NEWS: World Premiere of Harriet Madeley’s The Colours Announced

The production will be presented by the Crowded Room Theatre Company.

Playing at the Soho Theatre from the 30th July, Harriet Madeley’s new play has been created from interviews conducted with palliative care doctors and patients in Welsh seaside hospitals to open up conversations about nearing the end of life.

Five people lie on a Welsh beach, moving through fantasy, memory and reality as they process the most profound yet ordinary of experiences: nearing the end of life.

As they describe moments from their lives, dig into their present experience and reflect on what the future has in store, we are taken on a rollercoaster ride of the human imagination… and transported all the way to the brink; as far as the eye can see.

Directed by Max Barton, The Colours is set to star: Morfydd Clark, Claire-Marie Hall, Che Francis, Mark Knightley, and Harriet Madeley.

On the day that she was about to carry out the first interviews with doctors and patients in Cardiff, writer Harriet Madeley was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis – an untreatable and potentially life limiting illness. Harriet said: “You never know when you might have to confront your own mortality. I cancelled the interviews at first – I couldn’t handle the diagnosis at all. But going back a week later, the people I met blew my mind. Consciousness of death doesn’t reduce the quality of your life. Quite the opposite.”

The production will be designed by Luke W. Robson, with lighting by Jo Palmer and sound by Ellie Isherwood.

The Colours will play at the Soho Theatre from the 30th July until the 17th August.

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