Jack Nurse announced as Director for ‘The Events’

Jack Nurse, Director and Co-Founder of Wonder Fools, has been appointed Director of Cumbernauld Theatre’s Autumn production of ‘The Events’ by David Grieg.

Today Cumbernauld Theatre announces the Director for its upcoming autumn production The Events, a restaging of the powerful play from writer David Grieg.

When Claire, a priest, survives an atrocity she sets out on a quest to answer the most difficult question of all: ‘Why?’ The Events is a journey that takes her to the edge of reason, science, politics and faith. David Greig’s 2013 play explores our destructive desire to fathom the unfathomable and asks how far forgiveness can stretch in the face of brutality.

The Events was commissioned and first produced by Actors Touring Company in co-production with the Young Vic Theatre, Schauspielhaus Wein and Brageteatret. It premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2013. Cumbernauld Theatre is staging this new production as a powerful means of exploring and understanding the complex themes of community, grief, and resilience in the face of tragedy. This play, with its profound narrative and emotional depth, offers a unique opportunity for both the actors and the audience to engage in a meaningful dialogue about contemporary social issues. By bringing The Events to the stage now, Cumbernauld Theatre is not only showcasing its commitment to presenting thought-provoking and relevant theatre but also providing a space for reflection and healing in today’s challenging times.

This new adaptation, led by Director Jack Nurse, will be an exciting collaboration between a professional cast and community choir, specifically created for this new production. We will be actively seeking performers from all walks of life to join us onstage to help tell this powerful story.

I am delighted to be working with Cumbernauld Theatre to bring David Greig’s brilliant play to life. The Events is an urgent, searching and quietly daring piece that has only gained in significance since it first premiered. I am particularly looking forward to working with the local community during the creative process and collaborating to make a show that speaks directly to the world we live in whilst being rooted in Cumbernauld.

Jack Nurse, Director

We are excited to appoint Jack in this role to bring The Events to the Cumbernauld Theatre stage this Autumn. We were excited by Jack’s expertise and experience in combining high-quality contemporary theatre with an honest and considered community engagement process – making him the ideal person to handle this sensitive and timely production.

Fraser Morrison, Creative Producer

The Events will run at Lanternhouse Main Auditorium from Tue 1 October to Sat 5 October, with an opening press performance on Sat 28 September at 7:30pm. Tickets will be on sale with Cumbernauld Theatre’s Autumn/Winter season in May 2024.


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