21 June - 26 June
Produced by Flux Theatre and Arsalan Sattari Productions
Written by Danielle Pearson
Directed by Georgie Staight
Designed by Isobel Nicolson
A suburban street. The night is ink and moonlight. A lone fox noses through your bins. Out in the garden, I am watching… This is not my first plague.
Mab is an ancient being who doles out dreams and nightmares to her sleeping victims. She has watched humans for centuries, knows our worst fears and wildest fantasies – and quite frankly, she’s bored of us. That is until a chance meeting with Freya Roberts, a locked-down teen watching her best years slip away. As Mab and Freya strike up an unlikely friendship, the faerie is reluctantly drawn into the laughter, squabbles, triumphs and anxieties of the Roberts’ family. But when grief threatens their world, can Mab maintain her impartial role of observer?
Inspired by Mercutio’s famous speech in Romeo & Juliet, Queen Mab brings this mythic dream-weaver into the mundanity of pandemic life. A coming-of-age tale for fifteen-year-olds and five-hundred-year-olds alike. Through music and storytelling, Queen Mab examines the euphoria, confusion and loneliness of youth.
Thursday: 2:30pm | 7:30pm
Saturday: 2:30pm | 7:30pm
Danielle is an Associate Artist at the Watermill Theatre, where recent work includes A Christmas Carol, Jane Eyre and Newbury Yarns. Other work includes Combe Gibbet (Paines Plough ‘Come to Where I’m From), D Day 75 (101 Greenham Arts), This Restless State (Ovalhouse & Tour), A Prickle of Hedgehogs (Southwark Playhouse, ‘Courting Drama’) and The Witches and the Singing Mice (Unicorn Theatre, R&D). In 2017 she was a member of the Royal Court Writer’s Group and a winner of the EU Collective Plays! Competition. She is currently under commission to the Barn Theatre, Watermill Theatre and Engineer Theatre Collective
Georgie is a freelance director and Joint Artistic Director of Flux Theatre. She is an associate artist at the Watermill Theatre. Directing Credits: A Christmas Carol (Watermill Theatre), Camp Albion (Watermill Theatre), Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon (Old Red Lion & Barn Theatre), Eigengrau (Waterloo East Theatre), D-Day 75 (Watermill & 101 Greenham Arts), CHUTNEY (Bunker Theatre, nominated for 4 Off-West End Awards), Into The Numbers (Finborough Theatre), Section 2 (Bunker Theatre), Dubailand (Finborough Theatre), Dreamless Sleep (Arts Theatre & Bunker Theatre), Flood (Tristan Bates Theatre). Assistant Credits: Sweet Charity (Watermill Theatre), Our Town (Watermill Theatre), Legally Blonde: The Musical (Bernie Grant Arts Centre).
Isobel trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. She was a Resident Design Assistant at the RSC, 2019-2020. Isobel is an Associate Artist at the Watermill Theatre.
Design credits include: Errol’s Garden (Golden Toad Theatre), A Christmas Carol (The Watermill), Lone Flyer (The Watermill), Dream (RSC Next Generation), Tis Pity She's A Whore (Sherman Studio), D-Day75 (101 Arts), Moonfleet (The Watermill), The Island R&D (Wales Millennium Centre), Jessie’s Tattoo Club (Bristol Old Vic Ferment), The Witches (Watford Palace), Jabberwocky (The Other Palace & Theatre Royal Margate), Digging for Victory (The Watermill), The Witches & the Singing Mice R&D (The Unicorn), The Miller’s Child (The Watermill), Die Fledermaus (DEPOT Warehouse & Spit & Sawdust Skatepark). Other credits include: Assistant Designer & Puppet Maker for The Velveteen Rabbit & The Old Curiosity Shop (Hammerpuzzle tour), Puppet Maker for Cinderella (Glasgow Citizens Theatre), Associate Designer for Island Nation (The Arcola), Puppet Designer & Maker for Just Add Water (Prague Quadrennial).
Arsalan Sattari Productions
Arsalan is an independent theatre producer, consultant, arts marketer, and designer. He is the associate producer at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre. Recent productions include Playfight (Finborough Online), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Southwark Playhouse), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology; But It Still Goes On; Into the Numbers; Busy World is Hushed (Finborough Theatre); Semites (Bunker Theatre); Girl from Nowhere (St James’ Studio, Pleasance, Theatre503), Verge of Strife (Assembly Festival) and Tape (Drayton Arms). Associated productions include The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hamlet (Iris Theatre) and In the Jungle of Cities (Arcola Theatre).
Flux Theatre creates socially engaged new writing which challenges conventional storytelling. Flux are the creators of established new writing night EMERGE and the Flux Gym. Previous work includes: Something Awful by Tatty Hennessy (Vault Festival 2020), Bottled. by Hayley Wareham (Vault Festival 2019), CHUTNEY by Reece Connolly (Bunker 2018; x4 OffWestEnd Nominated), Dubailand by Carmen Nasr (Finborough Theatre 2017; OffWestEnd Nominated), Roosting by Ella Road (Park Theatre Script Accelerator 2018), White Light by Tom Powell (Arcola PlayWROUGHT 2017).