Jarman – The Story of Derek Jarman

Venue

The Old Woollen

Address

Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, LS28 5UJ

Dates

01/12/2024

Time

7:00 pm

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About this event

£13.50 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. Unreserved Seating.

NOMINATED FOR BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE AT OFF-WEST END AWARDS 2023.

A mighty spirit is about to reawaken. Yours.

Derek Jarman: film-maker, painter, gardener at Prospect Cottage, gay rights activist, writer… His influence remains as strong as it was on the day AIDS killed him in 1994. But his story, one of the most extraordinary lives ever lived, has never been told. Until now.

This vibrant solo play from Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, Howerd’s End) brings Derek back into being on World AIDS Day for a passionate, daring reminder of the courage it takes to truly live while you’re alive. A journey from Dungeness to deepest, brightest Soho and into the heart of one of our most iconoclastic artists.

Jarman’s works include taboo-breaking films like Sebastiane, Jubilee and Caravaggio, pop videos for the Pet Shop Boys (It’s A Sin and Rent), his extraordinary borderless garden in Dungeness, his shocking last paintings, and his unforgettable final film Blue, consisting of a single continuous frame of blue and chronicling what it’s like to lose your sight… But never your artistic vision.

★★★★★ “This play will reawaken your love for the man. Highly recommended” – QUEER GURU

★★★★★ “Jarman admonishes us to ‘be astonishing’. And that’s exactly what Mark Farrelly is. Fabulous, thought-provoking stuff” – BUM ON A SEAT

★★★★ “A gripping solo show” THE STAGE

★★★★ “An astonishing and heartfelt portrayal… Exceptional” – LONDON LIVING LARGE

★★★★ “An enthralling performance” – REVIEWS GATE

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