"The Foreword Festival. What's it all about?"
The Foreword Festival is a festival of new plays at the Space! We have found four playwrights with real promise and are producing their debut plays for one week each in May. We've got monstrous families, dark comedies, wonky house parties and hope on a London street corner from the brightest in rising stage talent.
"Sounds cool! Tell me more about the plays..."
Each of the plays have come through our ScriptSpace development scheme. Last year we received over 100 submissions and have since developed four of the plays further, paired the playwrights with up and coming directors and they are now ready to go into the rehearsal room! The plays are -
Delicacy by Mark Jones.
When it’s reported in the press that the Gibson family have been embroiled in a gruesome neighbourhood murder, their lives are thrown into turmoil. In a TV interview they attempt to gain sympathy from the public, and manage to offend the entire UK population. Directed by Sammy Glover (Resident Director at Almeida Theatre and Associate Director at The Big House Theatre) this is a deliciously dark comedy about a normal family who try not to become monsters… and fail.
Mycorrhiza by Luke Stapleton.
Dean and Alicia are stranded on a remote Scottish island. The tide has come in and the Nik Naks have run out. But by digging up the past they uncover painful traumas, the roots of which go deep. Directed by award winning Director Sepy Baghaei (Little Women, Space Productions and Artistic Director of Suitcase Civilians) this is a universal black comedy about an unlikely friendship
Sink by Tobias Graham.
In the wonky haze of a bathroom at a house party, a group of friends discover sex, drugs, and whether you can still be manly with a glittery butterfly drawn on your face. Directed by Patrick Bone (Assistant to the Directors, The Inheritance and Director of The Revolution will be Televised, Above the Arts) this is a painfully awkward, funny and tragic celebration of young love and gender identity.
Four O’Clock Flowers by Louise Breckon Richards.
There’s a shrine outside Anna’s door. Candles. Empty energy drinks. A photograph of a teenage boy. As the crowds finally drift away, one woman remains and Anna has no choice to listen to what she has to say. Directed by Kesia Guillery (SLUTS, Voila Festival and Knitters in the Gutter, Lost Theatre) this is a timely, moving exploration of knife crime and the impact it has on the families who experience it.
"They sound awesome. Who's behind all this?"
Space Productions is the in-house theatre company at the Space overseen by the Space’s Artistic Director Adam Hemming, and Creative Producer and playwright Grace Chapman. Since 2007 we have staged 26 productions, working collaboratively to create courageous & captivating work. Our success includes last year's modern adaptation) Little Women by Rachael Claye and firm Space favourite the One Festival, an annual celebration of solo performance. We have been nominated for six Off West End award nominations and have had shows transfer to The Arcola & Lyric Hammersmith following numerous 4* and 5* reviews.
"I'm not sure I've ever been to the Space before..."
Well now's your chance! We are fast becoming one of the go to destinations for fans of new plays “continually providing a launch pad for new talent” (Spy in the stalls, 2018) programming “incredibly ambitious and interesting new work” (Theatre Box Blog, 2018).
"Ok I'm in. How can I help?"
Firstly - thank you! With your help we are going to create not one, not two but FOUR brand new plays.
It's an ambitious project with an equally ambitious target...
We need to raise £2,000.
You donation will assist us in-
• Providing employment for our super talented team of actors, artists and creatives (30 in total!)
- Sourcing set to help us create the worlds of our plays -a dingy flat, a remote scottish island, a bathroom and a London street corner! Challenge. Accepted.
• Having space at the Space! This includes rehearsals, technical time and and four weeks worth of performances!
• Digital marketing! With your help we can pay for online advertising which will reach thousands of people very quickly, making sure we spread the word far and wide about the show.
So check out our lovely offers and see what takes your fancy. £5, £40, £100. Whatever you are able to afford, we can guarantee you that your support will go a very long way.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and your support,
Adam, Grace, Keri and the cast and crew of Foreword Festival.
Risks and challenges
We have a proven track record of producing high quality, accessible theatre, with extensive experience marketing these productions to a diverse audience and managing large scale budgets.
What's most important to us is raising the funds to pay our incredible team of actors and creatives, and the only risk is that we might fall short.
We have the team, we have the theatre, we have the plays. Now we just need you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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