19th April 2018, 7:30pm
An evening celebrating new writing asking, What is Nationalism?
With Brexit on the horizon the UK as a multinational country, face a big discussion on what kind of country we want to be on the global scale and how we will relate to the rest of the world. What does in mean to British? How do we see ourselves? How does the rest of the world see us? What is Home?
Showcasing six new writers asking their own questions. We welcome you to join us in a celebration and critique of National Identity.
The Test by Darrel Draper
Director Hana Keegan
In the not so distant future, in a post Brexit Britain, all non British born citizens must be subjected to a serious of tests, each more absurd than the last, to determine whether they have the right to remain part of 'Great' Britain, but in a country of such multi-cultural diversity, what exactly does it mean to be 'British'? And can we honestly say that our country is 'great, in light of how we treat certain individuals?
Comfort Fabian | Dan Burman | James Morley | Shayna Ruffle
No More Morphine by Tom Bruce
Director Dinos Psychogios
We are all created equal, but some of us tend to forget that. In 'No More Morphine', Frank, a bigoted and paranoid Englishman, is forced to confront his greatest fear when placed in the same hospital bay as an ailing immigrant. His stringent nationalism is challenged by the cultural diversity of the medical staff who treat him, and especially by the harrowing story of the African man he's forced to share a room with.
Staying in a hospital is never pleasant; we are in our most vulnerable and fearful condition. Sometimes, though, the experiences we have within them can be educational and even revelatory, allowing us to form fresh perspectives which defy harmful ideology.
Mark Keegan | Lanre Danmola | Tania Kukova | Shekhar Varma | Suzanna Bolter
LDNR by Ash Goosey
Director Elizabeth Bryant
LDNR is a short play using spoken word to address our capital city.
Seen from 4 different perspectives (North, South, East and West)
The piece engages with issues of identity, crisis and politics.
It tackles the question of cultural hierarchy and challenges the way we view ourself within the community.
Luke Palmer | Sophie Dean | Helen Raynham | Daniel Annoh | Rosa Escoda
We Never Get off at Sloane Square by Amy Garner Buchanan
Director Imran Momen
Sibylla is stuck. Stuck with a son, the result of a one-night-stand years before. Stuck with the fizzled-out remains of a brilliant future. Stuck riding the Circle Line around and around. Turns out the promised land didn’t deliver on its promises. This excerpt is from a full-length new play based on Helen DeWitt’s novel “The Last Samurai”.
Elizabeth Bryant | Luke MacLeod | Kris Witham | Samantha Chrissie
Bana and Mary by Kim Southey
Director Ellie Goodall
In a UK immigration office, two women, Bana a 17 year old Syrian refugee and Mary, an overworked, middle-aged British housing officer, struggle through an awkward conversation permitting Bana’s right to reside in the UK. Can they overcome their differences and work together to find common ground?
Nicolette Carrapetta | Lauren Marshall
Can't We Still be Friends? by Chris Holbrook
Director Michael Blundell - Lithco
At 3:00 a.m., the Brain summons the 27 other parts of the body in an effort to prevent the defection from one of its important members: the Liver. Unfortunately, only four other body parts show up, and the Liver insists that “the thrill is gone.”
David Whiting | Joshua Jewkes | Peter Hardingham | Maria Hildebrand | Rebecca Lewis | Guillermo Uria