The worldâs greatest horror story, an epic unsolved mystery, award winning companies, true stories, Space debuts and familiar faces.
The gripping, the gory, the glorious.
Welcome to the Space spring season!
âThere is love in me the likes of which you’ve never seen.
There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape.â
Burn Bright’s ‘Frankenstein’
Following their Space smash hit Vernon God Little we welcome the return of Burn Bright theatre with their ambitious re-imagining of Mary Shelleyâs monstrous classic Frankenstein 20 February â 10 March. A brilliant scientist. An extraordinary imagination. A boundary that shouldn’t be crossed.Â In the darkness of night, ElizabethÂ FrankensteinÂ manages the unthinkable – creating sentient life. As the resulting monster is shunned by her maker, she is cast out into theÂ violent and unfeeling world beyond. But a terrible chain of murder and horror is unleashed, both creation and creator must come face to face in a final, terrible showdown.
Featuring Burn Brightâs trademark blend of ensemble theatre and live music, this bold and visceral production draws on ideas of gender and power to breathe new life into this popular story. Written by Isabel Dixon, graduate Royal Court, Soho Theatre and Lyric Young Writers Programmes and London Playwriting Lab and directed by Katherine Timms, graduate of the Young Vic Directors’ Network Springboard scheme, Frankenstein is a guaranteed highlight of the season.
Are you a fan of true crime? Whether thatâs Netflixâs ‘Making a Murderer’ or the podcast âSerialâ we have the perfect show for you. Hagley Woods, Worcestershire, 1943: Four boys find a human skull hidden in a tree. Police then discover the partial skeleton of a female. Despite countless enquiries, the woman cannot be identified. Then the messages appear. Tracing a case that has baffled investigators for 70 years, from Birmingham to Berlin, from Nazi spy rings to witchcraft, Pregnant Fish return to the Space with Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm? 13th -17th March. Using physical theatre, verbatim text and exclusive access to police documents and archive material â they will attempt to solve this murder on stage. For those wanting to dig deeper Pregnant Fish are holding a workshop Bringing up the dead: Creating True Crime Theatre on the 14th March. Gripping theatre, guaranteed to give you goose bumps.
As the days get longer and the sun comes out (we hope) we are thrilled to present Being Brahms, the story of a dad and his son written by award winning playwright Gail Louw with the music of Brahms performed by Paul Humpoletz on the 29th March.Â Anton does his best but itâs a tough world out there â what with the Nazis, internment, a loveless marriage and a son he canât understand. Being BrahmsÂ is a better option, a world of beautiful lullabies and the lovely Clara Schulmann. Here for one night only â so snap up your tickets quick!
Next up, Anima Theatre company transfer their Edinburgh smash hit The SleeperÂ to the SpaceÂ 3rd â 14th April. On an overnight train somewhere through Europe, Karina, a British writer, naively reports a refugee hiding in her bunk. Forever connected by this simple action, these two women are played and replayed in the mind of a writer who examines the stories we tell each other and how we choose to tell them. Described by The Scotsman as âan exceptional piece of theatre makingâ and Longlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award The Sleeper weaves together the real testimony of Syrian refugees and the personal experience of writer Henry C Krempels. Theatre at its best.
Bringing our spring season to a close, we welcome the return of award winning company Suitcase Civilians to the Space with their powerful new production CITIZEN 24th Aprilâ 5th May. A British mother is arrested whilst visiting family overseas with her baby daughter. A family of political refugees are moving to Australia to start a new life. American citizens, working, travelling, and holidaying around the world, fall victim to Trumpâs executive order against 7 Muslim countries, and canât return home. They are all human. They are all Iranian. Their only crime: their ethnicity.
Drawing on interviews with Iranian migrants, this important new production explores the blurry line between our identities as humans and ethnic types, and when we stop being seen as one or the other. Unmissable.
As a theatre we are dedicated to supporting diverse theatre that is courageous, inventive and enduring.
This spring season is no exception.