‘Alex. When you get this, stop Alex. Just stop. Wherever you are. Don’t go down into the station. Not another step. Just come home.’
Mile End is an acclaimed piece of visual theatre inspired by the devastating true story of the murder of Christophe Duclos who was pushed in front of a train at Mile End station in 2002 by Stephen Soans-Wade, a man with a history of mental illness. Mile End fuses performance, puppetry and multimedia to create a bold theatrical tale of three lives tragically colliding.
Michael lives alone and is entrenched in his daily routine. When a minor occurrence threatens the fragile order he so desperately relies upon, he struggles to keep one foot in the door of reality.
Alex is having dreams; snapshots of the future which disturbingly appear to come true. Kate is very much awake. But before long even her reality is threatened by her husband’s nightmares, as he attempts to prevent the inevitable.
As the skies open up and dead birds rain down on the people below, three characters helplessly descend into a startling sequence of events that build to a chance encounter on the platform of Mile End Station.
Mile End was Analogue’s debut show and a success at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival, where it won a Fringe First and The Arches Brick Award and was short-listed for a Total Theatre Award 2007 (Best Emerging Company), The Stage Awards 2007 (Best Ensemble), The Carol Tambor Award and the Edinburgh International Festival Award.
Cast & creative team
Produced by Analogue
Supported by Pleasance, LCACE and Arts Council England.
Co-directed by Liam Jarvis and Hannah Barker
Associate Director: Caroline Steinbeis
Co-Writers: Dan Rebellato, Lewis Hetherington and Emma Jowett
Performers: Liam Jarvis, Hannah Barker, Lewis Hetherington, Emma Jowett, Sam Taylor and Dan Tobin
Composer: Simon Slater
Additional Songs: Lady and the Lost Boys
Lighting Design: Chris Pye
Mutimedia design: Thor Hayton
Technical Assistant: Tom Kilner
Producer: Ric Watts
Reviews“A visually rich production. This is an exceptional work.” ★★★★ Evening Standard
“This is neuron-firing, emotionally hot-wired theatre from a visionary young company” ★★★★ Metro
“Analogue is a young company certain to make its mark on British theatre.” ★★★★ The Guardian
There are no upcoming dates for this production.
Three week run at Southwark Playhouse, plus two national tours including visits to The Arches, Unity Theatre, The Lowry, Drum Theatre Plymouth and our first international date at the inaugural Pazz Festival '08 in Oldenburg, Germany.
Four-week run at Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe Festival