March 13th – 31st, White Bear Theatre
Upstanding Productions brings the 10th anniversary production of Leo Butler’s raw and devastating Faces in the Crowd to the White Bear Theatre in March, examining the impact of 21st Century social and financial crises to the ordinary lives of a couple trying to make their way.
“bleakly funny (…) unbearably excruciating (…) catches the mood of the moment” The Daily Telegraph on the Royal Court’s production of Faces in the Crowd
When Dave moved south to London he left behind his family, wife Joanne and mounting financial woes in favour of a playground of riches, sex and shopping. 10 years on and Joanne wants payback…with interest. Faces in the Crowd offers an insight into 21st century London and the debts we accrue in the wake of seeking out our ambitions.
“performances are clever and raise the game in this wistful adaptation” The Stage on Upstanding Productions’ Time of My Life
Upstanding Productions’ aim is to make inclusive, accessible theatre and film that focuses on the unheard voices, stories and issues of marginalised groups; making the marginalized mainstream. Previous shows have enjoyed critical acclaim at Riverside Studios, the Park Theatre and recent sell-out at The Tabard Theatre, Alan Ayckbourn’s Time of My Life.
Leo Butler was born in Sheffield in 1974. His work includes Made of Stone; Redundant; Lucky Dog (Royal Court); Heroes (National Theatre Education Tour); I’ll Be the Devil (RSC/Tricycle Theatre); The Early Bird (Queen’s Theatre, Belfast/Finborough Theatre); Juicy Fruits (Paines Plough/Traverse Theatre/Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Alison! A Rock Opera (co-composed with Daniel Persad – Royal Court/King’s Head Theatre/Spread Eagle Theatre); and Boy (Almeida Theatre).
Law Ballard’s directing work includes Upstanding Productions’ sell-out run of Alan Ayckbourn’s Time of My Life at The Tabard Theatre; Dahlia, which premiered at The Pleasance Theatre; the Immersive piece Unresolved at Stratford Fringe; and in collaboration with Cultercated Theatre and Theatre Delicatessen For Russia With Love.
★★★★★ “this production is a delight” The Times on The Lift