Mortgage

"Theatre ain't dead.  It just smells funny"

Antonin Artaud

"The three actors perform with unconditional energy and presence"

4****

Spy in the Stalls

WHAT

 

Mortgage (AKA the Filthy, Disgusting and Miserable Beatrice Gunta Mortgage): Lunatic, Murderess, Stage Manager.

Burnt to a crisp, and in the care of two demonic drag-doctors, Mortgage isn't having the best day.  As we circumnavigate her miserable, short and terrible life down the corridors of the asylum (Purgatory), where the patients are sane and the doctors are lunatics, the healing is a hell all of it's own.

Mortgage is a horror-farce which draws on theatre of cruelty, slapstick, film noir, magic and violence. Not for the faint-hearted. A collaboration between Created a Monster and the David Glass Ensemble.

This project is the second in the series A Devine Comedy by David Glass. 

WHEN

                      MORTGAGE EUROPEAN TOUR SPRING 2019!

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DEVELOPMENT

In January 2016 we R&D'd A Devine Comedy at Trinity Laban, and then scratched it at Soho Theatre.  The character of Mortgage grew out of this development.  Subsequently, following a long period of research, we were granted funding from Arts Council England; a two-week residency with Collettivo Teatro, Siena; a two-week residency at Theatre Delicatessen, Broadgate; and a week's residency with The Bikeshed, Exeter.  Throughout this rich creative process we punctuated our research with showings and began incubating a Theatre of Cruelty workshop to be developed in 2018.

Mortgage was performed at The Pleasance, Islington as part of HeadFirst's festival of Sex, love and Death 2017, on the 28th October.  It was performed as part of a double bill with opera singer Oskar McCarthy.

In March 2018 Mortgage was performed at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham.  We are working now with a view to moving towards further partnerships, national and international tour and fully-incubated workshops.

Director                          David Glass

Considered one of the world’s leading theatre practitioners, David Glass has worked as a performer, director and teacher in over 70 countries. His creative practice is the centre ofthis ‘Devising’ process and it is used by the United Nations, The Chinese Ministry of Education and in numerous Arts Universities and Theatre Companies around the world. He is one of the founders and key exponents of the Physical Theatre movement influencing artists such as Simon McBurney, Mike Alfreds, Amit Lahav, Liam Steele, Kathryn Hunter and Tom Morris to name a few.

 

David Glass is one of the world’s great theatre teachers.” Mike Alfreds, Theatre Director (RCS, National Theatre, The Globe, Founder of Shared Experience)

 

David is one of the great teachers and artists of our time who has never been afraid to examine truth in all its manifestations; both beautiful and ugly.” Amit Lahav (Gecko Theatre)

 

David worked as a soloist performing in forty countries before establishing the David Glass Ensemble in 1990 and winning international awards including TMA award for best director for his adaptation of Gormenghast.

Cast

François Testory

François Testory started his career as a dancer training at Mudra the Maurice Béjart School of Performing Arts. He then joined the legendary Lindsay Kemp Company, soon becoming one of its principal members and remains one of his collaborators to this day. He has collaborated with many diverse companies such as Gecko, Ballet Rambert, Rose English, Simon Vincenzi, DV8 Physical Theatre, Punchdrunk and many more. He also sings with Medieval Polyphony ensemble Graindelavoix, Electro Group Coil, Laniakea.

Simon Gleave

Simon is an actor and deviser who also writes. He trained for two years at the École Internationale deThéâtre Jacques Lecoq before receiving his MA Acting from Drama Centre, London. He directed,devised and performed the original, award winning clown play Halapatooloo at the Toronto FringeFestival, continues to work with Gooddog Theatre on Poetry House Live, played Gregor Samsa inTheatrical Niche's tour of Berkoff's Metamorphosis and with Tooth+Nail in Parlour Games. He is writingand directing Let Go Home, a piece of multi-disciplinary theatre with an international company and isviolently ecstatic to collaborate with Created a Monster on projects Mortgage and Conspiracy of Orphans.

Briony O'Callaghan

Briony trained as an actor in Manchester and then as a theatre-maker for two years at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris. As a performer she has worked with companies including the BBC, Vamos, Flabbergast Theatre, Making Faces Theatre, David Glass Ensemble, Gruff Theatre, JonLuke McKie, Aya, Babel, Arts for Action and Mark Bell (Dir. the Play That Goes Wrong). She trained in Butoh dance with Daisuke Yoshimoto at The Grotowski Institute, Wroclaw.  

In 2018 she acted as movement director for Flabbergast on their immersive show The Swell Mob which received five-star reviews and an Editor's Choice award at the Edinburgh Fringe and directed a piece for the David Glass Ensemble in Beijing (The Waves; Gu Yin Theatre).  She is Artistic Director of Created a Monster, and Associate Artist at the David Glass Ensemble.

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Mortgage EU Tour 19 (Robert Golden)