“In the park, on bikes, just waiting… The streets are running with adrenaline…. Boys and adrenaline pouring down the streets”.
August 2011. The curtains are drawn. The letter box is sealed. An eerie silence looms over the city. Celine is waiting, but what is she waiting for? Rifling through the tangle of emotions at the epicentre of this Summer’s riots, this is a searing new play by Deborah Gearing (Burn, National Theatre, Forest, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Rosalind: A Question of Life, Birmingham REP, The Cage, Nuffield Theatre, Southampton).
Set in the home of teenage siblings, surrounded by polystyrene packaging, and played out in real time, Celine wants their mother to come home and keep things together, whilst Mikel just wants to go out. Meanwhile, the crowd that ricochet through the house, pulling in different directions, drag the chaos of the outside in and offer a chilling climax. Something For The Winter captures the raw tension of the riots of last August, and the grievances stoking the fires outside.
The Bridge Theatre Company is made up of young actors aged 18 and 19 who have trained at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. They work for a year with theatre professionals on a single production which tours to venues and festivals through the spring and summer. This year the company have commissioned playwright Deborah Gearing to work with them to write a brand new play in response to the ideas, concerns and lives of the company members.