As part of the celebrations for Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture, Dash Arts The Great Middlemarch Mystery from history Middlemarch by George Eliot, one of the UK’s most famous writers who set his novel in the city and was born in nearby Nuneaton.
This immersive promenade performance will run from 7-10 April across multiple, unseen locations in Coventry city centre, and tickets are now on sale.
The actors; George Beach, Andrew Cullum, Tom Gordon, Amanda Hurwitz, Aimee Powell, Deborah Tracey, Ryan Van Champion and Joan Walker.
Part-immersive drama and mystery game, The Great Middlemarch Mystery introduces a new style of George Eliot Middlemarch and his story of the hopes, dreams, curses, and curses of life in a Midlands town, 150 years after it was first published in 1871. Follow the people look into the combined lives of the citizens of Middlemarch as they encounter triumph and tragedy and help them. uncover a terrible secret in his heart. Who is the stranger with unfinished business in Middlemarch? And what is the meaning of his sudden death? Gathering clues as the drama unfolds across four historic locations across Coventry, people will then come together to solve the mystery in this interactive adventure.
The Great Middlemarch Mystery it is the first part of a season of work that Dash Arts is responsible for Albion, is an exploration of modern English, in all its complexity. Over the next four years, the season will explore a contemporary British experience that reflects the reality and diversity of the country we live in today.
Dash Arts will travel across land and language, delving into folklore and myth, oral tradition, music, storytelling, drama, and performance. Working with participants, audiences, and artists across the country, it begins a process of questioning what England is like today, its colonial heritage, and what which is unknown.
Featuring new commissions from some of England’s most exciting artists and amazing artists from around the world. Albion will include live and digital Dash Cafés, gigs, workshops, and performances in England, completing a major project in 2024-2025.
Dash Arts creates unique artistic experiences that span art forms, cultures, languages, and communities. Over the past 15 years, they have created successful innovation with more than 9,000 artists and participants for an audience of over 350,000 worldwide. The first acts related to the international music scene Crown Company at London’s Roundhouse, won a second Olivier Award babel, and the Indian A Midsummer Night’s Dream played sold-out seasons with the RSC in Stratford and at the Roundhouse before touring the world.
Artistic Director and founder of Dash Arts, Josephine Burton is the director and creator of over 80 new pieces of award-winning art, the creator of over 300 gigs with venues including the Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Oval Space, Roundhouse, Sadler’s Wells, and Southbank Centre, is a music consultant for the PRS Foundation, and professional sound engineer and host of the Dash Arts Podcast, Cafés, and events. New leadership highlights are available Songs for Babyn Yar, Dash Arts Dacha, Dash Eurosquat, Dash Arts Forum with Tate Modern, British Library, Latitude Festival, and other festivals; Lyrical Alliance and Renegade Orchestra. He also directed the Olivier-Award-winning Babel by Sidi Larbi Cherkoaui, Damien Jalet, and Antony Gormley at Sadler’s Wells and a new production with choreographer Hofesh Shechter, The Table including Blind Summit, Lemony Snicket’s Latke can’t stop making noise with Tall Stories, and new work with jazz group F-IRE Collective.
Josephine said, Coventry was the inspiration for George Eliot’s Middlemarch, and its neighborhoods, stories, and buildings are at the heart of this work. There are over 100 characters in its original story and The Great Middlemarch Mystery invites actors, our community’s actors, and the audience to step inside and inhabit its world Our Production is both 19th-century Middlemarch and 1980s Coventry, reinterpreting this classic story on many levels that continues today.
Ruth Livesey is Professor of Nineteenth-Century History and Philosophy and Head of the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is passionate about Victorian literature and bringing those books – especially Eliot’s works – to new people. In 2019-20, he was an Arts and Humanities Leadership Fellow, working on a project called ‘Provincialism: Literature and the Cultural Politics of Middleness in Britain 1800-1900’