Following a hit Edinburgh Festival Fringe run at the Pleasance Dome where it won a Spirit of the Fringe Award, the internationally acclaimed Theatre Ad Infinitum bring the epic tale of one Mexican woman’s fight for justice to Heads Up Festival on March 10 & 11) as part of the Women of the World (WOW) Festival, Hull.
Created following conversations with close collaborator Vicky Araico Casas, Bucket List tells the story of Milagros, a Mexican orphan girl. When her mother is murdered for protesting corporate and governmental corruption, Milagros finds herself with only a bloodstained list of those responsible. Determined to make them pay, Milagros embarks on a passionate quest for justice – no matter the cost.
With an all female cast, their characteristic style of physical storytelling, live music, song and a nod to classic revenge thrillers, Theatre Ad Infinitum tell the story of Milagros’s life set against turbulent US-Mexican relations and the global free market capitalist system.
Director Nir Paldi said, “Bucket List explores the impact of global capitalism on ordinary people particularly those living on the border of Mexico and the US. I wanted to tell the story of an ordinary girl, named Milagros, radicalized by the environment she grew up in. The play looks at revenge and examines why Milagros takes a very bloody path to justice. I’m interested in the idea that one person’s freedom fighter is another person’s terrorist. I wanted to explore this through the very human story of a girl who has lost her mother and sees no other means of fighting the injustice she faces.”
Theatre Ad Infinitum is a multi-award-winning international ensemble based in Bristol that develops new and original theatre for diverse audiences. 2017 marks the company’s 10-year anniversary. Founded in 2007, Theatre Ad Infinitum has been making and touring critically acclaimed, award-winning productions all around the world ever since. Led by Co-Artistic Directors George Mann and Nir Paldi, the company creates theatre that examines social and political themes through innovative storytelling and bold experimental styles, making something completely different each time.
Productions include Odyssey (The Stage Award), the multi award-winning Translunar Paradise, Ballad of the Burning Star (The Guardian’s ‘Best of the Edinburgh Fringe’ 2013, The Stage Award for Best Ensemble 2013 and Off West End Award 2014) and Light (“Epic” ***** The Times). Theatre Ad Infinitum is proud to be associate artist at The Lowry and Redbridge Drama Centre. George Mann is Associate Director at the Bristol Old Vic.
Nir Paldi is a writer, director, performer and co-artistic director of Theatre Ad Infinitum. Nir directed Theatre Ad Infinitum’s productions; Odyssey, The Big Smoke and Ballad of the Burning Star. Odyssey won the Stage Award in 2009 and The Small Scene Festival Audience Award in Croatia. The Big Smoke won an Argos Angel Award at the Brighton Fringe 2011 and the Award for Best International Show at the United Solo Festival 2014 in New York. Ballad of the Burning Star is a critically acclaimed hit, it won The Stage Award for Best Ensemble and an Off West End Award for its London run at BAC in 2014. Ballad of the Burning Star toured extensively including a sold-out run in Toronto, Canada in May 2015, which was awarded a My Theatre Award for Outstanding Ensemble. Nir also works as a freelance director around the world, teaching theatre for both adults and young people and is a visiting tutor as Rose Bruford College as well as co-running Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Master Classes for industry professionals.
Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Bucket List is presented by Heads Up Festival as part of Women of the World (WOW) Festival, Hull.
Where: Ferens Studio, Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Hull, HU1 3RA
When: March 10 (BSL Interpreted Performance), 7.30pm. March 11, 8.30pm.
Recommended age: 14+
To book tickets visit www.hull2017.co.uk/bucketlist