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THE BIG SMOKE
BY THEATRE AD INFINITUM
February 22 – March 4, 2012
Canadian Premiere of an award-winning one-woman show inspired by the lives of Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton.
In a courageous physical performance with a completely original text and score sung a cappella, Amy Nostbakken tells the story of a brilliant young artist from Toronto given the opportunity of a lifetime: a solo exhibit at London’s Tate Modern Art Gallery. Nathalie has everything to live for: good looks, talent, a loving family, amazing scholarships and a career just waiting to take off. But just as she is rising to the heights of her potential, she begins to spiral down into the depths of depression. Through swanky gallery parties and grim pub toilets, ex-boyfriends and meddling aunts, mauled dogs and crashed cyclists, her descent into madness unfolds. The Big Smoke is a stunning experience that walks the fine line between sanity and psychosis.
Theatre Ad Infinitum Canada, in association with Why Not Theatre presents The Big Smoke winner of the Argus Angel Award at the 2011 Brighton Festival Fringe. Nostbakken was also nominated for Best Female Performer in the Latest Awards, Brighton. The production premiered to rave reviews at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, leading to a national tour of Britain in spring/summer 2011 that included stops in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Oxford and Leeds.
The Big Smoke is a co-devised piece directed by Nir Paldi, with music and performance by Amy Nostbakken.
More info can be found at www.theatreadinfinitum.co.uk