Back for another year, London’s most exciting theatre festival: StoneCrabs presents a festival of emerging directors. 2017’s Stomping Ground will showcase the work of some of the country’s most talented up and coming directors.
StoneCrabs: nurturing the next generation of theatre makers
Every year London theatre company StoneCrabs, at the same time as staging world-class productions, dedicates itself to nurturing the creative and professional development of 9 emerging directors.
We, the diverse group of directors in the current programme, are immensely lucky to be taking part in 6 months of training, mentoring and collaboration. The outcome of this training will be Stomping Ground Festival at The Albany, Deptford in 15-17 March 2017.
What is this Festival?
Expect an eclectic mix of storytelling, snapshots from around the world, experiences old and new, and untold secrets exposed. Our plays cover a diverse range of subjects. We will explore racism in the UK, refugee issues, psychosis and disillusioned youth. We will reinterpret the work of international writers, stage the world premiere of a new Brazilian play. And challenge preconceptions of human intimacy in relationships. Each will director reveals their bold, original voice through the power of comedy, drama and romance. Stomping Ground will tell stories to engage everyone, locally and across the country, industry members and non-theatregoers alike.
Who are we and what are we directing?
Emily Marshall and Edwina Strobl will interrogate racism in the UK (Attiha Sen Gupta’s Counting Stars) and refugee issues (Daniel Keene’s Boxman). Francine Morgan and Alex Prescot will reinterpret the work of international writers (David Mamet’s The Shawl and Nobel prize winner Dario Fo’s Open Couple), and Fernanda Mandagara will stage the world premiere of Brazilian playwright Paulo Santoro’s The End of All Miracles. Beth Kapila will breathe new life into Kate Tempest’s disillusioned youth of London (Wasted). Sam Luffman and Chris Davis will challenge preconceptions of human intimacy in relationships (James Saunder’s After Liverpool and Martin Sherman’s Passing By). Luke Howarth will refocuse Alistair McDowall’s Captain Amazing on the contemporary context of psychosis in young black men in London.
This is where you come in:
We need your help to bring this wonderful festival of new ideas and voices to life.
The money that you pledge will help us to pay the 20 actors, sound, lighting and set designers involved in the festival, vital rehearsal space and equipment, and a live captioning facility that will make the festival accessible to all.
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Risks and challenges
Because the StoneCrabs Young Directors programme has been running so successfully for the last 10 years we have been give the support of The Albany, Deptford for our festival this year. This means we a supportive environment to work in and a roof over our heads.
But we still need to make sure that marketing, administration and production work well together so that our plays can come off without a hitch.
Luckily, thanks to StoneCrabs, we have the wisdom and guidance of several directors, producers and designers at our fingertips. When it looks like we've challenged ourselves a bit much they will be there to gently nudge us in the right direction so that we don’t fall flat on our faces!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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