Anna Bella Eema

Anna Bella Eema

Arcola Theatre · 11 SEP - 12 OCT

Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D’Amour (Detroit, National Theatre) conjures a twisted fable about courage, resistance and change.

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12 September 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Anna Bell and her mother Irene live in a trailer park but they don’t know for how much longer. Eviction seems certain. Anna Bella finds solace in creating a mud child who she calls Anna Bella Eema. But when this new arrival comes to life it does nothing for Irene’s already frail nerves. Lisa D’Amour’s ghost story, a slice of American gothic, is part spoken and part sung and includes Beverly Rudd who was terrific in Kneehigh’s Dead Dog in a Suitcase.”

Overview

Precocious child Annabella lives in a deserted trailer park. Schooled by her eccentric mother Irene, she learns to co-exist with the vampires, werewolves and monsters which lurk in the world outside.

Desperate to ward off the new highway which threatens the demolition of their home, Annabella steps outside to build a girl out of mud. The girl comes to life. The girl is Anna Bella Eema.

Part ghost story, part fairytale, part coming-of-age fantasy, Anna Bella Eema is a dazzling burst of storytelling from the dark heart of American Gothic.

Lisa D’Amour’s wildly inventive, spoken-and-sung odyssey makes its UK premiere in a new and updated version, with original score by Chris Sidorfsky.

Age Recommendation: 12+

Critic reviews

Gothic sound design and a trio of sharp central performances lend this version of Lisa D’Amour’s rather mystifying play some definition

The Guardian

Beautifully staged

Theatre Weekly

Atmospheric Southern Gothic storytelling laced with aspects of the supernatural

The Stage

An elaborate but messy roar of supernatural rage

Evening Standard

Strange creatures haunt a trailer park in Lisa D’Amour’s playful Southern gothic

Time Out

Lisa D’Amour’s startling, dreamlike story of female adolescence

Exeunt

A heartfelt and compassionate response to a rapidly changing world. It’s tender without being patronising

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 11 Sep - Sat 12 Oct, 3pm & 8pm

Venue

Arcola Theatre
24 Ashwin St E8 3DL London, UK · Get Directions
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