#OnceAMonkey - Year of the Monkey graduate in The Colour of August

2018 graduate Coline Atterbury in action!

We are always keen to showcase and celebrate the work of our Monkey alumni – we love seeing our Two Year Rep (now BA Acting) and Year of the Monkey (now CertHE Acting & Theatre Making) graduates appearing in a fantastic diverse, dynamic variety of projects and showing the industry how Fourth Monkey performers and artists act, make, move, collaborate!

We are delighted to see 2017 – 2018 Year of the Monkey alumnus Coline Atterbury currently appearing in The Colour of August, a site-specific theatre experience in the heart of East London’s Hackney Wick, which opened on Wednesday 18 May – break a leg to all involved for their performance run! Tickets for this exciting debut run have already been snapped up in advance, however keep your eyes peeled for a potential transfer to another venue for further performances later this summer – follow @colineatterbury via Instagram to be amongst the first to hear of any future performances!

In the meantime, if you are lucky enough to have tickets to catch Coline and cast mate Bella Rose in action in The Colour of August, here is a sneak peek into what to expect from the hour-long production, which promises to be a heartbreaking visual feast:

CertHE Acting & Theatre students in a movement class at Fourth Monkey's Bristol centre
Drama studio space in Fourth Monkey's Bristol training centre

The Colour of August, by Spanish playwright Paloma Pedrero, reunites two female artists who are lifelong friends and former lovers. After a hostile eight year separation, much has changed… Maria (Coline Atterbury) is now rich, successful and married. Her former muse (Bella Rose) is getting by as an artist’s model and struggling with booze and broken relationships.This visual feast and heartbreaking story of two star crossed lovers, mixes the lyrical and the commonplace with a dash of satirical humour. In the setting of Maria’s art studio we are instantly immersed into the world of two troubled artists… What could possibly go wrong?

Of her role in this production, Coline said: “In the piece, I play Maria Dehesa. On the surface, Maria seems like the type of woman who has it all figured out – she’s married, rich and has become a successful and respectable artist. Something she’s always dreamt of. However, underneath her perfect exterior lies something truly unfulfilled and an unbearable longing for her former lover, friend and muse Laura to return.”

A fantastic new production running in the heart of East London on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May, Coline told us: “The Colour of August is about the complexity of female/female relationships, the sliding scale of sexuality, the female gaze in comparison with the male, the elision of art and life. The play feels relevant for now, in a way that it was perhaps less relevant when it was written. This is not just a story about two lovers. While their attraction to each other may also be sexual, their wants and needs are far less binary than that – which makes this play so exciting to explore.”

Plus, you can learn more about this production in this interview with Coline and The Colour of August‘s director, Izzie Turner, or in this conversation with cast mate, Bella Rose, who plays Laura Anton in the play.

Break a leg to all involved!

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