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    ARCHIVE: Living With The Lights On

    • 18 Sep -
      22 Sep 2017
      18 Sep - 22 Sep 2017

    Following his stunning performance as Iago in our spring co-production with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory of Othello, Mark Lockyer returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres this autumn with his touching and utterly bonkers one-man show.

    Meet Mark.
    The thing is I’ve got myself into a bit of a mess
    Mark’s an actor.
    I keep forgetting my lines. I’ve left my girlfriend
    and I’m beginning to stink.
    Mark was an actor.
    And to make matters worse I’ve met the Devil.

    Living with the Lights On is Mark’s critically acclaimed, gripping true story of a life lived at the edge. Terrifying, and often terrifyingly hilarious, Mark’s personal memoir of mental illness begins with his breakdown onstage at the Royal Shakespeare Company. As moving as it is funny, as absurd as it is true, Mark’s journey is testament to the fact that mental illness can happen to anyone and that, with the right treatment, there can be a life beyond it.

    Mark Lockyer trained at RADA and for the last 30 years he’s played at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Old Vic, Young Vic and the Royal Court, working with Ken Campbell, Mark Rylance and Sam Mendes. Living with the Lights On is in Bristol this autumn as part of a UK and European tour, following two sell-out tours in 2016 and an extended sell-out run at the Young Vic.

    Living with the Lights On is from Actors Touring Company, producers of acclaimed productions including The Events and The Suppliant Women.

    Better Food is proud to support Tobacco Factory Theatres as it stages this production.
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    • RUNNING TIME1hr 15mins
    • TICKETSFull £16 / Concession £12
    • VENUE


    Please join us after the performance on Thursday for a free post show discussion.

    In addition to Mark Lockyer, we are delighted to welcome two guest speakers to the post show discussion:

    Lucy Newlyn is a retired Oxford Professor and a poet. She has published widely on English Romanticism and is the author of two collections of poetry: Ginnel (Carcanet 2005) and Earth’s Almanac (Enitharmon, 2015). Her memoir Diary of a Bipolar Explorer will be published by Signal Books in January 2018 and is a candid confessional account of her life following her diagnosis with Bipolar Disorder. The book involves a mixture of observation and reflection, interspersing poetry with prose. Written accessibly, it will appeal to anyone interested in mental illness, creative process and the life of the mind.

    Rose Hall is an Art Psychotherapist working in NHS community and inpatient mental health services in Wiltshire. Her past experience includes working within secondary schools and forensic mental health services. Rose teaches and give talks on art psychotherapy and is currently developing a private practice. Alongside mental health, Rose’s interest area is working with the LGBTQ+ community and Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity.

    Business Club Members can get 2 for 1 tickets to the performance on Tue 19 September at 8pm. Book early as this offer is subject to availability. To claim please quote your company promotion code over the phone or in person at the Box Office. Please bring proof of the company you work for.

    • Array

      "Brutally funny account of mental illness"

      The Guardian
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      "Disarming and dark"

      The Stage
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      "Lockyer is an engaging and energetic raconteur"

      What's On Stage
    • "Mark is one of the most compelling, extraordinary and fearless artists I’ve had the pleasure to work with. This show is a remarkable tour de force"

      Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the National Theatre

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