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FABULISM Ovalhouse’s Autumn Season

FabulismOvalhouse’s autumn season 2015 celebrates the fantastical amidst the everyday. FABULISM is form of magical realism in which fantastical elements are placed into an everyday setting. This autumn Ovalhouse opens its doors to the possibilities of FABULISM allowing the mundane to become magical and the ordinary to become extraordinary.

Under the fabulous FABULISM umbrella, will be: Slip of Steel’s How does a snake shed its skin? – an anarchic one-woman show about Margaret Thatcher, Virginia Woolf and Marilyn Monroe.

Dark and Lovely by Selina Thompson which invites you inside the Tumbleweave to explore being black, British and female.

fanSHEN’s Invisible Treasure (in collaboration with Hellicar&Lewis) which creates an interactive digital playspace where our actions can change everything. This is an electrifying exploration of human relationships, power structures and individual agency.

Gary Kitching & Greyscale’s Me and Mr C – the ventriloquist dummy inside your head who sees all you see, knows all you know, hears all you hear and sometimes, if you are very unlucky, tells you what he thinks of it all.

then LEAP from Laura Lindow and The Lowry which looks into the almost forgotten past and our attempts to let go. It is a work about how sometimes you have to go backwards in order to move on. It’s about taking a leap.

Rachel Briscoe, Director of Theatre, comments, “Fabulism is a collection of work which combines the ordinary and extraordinary. When we looked at this season, we were struck by how the shows were so different – in subject, form, and audience experience – but there was something about all of them which felt both reassuringly familiar and excitingly peculiar. This combination, this fabulism, is central to what Ovalhouse exists to do: combine an acknowledgement of how things are with a playfulness around how they could be if we turned the rules inside out. We may be a small theatre in south London where the internet goes at snail-speed when it rains, but the artists we’re working with are magic.

The autumn season will also see seven FiRST BiTES – Ovalhouse’s programme of exciting new works-in-development. They offer an early peek at the work Ovalhouse might be supporting over the next few seasons and give the chance for audiences to offer their feedback to help shape what each piece will become. The work might be unfinished or rough around the edges, but the ideas will certainly be vibrant.

The seven new FiRST BiTES are:
SOMETHING ELSE by Leigh/ Obolewicz/ O’Connor – A post-digital Bonnie and Clyde

ALL THAT LIVES by Tatty Hennessy
An alternative black history about a woman whose cells outlived her

WORK PLAY by Nick Field
Cupcake games and surreal office politics

HERE’S HOPING by Accidental Collective
Looking for a chink of light in these dark times

SAUDADE by Xavier de Sousa
What it means to be a migrant: ‘Saudade’ is a Portuguese word for ‘longing’

ABUELO by Amahra Spence
A young black woman and the legacy of her storytelling grandfather

STILL by The Future is Unwritten
Celebrates the life and work of American street photographer Vivian Maier

Ovalhouse, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW
Box Office Tickets are available priced £12 (£7 concessions)
All FiRST BiTES tickets are £5
Available from OvalHouse Box Office and www.ovalhouse.com, 020 7582 7680.
Get 25% off tickets when you book for 2 or more shows!
Twitter @Ovalhouse, #FABULISM
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Monday 7th September 2015


  • Neil Cheesman

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