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 16-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.
“…original, poetic, and full of surprises.” – 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
“With a neurodiverse cast and an emphasis on text and metaphor deconstruction, King Arthur’s Night is a compelling, comedic, and critical take on cultural myths and dynamics of power.” – alt.theatre
“[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
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 • Assistant Technical Director Jeremy Vreeken • Stage Manager Dorothy Jenkins (2017),Yvonne Yip • Assistant Stage Manager Geoff Jones • Performers Amber Funk-Barton, Andrew Gordon, Nathan Kay, Tiffany King, Nicola Lipman (2017), Anton Lipovetsky (2017), Billy Marchenski, Niall McNeil, Lucy McNulty (2017/18), Kerry Sandomirsky (2018/19), Matthew Tom-Wing, Sophia Wolfe (2019), Marcus Youssef • Artist Support Lucy Cairns • Musicians Veda Hille, Christine Fellows (2017), Barry Mirochnick (2017, 2019), Skye Brooks (2018) • Sound Technician Neil Griffith • Scenic Artist Christian Lovell • Company Manager Jennifer Swan (2017), Genevieve Fleming (2018/19) • Producers Matt Moreau, Sandra Henderson (2018/19).
Commissioned by Luminato, Co-produced by the National Arts Centre, with the major support of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff Playwrights Lab, 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.
- June 15-18 2017, Luminato, Toronto ON (World Premiere)
- June 24-26 2017, Canada Scene, National Arts Centre, Ottawa ON
- January 31-February 04, 2018, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver BC
- March 19-20, 2019, No Limits, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong