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Institute of Contemporary Art presents Acclaimed British Ensemble news from nowhere


The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) presents the Boston debut of news from nowhere, the theatre ensemble that produces the work of Tim Crouch, one of the most distinctive voices in British theatre today. Two different works will be presented, Nov. 13—15, 2009. Tickets can be purchased at icaboston.org or by calling (617) 478-3103.

England
Performed by Tim Crouch and Hannah Ringham
Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14—15, 2 p.m.

Conceived to be staged in contemporary art galleries, Tim Crouch’s third play, England, features Crouch and Hannah Ringham playing one character—a cheerful narrator serving as a somewhat naïve tour guide who tells a tale that reveals some dark surprises. As the actor(s) address the audience — as guides within an exhibition — the narrative unfolds in reference to the art around them. The first half of the play will take place in one of the ICA’s galleries.

England is the story of one thing placed inside another: a heart inside another person’s body, a culture inside another country’s culture, theater inside a gallery, a character inside an actor, a play inside its audience. The play contains searing observations about how people choose to value things most dear to them, exposing the stark contrasts between the boundless pursuit of health and happiness and the hidden cost of that pursuit.

England continues Crouch’s fascination with the nature of the theatrical experience; the communication of an idea from performer to audience – and back again. England is performed in thin air, within space, between people. At the same time, it is thoroughly entertaining, charming audiences as it gets to the very heart of matters of universal scope.

It is supported by a soundtrack by award-winning sound designer Dan Jones. The two actors are Tim Crouch and Hannah Ringham, a founder member of the Shunt Collective in London. England is directed by Karl James and the artist a smith.

Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 members, students, and seniors (very limited seating). Note: the audience will be standing for half the piece.

my arm – one show only
Performed by Tim Crouch
Saturday, Nov. 14, 8 p.m.

my arm is the award-winning story of a man who has lived for 30 years with one arm above his head. In that process he’s become a celebrated medical specimen and an icon of the New York art scene. His story is told through a combination of live performance, digital film, and the animation of everyday objects supplied by the audience before each performance. my arm is an extraordinary piece of theater about modern art, bloody-mindedness, and how the things we do when we’re 10 years old stick with us for life. my arm opened to universal acclaim at the Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Festival 2003. Since then it has toured the world, both independently and with the British Council.

Tickets: $20 reserved seating; $15 members, students, and seniors

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