Ovalhouse’s Summer Season 2018 celebrates innovation and experimentation with an incredible programme of six new shows plus seven FiRST BiTES. Exploring radical themes of social mobility and the violence of austerity, while inviting audiences to an eccentric bee party and a brand new human surround-sound experience, this eclectic season seeks to be accessible to all.
Ovalhouse continue to break boundaries staging inspirational theatre at their home in Kennington; Winners of the Greater Manchester Fringe Award for Best New Writing, HiddenTrack Theatre, present Standard:Elite – an interactive theatre experience about class, privilege and social mobility. While specialists in making theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities, Frozen Light, bring their new multi-sensory story of adventure and
homecoming in The Isle of Brimsker. In a quest to raise awareness of one of the most pressing socio-political issue of our time, Austerity & Me explores the struggle for survival against the violence of austerity.
Additionally, as part of Ovalhouse’s effort to develop their offsite programme, audiences are invited to venture across the road to St Mark’s Church to attend Undersong, a unique human surround-sound experience using intricate vocal techniques, rich harmony and new compositions.
Ovalhouse’s Summer Season also invites adults and children to save the world – one bee at a time – with a new comedy Me and My Bee! And, to mark Refugee Week, The Croydon Avengers tells the funny and powerful story of terrorist threats, heroism and true friendship in an England that seems frightened of anyone who’s different.
As the theatre prepare to move from their much-loved home in Kennington at the end of next year’s Spring Season, Ovalhouse will mark this momentous event in history by inviting audiences and artists to be a part of a radical final season of plays – The Demolition Party.
Owen Calvert-Lyons, Ovalhouse’s Head of Theatre & Artist Development, comments, The announcement of the Demolition Party season, our final season in Kennington Oval, is a milestone in the fifty-year history of Ovalhouse. But this is no time for nostalgia. This will be a home for ground-breaking theatre until there is no ground left to break. So this season continues our commitment to presenting bold artists with important things to say; from Sophie Woolley’s story of becoming a cochlear-implanted cyborg to the Tokyo Love Hotel’s exploration of the impact of technology on a society increasingly afraid of intimacy.
The full season can be seen as www.ovalhouse.com.