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The Gate announces ‘From the Archive’ series

INTERNATIONAL work is available for the first time as part of the Gate Theatre’s From the Archive series, which celebrates 40 years of groundbreaking theatre.

The critically acclaimed Suzy Storck, directed by Jean Pierre Baro, is being streamed via The Gate’s website from 7.30pm today (May 6, 2020) until June 30. And Ellen McDougall’s hit show, The Unknown Island, is also available until June 30.

Suzy Storck by Magali Mougel.

Their Voices
Their bodies moving about
Their bodies moving all over the place
I can’t stand it anymore

Another unbearably hot evening. Suzy Storck sits by the window. A glass of wine. A bottle. Three. Her husband’s left. The radio buzzes. Upstairs, the sound of tiny hands behind a bedroom door. Her children. The smell of an animal that isn’t quite yet dead. And still the sun will just not set.

Suzy Storck was the debut UK production of Jean-Pierre Baro, one of France’s most exciting theatre directors. Written by Magali Mougel, the play was a huge success when it opened at the Gate in 2017. A bold and electrifying piece of theatre, it dared to ask what happens if you don’t want children – and you already have them?

The cast comprises Kate Duchêne, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Jonah Russell and Theo Solomon.

Translated by Chris Campbell, Suzy Storck has set and costume design by Céclile Trémoliéres, lighting design by Christopher Nairne and sound design by Adrien Wernert. Assistant director is Ben Hadley and assistant designer is Natalie Pryce.

With performances suspended until further notice, the lack of ticket sales will have a huge impact. Any donation, large or small, will help support artists and freelancers as well as planning the future.

The Unknown Island – from a short story by Jose Saramago, adapted for the stage by Ellen McDougall and Clare Slater.

What is this unknown island you want to go in search of?
If I could tell you that, it wouldn’t be unknown.

You ask the King for a boat.
You don’t know where you are going or even how to sail.
You won’t take no for an answer.

The Unknown Island is a beautiful, inventive and rebellious adventure story about dreaming of the impossible and trying to cross the vast distances between ourselves and each other.

Based on the Nobel prize-winning novelist Jose Saramago’s short story, The Unknown Island, first opened to rave reviews at the Gate in September 2017.

The cast comprises Jon Foster, Zubin Varla, Hannah Ringham and Thalissa Teixeira.

Directed by Ellen McDougall, The Unknown Island has set and costume design by Rosie Elnile, lighting design by Lizzie Powell and sound design by Josh Anio Grigg. Assistant director is Tyrell Williams and assistant designer is Khadija Raza.

Both productions are free to watch at or