Theatre

Ovalhouse’s Summer Season 2018 celebrates innovation and experimentation with an incredible programme of six new shows plus seven FiRST BiTES.

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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.

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. 

This summer, award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition will present Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy Much Ado About Nothing in seven of England’s most beautiful cathedrals.

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The tour will conclude at London’s historic Gray’s Inn Hall – one of the few remaining original Shakespearean venues, having hosted the first recorded performance of The Comedy of Errors in 1594. 

Set in a sun-drenched French village celebrating the new peace of 1945, Antic Disposition’s Much Ado About Nothing draws its inspiration from the beloved films of French comic genius Jacques Tati (Jour de fête; Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot; Mon Oncle). Combining the verbal fireworks of Shakespeare’s wittiest play with sharp physical comedy, this production is set to a score of live music and songs of the period.

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F*CKING MEN

Following smash-hit, sell-out runs in London, Edinburgh and Dublin, F*cking Men returns to the King’s Head Theatre for a strictly limited three-week run, celebrating the show’s critically acclaimed history at the venue featuring new cast members.

★★★★★ “The King’s Head Theatre continues to amaze and surprise with the shows they stage… this is one of the best” Boyz Magazine

Inspired by classic play, La Ronde, Tony Award winning writer Joe DiPietro reinvents the interweaving tale of lust and longing for present day gay relationships.

★★★★★ ”A great deal smarter than many other plays about affairs of the heart” West End Wilma

A slick dramatic comedy of sexual manners, ten characters circle through a series of erotic encounters, exploring whether gay men are increasingly trapped by monogamy or whether their sexual encounters are fuelled by hunger for elusive, meaning connections. This fearless and audacious celebration of sexuality will fascinate audiences of every persuasion.

★★★★★ “Without a doubt the best play I’ve seen at the King’s Head Theatre” Culture Fly

Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre, Adam Spreadbury-Maher says “After delighting audiences all over the UK, I’m thrilled that F*cking Men is returning home with a brand new cast. There’s something everyone can relate to in Joe DiPietro’s exploration of love, lust and intimacy, so don’t miss this funny, poignant piece about affairs of the heart this Spring.”

Playwright Joe DiPietro
Director Mark Barford
Associate Director Richard De Lisle

Cast
Liam Darby
Richard De Lisle
August Ohlsson

16 May 2018 – 2 June 2018, 8.45pm
no performances 21 or 28 May
matinees on 20, 27 May and 2 June at 4.45pm

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Isaac Came Home From the Mountain

May 9th 2018 – June 2nd 2018

Longlisted for The Bruntwood Prize, Carla Kingham directs the world premiere of Phil Ormrod’s searing new play about searching for a future in the dying heart of England.

A lack of opportunity in rural England impacts strongly on young men and breeds a culture of toxic masculinity, which the production is looking to tackle with a comprehensive engagement programme with a variety of youth groups in Wandsworth and Reading.

“That fire – I know you feel it. If you wanted, you could take everything…”

Bobby’s out of school and out of work. There’s nothing going and nowhere to go. A job with Mike seems like everything he needs. A steady wage. A bit of self-respect. A chance to make good. If only it were that easy. Driven by a dogged determination to prove his worth, Bobby makes a devastating mistake that leaves him without the hope of a future.

Writer Phil Ormrod originally trained as a director, spending a year at Northern Stage on an RTYDS bursary, and was co-director of Switchback. Previous writing includes Lies About My Father (ARC Stockton, New Diorama), Homelands (Bolton Octagon) and Mary Whitehouse Looks Down from Wherever (Camden People’s Theatre). He is currently developing an original series with Kudos (Humans, Utopia).

“Carla Kingham’s careful yet fluid direction tempers the inevitable conclusion with a strong sense of hope” The Stage on No Place Like Hope

Director Carla Kingham’s previous work includes No Place Like Hope (Old Red Lion), Sea Fret (Old Red Lion/HighTide), You’re Human Like the Rest of Them (Finborough), After the Heat We Battle for the Heart (VAULTS Festival) and No Border (Theatre503/Oxford Playhouse). She is currently also developing a new musical in collaboration with playwright Jane Upton and musician Hannah Peel, and a stage adaptation of Miranda July’s No one belongs here more than you with her company Footnote.

The cast includes veteran stage and screen actor Ian Burfield (National Theatre company member, The Selfish Giant), Guy Porritt  (Jerry Springer the Opera, National Theatre/West End), Charles Furness (Sense of an Ending, Sherlock) and Kenny Fullwood.

Cockamamy

The Hope Theatre, 207 Upper Street, London, N1 1RL Tuesday 12th June – Saturday 30th June

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Following sell-out runs at the Camden Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe 2017, where it won the Lustrum Award for Outstanding Play, the heart-warming Cockamamy will come to The Hope Theatre this summer. This razor-sharp play examines companionship and the reality of living with dementia.
 
Starring Louise Coulthard (The Importance of Being Earnest, UK Tour; Doctors, BBC; House
and Garden, The Watermill Theatre) as a granddaughter-turned-carer alongside Mary
Rutherford (Midsummer Night’s Dream, RSC; Metamorphosis, London & National Theatre)
as her grandmother, Cockamamy explores dementia and the effect it has on the immediate
family.
 
Perfectly scripted by Louise Coulthard who cared for her grandmother whilst she was living
with dementia, this play explores the incredible bond between a grandparent and grandchild. Far from a sentimental portrayal of decline, Cockamamy is an honest, funny, and insightful exploration of the realities of living with this degenerative disease.
 
Focusing on the experiences of two strong women and a family powerless against disease,
this play uses the comedy that arises from tragedy to sensitively portray the struggles families around the world face, with one in six people expected to develop dementia according to The Alzheimer’s Society.
 
Director, Rebecca Loudon comments, having lived with my Grandma while she had vascular dementia, Cockamamy resonates with me on multiple levels. The play tackles head on the
silent feelings of guilt and failure often experienced by people living with the disease, while also celebrating the unique connection between a woman and her granddaughter. I believe
Louise’s story acts as a valuable social tool by shining a light on one of the biggest causes of
death to the elderly in the UK, while also demystifying the older generation to the young in a
time where we are outweighed by an ageing population.

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