In October 2013, Yve Blake created the interactive website WhoWereWe.com where she asked strangers to answer one question. ‘Who did they feel they used to be?
Strangers from 44 international cities contributed stories, voicemails, pictures and playlists. 132 of these stories became ‘Then’.
Using handcrafted music and spectacular visuals, Yve brings these collected histories to life onstage in a celebration of the idiots, strangers and heroes that we used to be.
With ‘sheer ingenuity’ (TimeOut), Yve’s music samples everything from orchestral flourishes to flushing toilets, and rarely misses the opportunity for a dance break.
Prepare for ‘ A truly special event’ (A Younger Theatre), created by Yve Blake, the internet…and you?
PREMIERED AT VAULT FESTIVAL, FEBRUARY 2014
HEADLINED 'PLAY' FESTIVAL AT BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE, MARCH 2014
Writer/Performer - Yve Blake
Dramaturg - Georgia Symons
Musical Director - Alex Groves
Musical Supervisor - Philip Jameson
Designer - Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Assistant Designer - Alice Cousins
Video Designers - Rosa Nussbaum & Joel Enfield
Produced by Emily L Thommes and Robert F Bradish.
'THEN' has been developed with support from the National Theatre Young Studio supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
'THEN' has received support from Arts Council England under the 'Grants for the Arts' funding scheme.
Image by Rory Lindsay, Hair by Keely Mangham
Image by Vasillis Papakostas.