Summer 2014 sell-out ‘Beneath the streets’, co-produced by Hijinx Theatre and Punchdrunk Enrichment, is nominated for a Wales Theatre Award 2015
The immersive theatre show featuring a large cast of disabled and non-disabled actors is up for Best Production in the English Language category at Wales Theatre Awards.
Beneath the streets - the show that transformed the basement of Cardiff’s Castle Arcade into a world of lost things last summer – was nominated for a Wales Theatre Award 2015 last night. The site sympathetic piece, which ran for eight shows over just two days in June 2014 and was a hit with audiences and critics, featured eight students from Hijinx’s Academy training course for actors with learning disabilities among the cast of 24.
Taking place in the tunnels and rooms under Castle Arcade that are normally unseen by the public, Beneath the streets invited audiences to roam through a world of lost things and encounter lost people struggling to find their way out. A stunning set designed by Punchdrunk’s Julie Landau and atmospheric soundscape by Stephen Dobbie made audiences feel like they were part of the unfolding story, which was directed by Matthew Blake.
Beneath the streets was the first collaboration between these two pioneering companies, bringing together Hijinx’s specialism in inclusive theatre with Punchdrunk’s renowned immersive theatre style. The show was the exciting culmination of a two-week training course, hosted by Hijinx and led by Punchdrunk Enrichment, delving into Punchdrunk’s immersive theatre practice.
Hijinx’s Executive Director, Clare Williams, commented: “We are thrilled that 'Beneath the streets' has been nominated for Best Production in the English Language. It was a hugely successful partnership with Punchdrunk Enrichment and the result was a remarkable production with exceptional performances from our learning disabled actors. The nomination is just recognition of the fact that 'Beneath the streets' was an utterly different and powerful experience of theatre.”
The nomination continues Hijinx’s success at the Wales Theatre Awards, after Founders Gaynor Lougher and Richard Berry took home the Special Recognition Award in 2014 and the company was nominated for Best Large Scale Dance Production in the same year.
Following the success of its run in 2014, Hijinx has received funding from Arts Council of Wales to revive Beneath the streets from 26 June – 3 July this year in Cardiff City Centre. The revival would coincide with Hijinx Unity Festival, an international festival of inclusive and disability arts. Keep an eye on Hijinx’s website, Twitter and Facebook for the latest developments.
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