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Alan Fielden with JAMS: Marathon

The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award

Musicians and actors in the Pit

This is theatre for a generation engulfed by the fog of information in the digital age, where the storytelling is disrupted, never fully taking shape, as our narrators try to recall an event.

A man on the front line of a conflict between two countries is told by his general to relay a message to the king: ‘we’ve lost the war, the enemy is coming.’ The journey he takes and the people he meets along the way lead him to question his faith in the mission.

Marathon is less about the Greek myth and more about the performers onstage struggling to re-enact the play they’ve created of the same name. Under a kind of collective amnesia, they experiment with form, style, live music and pyrotechnics to evoke the sense of confusion felt by many in our times. JAMS are a group of young, international artists intent on creating unpredictable and collaborative theatre. 

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes, no interval
Age guidance: 14+

26 Sep
BSL-interpreted performance followed by a post-show talk (free to all ticket holders)

27 Sep
Relaxed performance
Audiences are welcome to move around and make noise during the show. This performance contains some sound and lighting effects that may not be suitable for certain sensory sensitivities; please get in touch if you would like to discuss further before making a booking. Email [email protected] or call 020 7638 4141 ext 7434

Presented and co-produced by the Barbican


A group of men and women. One man speaking to the rest with a microphone.

Read: an interview with Marathon

The Upcoming caught up with writer and director Alan Fielden, and co-creators Sophie Grodin, Malachy Orozco and Jemima Yong, to talk about creating multi-faceted productions, being an international company, and music.

Group of performers on stage with microphone

Listen: Alan Fielden with JAMS: Marathon

'Sometimes it feels like Marathon is closer to music than theatre, and as performers we’re playing with dynamics that are more sonic than dramatic'. Alan Fielden shares the songs that have had some effect on the company's process and ways of thinking

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