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By Stephen Lowe, Directed by Martin Berry

Altitude Sickness

Tuesday 17 May, 2pm & 8pm Approx. 75 minutes
Djanogly Theatre

Theatre & Dance
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£5 all tickets

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Suitable for 14+

D H Lawrence loved playing charades with Mabel Dodge Luhan’s “company” of artists, whom he saw as potential disciples for his hoped for revolutionary art colony at Taos, New Mexico USA. One morning, he wrote the opening scene of a new play ALTITUDE especially composed for them, where they were to play themselves - or rather his version of them. 

By the following morning he had abandoned the idea.  Why?  Lawrence was not a writer to give up so easily. The world would have to change – the revolution take fire. And all are for the burning.

Immersed in research about Lawrence’s life in Taos, renowned playwright Stephen Lowe has given voice to the world that Lawrence inhabited in the last years of his life.  Taos was the only place Lawrence ever called home and the new play focuses on his relationship with three remarkable women:  his fierce and fiery German wife Frieda; the English aristocrat and unrequited lover, Dorothy Brett; and the passionate American doyenne of the arts Mabel Dodge Luhan.

Add into this volatile mix Mabel’s husband, Tony Lujan, and a rattle-snake, and the fuse is set for a theatrical firework display of madness, sexual obsession, artistic envy, and the revelation of a series of painful and comic love-stories.

Vanessa Rawlings-Jackson commissioned Stephen Lowe, to write the play, with funding from the Arts Council England. Co-produced with Nottingham Lakeside Arts, the script will receive its first reading as part of neat16 on Tuesday May 17th, at 2pm and 8pm. There will be a short post show discussion after each reading.

Stephen Lowe is recognised nationally and internationally as a stage and television writer. He has a vast catalogue of produced plays, including The award-winning Touched, four plays at London’s Royal Court, RSC and originally performed at The Royal Court, and The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists ,which regularly tours the UK and was performed by Isango Opera (Cape Town, South Africa) in 2012. He is Co-Artistic Director of Meeting Ground Theatre.


Vanessa Rawlings-Jackson worked with Stephen Lowe in 2012, on his play Just a Gigolo, based on Angelo Ravagli, the third husband of D. H. Lawrence's widow Frieda. The play was produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012; Nottingham Lakeside Arts, in October 2012; and in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, in January 2013. Previously she worked with him on the third part of his Lawrence trilogy at the Santa Fe Playhouse production, Empty Bed Blues

Cast:   Tanya Myers             Mable Dodge Luhan

Ulrike Johannson,   Frieda Lawrence

Robin Simpson        D H Lawrence

Jim Findley               Tony Luhan

Ava Hunt                   Dorothy Brett

Plus post-show discussion with Dr Stephen Lowe

Our friends at the DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum are offering a 15% discount on entry (expires October 2016). Just quote DHLLAKX16 when booking.

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