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This week theatrophiles will have a unique opportunity not just to see a play but also to gain a more comprehensive perspective on how a play is written and staged.
"Finding Sophie", a joint production between New World Theatre Club (NWTC) and Pussycat Productions, follows Sophie, a typical teenager who suddenly vanishes. All parts are played by one actress, Copenhagen-born and London-trained Maria Lohmann, with bits of music and humour sprinkled throughout.
Following the one-act play, Lohmann and British playwright and director Janice Dunn will hold a discussion on the writing and staging of the play.
Dunn will explain why she felt compelled to write the piece, which was inspired by the blame surrounding the case of Madeleine McCann, who was just three years old when she went missing in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
The performances in English will take place at the Château de Bourglinster on Thursday, January 21, at 2pm and 8pm, and on Friday and Saturday, January 22-23, at 8pm.
Please note that the language used in the play may be too strong for children under 14.
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the blame surrounding the case of Madeleine McCann
"And if Madeleine had hurt herself inside the apartment, why would that be our fault?" Gerry
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@lj wrote:the blame surrounding the case of Madeleine McCann
If they told you that, they may never sell the tickets.
I doubt that it's the blaming of numerous non-existent abductors. It's probably the blame attached to the McCanns, otherwise Carter Ruck would be arranging a staff outing, with front seat tickets
If they are writing and staging an abduction, perhaps they should ask the tapas 9 how not to do it.
I wonder if there is a connection between the writers and Team McCann
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Not that I can see from an internet search this morning, though I did note that, like Kate McCann and Jon Corner, biographies of Janice Dunn say she was born and raised in Liverpool.@sharonl wrote:I wonder if there is a connection between the writers and Team McCann
The production company is the New World Theatre Company and is based where a number of European Union institutions are based, in Luxembourg.
The play - which has already been performed many times - will this time (Thursday) be shown at the prestigious Bourglinster Castle in the Duchy of Luxembourg: http://www.bourglinster.lu/
I found a longer explanation from Janice Dunn about why she wrote this play on the 'Newsletter' page of the New World Theatre Company's website, links here:
I wanted to write 'Finding Sophie' because I was fascinated about what happened to the people connected with disappearances, and the stages they went through. I was particularly moved by Millie Dowler's family, and particularly the McCann family. I thought the ill-informed, orchestrated internet campaign against Kate and Gerry McCann was so inhumane considering what they had experienced. I don’t think I would have written the piece before I had a child of my own however.
Also this from the newsletter:
"'Finding Sophie' is a play by writer/Fasterpussycat Co-Director Janice Dunn that explores the nightmare faced by thousands of families every year…Britain has over a quarter of a million missing persons reports annually
'Finding Sophie' touches on the culture of blame and digital whirlwind that now surround s every crime or disappearance. Do we have an innate desire to help, or an insatiable appetite for others’ unhappiness?...The play and characters were partly inspired by the media scrum that the McCann family found themselves at the constant centre of, after the disappearance of Madeleine…"
re: "The McCann family found themselves at the centre of a media scrum"? I don't think so. The scrum was created by people like the men from Bell Pottinger (half a million quid for promoting the McCanns) and Clarence Mitchell ("My job was to control what comes out in the media")
re: "...orchestrated internet campaign against Kate and Gerry McCann"? Again, I don't think so. I would have thought the word 'spontaneous' much better captured what happened on the internet after 3 May 2007
P.S. A reminder of how the creative Jon Corner is doing in Liverpool these days...
THE World Expo in Shanghai is not just a massive showcase for Liverpool – it will also take River Media’s work to an audience of millions.
The company, led by creative director Jon Corner, has made 80 films that will be shown at Liverpool’s Shanghai pavilion.
They include a spectacular introductory 3-D film, featuring a Chinese dragon and a Liver Bird soaring above Liverpool.
It’s the biggest project yet for River and proud Liverpudlian Corner has enjoyed the “cultural challenge” of taking the wonders of his home city to a Chinese audience...
2007 (28 June) Dr Gerry McCann: “I have no doubt we will be able to sustain a high profile for Madeleine’s disappearance in the long-term”.
2017 (February) Dr Kate McCann…thrust into a global bidding war…news giants battle to sign her up for the 10th anniversary…offered huge bids…bombarded with offers…30 sitting on the table…getting new bids every other day…one told Kate and Gerry: ‘Name your price!’
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