APRIL - MAY 2019
Relaxed performances on selected nights
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.
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.
14 & 15 April 7.45pm
Surrender your senses as Plays Rough presents London’s first night of short plays without sight or sound. This unique theatrical experience will explore storytelling in a way never done before, limiting writers, directors and actors to create using only 4 senses. We explore the possibilities of staging provocative, engaging and exciting theatre when you remove either sight or sound.
What to expect on the night:
Once you enter you will be blindfolded. The first three plays are designed to be viewed without sight. There will then be an interval. For the second half you will be offered ear plugs. Three silent plays will be performed.
24 - 27 April 7.30pm
“FEAR IS A DARK, UGLY CANNIBAL THAT LURKS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING, NO MATTER HOW WE TRY TO CRUSH IT. IT'S A HARSH WORLD WE LIVE IN, BUT IT IS OURS…YOU CAN CALL ME MR SPINDRIFT. BUT YOU KNOW THAT ALREADY.”
In a desolate block of government-owned accommodation, Archie and Isaac are waiting to be 'certified' in a radical government scheme which requires a series of unsettling tests to determine just how strong Archie and Isaac's relationship is. If successful, they unlock a better standard of living; if not, they can never see each other again.
Overseen by examiners Iris and Valentine, it is not long before they start to doubt everything about their time together and as they begin to realise some uncomfortable truths about themselves, they will not only have to face each other but the mysterious figure of Mr Spindrift who presides over all.
Will their love prevail and if so, what will be left of it?
by rachel tookey
30 April - 25 May
“I loved the bones of yeh then and I love them now.”
Christmas Eve. 1948. Deep in the heart of Galway, Eamonn, the fattest baby you’ve ever seen, is found abandoned in a manger.
70 years later, after struggling to make amends with his estranged daughter Sarah and grandson Ben, one final and fateful action leaves the next two generations of his family reeling.
Winner of the Methuen Drama and Marlowe Society Other Prize 2017, Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem, is a visceral and candid new play about the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.