A woman lies awake. Pupils like pinpricks, skin saturated in sweat, the odd jerk of a muscle. She hasn’t slept for 3 months. She knows what is happening to her and there’s nothing she can do.
Cosima Trevisan gets a phone call. Her mother’s body has been discovered in her car in the North Sea. Her neighbours say she had been acting strangely, and the last person to hear from her was a doctor she had never met.
Cosima and Dr Graham are left to discover what drove her to commit such an act. Set against the backdrop of an unfolding mad cow crisis, their search takes them on a journey through history and a race against time to find the cause and cure of a rare genetic disease.
Inspired by the remarkable true story of a family and the disease that has cursed them for generations, SLEEPLESS is the new show from Analogue, a multi-award winning company with a strong reputation for their multimedia performance style that combines powerful storytelling with rigorous scientific research.
SLEEPLESS is being co-produced with Staatstheater Mainz, and the show has been made in Mainz, Germany in the summer of 2016, ahead of a run at Shoreditch Town Hall and further performances in Mainz in Autumn 2016, with UK and international touring from 2017.
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Cast & creative team
An Analogue and Staatstheater Mainz co-production
Commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall
Written by Hannah Barker and Liam Jarvis
Directed by Hannah Barker
Technical Management by Helen Mugridge
Designed by Anike Sedello
Sound Design by Elena Pena
Lighting Design by Jurgen Sippert
Produced by Ric Watts
Cast: Michael Cusick, Jake Ferretti, Andrea Quirbach, Leoni Schulz, Balvinder Sopal
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UK Premiere at Shoreditch Town Hall, 1-14 September 2016
Premiere at Staatstheater Mainz, June 2016
R&D with German and UK actors at Staatstheater Mainz, plus further script development work at Shoreditch Town Hall.
5-week residency at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, developing an early iteration of the work in collaboration with Mountview students.
1-week residency at Plymouth University exploring early ideas for the work in collaboration with undergraduate students (culminating in two short work-in-progress showings in April).
2-week script-writing process at Shoreditch Town Hall in December (Liam and Hannah).