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We have launched our Autumn / Winter season!

Following on from another fantastically epic Summer at the Space and the Roof Garden, our Autumn/Winter 2018 Season is packed with exciting new comedy, drama and dance. A season of work that time travels, re-imagines classics and unpacks modern life. With 70% of shows written and directed by women this is fearless theatre to captivate, celebrate and inspire.

In fact, there is so much to choose from that we are holding a Season Launch party on the 20th September to give you a taste of what’s in store this season, enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz and meet the exciting artists involved. An evening like no other…

But without further ado – let’s dive straight in.

September

Our season opener sees the return of Bric à Brac with Just Lose It! Welcome to the Bin the Belly Weight Loss Corporation extravaganza. An immersive promenade experience that tackles the world of weight loss and studies our obsession with the way we look. Expect awards, motivational speeches, fun fitness and the all-important end of year briefing.

 

 

Matipo Productions and Hooked Theatre take two very different approaches to exploring modern life for young adults. Fleeced consists of darkly comic sketches as stories emerge, glitch and overlap. A frenetic show with a physical edge which explores identities and how we construct them, as part of a flock that feel Fleeced. Little Fools blends true events with spoken word in a tale of two sisters whose lives are tainted by someone they trusted. A fierce and fearless tale of power, exploitation, family and love.

We close out the 2018 Roof Garden season in style with Moth Physical Theatre’s Wild Wilma, written by children’s author, Rachel Lyon. Using physical storytelling, puppetry and an original soundtrack, this is a wonderfully wild new family show about a girl who is sold to the circus. Which neatly leads us on to… hypnotic balancing tricks and astounding physicality from Living Room Circus in The Penguin and I.  Connection, trust and courage collide, on the evening of the night before, when a man finds an obnoxious penguin down the back of his sofa.

 

 

October

Tara Rankine and Anna Nicholson deliver two female solo shows, featuring comedy and music, for one week only. Love is a Work In Progress is a ridiculous and poignant ride through past love, sex, friendship and heartbreak. Uplifting, soul searching and painfully funny, Tara brings real life embarrassments, heart felt soul singing and the sensuality and power of being a woman. It-girl vlogger, bra saleswoman, overly competitive vicar and straight talking Grandma are the four nominees for Woman of the Year. Anna’s fast paced debut comedy show sold out her Edinburgh Fringe 2018 run and was developed with BBC sitcom writer James Cary (Miranda, Bluestone 42) with support from Soho Theatre.

We’re thrilled to welcome new writing night royalty with Little Pieces of Gold. These staged reading sessions will showcase the shortlisted plays from their September open call-out from which almost 600 plays were submitted. The place to hear work from writers to watch. Then we’re very excited to host touring entertainers, Scary Little Girls and their literal show of wuthering delights. A raucous celebration of Britain’s favourite family of novelists and poets, The Full Brontë, is hosted by larger-than-life comperes, Nom de Plume and Monika. This homage to English literature’s most famous sorority has received glowing reviews across the country and features music, song, comedy and audience participation.

November/December

We once again welcome C-12 Dance Theatre with their latest batch of emerging choreographers, the annual Emerge Festival now in its 7th year. For the 22nd year running, we host the London Docklands Singers Christmas Concert for CRISIS, a seasonal favourite complete with mulled wine and mince pies. More details on these two events coming soon…

Now for the big news. Following on from the success of The Castle and Bluebird, Space Productions have commissioned playwright Rachael Claye to adapt Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Claye’s The Lighthouse, staged by Space Productions in 2016, was described as a ‘towering piece of intelligent imagination and soul-bearing tenderness’ and an ‘unexpected treat lovingly crafted with ambition, brilliance and charm’. Celebrating 150 years since the novel’s publication, this bold new version brings the March sisters into the 21st century. A celebration of sisterhood, a bittersweet tale of family, loss and love, a time to defy convention, step into the unknown and write your own story.

January

We close our Autumn/Winter season by stepping back in time to 1952. A time when the rich had motorcars and the poor still washed their clothes with salt. Research led, STARCHED Theatre’s Laundry is set amongst the communal washing lines as five women, living in the soot of the Docklands, desperately try to wash their secrets out of stained laundry. Inspired by the stories of London women during the 1940s and 50s, Laundry is a moving story of shame, secrecy and community.

 

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