FADE: at Leeds Playhouse on 25 – 27 April

Visually impaired and neurodivergent actor, writer and creative access director, Alice Christina-Corrigan, is proud to present FADE.

FADE is commissioned by The Lowry as part of the ‘Developed With’ programme. FADE explores sibling-allyship and integrates projections, original sound design, movement and creative captioning

Following the sudden death of their mother, estranged siblings Cassie and Rubin are reunited in their family home. As they begin packing up furniture and keepsakes, they start unpacking their life – relationships and truth. Falling in and out of memories, transcending past, present and a not-so-distant future with four actors portraying the twins at different stages of life, FADE is a tale of sibling allyship, and how far we are willing to go to protect each other.

FADE will feature Lauren-Nicole Mayes as Cassie (Dear Little Loz, Edinburgh Fringe; Coronation Street, ITV), Matthew Devlin as Rubin (SAGA, BBC; G’WED, ITV; Little Boy Blue, ITV) Daneka Etchells as 2010 Cassie (The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man, Nottingham Playhouse/UK Tour; Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s Globe; The Welkin and All of Us, National Theatre) and Stefan Race as 2010 Rubin (G’WED, ITVX; Eric, Netflix; Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, Warner Bros).  

With the production created by a disabled-led team, Christina-Corrigan has focused on securing disability representation throughout all aspects of FADE, with access being embedded into every decision throughout the creative process. The final production integrates projections and creative captioning, demonstrating the new and vibrant ways of exploring creative access that Christina-Corrigan has previously found success with in the 2023 production Past Lives.

Antonia Beck, Senior Producer: Artist Development, The Lowry: 

“It has been such a joy to work with Alice over the past 18 months through our Developed With programme, and we have been delighted to provide a sustained level of support which has enabled Alice to take this significant next step in her career. As an artist and cultural changemaker, Alice really is a powerhouse, pioneering an innovative, accessible and vital approach to making live performance. We are really proud of what Alice has achieved and we can’t wait for audiences to experience this exciting new work.”

‘Developed With was formed in 2009 and’ is The Lowry’s flagship artist development programme for early to mid-career artists who are establishing their practice and creative identity, and are looking for time, space and support to take a significant step forward in their work.  Funded by Arts Council England and Salford City Council, the Developed With The Lowry programme offers a bespoke package of support for artists for 12-18 months to create ambitious, high-quality work and develop their professional practice. 

Alice Christina Corrigan, writer and Creative Access Director: “FADE is about the depth of sibling allyship and the role our siblings play in moulding our lives. It’s about the comforting silences and the uncomfortable reflection they are capable of showing you. FADE is a harrowing tale of how one decision can alter the trajectory of that relationship forever. As much as the play doesn’t reflect my life, FADE is dedicated to my brother. My accidental twin.”

Commissioned by The Lowry as part of the ‘Developed With’ programme with additional support from Arts Council England, Leeds Playhouse, Theatre Deli Sheffield, CRIPtic, Extant, Royal Court, Katie Scott, and Box of Tricks.