Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth Production, co-produced by Curve. Filmed in Association with Tea Films
We are thrilled to be able to offer streamed performances of our production I Think We Are Alone, the tour of which was cut short in March 2020 by the global pandemic. This specially commissioned version for the screen, captured by TEA films and directed by Frantic Assembly Artistic Director Scott Graham is streamed via Stream.Theatre as part of a ‘digital tour’ and promoted in association with venues whose dates had to be cancelled last year. Including; Theatre Royal Plymouth, Theatre Royal, Stratford East, MAST Studios Southampton, Oxford Playhouse, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Curve Leicester and The Lowry.
I Think We Are Alone was commissioned as Frantic Assembly’s 25th Anniversary production and premiered at Theatre Royal Plymouth in February2020. It was on a 15 week tour and playing to full houses at Theatre Royal Stratford East when the tour was cut short due to the global pandemic. The production was remounted and filmed at MAST Southampton, where Frantic Assembly is an Associate Company. The digital capture has been supported by an Arts Council, England Project Grant and funding from The Garfield Weston Cultural Fund.
The original production was directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham. It was designed by Morgan Large - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat [London Palladium], Wonderland [Nottingham Playhouse] - with lighting by Paul Keogan - Lady Windermere's Fan [Vaudeville Theatre, London], The Plough and The Stars [Lyric Hammersmith/Abbey Theatre Dublin] - and sound design by Ella Wahlström - Peter Pan Goes Wrong [Apollo], Jellyfish [The Bush].
From those electric moments of discovery and connection to the dark hours of isolation, we all seek community and resolution. But sometimes what connects us is what we need to escape from.
Two sisters (Charlotte Bate & Kirsty Stuart) are estranged and bicker over text. Their brittle and aggressive language is pushing them further apart when what they really want is to meet, clear the air and talk about the events that happened when they were young girls and haunt them still.
Josie (Diveen Henry) is not allowing grief to get in the way. All of her focus is on what is best for her son, Manny (Khai Shaw). She desperately wants him to fly but can she let him go?
There is a person shaped hole in Graham’s heart (Andrew Turner) and it is driving him to some dark places. When a stranger returns an act of kindness both find themselves opening up and connecting in a way that might just bring a bit of light in.
I Think We Are Alone is a bittersweet and funny take on our ache to connect with those voices we need to hear again, those arms we need to feel around us and those faces we need to see again. It is about letting go and holding on to what we love the most.
The filming and streaming of I Think We Are Alone was supported by Garfield Weston Cultural Fund and a Project Grant from Arts Council England.