FEBRUARY - APRIL 2019
Relaxed performances on selected nights
3 - 9 February
Taking place over seven nights, the festival will have original and gently-loved productions presented to London audiences deep in the depths of darkest pub theatredom. With world premieres as well as tried and true creations, both Lovecraft novices and deeper initiates should find their palates tickled and their brains disturbed.
TOP PICK: READ OUR ARTICLE WITH DIRECTOR/WRITER RACHEL HARPER ABOUT THIS PROGRESSIVE COMPANY HERE
FREE CHILDCARE AT SELECTED PERFORMANCES
I mean, I like him very much. Which is similar really. Maybe even the same thing. In fact, it’s almost better perhaps. Yes, better. Because you’re not over-burdened by this need, this paralyzing, distracting need to see them, to hear them, to touch them, to love them. Which is impossible really. It’s impossible to show your love for someone. It’s never enough, neither for them nor for you. You always want more; they always want more. And if ever you fail to show them that one day, that one night that you love them. If they ever for the slightest second feel unloved or less loved … or you feel like that, then this wave of hate just enters you, and occupies you, and roars inside of you until all you can do is hurt the other. And you lose so much time in the process. Time that you could have spent concentrating on you. And all this in the name of ‘Love’ . (… ) Love is a barrier we put in the way of our own health and sanity. I love myself too much to love anybody else.
17 - 18 February 7.30pm
"Demonstrating diversity and emerging talent in equal measures."
Blink Theatre are back with the 4th show in the critically acclaimed Response new writing series, dedicated to socially conscious, politically-fuelled, exciting new writing.
Response 4: Change is a platform for emerging, under-represented artists to deliver brave, eclectic and honest work around the them 'change'.
The five, short solo pieces have been boldly written, devised and rehearsed by new writers, emerging actors and trainee directors, with support and coaching from Artistic Director Lotte Ruth Johnson.
Blink Theatre are thrilled to be back at The Old Red Lion with an incredible team and their most ambitious Response show ever.
BY TOM RATCLIFFE
5 - 30 March
‘Most people get to be happy with one person. I don’t see why I should have it any different’
The twenty-first century. Being gay is supposedly more integrated than ever. Marriage is legal, parenthood is possible and #LoveWins is trending on twitter. The time has arrived to settle down with the man you love for a life of lasting companionship. But in a world where sex is readily available, and with a history of sexual freedom; what does it mean to be in a gay relationship in the modern age? And why are so many gay men still lonely?
Circa explores the blurred identity of the gay relationship in the modern age. Following the story of one man’s romantic life, we are taken through the different relationships and encounters he experiences over a period of thirty years. Joining him through the joys and pitfalls of trying to find love and fulfilment as a gay man.
After premiering in Amsterdam and London in 2016, work.Theatre return with Tom Ratcliffe’s debut play for an extended run in a co-production with Harlow Playhouse.
7 - 8 April, 7.30pm
Little Potatoes is a powerful, bittersweet comedy-drama set in China, about marriage, mothers, and family planning.
‘Incredibly well written, intensely moving, amazingly acted’
‘Clever, funny, political and often very moving’
‘Don't miss this incredibly powerful play.'
[Audience responses to Little Potatoes, Edinburgh, 2018]
When Liuyang pins her daughter’s CV on an umbrella in a Shanghai Park, she expects questions about salary, job prospects and her daughter’s property portfolio. What she does not expect is to have to re-live her traumatic experiences under China’s One-Child Policy, and to face disturbing new realities.
Playing multiple-roles two talented performers create a fast-paced narrative presenting the realities and repercussions of state controlled birth control.
Trigger warning: themes of abortion and adoption.
Editor's Choice of Top Pick: Every performance has fully integrated audio description for blind and visually impaired audiences. For any questions or for more information about this, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
a new play by Jacqueline Saphra
directed by Tamar Saphra
2 - 20 April
‘I am Luna, new bitch.
Golden Luna, dog show winner,
no food snatcher,
Gold as good Luna.’
Luna’s a dog. A good dog. Nemesis of the big-dick-labradoodle, rabbit hunter, merciless protector of the human pack.
It’s a warm April night and The Noises are everywhere. Luna’s only friend, Ellie, has gone out, but Ma has locked Luna in. With only you for company she’s getting restless, and the night is stretching out and changing shape. Strange smells are drifting through the closed door.
Beyond the door, The Noises are getting faster and louder and Luna’s beloved Ellie hasn’t come home.
What does it mean to be brave? What does it mean to be good?
Confined here together in the dark, what else do we have but each other?
A mother and daughter collaboration between TS Eliot Award Shortlisted poet and playwright Jacqueline Saphra and director-dramaturg Tamar Saphra, The Noises is a visceral new play about fear, courage, the nature of violence and the power of emotional connection.
The Noises was longlisted for the 2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
This production has been generously supported by The T.S. Eliot Foundation and Arts Council England.