This Restless State

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  • New Europe - A work in progress ~
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  • Project: This Restless State

Supported by Arts Council England and the Leche Trust and co-commissioned by Ovalhouse
Lead artist and performer: Jesse Fox
Director: Jemima James
Writer: Danielle Pearson
Sound Designer: Ella Wahlström
Set and Lighting Designer: Ben Pacey 

East Berlin, 1989. Alone at the kitchen table, the radio on, Margot learns the wall has fallen and with it the only world she has ever known. Rome, 2052. In the wake of a devastating refugee crisis and The Continental War, Galina waits in line, ready to cast her vote in the first Europe-wide referendum. London, 2017. Jesse’s train pulls out from the platform, bearing him towards the home and childhood bedroom he knows he’s about to see for the last time.

Combining intimate storytelling with evocative sound, this one-man show takes its audience across our continent’s past, present and future with a story of family, nationhood, conflict and love.

This Restless State builds on the success of Jesse Fox’s recent shows with his company Engineer Theatre Collective, which have seen his work nominated for various Off West End Awards and featured in The New Yorker. He collaborates with Danielle Pearson, Playwright in Residence at the Watermill Theatre and the winner of the EU Collective Plays! Competition.

Jesse Fox

Jesse trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on the Collaborative and Devised Theatre BA Acting course, and has since worked as an actor, director and theatre maker. His acting credits include ‘Midsomer Murders’ and ‘Foyle's War’ (ITV), ‘Doctors’ (BBC) and ‘Hard Feelings’ (Finborough Theatre). He provided devising and dramaturgical support to Cressida Brown on ‘Re:Home’ (The Yard) in 2016, and recently to Kirstly Housely (co-director, The Encounter) as associate director on ‘War and War’ at the Pleasance. He has led workshops for Complicite’s Creative Learning programme and the Acting Diploma course at Central School of Speech and Drama.

In 2012 Jesse co-founded Engineer Theatre Collective, a group of devisers dedicated to making striking, ensemble-led theatre. Their first show MISSING (Underbelly, Coventry Belgrade, New Diorama Theatre) won the 2013 Scottish Daily Mail Edinburgh Fringe Festival Award and received ringing endorsement from the Missing People charity. Last year Jesse co-directed RUN for the company, which ran for 5 weeks (Greenwich Theatre, New Diorama) and followed a group of young people pursuing a banking career in post-recession Britain. The show was featured in The New Yorker and nominated for 2 Off West End Awards (Best Director, Best Ensemble).

Jesse has just finished directing a new devised show for Engineer, titled The Gap in the Light, which runs for a month at the New Diorama. Jesse has also just worked as movement director on A Lie of the Mind at Southwark Playhouse, which received a 5***** review from The Times. In summer 2018 he will return to Central to co-direct The Caucasian Chalk Circle with final year BA Acting students.

★★★★ “superbly-craftedThe Stage on The Gap in the Light

★★★★ 'Remarkably well observed....Intelligent production with fine performances and its finger on the pulse' The Stage on RUN

★★★★★ "An incredibly important piece of theatre"  The Skinny on Missing

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