Innovative theatre company Slung Low are rounding up the troops and getting ready to land on Salford for their latest landmark production, writes Francesca Waite.
Slung Low are one of the most groundbreaking theatre companies in the UK, receiving critical acclaim recently for Last Seen, part of The Almeida Theatre's Summer Festival. For their production, Helium, they were awarded The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award in 2008, founded to help the development of emerging practitioners in the field of experimental theatre. Their ethos is to allow the particular demands of each story to inform the choice of venue and performance style, meaning their next show is as likely to be caught on an iPod as it is in a city centre car-park.
Specialising in new work, they are led by seven artists from diverse creative backgrounds including prose, movement, video, sound and theatre. Their intention is to use all of the technology and resources available to an artist in the 21st Century to achieve the oldest of artistic aims – a good story, well told.
Their latest production, Beyond the Front Line, will receive its World Première as part of The Lowry's ground-breaking No Boundaries season from Monday 5th October. Beyond the Front Line is a collaboration between the innovative Slung Low, The Lowry and The University of Salford and has been generously funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.
Alan Lane, Artistic Director of Slung Low said of the co-production: “This is a busy, artistically challenging and very exciting time for Slung Low. We are delighted to be working with The Lowry and Salford University on Beyond the Front Line.”
Robert Robson, The Lowry's Artistic Director added, “Beyond the Front Line is one of three productions in our No Boundaries season, showcasing new, innovative and exhilarating theatre brought by some of the north's leading talent. We are certain that these productions will be truly memorable, providing the audience with an experience they can't stop talking about. In the run-up to The Lowry's 10th birthday year, these unique projects illustrate our role in presenting imaginative theatre.”
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