Close to the Sun tells the story of a young Irishman who emigrates to Australia only to be followed by his enigmatic and troublemaking brother. This brand-new show by award-winning writer Philip Doherty explores the connection between Irish and Australian folklore and mythology and gives voice to a lost generation of Irish emigrants. Featuring a cast of emerging and experienced actors this is an ambitious large-scale family story full of rich imagery and deeply developed characters.
Seeking to shed light on a largely overlooked subject, Close to the Sun demands answers to questions we all ask: Why do so many of us feel the impulse to run? What forces have driven us to mass exodus from our spiritual soil, our land of myth and magic--an overdeveloped sense of adventure or something deeper and darker? What are the real repercussions if we choose to return?
Artistically, creatively, and technically ambitious this is the largest production The Corps Ensemble has mounted to date. It will feature innovative and visually interesting large-scale set design and a carefully created light- and soundscape all realised through artistic exploration and collaboration.
The Corps Ensemble is a collective of ambitious and talented theatre artists who share a common belief: that theatre should be an immersive, spiritual experience that leaves an audience emotionally and intellectually stimulated. Since its founding in 2015, we have produced two critically acclaimed shows - Made in China, which just finished a national tour, and Bug, in addition to several sold-out New Writing Nights and developmental workshops. We engage and challenge audiences with work that inspires, provokes, and generates conversation. Close to the Sun premieres in September and we have a stellar team creating this thrilling new piece:
Written by Philip Doherty
With writer Philip Doherty, we have created a brand new, original piece showcasing the creativity and strength of each Ensemble member.
We strive to present you with work that is vital, visceral, and vivid. As a totally unfunded company, we rely on the generosity of our supporters. You will be investing in a truly immersive and epic theatrical experience. Along with proceeds from past fundraising events, your donations will go directly towards realizing this brilliant and atmospheric piece of theatre. In short, you will be helping us create a world! With a successful campaign reaching our goal of 1,200 €, you will be contributing to the cost of props, design, costumes and more!
Close to the Sun is the largest Corps Ensemble show to date; it requires choreography, music, and careful craft and design. However, with our combined years of experience, an extensive network of supporters, and an all-star team of professionals, we will find creative, out-of-the-box solutions to every challenge we meet along the way.
From the cast and crew of Close to the Sun and The Corps Ensemble, thank you! We can’t tell you how grateful we are for the continued support of our extended Corps family. Each and every one of you helps us make our dreams a reality.