Taking place somewhere between a rehearsal and a performance, dreaming and being awake, The Beginning - part of a trilogy of devised performances inspired by Shakespeare plays alongside The Middle and The End - asks how we might begin a career, a relationship, a life or a show. A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets the music of Serge Gainsbourg in this flirtatious and seductive love letter to theatre that addresses the unwritten contract between performers and an audience. Using objects usually found in the wings of a theatre, the performers reenact a play within a play. Two fictional love stories collide and echo until no one is really sure who they should be playing and who they should be in love with.
Supported by Arts Council England through the National Lottery, The Beginning was developed at Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre, Leeds Met Studio Theatre and Cambridge Junction. Selected for the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2013.