In 2010, Gemma started researching the English Civil War with Wendy Hubbard.
In 2017, they presented KINGDOM COME at the RSC, devised with an expert company (see below).
They are currently seeking a venue to house the project in London.
They are also working on a sister project, based on the prophet / witch Anna Trapnell and her book STRANGE AND WONDERFUL NEWS FROM WHITEHALL.
The ghost of civil violence is not far from our door.
This is bold, brilliant work. An almost orgiastic visual experience.
The Stage ****
Gemma Brockis and Wendy Hubbard’s ambitious production for the RSC unfolds like a series of old masters. This show chimes with our times.
The Guardian ****
You Great Ones that are not tackt or tainted
you may laugh and sing
whom this hitteth it hitteth.
And it shall hit home.
In the 1640s, England tumbled blindly from a civilised nation into brutal and ridiculous civil war.
In the frenzy of destruction, and a death rate that per capita exceeded the casualties of the first and second world wars combined, differences in art and aesthetics played a strange and central role.
The cavaliers and the roundheads tore each other to shreds. Horsemen rode into cathedrals to smash the stained glass. Ruben’s painted Christ was attacked with a sword, plunged through his chest. Cats were baptised. Theatres ripped apart. Religion, Art, Monarchy all muddled together in the bloodbath.
From this destruction came the first Modern European Republic - England.
This is the story of Kingdom Come.
Cast (and co-devising company): Nigel Barrett | Emmanuella Cole | Lucy Ellinson | Solomon Israel | Tom Lyall | Madeleine Worrall
Directors & Writers of project - Gemma Brockis and Wendy Hubbard
Composer and Sound Designer - Melanie Wilson
Designer - Charlotte Espiner
Lighting - Matt Peel
Movement - Ingrid Mackinnon
Video - Oli Quintrell
Production photography: Hugo Glendinning