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Song, dance, and absurd, subversive animations form the backdrop to Please right back


Song, dance, and absurd, subversive animations form the backdrop to Please right back

Award-winning company 1927 returns to the UK for the first time since 2020 with their new show Please right back…

The production can be seen at the Gulbenkian Arts Centre, where they are Associate Artists, from 24 – 27 July. Combining handcrafted animation and bold storytelling, Please right back sweeps audiences into a magical, mischievous world, inspired by a true story.

Kim and Davey’s dad, Mr E, has disappeared. When Mr E writes to his children to tell them what has happened, his imagination takes over. Reality collides with fantasy, as we travel on a fast-paced journey through his wild adventure stories.

Mr E’s letters are staged using song, dance, and absurd, subversive animations, as his stories become a kind of game between him and his children – a cathartic release in the face of distress.

Please right back explores the difficulties children go through when a parent leaves the family, while celebrating the power of the imagination to overcome hardship. 1927 works at the intersection of animation and performance, the live and the digital. Founded in 2005 by Co-Artistic Directors Writer & Director Suzanne Andrade and Illustrator and Animator Paul Barritt since its 2007 debut, 1927 has worked across theatre and opera to craft multi- award winning productions of ambition and scale that synchronise performance and live music with handcrafted animation.

The show is written by Suzanne Andrade, directed by Esme Appleton and Suzanne Andrade with Animation and Video by Paul Barritt, stage design by Paul Barritt and 1927, music and sound by Laurence Owen, costume by Sarah Munro and dramaturgy by Andreas Karlaganis, Ben Francome & Shelley Hastings. The German language version of Please right back,  Mehr als Alles Aus Der Welt, was a co-production with Burgtheater Vienna which premiered in October 2022,  ran for a year and won the Stalla Performing Arts Award. Please right back will embark on a UK tour in autumn 2024 to be announced.

Based in Margate and London, 1927 is an Associate Company of HOME Manchester and Gulbenkian Canterbury.

Please right back
Created by 1927

Gulbenkian Arts Centre, Canterbury – UK Premiere
Wed 24 – Sat 27 July 7.30pm, plus Fri 26 & Sat 27, 2pm
Press Night Friday 26 July 7.30pm
Venue: Colyer-Fergusson Hall
Tickets: £16 (Concessions available)
Age: 8+

Please right back
Created by 1927

The Studio, Edinburgh – Scottish Premiere
Preview 2 Aug 7pm
3–11 Aug 7pm (excl. 6 Aug)
5, 7, 10, 11 Aug 2pm
CAP 9 Aug
AD 10 Aug 2pm

There is a post-show talk on August 5.

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