The Bunker’s Spring 2018 season sees the venue truly celebrate its place as a playground forambitious artists and adventurous audiences, just over a year after it first opened its doors. The bold season, including works by Terry Johnson and Izzy Tennyson, highlights the venue’s commitment to work with exciting playwrights, both established and emerging.
The Bunker’s ethos encourages audiences to stay in the auditorium long after performances have ended, offering the opportunity for audiences to mingle with artists. In this vein, the venue is committed to keeping its work accessible to its core audience, expanding its Under 25s £10 ticket offer to now include all under 30. For the Spring Season, The Bunker will also unveil its new entrance area, which will be freshly decked and refurbished, with a brand new bar area serving craft lager and ales on draught for the first time.
The season opens with Ken, written by Olivier and Tony award-winning writer Terry Johnson, which transfers from Hampstead Theatre following a riotously successful run in their Downstairs studio last year. Ken pays tribute to the truly original and unclassifiable Ken Campbell – maverick writer, theatre director, and legendary practical joker. Following this, DumbWise Theatre reinvent Electra, reimagining this murderous Greek myth of power and prophecy as a lyrical modern epic with a live punk-rock score.
Artistic Director Joshua McTaggart will direct the world premiere of Devil With The Blue Dress by Kevin Armento, a play that interrogates the infamous Monica Lewinsky Scandal. This five-strong female cast play also marks The Bunker’s first American production. The season concludes with Izzy Tennyson’s Grotty, which offers a dark and savage journey that digs beneath the surface of lesbian subculture in London.
Joshua McTaggart, The Bunker’s Artistic Director, comments, It is incredibly exciting to announce The Bunker’s spring 2018 season – our first season of fully curated work since we opened our doors back in October 2016. In the past year we have discovered so much about our space, our audience, and our artists, and these four shows reflect the height of what we want to be doing at The Bunker in bringing ambitious artists and adventurous audiences together into our shared space. From Terry Johnson’s celebration of the life of the experimental theatre-maker Ken Campbell and an actor- musician led punk-rock version of Sophocles’ Electra, to two world premieres: Kevin Armento’s exploration of Hillary Clinton and the Monica Lewinsky scandal and Grotty, Izzy Tennyson’s dark drama exploring this city’s lesbian subculture from Damsel Productions, we have lined up a Spring season that demonstrates the full breadth of artists and their work that has found a home at The Bunker since we opened.