We made the decision to postpone the Edinburgh and London shows of Dawn, because we wanted the experience of showing you our play to be a joyful one, not one of anxiety. A couple of days later, on what was to be our opening night, Live Theatre in Newcastle closed to the public. We had a wonderful closed dress rehearsal: some photos from that are below. Tickets for all the cancelled shows will be refunded, and there will be new dates in the future - watch this space. Look after your physical and mental health everyone and so sorry we couldn't see you all in person.
Dawn in New York:
'Eating is, like, pretty much frowned on in fashion. You get ostrichisised if you’re seen with anything bigger than a sashimi in your hand.'
Dawn in Glasgow:
'If this is what Suzie thinks, it’s as sinister as the government’s plans to make the UK a special low-tax haven for the arms trade that we exposed last week.'
Hannah Walker as Dawn
Dawn is a hairdresser who likes to rap. Her life changes after an encounter with a trafficked Vietnamese teenager and the discovery of a mysterious talent. Her search for friendship, love and fulfilment takes her to the New York catwalk, the Paris banlieue, an activist community in Glasgow and a nuclear bunker in the Nevada desert, where she might be the only person who can stop the US president bombing Brazil over the Amazon tree frogs.
is a regular performer with comic sketch show Mixtape (Live Theatre, Sunderland Stages) and co-host of PUG, a quarterly alternative performance night. Her one woman show An Evening with Savvy B was performed at the Stand Comedy Club at the Edinburgh Festival, Alphabetti Theatre Newcastle and Theatre N16. www.thehannahwalker.com @hellohannahlm
is a composer, musical director and actor-musician based in Newcastle. He’s toured with bands including Minor Victories and is a member of live electronic music collective Grey Tapes. He composed the soundtrack to Unity and Division, a short film exploring political polarisation in the UK.He worked as musical director and performer on Chicken Licken: A Tale Jam (Durham Gala Theatre). @Calum_Howard
RUTH MARY JOHNSON
is a theatre maker who directs, performs, writes, and facilitates with a particular interest in collaborating with musicians to explore models of storytelling. Recent credits include directing The Winter's Tale for young audiences for the National Theatre, writing, directing and performing Chicken Licken: a Tale Jam, Perfectly Norman: a Story Gig Izzy Gizmo: a Story Gig, The Tin Foil Astronaut and Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo. www.ruthmaryjohnson.com @maryroo