Crewe Arts Centre hosts compelling theatre on national tours

Nationally renowned artists, Proto-type Theater and Kieran Hurley bring a dark vision of Britain to Axis Arts Centre in a week that includes two pieces of theatre about worlds that seems very familiar.

On Tuesday 28 February, A Machine they’re Secretly Building introduces two people – reporters, senators, fighters, or just … well … concerned citizens like you – who explore what it is to speak up, speak out, blow the whistle and lift the veil.

Part of a national tour which starts at Axis Arts Centre, this is an urgent piece of new theatre from multi-disciplinary artists Rachel Baynton, Gillian Lees and Andrew Westerside.

This is followed on Thursday 2 March, by Kieran Hurley’s Heads Up. This compelling new performance written and performed by Kieran Hurley (Beats, Chalk Farm, Hitch), produced by Show And Tell and co-directed by Alex Swift (Caroline Horton’s Mess) and Julia Taudevin (Blow Off, Chalk Farm) weaves a picture of a familiar city at its moment of destruction, asking what we would do if we found ourselves at the end of our world as we know it.

The performance intertwines the stories of starkly different modern lives: a teenage girl who boils up in rage in a toilet cubicle; a finance worker who preaches doom in a busy train station; an absurd coke-addled celebrity who races through town on a mission and a paranoid stoner who stares blankly at the endless disasters on the TV news. In just one moment all their worlds will end.

Axis Arts Centre brings contemporary theatre, dance, music and spoken word to Crewe and surrounding areas. All shows are open to the public. The 2017 Spring Season is made up of performances, exhibitions and writer events.

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