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ON THE COUCH WITH NORA ARMANI
Candid tales of love and nostalgia
sprinkled with humour from A to Z!

Press Release For Immediate Release: Contact: Ahuva Cohen New End Theatre (020) 7472-5800

New End Theatre: Cairo in the 60s, Hollywood in the 80s, London in the 90s…The Bosphorus & Istanbul, Anatolian summers, Cairo and its Synagogue, Alexandria and its port, Hollywood and its follies contrasted with the Scottish Highlands, present the backdrop for the journey of a woman in search of an identity and a culture to call her own. With music, song and dance Nora Armani evokes love stories, emotional tales and secret dreams.

Performances are 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24 June at 8pm at the New End Theatre in Hampstead, 27 New End, London NW3. There will be an opening night reception after the performance on the 9th and after performance discussions with the actress/playwright on select evenings. Some discussions will be on the themes in the play: identity, Diaspora, marginality, immigation etc., depending on the interst groups in attendance.

Seats are £12 concessions £10. For press information, interviews, group and advance booking discounts please contact Ms. Ahuva Cohen at (020) 7472-5800 or email: ahuvacohen@newendtheatre.co.uk You may also wish to visit Nora Armani's web site www.noraarmani.com for additional information and photographs of the show.


"Nora Armani's performance is a tour de force: an attempt at collective introspection over difficult times and spaces. It is rare for Armenians to introspect, even more difficult to do so collectively. Well, Nora has done it." Gerard Libaridian.

"…the deft, bedazzling Armani creates textured characters and substantial momentum." Los Angeles Times

"Bravo! Such a graceful public confession." Father Vertanes Kalayjian-Washington.

Nora Armani is an award-winning actress, with a long-standing international stage and film career. She has performed in many countries in different languages and she is the recipient of several awards for performance and creation: most recently, "Best Actress" at the Siunik Film Festival in Armenia. She holds two passports, two degrees - one of which from London, commands 6.5 languages, and personifies the transcultural. But when asked where she comes from, "I'm a Diasporan" she says. Is this a new species, or a very old one whose time has come?

Nora Armani performed the play on tour in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and Montreal recently, as well as its French version in Paris, at the Alfred Cortot, Salle Rossini and Firmin Gémier Theatres.

The play is directed by François Kergourlay of the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique and La Comédie Française, former director of Théâtre Firmin Gémier-Antony. Lighting design is by Jean-Pierre Marry of Théâtre du Soleil and Comédie des Champs Elysées.


 

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