Full casting is announced for In Touch, co-produced by Inclusion Theatre Company and Theatre of Nations, in association with Graeae Theatre Company, Sense, the British Council and the National Theatre. Written by Marina Krapivina and Directed by Ruslan Malikov (Associate Direction by Jenny Sealey) In Touch will play at the National Theatre’s Dorfman Theatre on Saturday 14 October, 5pm and 8pm.
Jenny Agutter and Yevgeny Mironov join the cast which includes Rustam Ahmadeev, Zara-Jayne Arnold, Jonathan Bex, Kirill Byrkin, Roman Evdokimov, Raji Gopalakrishnan, Alexey Gorelov, Alyona Kapustyan, Yuliya Khamitova, Olga Lapshina, Sophie Lebedeva, Vera Lyzhenkova, Sally McNeill, Irina Povolotskaya, Alexandra Rudik, Ekaterina Sakhno and Alexandr Silyanov.
Jenny Agutter first came to the public’s attention playing Roberta in the film of The Railway Children and The Girl in Nic Roeg’s Walkabout. Since then she has had a prolific career in film television and theatre including seasons with the RSC and the National Theatre. She is currently filming series 7 of Call the Midwife.
Jenny Agutter said, ‘As a patron of Graeae, I’m thrilled to be involved in the UK premiere of Theatre of Nations and Inclusion Theatre’s In Touch at the National Theatre, directed by Ruslan Malikov with associate Jenny Sealey. To be working with the extraordinary team of D/deafblind artists from Moscow and being part of telling their stories is a real privilege. It’s the first time that Graeae, the NT and Sense have been involved in a show of this nature, and I can’t wait to see how audiences respond.’
Yevgeny Mironov is an acclaimed Russian film and stage actor. He is Artistic Director of Theatre of Nations, and winner of the Meritorious Artist of Russian Federation (1996), People’s Artist of Russia (2004), and was State Prize of the Russian Federation laureate in 1995 and 2010.
Yevgeny Mironov said, ‘In Touch was born in the Theatre of Nations and Territory Festival and has travelled a long way, and now it is in London. The themes of the play are completely international. The mission of this project is to understand that we are all in one world, and we share the world with people who perceive it differently. And the fact that this project is in London now and will be in other cities and countries in the future, proves that as we extend our boundaries and share our experience and knowledge, we learn to love together in the world today. The prospective of this project is unlimited.’
In Touch captures the real stories of people who are deafblind, blind, visually impaired, D/deaf, hard-of-hearing, sighted and hearing, told through an eclectic style of spoken, signed and physical theatre. The show explores the emotional rollercoaster of being human, how we each navigate our lives and what happens when different worlds collide and unite. In Touch is designed by Ekaterina Dzhadarova, with choreography by Evgeny Kulagin and Alexandra Rudik, music design by Anna Pashinskaya, sound design by Mikhail Myasoedov, lighting design by Nataya Lapteva, with dramaturgy by Marina Krapivina and produced by Viktoria Avdeeva. The original 2015 production was inspired by Yevgeny Mironov and produced by Ingeborga Dapkunaite.
Inclusion Theatre Company is a part of Deafblind Support Fund Connection.
Please note: The production will be captioned and will include surtitles as it is performed in Russian and English. The show will be audio described, with integrated British Sign Language interpretation.
TICKETS: For anyone with access requirements, please subscribe to the NT’s Access List, which will allow you to select your own seats when booking online, or call Box Office on 020 7452 3000 or email [email protected]