A new film of the play Kursk, inspired by the Russian submarine disaster in August 2000, will be available to watch free on digital arts service The Space from 1 August.
Fuel has produced this adaptation in collaboration with Skins and Cast Offs director Amanda Boyle and Top Boy cinematographer Tat Radcliffe, inventively adapting this landmark production to film for an online audience.
Kursk played to packed houses and received rave reviews twice at London’s Young Vic, on UK tour and most recently at Sydney Opera House. It was nominated for Best Touring Production TMA Award, Best Off West End Production at the Whatsonstage Awards 2009 and Best Design at the Evening Standard Awards 2009.
The story is inspired by the devastating event in 2000 when the Russian submarine Kursk suffered a huge explosion, and sank with all on board. Set on a Royal Navy hunter-killer submarine, sent to spy on the Kursk on its final fateful mission in 2000, the play follows five British crew members who live and serve under extreme pressure, hidden beneath the waves.
In the stage production, Jon Bausor’s groundbreaking immersive design combined with Sound&Fury’s bold sound and Hansjörg Schmidt’s lighting placed the audience at the centre of the action in an intricately realised submarine. The team worked in close consultation with former submariners and naval psychologists to simulate the intense environment of life on board a submarine. The film, which has been shot on Bausor’s set, also places the viewer at the heart of the action, using innovative cinematography to capture the unique feel of the live play.
The cast includes Sound&Fury’s Tom Espiner as well as Ian Ashpitel, Keir Charles, Laurence Mitchell and Jonah Russell.
Director Amanda Boyle, who won great acclaim for her Rose D’Or and RTS nominated drama series Cast Offs and BAFTA-winning Skins, has joined forces on the new film with celebrated director of photography Tat Radcliffe, whose work includes BBC Two’s The Shadow Line, Channel Four’s BAFTA-nominated Top Boy and music videos for Plan B, Arctic Monkeys, The Streets and Coldplay.
The original music is composed by Sound&Fury’s Dan Jones who recently won a BAFTA and an Ivor Novello Award for his score for Channel 4’s Any Human Heart. The screenplay is by playwright Bryony Lavery (Beautiful Burnout, Frozen, Stockholm) in collaboration with Sound&Fury.
Since its launch in May, digital arts service The Space has become the online destination for theatre lovers offering a selection of free and on-demand events. including productions from the Shakespeare Globe to Globe season and a specially filmed performance of Owen Sheers’ The Two Worlds of Charlie F.
On Saturday 11 August audiences will also be able to experience a multi-camera livestream of the largest outdoor theatre event in the UK in 2012 as more than 1,700 local people, including the two casts of 250 community actors, will join forces with a large professional team to stage a unique adaptation of York’s Mystery Plays. The cast will be led by Ferdinand Kingsley, playing God and Jesus, and Graeme Hawley as the Devil.
After the performance, visitors to The Space will be able to create a bespoke version of the production, using their own ‘playlist’ of the project, following the narrative from different angles using the multi-camera stream which will be archived. Their own version of the piece will then be available to watch, share and download.
The Space will also be streaming four new plays live from the Edinburgh Festival on 19 August.
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