New Diorama Theatre’s 2014/15 season is underway, offering a high-calibre, wide-ranging and captivating programme of theatre between now and June 2015.
Since 2010 New Diorama Theatre has provided a highly professional, dynamic and welcoming platform for some of the most talented, invigorating, innovative and inspirational emerging theatre companies in the country with its latest season culminating in two Arts & Business Award nominations, winning Best Artistic Director at the OffWestEnd Awards and being shortlisted for The Stage’s Fringe Theatre of the Year.
Until September 20, Peter Brook award-winning ensemble The Faction will present Reptember – a new series of solo adaptations of classic drama from some of the UK’s most exciting emerging writers, including Goethe’s Faust, Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkmann.
From Tuesday September 23 – Saturday September 27, the first full-length production of the season will be Rhum and Clay’s 64 Squares, a 1930’s psychological thriller centring on a game of chess on a cruise ship. Inspired by Stefan Zweig’s novella, The Royal Game, 64 Squares showcases Rhum and Clay’s signature ramshackle cinematic style and features a live jazz percussive score.
Then, from Tuesday September 30 – Saturday 11 October, New Diorama Theatre will play host to Kill the Beast’s supernatural noir pastiche, He Had Hairy Hands, which comes fresh from a raucously successful run at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Supported by New Diorama’s Emerging Companies Fund and presented at various locations in Shoreditch from Wednesday 1 – Sunday 12 October, Shakespeare in Shoreditch bridges the near-400 year gap between East London’s contemporary hub of cosmopolitan culture and the historical site where a young William Shakespeare began to formulate his immortal, canonical works of literature and drama. Shakespeare in Shoreditch will feature new plays, films talks and workshops, all designed to demonstrate how Shakespeare can inspire our busy lives today.
The Bard is followed, from Tuesday October 14 – Saturday November 1, by the UK premiere of Philipp Löhle’s Das Ding, which tells the international tale of how the enormous but intangible force of globalisation affects individuals, from African cotton fields, to Chinese metropolises, to Romanian pig farms.
From Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 November, AllThePigs’ The Piano Man tells the extraordinary true story of amnesiac piano prodigy Andreas Grassl, and the search for his true motivations and identity.
Engineer Theatre Collective’s Run is next up from Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 November, exploring, through classical thinkers and real-life conversations with young financial-sector professionals, the forces that drive individuals towards greater ambition and achievement.
Following this, from Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 December, is Fat Git Theatre’s (I Feel Fine), a classic boy-meets-girl love story set against the backdrop of onrushing environmental Armageddon.
New Diorama associate ensemble Idle Motion’s Borges and I follows from Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 December, telling the tale of a couple brought together by their love of iconic Argentinian writer Jorge Borges, and using stagecraft, video projection and performance to paint an incredible portrait of both Borges’ works and the man himself.
Rounding off 2014 from Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 December, is New Diorama and Ideas Tap’s Emerging Companies Programme Showcase the culmination of a series of mentoring sessions for new companies from a number of industry experts.
2015 springs to life with The Faction’s production of one of the world’s most recognisable and revered works of drama, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which marks the launch of their 2015 Rep Season and runs from Tuesday January 6 – Saturday February 28.
Saturday January 10 sees The Faction present another much loved story, this time of conman extraordinaire Tom Ripley in a rare and breathtakingly exciting stage adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley to celebrate the novel’s 60th anniversary, running until Saturday February 28.
Then comes part three of The Faction’s 2015 Rep Season, a fearless reimagining of Schiller’s Joan of Arc; a production that seeks out the moral and spiritual lessons underpinning the epic tale of a girl turning her back on her father and her arranged marriage, and taking up arms against oppression and bigotry.
Next up, from Tuesday 3 – Saturday 14 March, is a hugely exciting double bill that comes to the New Diorama in collaboration with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and with support from the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund.
Part one is Push, based on the eponymous novel by Sapphire; the powerful story of a young girl trying to work, learn and hope her way out of an abysmal family life.
Part two is Blind Summit’s Citizen Puppet, an innovative blend of puppetry and verbatim theatre that uses puppets as objective, brutally honest conduits for the voices of those on the political fringes of society.
Idle Motion return on Tuesday March 24 with Shooting With Light, which tells the true story of a young German refugee who flees to Paris in 1934, changes her name to Gerda Taro, and goes on to become the first female photojournalist to die on the front lines of a war, running until Saturday 11 April.
From Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 April, Box of Tricks present Plastic Figurines – a story about family relationships during tragic times, based on playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill’s own experiences.
This will be followed by the raw, intense verbatim theatre of BeFrank’s The Point of No Return – which looks into a society blighted by oppression, violence and the looming threat of all-out war and is based on real-life testimonies director Tommy Lexen gathered on research trips to Ukraine.
The season will conclude with New Diorama and A Younger Theatre’s Incoming Festival – a ten day celebration of the country’s best and brightest up-and-coming theatre companies taking place from Monday 1 – Wednesday 10 June.
Working with STAGETEXT and Arts Council England, New Diorama is delighted to announce that there will be captioned performances throughout the new season. New Diorama are the only small unfunded theatre in the UK offering regular access performances to open up our shows for the benefit of those deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or for whom English is not a first language.
The season would not be possible without the generous support of Garfield Weston Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation, British Land, Arts Council England, Garrick Charitable Trust, London Borough of Camden, IdeasTap and Esmee Fairbairn.
The New Diorama 2014/15 Season sponsors are Santander UK and Carat Dentsu Aegis.