The Last Days of Mankind

Yardheads is producing a full-length theatrical performance of the play ‘The Last Days of Mankind‘ with Leith Theatre in November 2018 in a collaboration with international theatre-makers and creatives, local performers and technical participants. The play was written 100 years ago by Karl Kraus, a Viennese writer who published his own journal with a critical and satirical view on newspapers, social climbers and other writers and poets who supported the First World War and in his view perpetuated it.  The English translation being used was completed in parts in 2014 and 2016 by Patrick Healy of November Editions

The show is part of a wider programme of cultural activity, ‘Café Europa’ which brings theatre-makers from Germany, Poland, Serbia, Ireland, Ukraine and France, over a 12-month period, including shorter presentations and discussion of themes and issues around conflict, trauma and hope alongside further performances of ‘The Last Days of Mankind’ in Bielefeld, Germany and Katowice, Poland.

The collaborating groups are Theaterlabor, Germany; Teatr A Part, Poland; Plavo Povoriste, Serbia; Smashing Times, Dublin; Kultura Medialna, Ukraine.

Further links and reading on The Last Days of Mankind can be found at Project 1568.

Pembroke Dock Seafair 2018

The maritime festival Seafair Haven, supported by the Tall Ships (Wales) Trust, has just finished in Pembroke Dock, South West Wales.  Yardheads commissioned ‘Pope’ to perform the ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ aboard a tall ship; booked Magic Jack Sparrow to entertain families on a public day and Citrus Arts theatre company to perform their touring show “Shipwrecks” on the dockside.

Yardheads is also directing a short film about the week.

Adapt, Edit, Create

Our work is emerging from creative international collaboration in the field of theatre.

We have been undertaking research, meeting writers and translators, visiting cultural places, reading, seeking, travelling, listening, playing and adapting.  From this process we expect beautiful projects to emerge.

Talk to us about talent or material for stage or screen, creative research and development.

“Drama is made serious … not by the degree in which it is taken up with problems that are serious in themselves, but by the degree in which it gives the nourishment, not easy to define, on which our imaginations live” – JM Synge