Annie Siddons is an established London-based playwright, musician and performance maker who has collaborated with a diverse range of companies and venues including Kneehigh, the National Theatre Studio, BAC, Southbank Centre, Bristol Old Vic, Blind Summit, the Unicorn Theatre, Teater Sagohuset in Malmo and the New Victory Theater in New York. Working in a variety of settings and creating narrative-driven work for both adult and young audiences, her playful, lyrical and melancholy shows always embrace an imaginative approach to language.
Showcasing a truly original voice and performed with real heart, Raymondo marks Annie’s return to performing her own work. Accompanied by a live score created by guitarist Marcus Hamblett, the show is a dark and tender piece of lo-fi contemporary storytelling about two brothers who escape from longstanding captivity in a cellar. Set in a fantastical world and exploring themes of loss, isolation, abuse and child labour, the work is at its heart a moving portrayal of the relationship between the two brothers, their discovery of a strange and wondrous world outside, and their urgent quest for survival.
In the press
"a rich, wild and precise poetry that breathes a colossal and sometimes angry humanity… Magical and strange" ★★★★ Joyce McMillan, Scotsman
“untamed brilliant writing… an outstanding storyteller” ★★★★ FESTMAG
Number of people on stage2 (including 1 musician)
Number of people in touring company3
Musical equipment and lighting equipment. Set consisting of 1 chair and 2 carpets (2.5x1.5m & 1.5x1m).
Touring AvailabilityFrom January 2016
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400)
Minimum performance space8m x 3.3m
Text-basedDense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
Also contains:Live Music, Sexually Explicit Material, Strong Language
VenueThe Aviary, Zoo Venues
Production dates24–29 AUGUST
Production times1155 –1305
Annie Siddons is happy to provide creative writing workshops as part of any international touring she undertakes, or to take up residencies.
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