Marathon - a collaboration led by Alan Fielden with Malachy Orozco and Jemima Yong, won the Oxford Samuel Beckett Price 2018 and was performed from 20-29th September 2018 as part of the Barbican's Theatre and Dance season.
A man on the front line of a conflict between two countries is told by his general to relay a message to the king: ‘we’ve lost the war, the enemy is coming.’ The journey he takes and the people he meets along the way lead him to question his faith in the mission.
"Four bodies on stage are attempting to reconstruct an event; the event is a story about a messenger, a witness, a king, and an indefinite ‘people’ that weave in and out. Four bodies on stage are waiting. Four bodies on stage are enacting an event that is both unfolding in front of us, and precedes us. The event is plural: it is neither contained by the recurring narrative moments (the messenger moves us through it all), nor by the repetitions, the narrative units that blur one thing into another. This is a rehearsal, this is an event, this is a play within a performance. It is also none of those things. It is a kind of atmosphere of crisis that plays out in intimate domesticities – personal to political, actual and manufactured. It is variants of familiarity that shape intimate anxieties, it is crises on a planetary scale. A poetics of anticipation that collapses into theatre, and theatre that constantly collapses onto itself. Like Forced Entertainment put through a shredder, or a Bausch choreography in the form of a script."
- An extract from a written response by writer Diana Damian
Here you can read an interview published by the Barbican where we discuss our process, trusting each other and collaboration.