New writing & Devised shows
what is the true cost of fashion?
Devised by a company of 18 young actors and produced for East15 political theatre module, Moda is a bold, funny and urgent response to youth excessive consumerism and its effect on people and the environment. Using bouffon, puppetry, movement and Romanian chants, it had three sellout shows at the Clifftown theatre as part of Revolution!
FRIDA KAHLO: VIVA LA VIDA!
An explosive on-stage portrait of Latin America’s Greatest Female Painter.
Sharp, witty and bursting with colour, this critically acclaimed, award-winning one-woman show returns to London for its 10 year anniversary, after a sizzling sell out run around the world. Based on fragments of Frida Kahlo’s biography, letters and extracts from her diary, this play powerfully recreates the life of a unique artist, a painter who transferred her vibrant culture and her deepest dramas onto canvas.
★★★★★ The Scotsman ★★★★★ Fringe Review ★★★★★ London Theatre Guide★★★★★ Extra!Extra! ★★★★ Metro ★★★★ Three Weeks ★★★★ On Stage Scotland
A verbatim & fictional piece
In Brazil and the UK violence against women and girls is on the rise. Efêmera introduces us to two women with a story to tell. They may have the courage to share it with you, they may not. A powerful, humorous and delicate piece about how to hold on when life falls apart. Performed by Gaël Le Cornec & Rosie MacPherson.
Commissioned by Queen Mary University of London, King’s College London, People’s Palace Project, Latin American Women’s Rights Service and CASA Festival with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council for a project directed by Cathy McIlwaine.
Poster by Eloise Carles
by Japanese playwright Toshinobu Kojo
When a group of Tokyo office workers are faced with the re-structuring of their company, what begins as a civilised and normal set of negotiations quickly descends into a savage struggle for survival.
In this dark comic world verging on the absurd, office and gender politics collide with firings, organisational reshuffles and cancelled strategies as playwright Toshinobu Kojo draws us into a menacingly unethical and sinister world of broken rules and anarchy. Inspired by William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Kojo’s thrilling descent into horror tackles issues confronted by many living in modern Japanese society today.
Thank you for the support in kind from the Japan Foundation.
A short verbatim solo for Gallery spaces
An audio and movement solo piece based on first hand interviews with women who were victims of violence in the UK, either because of their gender or legal status.
Based on a research by Prof. Cathy Mcllwaine from King's College. Developed during a residency at the Sumerset house as part of the VEM+ network of academics and artists. Believe had a preview at the exchange space and and will go on tour in 2021.
A kick-ass one girl journey in search of refuge.
AWARD WINNING SHOW EDINBURGH FRINGE 2016
"Unbearably powerful and moving."
★★★★ Joyce Macmillan, The Scotsman
"Stunning. Imaginative, emotionally powerful and aesthetically beautiful."
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
Unicef estimates 30 million children are fleeing brutal violence, extreme poverty or both today. Like many others, one night, young Mana from the Red-yellow planet, is forced to catch a shooting star to seek refuge elsewhere. During her journey across the universe, imagination is her best defense in the struggle for survival. Will Mana ever arrive to her dreamland, the beautiful blue planet? Embark in a disturbing coming-of-age, twisted fairy tale, darkly-comic adventure-thriller overflowing with poetry, strange creatures and stunning imagery.
STORIES YOU WOULDN'T TELL YOUR PARENTS...
A site-specific promenade show about the things you, the audience, have hidden from your folks.
You sent us anonymous stories, we retold them into one narrative performed by the most quirky characters in an underground crypt.
GIRLS LIKE THAT
by Canadian Playwright Evan Placey
An explosive play that explores of the pressures on young people today in the wake of advancing technology.
When a naked photograph of Scarlett goes viral, she becomes the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons. But while rumours run wild and everyone forms an opinion, Scarlett just stays silent...
But while rumours run wild and everyone forms an opinion, Scarlett just stays silent...
Girls Like That was named Best Play for Young Audiences at the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards 2015.
Performed by Gloria Akinfe, Philip Beckman,Ricardo Da Silva Horta, Amali Jazeel, Roberta Livingston, Jorie Rhodes, Sarah Schellhas, Cornelia-Li Schöld, Hanna-Lou Sivell.
Poster by Jorge Pamplona.
6 people travel towards a new land...
What is home ? Can you remember what it looks or smells like? Taking these questions as a departure point five characters look for a new place, within themselves and each other, a new place called: home.
Devised by Vala Omarsdöttir, Anne Langford, Imogen Butler-Cole, Sebastian Lawson, David Midlon, Sam Lester.
Photo by Maria Gueberof