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Arcola Theatre - Winter/Spring 2015

Season preview

ARCOLA Theatre’s 2015 Winter/Spring season includes major productions about global politics and the state of the British media. Arcola continues to champion new writing with full stagings of nine original works.


Clarion (April 15 to May 16), a dark and timely new play about newspapers, free speech and the struggle for truth, gets its world premiere in a production directed by Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen. Written by former journalist Mark Jagasia, and developed at Arcola over two years, this is an insider’s story about the ethics of the press in modern Britain.
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Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage (May 20 to June 20), directed by Max Stafford-Clark, is the story of two Welsh names bruised, but not beaten, by media speculation: Gareth Thomas, 100 caps for Wales, now the world’s most prominent gay sportsman; and his hometown, Bridgend.

Receiving its London premiere after a UK tour, Robin Soans’ new play marks Arcola’s first co-production with National Theatre Wales and Out of Joint.

Product (April 27 to May 23) is Mark Ravenhill’s razor-sharp comedy about the media’s response to terrorism. Robert Shaw directs Olivia Poulet for the play’s first major revival.

Shrapnel: 34 Fragments of a Massacre (March 11 to April 2) pieces together one of the most controversial episodes in the ‘war on terror’. Directed by Mehmet Ergen, Anders Lustgarten’s startling new play dares to ask what a massacre is made of. Read more l Photo Gallery

Taksim Square, written and directed by Mehmet Ergen, is a new musical about the small patch of land which sparked a national crisis, featuring songs from the 2013 protests in Turkey. It is performed in Turkish as part of the Orient Express season (January 12 to January 24), which will once again showcase some of the best recent work from Talimhane Tiyatrosu, Arcola’s sister theatre in Istanbul.

Happy Ending (January 28 to March 7), directed by Guy Retallack and starring Gillian Kirkpatrick and Beverley Klein, is a powerful and uplifting musical adapted from the Israeli writer Anat Gov’s experiences of cancer.
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peddling (March 4 to March 28), Harry Melling’s poetic exploration of homelessness, gets its London premiere after acclaimed runs at the HighTide festival and off-Broadway.
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Abyss (April 1 to April 25), a poetic thriller for which Maria Milisavljevic won the prestigious German Kleist Award for Young Dramatists, receives its UK premiere.

The Singing Stones (February 4 to February 28), a fearless portrayal of women in the Arab Spring, receives its world premiere.

Now This Is Not The End (June 3 to June 27), Rose Lewenstein’s captivating drama about legacy, identity and our sense of belonging, is directed by Katie Lewis in the world premiere production.

Cinema (May 26 to May 30), a new play about people trapped in political conflict, plays at Arcola as part of a UK tour.

The Story Project (January 6 to January 10) returns with ten short plays on the theme of ‘Rage, Romance and Resolutions’.

And Arcola’s Creative Engagement Winter Season includes:

Mahmud and Yezida (January 6 to January 11), a classic of Turkish theatre directed by Aylin Bozok and performed in Turkish by Arcola Ala-Turka.

PlayWROUGHT (January 12 to January 17): a festival of one-off rehearsed readings of twelve new plays selected from over a hundred submissions.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (January 20 to January 24) as performed by new community performance company, Arcola Queer Collective.

Sex Workers’ Opera (January 26 to January 29), a unique multimedia production written and performed by sex workers and their allies.

Kaleidoscope (January 31), a devised piece from Arcola 60+.

Tickets for all of these productions are now available at, over the phone on 020 7503 1646, and in person at the Arcola Theatre box office.