Tin Can to If what I hear is true as his first full run in London.
Inspired by T.S Eliot’s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, If what I hear is true is a play that moves between London’s crowded nightlife and a deserted beach in Sri Lanka, exploring how people need to escape from an increasingly confusing world. Kanti will work with his ensemble cast, a movement director, a video designer and composer to devise the production.