Devised by Phil Young
"You can't see me. You're not seeing me. All you're seeing is my blindness."
Richard – a young man with diabetes – is struggling. As his health and relationship with long-term partner Jane deteriorate, he looks for comfort in the calming company of Thomasina, a poised and enigmatic blind woman.
When Richard abruptly loses his own sight, however, his intense but ill-fated connection with the serene Thomasina takes a tragic turn, and the two must confront the question of how their love survives in a world made for the sighted.
Crystal Clear is a raw and humbling examination of sudden loss and our attempts to cope with it. It tells a story of love undone by fear and self-destruction, and exposes our fundamental need for human connection.
Devised by Phil Young, the play first premiered at The Old Red Lion in 1982 before transferring to the Wyndham's Theatre in 1983. Returning to the Old Red Lion 37 years later, White Deer Theatre present a revival in which all performances have been made accessible for visually impaired audience members.
Please find the venue's audio guide here: https://www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk/your-visit.html
Guide dogs can be accommodated, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Audio description is narrated live by the cast in every performance.
Pre-show audio introduction to characters and set available here: https://www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk/crystal-clear.html
Pre-show touch tours, pick-up from the station and guide-dog sitting and are available for every performance upon request - you must let us know by 6.00pm the previous day for 7.30pm shows and by 1.00pm the previous day for 3.00pm shows.
What we can’t provide is:
- Step free access
- Accessible toilets
- Captioned performances
For any access questions, or if you're past the booking time for touch tour/usher, please email email@example.com
RICHARD: GARETH KENNERLEY
THOMASINA: GILLIAN DEAN
JANE: RAKHEE SHARMA
DIRECTED BY PJ STANLEY
PRODUCED BY PIA-RAMONA WOJTINNEK
SET & COSTUME DESIGN BY LUKE W ROBSON
LIGHTING DESIGN BY PETER SMALL
ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER: CHARLIE JONES
SFIGHT AND INTIMACY DIRECTOR: ENRIC ORTUÑO
ACCESS CONSULTANT: AMELIA CAVALLO
ARTWORK: LIDIA CRISAFULLI & LUKE W ROBSON
Praise for the original production of ‘Crystal Clear’ (1982/1983):
“Undoubtedly the most moving play in London, [...] and one of the most intelligent.” The Sunday Times
“Universally applicable bleakness: a picture of love trying to shut out the dark.” The Observer
“A fierce punch to the solar plexus” The New York Times
“So passionate and so involving, it caught me by the throat” The Telegraph
Praise for the current production:
“Gareth Kennerley’s performance as the tortured Richard was first-rate and there were moments – such as his attempted humour in the face of adversity (so British) – when I really loved him […] it’s obvious how amazing all three actors were” LondonTheatre1
"This is a thought-provoking and deeply moving piece of theatre that entertains and enlightens, staying with you long after the house lights come up" Broadway World UK
"White Deer have mounted something that big theatres and regularly funded organizations don’t even try and attempt" Exeunt Magazine
"Crystal Clear is an intensely moving piece. […] Gareth Kennerley, Rakhee Sharma as Jane and Gillian Dean as Thom deliver outstanding performances." British Theatre Guide
“This genuinely moving play has pulled out all the stops and is a worthy celebration of Old Red Lion’s 40 years of small scale big hitting theatre.” London Pub Theatres
Suitable for ages: 15+ (contains nudity, mild sexual content, mild violence)
Warning: Features sudden loud noise
Running time: 100 minutes (including an interval)
Audio description: all performances are audio described live by the cast
Touch tours: offered for all performances at 6.30pm for evening shows, 2.00pm for matinees
Relaxed performance: Wednesday 7th August 3pm
For any access questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rapid response scratch performance: Saturday 3rd August, 5pm: https://www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk/iqs/dbitemid.114/sfa.view/all-events.html - £15 DOUBLE TICKET AVAILABLE FOR 3.00PM MATINEE & RAPID RESPONSE
Post-show panel “Access and representation in theatre: successes and remaining challenges”: Tuesday 6th August, 9.15pm - FREE to ticket holders
Further post-show panel to be announced
The Box Office will open 30 minutes before the performance for cash / card sales and collection of pre-booked tickets. Seating is unreserved.
LATECOMERS AND RE-ADMITTANCE
Latecomers cannot not be admitted.Due to the intimacy of the auditorium the theatre operates a strict no latecomers or re-admittance policy. Late entry will involve crossing the stage and, therefore, this policy is enforced for the benefit of both the actors and our audience members. We are under no obligation to offer refunds or exchanges on your tickets if you are refused entry to a performance due to being late or you are unable to attend a performance due to any travel problems beyond our control.
Tickets can only be transferred within performances of the same run and of the same price, subject to availability and at the discretion of the theatre for a £2 fee per ticket. Requests to transfer tickets can only be made by phone on 0333 012 4963 up until 6pm the day before the show for which you originally had tickets booked for, and by Friday 5pm for all performances Saturday-Monday.
Concessions apply to Senior Citizens, Unemployed, Students, NHS workers, Equity/BECTU/SDUK Members and people with registered disabilities. You will be required to show proof at the Box Office when you collect your tickets.
If you are registered disabled and require an essential companion in order to visit the theatre then we will provide your companion with a complimentary ticket. We have limited mobility access – please see our website for more information: https://www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk/your-visit.html
Tickets will not be refunded except in the case of a cancelled performance. Personal arrangements including travel and accommodation relating to the event which have been arranged by you are at your own risk and are not refundable by us.
FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHY
The use of mobile phones, cameras, video and any recording of the performance either audio or visual is strictly prohibited. The theatre reserves the right to refuse admission of such equipment.
FOOD AND DRINK
We have a large selection of real ales, lagers, wines and premium spirits. We also offer a selection of pies and sausage rolls courtesy of Pieminister, including vegan and vegetarian options. Theatre patrons will receive a 20% discount off pies on the date of the performance stated on their ticket. Drinks can be taken into the auditorium but we ask that you take your glasses back down to the bar at the end of the show.