By Henry Naylor
Directed by Henry Naylor and Emma Buttler
with Filipa Braganca and Felicity Houlbrooke
Echoes tells the parallel stories of two women born 175 years apart. One is a Victorian pioneer woman, the other an Islamist schoolgirl. The former wants to build an Empire, the latter a Caliphate. Both women are idealists and intelligent adventurers who travel East to impose their views on unwilling peoples.
Written by leading British comedy writer and Fringe First Winner Henry Naylor (Headcases, Spitting Image), Echoes is a provocative and brutal tale of colonialism and the rhythm of history, featuring superb performances by Felicity Houlbrooke and Filipa Braganca.
Echoes has enjoyed critically-acclaimed and multi-award-winning runs in Edinburgh, London, and Australia, and was a winner of the prestigious Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award 2015. At the world's second largest Fringe Festival, Echoes broke records by winning five major Awards, including Best Theatre.
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Redbeard produces the plays of British satirist Henry Naylor (described in The Times, UK, as 'one of our best new playwrights'). Redbeard’s mission statement is to make Urgent and Timely Dramas about the biggest news stories of the day. They make shows about the violence in the Middle East, about Jihadi brides, about ISIS, about the Syrian Civil war and about the disastrous Western occupation of Iraq. They have made those stories exciting, accessible and digestible. Their aim is to be – first and foremost – entertaining; provocative and thought-provoking – and frequently very funny.
They write exciting, epic adventures – and yet make those stories easy to tour, by using minimal props, set and staging.
"Echoes is variously heartbreaking, hilarious, empowering and provocative, with an almost poetic elegance where not a word is wasted or left wanting." - Adelaide Advertiser
"Don't miss Echoes. It is an important piece of theater, wonderfully crafted and brilliantly executed." - BroadwayWorld.com
"Two beautifully nuanced performances give equal emotional weight to two disparate victims of religious colonialism in this hugely impressive play." - The Times, London
"The performances of the two-piece cast are outstanding. Echoes is a must see!" - The Guardian, London
"Utterly compelling...a clever and subtly nuanced piece that examines the plight of women across time, through the lenses of sexual inequality, religious duty and betrayal" - Broadway Baby
★★★★ -The Scotsman, Edinburgh
★★★★ -Sunday Times, London
★★★★ -Evening Standard, London