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Falling

By Daniel Jamieson

Claire and her teenage daughter Alice are making tea. Alice pops out to fetch some apples from the shed. But in the blink of an eye she’s disappeared down a gaping hole that’s suddenly yawned open on the lawn…  What happens when a single, unexpected moment, shatters life as you know it?

A raw and intimate story by award winning writer Daniel Jamieson (The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk), told through Theatre Alibi’s inimitable style.  

Falling deals fearlessly with the darkness of real people’s lives
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Falling - Audience Feedback
Photos by Benjamin Borley

Tour Dates

Tue 5 Mar 2019

Exeter Phoenix7:30pm | £12 / £10

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Wed 6 Mar 2019

Exeter Phoenix [BSL Interpreted]7:30pm | £12 / £10

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Thu 7 Mar 2019

Exeter Phoenix7:30pm | £12 / £10

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Tue 12 Mar 2019

Tacchi-Morris, Taunton7:30pm | £15 / £9 / £6

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Thu 14 Mar 2019

The Acorn, Penzance7:30pm | £10

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Wed 20 Mar 2019

Arts at the Old Firestation, Oxford7:30pm | £13 / £11

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Thu 28 Mar 2019

The Burrell, Truro7:30pm | £16 / £10

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Fri 26 Apr 2019

Glassbox Theatre, Kent7:30pm | £11 / £10

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Tue 30 Apr 2019

Ustinov, Theatre Royal Bath8:00pm | £15 / £12

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Credits

Alice……………………………………………………………. Anna Wheatley

Claire…………………………………………………………… Jordan Whyte

Adam/ Musician ……………………………………………. Thomas Fripp

Writer……………………………………………………………….. Daniel Jamieson

Director ……………………………………………………………. Nikki Sved

Designer…………………………………………………………… Trina Bramman

Composer ………………………………………………………… Thomas Johnson

Musical Director & AV Designer.……………………….. Duncan Chave

Lighting Designer ………………………………………………..Marcus Bartlett

Choreographer ………………………………………………….. Jane Mason

Production Manager ……………………………………….. Rachael Duthie

Design Assistant ………………………………………………. Ruth Webb

Set Construction ………………………………………………. David Elliot

Executive Producer ………………………………………….. Ruth Weyman

Finance Director ……………………………………………….. Mary Attewell

Marketing Manager …………………………………………. Debbie Bucella

Administrator…………………………………………………… Annie Chave

Caretaker …………………………………………………………. Graeme Drew

Brimming with heart.
The Guardian

Writer's Note

One of my most vivid memories of childhood holidays in Cornwall was coming across old mineshafts in the corner of a field with just a flimsy bit of barbed wire around them. Through the scrubby bushes you could glimpse the hole disappearing into the depths of the Earth. If you threw in a rock you could hear it bouncing down for four, five, maybe six seconds before it hit the bottom. How deep were they? We’d count, then my dad would do the maths. Three hundred feet? Five hundred feet? To my mind, nothing could be more horrific than falling down a hole like that.

 

After the heavy rains of 2014, I kept noticing news items about sinkholes opening up all over the country. Some were caused by the excess water eroding strata of soft stone underground, but others were more man-made in origin – old mine workings that were collapsing. After these mines had been worked out, they’d often been haphazardly closed with a few wooden pit props and several tons of rock and topsoil. And sometimes these old mines went unmarked on maps, so houses were occasionally built on top of them. Over the centuries those wooden props had rotted away and when the rain saturated the ground and made it unusually heavy, the props collapsed, pitching everything above down into the hole – cars, roads, houses, lives.

 

Most of the time, thankfully, we live without thinking of the perils that surround us.

But when we have a brush with disaster, a glimpse into the abyss… Might a fear of falling then reach such a pitch that it becomes as bad as falling itself?

 

Daniel Jamieson