Arcola Academy

Napoleon Blown Apart

Directed by: Alex Brown

A new play with songs by Alex Brown and Daniel Saleeb.

On Christmas Eve 1800, a bomb exploded in a horse and cart on Rue St Nicaise in Paris, killing several innocent civilians – one of the first recorded uses of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) in an act of terrorism. The target, Napoleon, was on his way to the opera to watch the opening of Hadyn’s ‘Creation’, and had passed the so called ‘Infernal Machine’ seconds before it detonated, narrowly escaping the blast…

This new play with songs will be adapted and directed by JMK Award winner Alex Brown (The Island, Young Vic). With a cast of 10, including 5 actor musicians, this fascinating plot will be adapted for the stage. Opera will collide with gypsy punk to create an explosive live performance with a cast of 18-30 year olds who audition to be part of the Arcola Academy, exclusively through IdeasTap.

Arcola Creative Engagement contribution to Grimeborn 2014

Supported by [IdeasTap](
IdeasTap is an arts charity that helps creative people get to where they want to be. We work with leading arts organisations to create industry opportunities for our members as well as providing access to funding, competitions, jobs, training and advice. We’re so grateful to Arcola Theatre for this brilliant collaboration which sees IdeasTap members working as Lighting Designer, Set and Costume Designer, Musical Director and cast members on the production Napoleon Blown Apart.

Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm – £10 (£8 concessions)

Saturday matinee at 3pm

Recommended for ages 12+

Running time is approximately 75mins

Please note this show is not part of the Arcola Passport