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NEON


By PATRICK SWAIN


Caged Bird Theatre, UK Tour (2018)


"How would you feel about restoring some faith?"


Jude, a therapist, meets her girlfriend's reclusive flatmate. He just spends his time inside drinking Capri Suns. He also claims to be God. But when one of Jude’s patients comes to her having had visions of a strange man in his flat, she finds herself caught up in the birth of John’s new religion.

What lies beyond death? What lay before life? 


Witty yet morbid, Neon is a bold new play that explores loneliness, death and transcendence, and the potential to find faith in the unlikeliest of spaces.


CAST: Olivia Denton, Ben Mallett, Stuart Duncan, James Murphy, Siobhan McAuley, Molly Barber


At the 2018 Camden Fringe, roles were taken over by Samuel James and Patrick Swain.


The debut production of Neon went on a tour of the UK in 2018.


Touring to: Roborough Studios Exeter, The Nottingham New Theatre, The Lion and Unicorn Theatre


CREATIVE TEAM:


Producer - Jonathan Taylor

Assistant Producer - Bridie Shine

Artistic Director of Caged Bird Theatre - Jasper Frost

Sound/Lighting Designer - Seb Clarkson

Technical Manager - David Taylor

Stage Manager - Roisin McCay

Publicity/Production Assistant - Roshi Cowen

Poster Photographer - Stefan Hanegraaf


Caged Bird Theatre logo designed by Harry Neal

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The London production of Neon was a sell-out Camden Fringe show, and won The Stagedoor Audience Favourite Award. 


Neon was chosen as one of TimeOut’s 'Ten Shows You Have To See at the Camden Fringe 2018’. 


It was also selected by Londonist as one of 'The Top Ten Things to See At This Year's Camden Fringe', after being in the Top 5 Most Anticipated Camden Fringe Shows on Stagedoor.


It was recommended by British Theatre Guide as a Top Pick at the Camden Fringe.



REVIEWS


"The ambition is palpable . . . [Neon] deals with fantastical themes whilst being grounded in a referential reality" - Exeposé ★★★★½ 


"Caged Bird Theatre aren't afraid to think big. A gripping, humorous and thought-provoking tale." - Views From The Gods ★★★★


"Strong, snappy, funny and varied, both in its darker and lighter scenes . . . all well directed by Jasper Frost" - Broadway Baby


"A tight, funny, tragic, often devastating piece" - Lesley-Ann Jones



INTERVIEWS/ARTICLES


'Patrick Swain on faith: need, loss and a new encounter' - London Pub Theatres


'Interview: Jasper Frost on Caged Bird Theatre's NEON' - AlwaysTimeForTheatre 


'Camden Fringe Interviews and Previews' - FringeReview

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