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Past programme

Showcases an eclectic range of fresh and interesting contemporary work, largely by emerging

Seneca's Oedipus

by Leonie Kubigsteltig in association with Cherub Productions
adapted by Ted Hughes

Thursday 28 February 2008
Supported by
Geothe-Institut London

This work is a first collaboration between Leonie Kubigsteltig (London) and Simone Younossi (Berlin). Together they are searching for new forms of experimental chorus work, based on its strong tradition in German theatre.

Leonie Kubigsteltig
Chorus work
Simone Younossi
Lighting Designer
Boris Kahnert
Marcel Bruneau, Justin Davey Mitchell, Nick Richards, Caroline Thompson & Cath Whitefield

After They Left & Rumpelstiltskin

by Silversmith Dance Theatre

Two exciting and fresh pieces of dance theatre combining innovatively expressive movement with live electronic, instrumental, and environmental sounds created by award-winning composer John Chambers.

Thursday 13 December 2007 - Saturday 15 December 2007

SILVERSMITH DANCE COMPANY produces innovative and accessible dance theatre through artistic collaborations. The company’s work focuses upon human themes and narratives of a dark comedic nature, merging different movement styles with the theatrical to create thought-provoking contemporary work.

After They Left

A woman feels that her house and its memories are too painful, so she decides to move on... and live in her garden for a while. Come and peek over the fence as she is left to ponder on her loneliness, and indulge in her imagination and environment.


This classic Grimm Brothers tale is re-told through dark physical imagery and atmospheric music. Two dancers and four musicians conjure a world of power, greed, and sinister magic. A world in which a living thing is more precious than any treasure.


Meet Me In The…


An evening of collective arts selected by three female choreographers

Thursday 13 December 2007 - Saturday 15 December 2007
Art accompanying 'Meet Me In The' by
Alec Moors

Marks That Behold

Sylvia Ferreira Dance Company

  • Director & Choreographer: Sylvia Dos Santos Ferreira
  • Musician: John Chambers
  • Dancers: Lorraine Smith, Jacqui Johnston & Wang Chen Chang

Marks that Behold has enticed and embodied the dark and light images of the Catholic religion. The work explores the dancers' and choreographer’s interpretation of those images. The piece does not attempt to make a statement about the religion: that is what the audience is there for…


Being Small Dance

  • Directors: Bruno Mathez, Lizzie Sells & Maria Svensson
  • Performers: Lizzie Sells & Maria Svensson
  • Composer: Benoit Seyrat
  • Film Designer: Bruno Mathez

Being Small Dance’s latest work is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. First performed at Abundance International Dance Festival in Sweden in 2007, this new adaptation sees two dancers and a video artist experimenting more abstractly with the notions of dreams and surrealism.

Six Litres of Air


  • Choreographer: Katja Nyqvist
  • Composer: Jacob Shirley
  • Performers: Katja Nyqvist & Jacob Shirley

Six Litres of Air explores the idea of breath as a rhythmic stimulus for movement and sound. It is a collaboration between a dancer and a musician playing the electric cello.


Pelleas & The Lady of Shalott

by Revolving Doors Theatre

Tuesday 20 November 2007 - Saturday 8 December 2007

The legends of King Arthur are Britain’s version of the Greek Myths: big stories that are psychologically compelling and dramatically visual in their motifs and language.

Revolving Doors Theatre focuses on two such legends: Pelleas, the young knight's tale of love & betrayal, and The Lady of Shalott, the ill-fated maiden who falls in love with Sir Lancelot.


  • Written & directed by Louise Harley
  • Cast: Charlotte Ammerlaan, Martina Clarke, Jamie Debbage, Jago Northcote, Caroline Partridge & Patrick Ross

The Lady of Shalott

  • Poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
  • Adapted & directed by Aaron Paterson
  • Cast: Elizabeth Boag, Bodelle de Ronde, Anne Rabbitt & Heather Saunders


Memories of Three


Thursday 15 November 2007 - Saturday 17 November 2007

In a Place of Uncertainty

  • Choreography: Chris Clow
  • Performers: Lauren Aizlewood, Andrej Gubanov & Minami Tamagawa
  • Music: Oli Newman

What happens to the world around you, when someone you love becomes a distant memory? In this beautifully crafted trio, three stories are told through an innovative work that blends dance, music, film & lighting.

Human Echo

  • Choreography: Maria Korsnes
  • Music: Rob Colquhoun
  • Lighting: Gregor Knuppel

An atmospheric study of home, of memories of a visual landscape & thoughts about the environment we now find ourselves in. Drawing on personal memories and experiences alike, layers of textures and moods are presented to the viewer by moments of stillness and thought.

Somewhere Between a Self and An Other

  • Choreography: Hagit Yakira
  • Performers: Yarit Dor & Hagit Yakira
  • Lighting: Hagit Yakira
  • Costume Design: Ruggiero Desantis
    • This is a performance based on a lengthy experiment which combined self exploration and movement research with aspects of Lacan's post modern theory on self identity. The work explores inter-personal relationships in a Lacanian context (amongst other post modernists) and discusses how relationships of oneself with an other and oneself with his own memory (memories), influence our individual search for identity.


"A contemporary dance treat"

Photographic exhibition accompanying 'Memories of Three'

by Julia Burnstein
Thursday 15 November 2007 - Saturday 17 November 2007

Burstein's dance photography evolves from her experience both as a photographer and a dancer.

She photographs the performing arts, collaborating with choreographers and dancers, creating still images that convey not just the physical aspect of the performance, but the experience as a whole, comprised of all senses; the rhythm; the space; the relationship between the dancers; the relationship between dancers and space; watching the dancers, witnessing the moment, translating and capturing the essence of a transitory creation.


Behind the Mirror

“An exhilarating piece of theatre” Metro ★★★★

Tuesday 23 October 2007 - Saturday 10 November 2007

Man loves Woman, Woman loves Man - but Man has a mirror image, hell-bent on ruining everything…

A fast, comic and touching love story - without words.

Behind the Mirror had an Edinburgh run in August 2008 and was nominated for a Total Theatre Award.

Theatre Adinfinitum website

Theatre Ad Infinitum became an associate company at The Bush Theatre earlier this year.

Directed and conceived by
George Mann (Best Solo Performer for "The Odyssey", The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence 2009)
Devised & performed by
George Mann, Deborah Pugh & James Turpin
Photo by
Adeline Ishiomin


"The Lecoq-trained mime ensemble Theatre ad Infinitum have moved to the front of the pack, their vivid mix of theatre, clowning and storytelling gaining them critical acclaim as well as a Fringe Best award for Behind The Mirror" The Guardian

Uncle Barry

by Grey Light Productions

"Every man has a potential moustache. It's just that I've embraced the potential"

A new comedy by Cameron Mackintosh Award-winning writer Sam Thomas

Tuesday 2 October 2007 - Saturday 20 October 2007
Supported by
Unity Theatre Trust

Barry is unemployed & angry at the goings-on at the Neighbourhood Watch. This time he thinks he has the answer. Barry has decided to set up his own state. In a pathetic attempt at living-room nation-building, Barry enlists the help of his best friend Mickey and his nephew Pecks, who is brought in to oversee matters of national security. With no idea what they're doing, and no future thought beyond the opening ceremony, this three-man attempt at democracy results in flags being made, anthems being sung and life-long friendships being tested…

"We - Michael Jeremy Davis and Barry NoMiddleName Parfitt - I'm not going to tell you what will happen. But what I will say is this: I've hired a heavy"

Directed by
Georgina Guy
Designed by
Hilary Statts
Lighting by
Martin Ellsmore
Lee Bane, Philip Brook, Audrey Leybourne & Matthew Ward


"Well-crafted study in male incompetence" The Stage

Shall I Kill Mama

by Marysal Productions

A bitter-sweet comedy by Trevor Thomas

Tuesday 11 September 2007 - Saturday 29 September 2007
Post show discussions
Chaired by psychotherapist Jadzia Kopiel

- I’m dying Bunter. Just a matter of when.
- What makes you think God’s ready for you yet?
- He’s ready. Told Him I’m coming.
- You told God?
- Yep, and He told me to call you.

Mama may be frail but she’s also feisty. Who will win this mother of all battles?

"A Mama wants to die. She needs her son’s help. He should help, plain and simple. It’s his duty. What’s all this about motivation? I wanted a son, I get Hamlet…"

Trevor Thomas
Anton Phillips
Paul Micah
Lavern Archer & Victor Romero Evans


"Thomas provides a well-wrought drama; Archer crowns it with a star turn"

Tea is Essential at Afternoon Meetings

by Team
Friday 13 July 2007 - Friday 17 August 2007

"The innovative design group Team" The Guardian

A selection of self-initiated projects including:

A proposal to the British Wind Energy Association to establish the image of wind-farms as a quintessential part of the British countryside;

An advertising campaign called 'Boycott Oxfam';

A soundtrack for the east of England;

A series of products that answer needs generated around the cigarette break phenomenon;

The Vending Machine Project: a vending machine that makes you consider whether it should be your responsibility to put the good of society above your own interests.


Writers At Work


Rehearsed readings by the writers and directors of tomorrow

Tuesday 3 July 2007 - Saturday 7 July 2007

Werfel Vs Odets

  • Writer: Michaela Ronzini
  • Translator: Penny Black
  • Director: Christopher Gutmann
  • Cast: Saul Reichlin & Tom Sykes
    • Los Angeles 1943: Franz Werfel has written a play based on his personal experiences in exile from the ever increasing expansion of the Nazis. The United States Theatre Guild brings in former leading New York playwright Clifford Odets to give the play a 'make-over' to appeal to American audiences. In this fictional account of an actual event, who will win this battle for Broadway?

      Good Hands

      • Writer: Emily Hunka
      • Director: Emma Hewitt
      • Cast: Sian Breckin, Laura Glover, Gareth Richardson, Simon Ryerson, Alex Watson, Fiona Whitelaw & Ben Wigzell

      A child is taken away from its family. Better off? Or in some imaginable danger in the hands of people that think they know best?

      A look at the intricacies of family relationships, how children are cared for and when things are taken too far.

      God Explodes Laughing

      • Writer: Dorit Makleff
      • Director: Ellie Joseph
      • Cast: Matthew Delgaram-Nejad , Leanne Hall, Jessica Knight, Sam Lester, Robert Pearce & Julie Sandiford

      Part love story, part dreamlike soul-searching, God Explodes Laughing invites us to consider free will versus predestination through the lives of Udi, an Israeli photographer who lost his legs as a young soldier, and Lora, a British news reporter who travels the world telling other people’s stories instead of living her own.

      The Defence

      • Writer: Duncan Gates
      • Director: Serena B Robins

      A young man is accused of killing a police officer, but after the dust has settled, who is really on trial? A play about love, evil, innocence and belief, where accusation is easy and defence is the hard part.

      Experiments with Chai

      • Writer/Director: Serena B Robins

      A group of friends reunite after ten years and discover how differently their lives have changed. What painful secrets are shared over a cup of 'Chai'? And what courageous choices have to be made?


Not Knowing Who We Are

by The Ugly Tree

Tuesday 12 June 2007 - Saturday 30 June 2007

A man sets out to learn the art of conversation. A girl sets out to find her father. A mother has a box with two keys. Kevin has a spare room and a photograph no-one wants to see…

Preoccupied with books and photographs and talking only to himself and his imaginary wife, a man sets out to learn the art of conversation. He stumbles upon relationships built on lies and deceit where his odd behaviour gives rise to prejudice and accusations. When his brother comes to the rescue, truths emerge and a claustrophobic world is broken apart.

Maggie Drury
Toria Banks
Chris Gylee
Lighting Designer
Natalie Jones
Raymond Coker, Richard De Lisle, Mark Jeary, Richard Roberts, Nina Smith & Liv Spencer


"An intriguing piece of theatre" Time Out

Everything Is Different

by Aranea

Thursday 31 May 2007 - Saturday 2 June 2007
Supported by
Camberwell Arts

In 1929, Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy published a volume of short stories entitled Everything is Different. Inspired by the tale Chains or Chain-Links - where the characters believed that any two individuals could be connected through at most five acquaintances - this evening of music, dance & visual art looks at the simple connections we make in everyday life, magnifying these points to find beauty in the details.

Aranea (with music by Lucy Forde and choreography by Charlotte Spencer), green bean dance & MIKS
Sekgura (Ghanaian percussion), Misirlou (contemporary Arabic) & Outhouse (jazz)
Fine art
Massie Kendal

35 Cents

by Crying in the Wilderness Productions

A Political Satire Written & Directed by Paul Anthony Morris (Winner of the 2009 Adopt a Playwright Award)

Tuesday 8 May 2007 - Saturday 26 May 2007
Supported by
Arts Council England

It's election time on the romantic Caribbean island of Jamaica. The campaign has, however, been completely overwhelmed by extreme apathy & disillusionment.

Fatigued by the ever increasing levels of poverty, debt & corruption, a new student organization called the 'No Confidence Movement' emerges in an attempt to lead the electorate on a national boycott of the general elections. With various bilateral and multinational interests now at stake, a US-led military invasion is initiated to neutralize growing support for the boycott. It is from within this cauldron that the students of the 'No Confidence Movement' take us on a frenetic journey that will ultimately determine the political future of their island .

Clary Salandy
Lighting Designer
Giuseppe di Iorio
Carol Mae Whittick
Julie Hewlett, Irma Inniss, Vinta Morgan, Anthony Ofoegbu & Mo Sesay


‘Fluid, fast-and-loose theatre, that asks questions none of us can avoid: are power & principle mutually exclusive?’ Time Out

Springheeled Two


Dance & multi-media works that engage, entertain and inspire…

Thursday 3 May 2007 - Saturday 5 May 2007

Fish in a Bowl/Anthony Kurt:

AB sens 2

Iisa Ilona Jäntti

Ditto (interdisciplinary circus work)

Levantes Dance Theatre/Eleni Edipidi

(Winner of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2009)
Gin & Satsumas (a dance theatre piece)

Etta Ermini Dance Theatre:

Archetypical Encounter of the Third Kind (physical theatre)

Rosalind Noctor & Martha Moopette:

Hedgehogs & Honeybeads (dance film)

Cathy Seago & Dancers:

How We Know We Are Here: Part 1 Cupp for Three (multimedia work)