Presented by Mumur & Live TheatreFor some, making it to London 2012 has been literally a matter of life and death and the struggle is not over yet. Get the inside track into the true stories behind Olympic success from the team that presented the multi award-winning show Motherland, the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Festival.
The cast includes Chris Connel from Live Theatre’s Close the Coalhouse Door, The Pitmen Painters and Nativities, Helen Embleton, award-winning actress from Motherland whose accolades include The Stage Best Actress and The Stage Best Ensemble awards, Seroca Davis whose TV credits include Dr Who and That Mitchell and Webb Look, Carl Kennedy, performer with North East comedy favourites The Suggestibles and newcomer Melissa Johns.
Returning directly from the Edinburgh Fringe 2012, the play draws on interviews with past Olympic medal winners and aspiring first time competitors. Full of sacrifice, tragedy and touching humour, these stories are brought to life with dynamic physicality taking the audience on a journey – the inside experience of being an elite athlete striving for the ultimate prize.
The Prize is one of the outstanding projects granted the London 2012 Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme, which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the 2012 Games.
Reviews"The Prize is complex and full of personality." **** (four stars) The Skinny
"...delicately constructed... resonates perfectly with current national feeling." **** (four stars) Fest
“inspiring, surprising, compelling” ITV
“...electrifying moments…offers plenty of insights into the passions and also the cruelties of sport.” The Guardian
Audience Feedback"It was brilliant! Funny, sad, dramatic and totally absorbing. Exceptionally well acted and performed."
"Wonderful and uplifting; will watch Olympic athletes with different eyes now! Great performances from the cast."
"Like all good theatre The Prize...lives on in the mind of the audience. By turns dramatic, hilarious, exhilarating and heart-breaking; The Prize's creative team certainly deserve to be on the podium come the Fringe 2012 medal ceremony."
"Brilliant. Loved it!"
Free EventSaturday 8 September, 4pm
Meet the Team
Meet the team and cast behind The Prize to find out how they transformed real life stories from aspiring Olympians into an inspiring theatre performance.
FREE, but booking is essential.
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Cast announced for The PrizeThe cast for The Prize, which draws on interviews with Olympic hopefuls, has been announced and has started rehearsals at Newcastle’s Live Theatre before taking the play to Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Prize takes Olympic stories to Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The Prize, an exciting new co-production between Newcastle’s Live Theatre and new theatre company Murmur, supported by Northumbria University, will be performed as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, who officially announced their programme today.