Alder & Gibb Preview


After its epic production in 2014 at the Royal Court, Tim Crouch returns to his celebrated play ‘Adler & Gibb’ with a new cast and ‘acoustic’ staging, simplifying it to amplify the story. Crouch brings the show to The Lowry’s intimate Quay’s theatre from Tue 13th – Sat 17th September.

Written and directed by Tim Crouch and co-directed by Andy Smith and Karl James, ‘Adler & Gibb’ is the story of a raid – on a house, a life and a legacy. In preparation for the film role of a lifetime, an actress goes to extreme lengths to dig up the truth. Her subject is the deceased celebrated artist, Janet Adler, who rejected the art world in favour of a private life. Breaking into Adler’s house in search of anything that might help make her portrayal more authentic, she finds more than she bargained for when she discovers the house is still occupied.

From the real to unreal, fake to true and theatre to film, the play marries Crouch’s career-long fascination with form to a compelling story of misappropriation and legacy.

In discussing this particular production Crouch explained that; “The scale and ambition of Adler & Gibb is new to my work and it means a lot to have an opportunity to re-visit it this year. The Royal Court run in 2014 enabled me to stretch every aspect of the play to its fullest. I’m excited now to increase the reach of the writing while simplifying the demands of the staging. We’ve talked of developing an ‘unplugged’ version that builds on what we learnt two years ago. A version that allows the audience to really hear the words, see the pictures in their heads and follow the story. This new production is an intensification of what the play means to me and a strengthening of its aim.”

Described by as ‘Theatrically and intellectually ambitious.’ **** Adler & Gibb is a no doubt set to be one of the most fascinating theatrical productions of the season.

Tickets available here

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