London Fringe theatre company Proforca present three of their shows this Summer: their debut piece of new writing, Feel, and the five response pieces to it, Feel/More, play the King’s Head Theatre in June, followed by Reading Gaol, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s final work, at Theatre N16 in July/August.
In Feel, two couples struggle with saying what they feel in a world where love can be swiped on a whim and the path of your whole life is determined by the delay of just one train. Feel is a search for fulfilment, second-hand love and the hope of one day becoming something better than you are – because sometimes, to follow your heart you have to give it away to someone else. Feel/More is a response piece to Feel, with five new monologues touching on the themes within, five new characters tackling the same stories.
These revivals will be followed by a restaging of Proforca’s new piece Reading Gaol: an exploration of the deprivation of liberty experienced by prisoners at the turn of the Century. Combining Wilde’s orginal Ballad of Reading Gaol with brand new pieces of writing and physical theatre, Reading Gaol explores oppresion, censorship and conformity in our increasingly conservative society, from the grime of Victorian England to the forests of Africa and back.
Proforca Theatre Company’s mission is to create great theatre performances which challenge, confront and engage audiences. Artistic Director David Brady says: “After receiving critical and audience acclaim for both Feel and Feel / More during our March runs, we are delighted that our adventure for both of these shows continues. These two shows showcase the amazing acting talent from early stage actors as well as really fierce new writers with a point of view we are pleased to champion. We’re also thrilled to be able to present a brand new re-working of our production of Reading Gaol in a fantastic new space at Theatre N16 which serves as a busy but brilliant climax to a fantastic six months for the company.”