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Past programme

Showcases an eclectic range of fresh and interesting contemporary work, largely by emerging artistslondondance.com
Theatre

Art in the Balkans - Half Life

by Filip Vujosevic

Dates
Tuesday 6 December 2005 - Friday 23 December 2005
Supported by
Neighbourhood Renewal Unit & Arts Council England

Whoever's spent some time wandering around the concrete shopping centres, tube stations, underpasses and old library buildings all over the Balkans would have been struck by the number of computer centres and internet cafés to be found. In them, all day and all night, youths in designer clothes are busy playing violent interactive video games with loud music playing in the background. "What else is there to do?” asks one of the characters in Filip Vujosevic’s play Half Life.

This is the reality, or rather the virtual reality, experienced by many young people in the Balkans: they live with their parents, are unemployed and without any real prospect of getting a job. They are in Europe , with satellite TVs, Champions League, mobile phones and all the global imagery of success in the 21st century. Half Life follows Bole, Crooks and Killer Belgrade as they prepare for the Counter Strike competition.


Directed by
Steve Harper
Designer
Mamoru Iriguchi(Winner of Best Design, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009)
Music & Sound Designer
Daniel Biro
Lighting Designer
Ben Pacey
Cast
Tarl Caple, Molly Davies, Claudia Duffy, David Newman & Grant Orviss

Press

"A bravura promenade production by Steve Harper"
Theatre

Art in the Balkans - Dead Man's Coat

by Hajdana Baletić

Dates
Wednesday 16 November 2005 - Saturday 3 December 2005

Vera lives in an apartment in post-war Belgrade. She is bullied by Nenad, who claims the missing owner, Jovan, is presumed dead and the apartment is his by right as it had been snatched from his grandfather by the ‘communists’ in the first place. Then a man returns home. He is the keeper of a terrible secret.

Apart from a dead man’s coat, everything else seems unreal, like a dream, like a nightmare. After the war, the abyss, the void.


Directed by
Antonio Ribeiro
Designer
Mamoru Iriguchi(Winner of Best Design, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009 for Mincemeat)
Music & Sound Designer
Daniel Biro
Lighting Designer
Ben Pacey
Cast
Steven Anstee, Gigi Burgdorf, Kristina Erdely, Christopher Kinread & Alan Marni

Press

"A poignant reminder of how the effects of war ripple on long after the cessation of hostilities" The Stage
Theatre

Art in the Balkans - Pedalo

by Nenad Velickovic

Dates
Wednesday 26 October 2005 - Saturday 12 November 2005

Two couples from Sarajevo are spending their holiday on the Croatian coast. The war in Bosnia is now part of the past, but the bombing of Serbia still lingers. One morning, they hire a pedal boat and venture away from the coast line. Something breaks and the pedal boat floats towards the open sea...

The emptiness ahead transforms them, bringing out selfishness, aggression, fear of death, desire to control, betrayal and the incapability for love... the war is again present but without a uniform, its tentacles reaching out to strangle humanity.


Directed by
Maja Milatovic-Ovadia
Designer
Mamoru Iriguchi(Winner of Best Design, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009)
Music & Sound Designer
Daniel Biro
Lighting Designer
Ben Pacey
Cast
Gaby Crewe-Read, Evie Dawnay, David Haworth & Alan Marni
Theatre

Art in the Balkans - Rehearsed Readings

 

Dates
Saturday 1 October 2005 - Tuesday 1 November 2005

Two of Us (Dvije)

by Tena Stivicic [Croatia]
Directed by Dawn Walton

Can I Seduce You? (Vas lahko zapeljem)

by Mateja Perpat [Slovenia]
Directed by Sladjana Vujovic

Dear Dad (Dragi tata)

by Milena Bogavac [Serbia]
Directed by Steve Harper

Tracks (Sine)

by Milena Bogavac [Serbia]
Directed by Nuria Benet

Tobelija

by Ljubomir Djurkovic [Montenegro]
Directed by Antonio Ribeiro


Theatre

Here is the Blues!

by Billy Jenkins & Steve Morrison

Dates
Wednesday 3 August 2005 - Wednesday 31 August 2005


Press

Legendary blues guitar maestro Billy Jenkins - "one of our national treasures" - Penguin Guide to Jazz
"South-East London's blues-jazz comedy hero comes up trumps with another sparkling summer residency at Camberwell's coolest venue" - The Guardian
Theatre

Revolving Stages

 

Showcasing new writing

Dates
Monday 23 May 2005 - Saturday 28 May 2005

Cavemen

by Mary Mazzilli
Directed by Louise Wallis

Spring Cleaning

by Fiona Whitelaw
Directed by Louise Wallis

Crumble

by Mark O'Neil
Directed by Maja Milatovic-Ovadia

Night Sweats

by William Drew
Directed by Rachel Hogg

The Bigger Picture

by Julie Bower
Directed by Rachel Hogg

Blood Oil

by Sean Burn
Directed by Vanessa Mobiglia


Set Design and Construction
Mamoru Iriguchi
Lighting Design
Ben Pacey
Props
Jade Moore
Theatre

Paint Over

by Antonio Ribeiro

A modern farce about the world of spin.

Dates
Wednesday 13 April 2005 - Saturday 7 May 2005
Supported by
The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation

John Riggs is the best spin doctor in town. He runs an established PR firm, working with clients to make them 'beautiful' using any means necessary and at any cost.

In a world where the truth is the least relevant part of the equation, Riggs looks after the image and popularity credentials of a number of public figures, exposing the manipulation, greed and thirst for power in a game where money does the talking.

However, beneath the gloss, cracks start to appear. Unable to spin himself out of a web of deceit, Riggs is confronted with the truth he has so ingeniously hidden from his wife, friends and mother-in-law...


Directed by
David Mercatali
Props & Costumes
Jade Moore
Lighting Designer
Babatunde Disu
Cast
Theresa Aldridge, Geoff Aymer, Tunde Disu, Ida Goldapple, Vanessa Jane Gray, Matthew Hendrickson & Harold Saks

Press

"Contagiously energetic and delightfully absurd"
Dance

The Extra

Sally Marie (National Dance Awards Nominee: Spotlight Award 2007 & Outstanding Female Performance 2009)

Dates
Friday 1 April 2005 - Sunday 3 April 2005

from mum to mum from me

This dance is partly for her, it is partly her.

A bitter-sweet solo smothered in a smooth and deliciously deep icing of turns, jumps, spins and smiles. But the icing is brittle and it's beginning to crack... The dance drifts and slips, sliding away to reveal the deeper fears beneath.

The Extra

A Small Requiem for a Friendship

Everyone has lost someone they love, whether by death or goodbye.

Sepia dazed, via a string of gins & tonics and dances with invisible party guests, one woman attempts to reintegrate herself into a technicolour world that she no longer feels part of.


Interval piano recital by
Miaomiao Yu
Designer
Andy Hamer
Lighting Designer
Jonathan Samuels
Sound
Michael Channon
Video
Steven Hanks

Press

"This brace of bittersweet dance-theatre solos from an endearing and heart-felt eccentric should go down a treat" Time Out
Theatre

Paramour

by Chopped Logic

Dates
Saturday 12 March 2005 - Saturday 19 March 2005

Two minds are full of stories; but telling is never simple, especially when the tales insist on colliding. This is Paramour, a new performance about what we try to tell each other, and what we choose to hide.

"Even amongst thieves there is a desire to tell stories."

Two performers and several characters circle around one another, and around their subject. They are searching for something, a search which tears hearts from their envelopes and smudges the ink of other lives. Could this be love? Or is it all a joke?


Cast
Cassie Werber & Gilbert Taylor
Theatre

Fugue

Another Planet Productions

Dates
Tuesday 21 September 2004 - Saturday 9 October 2004


Writer
Rona Munro
Director
Nuria Benet
Designer
Nic Holdridge
Costume & Props Designer
Sarah Grange
Lighting Design
Sally Ferguson
Video
Jay Stewart
Original music
Sean Garland
Sound Design
Jason Jenkins
Cast
Theresa Aldridge, Heather Rayment & Sarah Winterflood

Press

"Nuria Benet exploits the play's horror element to great effect in her disturbing, well acted production"
Theatre

Life's a Dream

Snowy Dreams.Inc

Dates
Tuesday 31 August 2004 - Saturday 18 September 2004


Writer
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Adapted by
Adrian Mitchell & John Barton
Director
Caz Binstead
Designer
Mila Sanders
Lighting Designer
Felix Oehl
Costume Designer
Huriye Hemati
Music
"Monkey Steak"
Fight Director
James Hammond
Cast
Richard Cunningham, Jo Dockery, Staten Eliot, Sarah Everard, Sheryl Gannaway, Jon Hewines, Vito Hind, Phillip Lee, Richard Mason & John Persson

Press

"An intelligent and moving outing of a perfectly crafted play"
Theatre

Waking up Suddenly

by Tess Berry-Hart

Dates
Tuesday 8 June 2004 - Saturday 26 June 2004
Supported by
Unity Theatre Trust

Family problems? Try some of these instead. Your father died. Your daughter hates you. Your mum's a liar. Your wife's divorcing you. Your ex-husband's suicidal. Your son's a blackmailing psychopath. And you're in love with the wrong person.

Uncle. Sister. Brother. Rival. Pervert. Martyr. Lover. Killer. How many roles can you juggle? What would you give to turn the clock back?


Directed by
Tess Berry-Hart
Cast
Jane Allighan, Alexis Dubus, Terry Jermyn, Julie Mayhew & Steve Rice

Press

"A fresh and intriguing piece of work"
Theatre

Trick Boxing

by Sossy Productions

Dates
Wednesday 5 May 2004 - Saturday 22 May 2004

The tale of Danny David, a lowly apple-seller, who is bamboozled into becoming a boxer by a low-level hustler, and ends up dancing his way through the championship with the help of Bella, a dame with a few moves of her own.


Cast
Brian Sostek & Megan McClellan
Theatre

!Runners

by Cristina Teixeira

Dates
Wednesday 12 November 2003 - Saturday 29 November 2003

First there was reality TV. Now there's reality theatre. The question is, what is reality? When your appointment comes through for group therapy, you’re bound to feel a bit awkward at first. But at the friendly Acorn Therapy Group you'll meet Doctor Ralf & a whole host of fascinating characters. However, this proves to be no ordinary group therapy as events reach a nail-biting climax. But Doctor Ralf has got the situation well in hand … or has he?


Directed by
Cristina Teixeira
Dramaturgy and Script Edition by
Tess Berry-Hart
Cast
Maurice Gleeson, Maite Von Melle, Elliott James-Fisher, Francesca Wilde, Nick Danan, Antonio Ribeiro, Madelaine Moore & Yasmina Chirazi

Press

"A brisk, loud and lively production, peppered with amusing gobbets of psychobabble"
Theatre

W.C.

by Antonio Ribeiro

Time Out

Dates
Monday 7 July 2003 - Saturday 26 July 2003
Supported by
The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation

"Think before you go. It’s called forward planning"

Homespun philosopher and toilet-attendant Ted creates his own world of law and order within the murky walls of a subterranean public convenience away from the corrupt world outside. With the help of his devoted disciple Rob, Ted sets out on his mission to bring justice to the world. When a clown and an evangelical preacher wander into Ted’s domain they are forced to confront the ultimate consequences of their actions.

Centred around the themes of religion and justice, W.C. is a piece of theatre of great relevance today, as conflicts flare in the modern world, in the quest for territorial and religious supremacy, but above all about man’s desire to control others.


Written and Directed by
Antonio Ribeiro
Dramaturgy by
Cristina Teixeira & Tess Berry-Hart
Set Design by
Kate Bannister, Karl Swinyard & Maira Vazeou
Music & Sound by
Daniel Biro
Lighting by
Andrew Earle
Costumes by
Lu Firth
Cast
Phillip Goodchild, Matt Ian Kelly, Cedric Duncan & Anthony Atttah

Press

"Well paced, with a nice hint of black absurdism, undoubtedly great fun."