National Tour Autumn 2015
★★★★★ "A shot of magic" What's On Live
★★★★½ "Don't miss it" The Reviews Hub
OUTSTANDING SHOW Fringe Review
★★★★ "Lasting fascination" The Stage
★★★★ "A whirlwind of emotion" British Theatre Guide
★★★★ "An ode to doomed romance... The chemistry is electric" Three Weeks
Beyond Paradise (previously titled Your Fragrant Phantom)
Love, loss, legacy - twisted truths, and little-white-lies. In a life immortalised in fiction, F.Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald roared through the Jazz Age where dresses were shorter and liquor flowed longer. But what happened when the party was over?
In this new piece of writing, F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author who infamously coined the 1920s ‘The Jazz Age’, and his wife Zelda, ‘the First and Last Flapper’, retell their own story of love, loss and legacy.
Scott and Zelda were the epitome of the Roaring Twenties, famous for their elaborate lifestyle, unforgettable outbursts and all-consuming love. The Fitzgeralds’ lives blurred the lines of reality and fiction, as alluded to by Zelda in her own review of The Beautiful and Damned:
On one page I recognized a portion of an old diary of mine which mysteriously disappeared… In fact, Mr. Fitzgerald —I believe that is how he spells his name— seems to believe that plagiarism begins at home.
Was Zelda the manic and destructive force that the critics portrayed? Could their lives ever live up to the glamour of Gatsby? What happened when the party was over? Beyond Paradise explores the challenges of biography and offers an insight into the captivating and passionate story of an iconic couple.
Beyond Paradise was White Slate Theatre's first piece of new writing, developed whilst they were the University of Kent Graduate Theatre Company 2013-15. After winning a playwright award at the National Student Drama Festival 2014, the production had a full run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014. On the back of this, a National Tour of 11 shows was produced in October 2015 gaining support by Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts for the first time. The tour visited NPO Arts Centres, Pub Theatres, Village Halls & Schools. Previously, given the intimate nature of the production, there were also performances in Mrs Jones' Kitchen as part of the Canterbury Festival as a "dinner and show experience".