‘As his eyes fell shut – the world became quiet, still and dark. The angry flame softened to a warm glow and his head was filled with dreaming.’
It’s been a month since Stephen jumped. Amy collects her husband’s effects, the things he had with him gathered in a single box. There was no sign – no warning. As fractured memories of their last night together rewind, replay and unravel, she is desperate to find out why.
Joe and Matt are making a documentary. Whilst reviewing their footage they make a startling discovery that will take their film in an unexpected direction – the blurred image of a man jumping from the cliffs.
Fusing text, 3D animation, object manipulation and physical performance, Beachy Head is a powerful look at the ripple effects of one man’s decision to take his life.
Continuing Analogue’s theme of work influenced by real-life stories, Beachy Head is inspired by Britain’s most renowned suicide spot, and the stories of those left behind after a single fall from those notorious cliffs.
Cast & creative team
An Analogue and New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich co-production.
Commissioned by Farnham Maltings.
Developed at Lyric Hammersmith, South Hill Park and Pleasance.
Funded by Arts Council England, Escalator East to Edinburgh and Wellcome Trust
Devised by Analogue
Directed by Liam Jarvis and Hannah Barker
Script by Dan Rebellato, Emma Jowett and Lewis Hetherington
Lighting Design by Edmund McKay
Sound Design by Alex Garfath
Original Music by Simon Slater
Produced by Ric Watts
Production Managers: David Sherman (2009) and Helen Mugridge (2011)
Technical Managers: Pip Thurlow (2009) and Simon Wheeler (2011)
Devising team and original cast (2009): Hannah Barker, Lewis Hetherington, Emma Jowett, Sam Taylor and Dan Tobin
Touring cast (2011): Sarah Belcher, Neal Craig, Dan Ford, Katie Lightfoot, Matt Tait
Reviews“Analogue have raised their game considerably since Mile End, and now must be considered the natural heirs to Suspect Culture and Frantic Assembly.” ￼ ★★★★ The Herald
"Vivid, accomplished and – in its filmic way – intensely theatrical.” ★★★★ The Scotsman
"A quietly splendid production, magically well staged: it lingers long.” The Observer
There are no upcoming dates for this production.
8-week UK and European tour, including visits to Drum Theatre Plymouth, The Junction, Jackson’s Lane, The Lowry, Theatre Base in Switzerland, Wales Millennium Centre, New Wolsey Theatre and Harrogate Theatre.
Four-week run at Pleasance , Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and South-East tour with dates at South Hill Park, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts and Corn Exchange Newbury