★★★★ ‘Creepily melodramatic and beautifully realised’ – The Times
★★★★★ ‘Bound to win awards… It comes highly recommended’ – British Theatre Guide
★★★★ ‘a gripping, radical retelling of a classic story’ – Three Weeks
★★★★ ‘every moment [is] accentuated to great ambient effect… Holloway reveals an acute intelligence’ – Broadway Baby
★★★★★ ‘Undeniably brilliant.’ – Views from the Gods
★★★★ ‘…sordid, sexy, intelligent…masterful stuff.’ – Everything Theatre
Flipping the Bird in association with Red Shift presents Jonathan Holloway’s Jekyll & Hyde.
Wandering into the darkness of a Southwark back-alley, the respectable Utterson and decadent Enfield find a curious door, ajar. Enfield thinks he grasps the mystery beyond it, but to discover more, he and Utterson must leave the lights of fashionable London behind forever. The grimy threshold leads them into the criminal underworld of London’s dark press, and the murky researches of Dr Jekyll.
Fusing live music, black comedy and grotesque cabaret, Jekyll & Hyde will leave you feeling titillated, tainted and unclean.
Following on from a five star, sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival, Flipping the Bird present Fringe First Award winning writer Jonathan Holloway’s mesmerising adaptation of Stevenson’s novella. Directed by Jessica Edwards (Old Vic Tunnels, Theatre503, Les Enfants Terribles), with set design by Joanna Scotcher (Whatsonstage Best Set Design Award Winner 2011), lighting design by Joshua Carr and music by award winning composer Laurence Osborn (English National Ballet, Tete-a-Tete Opera).
Jonathan Holloway is best known as founder and Artistic Director of Red Shift Theatre Company which has been touring throughout the UK and beyond since 1982. The company achieved Arts Council subsidy in 1986. His work as a director, writer and teacher has been seen and heard all over the world. He has directed events ranging from touring circus to pocket musicals to landmark reinventions of the classics; run companies and venues; written over 50 professionally produced plays; collaborated with some of the most important writers, designers and composers in British theatre. His writing is frequently revived by other directors here and abroad, and has been translated into Spanish and Cantonese. Jonathan has contributed a huge body of work to BBC Radio 3 & 4, the world’s most prolific broadcasting outlet for quality drama.
Multi-award winning company Red Shift was founded in 1982 by writer and director Jonathan Holloway and designer Charlotte Humpston. The company has toured all over the world and given over 3,000 performances in studios, major theatres, tents and parks. It has travelled throughout the UK, and visited Ireland, the Middle and Far East, North Africa and South America. Its past work has been revisited by companies and producers in the UK, US and Australia. Red Shift has been involved in professionally developing and mentoring Flipping the Bird for the past four years. This represents their first formal collaboration.
Jessica Edwards is artistic director and founder of Flipping the Bird. She has directed shows at the Old Vic Tunnels, Theatre503, the Oxford Playhouse, the Etcetera Theatre, the Pleasance, the Underbelly and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. She has worked extensively with Theatre Royal Bath, Red Shift and Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company and last year directed Pagan Parade, opening Latitude festival.
Flipping the Bird is a collaborative theatre company, specialising in new writing and new adaptations. We like finding theatrical images in novels, poems, and stories. We make work that is contemporary, iconoclastic and irreverent. Our work is wide ranging, from taking over abandoned restaurants to making plays in proscenium theatres. Recent work includes: FOUND! (Old Vic Tunnels), The Magic Toyshop in a new adaptation (Oxford Playhouse), Without External Ignition (Theatre503 RWR), Antigone in a new translation (The Cellar) and Notes From Underground in a new translation and adaptation (Etcetera Theatre). Flipping the Bird is made up of core members from different creative disciplines: a director, a composer, a movement director, and an actor.