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London's newest fringe venue opens this autumn.
A brand new theatre venue has announced it is opening in Southwark Street, south London, aiming to be the capital’s newest contemporary fringe theatre space. Named The Bunker, the venue is on the site of an underground car park and will curate art installations, film showings and one-off performances that include poetry, music, dance, and discussions.
Executive Producer and Artistic Director Joel Fisher and Joshua McTaggart hope that "a night at The Bunker will be an event in itself that extends beyond an ordinary evening at the theatre."
"The Bunker isn't a place where you would leave straight after a show but rather a place that you could hang around in, meet the creatives involved and talk about the piece with your peers . In a way, it's about creating a community who want to discuss what they have seen and debate what it means to them. It is true that at this unpredictable financial time, opening a new theatre is going to be a risky venture but , as artists, we always approach risk with creativity and ambition."
The renovated space includes a 110 seat auditorium, bar space, office space, technical booth, and dressing rooms.
Productions in the first season will include:
Skin a Cat (12th October – 5th November)
Isley Lynn’s Skin a Cat transfers to The Bunker following a run at the VAULT Festival. The play follows Alana on an awkward sexual odyssey with a kaleidoscope of off-kilter characters: from getting her first period at nine years old and freaking out her frantic mother, to watching bad porn at a house party with her best friend’s boyfriend, to a painful examination by an overly cheery gynaecologist – all in the pursuit of losing her virginity and finally becoming a woman, whatever that means...
Tonight with Donny Stixx (8th November – 3rd December)
Tonight with Donny Stixx by Philip Ridley is his companion piece to his 2013 Dark Vanilla Jungle. The play is directed by David Mercatali and stars Sean Michael Verey. Donny has committed an act that shocked everyone. Tabloids called him The Most Hated Boy Alive. But Donny doesn’t want forgiveness. All Donny wants is... his own television show.
Muted (7th December – 7th January)
New musical Muted , written by Sarah Henley, composed by Tim Pottery-Jones, with additional lyrics by Tori Allen-Martin was recently staged in a workshop performance at the Actors Church. This is The Bunker’s alternative to Christmas panto offerings. At seventeen, Michael Brookman was the exceptionally talented lead singer of Lost Boy, a band on the brink of stardom, when his mother, Amanda, was killed in a hit and run accident. Fast - forward three years. Michael hasn’t uttered a word since Amanda’s death. Then one day, encouraged by Michael’s exasperated uncle, the love of his life appears at Michael’s door to see if she can make him speak, or even sing, once again. Edgy, fast paced, sexy and raw, Muted is a story about grief, guilt, self - discovery, forgiveness and that thing we just can’t do without - love.
Abigail and Come on Over (10th January – 4 th February 2017)
For the final production of the season, The Bunker will present a double bill of Irish plays by two of the country’s most exciting writers. The world premiere of Fiona Doyle’s Abigail will play alongside Conor McPherson’s Come On Over in an evening that explores two very different but intimate relationships of love, power and dark secrets. Directed by Joshua McTaggart, The Bunker’s Artistic Director, and Sara Joyce, The Bunker’s Associate Director, this pair of gripping tales show the lengths we go to in order to be loved, cared for and protected.
Tickets for the inaugural season will soon be on sale.