Runtime: 1h 30m
We all wonder about our family and whether the histories we have been told are true. What has been left out and what has been embellished? Lost Dog’s dance theatre take on Dickens explores that urge to find out through the daughter of Lucy Manette, one of the characters in Dickens’ 1859 novel. which is set against the background of the French Revolution and a family caught up in the maelstrom. If you reckon Dickens on stage is a tall order, just remember that this dance theatre piece is made by the company who under director Ben Duke made brilliant theatre inspired by Paradise Lost and whose Juliet and Romeo was a whiplash smart subversion of Shakespeare’s famous play and its sexual politics.
If you’ve never read Charles Dickens’ novel of revolution and excessive gestures of love, then this is the show for you. If you have read it, this might also be the show for you, depending on how well you remember it. Lucie Manette and her aristocratic husband escaped Paris at the height of the French Revolution. It was a daring and unlikely escape that traumatised her young daughter, also called Lucie. Now that Lucie the younger is older, she wants some answers from her tight-lipped mother as to what exactly happened. In order to get those answers Lucie is making a documentary, bringing her family together to restage the events that she was too young to remember, in order to finally confront the past. But what they have to say is not what Lucie wants to hear. From the creators of Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) and Juliet & Romeo, comes a re-staging of one of the bestselling novels of all time (allegedly). Featuring live camera work on-stage, and Lost Dog’s acclaimed blend of contemporary dance and theatre, rediscover Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities from a whole new perspective. This is Lost Dog’s nearly unrecognisable re-imagining of a classic. Age Recommendation: 12+