We're very excited to announce our next projects in Valais (Switzerland):

20th December 2015: Horu-Fröiä - The First Ladies on the Matterhorn at the Binner Kulturabende
February 2016: Airswimming by Charlotte Jones
April 2016, ongoing: Tour of Airswimming by Charlotte Jones

Season 2015: Horu-Fröiä - The First Ladies of the Matterhorn

Mountain climbing in Victorian petticoats:
In 1871 Meta Brevoort and Lucy Walker are ambitiously making their way to the top. Because among Alpine pioneers, men and women alike, the "Horu" (Matterhorn) is considered the most desirable trophy. Which of the two ladies will be The First?

PLAYADES cordially invites you to join our theatrico-musical chase to the peak:
On Friday 6th November at 8:30pm at Berg Buch Brig in Zeughaus Kultur in Brig.
And at the Binner Kulturabende on 20.12.2015.

(This event is in German and Swiss German.)

A rope team of men and women cross a snow dune

Season 2016: Airswimming

Airswimming by Charlotte Jones is based on a true story. 1920s, St Dymphna's Asylum for the Criminally Insane: Persephone, Daddy's little girl, has given birth to a child out of wedlock, so she's been locked away. At St Dymphna's she meets Dora, a virago with a passion for military history. Dora and Persephone scrub the bathroom floors. For years. For decades. Forgotten by their families, they are not released until some 50 years later.

Trapped in the solitude of their daily routine, the two women eventually bond - what is initially a matter of necessity and convenience slowly deepens into genuine friendship and connection. They start sharing stories from their lives, or fragments of stories, since neither has ever been able to fully grasp what happened to her, and why.

The narrative is interrupted by the appearance of Dorph and Porph - alter egos of the two captured women - who go on wild and increasingly surreal adventures: airswimming, joining the Red Army's women's battalion, living their lives to a soundtrack of Doris Day. Similar to Beckett's tramps, Dorph and Porph are waiting for an unfathomable, unknowable, eternally absent something, which might be able to offer redemption and meaning.

Airswimming is a tragicomedy, an hommage to the many women who were locked up in asylums and prisons for being single mothers or simply not quite fitting in.

Performance dates:
At the Zeughaus Kultur Brig:
February 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, and 13th 2016

31. March 2016 – Chärnehus Einsiedeln, SZ
1. April 2016 – Theater Altdorf, UR
2./3. April 2016 – Alte Kanzlei Riehen, BS
28. April 2016 – Theater Rennweg26 Biel, BE

Persephone: Cindy-Jane Armbruster
Dora: Lilian Naef
Musician: Fabienne Imoberdorf

Director: Eva Mann
Dramaturgie- and Gastspielbetreuung: Marianne Weber
Lighting Design: Beat Jaggy
Original Play (in English): Charlotte Jones
Translation: Cindy-Jane Armbruster and Eva Mann