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The Luminous by RedCape Theatre

Three women. A book. One unforgettable night.

Thu 24 & Fri 25 October, 8pm. BSL Interpreted Performance Fri 25 Oct.

Part Victorian thriller, part contemporary tale of friendship and rebellion, this time-travelling, genre-busting new show combines RedCape Theatre's unique blend of physical theatre, dark comedy and gripping storytelling. 

As protestors gather outside the hospital where they work, three women meet up for a monthly book club. This month's book is 'Luminous' - a dark delve into Victorian London, where lurid stories are brought to life for entertainment in the penny gaff theatres: tales of an anonymous killer haunting the city and women whose bones glow through their skin.  

In the twenty-first century living room, the wine is flowing and the discussion is getting heated. Mighty thinks the book is outrageous, Mags thinks it's the best thing she's ever read, and Alice hasn't got past page three. As the women get drawn deeper into the story, memories surface, unexpected connections are made, and the worlds begin to blur.

RedCape are South Street's company-in-residence having made a string of acclaimed shows with us in Reading, including Fringe First & Total Theatre award winning 'The Idiot Colony', '1 Beach Road', 'Thunder Road' & most recently 'On Track'.

Written by Catherine Dyson
Performed by Catherine Dyson, Cassie Friend & Rebecca Loukes
Directed by Sabina Netherclift

BSL interpreted performance on Friday 25 October

Age guidance: 14+
Running time: 90 mins (approx.)

Funded by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant.
Commissioned by Corn Exchange Newbury with support from South Street Arts, Proteus Theatre and University of Exeter

‘No play has moved me so much this year’

The Stage on '1 Beach Road'

Contains Themes Some Audiences May Find Distressing, Click Below to View Full Content Warning

Content Warning

This production explores sensitive themes of violence against women (physical and sexual), abortion, illness and grief, and includes scenes that some audience members may find upsetting. It contains references to childbirth, self-immolation and nuclear warfare. It also contains strong language, ableist and misogynistic language and an abstract depiction of an autopsy.