The Young Vic
The Young Vic tells stories that aim to engage audiences in the world they are living today. Their shows are created by some of the world’s great artists – of this generation and the next. With roots deep in our neighbourhoods, we reach out to theatre makers across the globe.
Young vic works to create diversity and have programs that reach into boroughs to get people involved and part of creative programmes.
They have several fab plays starting in May, Blue/Orange and Cuttin It. Both thought provoking current plays engaging in a very current world.
Blue/Orange– 12 May- 2nd July
Christopher has been confined to a psychiatric ward for a month. He wants out. The problem is he still thinks oranges are blue. His doctor, convinced he needs help, wants to section him. The senior consultant thinks it’s all a question of culture: at home in Shepherd’s Bush Christopher will be amongst ‘people who think just like him’. And besides, it costs taxpayer money to keep Christopher in care.
Book tickets now and don’t be disappointed.
Arcola is a really diverse very forward thinking forward, 50% of the plays in their last season were women playwrights. They also have Arcola Lab- a mentoring scheme and really go out their way to engage in the community and help emerging artists. It is also very good value for money, an Arcola passport can also be brought which makes a trip to the theatre less than £10!
Go to their website have a gander and go see a show!
They have a world premiere from the multi-award-winning Papatango play on NOW!
After Independence– 4th-28th May
Guy and Kathleen grow their crops, raise their daughter, and pay their taxes. But Africa is changing, country by country. White farmers in Zimbabwe must now answer for history’s crimes. When Charles arrives with a smile and a purchase order, there’s more than just land at stake. With violence threatening to erupt, he will do whatever it takes to restore their farm to the ‘native’ population.
As truths are revealed and moralities questioned, are things ever more than simply black and white?
Inspired by real events in Zimbabwe, BBC Scriptroom winner May Sumbwanyambe‘s debut play is an unflinching examination of land ownership, dispossession and justice in a postcolonial world.
The REP is one of Britain’ s leading producers of new theatre. They commission newcomers and new groups as well as established theatre professionals. They support the development of new ideas for productions through linking their creative team across many diverse communities of professional and emerging artists. Some new works start life here and go on to become tours or films or transfers to other theatres. For instance, East Is East by Ayub Khan-Din was premiered at The REP in 1996, published and adapted into a multi-BAFTA award winning film in 1999 and returned to The REP in 2009. Frozen by Bryony Lavery was commissioned by The REP, produced for the main stage in 2000, transferred to The National Theatre, won TMA best play award, was produced on Broadway and nominated for 4 Tony Awards.
Now eighty years old, Andre was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pyjamas and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control…
It’s only here for a short while so get your tickets booked and don’t miss out!