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5 Guys Chillin'
May
16
Jun 3

5 Guys Chillin'

  • King's Head Theatre

MAY 16 - JUNE 3

Tuesday – Saturday, 9.45pm (matinees 5.45pm on Sundays), 80 mins

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Following highly acclaimed, sell-out performances in Dublin, New York, Sydney and Edinburgh, 5 Guys Chillin’ returns to London for a limited three week season. Woven together using the real words of real guys found on Grindr, 5 Guys Chillin’ is a state-of-the-nation play addressing one of the most important public health crises of the twenty-first century, frankly discussing chemsex in taut, intimate and unflinching verbatim drama.

5 Guys Chillin’ is addressing this urgent crisis, and has thus been performed all over the world to great acclaim. Writer/director Peter Darney says: “I hope this play shows some of the good times, some of the bad times, and encourages you think about what is right for you. It’s your choice, no one else’s. But let’s all talk, look out for each other, and make our decisions with free will, from an informed place.”

With more and more gay men falling into addiction, and more incidents of chemsex-related crime, discussing this issue has never been more urgent – and it isn’t going away. David Stuart of 56 Dean Street, a health clinic in Soho, still sees approximately 3000+ drug cases per month, and that number is not decreasing. He says “Gay communities around the world are in the throes of a profound cultural shift; some of this is manifesting as poor sexual wellbeing, and chemsex. We need kind hearts and cool heads to address it and I believe theatre, at its very best, can help us to do this. I’m so pleased that Peter Darney has had the courage and compassion to address these issues through the prism of true stories; this is verbatim theatre. This is community.”

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★★★★ Gay Times

★★★★★ The Outmost

★★★★★ G-Scene

★★★★ British Theatre

“beautifully done, bold and it tackles issues that hit home to many” Gay Times

WINNER “Doric Wilson Award for Intercultural Dialogue” (2016)

WINNER “Micheál MacLiammóir Award for Best Male Performance” (2016)

WINNER “LGBTQ Brighton Fringe Award” (2016).

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The Cloakroom Attendant
Jun
2
Jun 3

The Cloakroom Attendant

  • Canal Cafe Theatre

JUN 2 - JUN 3

7pm, 60 mins

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The cloakroom attendant of a national museum invites the audience in a journey to the secrets of her profession, which is no other than the study of human nature. By opening the gates of the sacred temple which is the museum, artefacts come to life and visitors take mythical dimensions. Condemned lovers, an unfortunate queen and a young painter help the cloakroom attendant in her pursuit of happiness in a world filled with the beauty of art and the ugliness of war.

Poetry can be found in the humblest of things, and even more in these which people scorn.

The cloakroom attendant is a witty and poetic one-woman show, written and performed by Dimitra Barla. The world of the woman behind the cloakroom counter is a mixture of reality, imagination and aspirations. The plot is three-folded comprising of stories from the attendant’s daily routine in the cloakroom, fictional stories inspired by artefacts and insights into visitors to the museum. The play will have its debut performance on June 2nd and 3rd in London at the Canal Café Theatre.

Dimitra Barla trained at East 15 Acting School in London and Embros Drama School in Athens. She has directed and performed the shows SOLO (Vault festival 2014 and Eleusis festival 2013), Medusa the lady in the mirror (Athens January 2012 and Acreide, 2011) and Tales of female madness (Athens May 2012). All plays received four star reviews. Dimitra holds lead parts in the UK feature film I love London and the awarded Greek film The cypress deep down. She is also currently developing the short film The velveteen rabbit- A tale of love and addiction. 

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**** “Dimitra knows how to captivate the audience’s attention” Greek national paper Kathimerini

**** “SOLO is ethereal, magnetic and perfectly judged” View From the Gods

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Incident at Vichy
Jun
7
Jun 25

Incident at Vichy

  • King's Head Theatre

JUN 7 - JUN 25

Tuesday – Saturday, 7pm (matinees 2.15pm on Saturdays and Sundays, 85 mins

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After a critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre, Phil Willmott’s new production of Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy transfers to the King’s Head Theatre. In this forgotten masterpiece about Jewish registration in Nazi-occupied France, Miller’s play seems closer than ever to today’s world of “Extreme Vetting” and religious persecution.

Director Phil Willmott says: “Demand to see this production took us all by surprise. With the show selling out after previews and even returned tickets snapped up within hours, I'm absolutely delighted that we're to embark on a second run at the King’s Head and that many more people will experience this powerful and poignant drama. With the rise of the far right in Europe, no one can afford to ignore the sometimes uncomfortable truths about compliance and complicity laid bare by Miller's depiction of ten disparate and terrified prisoners, pulled off the streets and awaiting racial profiling.”

King’s Head artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher says: “We’re so thrilled to have Phil Willmott back at the King’s Head Theatre, and the smash success of Incident at Vichy is proof-positive of the power of pub theatre. It’s a pleasure to be able to give a wider audience a chance to experience Miller’s painfully relevant play.”

In the detention room of a Vichy police station in 1942, eight men have been picked up for questioning but none are told why they are held, or when they can leave. At first, their hopeful guess is that only their identity papers will be checked – but as each man is removed for interrogation, some are set free, some are never seen again, and the stakes rise for those who remain… A haunting examination of the cold, bureaucratic efficiency of evil – and the shared humanity that might overcome it. 

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**** “hugely effective (…) the tension is stoked to perfection by Phil Willmott” Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

**** “a powerful revival (…) this is buried treasure” David Calhoun, Time Out

**** “Arthur Miller's cautionary play still bristles with unsettling, yet compelling relevance, producing an engrossing and unmissable evening's drama” Actdrop

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AISHA
Jun
13
Jun 24

AISHA

  • The Hen and Chickens Theatre

JUN 13 - JUN 24

Tuesday – Saturday, 7pm, matinees Saturday at 3pm, 90 mins

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“Arms pinned down at each corner of this crux – a handmaid crucified by the hands of lust.”

New young writer/director AJ presents his first play, AISHA, which through rhythmic verse, heavily influenced by contemporary spoken word, discusses the practice and repercussions of child marriage; a practice still perpetrated in the UK, with the Home Office estimating that between 5,000 and 8,000 young people a year are at risk.

AISHA is about an underage girl forced by her parents to marry a 51-year-old man at the age of 14. Aisha is sold in exchange for an expensive dowry, a dowry that Aisha’s parents use to better themselves and abandon their daughter: an act justified by cultural and religious traditions. The man that Aisha is forced to marry and live with is sadistic and abusive. She is forbidden to leave the house; communicate with the outside world; shower or bathe herself on a regular basis; and is denied every human right. Aisha is bound to domestic duty and forced to submit to any sexual act her husband wishes to bestow upon her. How will she continue to cope?   

The cast includes Alexander Lincoln (MMBF 'Rising Star' 2016), Olivia Valler-Feltham (Mountview), Ayo Oyelakin (Actors Temple and Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop) and Sabrina Richmond (Acting for Film Conservatory, New York), and the theatrical debut of second-year University student Laura Adebisi, who plays the now 17-year-old titular role.

25-year-old writer, director and producer AJ, was raised in South East London, Woolwich. He says: “I strive to create unconventional and thought-provoking work that audience members can deeply engage with. Theatre should be and can be used as a medium to transform society. Aisha is a clear representation of this; I chose to artistically portray the grave effect child marriage can have on a child, in hope that the conveying of this will bring to light a social-ill that is somehow dangerously overlooked.”

Production company AILIA is creating a new theatre for radical, free-spirited artists; and the open-minded spectator. A large percentage of the box office sales from AISHA will be donated to certain forced marriage, child marriage, and child sexual exploitation charitable organisations.

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Misanthrope
Jun
13
Jul 8

Misanthrope

  • Drayton Arms Theatre

JUN 13 - JUL 8

English (June 13th – 17th, 26th – 29th and July 7th and 8th) / French (June 20th – 24th, 30th and July 1st and 4th – 6th), 7.30pm, 90 mins

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Exchange Theatre returns to the Drayton Arms Theatre with Misanthrope, by Moliere, as part of their yearly Bastille Festival – a celebration of French theatre, performed in English and French. 

In a time of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’, Misanthrope finds unanticipated echoes in the world today. Alceste, the most loyal man in the world, lacks only one virtue: indulgence for other’s behaviours. His search for genuineness against hypocrisy, special interests and treachery calls for a new London production in 2017. With his unique touch, Off West End Best Director nominee David Furlong returns to direct, fresh from his stint at the Royal Opera House. 

David Furlong says: “After last year’s recognition from our peers, the press and the audience, and following the conversation we started in a post-Brexit UK, it seems that we have found our place as ‘outsiders’. Ten years after our first steps into translations of rare French-speaking plays, we are so proud to produce bold double productions in two languages and hold an annual festival for migrants and multi-lingual theatre makers. And it’s only logical that we will carry on exploring our unique language of diversity and the variety of processes that make ours as a company. We’re thrilled to follow last year’s success with another passionate effort at making theatre for our time.”

Exchange Theatre is an international company established in 2006 in London in order to translate and produce unknown or rare French-speaking plays in English. Led by David Furlong and Fanny Dulin, the company translates plays from major French playwrights for the first time in London and off Broadway) before being resident at the French Institute from 2010 to 2012.

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“how poignant that this Anglo-French collaboration should be staged right here, right now - bravo et merci” Broadway World

*** “rock and roll Moliere (…) masterful comedic style, clever and very funny” The Upcoming

very funny (…) playful in its use of multilingual delivery ” Everything Theatre

The Passion of the Playboy Riots
Jun
27
Jul 8

The Passion of the Playboy Riots

  • The Hen and Chickens Theatre

JUN 27 - JUL 8

Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm (matinees 3pm on Saturdays), 50 mins

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New play The Passion of the Playboy Riots is based on the published writings of W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, who founded the Irish Literary Theatre, and Patrick Pearse, a charismatic but troubled schoolteacher and the first of the leaders of the Easter Rising to face the firing squad. It tells the true story of the role played by theatre in the origins of the IRA. 

Can art be propaganda? Can propaganda be art?

The Passion of the Playboy Riots is set backstage during performances of ground-breaking Irish plays: Cathleen ni Hoolihan in 1902, The Playboy of the Western World in 1907 and The Plough and the Stars in 1926. Yeats and Lady Gregory want to raise the profile and status of Irish culture in support of the campaign for Home Rule, and to support the best new Irish writers. They are shocked when Pearse and others accuse them of being unpatriotic and insufficiently Irish.

As we strive to predict the effects of Brexit on the Northern Ireland Peace Process, the Scottish independence movement, and on the rise of popular nationalism across Europe, the lessons of the Irish experience a century ago could hardly be more relevant.

Northern-Irish Catholic-raised actor Justin McKenna is delighted to be playing Patrick Pearse, seen by many as the embodiment of the 1916 Easter Rising. "You don't need to be an expert in Irish history to follow the story. It’s about three real people and their relationships, hopes and ambitions. The historical detail is in the background and, like all Irish history, it’s fascinating and sometimes surprising.”

Writer Neil Weatherall previously worked for a major defence contractor as their liaison with the Prime Minister's Office, the Cabinet Office, Home Office, Foreign Office and related agencies. In 2010 he served with the RAF Regiment in an intelligence role in Kandahar, Afghanistan. This is his second play.

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“Funny, taut and thought-provoking” Professor R. F. Foster, author of W. B. Yeats: A Life

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The God of Hell
Jul
12
Aug 5

The God of Hell

  • Theatre N16

JUL 12 - AUG 5

Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm, 70 mins

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After a year making a documentary and volunteering on the front-line of the European refugee crisis, critically acclaimed fringe theatre company Craft Theatre returns to London this summer with Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell, the first piece in a 12 month season of four shows.

The setting is a Wisconsin dairy farm, where the heifer-breeding Frank and Emma live in rustic isolation. But their peace has been shattered by Graig Haynes, a radioactive refugee from a plutonium-producing establishment. While he hides in the basement, a supposed salesman of patriotic baubles named Welch turns up in hot pursuit. What follows is a process of intimidation in which Welch not only gets his man, but terrorises the innocent mid-Westerners.

Director Rocky Rodriguez, Jr. says: “Shepard says the piece is “a take-off on Republican fascism”. It is eerie, it is satire, and it is goofy at times. It premiered in 2005, in response to the human rights abuses/justified experimentation revealed from declassified 'plutonium files' in which the US government injected/fed/and induced plutonium on unsuspecting citizens including the disabled, the pregnant, and the testicles of convicts, all for the creation of  fancy nuclear developments. The piece was viewed as a touch too far-fetched, but people didn't really know about these experiments at the time. With the rise of fake news, profit-seeking immigration detention centres, ICE, the far right in the USA/Europe and Trump-ism, climate denialism, undeclared war, prioritising the corporation over the citizen, society is heading towards the same place that they used to justify the plutonium experiments. All of a sudden Shepard’s satire demands real reflection.” Craft Theatre actors have previous experience including the RSC, ENO, Royal Court, and many major motion pictures.

Craft Theatre are producing a full season of 4 shows over the next 12 months across multiple London fringe venues, including The God of Hell.

Other pieces will include: The Nazi Comparison - devised with excerpts from Hanns Johst’s Schlageter (one of the few “Nazi” plays) juxtaposed with contemporary political rhetoric; and His Name Was Samir Nasrallah - devised from the story of Rachel Corrie, and Craft Theatre’s first-hand experience on the front line of the European Refugee Crisis.

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“poignant (..) darkly comic (…) masterfully acerbic” USA Today on The God of Hell

fearless, rigorous, heart-breaking, passionate and thought-provoking” Bargain Theatre on Dante’s Inferno

“Mr Shepard’s gift for finding deadpan surrealism in bucolic speech (is) as hilarious as it is sobering” The New York Times on The God of Hell

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London Devised Theatre Intensive
Oct
15
Oct 27

London Devised Theatre Intensive

  • London

OCT 15 - OCT 27

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The London Devised Theatre Intensive is a new two-week workshop for theatre makers to share and expand their practice of devising theatre. With masterclasses from guest artists including Bryony Kimmings, Kristine Landon-Smith (L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier; Tamasha Theatre), Tom Mansfield (Upstart Theatre), Nir Paldi (Theatre Ad Infinitum), and Lee Simpson (artistic director of Improbable), peer-to-peer practice exchange sessions, and creating performance, the Intensive aims to inspire theatre makers, raise the profile of devised theatre, and foster international connections.

The Intensive is created by Amy Clare Tasker Performance Lab (artistic director Amy Clare Tasker, executive director Susie Italiano), in partnership with Blue Panther Productions (executive producer Laura Lundy). With a diverse and cross-platform background, the creators want to use their experience of similar events in the US to bring the excitement, energy and enthusiasm of a 2 week intensive course in devising theatre to London.

They welcome applications from theatre makers in any discipline: directors, writers, performers, choreographers, composers, and designers. Each attending theatre maker will have the opportunity to share their favourite devising techniques, and add new ones to their creative toolbox. Over the course of two weeks, small groups will devise short pieces to be shared in an informal setting at the end of the programme. 

The London Devised Theatre Intensive will run using Open Space Technology. A radical alternative to the traditional theatre model, Open Space creates an anti-hierarchical environment for rapid generation of ideas and shared ownership of the work. Amy Clare Tasker Performance Lab uses Open Space as a practical way to match their method to their values: equality, inclusivity, presence, surprise, and possibility.

The Intensive has only 18 places available and discount offers available to promote accessibility.

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Mummy
May
23
May 25

Mummy

  • The Crazy Coqs

MAY 23 - MAY 25

Tuesday – Thursday, 7.15pm, 60 mins

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Inspired by the death of her own mother - TV comedy director Liddy Oldroyd (Drop the Dead Donkey, Gimme Gimme Gimme) - comedienne Amy Gwilliam brings Mummy back to London. To the cabaret, where she belongs.

Fourteen years ago, during break, Elizabeth lost her mother. She was sixteen. Two days later, she started her period. Ouch. Today, a celebrated Egyptologist, Professor Niccoll is Guest of Honour at her old school Alumni event. She has decided to use the platform to promote her new book: MUMMY or the Art of Saying Goodbye. She knows everything about death. She thinks. But confronted by the ghosts of her past, memories stir and a Mummy returns. The time has come to unwind.

Amy is a freelance theatre maker and teacher, and co-founder of Spain-based Teatro Entre Escombros (“sublime, ridiculous”), for which she continues to work as an Associate Artist. She trained at the École Philippe Gaulier (2008-10). Current work includes MUMMY, as solo performer/deviser and DE MONSTER as dramaturg/director for Rei Sem Roupa in Portugal. Recent work includes Jean Genet’s THE MAIDS (France, Candad, UK); Jean Cocteau’s THE HUMAN VOICE (Spain/France) and 31. NO ME PREGUNTES POR QUÉ (Spain/Italy/UK) as dramaturg/director, THE MOLE AND THE WORM (Best Show at Toledo Festival and Best Actress at Toledo and Murcia Festivals) and FUGA (People’s Prize at the TEA Festival, Salamanca) (Spain/UK) as deviser/performer with Teatro Entre Escombros. She regularly coaches for The Mono Box and The Actors Centre in London and works in film. 

Sophie Larsmon was recently Associate Director of MY BRILLIANT FRIEND at The Rose Theatre, Kingston. She is Artistic Director of SOLAR Productions, who produced the UK tour of Tristan Bernays’ critically acclaimed THE BREAD AND THE BEER (incl. Soho, The Lowry, Oxford Playhouse). Other projects include: MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS Bath Theatre Royal / West End (Associate Director); OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR Theatre Royal Stratford East & UK Tour (Associate Director); THE GREAT WHITE HUNTER (by Rachel Yelding, The Horse Hospital, 3 Pegs Productions), PROJECT NIGHT (by Tanika Gupta, Arcola Theatre, Theatre Uncut). Her producing credits include: THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS (curious directive, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, 2013); RAVENS (Sabotage Theatre, 2013 rural tour); AFTER THE RAINFALL (curious directive and Watford Palace Theatre, Edinburgh Festival 2012 & UK tour); YOUR LAST BREATH (curious directive, 2012 UK Tour).

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“rich and sly thanks to Amy Gwilliam’s wonderful performance” FringeReview

"powerful and convincing (…) the comedy is wonderfully done, but the catharsis is also utterly believable - that is no mean feat” FringeBlog

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Blocked
May
18
May 24

Blocked

  • The Dukebox

MAY 18 - MAY 24

Monday – Sunday, 8:35pm, 45 mins

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Pure Fluke Theatre bring their new production Blocked to the Brighton Fringe 2017 – a searing dissection of the dangerous functions of humour in a new play about the silence society imposes on the infertile and how one woman, despite achieving fame and success, cannot bear to not bear a child. 

We meet a comedienne at the top her game. Her audacious routine challenges women’s bovine desire to have children – she advocates abortion, because of overpopulation. She is exposed as an unreliable narrator as she unwittingly reveals she has been trying for years and admits to the traumas of failed IVF treatment and the hurtful flippancy of the fertile world, and her tight comic act descends into a squirm-inducing meltdown, yet retains the high octane comedy till the bitter end. Dropped by her agent/husband for her furious tirade, she ends up playing at low rent dives – but realises nobody is listening. 
In the event of tragic life events like cancer or death, there is a grieving period and the loss is acknowledged publicly, allowing the griever to move on. Infertility is a constant rollercoaster of hope and disappointment over many years, causing severe anguish for those who spend all their time and money on treatment, which doesn’t work for the majority. The silently infertile rarely receive adequate support or help, making it difficult to function in a society which reveres children and marks social occasions with family celebrations. 

Robert Winston, the inventor of IVF (and former oncologist) regrets how unregulated the fertility industry is today and says ‘infertility is worse than cancer’. He has said he has found it difficult to get interviews, as ‘no newspaper wants to publish this’.

Pure Fluke Theatre create daring, comic roles for women over age 35. Previous work includes In a Better Place (Brighton Fringe 2015), a sold-out, promenade, site-specific show at The Hotel Pelirocco; and How To Make Money From Art (Camden Fringe 2015).

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“curious and effective (…) skilfully written and handled” There Ought To Be Clowns

"comic gem (…) genuine laugh out loud moments” Grumpy Gay Critic

“snappy dialogue & wonderful characters” Camden Fringe Review

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Egyptian Extravaganza
May
10
May 13

Egyptian Extravaganza

  • COLAB Factory

MAY 10 - MAY 13

Wednesday – Saturday, 8:30pm, 60 mins

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Discover the “real” Egypt in Egyptian Extravaganza, a comical and thought-provoking immersive cabaret-inspired theatre performance, where roaming characters invite you to explore the impact the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb had on everything from fashion and film to music and dance in the West. Come to a night of new old fashioned intrigue and entertainment, as you are or dressed up to the nines in your best Egyptian finery, but do hold onto your jewellery - you never know what might lurk in the shadows…

What happens when you disturb the tomb of a notorious pharaoh? The world goes totally Tut mad! Travel back in time to 1920s Egypt, where King Tut engages archaeologists in a battle of wit and witticisms over what is the 'real' Egypt. In this immersive cabaret-esque show, the audience are invited to participate in a comical argument set between King Tut and the archaeologists who discovered his tomb while they encounter and explore real accounts (and not so real) from 1920s-50s Egypt.

Egyptian Extravaganza explores the concepts of cultural appropriation and its supposed antithesis – authenticity. The show is designed to use iconic imagery and specific histories to create a narrative that explores these famous characters, whilst also challenging how the West portrays and romanticises Egypt – looking at “Tut-mania” from the perspective of authentic Egyptian culture and the appropriated inspiration it gave to everything from Hollywood films to fashion for multiple decades.

Producer Soha Khan worked in Saudi Arabia with the King Abuldaziz Centre for World Culture, where she programmed performances and produced art projects. She worked as a production assistant with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain on the Commonwealth Games, and is working with Les Enfants Terribles, Seabright Productions and Complicite. She is also Associate Producer for The Quentin Dentin Show, coming to the Tristan Bates Theatre. Director Rosalind Othen trained at Rose Bruford College and her credits include NEWtopia with No Brand Collective and Reluctant Authority at Brink Festival 2016. Designer Katie Melton is currently pursuing her MFA at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. In addition to design, she also directs and performs. Recently, she assistant directed Love's Labours Lost and The Tempest with Trinity Shakespeare Festival in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Full Circle
May
9
May 24

Full Circle

  • Theatre N16

MAY 9 - MAY 24

(May 9th - 11th, 22nd - 24th), 7.30pm, (9.30pm May 21st), 60 mins

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After a critically acclaimed run at the Arts Theatre in 2015, Madelaine Cunningham’s Full Circle plays London again at Theatre N16 this May, which she first performed in her native South Africa.

Four of the most notorious women in Greek mythology – Phaedra, Helen, Medea, and Clytemnestra – have been removed from the blood-stained pages of their tragedies and brought together for the first time. They fight for their salvation in a detention-esque purgatory, cutting to the core of gender politics, asking what it means to be a mother, a sister, a wife, a woman.

Black Sheep Productions was formed in 2016 and is run by a “girl gang of creatives” who met on the MA course at ArtsEd in 2014 under Aileen Gonsalves, who is now an associate director at the RSC. They formed a company with the purpose of producing important, thrilling and bold stories through theatre and film, and work mainly with new writing. Full Circle was written by Madelaine Cunningham, who is also playing Clytemnestra.

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing theatre company, dedicated to creating a creative hub where new and existing works can be explored and pushed into new realms. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to thewelfare of creatives, operating under an Equity Fringe Agreement. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for development within the context of a society in which the arts are increasingly struggling to stay afloat.

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**** “tackles weighty themes, but it has more than its fair share of wit and levity (…) each character could easily have had a two-hour show devoted to them” Michael Davis, Female Arts

“you can't argue with straight-up, no frills, professional performances like these” London City Nights

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Care
May
9
May 14

Care

  • Courtyard Theatre

MAY 9 - MAY 14

Tuesday – Sunday, 7.30pm, 95 mins (excl. interval)

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The Angus Mackay Foundation is proud to present the revival of Care by Roy Mitchell (co-creator of New Tricks), originally presented at the Royal Court Upstairs, which has been revived with an ethnically diverse cast.  

A house in Birmingham has the constant glow of the TV, anthems of the 1970’s youth and a smell that lingers no matter how much the rooms are cleaned. Cheryl is anxious for the love which her illiterate, football watching, beer gurgling Terry is unable to give. Both manage to ignore the haunting cries coming from the cupboard whilst throwing in leftover food. The flat is feeling more enclosed than ever, but all they have hidden in the cupboard seems to finding itself into every corner of the house. Cheryl and Terry are willing to do anything to make the crying stop. 

Roy Mitchell was a member of the National and Birmingham Youth Theatres, and trained as an actor at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre. In 1982 he co-wrote a Musical for Granada, Visiting Day, with Kevin Malpass, which was the official ITV entry for the 1983 Prix Futura in Berlin. His first stage play, Care, was produced at the Royal Court Upstairs, also in 1983, directed by Antonia Bird. In 2002 he co-created the TV series New Tricks, which ran on BBC1 every year until 2015, as well as in over 30 countries around the world. Roy is currently working on a US TV series set in Maine for Fox TV and a stage play about the German expressionist painter Emil Nolde. 

The Angus Mackay Foundation for performing arts is administered by Kevin Malpass. Angus had many appearances in hit TV dramas and films such as Only Fools and Horses, Dr Who, One Foot In The Grave, and The Sweeney. While the TV and film roles where many (and in some cases, legendary), Angus was a champion for the theatre and his passion was the stage. During his 50-year career, he brought a piquant precision to everything from Stoppard to Shaw. His co-actors included such greats as Albert Finney, Vivien Leigh and Simon Callow.

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Living A Little
May
6
May 14

Living A Little

  • King's Head Theatre

MAY 6 - MAY 14

Wednesday – Saturday, 9.45pm (matinees 5.45pm on Sundays, 5pm on Saturday 13th), 65 mins

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Fresh from the 2017 VAULT Festival, where it picked up an Origins Award for Outstanding New Work, Living a Little by Finlay Bain now transfers to the Kings Head Theatre under the producers Riot House Theatre and the creators of the award winning Trainspotting Live, In Your Face Theatre. This absurd comedy drama, filled with booze and obscenities, garnered exceptional reviews and standing ovations across both VAULT and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

With not a zombie in sight, we are taken into a sanctuary of normality while the outside world rots. The play questions what it is to be alive; to be human, and what you would do if you thought today was your last. In a secure and stockpiled flat, complete with a TV, a sound system, video games, and enough alcohol to host a Scottish wedding, we meet best mates Rob, an ill-mannered, politically incorrect Scottish lad, and Paul, the gayest straight man ever. The arrival of battle hardened Penelope is the catalyst of the piece as she challenges their way of life whilst seeking the relative comfort and safety she needs, after living out in the wild of a zombie apocalypse.

Finlay Bain says: "I’m delighted with the response that Living a Little has received. It’s extremely rewarding to hear the laughs and gasps, and to see our work appreciated each night.” Jordan Murphy, director, says: “Finlay has written a captivating script filled with wit, colourful characters and powerful meaning. Living a Little pushes the boundaries of friendship and love throughout its hilarious and touching dialogue, which creates an energetic storyline that really gives the audience something to sink their teeth into.”

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★★★★ “sharp, witty and moving (...) a writer to keep an eye on” The Stage

★★★★ “a shining star – a night out not to be missed” West End Wilma

★★★★ “there are in-your-face, brutal scenes, moving moments, the critique of current society and pop culture, friendship ups and downs, love, danger, secrets and fear (…) so prepare yourself for a full on emotions-triggering hour of your life. No doubt this is going to be a hit” London Pub Theatres

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Goddess (Brighton)
May
6
May 18

Goddess (Brighton)

  • The Warren

MAY 6, MAY 7 and MAY 18

12:45pm (6th and 7th), 6:45pm (18th), 60 mins

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Following a fantastic run at the Tristan Bates Theatre, our favourite plus-size heroine returns in a reworked GODDESS for the Brighton Fringe Festival in May 2017. She will then transfer to Manchester’s fab spangly new arts venue, 53two.

Holiday Snow is a goddess. A middle aged, plus sized goddess with a right gob on her. With her mystical Maltese statue side-kick only she can communicate with, she does the round of daytime TV as the 'expert' in finding your inner deity. But the media spotlight is eons away from her grimy reality, and with a journalist pressing for answers the truth must be faced. Wendy Albiston is heartbreaking in Serena Haywood's funny, filthy one woman paean to the everyday goddess, the woman we hope we are and the woman we are destined to become. Goddess is achingly human. 

A story of middle-aged sexual power and potency, this is an irreverent, sometime foul-mouthed romp through what it means to be a woman on the wrong side of contemporary female ‘ideals’. And with a goddess statue ever present, we begin to see a fuller picture of what this might represent - from sexual awakening and love, to home and motherhood, to struggle, heartache, endurance.

Tangerine Theatre Company is the writer–director–actor trio, Serena Haywood, Jessica Radcliffe and Wendy Albiston. They first worked together on Mitzy’s Titsies for a fundraising cabaret night for Coppafeel, the breast-cancer awareness charity. 

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“an amazing piece of character writing, Goddess leaves a genuine impression” Grumpy Gay Critic

“performed dexterously by the utterly brilliant Wendy Albiston (...) Haywood’s writing staggers from almost dystopian, poetic descriptions of grey, crumbling Rhyl, to genuinely laugh your socks off, swearing like a sailor genius” Female Arts

“infectiously likeable (...) you definitely won't regret spending time with Holiday” View From the Gods

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2 Become 1
Apr
11
Apr 29

2 Become 1

  • King's Head Theatre

APR 11 - APR 29

Tuesday – Saturday, 7pm (matinees 3pm on Sundays), 60 mins

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Get your butterfly clips, Union Jack print and body glitter ready – 2 Become 1 is an unrelenting party, a self-contained night out with the girls packed with charm, hilarity and good old-fashioned girl power. Following a sell-out run at two successive Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and a run at the King’s Head in 2016, this year the girls are bringing the party back to London, even bigger and even better, with new songs, new scenes and even more comedy to get under the skin of how we all respond to the perils, pitfalls and that mysterious force that fuels attraction and desire…

It’s the late ‘90s – Titanic, Brad and Jen, Mr Big, Bridget Jones and Things Can Only Get Better have captured every young woman’s heart, but Jess has just been dumped by her perfect man. Bored of her moping and weeping into her Haagen-Dazs, Jess’s friends take her out on A Big Night Out with a twist – speed dating. What better way to unbreak her heart than to meet a man a minute? With an infectious soundtrack of female pop icons of the ‘90s, and a dance routine or two along the way, crack open your Bacardi Breezers and don your best platform trainers to follow Jess, Amanda, Molly and Charlie on a wild night of meeting Mr Wrongs and Mr Rights in this comedy pop-musical.

Inspired by the music they grew up on and the group dynamics of their favourite girl bands, Natasha Granger and Kerrie Thomason invite you to join them from pre-drinks to speed-dates to the takeaway and taxi in this sparkling bubble of 90s nostalgia. With songs from The Spice Girls, All Saints, B*Witched, Cher, Shania Twain, Britney and Christina – and accompanying dance routines, of course – 2 Become 1 not only gets you on your feet and remembering those classic moves… but also exploring the impact of the sexual revolution of girl power and how the way men and women date now has evolved from it.

Kerrie Thomason says: “We really want to poke fun at the perceived glamour and shallowness of ‘90s pop culture, but in a very affectionate way – it was a time when strong bonds between female friends were actively celebrated and this is our tribute to that.”

The King's Head Theatre is London's first and foremost pub theatre and is led by Artistic Director, Adam Spreadbury-Maher. New writing, revivals, musicals, opera, cabaret and queer work sit side by side in an unashamedly eclectic programme of work. Thanks to an in-house agreement with Equity, we're leading the way when it comes to ethical employment on the fringe whilst our resident trainee director's scheme continues to provide comprehensive, vocational training to the rising stars of tomorrow. With high profile co-productions, national touring and transfers to and from the biggest arts festivals in the world, we're certainly not slowing down!

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**** “you will be laughing, clapping along to your favourite 90s tunes and maybe even having a little dance yourself” Broadway Baby

*** “riotous and completely unabashed” Islington Gazette

The four likeable performers sell the absolute hell out of it” The Scotsman

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101
Apr
4
Apr 8

101

  • Theatre N16

APR 4 - APR 8

Tuesday – Saturday, 7:30pm and 9pm, 45 mins

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After creating a splash on the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes, including winning the FringeGuru Editor’s Choice Award and being nominated for ‘Most Groundbreaking Act’ by Latest 7 Magazine, ONEOHONE returns to London with a mix of old and new scenarios. 

In 101, a small audience is directly involved in an interactive performance grounded in the fundamental values of traditional and classical storytelling. Guided by the cast using a mixture of suggestion technique, physical theatre and improvisation, every audience member is personally involved in the performance. 

There are 5 separate performances: KNOW ME (...at my worst to know me at my best.  The others have two faces / I place myself in your hands / Peel away my skin); FIND ME (...under the moon; chase me laughing through the trees. Keep true, love); SAVE ME (…from the dark; innocence crumbles. You are my teacher); TRUST ME (...and only me; you face betrayal.  Mark me, and stay close); BIND ME (...so we’ll never break apart; don’t break the circle. I’ll never let you go).

ONEOHONE Theatre Company is a performing arts group founded in 2009 to develop new, accessible and democratic approaches to theatre. We’ve performed our critically-acclaimed signature piece, 101, throughout the UK, in Croatia as part of the NU:Write Festival, and in the USA, where we were visiting artists at Northwestern University, Chicago. We have also performed immersive adaptations of several classic texts, including ‘Dracula’, ‘Woyzeck’ and Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’. Now in our sixth year, we’re devising new shows and looking for new performance opportunities.

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★★★★ Hot Show - Daily Pick of the Fringe “Very empowering (…) feels special”      The Scotsman

★★★★ “I was acutely aware of how rare it is for a performance to provoke such extreme emotions (…) the ultimate in exciting and experimental theatre” ThreeWeeks

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Sublime
Apr
4
Apr 8

Sublime

  • Tristan Bates Theatre

APR 4 - APR 8

Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm, matinee 2.30pm on Saturday, 90 mins

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The heistess is back in town. One week, three jobs; she's good, but can she pull it off? Sublime is a provocative new play by Sarah Thomas, directed by Ben SantaMaria.

After a two year estrangement Sophie bursts back into her brother’s life, claiming to need his help in a series of thefts to cover a debt she owes in her new home in Corsica.  Upset at her absence and seeming to have settled down with his girlfriend Clara, Sam is unable to say no to a last bash at an old, exciting life. As they don their costumes and practice their old grifting routines, old emotions quickly resurface and collide, forcing them to question the new lives they have built for each other. Can Sophie lure Sam away from domestic coupledom to rekindle their old crime partnership and save her skin? Balaclavas, wigs, jewels and forbidden passions collide in this tough-talking, fast-swindling dark comedy thriller.

Sarah Thomas is an emerging writer who has written three full-length stage plays all in different stages of development.  She has had a short play produced at Theatre 503 (Gloves) off and has also held rehearsed readings of her other pieces.  She is developing a play about female resistance heroes (High Seas) which she is hoping to bring to a London stage later this year. 

Ben SantaMaria is a London-based writer/director.  He recently co-directed After Orlando for Chaskis Theatre at The Vaults, London Waterloo and Gerry's, Theatre Royal Stratford East. He also co-directed, devised and wrote Jarman Garden, a full-length multimedia performance about the life, work and Dungeness garden of Derek Jarman (Riverside Studios, 2004).  It was a finalist for the 2003 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award.He has directed and assisted at various other London venues including Shakespeare's Globe and the Finborough. His writing has been staged at venues such as Theatre 503, Theatre N16, ARC Stockton and LOST Theatre and he's currently developing two full-length plays, Hunters and lulla.

tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

“What is striking with Sarah is that she is incredibly open and resilient and has both confidence and humility, all qualities that will help the fuel of a writer" Rebecca Lenkiewicz

“there is an urgency and desire to her writing that comes across in plays that are intense, original, thought-provoking and ambitious” David Lane

"a rollercoaster ride of sensations…a sublime interdisciplinary sensual assault” The Times (on Ben SantaMaria’s Jarman Garden)

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London-Paris-Roam!
Mar
30
Apr 22

London-Paris-Roam!

  • Tristan Bates Theatre

MAR 30 - APR 22

UK Tour (various dates and times), 70 mins

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London-Paris-Roam! is a new show that fuses fab innovative music with an original story. It combines situational comedy and heart-to-hearts with the audience within a narrative arc that uses song as an integral part of the storytelling to create a new type of show: a one-woman musical. The original music is a blend of musical theatre, soulful ballads and catchy rhythms, accompanied by piano.

She's jived in Japan, indulged in Italy, feasted in France… and suddenly woken up to find she's now a woman of a certain age. When you have to sit down to put your tights on, it's obviously time to take stock.  So what's the next move, Sarah? “Gay Paree” has been magnifique, but maybe it's time for a change? In this funny and moving account of her globetrotting life so far, Sarah Tullamore is packing her bags, waving Au Revoir and singing brand new songs all about it. Clear away the clutter…

London-Paris-Roam! premiered at La Comédie Nation Theatre, Paris in November 2015. In 2016, after cabaret excerpts at The Toulouse Lautrec Brasserie and The Bedroom Bar in London, Sarah performed a full version at The Rosemary Branch Theatre, London and the renowned Jermyn Street Theatre in London’s West End. The show then ran at the Paris Fringe Festival in May to critical and public acclaim, continuing to the Edinburgh Fringe where it ran for all of August with theSpaceUK, garnering four-star reviews in the process. The show will embark on an international tour in the spring of 2017 which will take it to France, South Africa and England.

London-Paris-Roam! is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

sarahtullamore.com/london-paris-roam

**** “The script is tight, the Franglish spot on (…) a charming performance” BoxDust

**** “Tullamore is immensely likable (…) when she sings the soul listens (…) unquestionably une vraie comédienne” TV Bomb

**** “Hilarious, occasionally moving (…) obligatory viewing for any Francophile” Remotegoat

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The Poetry of Exile
Mar
28
Apr 22

The Poetry of Exile

  • White Bear Theatre

MAR 28 - APR 22

Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm (matinees 4pm on Sundays), 120 mins

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From the pen of Peter Hamilton (Basildon, Bridlington and Playground) comes new play The Poetry of Exile, opening at the White Bear Theatre in March/April 2017. In this new elegiac drama, Chinese transcendental poetry collides with questions of fertility, practicality and wine in Hamilton’s trademark absurdist writing style.

Rob is thirty years old. His wife Lynn wants children, her sister Josie is pursuing her dream of becoming in a vintner in the south of France, and her husband Greg just wants Rob to focus on being a driving instructor – but all Rob wants to do is write poetry. When student Mary-Jane introduces him to the Chinese transcendental poetry of the Tang era, Rob embarks on a journey of self-discovery as his family members slowly unwind their own.

Hamilton is once again joined by director Ken McClymont, former artistic director of the Old Red Lion, who has directed, amongst Hamilton’s previous plays, 45 professional productions all over London, including Sherlock Holmes and The Invisible Thing (Tabard Theatre, 2016) and Bottalack O’Clock (Old Red Lion, 2016).

Peter Hamilton is the Leeds-born writer known for Basildon (White Bear Theatre, 2009) and Bridlington (Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2015). Hamilton’s writing spans decades and has previously explored similar themes of disillusion and mental illness in Switchboard (1997) and The Reappearance of Christ in the East End (2005). Previous credits also include Playground (2015), Skara Brae (2007) and Danelaw (2005). 

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***** “emotionally flooring (...) spectacularly funny (...) beautifully ordered chaos (...) a surprising and revelatory piece of new writing” London Theatre 1 on Bridlington

***** “surrealistic, powerful and extraordinarily beautiful play” Remotegoat on Bridlington

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Dark Vanilla Jungle
Mar
21
Mar 31

Dark Vanilla Jungle

  • Theatre N16

MAR 21 - MAR 31

Sunday – Friday, 7.30pm, 90 mins

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Philip Ridley’s magnificent, award-winning Dark Vanilla Jungle heads to Theatre N16 in March 2017, produced by Brighton Fringe Award nominated Second Sons. In this dark, 21st century fairytale, a lone actress tells the audience her story.

Andrea keeps getting asked if she’s ashamed. Ashamed of what she did to the soldier. Of what she did to the baby. But Andrea’s not ashamed at all. And she wants to tell you why… A beautiful, breath-taking drama about a young girl’s quest for the perfect family & home revealing a biting commentary on abuses of power in a patriarchal society.

Actress Emily Thornton hails from Bradford, but moved down south to train at Italia Conti, and was recently a finalist of Monologue Slam UK. Her theatre credits include Ruth in Sex with a Stranger at The Pleasance Theatre and The Sanctuary at The Bread and Roses Theatre.

Samson Hawkins is a theatre maker from Northamptonshire who trained as an actor at both East 15 & Italia Conti. After graduating, he formed Second Sons Theatre Company to make “theatre for people who don’t like theatre.” Second Son’s first production, Swan Bake - the story of a drug-addicted ballerina - premiered at Sutton Theatres and was transferred to The Otherplace as part of the Brighton Fringe, where it was nominated for a Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence. 

Samson directed Stephan Golaszewski’s Sex with a Stranger at the Pleasance Theatre in 2017. His other writing work includes Olympic Fencing, which was shortlisted for Soho Theatres Young Writer Award, and Death is Wasted on The Old, which was produced for The Scribble Festival. He is a member of Soho Writers Lab and The Royal Court Writers Group. 

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**** “ingenious” Broadway Baby on Swan Bake

**** “a damn fine piece of theatre” London City Nights on Swan Bake

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The Fall
Mar
17
Mar 19

The Fall

  • Acklam Village Market

MAR 17 - MAR 19

Friday – Sunday, 7pm and 9pm, 60 mins

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The Fall is a breathtaking one hour visual spectacle which blends theatre with original animations, live music and projection to unfold a story about one man’s struggle with depression and his unusual path to hope. This play is a new adaptation by EmpathEyes, inspired by Tarsem Singh’s 2006 film, also entitled The Fall.  

After a failed suicide attempt, a bedridden man tricks a young girl in the hospital to bring him painkillers with the intention of overdosing. He manipulates her attention by telling vibrant stories about the journeys of 5 heroes (represented by ever-changing animation on a screen behind him). As the young girl becomes attached to these characters, the man finds himself inspired by her goodwill and innocence. Yet he finds his cynicism and dejectedness seeping into his storytelling – the fate of the heroes kept hostage by his increasingly despondent mind-set.

Alongside the show there will be an exhibition on ‘Depression and Hope’ which follows the emotional journey of the play, starting with the beginnings of a mental illness, the experience when in the depths of psychosis and the emergence of hope.

EmpathEyes are a performing arts company that thrives on making work that is raw, honest and has at its core the desire to collaborate with others and fundamentally challenge ourselves and audiences. Their projects stem from the desire to expose and explore the deep crevices of inequality and injustice. They have been drawn to epic stories like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Goat, 1984 and Kafka’s The Trial and have brought these to life on stage by adding their own touch of original live music, animation, and film to the mix. They are deeply inspired by art that makes us question and not sit idle and they beckon their audiences to do the same.

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★★★★★“Intense and powerful (…) a triumph” Fringebiscuit

★★★★★ “Physically impressive and deeply disturbing” FringeGuru

★★★★ “This production will send your mind into overdrive” The Scotsman

★★★★ “Slick, sexy and utterly terrifying” The List

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Whimsy
Mar
15
Mar 18

Whimsy

  • Theatre N16

MAR 15 - MAR 18

Wednesday – Saturday, 9pm, 60 mins

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Scram Collective presents their debut production which asks what an ordinary person would do if given the power to do anything – could they lead a normal life or would they simply be overwhelmed by their abilities? Whimsy is a surreal piece that combines quick dialogue with intense physicality to explore themes of corruption, domestic abuse and generational complacency.

"Sick of your life? I'll give you a life!" Aoife can do anything she wants. She doesn’t clock in for work, or pay for her meals, and instead the world simply does what she asks of it. With infinite power and infinite potential, an innocent person standing in Aoife’s way doesn’t stand a chance.

Scram Collective aim to create new work based on human experience as well as reinventing old favourites with a touch of the surreal, keeping them dark, comic and a little bit unusual. Company co-founder and writer of Whimsy Alex Newport says: “Scram Collective was formed with an attitude of ‘doing it ourselves’ rather than waiting for the phone to ring. While this presents a massive challenge, it also gives a wonderful sense of creative freedom, and we’re so pleased that we can create work for ourselves and other emerging artists. Writing Whimsy has been a terrific experience, mainly due to having such a positive and hard-working team. A team who will be brutally honest on whether a scene works or not, helping to create a piece that is personal, but well-rounded.”

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing theatre company, dedicated to creating a creative hub where new and existing works can be explored and pushed into new realms. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare of creatives, operating under an Equity Fringe Agreement. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for development within the context of a society in which the arts are increasingly struggling to stay afloat.

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Vines
Mar
14
Mar 19

Vines

  • Theatre N16

MAR 14 - MAR 19

Tuesday – Sunday, 7:30pm, 30 mins

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MetalMouth Theatre bring their new short show Vines to Theatre N16 in March 2017, running at just 30 minutes. Vines tells the story of a girl finding herself through a spiritual ayahuasca ceremony. Uplifting and thought-provoking, it’s a look at how to become the person you want to be, why you behave the way you do and finding human connection. Sometimes in life you just need a little push in the right direction… sometimes that push can take you to another dimension you couldn’t imagine in your wildest dreams. 

“I’m scared I’m going to blink and I’ll wake up when I’m 60 and die not having done anything. I don’t want to regret anything.” Vines is a magical piece of solo storytelling which takes you on the journey of a young girls self-discovery and finding of her place in the world.

Writer/performer Alex Critolph trained at LAMDA and has worked on BBC’s Doctors, at The Waterloo East Theatre and with SONY. She started writing and producing her own work whilst at The BRIT School under Metal Mouth Productions, with productions including Sinisterrr at The Hen & Chickens and Cockpit Theatre and WASHED for The Brighton Fringe Festival. 

Director Leah Fogo has previously directed Unravelling for Top Note Arts, worked as an assistant director at The Hampstead Theatre on Pine and as assistant director at The Waterloo East Theatre on Taken in Marriage. The play features grime-style music composed by Matthew Gardner.

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing theatre company, dedicated to creating a creative hub where new and existing works can be explored and pushed into new realms. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare of creatives, operating under an Equity Fringe Agreement. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for development within the context of a society in which the arts are increasingly struggling to stay afloat.

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"MetalMouth are on a mission to prove that theatre isn't stuffy or boring" The Guide

"London should look forward to further shots of shameless energy from this group" Openmagazine

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The Significant Other Festival
Mar
14
Mar 18

The Significant Other Festival

  • The Vaults

MAR 14 - MAR 18

Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm, matinee 2.30pm on Saturday, 90 mins

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The Pensive Federation are proud to present the 6th Significant Other Festival, this year at the Vaults under Waterloo Station, giving them their biggest stage ever. For the sixth time, they will present 10 new 10 minute plays, including a new musical, created in just 10 days.

The Significant Other Festival is an attempt to explore relationships and our connections with the people around us in more detail, and to really celebrate modern relationships. We start with the theme of the significant other: colloquially used as a gender-blind term for a person's partner in an intimate relationship without disclosing or presuming anything about marital status, relationship status, or sexual orientation. We ask 10 writers to create a 10 minute play in 5 days with this theme in mind. We then hand the scripts over to a director and a company of 3 actors and give them 5 days to stage it. Every year we now add a further theme and stimulus, previous themes have included, genre, undercover (which gave us 10 different bed covers) and object of affection. This year our added theme is conditions.

The Pensive Federation are a small theatre company who have a shared aspiration in theatre which reflects people like you, situations you may have faced and reflective of the ordinary world around you. They strive to create accessible work that examines the hopes, fears and dreams that live in all of us; the need for a connection with those around us, the instinct to love and the desire to be loved, to be seen in the world and acknowledged for the person you are and not the labels you wear. 

The Federation are now in their 5th anniversary year of bringing their special brand of collectively devised and created theatre to London – including the Collective Project, the Significant Other Festival and their new Rewritten project, which asks writers to develop new work from an original 5 page script. 

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★★★★★ “The Pensive Federation have reaffirmed their position as one of the most exciting new writing companies” Views From the Gods

★★★★ “I’m sure there was blood, sweat and tears putting this show together, but the team’s talent and hard work make it look easy” Female Arts

★★★★ “an intriguing evening of intelligence and ingenuity” Grumpy Gay Critic

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Wisdom of a Fool
Mar
8
Mar 11

Wisdom of a Fool

  • LOST Theatre

MAR 8 - MAR 11

Wednesday – Saturday, 7.30pm (matinee 3pm on Saturday), 90 mins

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Norman Wisdom dominated British film and theatre during the 1950s, playing to packed audiences across the country. For more than six decades Norman’s warmth and boundless energy won the hearts of millions. His cloth cap, ill-fitting suit and classic underdog character led Charlie Chaplin to describe him as his ‘favourite clown’. Norman Wisdom now returns to the stage in Jack Lane’s acclaimed emotional roller-coaster one-man play, now on UK tour in 2016-7.

In Wisdom of a Fool, Jack Lane takes you behind Norman Wisdom’s well-known character to reveal a tough and lonely childhood. After joining the Army, Wisdom discovers a passion for comedy; and the world of post-war Music Hall and Variety embraces Norman’s manic slapstick routine, catapulting him to stardom in the early 1950s. Success on the silver screen, including the hit song, ‘Don’t Laugh at Me’, seals his fame. But fame comes at a price… Jack plays 30 characters throughout this tour de force performance. The Gump costume that features in the play belonged to Norman and has been generously loaned to the production by his son and daughter, Nicholas and Jacqueline Wisdom.

LOST Theatre are also proud to present, with the BFI, a long-thought “lost” episode of Norman Wisdom’s variety show before the Saturday matinee of Wisdom of a Fool, introduced by Richard Dacre and followed by a Q and A with Dacre and Jack Lane.

In 2010, Jack Lane founded Engine Shed Theatre Company and went on to adapt three episodes and two Christmas specials of the classic BBC sitcom Steptoe and Son, which met with approval from the original writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Jack took the role of Albert Steptoe whilst producing and designing the productions.

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★★★★★ “an incredible performance from this super talented man who you really believe is Wisdom” Leicester Mercury

“Lane’s performance is truly incredible as he explores the facets of Wisdom, and it would take a heart of stone not to be moved” British Theatre Guide

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Wombmates
Mar
7
Mar 11

Wombmates

  • Theatre N16

MAR 7 - MAR 11

Tuesday – Saturday, 9:15pm (9pm Sunday), 60 mins

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Full Pelt Theatre present their new show, Wombmates, a fast paced, bizarre new ultrasound comedy about two brothers, Eric and David, from conception to birth.

The age old story of boy meets girl. Well boy meets boy - they’re brothers, in a womb. So more like sperm meets egg, becomes foetus and then a baby… or babies in this case, and one mother is in for a big surprise. All of that time in the womb gives these two little Geordies a chance to explore, discover and some questions to ponder. When their 9 months are up, is their really life after birth?

Using clowning, shadow puppetry and physical comedy, Full Pelt Theatre show pregnancy in a whole different light. With a lot of time together, full bellies from “womb” service, and the impending doom of birth, these two boys don’t quite know what is outside for them.

Full Pelt Theatre is a graduate company from East 15 Acting School, Winner of the BA Graduate Award 2016. They combine traditional and contemporary techniques to create and offer an exciting new brand of dynamic theatre with the aim of attracting new audience members. Their first show, The Going Away Days, written by Aaron Dart and directed by Aidan Napier, was selected for the Pulse Festival in Ipswich and the Plymouth Fringe Festival in May 2016. In November 2016 they had a sell-out run at The New Diorama Theatre as part of their Two-Night Stand scheme, supported by the Emerging Companies Fund.

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing theatre company, dedicated to creating a creative hub where new and existing works can be explored and pushed into new realms. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare of creatives, operating under an Equity Fringe Agreement. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for development within the context of a society in which the arts are increasingly struggling to stay afloat.

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“I want to celebrate this young company’s ability to assault an audience with so much (…) they achieve what they need to just by performing the tension & hostility (& humour, & vulnerability) that comes before that violence” Meg Vaughan

“Dart and Napier’s contribution can be held up as a credible mirror to this blight on British society. Names and faces to watch for” Paul Couch, The Reviews Hub

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Ionesco/Dinner at the Smiths'
Mar
3
Apr 1

Ionesco/Dinner at the Smiths'

  • Latvian House

MAR 3 - APR 1

Friday – Saturday, 7:30pm, 75 mins

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This March, Mr and Mrs Smith invite you to an immersive, bilingual (French/English) theatrical experience, based on the works and words of celebrated absurdist playwright Eugène Ionesco. At this unusual dinner party, sat around a long table amongst the performers and glasses of French wine, you will be introduced to unexpected guests, have your senses played with and be made to eat your own words!

After sell-out performances in June 2016 as a commission from In TRANSIT Festival of Arts in association with the French Institute, the show is back by popular demand. This production, frantic, unpredictable and liberating, will make you dive into the absurdist world of Ionesco, from his reflection on the world to his most hilarious scenes (The Bald Soprano, The Lesson and others).

Marianne Badrichani and the Company have been successfully creating site specific and installation performances in unconventional spaces for the last ten years, including Blue Beard (Old Brompton Cemetery), La Peau de Chagrin (Holland Park), The Show in A Shop Window (Kensington Church St) and Square Bubble (Royal National Theatre Watch This Space in 2014).Director Marianne Badrichani has been directing French plays in new translations for the last fifteen years, in association with Nathalie Berrebi Productions and the French Institute. Her latest show was the hit production Trois Ruptures/Three Splits, a new play by Remi De Vos presented at the Chelsea Theatre, at the Print Room in Notting Hill Gate, and in Beijing, China. Marianne was nominated “Français of the year” in 2008. 

Ionesco/Dinner at the Smiths features a company of six performers: Edith Vernes, David Mildon, Lucy Russell, Sean Rees, Jorge Laguardia and Sharlit Dayzac.

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“Marianne Badrichani’s productions are unusual and fanciful” The Evening Standard

“a lovely example of why immersive theatre is so accessible to new audiences” Big Idea (on Blue Beard)

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Swifties
Feb
28
Mar 11

Swifties

  • Theatre N16

FEB 28 - MAR 11

Tuesday – Saturday, 7:30pm, 60 mins

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Swifties is a bold new adaptation of Jean Genet's play The Maids, exploring the alienating and destructive effect that poverty, celebrity fetishism and social media can have on the lives of normal people. Swifties is written by Tom Stenton and directed by Luke Davies (The Chemsex Monologues, The HIV Monologues).

Yasmin and Nina work in an Amazon "fulfilment centre". They live in Luton, the birthplace of Britain First. And they are Taylor Swift's biggest fans. Ever. Their ultimate dream is to be a part of Tay Tay's famous 'girl squad'. But the closer they get to realising that dream, the blurrier the line between fantasy and reality becomes.

Swifties stars Isabella Niloufar and Tanya Cubric. Isabella has just been announced as the lead in Salome, directed by Yaël Farber, playing at the National Theatre through May-July 2017. Tanya recently starred in the Sky Atlantic adaptation of The Tunnel (2016).

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing theatre company, dedicated to creating a creative hub where new and existing works can be explored and pushed into new realms. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare of creatives, operating under an Equity Fringe Agreement. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for development within the context of a society in which the arts are increasingly struggling to stay afloat.

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***** “Luke Davies ensures the emotional intensity hits with pinpoint accuracy” Ian Foster on The HIV Monologues

"Luke Davies’ direction is unobtrusive and fluid” Live Theatre UK on The HIV Monologues

***** “Energetic direction from Luke Davies ensures that we always feel at the heart of the action” Gay Times on Superficial

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Will Power
Feb
19
Feb 22

Will Power

  • Theatre N16

FEB 19 - FEB 22

Sunday – Wednesday, 7.30pm, 60 mins

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Toby Boutall's debut play, centred on masculinity stigmas and male mental health, heads to Theatre N16 for an exclusive 4 performances. In the piece, the audience meet Will, a follow a day in his life – but how will it end? Tackling the thorny issue of the ever-rising male suicide, this new dark comedy examines the way men treat themselves (and each other) in the 21st century.

We are all trying to find that little ounce of joy that makes you want to wake up the next day. Whether that is going home to a beautiful family and eating a Chinese takeaway, or whether that is meeting friends for one drink which ends up being nine vodka-cokes, one mixed kebab and an overpriced taxi to Jennifer's as she has a hot tub and a dancemat. 

Toby Boutall has spent the last few years, performing in musicals and events player larger than life characters. After starting with a 13 piece band touring the country, Toby quickly found himself jumping on many musical theatre bandwagons and performing all over Europe. Since 2015, Toby has been the musical coordinator on A Concise History of How One Should Party (Courtyard Theatre, 2015) - a piece originally penned as an exploration of society and politics, through music, but ending up an all immersive crazy evening of theatrics and homage to the greatest musicians of the 20th century. 

Will Power is immersive, using audience members as characters to examine the harsh reality of how men struggle, as well as showing that men can and should show emotion – countering such classic phrases as 'man up' and 'grow some balls'!

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing theatre company, dedicated to creating a creative hub where new and existing works can be explored and pushed into new realms. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare of creatives, operating under an Equity Fringe Agreement. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for development within the context of a society in which the arts are increasingly struggling to stay afloat.

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The South Afreakins
Feb
15
Feb 19

The South Afreakins

  • VAULT Festival

FEB 15 - FEB 19

Wednesday – Sunday, 8pm, 60 mins

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After a critically acclaimed, sell-out performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016, Robyn Paterson’s one-woman family drama The South Afreakins transfers to the Vaults Festival in February 2017. Inspired by Paterson’s own parents’ experience of emigrating from South Africa to New Zealand, she rapidly switches between Helene and Gordon to create a very human story of loss and family.

Helene and Gordon are stuck. Stuck in their arm chairs, stuck in the same house and stuck in their rut. As Gordon’s work-life comes to an end, and with the murder of their son four years previously still tainting their everyday lives, Helene is determined to leave everything behind and start again in the quiet sheep-filled hills of New Zealand. Gordon’s dream is to stay right where he is – until Helene confirms that their extended holiday to New Zealand is, in fact, a permanent move to a new home. Feeling progressively more culturally isolated, will the arrival of his best friend Clive make a difference? And does our home really lie in places, or within people?

Robyn Paterson’s play examines the pragmatic decisions behind immigration, intentional displacement and the push and pull challenges of adapting into a new culture. Critically, the play unpicks what happens when the head seeks safety and security, the heart, home.
Robyn has been an award-winning actress/playwright for over 14 years in theatre, film and television in Australia, New Zealand and London. She played the lead in the London immersive theatre show The Generation of Z and Channel 4's Anzac Girls, which premiered in 2015. 

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**** “spot-on observations & a snappy script” The Stage

***** “Paterson takes us all on this journey with wit & emotional insight” Sunday Express

**** “Robyn Paterson gives a tour de force performance” One4Review

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This Is Not Culturally Significant
Feb
15
Feb 19

This Is Not Culturally Significant

  • VAULT Festival

JAN 15 - JAN 19

Wednesday – Saturday, 7.15pm, 60 mins

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Following a 5 star sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, intense and darkly comic one-man show This Is Not Culturally Significant is transferring to the VAULT Festival 2017.

This Is Not Culturally Significant unveils the bizarre, compulsive and eccentric nature of humanity. Over ten characters are portrayed; from a pathologically lying classics professor to a despondent American porn star on the brink of her retirement. This is a thunderous, high energy piece of theatre combining dark clown and deeply grotesque bouffon which holds up a mirror to the often unnoticed absurdities of human life – and contains full frontal male nudity throughout.

Out of Spite Theatre was founded by Adam Scott-Rowley in 2014 and strives to create confrontational, unsettling and high-intensity theatre. This Is Not Culturally Significant is the company's first show, which aims to unmask the superficiality of our society's expectations, desires and collective ego.

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing theatre company, dedicated to creating a creative hub where new and existing works can be explored and pushed into new realms. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare of creatives, operating under an Equity Fringe Agreement. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for development within the context of a society in which the arts are increasingly struggling to stay afloat.

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★★★★★ “A surreal yet incredible journey (…) absurdist, creative, comical and outstanding (…) a truly original piece of theatre that should be at the top of your list to see” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

★★★★★ “Raw, crude, harrowing (…) with a truly Beckettian feel to it, this piece unites the comic and the tragic, the real and the absurd, with a remarkable intensity” ThreeWeeks Edinburgh

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Summer Nights in Space
Feb
15
Feb 19

Summer Nights in Space

  • VAULT Festival

FEB 15 - FEB 19

Wednesday – Sunday, 6pm (matinee at 3.30pm Saturday), 70 mins

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Coming to the VAULT Festival in February 2017, Hannah Elsy Productions presents a new science fiction musical odyssey from the creators of critically acclaimed rock musical The Quentin Dentin Show. Summer Nights in Space is a glam space rock musical rooted in classic science fiction, using the bizarre setting of musical theatre to combine the song and dance of entertainment with the really big questions.

Astronaut John Spartan has finally made it into space - only to discover that it is not all he had hoped. Marooned in space with a ferocious alien and a moody computer, the reluctant crew of Auxiliary Transport Shuttle 4 must stave off Space Madness and work together to survive in the void. But when Spartan receives a distress signal from an attractive Astro-nette, his newfound mission to find and save her threatens to uncover the dark truth of space itself. Some things are better left unknown…

Summer Nights in Space, a sequel to The Quentin Dentin Show, continues writer Henry Carpenter’s breakdown of a “broken future”. This production is part of VAULT Festival’s “Proxima V” programming strand of science fiction/ futuristic work for 2017.

Hannah Elsy Productions is at the forefront of new musical theatre development in the UK, founding and running new musical scratch night The Lowdown as well as producing The Quentin Dentin Show in both London and Edinburgh, which scored rave reviews and led to a transfer into the West End. The Lowdown is the only public scratch night for new musical theatre in London, and shows that debuted there have gone on to successful full productions at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Phoenix Artists Club and VAULT Festival. The Lowdown is hosted and supported by Rich Mix, who are also supporting Summer Nights in Space.

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***** “This rock musical is a winner” The Upcoming on The Quentin Dentin Show

**** “High voltage mayhem (…) absolutely unmissable” Grump Gay Critic on The Quentin Dentin Show

*** “dangerously sexy musical numbers” London City Nights on The Quentin Dentin Show

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Life According to Saki
Feb
8
Mar 5

Life According to Saki

  • Fourth Street Theatre

FEB 8 - MAR 5

Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm (matinee at 3pm Sunday, press showing Monday February 13th, no showing Tuesday February 14th), 70 mins

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The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation is thrilled to announce the US premiere of the critically-acclaimed LIFE ACCORDING TO SAKI, written by Katherine Rundell, based on Hector Hugh Munro (Saki), and directed by Jessica Lazar. Produced by Bridie Bischoff and Tom Grayson for Atticist Productions, LIFE ACCORDING TO SAKI comes to NYC as the 2016 winner of the Best of Edinburgh Award given annually by the Foundation.

Performances begin on Wednesday, February 8 for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 5.  Press Opening is Monday, February 13 at 7:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30 PM; Sunday at 3:00 PM. Please note the following schedule adjustments: there is an added performance on Monday, February 13 for opening; there is no performance on Tuesday, February 14. Performances are at the Fourth Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street, between Bowery & Second Avenue). The ticket price ranges from $22.50 - $45. To purchase tickets, call OvationTix on 866-811-4111.

1916. In the trenches of the Battle of the Somme, a soldier tells stories. That soldier is Saki. Beginning with early misrule and school-age rebellion, his stories move on to the complexities of adulthood - obsessions and games, charm and chaos, friendship and jealousy, and, finally, death. Munro was just over the age of conscription when the First World War broke out. But he joined up as an ordinary soldier in 1914, refusing a commission. He was killed by a sniper two years later.

This debut play by award-winning author Katherine Rundell is inspired by the short stories of “Saki” - the pen name of the early 20th Century British satirist Hector Hugh Munro, described by The Guardian as “a master of the short story.” Like a cross between Oscar Wilde and Roald Dahl, Saki’s creations are witty, absurd, and peculiarly optimistic. Rundell and Atticist Productions bring them to the stage in a production called “a show to savour” by British Theatre Guide.

The debut production of LIFE ACCORDING TO SAKI at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 was a critically acclaimed success, garnering numerous 5 star reviews and winning the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award. Carol Tambor says, “The play stood out because of its incredible polish. The persistent contrast of tone, as well as time, was fascinating. I was never sure whether the characters would say something cruel or funny – often both.”

The cast features Phoebe Frances Brown, Ellen Francis, Tom Lambert, Tom Machell, David Paisley, and Caitlin Thorburn,

LIFE ACCORDING TO SAKI is designed by Anna Lewis (National Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, The Gate, The Finborough, Secret Cinema) with lighting and sound design by David Doyle. 

Katherine Rundell (playwright) is the award-winning author of Rooftoppers (Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2014), Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms (a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner), and The Wolf Wilder. She grew up in Zimbabwe, Brussels, and London, and is a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Life According to Saki is her debut play, inspired by Saki’s style, stories, and life, and developed with director Jessica Lazar. 

Jessica Lazar’s (director) past productions include The Drop Zone and Cacophony (Southwark Playhouse); Termination (Theatre N16); Another Country and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Oxford Playhouse); Judgement at Nuremberg (Keble O’Reilly); and Eight (BT Studio). She has a doctorate in English from Oxford University under the former Professor of Drama, Tiffany Stern, and has training in Le Jeu and Clown from L’École Philippe Gaulier and Puppetry from Little Angel Theatre.

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The HIV Monologues
Feb
2
Feb 19

The HIV Monologues

  • Ace Hotel

FEB 2 - FEB 19

Monday – Saturday, 7pm (not 15th), matinees 3pm on Sundays (not 12th), 70 mins

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After a critically acclaimed launch at the end of 2016, Dragonflies Theatre's new production returns in 2017, exploring HIV amongst gay men through a series of interwoven stories. Writer Patrick Cash and director Luke Davies continue their work, including show The Clinic and The Chemsex Monologues, in bringing important queer stories to the UK stage with The HIV Monologues, which stars inspiration for the film Pride and one of the first people to diagnosed with HIV in the UK Jonathan Blake.

Alex knows nothing about HIV but knew he should have worn the power bottom singlet. Nick is his Tinder date who's just been diagnosed positive, struggling with self-worth. Their date is going amazingly until Nick discloses his diagnosis... And Alex reacts in the worst way. Through meeting Irene, an Irish nurse who treated AIDS in the 1980s, and Barney, who was saved by the 1996 medication, Alex gets on PrEP, but will he be able to win Nick back?

Post-show, the company have arranged a series of post-show talks with high-profile specialists on HIV and queer theatre, including: international chemsex expert and gay men's wellbeing promoter David Stuart; playwrights Alexis Gregory (Safe) and Peter Darney (5 Guys Chillin’); Chief Executive of GMFA Ian Howley, leading HIV expert Professor Jane Anderson; Service Development Manager for THT Justin Harbottle; Executive Director at NAM aidsmap Matthew Hodson; lead HIV consultant for 56 Dean Street Dr Alan Mcowan; curator of Naked Boys Reading and academic Dr Justin Hunt; Lead HIV/Hep C nurse at 56 Dean Street Joe Phillips; PrEP expert Professor Sheena McCormack; clinic manager of 56 Dean Street Leigh Chislett; AIDS nurse Jane Bruton; and author of 'Straight Jacket: How To Be Gay And Happy' Matthew Todd.

Patrick has also been named "one to watch" as a playwright by The Independent.

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***** "Another triumph from the team that have so firmly and successfully put the spirit of community into modern theatre” Gay Times

***** "A thunder looper of emotions: stigma, humour, shame and love" The Gay UK

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Hip
Feb
1
Feb 5

Hip

  • VAULT Festival

FEB 1 - FEB 5

Wednesday – Sunday, 6:30pm, 60 mins

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Jolie Booth (producer of Winner of the 2014 Total Theatre Emerging Artist Award, Touretteshero's hit show Backstage in Biscuitland) takes to the stage in her first one-woman show, HIP, to be performed at VAULT Festival 2017. HIP transports the audience, in this extra-live performance, to a cosy living room with hypnotic OHP, cushions, incense, tequila and nibbles.

A squatter makes her way up to a long-forgotten flat above a shop in the centre of Brighton. A flat full of someone else’s past. A women’s hip bone lies on the side, amongst diaries, letters and clutter. In a tale of addiction, sexuality, mortality, choices and enlightenment, she embarks on a journey to discover how one might avoid dying alone, and losing one’s hip bone in the process. 

Based around found objects, this semi-autobiographical one woman show starts by introducing you to a flat caught between two timelines and personalities: the home of Anne Clarke during 70s bohemian Brighton, and a squat established by Jolie in 2002. Jolie’s soothing and passionate storytelling interweaves Annie's real letters and diaries with vestiges from her own life, to reveal an immediate and clear association.

As a producer Jolie Booth has been responsible for many award winning theatre productions, including Backstage in Biscuitland and Winner of the 2015 Off West End Award, Tangram Theatre's Albert Einstein: Relatively Speaking. As a performer, Jolie has starred in various productions such as Fabian in the Winner of the 2012 Latest Fringe Award, Festival Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and Richard II in Jonathan Kay's 2011 production of Richard II by the Nomadic Academy of Fools.

HIP is a gently-paced, wonderfully warm-hearted celebration of the ideas, ideals and idiosyncrasies of life and those who paved the way for the freedoms we all enjoy today. Through her various work, Jolie has discovered the merits of relaxed performances. This means you are welcome to make noise and move around during the show - in fact, you are actively encouraged to do so. This adds a whole new dimension to the performance, which has come to be known as ‘Extra-Live’– with the promise that no two shows can ever be the same. 

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“Hip is an hour drifting through the Jungian collective unconsciousness [and is] an authentic and human exploration of inherently unstable modern tribalism” The Sick of the Fringe

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Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road
Jan
17
Feb 4

Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road

  • White Bear Theatre

JAN 17 - FEB 4

Tuesday – Saturday, 7:30pm (4pm matinees Sundays), 65 mins

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With a run of over six months at Pacific Rep Theatre in Los Angeles, Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road is a hillbilly comedy with a heart of gold. Writer and actor Keith Stevenson, who originated the role of JD in Los Angeles, hails from Keyser, West Virginia, the hometown of the actual Fried Meat Ridge Road. Now, with Wildcard Theatre, he brings his brand of Americana to the White Bear Theatre, opening in the same week as the inauguration of a president widely believed to have been elected due to his manipulation of similar characters.

Things could not get any worse for Mitchell, who just lost his girlfriend, his apartment, and his job at the local Spork Factory. With nowhere to go, he answers an ad for a roommate and finds himself in a West Virginia countryside motel with JD, an affable hillbilly of mysterious origins. Soon JD’s neighbors – curmudgeonly Flip, meth-head Marlene, and her hot-headed boyfriend Tommy – have all but taken over the tiny room. When this zany group find themselves in a brief hostage situation, Mitchell must decide to save himself or join this dysfunctional family and let his freak-flag fly.

In 2012, Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road received an Ovation Award nomination for "Best Playwriting for an Original Play." That same winter, Keith Stevenson wrote (and starred in) the holiday sequel, A Fried Meat Christmas. In 2014, he opened the third installment of the series, The Unfryable Meatness of Being.

Alongside Keith Stevenson, the production also stars Robert Moloney (The Revenant) and Dan Hildebrand (Kraznys mo Nakloz, Game of Thrones). Director Harry Burton has acted and directed in theatre, television, film and radio for thirty years. His theatre directing work includes the acclaimed production of The Dumb Waiter with Lee Evans and Jason Isaacs (Trafalgar Studios), The Room (Royal Court), Quartermaine's Terms (Windsor). In 2013 Harry was awarded Penn State University’s Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities. Designer Simon Scullion has worked extensively in West End Theatre, including Peter Pan Goes Wrong and Showstopper!

The White Bear Theatre has now reopened after a major refit, with a new purpose-built theatre upstairs at the White Bear pub, now run by Young’s and offering a warm, convivial atmosphere.

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“This play will have you laughing non-stop” The Examiner

delightfully quirky comedy (...) a sharply executed, excellent production" Stage Raw

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Brains
Jan
11
Jan 14

Brains

  • Theatre N16

JAN 11 - JAN 14

Wednesday – Saturday, 9:30pm, 60 mins

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Following the sell-out shows Toxicity and Slight Delay in 2016, Thick & Thin Theatre present a brand new play about money, drugs and… zombies. WARNING: ‘BRAINS’ contains strong language, scenes of violence and drug use, awkward romantic encounters and the wrath of an undead scientist.

In the not so distant future humanity has fallen victim to a disease, turning people into flesh-craving, drooling, rotting versions of themselves. However, the clichéd disease spells good news for one company - business is booming at MediBite Inc., where sales of their drugs and medical products have shot through the roof. 

After waking himself up with his daily cocktail of drugs, Harry, the money obsessed manager, does his best to keep his terrifying CEO, Ursula, happy, while also keeping his eye on his niece and apathetic new intern, Tina. Meanwhile, accountant and hopeless romantic Jeff shows skeptical new salesman, Rosie, around the office.... However, everything changes when smug scientist Stuart finds a cure for the disease that has ravaged the world.

Thick & Thin Theatre are a young company based in London, founded in 2016 by Cameron Szerdy, Tom Spencer & Jack Dent.  They enjoy creating theatre that's funny, fast paced and tinged with irony; taking everyday settings and injecting them with a generous helping of the absurd; and above everything else, they aim to make people laugh.

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing theatre company, dedicated to creating a creative hub where new and existing works can be explored and pushed into new realms. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare of creatives, operating under an Equity Fringe Agreement. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for development within the context of a society in which the arts are increasingly struggling to stay afloat.

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