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Nov 10th

New Season at the King's Head Theatre

By Carolin Kopplin

Pub opera returns in rep in new season at the King's Head Theatre amongst Edinburgh transfer hits and female-led new writing

After an exciting and innovative 45th year, the unfunded King’s Head continues its new artistic policy of being a crucible of new writing and critical rediscoveries, whilst also welcoming the much-anticipated return of pub opera.

Artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher originated pub opera in his first season at the King’s Head in 2010, and now relaunches that tradition at its original home with a stylish new production of Mozart’s classic opera Cosi fan tutte in March, directed by international opera director Paul Higgins. This return to pub opera will play in rep alongside Louis Nowra’s play by the same name, Cosi, where patients in a mental asylum perform Mozart’s piece whilst questioning madness in the face of the Vietnam War, which is directed by ex-Sydney Theatre Company artistic director Wayne Harrison. Adam Spreadbury-Maher says “Two Cosis at the same time?! If a large funded arts centre said they were going to do this, it would raise an eyebrow – the fact that an unfunded pub theatre is doing it is completely bonkers”.

Before that, in February, the theatre welcomes back the smash hit Trainspotting after a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2015 run, which plays at the King's Head for a month before heading on a national tour.

There is also a wealth of new writing this season: January offers new plays The Long Road South, by Paul Minx, focusing on the civil rights movement in the 1960s, and Big Brother Blitzkrieg, by Hew Rous Eyre & Max Elton, which sees Hitler enter the Big Brother House! April features work exclusively by female playwrights with Adrian Pagan Award winner and insightful new play about female relationships Russian Dolls, by Kate Lock, alongside Edinburgh transfer To Kill a Machine, by Catrin Fflur Huws, which delves into the sexuality and chemical castration of Alan Turing. We also have new British musical Something Something Lazarus joining us in March, performed in a “broken cabaret” style, by John Myatt and Simon Arrowsmith.

The new writing offerings this season champion female and international playwrights alongside new work with the continuation of #Festival45, #Festival46 in July, featuring work from 4 trainee resident directors, who will be graduating from the Queen's Jubilee Award winning scheme this summer.

Further information: http://www.kingsheadtheatre.com/

Photo by Christopher Tribble

Nov 6th

…A MILLION TO ONE – BUT STILL THEY COME… THE WEST END DEBUT OF JEFF WAYNE'S MULTI-AWARD WINNING MUSICAL

By Carolin Kopplin

Since its inception in 1978, Jeff Wayne’s original double album has become one of the most ground-breaking and bestselling musical works of all time - with over 15 million copies sold and 330 weeks in the UK Album Charts to date, a number one album in 11 countries, two international hit singles, a number-one music DVD, 8 years of world-wide arena tours, and huge critical acclaim across the globe (and probably the universe!). 

Reimagined and brought to spectacular theatrical life for its world stage premiere, this breathtaking new production of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds, produced by Bill Kenwright, will preview at the Dominion Theatre from Monday 8 February 2016 with an opening night gala performance on Wednesday 17 February 2016 at 7pm. 

The iconic score is played live and conducted on stage by Jeff Wayne. The show will include new music, star cast, and a full supporting company of performers - as well as video walls, the iconic Martian Fighting Machine, special effects and in 3D holography LIAM NEESON as The Journalist. 

Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds has also won two prestigious UK Ivor Novello Awards, the US Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy (the judges included Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg), as well as winning for Jeff, Classic Rock's 'Showman of The Year' Award. 

HG Wells’ novel, first published in 1898, was the prototype for all science fiction. An international phenomenon, The War of the Worlds describes the invasion of Earth by ruthless Martians with superior intelligence, incredible machines and devastating weaponry. An invading alien race bent on conquering humanity. 

Both shocking and thrilling the world by exposing the flaws and hypocrisy of Victorian society with his futuristic thinking and alternate views, Wells unlocked a door into the future that took his readers on a unique adventure far away from the social constraints of 19th Century England.

 

Bill Kenwright and Jeff Wayne present 

Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS

Based on the classic science fiction story by HG WELLS

Adapted by DOREEN WAYNE

Music by JEFF WAYNE

Lyrics by GARY OSBORNE, PAUL VIGRASS & JEFF WAYNE 

Directed by BOB TOMSON

Nov 2nd

New Season at the Battersea Arts Centre

By Carolin Kopplin

After the devastating fire, the Battersea Arts Centre is still going strong and offers a fascinating program for 2016.

The new year gets underway with a UK premiere by Ridiculusmus, furthering their mind-bending investigations into mental health. Theatre Ad Infinitum treat the senses to a feast of stimulation with a torchlit thriller whilst themes of mortality echo in artist Tania El Khoury’s haunting interactive installation and a lyrical and tender tale of grief presented with Chris Goode & CoA Nation’s Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre’s partnership with the Guardian, continues to celebrate theatre from around the UK in spring, with highlights ranging from a musical duet by Farnham’s Little Bulb Theatre to a distorted television show by internationally acclaimed and Glasgow-based Vanishing Point.

Further information:

www.bac.co.uk

Oct 27th

Write Now Festival at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre

By Carolin Kopplin

Submissions are now open for the annual new writing festival at the Jack Studio Theatre

Deadline for submissions: Friday 29th January 2016

WRITE NOW 7 Festival: May 2016

The Jack Studio Theatre is proud to announce WRITE NOW 7, its annual new writing festival that will open in May 2016, and run for four weeks. Under the artistic direction of Kate Bannister, the WRITE NOW festival is an essential part of the Jack Studio Theatre’s yearly programme, and which each year looks to find and produce the most exciting, diverse and significant work of emerging writers who have a connection to south east London. From the submissions of plays to a specific brief, in 2016 one play will be chosen for the month-long festival. It will appear alongside writing workshops, audience discussions, and the performance of seven new short plays.

For Write Now 7:

• One winning play is given a full-production for three weeks

• The playwright will be given the opportunity to fully explore and develop the play before rehearsals, with mentoring support from the director and Write Now dramaturg. The winning playwright also receives financial support to attend rehearsals and career development advice.

Past winners of the festival have gone on to have work developed and produced by the BBC writersroom, High Tide, and The Liverpool Everyman. The WRITE NOW festival is also about celebrating the local area of south east London, and the theatre’s connection and engagement with its audience. The festival is a wonderful celebration of this culturally diverse and dynamic area of London, with writers exploring themes and subject matter which resonates with the local audience and beyond. The WRITE NOW FESTIVAL reading panel is led by Jack Artistic Director Kate Bannister and Literary Manager David Bottomley, and consists of the Jack’s associated artists and industry professionals. The final selection panel will be announced shortly.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN

We are now accepting submissions of scripts. The deadline for this year’s applications is Friday 29 January 2016.

Full guidelines and a 2016 application form are available on the Write Now page on our website: www.brockleyjack.co.uk

Scripts are submitted via email to: admin@brockleyjack.co.uk

Oct 26th

New Season at the Orange Tree Theatre

By Carolin Kopplin

The Orange Tree's new season from January to June 2016 features plays by Robert Holman, Chris Urch, Brad Birch and Bernard Shaw, directed by Ellen McDougall, Alice Hamilton, Mel Hillyard and Artistic Director Paul Miller.

The Orange Tree, despite losing all its funding when AD Paul Miller took over, can look back at a year of award-winning theatre playing to 90% capacity and 25% newcomers. The OT production of Alistair McDowall's Pomona has played to full houses at the National Theatre and will transfer to the Royal Exchange Theatre from 29 October, with Deborah Bruce's hit OT play The Distance opening at Sheffield Crucible Studio on the same night.

At the UK Theatre Awards Ned Bennett has just won Best Director for Pomona and Joel MacCormack won Best Performance in a Play for Doris Lessing's Each His Own Wilderness.

The new season opens with the London premiere of Chris Urch's The Rolling Stone directed by Ellen McDougall. Set in Uganda it focuses on a gay couple having a relationship in a country where homosexuality is illegal and a religious family struggling to come to terms with it. Winner of a Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, it is a co-production with the Royal Exchange Theatre where it premiered to critical acclaim in April 2015. The cast includes Faith Alabi, Fiston Barek, Jo Martin, Faith Omole and Sule Rimi.

The first major revival of Robert Holman's 1977 play German Skerries will be directed by Alice Hamilton in a co-production with award-winning touring company Up in Arms (Barney Norris' Eventide and Visitors). This pertinent play is set against the backdrop of the Redcar steel works on Teeside, the closure of which has just been announced. It will then go on tour.

Mel Hillyard's production as the recipient of the J. P. Morgan Award for an Emerging Director will be the world premiere of Brad Birch's new play The Brink, in a co-production with W14 Productions and the National Theatre Studio.

Following his sell-out production of Bernard Shaw's debut full-length play Widowers' Houses in 2014, Paul Miller will direct Shaw's second play The Philanderer in a major new revival designed by Simon Daw.

Take Part, the OT’s education and participation work involves over 20,000 people from the local community every year. This year the Shakespeare Up Close production of Romeo and Juliet directed by Gemma Fairlie aimed at secondary school students plays in the Theatre and on tour to schools. Our Primary Shakespeare production will be The Comedy of Errors, directed by Imogen Bond.

The OT will be a partner theatre for National Theatre Connections for the first time in May, with 7 young companies visiting the OT to perform plays written especially for Connections over its incredible 20 year history, alongside our own Connections Company which presents James Graham's Bassett, directed by Corinne Meredith. The Orange Tree Young Company will also present a one-off performance of their show The Joy of Normal, directed by Rob Watt.

Orange Tree Extras, a new series of one-offs and short runs of the best comedy, music and theatre features West End and Broadway star Hadley Fraser, Edinburgh Festival hit The End is Nigh from Jonny and the Baptists, Sally Phillips & Lily Bevan, plus classical concerts from the Allegri Quartet. P

Further information: www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk

Oct 20th

My Theatre Matters - And The Winner Is ....

By Cameron Lowe

Huge congratulations to Newcastle Theatre Royal, winner of the coveted My Theatre Matters! UK's Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2015, in association with Smooth Radio.

The award was presented by Smooth Radio's Paul Phear at the UK Theatre Awards ceremony at London's Guildhall on Sunday, attended by over 400 UK Theatre members and guests. The ceremony was compèred by Michael Xavier, with a performance from the cast of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged13 ¾ and appreances from guest presenters including Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, Barbara Windsor MBE, Richard Wilson OBE, Anne Reid MBE and Lee Mead.

Amongst the other awards presented were;

• Matthew Bourne OBE received The Stage Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre
• Dame Eileen Atkins was awarded the prestigious Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts
• Imelda Staunton won Best Performance in a Musical for her performance in Gypsy, which also won Best Musical Production
• York Theatre Royal received the Clothworkers’ Theatre Award for £150,000 as part of The Clothworkers’ Foundation’s five year £1.25 million Dramatic Arts initiative

A full list of winners can be seen online atwww.uktheatre.org/awards.

Oct 16th

The Tempest for Autistic Children

By Carolin Kopplin
 
Flute Theatre
Shakespeare for Inclusive Audiences
 
The Tempest
For children with autism and their families
 
Sun 25 October 11am & 3pm Bloomsbury Theatre Studio
Part of the Bloomsbury Festival
 
Kelly Hunter directs Greg Hicks as Caliban; the cast also features Eva Lily Tausig (Miranda), Chris MacDonald (Ferdinand/Stephano), Tricia Gannon (Trinculo), Roslyn Patterson (Ariel) and Sifiso Mazibuko (Prospero).
 
“Today was the first time I forgot myself and was just there” 14 year-old with Aspergers
 
A highlight of the Bloomsbury Festival, this important production of The Tempest for children with autism was premiered in the summer of 2014 in Stratford-upon-Avon and Columbus Ohio as a co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Ohio State University. The result was – in the words of a parent whose fourteen year old took part – a phenomenal success.
Fifteen children on the spectrum become the participants for each performance, sitting with six actors in a circle on the floor around a painted floor cloth,which represents Prospero’s island. The children’s carers and parents sit just behind them on an outer circle of chairs. The actors invite the children to join them on the island as the story unfolds through sensory games, which the children and actors play together.
 
"For me it was like a cocoon, a warm, nurturing and totally accepting space where the children were able to just be exactly as they wanted." Parent of child with autism
 
Although the games and the narrative remain the same for each performance, the show is completely different every time depending on the nature of the children and young people who attend. By the end of each show the children have been able to assert their own personalities within the space and many have expressed that they have ‘found their voices for the first time’.   
The almost immediate emergence that so many of the children experience through playing the games within the transformative space of this theatrical experience is overwhelming.
 
Suitable for ages 8+
 
Director Kelly Hunter  Designer Anthony Lamble  Company stage manager Paula Salmon Casting Director Annelie Powell  Production Development Emma Richards
 
Bloomsbury Theatre Studio
15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH
 
Book tickets by phone 020 3108 1000
 
Tickets £5
 
Part of the Bloomsbury Festival 22 - 25 October 
bloomsburyfestival.org.uk 
Established in 2006, Bloomsbury Festival is a creative explosion of performance, arts, music and heritage events held in the streets, parks, museums, galleries, laboratories and public and private buildings of one of London’s most vibrant cultural quarters.
Oct 16th

Winter Season at the Finborough Theatre

By Carolin Kopplin

The Finborough Theatre celebrates its 35th year with a Winter Season of vibrant new plays and unique rediscoveries including the first hit by Robert Bolt and a new play about life in North Korea by In-Sook Chappell.

The season opens with the first London production in over fifty years of Flowering Cherry by Robert Bolt (A Man for All Seasons, Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia) in its first London production since its premiere in 1957 which starred Sir Ralph Richardson, running 17 November – 20 December 2015. It plays alongside the first UK production in 25 years of the award-winning Off-Broadway musical 3 Guys Naked From The Waist Down, a 1980s comedy musical about 1980s musical comics, on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from 22 November – 15 December 2015.

A new play about life in North Korea by award-winning playwright In-Sook Chappell, P'yongyang, receives its world premiere from 5 January – 30 January 2016, alongside the return by popular demand of Stony Broke in No Man’s Land, a world premiere written and directed by John Burrows, and performed by two original members of the Number 1 chart-topping group, The Flying Pickets, playing on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from 10 – 26 January 2016.

The season comes to an end with the world premiere of Weald by award-winning new playwright Daniel Foxsmith, in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, from 2 February – 27 February 2016. It plays alongside the first UK production in more than 30 years of Andy Capp The Musical  by Alan Price and Trevor Peacock, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from 7 February  – 23 February 2016.

For full information, please visit www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk

Oct 9th

Rediscovery of a Yiddish Theatre Classic at the Finborough Theatre

By Carolin Kopplin

TREASURE
by David Pinski.

In a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, this is the opportunity to see a classic of Yiddish theatre for the first time in the UK – Treasure by David Pinski opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Tille is the poor gravedigger’s daughter, with nothing in the world except a head full of dreams. Things look set to stay that way, until the day her brother returns from the graveyard with a pile of gold coins– and Tille is faced with a choice. She can hand in the money and go back to a life of drudgery, or she can use it to turn the world upside down.

As the village community descends on the cemetery in search of gold, Tille and her family must use their wits to stay one step ahead of those who want their share of the treasure. 

A timeless fable of folly and greed that celebrates one woman’s ingenuity in the midst of chaos.

Treasure, or Der Oytser, is a comic masterpiece of Yiddish theatre. Written in 1906 and first performed in 1912, it remained popular in the Yiddish repertoire until the 1940s: most notably, Max Reinhardt’s production in Germany in 1919, an English-language version on Broadway in 1920, as well as a production staged in the Vilna Ghetto in 1943.

Playwright David Pinski (1872-1959) was a Russian-born playwright and novelist. He was one of Yiddish theatre’s most notable dramatists, as well as one of its most prolific. During the course of his lifetime, he wrote over sixty plays including The Last Jew, or The Zvi Family, and The Eternal Jew

The first professional production in Yiddish theatre occurred in a wine garden in Romania in 1876, and there followed an explosion of playwriting, with a roster of famous actors performing in the Yiddish theatres that were established all over Eastern Europe, as well as in America and the UK, especially in London, Manchester and Glasgow. Well known works first written in Yiddish include The DybbukThe Golem and the works of Sholem Aleichem, later immortalised in the Broadway musicalFiddler on the Roof. The influence of Yiddish theatre in 20th century arts was far reaching including such varied names as Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, Paul Muni, Danny Kaye, Mel Brooks, Clifford Odets, Harold Clurman, Sidney Lumet, Franz Kafka, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Leonard Nimoy.

Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk

Sep 30th

The Seventh Year: Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights

By Carolin Kopplin

Now in its seventh consecutive year, the Finborough Theatre – the coalface of British Theatre – presents its annual explosion of new writing – Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, running on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday and Thursday matinees between 25 October–12 November 2015.

This year's festival features an eclectic and idiosyncratic selection of twelve staged readings of new works by UK and international playwrights, both established and new, all discovered, developed or championed by the Finborough Theatre.

Concentrated solely on full length works for the stage, this year's Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights includes playwrights from England, Scotland, Wales, the United States and New Zealand featuring 50% female playwrights, together with work from African-American, East Asian, British-Lebanese, British-Israeli and Māori playwrights.

Accompanying this year's Vibrant Festival is a new initiative for writers who have never previously submitted work to the Finborough Theatre –Introduce Yourself.  Submissions must be made between Sunday, 25 October through to Thursday, 12 November 2015. (See www.finborough.co.uk for further details.)

Despite remaining completely unsubsidised, the Finborough Theatre has an unparalleled track record of discovering new playwrights who go on to become leading voices in British theatre. Under Artistic Director Neil McPherson, it has discovered some of the UK’s most exciting new playwrights including Laura Wade, James Graham, Mike Bartlett, Chris Thompson, Jack Thorne, Alexandra Wood, Al Smith, Nicholas de Jongh and Anders Lustgarten, and directors including Blanche McIntyre, Robert Hastie and Sam Yates.

Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights is again curated by Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson, winner of The Writers’ Guild Award for the Encouragement of New Writing, and twice winner of the OffWestEnd Award for Best Artistic Director.

Sunday, 25 October 2015 at 7.30pm
Dubailand
by Carmen Nasr. Directed by Stephen Whitson.

An oasis of free enterprise, no income taxes, no unions, no opposition parties. A paradise of consumption. A skyline on crack. Urban planning on steroids - Dubai. On the 88th floor of an unfinished skyscraper in the Emirate’s glittering skyline, the life of a migrant labourer becomes fatefully intertwined with that of Jamie, a British expat with his eye on the big time. Exploring the plight of Dubai’s migrant labour force, this urgent new play asks how much longer we can look the other way.

Monday, 26 October 2015 at 7.30pm

The Halting
by Amy Evans. Directed by Suba Das.

The 2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro. David, a non-disabled professional sprinter, has never won a single medal. When his best friend Puma, a double-amputee, miraculously starts breaking one record after another, David fears he’s reached the limits of what his biological body is capable of. In a last desperate attempt at gold, David comes up with a secret plan that he hopes will give him one last chance at success – and change his life forever.

Tuesday, 27 November 2015 at 3.00pm
Displaced
by Natalie Mitchell. Directed by Alex Thorpe.

1974. Greek Cypriot Demetria is adamant she wants to celebrate her birthday with her Turkish neighbours the Ibrahim’s. But as war breaks out, friendships and relationships are tested to the limit as neighbour turns on neighbour...
2015. Leon and June are hoping to live out their retirement dreams in the sunny climes of Kyrenia. When a stranger claims the legal ownership of their new house, Leon, June and Firat all find their worlds thrown into chaos. But is he who he says he is? Displaced is a play about love, identity, and the continuous ripple of consequences that conflict can bring. 

Thursday, 29 October 2015 at 3.00pm
P45
by Steven Hevey. Directed by Harry Mackrill.

Armed with a new job, new suit, and new girlfriend, Paul finally feels strong enough to see his daughter Emily. Having not seen her for the past few years following a difficult divorce from her mother, Paul is keen to make up for lost time. But, as the weekend unfolds, the pressures of his new life with his new girlfriend, Amy, soon prove difficult to balance, and he is made to question whether he's cut out for fatherhood at all.

Sunday, 1 November 2015 at 7.30pm
The Abundant Everlasting
by Chris Dunkley. Directed by Chelsea Walker.

Jimmy believes the conspiracy theory and is taking steps. The post office must be saved from closure, not to help pensioners collect their money, but to prevent the wholesale destruction of everything he holds dear. But he cannot save the world alone. He needs the help of Elise, a fractious laundrette operative whose mother is on her deathbed. The future of the civilised world may just rest upon Elise’s safe return from Stevenage. The Abundant Everlasting is an imagined post-capitalist near-future tragicomedy in which a conspiracy theorist and a laundrette operative attempt to take their place in the resistance against an increasingly violent middle-class revolution making its way in all directions from Didcot.

Monday, 2 November 2015 at 7.30pm
Te Karakia
by Albert Belz. Directed by Andrew Twyman.

Te Karakia is a love story of religious and racial challenge, forgiveness and hope, set amidst the maelstrom of the 1981 Springbok Tour of New Zealand. Excommunicated during his childhood from his family and faith, Matthew Connell has found a home within the New Zealand police force, quickly rising to the elite ranks of the Red Squad. However, Matthew's regimented existence is threatened when Ranea, a young Māori woman from his past, re-emerges to challenge his future. With precipitating civil unrest spreading across the country, Matthew is forced to confront his long-absent father and his childhood past.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015 at 3.00pm
Anti-Matter
by Joy Wilkinson. Directed by Carla Kingham.

Anti-Matter charts the rise, fall and transformation of oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky – how the poor boy who dreamed of being a red director became the richest man in Russia, then seemed to throw it all away to take on Putin and become a political prisoner, making mittens for less than a dollar a month. Theatrically inventive, the play puts the former Yukos Oil chief in the dock again, examining his hubris and hope as the story of our global age, from the boom of the ‘80s through the turmoil of the 2000s to today. When old political certainties have crumbled, what is left, and what is right?

Thursday, 5 November 2015 at 3.00pm
Honest Poverty
by Felix O’Brien. Directed by Joshua McTaggart.

A Scotsman and an Englishman – one a reclusive modern artist, the other a starstruck art student – get into a van. MacGlashan's going home and needs a driver, so Richie's coming with him on the long drive across The Border. As far as Richie's concerned, they're collaborating on 'Project Albion', MacGlashan's incendiary comeback to the art world after more than a decade. But what exactly is Project Albion? Who is exactly is the famed MacGlashan? And what exactly is Irn-Bru supposed to taste of? Honest Poverty is a funny and poignant meditation on art, authenticity, and our complicated relationships with the places we choose to think of as home. 

Sunday, 8 November 2015 at 7.30pm
Close To Home
by Jonathan Gillis. Directed by Tommo Fowler.

A routine morning count in a prison in Israel. Nine years on, two men – an English-born Israeli former guard and a Palestinian former prisoner – continue to wrestle with the memories and fall-out from the event. Preparing to face one another again, their dramatic stories unfold, along with the questions unresolved, over who they are and where they belong.

Monday, 9 November 2015 at 7.30pm
Acceptance
by Amy Ng. Directed by Rebecca Manson Jones.

A Chinese musician applies for a scholarship at the ultra-prestigious Eliot University.  A brilliant student, a world-class violinist, she’s the perfect candidate — but also the alleged victim of sexual abuse by her boarding school teacher. Is she a victim of the white male establishment? An oriental seductress? A deluded nymphomaniac? An attention-seeking liar?   Worldviews clash, prejudices are exposed, values are tested and racial and sexual anxieties come to a head as the admission committee struggles.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 at 3.00pm
The Gift
by Alan Harris. Directed by George Perrin.

Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. Ashley needs to find some cash to save her father’s failing ice cream business. New to the town and the son of a Welsh mum and a Polish dad, Valentyn is trying different ways to fit in – tough when you’re called Valentyn. His dad’s best advice is to get a hobby (the British can relate to someone with a hobby). But Valentyn’s not interested in taking up taxidermy with his father, he’d rather give Ashley a gift so he can save her from taking her top off in front of a webcam – a decision that has far-reaching consequences. 

Thursday, 12 November 2015 at 3.00pm
Lost At Sea
by Morna Young. Directed by Liz Carruthers.

An epic tale spanning forty years of the fishing industry, told through the eyes of one family and the surrounding community. Fishing is still the most dangerous job in the UK – there is fifty times more risk of being killed than in any other profession. Lost At Sea is the story of two brothers experiencing the extremes of the industry – one is lost to the ocean, the other makes his fortune – and features the verbatim voices of fishermen and their families with an added element of ocean mythology. Inspired by the loss of Morna Young’s own father to the ocean, it is a personal tribute to the fishing communities of the North East of Scotland.

Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED

Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Telephone Booking 0844 847 1652 (calls will cost 7ppm plus your network access charge).