Kit Redstone’s follow up to internationally critically acclaimed and award-winning 2017 Fringe smash hit TESTOSTERONE. Kit's new show Passengers is created in collaboration with highly acclaimed director Jessica Edwards
What does it mean to be human? Are we one, fixed personality with one identity, one gender expression, one set of characteristics? Or are we multiple?
Passengers - mischievously queer and riotously physical - is a dark comedy looking at the divided self and how we fracture to protect ourselves from pain. Three distinct voices battle for dominion over Max’s past, present and future - taking the notion of ‘the trustworthy narrator’ to dizzying new places.
Prepare to see the self in a whole new way...
“A dark circus of bodies, metal, and sensuality” Ed Fringe Review ★★★★★
Kit Redstone is an award-winning London-based trans writer, director and performer who has worked in Greece, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Canada and Brazil. His internationally acclaimed theatre show and 2017 Fringe hit TESTOSTERONE received multiple 5 and 4 star reviews, won The Pleasance Indie Award for Best Theatre Show, the Highly Commended Award at Vault Festival and was shortlisted for The Samuel Beckett Award.
‘A refreshing, genuinely smart piece of work full of undercutting humour' Lyn Gardner on TESTOSTERONE.
Award-winning Passengers returns to London following an Australian tour where it has been met with wide critical acclaim.
'Skilfully tackles dark subject matter with compassion and a sense of playfulness' In Daily, AdelaideBook Now
Kit Redstone is a trans artist whose previous work has been similarly autobiographical but addressing universal themes. Kit’s last show Testosterone, made in collaboration with Rhum and Clay Theatre Company, focused on masculine identity through the lens of Kit's experience as a trans man. Through the show being selected as part of the British Council Showcase in 2017, Kit worked with transgender communities and young actors in Brazil, Canada and Kazakhstan whilst touring. Testosterone won The Indies Award for Best Theatre Show at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and was shortlisted for The Samuel Beckett Award, The Peter Brook Empty Space Award and The Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.
Kit was commissioned to write a play ‘The Word was God’ for Schauspielhaus Graz in Austria which performed a sold out run with rave reviews. Kit is also a Ted Talk speaker and has been asked to speak about his work at Women of The World Festival in Rio.
As a long-term sufferer of complex Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Kit has first-hand experience of the issues that are raised in the show, and his experiences of these were the inspiration for this project. After Passengers previewed at the Omnibus Theatre in London, to great critical acclaim, it transferred to the Prestigious Summerhall for the Edinburgh Fringe, where it won the John Linstrum's Award. Since then it has been commissioned by the RCC Theatre in Adelaide and will be performing there for a month in the new year.
Kit has been working under the name Vacuum Theatre for 12 years, touring internationally and showing work at The Arcola, The Lyric Hammersmith, Battersea Arts Centre, Teaterooen in Copenhagen and venues across India.
Passengers is written by Kit Redstone, developed with and directed by Jessica Edwards, with additional material by the ensemble.
Performed by Justina Kehinde (Manager)
Neil Chinneck (Storyteller)
Kit Redstone (Firefighter)
Produced by Jolie Booth (Kriya Arts)
Production Design by Alberta Jones
Passengers, by award-winners Kit Redstone and Jessica Edwards, explores in ensemble the epic battles within the psyche and the beautiful power of the mind to protect itself.
Stage Manager Roshan Conn
Production Assistant Alexander Eisenthal
Lighting Design by Dan Saggars
Sound Design by Owen Crouch
Publicity Design by Mish Maudsley
Funded by Arts Council England and supported by Body and Soul Trauma Charity
★★★★★ “A necessary watch” https://broadwaybaby.com/shows/passengers/745480
★★★★★ “fantastic to witness.”
★★★★★ “clever and brilliant”
★★★★★ ”a dark circus of bodies, metal, and sensuality”
★★★★ “Gut-punching, hilarious.”
★★★★ “an inventive, playful and funny.”
EXCITING WORK “Extremely effective.”
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