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Arcola Theatre

25 Nov-19 Dec 2015

This exhilarating Double Bill comprised the London premiere of Howard Barker’s The Twelfth Battle of Isonzo, featuring the voice of celebrated NT and RSC actor Nicholas Le Prevost in a groundbreaking binaural sound design and immersive blackout plunging spectators into the sensory experience of the two blind characters, paired with a timely revival of Judith starring acclaimed actress Catherine Cusack. This £34,000 ACE GFTA-funded project (for which I raised a total of £50,000 in pre-production funds) included Arcola’s first ever touch tour and audio-described performance for blind and partially-sighted audiences.


"Exhilarating and provoking. An insightful and

technically inventive staging that breathes humanity and humour into two plays by one of the UK's most uncompromising writers." 

The Stage


“Extraordinarily effective. Absorbing and unnerving” WhatsOnStage


“A unique and affecting experience both terrifying and comical in the same breath. Two melancholy and exhilarating plays that leave their mark long after you have left the theatre”

Everything Theatre


”Rising director Robyn Winfield-Smith seems fearless with her choices, and she must be, to deliver such an astonishing experience. Talented actors, a beautiful stage production. An exhilarating theatrical gem” 

The Upcoming


”A tour de force... Winfield-Smith plunges us into the aurally heightened world of the protagonists. A superb evening” 

The Arts Desk



“An extraordinary evening of theatre”

Plays To See


“Stark, unsettling, powerful” 

The Reviews Hub




Presented by: REND Productions

Writer: Howard Barker

Director & Designer: Robyn Winfield-Smith

Designer: Rosanna Vize

Lighting Designer: Christopher Nairne

Composer: Nick J Jones

Binaural Sound Designer: Iain Armstrong

Isonzo: Nicholas Le Prevost

Tena: Emily Loomes

Judith: Catherine Cusack

The Servant: Kristin Hutchinson

Holofernes: Liam Smith

Photography by Nick Rutter

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