This Sunday, January 27th sees the Lass O'Gowrie in Manchester hosting a thrilling and exclusive double bill of two of Scytheplays and Lass O'Gowrie Productions' recent collaborations, both drawn from the writing of Alan Moore: The Ballad of Halo Jones at 4pm and V for Vendetta at 8pm.
The Ballad of Halo Jones, based on Moore's comic strip serialised in 2000AD from 1984 to 1985 and drawn by Ian Gibson, is a restaging of the production recently performed at Leeds Thought Bubble in November 2012. Ross Kelly and Ian Winterton's adaptation premiered to rave reviews at the Lass last January and is now returning home with an expanded and refined script. The Fiction Stroker was present at the show's staging in Leeds and you can read his review of the production here.
|Halo Jones (Morag Peacock). Photo: Elysian Photography|
Meanwhile, V for Vendetta - adapted by Sean Mason from the 1983-88 comic book series written by Moore with art by David Lloyd, originally serialised in Warrior magazine - has just played to packed audiences from January 8th to 13th as part of Midwinter Lassfest. The production has received very positive reviews from The Good Reviews, What's On Stage and the Fiction Stroker - as well as one not very positive one from The Public Reviews, but we can handle that. Forbidden Planet Online have also published an interview with V actor, and The Ballad of Halo Jones director, Daniel Thackeray in which he discusses the double bill and the challenges of adapting a comic book for the stage.
|V (Daniel Thackeray) in the Shadow Gallery. Photo: Ben Dobbs|
|Mix Ninegold (Marlon Solomon). Photo: Hannah Telfer|
|The Man (Michael Whittaker) and Evey (Sinead Parker). Photo: Ben Dobbs|
|Valerie (Paida Noel). Photo: Ben Dobbs|