Selina Thompson Ltd
A journey to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. In February 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship to retrace one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica and back. Their memories, their questions and their grief took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through the figurative realm of an imaginary past. It was a long journey forwards in order to go backwards. This show is what they brought back. Commissioned by Yorkshire Festival, Theatre Bristol and MAYK. Supported by Arts Council England.
Touretteshero and Battersea Arts Centre
Jess Thom has Tourettes, a condition that means she makes movements and noises she can't control, called tics. Following the award-winning Backstage in Biscuit Land, she takes on Samuel Beckett's short play in a theatrical experience that explores neurodiversity and asks who is allowed to perform what and who gets the final say. All performances are relaxed. This means that if you tic, shout or move about, you're more than welcome.
£¥€$ (LIES) – Ontroerend Goed
Big in Belgium, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Vooruit, Richard Jordan Productions
‘The best way to rob a bank is to own one’ (William Crawford, Commissioner of the California Department of Savings and Loans). Ontroerend Goed invites you to get under the skin of the well-to-do, the 1%, the super rich, the ones who pull the strings, the faces we never get to see. For one night, you can take their chairs. You call the shots. You're in the centre of our economic system. You shape the course. And who knows, you might make the world a better place, more fair, more responsible because you'll do things differently, for sure.
A Talawa Theatre Company, HighTide and Soho Theatre production
Three girls. Best friends forever. All the big issues: love, sex and religion... But when they're kidnapped from home, their world is turned upside down. The only hashtag that matters now is survival. A funny and fiercely passionate new play about enduring friendship, the power of imagination and the stories behind the headlines that quickly become yesterday's news. Written by the Alfred Fagon and joint George Devine Award-winner Theresa Ikoko. Shortlisted for Soho Theatre's Verity Bargate Award. Part of the British Council 2017 Showcase. 'Scorchingly intelligent and as powerful as a gut punch' **** (Times).