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. This isn’t the King Arthur you know.
Commissioned by Luminato, and the result of a years-long collaboration and deep friendship between playwright/actor Niall McNeil, Neworld’s Artistic Director Marcus Youssef, theatre practitioner James Long (also Artistic Director of Theatre Replacement), and composer Veda Hille, 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.
King Arthur’s Night. Written by Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef. Original Music Composed by Veda Hille. Directed by James Long. Produced by Neworld Theatre.
Choreographer: Josh Martin / Costume Designer: Christine Reimer / Set & Prop Designer: Shizuka Kai / Lighting Designer: Kyla Gardiner / Sound Designer: Nancy Tam / Video Designer: Parjad Sharifi / Technical Director: Andrew Pye / Stage Manager: Yvonne Yip / Assistant Stage Manager: Geoff Jones / Performers: Amber Funk-Barton, Andrew Gordon, Nathan Kay, Tiffany King, Billy Marchenski, Niall McNeil, Lucy McNulty, Kerry Sandomirsky, Matthew Tom-Wing, Marcus Youssef / Artist Support: Lucy Cairns / Musicians: Veda Hille, Skye Brooks / Sound Technician: Neil Griffith / Scenic Artist: Christian Lovell / Producer: Genevieve Fleming.
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. Developed in part through The Collaborations at Canada’s National Art Centre.
“…original, poetic, and full of surprises.” – Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight
“…after watching King Arthur’s Night I flat out sobbed. This show speaks so concretely—and so skillfully—to isolation and inclusion.”- Colin Thomas
“After the battle scene we’re left with Hille and the choir performing vocal murmurations as King’s Guinevere flutters her hand above her heart reminds us that however dark this story gets, at its core there is love.” –Peter Dickinson, Performance, Place, and Politics
“[McNeil & Youssef’s] creative combination of memory and imagination has given birth to something so unique that our perception is altered and our assumptions are punctured.” – Al Etmanski
- Luminato, Toronto ON, June 15-18 2017
- Canada Scene, National Arts Centre, Ottawa ON, June 24-26 2017
- PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver BC, January 31-February 04, 2018