Against The Odds  



Against the OddsWould you love someone enough
to leave them forever?

The audience and chance decide how the story will be told in the world première of Against the Odds - a charming, funny and deeply moving new one-woman show, co-written by performer Jade Blue (a Fringe newcomer) and director George Dillon (a Herald ‘Angel’ Award winner) and inspired by Paul Auster and Weetabix!

Flora is a disturbed young woman, a mathematical prodigy with an unbearable insight into the human predicament. Harry, her story-writer father, is an ordinary man with an extraordinary dilemma, caught between doing the right thing and the thing that is best for everyone. Tonight he will see her again for the first time in two and a half years... and maybe for the last time ever.

One woman. One story. One thousand possibilities.

Tonight, the audience decide. Tonight, chance and choice collide.

Sometimes, whatever you choose, you lose.


4 stars
A perfect mixture of abstract ideas and human drama...
A brave and distinctive piece of work.

4 stars
Beguiling... powerful... rewarding!

4 stars
A tour-de-force of acting and narrative ideas... a bravura performance... ultimately very moving.

4 stars
A stunning piece of theatre, which provokes without undermining the audience's perceptions... well worth seeing!

A great introduction to a new talent... left everyone talking as they left the theatre.

Not only a beautiful piece of Fringe theatre, but it is the type of show that would nourish and enrapture audiences of the professional theatre across this country as well. (Canada)

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Jade Blue was inspired by Weetabix choose-your-own-adventure story-books and a paragraph of The Brooklyn Follies by American novelist Paul Auster to create a new one woman interactive theatre piece in which the audience and the cards determine how the story unfolds. Jade met solo specialist George Dillon while taking part in a workshop he directed. Since his first solo show in Edinburgh, twenty years ago, George Dillon has performed in six acclaimed solo shows at eleven Fringe Festivals. This year he can be seen in his latest - The Man Who Was Hamlet (also at Hill Street Theatre).

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POSTER IMAGE (with or without dice)

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PRODUCTION STILLS (4th October 2008)
(Credit: Jade Blue in 'Against the Odds', Photo by George Dillon)

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against_the_odds_(to_break_a_man)_lx_cue_list_2010_5_24.pdf (152 kb) contains all 3 pdfs above

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Jade is currently Artistic Director of Tarry Theatre, a company she founded in 2005 in order to develop theatre practices and build collaborations with other artists.  Much of the focus of Tarry Theatre’s work has been on developing New Writing.  After training in Physical Theatre Jade has worked intensively with a number of clown based physical theatre companies, including Sometime Soon…Street Arts and Theatre Manifesto.  In the past year Jade has been working closely with director George Dillon, both in creating and devising her one-woman show, Against the Odds, and in the live theatre experiment Ecce Homo.  As well as delivering workshops in Physical Theatre and Clowning, both in the UK and Europe, Jade has been involved in event design and management, playing a key role in the delivery of a number of exciting projects, commissioned by Brighton & Hove Council, including events for Walk To School Week and The Children’s Festival in 2007.


"George sniffs out what's underneath the surface, but he's gone much further than I ever did; areas into which I just gently dipped my toe he has plunged from the cliffs headfirst."  STEVEN BERKOFF

Since 1990 George Dillon has created and extensively toured six solo shows including Judgement, Stunning the Punters, Berkoff's Hell & Other Tales, and The Remembrance of Edgar Allan Poe.  Other Vital Theatre productions have included Berkoff's Decadence and Hamlet with 7 actors, 2 musicians and a talking dog!  As well as Hamlet and5 of his own solo shows, Dillon has also directed the world premiere of Berkoff’s Brighton Beach Scumbags and Guy Masterson's solo Under Milk Wood. 
At the Edinburgh Festival in 2000 George's performance of Graft - Tales of an Actor won a Herald 'Angel' Award and has since toured in the UK and Europe.  In 2002 Dillon translated, directed and performed in a solo multimedia production of The Gospel of Matthew for the Brighton Festival, which went on to earn him a second nomination for the Stage's 'Best Actor' award at Edinburgh and to tour internationally.  In 2007, Dillon restaged The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight, and directed an intensive 2-week experimental research and development project, Ecce Homo.

A graduate of Manchester University, where he worked with Laurence Boswell and Ben Elton, Dillon has worked professionally in films, TV, fringe and repertory theatre.  He has been assistant director and/or performer with Berkoff four times, and including his own productions, has worked on a total of 13 productions of Berkoff's work. Like his mentor, Dillon’s own work draws on a wide range of eclectic influences, particularly his 17 years of training in Kendõ – the Japanese ‘Way of the Sword’.

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Against the Odds was originally developed in 2007 as an R & D project (titled 'To Break a Man') funded by the Arts Council of England.

It was then worked into a production and premiered at the Northbrook Theatre on 2nd October 2008.



Future Tarry Theatre Dates:
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