The Lowry are delighted to announce their first Developed With production of the year from Manchester company Animikii Theatre premiering in The Studio at The Lowry on Thu 28 & Fri 29 April. Based on the story of Cain and Abel, ‘Origins‘ follows the world’s first murderer as he confronts life’s most primeval questions: faith, death and immortality.
After murdering his brother, in cold blood, we meet Cain living out his life exiled from his homeland. Afflicted by his memories and haunted by figures from the past, Cain must now retrace his steps back to Eden in pursuit of answers.
Manchester based Adam Davies will perform in ‘Origins.’ He trained at Arden School of Theatre before meeting Henry McGrath on the experimental and innovative RADA course, the MA Theatre Lab in 2013. Since then, the pair have continued their research-based physical training and began to develop a theatrical style of their own, fusing strong perennial mythology with dynamic physical story-telling.
‘Origins’ is a psychological thriller that plunges into the heart of darkness where movement, sound and rhythm fuse to create a physically pulsating stage adventure. In this epic journey through Cain’s world of exile, we voyage into landscapes of both dream and reality.
Encompassing Animikii Theatre’s own company-developed style of multiple movement languages, acrobatics, and combat ‘Origins’ threatens to spill action out into the laps of audiences, offering a sensorial and cinematic experience.
The story of Cain and Abel features in Christian, Jewish and Muslim teachings.Adam Davies who will perform as Abel, the world’s first person to be murdered said;
“We knew we wanted to tackle themes of beginnings and brotherhood, as we couldn’t escape that we were two men on stage. We used Cain & Abel as template to research more narrative possibilities. The story of Cain & Abel from the Bible stuck with us and we were unable to shake the story of Cain and the lack of literature surrounding post killing Abel. Excavating that narrative and building our world around him and his journey through exile with the label of ‘the first murderer.’”
In 2015 Animikii Theatre began ‘Origins’ with a scratch performance at Physical Fest in Liverpool. Doing detailed training and rehearsals with producing partners The Lowry, Cheshire Rural Touring Arts, Spot On Lancashire, and Arts Council England since then. ‘Origins’ is a Developed With The Lowry production and premieres in The Studio at The Lowry on Thu 28 & Fri 29 April
Venue: The Studio at The Lowry
Tickets: £12/ £10
Book: Online or call box office on 0843 208 6000