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The lowdown on One Festival – Programme D

The mighty One Festival returns for the final time this January, with unforgettable stories, bold new writing and world premieres. Each programme performs five times so there are plenty of opportunities to catch these fine solo performances in action but with so much to discover it’s hard to know where to start, but fear not, you’ve come to the right place…

What to expect in programme D?

Looking for theatre that makes you laugh, cry and think, all in the same evening? We’ve got you covered. Witness life changing decisions, watch life pass you by and meet the boy who killed Christmas.

I’I’m feeling a bit cold, like maybe I shouldn’t have shaved. Actually yeah, that was a weird thing to do. Like I was preparing myself for… something sexier

In Mission Abort writer and performer Therese Ramstedt, from Soho Theatre’s Writer’s Lab, and director Claire Stone, of Feral Foxy Ladies fame, pair up for this explosive one-woman play exploring abortion legislation. Featuring questionable life-drawing skills, the looming voice of Donald Trump and leg-dancing to Kate Bush.

Some people call it living, existing, breathing, being… but I’m not quite sure what it is really.

In A Fallen Cigarette Butt, a woman sits in an square observing events unfolding around her, bearing witness to what makes us human. With a career sky rocketing out of Jordan and London, writer and performer Stefanie- May Hammoudeh makes her Space debut with this pensive, powerful production; a reminder that all we have is right here, right now.

So you want to know why? Well I can tell you exactly why, to the day, to the hour, to the minute. It was the day that I killed Christmas.

You’ve heard of Santa Claus, The Grinch, Rudolph. Now. Meet the Boy who killed Christmas. Playwright Olu Alakija (shortlisted for The Bread & Roses Playwright Award 16/17 and currently part of Tamasha Playwrights) returns to the Space with The End of Term Show, the story of Maxwell Martins and his calamitous appearance in his school nativity. Performed by Anthony Cozens (Space Production’s The Castle) and directed by John Fricker, Associate Artist at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, this festive comedy will lift those January blues.

Why not reach further than we ever have before? Why not engineer something on an epic scale? Why can’t it be in the North?

In the UK, just 21% of the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workforce are women. One of these is Anne, 56, Crossrail employee and a mother about to watch her daughter be married. Written by Philippa Mannion, winner of BBC Scotland’s Radio Drama – Finding New Drama Voices competition comes Crossrail an exploration of female leadership and the inequality felt by women in the workplace. Directed by Space Associate Director Jodie Botha and performed by Karen Ascoe who has performed on stage at The Park, New Diorama and The Bush. Perfect timing in advance of the train line opening later this year.

You should know the routine by now. You should. We’ve gone over it fifty five times this week alone. Yes I’ve been counting

Tamasha Theatre Playwright Guleraana Mir’s partnership with director Mingyu Lin, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Royal Court Writer’s Program, continues in Just One More Time, the story of Suri, and her troubles with her new dance partner. Written as part of the Hear Me Now project this tender exploration of a dancer’s relationship with her partner will be performed by Minhee Yeo and promises to sweep you off your feet.

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