Ending Interval

Posted on: June 17th, 2024 by

About the show

Welcome to our playground. Through experimentation with diverse everyday objects, we invite you to pause and reconsider our repetitive everyday lives.

Have you ever questioned why we choose to do THIS instead of THAT? Is hard work a form of self-exploitation or self-realisation?

So here is Ending Interval, where we, a group of puzzled but curious minds, explore the existential struggle amidst social shifts. The vicissitudes of life flow drive individuals to adapt to these currents. However, the shape of these currents constantly changes, rendering such 'adaptation' a long-lasting but endless labour. Are we all destined to be Sisyphus? If one individual is too weak to resist conforming to the flow, can group effort succeed? What might life look like if we give up pursuing a so-called successful life? Join us in this playground as we play with the norms of everyday activities and seek answers.

About the company

Bold, messy, but heart-warming. ¥10 Circus is an international collective based in London, comprised of multidisciplinary artists who fuse physical theatre, scenography, media, fine art and more to create socially-conscious works that traverse artistic borders. They aim to build up a 'grown-up' playground inviting the audience to rediscover shared humanity.

How To Urn a Living

Posted on: June 17th, 2024 by

About the show

For generations, Fowler’s Funerals has undertaken the responsibility of lifting the spirits of grieving people. But lately business has been dying down, forcing Mr. Fowler, his shop girl Lilith, and his mortician Wisteria to think outside the (pine) box or risk going under.

As they scramble to keep their business alive and satisfy their customers' bizarre requests, the lengths they will go to protect their (funeral) home are tested. Rich in antics and wacky characters, this East 15 ensemble of international actors thrills and tickles in this comedy of quick wit and outrageous moral quandaries.

Photographer credit: Andrew H Williams

About the company

Berserk Theatre is an international company co-founded by Zofia Zerphy and Vilde Bjorkedal. Hailing from the United States and Norway, they make work that connects to an international audience by exploring and subverting expectations around universal experiences- like in their first show How to Urn a Living, a comedy centered around death.

My Plan For Tomorrow

Posted on: June 17th, 2024 by

About the show

Success means many different things. Accomplishment in some artistic sense, or maybe just lauding it over your contemporaries. Failure could be anything at all.

Hilarious, disturbing and at times uncompromisingly surreal, My Plan For Tomorrow questions what it means to be successful in an increasingly alienated world. Drawing from immersive and experimental theatre, four characters and the audience meet in progressively strange circumstances.

'Fresh, exciting [and] undoubtedly promising'
– The Reviews Hub (2023)

'A fast-paced, insane roller coaster ride'
– TheSpyInTheStalls on George Abbott Changes Your Life (2018)'

About the company

spare the rod create intimate, audience-driven experiences that challenge theatrical conventions and make poignant jabs at modern day society.

Now More Than Ever

Posted on: June 17th, 2024 by

About the show

Now More Than Ever is a three-part contemporary dance performance about appreciating, embracing, and protecting the world that we are part of, recognising that the need to do so has never been greater.

Act 1 (25 mins) is about looking outwards and appreciating the world around us. A reflection on how we connect to our surroundings and each other with care.

Act 2 (27 mins) was inspired by the physical and mental challenge of winter. Touching on seasonal change, climate anxiety, and the importance of support networks, we highlight the link between planetary and personal wellbeing.

Act 3 (26 mins) is about protest, and protecting what's important. In the face of destruction and greed, we look to the abundance and regenerative power of human kindness and the natural world.

In a time of climate crisis and climate anxiety the piece encourages people to explore their own connection to the planet and to counteract that anxiety with action. The three parts of the piece loosely follow the journey of a group of individuals, first noticing, then grappling with, and then defending the world they are part of – and coming together to do so.

About the company

Alauda Dance is a group of young dancers with a shared desire to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the natural world.

Founded in 2022, Alauda Dance endeavours to make work that recognises the urgency and complexity of environmental concerns but that is nevertheless infused with messages of hope.

The Womb

Posted on: June 17th, 2024 by

About the show

This is a place where no one knows the address, but everyone knows how to get there. This is a place where no one knows what it is, but everyone is familiar with it. This is a place where no one knows if it’s real, but everyone knows what they feel is real. Maybe not everyone, but every woman. Women come here to forget. But can they? Can they forget the things that made them end up in this place?

Written by Aylin Rodoplu.
Directed by Elise Xiaqi Eriksen.
Performed by Aylin Rodoplu,Tara Mcmillan,Gabriela Mahé.
Music by Aylin Rodoplu.

Photography credit: Elise Xiaqi Eriksen

About the company

Co Theatre is a female-led collective that aims to encourage and inspire women of all ages, bringing bold and provocative newly written original plays of women's stories to the stage. Aylin Rodoplu and Elise Xiaqi Eriksen are the co-founders of Co Theatre and creative team of The Womb, which was their debut as professional theatre makers.

Witch Me Back!

Posted on: June 17th, 2024 by

About the show

Welcome back to Blueberry Hill at a time where everything is still quiet and in order. The witches’ order that is. Until a tiny little troll arrives that turns the well protected every day life upside down. Holly brings chaos and life.

Can she soften the witches’ hearts?

With the Walpurgisnight coming up the witches are in for a turbulent time. There is also the matter of the odd witch far out in the woods.

What if she finally reaches for the power? What if she wants to take her rightful place among the witches now? Will her carefully constructed regime hold up or will the farce crumble. Hopes are up, that she can just be forgotten about. But the witches made that calculation without Holly.

About the company

Nya Paraplyteatern is a non-profit organisation from Falkenberg, Sweden. They have participated at IYAF (now FUSE) since 2013 and are delighted to have seen the festival develop and grow throughout the years.

In our organisation everyone is welcome and they have opened both their hearts and minds in different projects, they have created new innovative creativeness together as well as classical pieces.

Nya Paraplyteatern work a lot with international cultural youth exchange projects and have built many bridges around the world. The theme of their theatre is family, everyone has a place in their organisation.

ANYBODY OUT THERE

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About the show

ANYBODY OUT THERE, by acclaimed playwright Alex McSweeney, is a series of pieces exploring the issues facing students in higher education today. The pressures of university life are increasingly being seen as a contributor to mental health issues. Combining sharp, contemporary dialogue with high energy physical theatre, this production raises important questions as to the expectations we put on our young people.

Directed by Peter Case (La MaMa/New York, Wilton’s Music Hall) and Claudia Haley (NationalTheatre Connections).

Reviews for Alex McSweeney’s Distance 2018 (The Park Theatre): ‘emotionally compelling, deftly structured… exploration of mental health in men’ The Stage

About the company

KINGSTON ONSTAGE is Kingston University Drama’s graduate company of emerging artists working in partnership with seasoned professionals to create outstanding new work.

QUIZ NIGHT @ VAGINUS HEMMINGWAY’S CABARET RATHOLE

Posted on: June 17th, 2024 by

About the show

This play takes place in the head of a hapless young waiter in the aftermath of a life-altering accident. In real time, it lasts about a second; luckily, real time doesn't apply in the Rathole.

Your gracious host Vaginus Hemmingway (full-time alter-ego) is keen on using the time-dilation to ensure everyone is ready for the apocalypse; the waiter is more preoccupied with trying to remember the faces of his loved ones.

Praise for QN@VHCR:

‘truly an amazing talented performer who commands that stage’

‘It made me worry about my mental health. I mean this in the best way possible.’

Photographer credit: Lara Cosmetatos

About the show

Lara Cosmetatos has co-written, script advised, performed and directed on projects across Fringe theatre, short film and narrative podcast.

Alongside the continued development of QN@VHCR, this year has seen their short film debut 'VERMILLION' by Merlin Stevens, a dreamlike, experimental, non-chronological film about three people lovingly failing to communicate with one another. They have also co-written on 'Pirates: You Wouldn't Steal A Boat' (Spruce Moose Comedy) and 'Pearly Gates: A Kafkaesque Romcom in Heaven' with Calum Macleod and Archie Williams. They also run free fortnightly variety night Big Scratch @ The Famous Cock, where comedians, clowns, musicians and thesps are warmly invited to ambush, inspire and derrange each other with their range of styles and media.

97% and The Casino of Mephistopheles

Posted on: June 17th, 2024 by

About the show

This show is made up of two devised performances.

Both challenging and thought-provoking, and in a physical theatre style. One focuses on gender and women’s safety and the other is inspired by Dr Faustus, and the struggles of masculinity.

About the company

This is a young company of 17-19 year olds, who enjoy making theatre that pushes boundaries.

Jagunlabi (We Birthed a Warrior)

Posted on: June 17th, 2024 by

About the show

Jagunlabi is a full-fledged dramatic performance enriched with many themes primarily focusing on human purpose. It is designed to entertain, inspire, motivate, and awaken everyone, but particularly young people.

It is widely understood that every child is born with specific uniqueness and purpose. In Africa, the setting of this show, a child’s name is often motivated by the child’s lineage and what the future or destiny of the child is believed to be. This performance will unravel that mystery. The play highlights themes of courage, selflessness, determination, eradication of social ills, violence against women and children, and most importantly, bravery.

About the company

The Peekok YouthARTS Initiatives (PYI) is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-tribal youth art scheme, based in Nigeria, create, implement, and enhance artistic exposure, self-discovery, and youth commitment to art education in every part of the country. PYI also help in developing artistic skills among individuals for self-expression, thereby enhancing a sense of accomplishment, self-esteem, and self-worth.

The White Rose

Posted on: June 17th, 2024 by

About the show

"“Did my two angels die in vain?” – Robert Scholl

The White Rose – The Musical returns to stage after its SOLD-OUT debut run at Applecart Arts’ Springboard Festival. The tragic, historical tale of the Scholl siblings' resistance against the Nazis is told through the lens of their father, Robert Scholl. It follows the young revolutionaries to their awakening dissent and formation of The White Rose. With powerful lyricism and an original score, this is not a show to miss!

“Moving score and outstanding sound design. Strong performance from cast and band” – Open Ears Magazine

“Tear-jerking, defiant, relevant.” – Audience Member"

About the company

NCProductions is a dynamic multi-media production company working with multidisciplinary artists in the realm of theatre and grounded in authentic storytelling. The founders come from a diverse range of artistic disciplines including theatre, film, TV, music, and sound design. Their work explores creative possibilities with meaningful social impact.

NCProductions is dedicated to fostering creativity and innovative artistry in young individuals from all walks of life centering stories about underrepresented voices. All projects are a collaboration with 100% young, emerging creatives who are London-based and international.

Talk

Posted on: June 17th, 2024 by

About the show

Dive into Talk, a revolutionary performance where contemporary dance meets the cutting-edge AI. This avant-garde show transforms dancers' movements into captivating soundscapes through an AI-integrated system, crafting an unprecedented multisensory experience.

Celebrated for its innovative approach, Talk has been hailed as a groundbreaking dialogue between human body and digital technology, offering a unique blend of motion, sound, and visuals that transcends traditional artistic boundaries.

Witness a performance where every movement narrates a story, and the unseen force of technology amplifies the language of dance, inviting audiences on a mesmerizing journey that blurs the lines between physical and digital worlds.

About the company

Zhou Zhou is a Chinese new media artist and sound designer, pioneering multisensory experiences at the nexus of art and technology. Employing advanced AI, he seamlessly integrates immersive soundscapes into new media art, crafting impactful narratives. Zhou believes cognition involves computational processes, viewing technology as an extension of our senses, shaping our perception of the inner and outer worlds.

Leyan Xie is a dynamic contemporary dance artist, who seamlessly weaves abstract themes into improvisational performances. Committed to exploring the synergy between dance and music, she crafts unique narratives that embody expressive movement and crossover dance theater. Leyan envisions dance as a manifestation of the dancer's inner world, breaking through limitations and intertwining with other art forms for novel expressions, a direction she passionately continues to explore.

Qi Song is a choreographer and dancer from China. With experiences in Beijing and London, she’d completed two master's degrees. She specializes in improvisation and excels in integrating body language and other elements to create dance theater works. Notably, she showcased her talent in the Chinese version of May B.