Tangle’s 2016 Art Commission by Adébayo Bolaji
Our 2016 art commission by multidisciplinary artist Adébayo Bolaji addressing human observation, race, the psychological and anthropological. >
“He that loves pleasure must for pleasure fall.“
Faustus is a respected but frustrated scholar. He dreams of knowledge beyond the realm of men – of all things that move beyond the quiet poles, the mysteries of the universe, the secrets of kings; a knowledge that will lead to great power and eternize his legacy.
This unquenchable desire for fame drives him to master the metaphysics of magicians and he summons the demon Mephastophilis. Despite his own doubts and Mephastophilis’ warnings, the fated doctor demands he strike a deal with Lucifer – Faustus’ soul for twenty-four years of omnipotence.
Drunk with his new powers he travels the world gaining un-matched notoriety the cost of which is infinitely high as the damned hour approaches.
For our 2018 full touring production we transpose this renaissance classic to our times. Music and song is interweaved with rousing performances from a trinity of actors in this unique version of Christopher Marlowe’s renowned tale.
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Doctor Faustus is kindly supported by Arts Council England, the Foyle Foundation, the D’Oyly Carte Foundation, and the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation
CastJoshua Liburd (Faustus)
Creative TeamWritten by Christopher Marlowe Directed by Anna Coombs Designer - Colin Falconer Lighting Design - Hansjorg Schmidt Sound Design - Drew Baumohl Composer & Arranger - John Pfumojena
Production TeamProducer - Deborah Baddoo MBE for Tangle Production Manager - Chris Corner Company Stage Manager - Ella Dixon
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Theatre: DREAMGIRLS (Sonia Friedman Productions), MOTOWN THE MUSICAL- WEST END ORIGINAL CAST (Adam Spiegel Productions), THE BOOK OF MORMON (Sonia Friedman Productions), THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (The Young Vic). Film: JUS SOLI (Somebody Nobody Productions). Workshop: TWELFTH NIGHT (Paulette Randall)
Mogali graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama December 2017. She left early to start her professional career playing Lady Macbeth for Iris Theatre Company. That was followed by her first film “The Scar” to be released this year. Mogali can also be heard on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Archers’ playing new series regular Noluthando Madikane.
Munashe is a Zimbabwean born actor, writer and stand up comedian. He studied biomedical science in Nottingham, prior to his degree in Performance Arts in Film, Stage and Television at New Buckinghamshire University. His debut stand up comedy outing was at the International African Comedy Show in London, as a resident comedian in 2013 whilst carrying out his studies. Munashe's breakout theatre performance was with Know My Mind Theatre, playing the lead role of Mr X. Television credits include Magamba TV's Zambezi News on Zambezi Magic in Southern Africa. His most recent theatrical work was with Icon Theatre in their production of The Silk Of A Thousand Spiders. The Zimbabwean performer continues to practice stand up comedy professionally, and produces his online sketch show titled, Munashe's Stories. He is represented by I AM EPIC Agents.
Creative Team Bios
Anna Coombs, Director
Director Anna Coombs has commissioned over 30 writers and supported the career development of more than 100 artists. She was previously Head of Projects at Hall for Cornwall, where she directed many works including Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta in 2008 with Joseph Mydell as Barabas, the first black actor to play a Marlowe protagonist in a major UK revival. Anna has directed at London’s Soho Theatre, National Theatre Studio, Rich Mix, Theatre 503, Gate Theatre, and in partnership with Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects. Her work is international in ambition looking at influences from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. Directing for Tangle includes morality play Everyman (2009) in English and Yoruba, The Crossing (2012) in English and Twi, co-produced with Nottingham Playhouse, and Workshop Negative (2016) in English, Afrikaans, Shona and Ndebele, the UK premiere for leading Zimbabwean writer Cont Mhlanga.
Colin Falconer, Designer
Designer Colin Falconer studied Interior and Environmental Design at The University of Dundee and Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University. Recent credits include Romeo and Juliet, Three Sisters (Festival Theatre), The Misanthrope, The Secret Rapture, Hysteria, The Blue Room all at Chichester Festival Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket; Rumpelstiltskin (Theatre Royal Bath and The MAC Belfast), Travels with My Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory), Blue/Orange(Theatre Royal Brighton and tour), There We Have Been/Everything and Nothing (Sadler’s Wells), The Importance of Being Earnest and Travesties (Birmingham Rep), Mustafa (Kali Theatre Company/Birmingham Rep and Soho Theatre), The Constant Wife, The Picture, Private Lives, The Winslow Boy, Restoration and Northanger Abbey (Salisbury Playhouse), The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Southbank Centre), The Jew of Malta (Hall for Cornwall), The Graft (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Blithe Spirit (Watford Palace Theatre) and The Merchant of Venice (RSC).
Hansjorg Schmidt, Lighting Designer
Lighting Designer Hansjorg Schmidt is also Programme Director Lighting Design at Rose Bruford College. He graduated with a BA (First Class Honours) in Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London and an MSc Built Environment: Light and Lighting from the Bartlett School, UCL. Recent designs include Workshop Negative (Tangle/Gate Theatre), The Glass Menagerie (Nuffield), The Red Chair (clod ensemble / touring), Men and Girls Dance and Dusk (fevered sleep / Young Vic Theatre), Stink Foot (The Yard Theatre), Krapp's Last Tape (Sheffield Crucible), Zero (clod ensemble / Sadlers Wells), Above Me The Wide Blue Sky (fevered sleep / Young Vic Theatre). Silver Swan (clod ensemble/Tate Modern). Other recent projects include Kew Kitchens, an architectural installation at Kew Palace; Fortress exhibition, Tower of London, and shows for Jessica Ogden and Mika Fukkai at London Fashion Week.
Drew Baumohl, Sound Designer
Drew trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was subsequently part of the Nottingham Playhouse Lighting and Sound Department for 11 years. In 2014 he left to become a freelance Sound Designer. Previous Sound Designs for Tangle: The Crossing, (2012) Workshop Negative (2016). Previous Sound Designs Elsewhere: The Kite Runner (Wyndhams Theatre and the national tour) Pride and Prejudice, Home, Darkness Darkness, Time and the Conways, Richard III, Forever Young and Grandpa in my Pocket: Teamwork (Nottingham Playhouse). The Threepenny Opera (Graeae Theatre Company). Stacked, Bait (Ameida Theatre), Sweet Charity, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The New Wolsey Theatre), Mary Shelley (Shared Experience), Sleeping Beauty (CAST Doncaster), The Wiz (Lakeside Arts), The Dissidents (Tricycle Theatre).
Ella works as a technical stage manager on a wide range of project. Last year touring one man show Scorched (2017 Uk tour), opera for under 2 year olds Fogonogo (2017 European tour) and Soho theatre’s Half Breed (2017 India Tour). Back in the Uk she had great success with 5 hour sight specific piece Fair Field (2017 Ledbury Poetry Festival and Shoreditch Town Hall) and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Bare Skin on Briny Water and Jack Rooke: Happy Hour. She is a graduate of the University of York.
UK TOURThe Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter 21 – 24 February, 7:30pm Sat matinee, 2:00pm www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk | 01392 434169 £10-12 The Exchange, Sturminster Newton 27 February, 7:30pm www.stur-exchange.co.uk | 01258 475137 £6-9 Lighthouse, Poole 1 March, 8pm www.lighthousepoole.co.uk | 01202 280000 £12-14 Bridgwater Arts Centre 6 March, 7:30pm www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk | 01278 422700 £12-14 The David Hall, South Petherton 7 March, 7:30pm www.thedavidhall.org.uk | 01460 240340 £9-10 South Molton Community College For Beaford Arts 8 March, 7:30pm www.beaford-arts.co.uk | 01769 572129 £5-7.50 The Pound, Corsham 10 March, 7:30pm www.poundarts.org.uk 01249 701628 / 712618 £10-12 Arcola, London 13 – 17 March, 8pm, Sat Matinee 3:30pm www.arcolatheatre.com | 020 7503 1646 £12-20 Running time: 90 minutes approx Recommended age 12+
"The music, archetypes, and languages that Tangle Theatre weave into it create moments of overwhelming beauty" Exeunt
"Mogali Masuku is phenomenally effective as Faust’s demonic companion Mestophiles" Reviews Hub
"Tangle evokes a sense of high Renaissance drama …Crackles with terrific lighting design" What's On Stage
"The performances from the cast are superb" Miro Magazine