The Forbidden Zone - 14-18 NOW

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Directed by Katie Mitchell

The Forbidden Zone

Presented by the Barbican and 14-18 NOW

26 - 29 May 2016

BARBICAN THEATRE, LONDON

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Image credit: The Forbidden Zone, Katie Mitchell, 2014 © Salzburger Festspiele Stephen Cummiskey

The Forbidden Zone

Image credit: The Forbidden Zone, Katie Mitchell, 2014 © Salzburger Festspiele Stephen Cummiskey

In 2016, we welcomed back The Forbidden Zone, which was streamed in real time from Salzburg Festival to Barbican in 2014. It was presented as part of our 2016 season live at the Barbican Theatre. Offering a uniquely female perspective on war, science and the advance of chemical weapons, it was a multimedia show of epic scale and intricacy, directed by Katie Mitchell.

Clara Immerwahr, wife of the famed chemist Fritz Haber, is profoundly disturbed when her husband’s research leads to the development of chlorine gas during the First World War. Over 30 years later, her granddaughter, a scientist committed to finding a poison gas antidote, faces similar despair.

Interweaving multiple narratives across two time periods and continents, The Forbidden Zone featured feminist texts by Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf, Emma Goldman and Mary Borden, whose account of running a field hospital provides the production’s title. With elaborate period sets, including a moving subway train, the drama was heightened by the seamless, real-time creation onstage of cinematic-quality film, screened to intensify every meticulous move made by the Schaubühne’s outstanding ensemble.

 

Co-produced by Prospero (Théâtre National de Bretagne – Rennes, Théâtre de Liège, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Göteborgs Stadsteater, World Theatre Festival Zagreb and Festival of Athens and Epidaurus)

In 2016, we welcomed back The Forbidden Zone, which was streamed in real time from Salzburg Festival to Barbican in 2014. It was presented as part of our 2016 season live at the Barbican Theatre. Offering a uniquely female perspective on war, science and the advance of chemical weapons, it was a multimedia show of epic scale and intricacy, directed by Katie Mitchell.

Clara Immerwahr, wife of the famed chemist Fritz Haber, is profoundly disturbed when her husband’s research leads to the development of chlorine gas during the First World War. Over 30 years later, her granddaughter, a scientist committed to finding a poison gas antidote, faces similar despair.

Interweaving multiple narratives across two time periods and continents, The Forbidden Zone featured feminist texts by Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf, Emma Goldman and Mary Borden, whose account of running a field hospital provides the production’s title. With elaborate period sets, including a moving subway train, the drama was heightened by the seamless, real-time creation onstage of cinematic-quality film, screened to intensify every meticulous move made by the Schaubühne’s outstanding ensemble.

Performed in English and German with English surtitles

Age guidance: 16+

Post-show talk: 27 May 2016 (free to same-day ticket holders)

Click here to read more about the live streaming of The Forbidden Zone in 2014.

Co-produced by Prospero (Théâtre National de Bretagne – Rennes, Théâtre de Liège, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Göteborgs Stadsteater, World Theatre Festival Zagreb and Festival of Athens and Epidaurus)

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Dates, Times & Locations

26 –  29 May 2016, 19.45, 15.00 only on 29 May 2016

Barbican
Silk Street
London
EC2Y 8DS

7 & 8 May

Weekend Lab: Katie Mitchell
Frobisher Room 1, Level 4, Barbican
– SOLD OUT

Tickets

On sale

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£16–38 plus booking fee

 

 

Creative Team

Duncan Macmillan Writer
Katie Mitchell Director
Leo Warner Video Director
Lizzie Clachan Set Design
Sussie Juhlin-Wallen Costume
Finn Ross Video Designer

Gareth Fry and Melanie Wilson Sound
Nils Haarmann Dramaturgy
Jack Knowles Lighting

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