Ovalhouse’s Summer Season 2018 celebrates innovation and experimentation with an incredible programme of six new shows plus seven FiRST BiTES. Exploring radical themes of social mobility and the violence of austerity, while inviting audiences to an eccentric bee party and a brand new human surround-sound experience, this eclectic season seeks to be accessible to all.
Ovalhouse continue to break boundaries staging inspirational theatre at their home in Kennington; Winners of the Greater Manchester Fringe Award for Best New Writing, Hidden Track Theatre, present Standard:Elite – an interactive theatre experience about class, privilege and social mobility. While specialists in making theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities, Frozen Light, bring their new multi-sensory story of adventure and homecoming in The Isle of Brimsker. In a quest to raise awareness of one of the most pressing socio-political issue of our time, Austerity & Me explores the struggle for survival against the violence of austerity.
Additionally, as part of Ovalhouse’s effort to develop their offsite programme, audiences are invited to venture across the road to St Mark’s Church to attend Undersong, a unique human surround-sound experience using intricate vocal techniques, rich harmony and new compositions.
Ovalhouse’s Summer Season also invites adults and children to save the world – one bee at a time – with a new comedy Me and My Bee! And, to mark Refugee Week, The Croydon Avengers tells the funny and powerful story of terrorist threats, heroism and true friendship in an England that seems frightened of anyone who’s different.
As the theatre prepare to move from their much-loved home in Kennington at the end of next year’s Spring Season, Ovalhouse will mark this momentous event in history by inviting audiences and artists to be a part of a radical final season of plays – The Demolition Party.
Owen Calvert-Lyons, Ovalhouse’s Head of Theatre & Artist Development, comments, The announcement of the Demolition Party season, our final season in Kennington Oval, is a milestone in the fifty-year history of Ovalhouse. But this is no time for nostalgia. This will be a home for ground-breaking theatre until there is no ground left to break. So this season continues our commitment to presenting bold artists with important things to say; from Sophie Woolley’s story of becoming a cochlear-implanted cyborg to the Tokyo Love Hotel’s exploration of the impact of technology on a society increasingly afraid of intimacy.
The diverse programme is as follows:
Hidden Track Theatre present Standard:Elite Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 May, 7.30pm
Make your own choices. Tell your own story. Create your own class war. An anarchic mix of theatre and gaming, Standard:Elite is a playful, interactive theatre experience about class, privilege and social mobility. Everyone gets a Standard ticket. You have to earn an Elite. There are two types of ticket. There aren’t two types of people.
Frozen Light in association with the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich present The Isle of Brimsker Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May, 11am & 1.30pm
A lighthouse keeper lives on a desolate outcrop surrounded by stormy seas. Duty bound to maintain the light that guides boats away from danger, she lives a solitary existence. One day a runaway lands on the shore, together they face the inevitable. Change is on the horizon but not in the form she expects. How do you survive when faced with the biggest decisions of your life? Would you change the world or change yourself? The Isle of Brimsker is a new multi-sensory story ofadventure and homecoming fromFrozen Light, specialists in makingtheatre for audiences with Profoundand Multiple Learning Disabilities.
ThisEgg present Me and My Bee Tuesday 29 May – Saturday 2 June, 2pm
Climate change is massive. Bees aren’t. And our fuzzy little friends need our help and so multi award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show. Help save the world – one bee at a time. Me and My Bee is a new comedy for children and adults alike. Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party. Before it’s too late…
Ovalhouse presents Undersong Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 June, 7pm & 9pm
Undersong is a live, human surround-sound experience. The audience are wrapped in song, moving from tender to expansive, as singers thread around and through the space. An ensemble of people with different qualities of voice animate a series of new compositions inspired by our relationship to our voices throughout our lives. Having established a reputation around the UK and internationally for her innovative approach to musicmaking, exploring myriad ways audiences can experience the voice, Verity Standen creates sound worlds, using intricate vocal techniques and rich harmony.
Ovalhouse Performance Company present Austerity & Me Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 June, 7.30pm (Saturday, 2pm)
Austerity – the big word we’re told so little about. It is reported to have caused over 120,000 deaths in the UK to date and is arguably the most pressing socio-political issue of our time. But what exactly is it? How does it actually affect us? And can we do anything about it? Austerity & Me is an artistic exploration of personal accounts by 18-24 year olds living in south London today. Told through spoken word and physical theatre, this work offers the opportunity for their voice to be heard in the struggle for survival against the violence austerity inflicts.
Ovalhouse, Harrogate Theatre and Maya Productions in association with LittleMighty present The Croydon Avengers Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 June, 11am & 7pm
Regina Rump is on the rampage! A trio of masked vigilantes send Croydon’s crime rate plummeting. They’ve run away from their war-torn homes and are just trying to help. But Regina’s not happy. She orders her media empire to unmask the Avengers and get them off the streets. Are they terrorists? Criminals? Either way, she thinks they’re a threat to British identity. The Croydon Avengers blends comic book visuals with action-packed martial arts to tell a funny, powerful story of terrorist threats, heroism and true friendship in an England that seems frightened of anyone who’s different.