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Nottingham Playhouse launches online live production of Noah And The Peacock

An innovative online live at-home production is launched by Nottingham Playhouse tomorrow as part of its efforts to overcome the theatre’s temporary closure due to coronavirus.

There will be six performances of Noah And The Peacock over three days.

It is aimed at primary aged children and their families.

Noah And The Peacock part of Nottingham Playhouse at home. (36532138)
Noah And The Peacock part of Nottingham Playhouse at home. (36532138)

The cast of four actors will be performing the play live from their homes.

Watching families are invited to star in the show by dressing up as Noah’s animals and creating sound effects with items found at home.

The funny and charming tale of hope, friendship and overcoming the odds, was written by Jeff James especially for Zoom during the pandemic lockdown.

The story tells of Peacock and Peahen. Peacock is extremely pompous and all he can talk about is his beautiful feathers. Peahen, on the other hand, is much more modest and longs to make friends with the other animals.

When the pair hear news that a huge flood is on the way, Peacock refuses to leave the roost and risk ruining his perfect plumage in the rain. So, with no other choice, Peahen sets off on a journey through the dark forest and along the great blue river.

As all the animals must go two-by-two, will Peahen make it on to the ark alone? Can stubborn Peacock change his mind before it’s too late?

Kyle Soller who won the 2018 Olivier Award for best actor in a supporting role for his performance in The Inheritance will play Peacock. He will be joined by Danusia Samal as Peahen, and Bradley Foster and Patricia Davenport playing the other roles.

Adam Penford, the Playhouse’s artistic director, said: “We are so excited to be announcing Noah And The Peacock. Jeff’s play is witty, intelligent and playful.

“We have moved most of our participation work online during lockdown and commissioned digital work by local theatre-makers, but it felt crucial to develop a full production, specifically created to be experienced online.

“I’m sure the interactive element will delight audiences. It’s also vital that we continue to offer employment opportunities to freelance actors and creatives during this tough financial climate.”

Writer and director Jeff James’s previous credits include Persuasion (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Stink Foot (The Yard Theatre) as writer-director, and La Musica (Young Vic) and One For The Road and Victoria Station (Young Vic and Print Room) as director.

Noah And The Peacock, sponsored by Nottingham Trent University, has an initial run of six performances from tomorrow to Sunday.

There are performances at 10.30am and 2.30pm tomorrow and Saturday, and 2.30pm on Sunday.

Tickets cost £9, which gives access to the Zoom link for each household and a show activity pack.

There will be a Pay What You Can performance on Sunday at 10.30am and a BSL interpreted performance on Sunday at 2.30pm.

The show is recommended for children aged five to nine.

Tickets are available online at nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

The outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK has led to show postponements and the halting of many events and classes at the Playhouse, leading to the venue to move online.

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