The Actors Centre, the UK’s leading professional development organisation supporting actors and creative talent throughout their careers, is delighted to unveil its January – March theatrical programme for 2020. Running at the Centre’s flagship venue, the Tristan Bates Theatre, the season presents twelve new productions from emerging and established voices.
From a futuristic exploration of aesthetics and how relying on physical beauty to determine your own self-worth inevitably leads to downfall in Robert Calvert’s Mirror Mirror, to an examination of the devastating after-effects of combat in Tina Jay’s Syndrome, this season considers a wide range of compelling and critical themes.
This season, we are delighted to host SHORTS Festival, a unique celebration of solo storytelling featuring twelve brand-new international pieces performed across four days in collaboration with multi-award-winning company Pants on Fire. A rich mix of writers and performers bring together an explosive line-up of six 15-minute stories every night, each told by one performer.
There is a journey through the English language of past and present in Jahmar Ngozi’s Broken English alongside Michael Head’s investigation of the morality of crime and criminality in Time, while Sticks and Stones by Dameon Garnett poses questions about speech, power, class and race in modern Britain.
We are also proud to include The Actors Centre member Cliffordkuju Henry in this stellar programme, who will be debuting his provocative and urgent play In Search of a White Identity, which has been developed through our John Thaw Initiative programme.
We hope you enjoy exploring the full programme of this fresh and luminous season of theatrical work and stay tuned for the launch of our John Thaw Initiative Latinx Season curated by Untold Collectiv, which will feature work-in-progress pieces led by artists of Latin American heritage.
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