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Coracle are a new writing theatre company and an associate company of Alphabetti Theatre, that strives to ask challenging questions and give voice to everyone with authentic stories told with imagination and intensity. Following their recent success at Alphabetti theatre last year with Overdue, Coracle are back with the world premiere of Down To Zero. The emotive comedy, written by Lizi Patch (Punching the Sky at Soho Theatre/Live Theatre, Frankly Prince Charming You’re Just Not My Type and Bubble) is about a couple, Steph who has hit menopause and feels she is in decline and her partner Sam who is planning a surprise weekend away for her 50th birthday. Their determined idyll is ripped away by the arrival of a surprise visitor from their past.

Like in most areas of the arts, women are underrepresented in theatre and this is something that Coracle hope to change according to co-artistic director Matt Jamie.Work by women playwrights made up only 8% of staged productions in 2014 (research by Tonic Theatre), and the 2019 season at the National Theatre was recently under fire for only featuring male writers and directors. Playwright Zinnie Harris has said “It is somehow harder for people to embrace a play written by a women, whatever its quality…”

Coracle’s work has always provided a platform for work by women, and for this production, we have chosen to curate a selection of work by women aged over 40 – a group particularly under-represented in the world of theatre both on and off stage.

Writer Lizi Patch (who we worked with on 2017’s “Sufragette” collection of short plays) has written an honest look at a character going through the menopause, dealing with her own fears and facing her past and future.”

Down to Zero is at Alphabetti Theatre from Tuesday 18 to Saturday 29 June 2019 and tickets are Pay What You Decide. To book tickets visit Coracle’s website. On Tuesday to Friday performancesDown to Zero will be followed by a series of short response pieces (free for ticket holders), inspired by themes in the play, by local artists Allison Davies (writer), Claire Tustin (actor, musician), Karen Traynor (director) Degna Stone (poet) and Beccy Owen (musician, theatre-maker) .

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