Vancouver premiere at the 2018 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Jan. 31–Feb. 4, 2018 at Frederic Wood Theatre
Tickets now available.
An upside-down world
A betrayed love
An unwanted child
Animals learning to walk and talk
A revolt by the subjugated masses
A kingdom come undone
Niall McNeil has been a professional actor for most of his life. This is the second play he has written with his long-time collaborators, Marcus Youssef and Veda Hille. The first, the Peter Pan adaptation Peter Panties, was co-produced with Leaky Heaven, and co-presented by the 2011 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and The Cultch.
Commissioned by Luminato, and years in the making, King Arthur’s Night is epic in scale and radically inclusive. It features a fully integrated professional cast which includes actors from Burnaby, BC’s Down Syndrome Research Foundation. Plus a live band and a 20-person choir.
Refined, brutal, crude and tender, King Arthur’s Night tests what we know about the limits of theatre, language and our collective understanding of the narratives that are permitted to shape our world. It invites audiences to reject the idea that some experiences are inherently marginal, and instead witness those stories front and centre on stage.
Written by Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef with Original Music Composed by Veda Hille. Directed by James Long.
Commissioned by Luminato, Co-produced by the National Arts Centre, with the major support of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Stratford Festival, Bard On the Beach Shakespeare Festival, and Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Community Partners: Down Syndrome Research Foundation of BC, Kinsight, Inclusion BC, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, and PosAbilities.
Neworld Theatre acknowledges the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, the Vancouver Foundation, the Hamber Foundation, the Koerner Foundation, Vancity, and our many individual and private donors. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.
Luminato, Toronto ON, June 15-18 2017
Canada Scene, National Arts Centre, Ottawa ON, June 24-26 2017
Photos of Niall McNeil as King Arthur, by Tristan Casey. Illustration by Katie So.