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The Shed (NT) - September to December 2013

Theatre preview

THE SHED, an intimate venue in front of the National Theatre until February 2014, provides a third stage during the Cottesloe’s closure for the NT Future redevelopment. The Shed’s programme for the autumn months includes:

A season of Limited Editions, in which some of Britain’s most exciting new theatre-makers visit the Shed for a series of limited runs. Running from September 9 to September 21, it includes:

The Bullet and the Bass Trombone – September 9 to September 11.

A Sleepdogs production, written and performed by Timothy X Atack, directed by Tanuja Amarasuriya. Sleepdogs’ previous theatre work includes Buzzard, Astronaut (Bristol Old Vic) and Tales from the Old World (Live Theatre, Newcastle).

There’s a concert orchestra, trapped in a city during a military coup. As violence erupts, with pitched battles breaking out around them, the orchestra becomes separated – lost – hoping and trying to find their way back to each other. The composer is left to tell the story.

Squally Showers – September 12 to September 14.

Little Bulb explore the political whirlwind that was the 1980s. It’s the decade of all or nothing and a magical storm is gathering pace… Told with exciting choreography, music and bizarre character, Squally Showers is a fantastical balletic farce of politics, power, loneliness and love.

Little Bulb’s previous work includes Orpheus at Battersea Arts Centre, Operation Greenfield and Crocosmia (winner of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe First and Total Theatre Award).

Ours Was the Fen Country – September 15 to September 17.

A Still House production, devised and performed by Dan Canham, Laura Dannequin, Ian Morgan and Neil Paris. Dan Canham has previously performed as a member of DV8 Physical Theatre, Kneehigh Theatre and Punchdrunk. Productions by his company Still House include 30 Cecil Street.

For the past two years Dan Canham has been capturing conversations with people of the fens in East Anglia. Eel-catchers, farmers, parish councillors, museum keepers, molly dancers and conservationists have all been interviewed. This ethereal piece of dance-theatre fuses movement and sound with the words and memories of the native collaborators to get to the heart of this beautiful, bleak and mysterious expanse of flat land.

Riot – September 18 to September 20.

Bristol-based company The Wardrobe Ensemble present an epic tale of violence, greed and cheap sofas. The Wardrobe Ensemble’s other work includes Sense and 33 for the Bristol Old Vic.

February 10, 2005. At the stroke of midnight the British public punch, kick, strangle and eventually stab their way to £45 sofas and £35 bed frames at the opening of their favourite Swedish furniture store. Riot is a true story set in a lamp-lit flat-pack universe bursting with violence, chaos and more characters than you can throw a meatball at.

Up Down Boy – September 21.

A Myrtle Theatre Company Production in association with Salisbury Playhouse. Myrtle Theatre Company’s other productions include Hot Air which will play at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatre in July and August.

Matty is off to college in an hour – and he’s left it to Mum to pack his case. She won’t miss the slamming doors, the queue for the bathroom and the phone bills. But Matty is no ordinary teenager and will his mother cope without him? This honest and uplifting play was inspired by the extraordinary life story of a boy with Down’s syndrome and his mother’s humorous perspective on bringing him up.

As well as the Limited Editions season, there will be:

The UK premiere of The World of Extreme Happiness by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig – September 25 to October 26.

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s new play is a wildly energetic and imaginative journey through contemporary China. Sunny leaves her family and her home in the Chinese countryside to head to the city and the promise of a job in a factory and a new life. But letting go of the past and embracing a bright new future proves harder than she could have imagined.

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s work includes 410 [Gone] and Lidless which received the Yale Drama Series Award, a 2010 Edinburgh Fringe First Award and was performed at Trafalgar Studios 2 in 2011.

The World of Extreme Happiness is directed by Michael Longhurst, whose recent work includes The History Boys (Sheffield Crucible) and Nick Payne’s Constellations which transferred from the Royal Court to the West End; and Adam Brace’s Stovepipe, a promenade production for HighTide Festival, later produced in London in collaboration with the National Theatre.

The cast comprises Vera Chok, Junix Inocian, Sarah Lam, Katie Leung, Chris Lew Kum Hoi and Daniel York.

The production is designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting by Philip Gladwell and music and sound by Max and Ben Ringham.

Nut, a new play created and directed by Debbie Tucker Green – October 30 to December 5.

Bein you means not bein me – see, a deficit already – before you even started we running at a loss.

Elayne thinks she’s alright. Nobody else does.

Debbie Tucker Green’s work for theatre includes Truth and Reconciliation, Random and Stoning Mary (Royal Court Theatre), Generations (Young Vic), Trade (RSC) and Born Bad (Hampstead Theatre) for which she won an Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Her film and television work includes Random for which she won a 2012 BAFTA for Best Single Drama and Second Coming for Film Four.

The production is choreographed by Polly Bennett and designed by Lisa Marie Hall, with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Emma Laxton. The cast includes Gershwyn Eustache Jr, Nadine Marshall, Anthony Welsh and Sharlene Whyte.

For more information visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/.