The Apocalypse Bear Trilogy
by Lally Katz
directed by James Christensen
associate direction by Benjamin Peterson
presented by No Such Theatre
produced by Carrie Croft
When Jeremy comes home from school one day, there’s a surprise visitor waiting for him. He’s there in Sonya’s new middle-school cafeteria as well. A fuzzy, friendly face from the woods beyond; a half-remembered dream of childhood.
The Apocalypse Bear has come to visit.
He’s here to talk and to listen. He’s here for fun and for care. He’s here to play and to pretend.
He’s here to show you who you really, truly are.
The Apocalypse Bear Trilogy is a brilliantly surreal comic nightmare of middle-class suburbia from acclaimed Australian playwright Lally Katz, which takes a look at the moments in life when we suddenly feel like frightened, lost children again.
No Such Theatre present the professional UK premiere of The Apocalypse Bear Trilogy.
Playwright Lally Katz. Lally Katz is one of Australia’s most original and in-demand writers. She has written over 50 plays, most of which have been professionally produced. Lally’s work has been described “as if The Simpsons was written by Tennessee Williams” (Sydney Morning Herald 2016).
There’s a certain kind of sadness that glows in from the light outside of a window, when the child wakes up from a bad dream and there’s daylight behind the curtains. But when they pull the curtains, it’s not sunlight coming in. Just the empty glow of streetlamps and a trace of the moon. And so the bad dream begins again…
Production photography by Ben Wilkin
Press for this production
‘Probably the most useful thing I can say is that you should go and see the play for yourself.
Christensen directs with clarity, holding up a lamp so that you can find your own way through the weirdness…It is a very entertaining 80 minutes… Christensen’s vision is supported by a powerfully evocative soundscape which comes together neatly with thought-through lighting from Alex Lewer and AV projections by Nicky Davis, each subverting the domestic surroundings hinted at by Georgie White’s set where, again, things are not as they seem on the surface. If this sounds a bit Twilight Zone, I can only say that normal is overrated and there many things in life that we don’t completely understand but it doesn’t stop us from enjoying them.’ British Theatre Guide
The Apocalypse Bear Trilogy
Written by Lally Katz
Directed by James Christensen
Associate Direction by Benjamin Peterson
Set and Costume Designer: Georgie White
Sound Designer: James Christensen
Lighting Designer: Alex Lewer
Stage Manager and AV Designer: Nicky Davis
Presented by No Such Theatre
Produced by Carrie Croft
Siddy Holloway – Sonya
Gassan Abdulrazek – Jeremy
Remi King – The Apocalypse Bear
Benjamin Peterson – Postman