TBTL – UK international partner on To the Lighthouse
Theatre by The Lake (TBTL) is delighted to bring the world premiere of this major new adaptation of To The Lighthouse to theatre audiences digitally across Cumbria from 25 – 27 June.
Presented by Hatch Theatre Company and The Everyman in association with Pavilion Theatre and Cork Midsummer Festival, Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse is brought to dramatic life by Ireland’s foremost playwright Marina Carr and award-winning director Annabelle Comyn.
The play opens on the Ramsay family and carefree days spent with friends by the sea. Children play, Mr Carmichael reclines with handkerchief over his face, Lily paints her picture and six year old James wants to sail to the lighthouse. Life is sweet.
But what appears tranquil on the surface, masks deep currents of longing and frustration which the characters struggle to contain.
With the promise of a trip to the lighthouse cancelled, tensions in the home, and beyond, rupture violently and fling these lives into turmoil and change. The world is in transition and death becomes a footnote to a seismic global change, those who remain try to cope in a new era and with the loss that it brings.
Woolf’s text is written in a form where thoughts and emotions are foregrounded. Marina Carr’s adaptation captures the constant flux of the characters’ inner thoughts and re-imagines them in a theatrical landscape. It recalls childhood emotions and highlights emptiness and yearning in adult relationships. Among the play’s many themes are those of loss, subjectivity, the nature of art, unity and the problem of perception.
With an all-star cast including Maura Bird, Colin Campbell, Declan Conlon, Derbhle Crotty, Aoife Duffin, Nick Dunning, Olwen Fouéré and Kyle Hixon.
To The Lighthouse receives its world premiere, as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2021.