A powerful spring season of groundbreaking new writing is announced at Theatre503. Building on the success of their 2014 programme, in which the venue’s productions received more than 12 Off West End Award nominations and a Peter Brook Award nomination, the Theatre503 Spring Season is a celebration of new writing. There is a range of compelling works from exceptional writers across the globe covering topics as diverse as fertility, online identity, slavery and gun crime.
Paul Robinson, Artistic Director of Theatre503, says: ‘We are extremely proud of our Spring 2015 Season. As a venue we are working with more first time writers than ever before. Each of the shows has a connection with the building and all bring to fruition huge investment from 503. Animals will be a particular highlight for me as the first in-house show directed by Lisa Cagnacci, my Associate Artistic Director, written by hugely promising Yorkshire based writer Emma Adams.
In tough times and when other organisations are shying away from new writing altogether, this coming season epitomises the work we do and why we do it. A current, eclectic and powerful collection of work which we are thrilled to be presenting.’
Highlights of this groundbreaking season, programmed until July 2015, include:
Yorkshire-based Emma Adams’ Animals (Tuesday 7th April – Saturday 2nd May) – a wicked satire set in a world where everyone over 60 is tossed on the scrapheap, children are hothoused and being a ‘burden on society’ is the ultimate crime. Animals is directed by Lisa Cagnacci, Associate Artistic Director of Theatre503.
I and the Village (Tuesday 9th June – Saturday 4th July) is by award-winning playwright Silva Semerciyan (Gather Ye Rosebuds). Shortlised for the Bruntwood Playwriting Prize, this is a coming of age story that asks pointed questions about conformity, dissent and America’s devotion to guns. This exceptional world premiere is directed by Robert Shaw Cameron (Birmingham REP & Sheffield Crucible).
Ken Urban’s award-winning Sense of an Ending (Tuesday 12th May – Saturday 6th June) shines a light on journalistic truth and morality amid the atrocity of the Rwandan genocide. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, to coincide with the 21st anniversary of the genocide, this striking and compelling political thriller asks if forgiveness is possible in a world framed by journalism where truth is never simple.
And 503Fusions (Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th January), a unique and experimental series of provocations in which playwrights and theatre-makers are challenged to collaborate, blur boundaries and create fascinating fusions. Writers will collaborate with a director and a musician to create an innovative synthesis of storytelling, spoken word, playwriting, performance and live soundscape scores. Featuring Tommy Sissons and Deanna Rodger among others.
Theatre503 can be considered as a home of groundbreaking plays. They stage and produce work that is game-changing, relevant, surprising, mischievous, visually thrilling and theatrical allowing their audiences to reflect on their place in the world. Going into its 33rd year, the theatre is still bursting with possibility and this season highlights the opportunities they provide for high-quality new writing.
Other works as part of the Spring Season are:
The Empty Frame (Tuesday 20th January – Saturday 24th January) PSYCHEdelight’s The Empty Frame is based on French writer Sophie Besse’s own experience in a fertility clinic. The company aim to highlight the complexity of personal journeys and create new work that is daring and socially engaging using theatre, music and visual poetry.
The Separation (Tuesday 27th January – Saturday 21st February) Fresh from a successful run at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre, The Separation is directed by Simon Evans (The Silence of the Sea at Trafalgar Studios). Set in the build-up to Ireland’s historic divorce referendum of 1995, it is an unsettling and uproarious journey into the dark heart of a disintegrating Dublin family.
Muscovado (Tuesday 24th February – Saturday 7th March) Muscovado is the scorching new play by Matilda Ibini about slavery in nineteenth-century Barbados. A heady mix of sexual intrigue, piercing choral music and extreme racial tension, Muscovado provides an unflinching portrayal of life on a sugar plantation in 1808, accompanied by a live original musical score and atmospheric soundscape.
WINK (Tuesday 10th March – Saturday 4th April) Fuelled by an electrifying mix of music and movement, WINK looks at two lives veering dangerously close to collision, asking us what separates the man from the boy in an age of twisted technology and online profiles. Ticket prices start from £15 with concessions available.
Thursday 4th December 2014