After sell out success at VAULT Festival 2016, award-winning theatre company PLAY are returning underground with a brand new season of brilliant work. The Subterranean Season features eight box-fresh PLAYs created by some of the industry’s hottest emerging talent including Aisha Zia, Abi Zakarian, Matilda Ibini, Hannah Hauer-King, Anthony Lau and Holly Race-Roughan.
A company of thirty-six actors, writers and directors will be brought together to share a PLAYroom and in just two weeks collaborate, devise and create eight new plays exclusively for VAULT Festival 2017.
PLAY is an award winning theatre company championing a collaborative approach to making new work, with a unique brand of daring theatrical sport. Since the company was founded in 2015, PLAY has worked with over 100 of the brightest and best creatives and produced 22 brand new PLAYs which have been performed to sell-out audiences at venues including The Old Red Lion, The Pleasance, Hackney Showroom, Live at Zedel and Paines Plough’s Roundabout.
The Subterranean Season will bookend VAULT Festival 2017, opening and closing London’s biggest arts festival. This is theatre at its freshest and most vital, brimming with bite, wit and charm.
January Company includes…
Kate Kennedy, writer of Papatango Prize shortlisted THE WIN BIN (Old Red Lion). BBC Drama Room & Royal Court Studio Group’s, Miriam Battye. Aisha Zia, writer of Fringe First award-winning NO GUTS, NO HEART, NO GLORY and Abi Zakarian, writer of the critically-acclaimed FABRIC.
With Directors including Holly Race-Roughan (CLICKBAIT, BEST SERVED COLD, Associate Director on PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS) Anthony Lau (Resident Associate at Nuffield Theatre), Damsel Production’s Hannah Hauer-King (FURY, BRUTE, DRY LAND) and Matt Harrison (Kneehigh, NYT)
Emily Barber (CYMBELINE, The Globe), Jessica Clarke (SKIN A CAT, Bunker Theatre), Patrick Osborne (AFTER OCTOBER, Finborough Theatre), Benjamin Wainwright (ROSS, Chichester Festival Theatre), Emily Stott (EARLY DOORS, Not Too Tame), Eleanor Hafner (THE DANISH GIRL, Working Title Films), Santino Smith (ALL THAT I AM, The Gate/RWCMD), Leo Wan (TWELFTH NIGHT, The Orange Tree), Mariam Haque (DARA, National Theatre), Alex Griffin-Griffiths (STELLA, Sky One).
“Seriously impressive. An extraordinary success.” – Ought To Be Clown’s Ian Foster (on PLAY’s season at VAULT Festival 2016)
“We are incredibly excited to be returning underground as part of VAULT Festival this January. It is a priviledge to be working with such an astonishingly talented company, who came together for the first time only days ago. Part of the joy of PLAY’s collaborative process is watching something unfurl so rapidly from nothing. As of yet, we have no idea what these plays will be about, but guaranteed they will be whip-smart, full of energy and the perfect antidote to the January blues!” – Rebecca Durbin, PLAY Theatre Company’s Artistic Director