production shot of Alice, a white blonde woman in her mid twenties, performing in Past Life. She is stood leaning forward with arms outstretched and laughing, with soft lighting on her face and is wearing a dark pink tie-dye shirt.

Extant is delighted to present Past Life by Alice Christina-Corrigan at the Bloomsbury Festival 2022

Written and performed by Alice Corrigan, a graduate of Extant’s Pathways Writers Programme, Past Life is a genre-bending, multi-sensory and creatively accessible exploration of the stages of a breakup and the normalisation of sexual assault in relationships. Written and performed by a young visually impaired artist, the show uses creative captioning, audio descriptive language, integrated BSL interpretation and soundscapes to evoke a new and dynamic way of making theatre.

“A breakup is like a storm: you can see it coming in the distance, you know you can’t escape the rain- so you pack an umbrella, put on your best coat, wrap up warm. And get ready.”

Kiera’s going through a bad breakup and like all millennials, she takes to Google to find a find a Scientifically Approved Plan for getting over him. She’s doing everything right, but her brain isn’t letting her move forward. As Kiera moves through the steps to recover from the heartbreak, we follow her (and Betty the Brain) as they navigate through their new life, full of art classes, boxing rings, tears, fights and coming to terms with trauma.

Past Life will take place on Sunday 16th October at 7pm at RADA Studios, as part of the Bloomsbury Festival.  You can watch the trailer here:

Tickets cost £12 or £10 concessions – but we have a special discount of 10% off when booked via Extant Theatre Club. Please contact [email protected] for more information about Extant Theatre Club.

Alice Christina-Corrigan is a Manchester-based writer who is passionate about breaking the technological barriers of access through sensory exploration into how we can creatively and intuitively make theatre accessible. Her work has been supported by Graeae’s BEYOND Scheme, Octagon Theatre and CRIPtic Arts. A short excerpt from her new play Fade was presented as part of the recent Pathways Writers Showcase at Brixton House.

Bloomsbury Festival is a contemporary and inclusive annual celebration of creativity, presenting an inspiring programme of culture, arts, science, literature, performance, discussion and debate, with a theme for 2022 of ‘Breathe’. Extant are proud to have presented Associate Artist work at the festival over the past few years, including Quiplash’s Unsightly Drag in 2020, which was performed online as a response to the pandemic restrictions, and Tinted by Amy Bethan Evans in 2018.

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