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Written by Laura Swift and Russell Bender                 
Directed by 
Russell Bender
Songs by Jon McLeod and Victoria Saxton
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In the backroom of a library archive, three papyrologists pore over some tattered fragments of papyrus, 2000 years old. Could they be the remnants of a lost masterpiece by Euripides? 
The ancient text tells the story of Aeyptus, a boy determined to avenge his murdered father and brothers.
But how can he succeed when almost all of the script is missing?

Piecing his story together will take you on a journey around the fragments in your own mind: memories, assumptions, things half-heard.

Inspired by the vast collections of ancient papyrus stored in museums around the world, FRAGMENTS is an irreverent take on an ancient lost play: combining anarchic performance, lo-fi imagery, original music... and a whole lot of conjecture.

Written by Laura Swift and Russell Bender
Directed by Russell Bender
Songs by Jon McLeod and Victoria Saxton
Set Design Lucy Sierra
Lighting Design by Sherry Coenen
Sound Design by Jon McLeod

Shadow puppetry Jess Mabel Jones  
Puppetry Associate Lori Hopkins
Production Management by Pete Rickards for eStage
Associate Producer Natalie Allison 
Russell Bender Director and Co-Writer

Russell trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq and on the 2010 Lincoln Center Theater Directors' Lab. His work as a director includes Fair Field (Shoreditch Town Hall / Ledbury Poetry Festival), No Dogs, No Indians by Siddhartha Bose (Brighton Festival, Southbank Centre, Live Theatre, Newcastle), Darknet by Rose Lewenstein (Southwark Playhouse), Kiss of the Earth (Concert Theatre, UK tour), The Shroud by Siddhartha Bose (Rich Mix / Norfolk and Norwich Festival), Game of Life by Rose Lewenstein (The Yard). Russell is Artistic Director of Potential Difference and Creative Associate at award-winning arts producers Penned in the Margins. Work as staff/assistant director includes The Master and Margarita (Complicite) and The Kitchen (National Theatre).

Laura Swift Co-Writer

Laura is Associate Professor in Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford. She was described by the Leverhulme Trust as 'one of the leading Hellenists of her generation'. Her research specialism is in Greek tragedy and fragmentary poetry, and she has published four books and numerous articles on these areas. Since 2017 she has worked with a range of contemporary theatre-makers and co-written or co-created performances at Ovalhouse, The Actors Church, and online. She has also contributed to modern productions of Classical texts at the National Theatre and ENO, and is the co-convenor of the Art of Fragments network, which brings together academics and practitioners who find creative inspiration in fragmentation. 
Victoria Saxton Lyricist and Dramaturg

Victoria is a writer and dramaturg with an expertise in new musical theatre writing. She is currently working on a book about the dramaturgy of new musical theatre for Bloomsbury, alongside various other projects including writing a children’s musical with Soho/Northwall theatre and film scripts for Reel One Ents. Recent credits include: audio drama commissions for Big Finish Productions, (‘ATA Girl’ was a BBC Audio Award Finalist), Our Girls, Our Game with music and lyrics by Vikki Stone (BYMT), Marriage a la Mode with Charles Miller (Chichester). Their song ‘Juliet kind of Love’ was a finalist for the 2020 Stiles+Drewe Best New Song Prize.

Lucy Sierra Set Design

Lucy is a freelance set and costume designer with 14 years of design experience over 70 productions; ranging from theatre, dance, circus, immersive dining experiences, exhibitions and pop-ups. She strives to make visually exhilarating work that explores and celebrates why we are the way we are; both the weird and the wonderful. In addition to her own work she has assisted other leading designers including Miriam Buether, Katrina Lindsey and Rae Smith. Lucy has also created large scale digital art for a range of productions at venues including the English National Opera and Young Vic, and worked in house at the National Theatre and English National Opera.

Sherry Coenen Lighting Design

Award winning lighting designer Sherry Coenen works across the UK and US. She has a BFA in Lighting Design from the University of Miami and is a member of APLD. Theatre includes: XXXMas Carol (Wales Millennium Centre), Spitlip’s Operation Mincemeat (New Diorama Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and Riverside Studios – nominated for Knights of Illumination award 2019), Frankenstein (Beatbox Academy at BAC, Knights of Illumination winner 2019), The Singing Mermaid (Little Angel Theatre), Izindava (UK Tour), Brigitte Aphrodite’s Parakeet (Paines Plough Roundabout, Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Christopher Brett Bailey’s This is How We Die (UK Tour), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch), Skin Tight (Park90), CELL (UK Tour), Conquest of the South Pole (Arcola), These Trees are Made of Blood (Arcola), Brrr! (UK Tour), 5 Guys Chillin’ (Kings Head Theatre), Anton Chekhov (Hampstead Theatre).

Jess Mabel Jones Shadow Puppetry

Jess has been a multi-disciplinary theatre-maker, puppeteer and producer for 15 years. She is neurodivergent, a Total Theatre award winner and hails from Croydon. Recently, Jess has been working as an Inclusive Performance Coordinator and Access Coordinator for film and TV, addressing the underrepresentation of disabled people in the screen industry. Past work includes: Ralph & Katie (BBC, ITV), Signal Fires (Potential Difference) The Paper Man (Improbable, Soho Theatre), War of the Worlds and Hardboiled (Rhum & Clay), The Flop (Hijinx, Spymonkey), Backstage in Biscuit Land (Touretteshero), Torch (Flipping the Bird), Beauty and the Beast (OneOfUs, Improbable, Young Vic) Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Pants on Fire)

Lori Hopkins Puppetry Associate

Lori is a professional puppeteer based in Birmingham. She performs with all types of puppets and specialises in theatre making for young audiences. Previous credits include Told By An Idiot, Little Angel Theatre, Polka Theatre and Bamboozle Theatre. Lori creates productions for families which tour the UK and abroad. Her latest show Laika the Space Dog is touring this Summer with Applause Rural Touring. When not performing Lori works as an Education Practitioner for companies including Shakespeare's Globe and as a Puppetry Consultant helping organisations incorporate puppetry into their practice or productions.

Cast announcement coming soon.
Fragments is supported by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, Cockayne - Grants for the Arts and the London Community Foundation. The production is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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14 APRIL - 6 MAY | 7.30pm

Running time: 80 mins 
Interval: N/A
Recommended for 12+
Content Warnings:
 Mild Language, Flashing Lights, Audience interaction 

Tickets (All unreserved)

General Admission £22

Concession £18

5 for Ten £10 

Access for All £16
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