Bedford born Matthew Gouldesbrough certainly isn’t sitting around waiting for the phone to ring. Immediately following his graduation from Italia Conti Theatre Academy, he jumped straight into launching his own theatre company, ELEGY, with his new play, ‘Faith and Heresy,’ which sold out at several London Fringe venues.
Following the success of Faith & Heresy, Matthew, a former pupil of Bedford Boys School, current member and Young Ambassador for The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, decided to take on an even bigger project. This year, his latest new play, ‘Holy Land’ will tour the UK throughout June and July, finishing at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. ELEGY are thrilled to announce that they will be visiting The Quarry Theatre from 21st – 24th July with 4 performances of ‘Holy Land’ as part of The Bedford Fringe Festival. Tickets available now, from: www.bedfringe.com
It was with Holy Land, that Matthew was recently shortlisted for The Royal Court Theatre’s Introductory Writers’ Group 2018.
This cutting edge and contemporary new work is an intimate ‘three hander’ about the dark side of the internet. Three stories of online escapism and revolt are interwoven. In their signature style, ELEGY fuse multi-media, vivid new writing and spoken word in this excavation of the dark side of the internet and human nature.
Tim struggles to emerge from his backward hometown. After a childhood trauma he creates a website, a dark mirror of YouTube, hosting videos that have no place elsewhere. He justifies the website as deeply human, somewhere the chaos of real life is laid bare and people can be made accountable for their actions. After all, he’s not responsible for the creation of the content – right?
Jon has just lost his daughter. Now he’s planning something terrible…to right the wrongs of life…to prove he’s in control of his fate…to prove his daughter’s death had to be chance…
but is mass violence really the answer?
Kate is trying to get through the day.
She knows she’s gonna get out. She knows she’s gonna do great things.
Just as soon as she can find the money. Just as soon as she can shake off her mother…
but her boyfriend has just bought a webcam and has other ideas…darker ideas.
These connected stories intercut each other, playing with the narrative, whilst asking…
do we make our own decisions, or do bad things just happen?
Who’s accountable for what happens? How little control do we have?
How much of it can we take and is the world on fire?
Jon – Matthew Ward
Tim – Matthew Gouldesbrough
Kate – Hannah Morrison
Director – Patrick Medway
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