Created and performed by Shôn Dale-Jones, Possible, the show that was created during lockdown, prepares for its end of tour finale this Friday 26 November at Newport’s Riverfront theatre.
The venue holds added significance as it was on its stage that the show was originally filmed before an empty auditorium as a digital performance at the start of the Summer and streamed into people’s living rooms during lockdown, when theatres across the country were closed.
As performing arts venues were able to reopen, Possible, presented by National Theatre Wales, was able to tour its successful live stage show to venues and theatres throughout Wales this month delighting audience across all corners of the country.
Possible began its tour at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff on 4th November, before travelling across Wales from Flintshire to Pembrokeshire, Gwynedd to Gwent.
National Theatre Wales, along with many other arts and entertainment organisations, are eager to breathe life back into the theatre sector after a challenging year for the industry, which was hit badly by the pandemic. Lorne Campbell, Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales said; “we are thrilled to finally have the greenlight to tour work and reconnect with audiences who have not been able to experience live theatre together for most of the past 18 months.”
A playful, honest and heartfelt piece of storytelling created and performed by Shôn Dale-Jones, Possible blends live theatre with a kaleidoscopic dreamscape of animation and film by Bear Thompson, underscored with original music performed live by John Biddle. It’s a show about love, creativity and finding the courage to explore the past, in order to shape the future.
Describing the show, Shôn Dale-Jones said; “Possible is a response to the last 18 months. I wanted to find a way of capturing the emotional journey we’ve been on since the pandemic exploded into our lives. I wanted to make something which might hold us together around the things that really matter, something that might encourage us to rise to the challenges. The show is about understanding that we need to address the past in order to realise the future and that there is no better time than the present to be doing that.”
National Theatre Wales is joining theatres and venues across the nation, to encourage anyone who might be planning a trip to the theatre to make use of the free to access lateral flow tests beforehand. In support of this, Lorne Campbell said; ‘Knowing that you’re safe before you go to a performance will help protect those around you, including the performers on stage, and will give us all the best possible chance of keeping our beloved theatres and venues open, and the magic of theatre alive.”
Possible by Shôn Dale-Jones is co-directed and designed by Stefanie Mueller. Original music performed live by John Biddle, animation and film projections by Bear Thompson, sound design by Sam Jones and lighting design by Katy Morison.
For further information and to book, visit www.nationaltheatrewales.org/ntw_shows/possible-tour (English)
Images by Jorge Lizalde