‘This is a story with a crime at its heart.’
A myth, a lie, a tree. When a woman tells a lie to her girlfriend, a seed is planted that grows and grows. Now roots are cracking up through the pavement and branches are coming in at the windows. A loose reimagining of the Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo, about complicity, coercion, and getting lost in the forest of sexuality.
A queer urban fable of sex, truth and power from an award-winning team. Work in progress.Book Now
Rafaella Marcus is an award-winning director and writer. She works on new writing with an emphasis on myths, food, mess, and femme and LGBTQ+ voices. Previous directing credits include I Have A Mouth and I Will Scream (People's Choice Award, VAULT 2018), and Associate Director on Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's Emilia (The Globe / West End). As writer, drama includes Epifania, an audio drama for the immersive installation Hotel Europe, and as co-creator, Alley. Peals. Gunshot., a new play developed at The Yard. She writes for The Stage and Exeunt.
Atticist is an award-winning collaborative theatre company. We want to make work that is bold, hopeful, inventive, and exciting — work that roots around inside us where the fantastical nightmares lie. Atticist’s first production, Katherine Rundell’s Life According to Saki, won the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2016 and transferred Off Broadway in 2017. Since then Atticist has produced three acclaimed revivals, as well as continuing to develop new writing. Productions: Steven Berkoff’s East (King’s Head 2018, Off West End Awards nominations including Best Director, and Finalist for Best Ensemble 2018), David Greig’s Outlying Islands (King’s Head 2019, currently nominated for Off West End Awards Best Production), and the UK premiere of Lisa D’Amour’s Anna Bella Eema (Arcola 2019, currently nominated for Off West End Awards Best Ensemble, Best Design, Best Sound Design), and the 2019 Alchymy Monologues in association with North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford: Iman Qureshi’s This is a love story and Sam Potter’s The Unicorn.Book Now
Writer: RAFAELLA MARCUS
Director: JESSICA LAZAR
Producers: ELLIE KEEL PRODUCTIONS and ATTICIST
Praise for Rafaella Marcus’s work includes (as director) I HAVE A MOUTH AND I WILL SCREAM (Vault 2018, winner of the People’s Choice Award):
Miro Magazine ★★★★★ “throws stereotypical scenarios and behaviours in our faces with unrelenting force"
The Stage ★★★★ "scattergun satire and full-blooded fury"
LondonTheatre1 ★★★★ "a riotous, sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching rocket launchpad of a play"
TIMOTHY by David K Barnes:
LondonTheatre1 ★★★★ “Marcus’s direction is well-paced and makes full use of the space.”
THE WILD PARTY adapted and directed by Rafaella Marcus:
LondonTheatre1 ★★★★★ “dynamic and scintillating...another triumph”
Broadway World (unstarred) “Marcus expertly builds the tension”
Praise for Atticist productions includes LIFE ACCORDING TO SAKI (Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2016):
British Theatre Guide ★★★★★ “[a] show to savour”
Broadway Baby ★★★★★ “pitched perfectly”
The Telegraph ★★★★ “first-rate puppetry, masked theatre and slick ensemble choreography...alive with energy.”
EAST (nominated 5 Off West End Awards including Best Director, Best Ensemble):
Broadway World ★★★★★ “I felt repulsed, humoured, excited, but more importantly, overjoyed that such a crazy and unpredictable machine is allowed to be on stage.”
Everything Theatre ★★★★★ “a frenzied and enlightened mix of physicality and verbal zest”
The Stage ★★★★ “Berkoff’s play remains a remarkable work... Jessica Lazar’s inventive production is no less remarkable.”
OUTLYING ISLANDS (nominated Off West End Awards Best Production):
A Younger Theatre ★★★★★ “In my opinion, it’s hard to want much more.”
Theatre Weekly ★★★★★ ‘A truly captivating production’
Everything Theatre ★★★★ ‘As near perfect as a play can get.’
ANNA BELLA EEMA (nominated 3 Off West End Awards):
Stagedoor Lyn Gardner ‘Jessica Lazar’s production brings real inventiveness’
Theatre-News.com ★★★★★ ‘absolute precision from start to finish.’
Theatre Weekly ★★★★ ‘a strong cast and innovative direction’
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