Friday, 11 December 2015

Substance & Shadow Theatre present "Skin Deep" Cygnet Theatre & City Gate Hotel February 2016 Press Release from Rosie Mullin

Skin Deep
Rosie Mullin is Pearl  Nathan Simpson is Alex
Midge Mullin is Jem  Michael Gilpin is Sam

(Photography: Matt Austin Images)

From Kingston Jamaica to Sidwell Street, Exeter! "Substance & Shadow Theatre" are proud to announce the return of their acclaimed play, "Skin Deep", which played to sold out venues in 2013 and was hailed as, "...Grass roots theatre at its greatest" by Arts Award Magazine.

Not Everything is black and white... "Skin Deep" takes audiences on a Double Decker bus ride back in time to experience how subcultures, that evolved in Britain's major cities, sent shockwaves across the UK and touched the hearts and minds of West Country youths. From the ghettos of Kingston Jamaica, via the Kings Road, London to Sidwell Street, Exeter, Skin Deep evokes memories of the unique culture of eighties Exeter; the people and the places.

It is a celebration of subculture that is comic, tragic and deeply poignant. Skin Deep is an original play written by Midge and Rosie Mullin, which delighted audiences in 2013 with its evocative references to iconic landmarks in Exeter such as Tinleys, Trumans and Routes nightclub. The play opens an 80's Exeter time capsule and invites audiences to rummage around in its contents. It will transport you back to a time when Queen were topping the charts and Tony Kellow was the undisputed King of St James Park!

SKIN DEEP: The year is 1980. Born out of the cultural melting pot of Jamaica, London and Coventry, Ska and Two Tone music is sweeping the nation! These are troubled political times and Skinheads are on the March. Four lives are touched and entwined forever by the music, fashion and culture of the day but friendships are stretched to the limit and bonds tested when Jem suddenly returns 'home' from London, bringing with him a new identity.

Secrets and jealousies from the past bubble to the surface, but why has Jem decided to return and what made him leave all those years ago? Skin Deep explores themes of cultural identity, working class values, race and sexuality in a Devon City through the eyes of four young characters set against the volatile backdrop of Thatcher's Britain.


Cygnet New Theatre: Friday/Saturday 5/6 February 2016

Performance: 7.30 pm

Venue: Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ

Tickets: £8.50

Book Online: WeGotTickets Friday/Saturday

City Gate Cellar Bar: Monday/Tuesday 8/9 February 2016

Performance: 8.00 pm

Venue: Iron Bridge, Lower North Street, Exeter EX4 3RB

Tickets: £7.00

Available only on the door - limited spaces


Arts Review Magazine: "I thought the performance was utterly brilliant. Grass roots theatre at its greatest. Executed and directed wonderfully and saturated with humour and politics, Its a real winner for me. I came out of the theatre claiming it had been a life changing experience, to which I still hold true. Written by Rosie and Midge Mullin, I think they have such a talent for capturing and evoking a sense of history and controversy." 

Avril Silk - Remote Goat: "This is powerful, unsettling stuff, as relevant today as it was in the 1980s, performed by a strong, confident cast who do full justice to excellent, edgy writing with excellent, edgy performances. There's not a wasted word, just profound depth and challenge, without compromise, inviting us to work out what we believe about ourselves and others and how to live in a world of contradictions and confusion."

Exepose Magazine: "Once again, Substance and Shadow live up to their name, delivering theatre which flickers between moments of light and dark, love and hate, connection and isolation. I believe that Substance and Shadow Theatre make a valuable contribution to the arts scene in the city."

Jenna Richards - Phonic FM: "The small cast from Substance and Shadow theatre used the basic set and props, four wooden chairs and a few on stage outfit changes, brilliantly. They never missed a beat and the acting was seamless throughout." 

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