“Profoundly honest and at the same time joyfully entertaining” Independent on Sunday At the centre of Martin Figura’s Whistle is the mother’s death at the hands of his father when he was nine years old. The work goes beyond this shocking central event to present us with a tender, beautiful, funny and moving coming-of-age story. Figura uses gentle humour and insight to give the reader and audience a profound and uplifting experience.
Whistle was published by Arrowhead Press in 2010. The poem Victor was awarded the Poetry Society’s 2010 Hamish Canham Prize and the book, together with the show was short-listed for the 2010 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry The collection has received a clutch of rave reviews.
Produced by Sarah Ellis of Apples and Snakes and directed by James Grieve. It has been performed at numerous festivals and theatres across the UK since 2010, including StAnza, Ledbury , The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a week long residency the the London Roundhouse. It is touring India (New Delhi, Hyderabad & Banglaore) in January 2013 with the British Council. Reviews for the book and performances can be found here and excerpts are available here.
The show uses family image, archive and original materials in beautiful and imaginative visuals created by Visual Creator Andre Barreau and Animator and Technical Designer Karen Hall.
It is adaptable to, both small intimate venues and larger theatres with minimal technical support. Technical information can be sourced from here along with downloadable show proposals (full and summary versions).
The full version is 60 minutes & can presented with a mid-point interval if required. A film of the performance at the Newcastle Culture Lab is available on request. Shorter versions to a minimum of 20 minutes can be devised to fit programme requirements and specialist audiences. It sensitively covers issues of loss, abandonment, history, mental health, exile, family and grief that make it accessible and adaptable to a range of specialist issue audiences.