Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch to stream epic Thames Estuary play

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch will be streaming its new epic play that tells the story of five lives colliding on a single day along the banks of the River Thames, free to view.

Tales from the Thames is currently touring to sold out venues across South Essex where theatre is rarely, if ever, staged. From a village hall in West Tilbury to a historic pub on Canvey Island, a Heritage Barn in the Wat Tyler Country Park to a leisure centre in Pitsea, Tales from the Thames is charting its way along the estuary, visiting ten diverse, intimate community locations over 13 performances.

The online premiere will take place on Monday July 12 at 7.30pm and will then be available for one week on the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch YouTube channel and via their website.

Tales from the Thames is the first of a new series of exciting Creative Estuary co-commissions – the initiative which aims to showcase 60 miles of the North Kent and South Essex region as one of the UK’s most dynamic and creative areas in the whole of the UK – working on this occasion with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch (QTH).

Written by QTH associate artist Rebecca Brewer and playwright Vickie Donoghue, both from Thurrock, with Southend-based songwriter M G Boulter, the show begins as the sun rises over the river, and everything is coming to life.

The soundtrack of the estuary is heard, from the dawn chorus of birds to engines starting, front doors closing and metal containers being loading onto waiting ships; across South Essex journeys are about to be made.

But today is different…

After Rebecca, Vickie and M G had written the script and music, the job of creating the show was undertaken by Rebecca as co-director, working alongside QTH’s Artistic Director, Douglas Rintoul.

The cast includes Colchester’s Tim Freeman, Southend’s Mia Jerome and Lisa Wright (Sunny Afternoon, UK Tour).

Featuring live music and songs by M G Boulter – whose new album Clifftown, has contributions from musicians in bands such as Bellowhead and Spiritualized – this newly commissioned piece is deeply inspired by the Essex Thames Estuary and is made for and by the people who live and work alongside it.

For more information about the production, visit www.queens-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/show/tales-from-the-thames

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Mick Ferris

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