Ssssh Karagula Coming To A Secret London Location…


Secret location, London
Friday 10th June – Saturday 9th July, 7.15pm

On a beautiful spring evening – when both moons are full – two teenagers vow eternal love. It is a moment that will have cataclysmic consequences.

Not just for them, but for the world on which they live. A world where Prom Night is a matter of life or death, where weapons are grown and trained like pets, and where a chosen few are hearing a voice. A voice that speaks of … Karagula. Philip Ridley’s Karagula is a world premiere of epic proportions.

One of the largest productions ever staged Off-West End, it pushes the boundaries of British Theatre with its adventurous and daring nature. Written in fractured timescale, Karagula explores our constant need to find meaning.
To believe we’re here for a reason. To have faith in something. Faith in anything.

Taking place in a secret location, Olivier and OFFIE award-winning DEM Productions, emerging company PIGDOG, and Soho Theatre are uniting to offer a unique theatre experience, bringing this extraordinary, form-shattering play to life. Ridley’s Karagula is a sweeping fantasy epic – set entirely in an alternative universe – that chimes chillingly with events in the world today.

PIGDOG is run by Singaporean visual artist Shawn Soh and director Max Barton, whose critically-
acclaimed production of Piranha Heights was short-listed for a Best Production Off West End Award
in 2014. Their experimental and formally playful work aims to help transform how the industryinterprets accessibility, equality and gender politics. With this in mind, Barton and Soh are casting with true diversity, and all performances will be Extra-Live.
Director Max Barton comments,

It’s a thrilling prospect to be on the brink of realising this epic play. It’s so exciting to be working with the ground-breaking Philip Ridley again. In order to bring the wildly imaginative world of Karagula to life, we have assembled a brilliantly diverse group of artists, who bring non-traditional skills and vision to the process. I can’t wait to see what this team will collectively achieve.

Philip Ridley was born in the East End of London. He studied painting at Saint Martin’s School of Art. His stage plays include The Pitchfork Disney, The Fastest Clock in the Universe, Mercury Fur, Tender Napalm, Dark Vanilla Jungle and Radiant Vermin. In 2012, he was named by WhatsOnStage.com as a Jubilee Playwright (one of the most influential British writers to have emerged in the past six decades).

Karagula is produced by Ramin Sabi for D.E.M. Productions who recently won an Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (the youngest ever recipient for a non-acting award) and an Off West End Award for Best Producer in recognition of eight critically and commercially successful plays in less than two years, including three at Theatre503. 

 

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Tess Berry-Hart’s Drama Cargo, Shall Be Sailing In To Arcola Theatre


Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL 

Wednesday 6th July – Saturday 6th August 2016

Cargo is an enthralling new play from author and playwright Tess Berry-Hart (Someone to Blame, Sochi 2014).

Directed by Evening Standard Award nominee David Mercatali (Little Light, Radiant Vermin), this timely world premiere is a tense and provocative thriller that reveals just how much people are willing to risk in search of a better life.

A group of exiles sit in the dark of a container ship with nothing but the clothes on their backs and their wits to rely on. Their homes have been destroyed and their lives upturned, forcing them to take a great leap into the unknown.

As they journey ever closer to their destination in the hope of finding a future, they question what awaits them and if those who pose the greatest threat to their safety might in fact be concealed amongst them. But where have they come from? And who are they?

Cargo is, in part, inspired by Tess Berry-Hart’s experiences as a founding member of Calais Action, a grassroots collective run by ordinary people to help tackle the current refugee crisis. Calais Action has sent hundreds of tonnes of humanitarian aid to Calais, Dunkirk, Hungary, Samos, Lesvos, Leros and Chios and raised thousands of pounds to provide food, medicines, and infrastructure for those in desperate need. Cargo builds on these real life experiences and explores the conflicted loyalties that arise when people are forced to flee their homes, to trust in strangers and confront the possibility of betrayal by those closest to them.
Cargo invites the audience to experience their story. With a fully immersive set made from packing materials and shown in the round from OFFIE-nominated Max Dorey (No Villain, Teddy, Lardo), atmospheric sound from OFFIE-nominated Max Pappenheim (Toast, Wink, Little Light), and evocative lighting from OFFIE-winning Christopher Nairne (This Will End Badly, Lionboy, Coolatully), this trio will recreate the claustrophobic conditions of a shipping container.

This is a gripping thriller that offers a personal and unique take on the migrant crisis, dissecting one of the defining social issues of our time. Tess Berry-Hart comments, My desire is to give the audience an immersive, visceral experience, as if they were refugees travelling secretly in a darkened cargo container. I want them to consider the questions: What if this were us? How would this feel? What would we do?
Produced by Metal Rabbit Productions (Radiant Vermin, Johnny Got His Gun, Lardo).

Frank Sumatra Is Coming To Theatre N16!


May 9th – May 18th, 8.45pm, Theatre N16

Bev and Keith are a nice young couple who like to do their bit for the environment, and spend ten quid a month sponsoring an orphaned orangutan in a Sumatran sanctuary. They’re also trying hard for a baby. When their adopted orangutan turns up on the doorstep, he’s soon got his grippy feet firmly under the table and they find themselves parents to a hairy, delinquent teenager.

The dark and absurd comedy is performed in the style of a live radio recording and is described as Paddington Bear gone wrong. And not a bear.
“Sitcom meets Kafka” British Theatre Guide
Frank Sumatra is a Geordie! The play began life after it was commissioned for a tour of North East venues last year and is now coming to London to take part in the Wandsworth Fringe Festival.

Jamie Eastlake, artistic director of Theatre N16, says:

I loved Frank Sumatra when I read the script and knew it would be a brilliant way to show off some cracking Geordie talent and humour down here.”

Frank Sumatra is written by Newcastle playwright Mike Yeaman. His comedies Lucky Numbers and Canoeing For Beginners have been translated into several languages and produced in Europe and New Zealand, as well as in the UK. The production is directed by Neil Armstrong (Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and National Comedy award nominations) and has Pip Chamberlin, Dean Logan and Hannah Walker in the cast.

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing company that wants to change the face of the theatre industry. It is a bastion for the arts, making theatre accessible and affordable for audiences and in turn allowing artists to survive financially.

The Killing Of Charles Bravo At Theatre N16


May 9th – May 19th, 1pm & 4pm, Theatre N16 

In May 2016, for an extremely limited run, Twenty Seven Live Ltd and Theatre N16 will play host to an exclusive, site specific, promenade performance, based on a real life murder case that took place right in the heart of Balham.

In 1876, a lawyer named Charles Bravo was murdered in his own house, by an unknown assailant, using the most devastating of poisons. To this day, no one knows the truth, or the real murderer, despite many motives and characters that have now been etched in history.

Audiences will meet the very people who wandered these corridors, contemplating their fate, whilst exploring the historical rooms at The Bedford Arms, Balham. The Times called it “the most disgusting exhibition to have been witnessed in this generation”, with many writers and novelists, including Agatha Christie, exploring this dark and sinister side of the Victorian Era.

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing company that wants to change the face of the theatre industry. No matter how little money a production has behind it, if it has potential and that spark of innovation, they want to know. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare of creatives, operating without a hire fee for external companies. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for the arts, making theatre accessible and affordable for audiences and in turn allowing artists to survive financially.

THEATRE BOOK PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED


Last year’s best book about British theatre, according to the judges of this year’s Theatre Book Prize, was a fascinating study based on the files from the Lord Chamberlain’s Office now held in the British Library. 

At a gathering of people from theatre and the book world on April 22nd, held in the historic rooms of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, distinguished actress Dame Siân Phillips presented the prize to Steve Nicholson for The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968 (University of Exeter Press), a story conflict and connivance involving Royal officialdom, theatre managers and some of the key dramatists of the twentieth century. Critics have described it as “forensic and fascinating” and called Nicholson “a scholar who writes with lucidity, wit, humane intelligence and grace of mind. There is no jargon in his pages, but much glorious hilarity.”

In remarks by the judges leading up to the presentation Colin Chambers, called it 

“The final volume of a terrific and important series in which Nicholson delivers his original research into the practice of theatre with characteristic enthusiasm. His detailed account of how theatre and the society it reflects interact is seen through the prism of censorship.”

Author Nicholson, who is Professor in Twentieth Century and Contemporary Theatre at the University of Sheffield, wins after being short-listed for this prize in previous years.

Lowri Amies Presents: WORDS, WORDS, WORDS At Leicester Square Theatre


May 16th – May 21st 2016, Leicester Square Theatre

When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions.”
Critically acclaimed Cambridge University Footlights and Royal Central alumna Lowri Amies bears all in her new play Words, Words, Words, to be performed at the King’s Head Theatre and the Leicester Square Theatre this Spring. 

An exploration of the grieving process, Lowri interweaves Shakespeare with personal stories to shed light on a subject which goes largely unacknowledged and unsupported, especially amongst young people – the death of a parent. 
***** “an amazing talent (…) cleverly incorporates quotes from the Bard’s plays yet still makes sense to those who are not so familiar with them” Vivienne Lafferty

When Lowri lost her mother, she lost her voice. The vocabulary of her childhood disintegrated, the old words failed to fit the new story. Denial, shock…acceptance? Can she rewrite a version of herself which can speak these new words? Words, Words, Words is one girl’s attempt to confront grief in her own voice amidst a sea of others. As an actor, she can borrow Shakespeare’s words to play many parts – Juliet, Rosalind, Macbeth, Hamlet – but can she play herself?

“Superb new play by Lowri Amies – raw, honest and emotional. Highly recommended.” @L_Anstey
“Enjoyed your brave and personal Words, Words, Words last night.” @H_Rietveld
“Very much enjoyed Words, Words, Words; poignant & witty in a very modern while traditionally theatrical sense.” @greanep

The show premièred as part of the Black Box Festival at the Etcetera Theatre in January, and his since played dates at the Miller Theatre and King’s Head Theatre. Given the universality of its message and subject matter, it was not only extremely well received by the artistic community, but also generated interest from the healthcare profession
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Saucy Jack And The Space Vixens At King’s Head Theatre


Hannah Johnson Productions presents:

SAUCY JACK AND THE SPACE VIXENS

Book and Lyrics by Charlotte Mann and Michael Fidler 

Music by Jonathan Croose and Robin Forrest 

Based on original ideas by Johanna Allitt, Simon Curtis, Charlotte Mann and Michael Fidler

26 April – 21 May 2016, 8.45pm (Tuesday – Saturday), 7pm (Sunday), matinee Saturday 21 May at 4pm

Fringe First Award-winning cult musical Saucy
Jack and the Space Vixens, returning to London in its 20th year in 2016, is proud to announce their cast, most of whom return to the show from recent critically acclaimed runs!

“The Rocky Horror Show for the Millennium” The Daily Mail 

Returning from the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 are Kristopher Bosch as Mitch Maypole, Jamie Birkett as Jubilee Climax, Caspar Cordwell-James as Booby Chevalle, Sophie Cordwell-James as Chesty Prospects, and Zoe Nicholls as Bunny Lingus. They are joined by Ashton Charge as Sammy Sax and , Lorna Hall of The Folly Mixtures as Anna Labia, who first performed in the show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, alongside newcomers Hugh Stubbins as Saucy Jack and Tom Whalley as Dr Von Whackoff.

“A wild and whacky night of plasticky razzmatazz” Time Out

In a seedy cabaret bar on the dark side of a distant planet, artistes are being picked off by a serial killer with a penchant for sequins… Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens is a truly immersive theatrical experience. The audience are the patrons of Saucy Jack’s bar, relaxing at tables, drinking and dancing while the show explodes around them

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“THE party night out” The Guardian

Having delighted audiences around the world for over 20 years, including three West End runs, this award-winning musical is back in the capital with a transfer of its exuberant cyberpunk production fresh from the Edinburgh Festival. Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens lands at the King’s Head Theatre in Islington for four weeks of glitter-fueled fun from April 26th. Dust off your glitterboots, set your disco beams to stunning and join in with this all singing, all dancing, disco spectacular.

Sometimes You Just Can’t..

You know that feeling creatives, when everything in your career is going really well, amazing in fact, but you just can’t seem to raise a smile. You feel guilty about this fact and feel guilty you are feeling guilty, because you just can’t control it. The overwhelming feeling of being ungrateful takes over, but you can’t shake it off, simply because you feel you are failing at another area of your life.

You’re a disaster zone when it comes to relationships, you aren’t destined to be happy and the universe is against you. Sound familiar? You want a Wuthering Heights kind of love, you don’t want to settle for anything less. You think you’ve found that person who adores you, but alas, it’s another catastrophe, to add to the big list of them you have already accumulated.

We constantly worry about finance and finance oh and future finance. OK who doesn’t? But we do it a lot to the point where we can’t just enjoy what we are achieving, as we are thinking millions of light years in to the future as our work is unpredictable to say the least, although that’s part of the reason we do it.

I’m sure you are thinking either shut the hell up or oh, the above two paragraphs describe me. Chances are though, if you are in our industry, its unfortunately the latter reaction. For some reason we are toxic dynamite with an outer shell of gold. We as creatives seem to ‘have it all’ but we really don’t. We, for the most part, are an illusion, even to ourselves. It can be easier to focus on a glittering exterior, than the interior that is our worst own enemy-ourselves.

The light at the end of the tunnel is..We love what we do! Yes we adore what we do so much, we almost don’t care that we have a turbulent personal life and an empty bank account… most of the time. Focusing on the good we have in our lives may sound simple enough, but it’s sometimes the hardest thing to put in to practice. When you can’t raise that smile as you are worrying about everything apart from your achievements, don’t feel guilty, feel well, normal.
 

An Evening With Matthew Strachan And Guests At St. James Studio 

St. James Studio, 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA Monday 

23rd May, 8pm

Award-winning composer and songwriter Matthew Strachan returns to the St James Studio for one night only with special guests to perform his latest off-beat satirical songs alongside his show numbers and Nashville tunes. Likened to Tom Lehrer and Randy Newman, Matthew writes characterful songs about lovers, psychopaths and everyday Joes.

Besides composing for film and TV – including the iconic soundtrack of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – he’s written music and lyrics for three musicals and songs for Nashville recording artists.

Matthew will be joined by special guests Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, White Christmas, Oh! What a Lovely War) and Abigail Matthews (Goodnight Mister Tom, War Horse).
Each song, as in Sondheim, has the ingenious structure of a mini-play (Michael Billington, The Guardian).
Matthew Strachan grew up in show business and started writing songs when he was sixteen.

After studying composition at Dartington and Goldsmiths College he began working as a composer for television gaining such credits as The Detectives, The Hypnotic World of Paul McKenna, and Question Time. His award-winning soundtrack to Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? has made appearances in such varied productions as The Sopranos, About A Boy, and Slumdog Millionaire and won Matthew a total of twelve awards in the US and UK.

Following ten years of TV work Matthew spent two years in Nashville collaborating with a number of hit songwriters including Tom Kimmel, J. Fred Knobloch and Don Henry.

37203, analbum featuring his Nashville material, was released in 2008. Matthew’s first musical Next Door’s Baby, (co-written with his wife Bernie Gaughan) premiered in London in 2008 starring Louise Gold.

His most recent show, About Bill, premiered at the Landor Theatre starring Kim Ismay.
In 2014 Matthew composed the theme for the BBC Radio WWI drama, Home Front. His latest album of songs, Perfect World Now Possible was released in 2015. 

 

NUDE At The Hope Theatre

 

May 3rd-21st 

The Hope Theatre, Islington, N1 1RL

Nude is produced in association with Forest Forge Theatre Company.
A new poem-turned play about love and fate – how two strangers can become lovers and how relationships grow and fade endlessly.

Heavily influenced by The Ruba’iyat of Omar Khayyam, this original play is an exploration of two people’s love for one another and how fate might play its part.

Love grows and fades, nearly always involves two strangers and, like life itself, is almost entirely unexplained. Fate, here, is personified. Fate is someone we all know.
Nude was commissioned by Apples and Snakes and was produced by element arts as a part of the SO:To Speak Festival 2015 where the play premiered in a 20ft shipping container in Southampton.

After its run at The Hope Theatre, Nude will transfer to Forest Forge Theatre Company in the heart of the New Forest before heading out on a tour of the South.
Nude runs at approximately 60 minutes with no interval.

Cast:
Michelle Fahrenheim,Edward Nash and Roshni Rathore

Forest Forge is one of the British leading touring theatre companies based in the New Forest, England. Founded in 1981, the company is known for touring high caliber productions to rural and village communities.

Ian Nicholson, director.

Ian has directed plays at New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, Bush Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, New Diorama Theatre, The Bike Shed Exeter and The Egg Bath to name a few. Ian is Artistic Director of Old Salt Theatre. Minglu Wang, designer. Minglu was a 2015 finalist for The Linbury Prize (Royal Court).
Paul Hewitt, playwright. His works for stage include Very Pleasant Sensations (Cockpit Theatre, London); Phaedra’s Christmas (Omnibus Theatre, London); Another Hundred People (Theatre Royal, York); Today I Bought A Yellow Car (London Theatre Workshop); Miss Julie (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton).

PR and Press Lauren Gauge