Luminato Festival, Toronto ON, June 15-18 2017
Canada Scene, National Arts Centre, Ottawa ON, June 24-26 2017
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 the Luminato Festival, 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 the Luminato Festival, Co-produced by the National Arts Centre (with the NAC Collaborations Program), with the major support of Stratford Festival and Bard On the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Community Partner: Down Syndrome Research Foundation of BC.
Neworld Theatre Society acknowledges the support of the Performing Arts Residency program at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The Playwrights acknowledge the assistance of the 2016 Banff Playwrights Colony – a partnership between The Banff Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts. We are grateful for the support of the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, who provided a Production Residency.
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, Inclusion BC, and our many individual and private donors.
Photos of Niall McNeil as King Arthur, by Tristan Casey. Illustration by Katie So.