Franklyn James Proudly Sponsoring – The Space launch the Foreword Festival.

29 April 2019

Franklyn James Proudly Sponsoring – The Space launch the Foreword Festival.

Press Nights: Delicacy –8 May
Press Nights: Mycorrhiza – 15 May
Press Nights: Sink –22 May
Press Nights: Four O’Clock Flowers – 29 May

Location: The Space, 269 Westferry Road, London, E14 3RS.

Four debut plays from promising playwrights, celebrating the brightest in emerging stage talent.

The Foreword Festival is the Space’s premier new writing festival, presenting the debut plays of four promising playwrights. Expect monstrous families, dark comedies, wonky house parties and hope on a London street corner from the brightest in rising stage talent.

Delicacy by Mark Jones, Directed by Sammy Glover (Resident Director at Almeida Theatre and Associate Director at The Big House Theatre)

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. A deliciously dark comedy about a normal family who try not to become monsters… and fail.

Mycorrhiza by Luke Stapleton Directed by award winning Director Sepy Baghaei (Little Women, Space Productions and Artistic Director of Suitcase Civilians)

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. A universal black comedy about an unlikely friendship.

Sink by Tobias Graham, Directed by Patrick Bone (Assistant to the Directors, The Inheritance and Director of The Revolution will be Televised, Above the Arts).

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. Painfully awkward, funny and tragic this a raucous celebration of young love and gender identity.

Four O’Clock Flowers by Louise Breckon-Richards, Directed by Kesia Guillery (SLUTS, Voila Festival and Knitters in the Gutter, Lost Theatre)

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. A moving exploration of knife crime and the impact it has on the families who experience it.

The Space is fast becoming one of the most exciting fringe venues in London “continually providing a launch pad for new talent” (Spy in the stalls, 2018) programming “incredibly ambitious and interesting new work” (Theatre Box Blog, 2018). Foreword Festival will be produced by Space Productions the Off West End Award nominated, home grown, professional theatre company at the Space. Space Productions exists to re-invigorate modern classics for a new audience, working collaboratively to create courageous and captivating work and actively seeking to find, nurture and showcase emerging talent. More recently, we have found success developing new work for the stage including the annual One Festival, celebrating the art of solo performance and 2018’s Little Women, a commission from playwright Rachael Claye.

Praise for previous Space Productions:

A highly likeable modernised version of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved coming-of-age story
The Stage on LITTLE WOMEN 2018

An incredible piece of writing matched with an incredible cast
Theatre Box Blog on BLUEBIRD 2018

A beautifully constructed production, delivering a complex narrative and text spectacularly
A Spy in the Stalls on THE CASTLE, 2017

Location The Space, 269 Westferry Road, E14 3RS
Tickets £15.00 / £12.00 / £10.00 (members).

All tickets can be booked online: www.space.org.uk
Box Office: 0207 515 7799

Show Dates of Performances and Times Press Nights
Delicacy 7 May – 11 May, 7.30pm Wednesday 8th May
Mycorrhiza 14 May – 18 May, 7.30pm Wednesday 15th May
Sink 21 May – 25 May, 7.30pm Wednesday 22nd May
Four O’Clock Flowers 28 May – 1 June, 7.30 Wednesday 29th May

The Space is happy to accept reviewers at other dates during the performance runs.

Press Enquiries
Grace Chapman, Space Theatre and Marketing Manager
grace@space.org.uk / 0207 515 7799

About the Space
Patron: Sir Ian McKellen
The Space is a performing arts centre based in a converted church on the Isle of Dogs, East London and managed by St Paul’s Arts Trust. The Space programmes over 200 performances a year incorporating an exciting mixture of classics, revivals and new writing from new, emerging and established artists. Our community theatre project SpaceWorks provides workshops and performance opportunities for local adults. In 2015 we were asked to manage the Roof Garden performance space in Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf. This intimate covered amphitheatre in beautiful surroundings is programmed from May to August providing free performances and workshops to the local community.

Social Media:
Facebook: /thespace
Twitter: @SpaceArtsCentre
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