Leith Theatre Yard Heads project 2019

Yard Heads and Leith Theatre have signed a Letter of Agreement in order for structured theatre activity to take place at the venue over a period of months.

As a legacy of the work completed with The Last Days of Mankind and Yard Heads’ role in producing and directing the work, the project will see structured workshop sessions taking place, under the overall direction of John Paul McGroarty.

The workshop series has been supported by the Postcode Community Trust with a grant to enable work to take place over a number of months. We will be looking for solid projects to emerge from the workshop activity and to discover what sort of work would be effective in the main auditorium.

 

The Last Days of Mankind – European Co-operation Project with Leith Theatre

Yard Heads dramaturg and director John Paul McGroarty worked with producer Alexandra Lort Phillips to deliver this collaborative show at Leith Theatre, the first professional theatre show in almost three decades to take place in the venue.  

The collaboration was based on an exchange and cooperation project with Theaterlabor Bielefeld, Germany, Teatr A Part, Katowice Poland, Plavo Požoriste, Belgrade, Serbia, Smashing Times, Dublin, Association Arsène, Alsace.

JP co-directed the piece with Yuri Birte Anderson and the work presented developed workshop material from Karl Kraus’s epic play from WW1 Vienna ‘The Last Days of Mankind‘ using a new translation by author Patrick Healy

New music for the show was commissioned from anarchic cabaret operatic band The Tiger Lillies fronted by song-writer Martyn Jaques.

An album of photographs of the show can be viewed on Flickr

The play was well received by reviewers and the public:

11 November – CommonSpace

https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/13532/theatre-review-last-days-mankind

Review by John Davis

12 November – The Scotsman ****

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews-the-last-days-of-mankind-leith-theatre-puffin-scottish-storytelling-centre-edinburgh-1-4828152

Great war epic shows conflict…

12 November – The Herald ****

https://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/17217453.review-the-last-days-of-mankind-leith-theatre-edinburgh-four-stars/

12 November – edinburghguide.com ****

https://www.edinburghguide.com/reviews/theatre/thelastdaysofmankindleiththeatrereview-1

12 November – alledinburghtheatre ****

https//www.alledinburghtheatre.com/?s=The+last+days+of+mankind

13 November – theweereview ****

https://theweereview.com/review/the-last-days-of-mankind/

13 November – Morning Star *****

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/timely-satire-lessons-unlearned-war-end-all-wars

13 November – The Edinburgh Reporter

https://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2018/11/at-leith-theatre-the-last-days-of-mankind/

14 November – The Stage ****

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2018/last-days-mankind-review-leith-theatre/

14 November – Irish Examiner

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/columnists/gerard-howlin/sanitation-of-time-and-memorial-this-is-hell-reinvented-as-disney

Sanitation of time and memorial…

14 November – reviewsphere *****

https://www.reviewsphere.org/theatre-review-the-last-days-of-mankind/

14 November – The Times ***

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a-savage-anti-war-opus-that-does-not-pull-its-punches-0mxkxs0hj

15 November – My Theatre Mates ****

Review

14 November – The Fountain ***

https://thefountain.eu/theatre/2018/11/review-the-last-days-of-mankind/ttps://mytheatremates.com/the-last-days-of-mankind-edinburgh-thom/

The Last Days of Mankind

Yardheads is producing a full-length theatrical performance of the play ‘The Last Days of Mankind‘ with Leith Theatre in November 2018 in a collaboration with international theatre-makers and creatives, local performers and technical participants. The play was written 100 years ago by Karl Kraus, a Viennese writer who published his own journal with a critical and satirical view on newspapers, social climbers and other writers and poets who supported the First World War and in his view perpetuated it.  The English translation being used was completed in parts in 2014 and 2016 by Patrick Healy of November Editions

The show is part of a wider programme of cultural activity, ‘Café Europa’ which brings theatre-makers from Germany, Poland, Serbia, Ireland, Ukraine and France, over a 12-month period, including shorter presentations and discussion of themes and issues around conflict, trauma and hope alongside further performances of ‘The Last Days of Mankind’ in Bielefeld, Germany and Katowice, Poland.

The collaborating groups are Theaterlabor, Germany; Teatr A Part, Poland; Plavo Povoriste, Serbia; Smashing Times, Dublin; Kultura Medialna, Ukraine.

Further links and reading on The Last Days of Mankind can be found at Project 1568.

Pembroke Dock Seafair 2018

The maritime festival Seafair Haven, supported by the Tall Ships (Wales) Trust, has just finished in Pembroke Dock, South West Wales.  Yardheads commissioned ‘Pope’ to perform the ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ aboard a tall ship; booked Magic Jack Sparrow to entertain families on a public day and Citrus Arts theatre company to perform their touring show “Shipwrecks” on the dockside.

Yardheads is also directing a short film about the week.

Adapt, Edit, Create

Our work is emerging from creative international collaboration in the field of theatre.

We have been undertaking research, meeting writers and translators, visiting cultural places, reading, seeking, travelling, listening, playing and adapting.  From this process we expect beautiful projects to emerge.

Talk to us about talent or material for stage or screen, creative research and development.

“Drama is made serious … not by the degree in which it is taken up with problems that are serious in themselves, but by the degree in which it gives the nourishment, not easy to define, on which our imaginations live” – JM Synge