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NOW 18 | Week 5

13 February — 17 February

Anton Mirto

The Army // 7:30pm

“…to stand on my feet, to challenge my behaviour, to commit, to breathe, to hurt, to fight, to be for or against an idea, to be  stronger than I think I am…”

Anton Mirto is a performer and artist who founded the celebrated performance company A2 whose first show miss did it hurt when you fell down from heaven? had major critical acclaim (★★★★ The Guardian, The Times). Her previous show at The Yard was the sublimely ritualistic earning innocence, which saw performers roll out metres of silver foil to create living sculptures as part of NOW 14.

Her new show The Army speaks of urgency and objection. Through a visceral language of resilience and dysfuctionality, it sees a woman march against apathy, for healing, purpose and power.

Emma Frankland

Hearty // 9pm

HRT is Hormone Replacement Therapy. A controversial bio-technology of powerful drugs that are responsible for changing the female body.

Emma Frankland returns to The Yard to follow the sell-out Rituals For Change at NOW 16 (★★★★ “tender, brave and brilliant” WhatsOnStage) with an exploration of HRT and its history. She explores attitudes to menopause alongside the liberation of her own body as a transgender woman. It’s messy, it’s intense and it’s politically-charged.

Inspired by conversations with women around the world, Hearty celebrates growth, ageing, transformation.


ACCESS

Access tickets are priced at £17 and can be booked online. We offer free tickets for companions and these must be booked over the phone (020 3111 0570) or by emailing lara@theyardtheatre.co.uk

About the Artists


Anton Mirto

As co-director for A2company (1999-present), Mirto has created works for platforms including: The Place, Royal Opera House, ICA, Tate Modern, National Review of Live Art, Yorkshire Dance, Parc de la Villette (Paris), Centre of Contemporary Culture (Barcelona), Jaffo23 (Jerusalem) and WUK (Vienna)

As an independent artist (2013-present) she has presented in spaces including: TripSpace as part of Hayward Gallery’s ‘Mirror City’, The Granary Building with a commissioned intervention for visual artist, Richard Wentworth & Cape Town’s ‘Infecting the City’ festival.

In higher education: Mentor at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Performance Practice Course), Guest Artist at School of Architecture & Landscape (Kingston University) visiting lecturer at University of the Arts (MA Costume)

Emma Frankland

Emma Frankland, an award winning UK theatre maker and performer.

She has created a diverse collection of work & was featured in the British Council Showcase at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival with an anarchic adaptation of Don Quijote. Her work has toured the UK & internationally, appearing across Europe as well as Brazil and Indonesia.

She is the director of None of Us is Yet a Robot – a contemporary performance company that create groundbreaking performance work based on transgender identities & the politics of transition.

She has collaborated with many companies including Chris Goode & Company, Wildworks and is an associate artist with Coney. She is a two-time Fringe First award winner and Total Theatre Award nominee.

Throughout her work, there is a shared theatrical language that focuses on honesty, action & a playfully destructive DIY aesthetic.

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