English premiere of Jo Clifford’s acclaimed Every One at Battersea Arts Centre

Every One at Battersea Arts Centre
Photo: Richard Davenport

Chris Goode and Company and Battersea Arts Centre present Every One by Jo Clifford – a take on the medieval morality play Everyman.

Clifford’s exploration of grief and acceptance sees the award-winning Chris Goode & Company producing the work of another writer for the first time.

Every One received great critical acclaim when it was originally produced by the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh in 2010. The incredibly personal play was sparked by the death of Clifford’s wife, and draws from her experiences of the sudden death of her mother at a young age and her own feelings of mortality following heart surgery.

Jo Clifford is most recently known for The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven, her one woman show featuring a transgender Jesus coming back to the world. She is an Edinburgh based writer, performer, poet and teacher with about 80 plays to her name. She is an associate artist at Chris Goode and Company.

Chris Goode said: “Right from the start, Chris Goode & Company has always been about making sure we hear the widest possible range of voices – whether that’s the children who spoke to us for Monkey Bars, or the queer-punk blogging community who fed into Weaklings, or forgotten writers from the European avant garde who have been at the core of some of our devising projects.

“I can think of no more extraordinary voice in our culture today than Jo Clifford, who has been a great friend to CG&Co over the past few years, most recently as an associate artist.

“To create a space in which Jo’s vision can be encountered by a new audience is a wonderful opportunity and one that’s going to deliver abundantly on the company’s promise to make sure that we use our platform to present surprising and distinctive perspectives on how we live now.”

The cast includes Chris Goode and Company regulars Angela Clerkin (Monkey Bars), Michael Fenton Stevens (STAND) and Nick Finegan (Weaklings and Chris Goode’s experimental group Ponyboy Curtis) alongside emerging artist Nicola Weston (who played in double bill with Ponyboy Curtis in The Yard’s NOW15), film and TV actress Eileen Nicholas, and shunt’s Nigel Barrett as Death.

Chris Goode & Company is a collaboration between lead artist Chris Goode, producer Ric Watts, writer and critic Maddy Costa, and a fluid evolving ensemble of makers, designers and performers with a group of associate artists at its core.

Every One runs at the Battersea Arts Centre from 2 – 19 March 2016

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