Tomorrow Creeps

We are such stuff as nightmares are made on.

The battle has been lost and won.

The Fallen Tyrant lies dreaming in the time-less void of a prison cell. The Spectral Queen haunts the shadows, a memory of what’s lost, a promise of worse to come. The Hollow Hero props up a worthless kingdom, abandoned by a murdered family.

As the unsteady world shifts, the Hero is left with one option – deal with the devil. Clarice to the Tyrant’s Doctor Lecter, the Hero seeks guidance from this monster he hoped to forget – a man reputed, with his dead wife, to be a treacherous usurper steeped in blood and witchcraft. For the Tyrant, this first human contact in weeks could present an opportunity to raise himself out of the madness of these endless, empty tomorrows… unless his confinement is already less solitary than he’d dare to admit. As jailer and jailed meet, elusive power shifts at a moment’s notice. And where is Wild Kate? All search for a future. The tarot cards are dealt. But is the deck stacked by forces you only glimpse in the corner of your eye? Follow us, close – enter a Lynchian recess in reality. Scream Babooshka and consider a creeping truth: we are such stuff as nightmares are made on.

GOLEM! sheds new light on stories you think you already know. Following acclaimed successes Macbeths (2016) and I Know You Of Old (2017), they return to push the boundaries of adaptation yet further with David Fairs’ Tomorrow Creeps, a new play orchestrated from sixteen Shakespeare texts and inspired by the storytelling of Kate Bush. Featuring Conor O’Kane and David Fairs, it is directed by Anna Marsland (National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and produced by Sarah Lambie for GOLEM!.

“GOLEM! sticks up two fingers at Shakespeare purists… More please!” – Laura Kressly, The Play’s The Thing

1hr 00m
The Vaults
24 — 28 Jan 19:30
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About the company


According to legend, the Golem is a creature made out of raw clay, re-formed in a new shape, and brought to life with words.

GOLEM! comprises of four theatre makers who create work by repurposing and reimagining texts, shedding new light on stories you might think you already know. We make new plays – but craft them from original texts. This is Shakespeare with an axe taken to it. Using only the original text, we experiment with theatrical architecture and mash it up with music, humour and a splash of David Lynch to draw out the stories between, as well as within, the lines, in order to create something bold, exciting and very different. Our productions submerge the audience in a detailed, intimate world. We forensically explore character to expose the honesty, humour and truth of human relationships, of real people, who may just happen to be in extreme circumstances.

Our first show, the sell-out Macbeths, took a single text and, using solely the original words from Shakespeare’s play, created new scenes but retained the original narrative. Our second show, I Know You Of Old, took the words from Much Ado About Nothing and reshaped it to tell a different story. Tomorrow Creeps will develop this model of adaptation even further by drawing elements from sixteen different Shakespeare texts to tell a completely new story.

Macbeths and I Know You Of Old both received 4 star reviews during their runs at the Hope Theatre. ‘Golem! sticks up two fingers at Shakespeare purists… This bold, relationship-driven drama has barnstorming performances and a script that toys with audience expectations both disarming and compelling’, said critic Laura Kressly. We were also supported by the Unity Theatre Trust and have run successful crowdfunding campaigns, developing not only funding but also loyal followers.

The company comprises of writer-performer David Fairs, performer Conor O’Kane, performer Sarah Lambie and director Anna Marsland. We create and produce work as a collective, taking a shared responsibility in the production, marketing, fundraising and creative processes.

DAVID FAIRS (writer; actor – The Fallen Tyrant)
David trained as an actor for three years at Central School of Speech and Drama, after reading History at Cambridge University. Theatre includes: I Know You Of Old (Hope Theatre); The Blue Bird (Lightbox Theatre – London tour); Orion and the Dark (Peaceful Lion – UK tour); Macbeths (Hope Theatre); Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre); Slave – a rehearsed reading (Broadway Theatre Barking); The Man Who (The Albany); As You Like It (The Lord Chamberlain’s Men – UK tour); Much Ado About Nothing (Drayton Theatre); Steven Berkoff’s Messiah (Strip Theatre); Othello (Chelsea Theatre); Hamlet – Sam Wanamaker Festival (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Captain of Kopenick, The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe (Edinburgh Festival); All My Sons, Epsom Downs, King Lear (Central); The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance (Cambridge Arts Theatre). Radio includes: Reluctant Persuaders (BBC Radio 4). Writing includes: Macbeths; I Know You Of Old.

ANNA MARSLAND (director)
Anna trained on the MFA Theatre Directing course at Birkbeck College and was a finalist for the 2013 JMK Award for Young Directors. From 2015 to 2017 she was Resident Director on the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Theatre includes I Know You Of Old, Macbeths (Hope Theatre), The Blue Bird (Lightbox Theatre – London Tour), Horniman’s Choice, The Breathing Hole, One For All (Finborough Theatre); Ballistic (Brighton Fringe); Twelfth Night (Victoria Baths, Manchester). As Assistant Director: Driving Miss Daisy (Theatre Royal, Bath); The White Devil, The Roaring Girl (Royal Shakespeare Company); A Christmas Carol (New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent); Lady Windermere’s Fan, Miss Julie, The Gatekeeper, Beautiful Thing and Good (Royal Exchange, Manchester). Text Work includes: The Malcontent (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); Henry VI: Parts I, II, and III (Shakespeare’s Globe).

SARAH LAMBIE (producer)
Sarah trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School after reading English at Cambridge University. Theatre includes: The Shakespeare Revue (Theatre Clwyd); I Know You Of Old (Hope Theatre); The Dresser (West End and UK Tour); Don Carlo (Grange Park Opera); Macbeths (Hope Theatre); The Cherry Orchard, Blood on the Carpet (New Wimbledon Theatre); Yes, Prime Minister (UK No.1 Tour); Celebrity Night at Cafe Red (Trafalgar Studios); Twelfth Night, Masters Are You Mad? (Grosvenor Park Theatre); The Moon Please, The Philadelphia (Soho Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest (English Theatre, Frankfurt); The Shape of Things (Arts Theatre); An Actor’s Life For Me, The Crucible, The Country Wife (Bristol Old Vic) and The Mikado (Cambridge Arts Theatre).

ZENA CARSWELL (actor – The Spectral Queen)
Zena is a graduate of The Oxford School of Drama. This year she has played multiple roles in Othello at The English Theatre of Hamburg and performed as the Nurse and Benvolio in Merely Theatre’s national tour of Romeo and Juliet. Most recently she played the female lead in Painting at the White Bear Theatre. She is one of the founding members of Lady Junk Theatre Collective who received the Origins Award for outstanding new work at VAULT festival 2016 for their production BUTTER. Zena has also performed in the title role in Henry V at Southwark Playhouse as part of a national tour. Other credits include There’s a Monster in the Lakeby Tallulah Brown at VAULT festival 2015 and various productions with Ovalhouse Theatre.

CONOR O’KANE (actor – The Hollow Hero)
Conor graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2013. Theatre includes: Survivor’s Voices (Dance East Ipswich); I Know You Of Old (Hope Theatre); Miss Nightingale (U.K. Tour/Vaults); Divided by History, United by Music (Blue Eagle Productions); Cinderella (Millenium Forum); Macbeths (Hope Theatre); Refuge (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (QDOS Entertainment); Jack and the Beanstalk (Millennium Forum); First Time (Rosemary Branch); Edgar and Annabel (Karamel Klub); The Martyr (Soho Theatre); Anything Goes, The Hired Man, Guys and Dolls (Mountview).

Artistic Team
Written by
David Fairs
Directed by
Anna Marsland
Produced by
Sarah Lambie
Conor O'Kane, David Fairs and Zena Carswell

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