There’s a provocative line-up of new plays for Theatre503’s new season which has just been announced for the Battersea Park Road, London, venue.
*A London transfer is in store for Bruntwood Prize Winner Anna Jordan’s acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Hit Freak.
*There are three short plays by celebrated writer Samantha Ellis called Starlore For Beginners And Other Plays.
*The debut of Blind Eye by Susannah Finzi.
*Theatre503 Futures participant Stuart Slade’s first play Cans will be staged with a full production.
*Theatre503 and CAL Arts present Red Like Embers, a festival of plays, talks and performances exploring the Latin homeland of Brazil.
*This year’s Christmas family pantomime with a twist – Cinderella and The Beanstalk directed by Tom Attenborough.
*Theatre503’s West End Season at the Trafalgar Studios continues with the transfer for Chris Urch’s lauded 2013 hit Land Of Our Fathers.
Freak (2–27 Sept)
Georgie is 30 with dirty secrets. She drinks in her bedroom and hides from the sun. Leah is 15 with teenage dreams. She practices her cum face and Veets. A lot. All-meat, all-sex, all vulnerable, all-powerful. There’s a first time for everything… Isn’t there?
Anna Jordan’s punchy and provocative new play transfers to London after an acclaimed debut at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Starlore For Beginners and Other Plays (3-20 Sept) is a series of short plays by Samantha Ellis, the acclaimed playwright behind Cling To Me Like Ivy and best-selling author of How To Be A Heroine.
Can a former lover upend your new relationship from beyond the grave? What do you do if you’re accused of witchcraft? And how do you cope when your own brain turns against you?
Ellis explores these and other questions in these quirky, fascinating and personal stories.
Blind Eye (30 Sept-25 Oct) is set in 1982. Three people are on the brink; a lawyer with a high profile case, an old man with a mission, and a peace negotiator with a secret.
Their lives are about to change. None as they intend.
Blind Eye is a compelling story of international law and personal morality, and how past bad acts infect present day relationships.
Red Like Embers (28 Oct-1 Nov)
A festival of plays, talks and performance from the sensual heartland of Latin America.
Erupting from a diverse cultural heritage, these vibrant and often violent stories, a blend of religion, sexuality and politics will showcase the work of playwrights, both new and established, that have never been seen outside of their homeland.
Cans (4–29 Nov). Jen’s Dad is dead. To make matters worse, Uncle Len has made it his mission to help her get over it.
Hiding from a very hostile world in a very shitty garage, Len and Jen down cider, drown mice, talk crap, mend cats, share painful secrets, tell appalling jokes, and try to work out whether either of them has any kind of future whatsoever.
Cinderella And The Beanstalk (2 Dec–10 Jan)
A festive treat for those who love a Christmas panto and for those who don’t – a glorious cocktail of your favourite pantomimes!
Follow Cinderella on a perilous adventure as the scheming Rumple Stiltskin blackmails the would-be princess into retrieving the coveted golden eggs from the top of the beanstalk.
Three performers recreate every character you’d expect to find in a pantomime, as well as some you might not – singing, dancing and fighting their way through ninety minutes of panto pandemonium.