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Theatre503 announces 503Five writers and Autumn 2019 highlights

Season preview

ANNIE Jenkins, Benedict Lombe, Joel Tan, Jon Berry and Zak Mahinfar are the next 503Five, recipients of Theatre503’s pioneering Writers’ Residency, supported by the Carne Trust and Orseis Trust.

Since 2011, the scheme has launched 20 writers including Evening Standard Award winners Beth Steel and Charlene James, Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain, RTA award winner and BAFTA nominee Vinay Patel, and Kudos/Royal Court Fellowship recipient Ross Willis.

The chosen five writers were selected from 413 applicants. They will be on attachment to the venue for 18 months, receiving a £2,000 seed commission to write a full-length play. They will also benefit from a series of masterclasses, the support of the 503 Literary Team and Artistic Director, and numerous opportunities to have their work developed and staged.

Theatre503 has also announced highlights of its Autumn 2019 season and they include the world premiere of Out of Sorts by Danusia Samal, winner of the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award 2018; a thriller exploring evil and redemption from John Webber; and a new take on the 503 Christmas Panto from Louise Beresford and Anna Spearpoint.


Out of Sorts by Danusia Samal, directed by Tanuja Amarasuriya – October 9 to November 2.

I am sick. Sick to be called refugee, immigrant, war-victim. Not mother, not woman, not citizen.

Zara has spent her adult life being two different people. The good Muslim daughter, all set to marry the man her family approve of and a free-spirited British millennial, who parties as hard as she works. Over one dramatic weekend, the lies she’s been telling to keep these two worlds apart begin to unravel and she is forced to confront her real identity.

Theatre503 presents the world premiere of the winner of the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award 2018. Samal’s play was chosen out of 2,055 scripts submitted from 49 countries with the final five selected by an industry panel chaired by 503’s Chair and Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC, Erica Whyman. The panel included journalist Lyn Gardner, Audible’s Commissioning Producer for Theatre Abigail Gonda, and playwrights Stephen Beresford, Alice Birch, Chinonyerem Odimba and Roy Williams.

Spiderfly by John Webber, directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward – November 6 to November 30.

In this world there have to be spiders and there have to be flies.

After the death of her sister is left unresolved, Esther is broken and alone. In an attempt to piece her life back together she is increasingly drawn to the disturbing world of Keith. As their relationship progresses, the two spin webs of trickery and deceit – but who is the spider, and who is the fly?

Spiderfly was long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize and has had the support of Old Vic New Voices. It is directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward (The Sweet Science of Bruising, Groan Ups) and presented by Metal Rabbit Productions (Radiant Vermin, Cargo, We’re Staying RightHere, Lardo).

503Panto: A Fairytale Revolution by Louise Beresford and Anna Spearpoint, directed by Carla Kingham – December 4 to December 31.

We all know how a Panto is meant to go (‘oh no we don’t!’). The hero wins, the villain loses, someone gets married and they all live happily ever after… until now. The stars of 2018 show Cinderella and the Beanstalk, Louise Beresford and Anna Spearpoint return to 503 to write a brilliant brand new high-spirited hilarious family-friendly show featuring characters you know, characters you think you know and introducing… Stanley: The Fourth Little Pig.

Tickets for Theatre503’s Autumn Season will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, July 2. As part of the venue’s continuing Share the Drama scheme a range of ticket offers are available, including:

For 4 week shows

. 5 x £5 tickets every evening after opening night
. £10 preview tickets (£5 for writers)
. £10 Parent & Baby Matinees
. Relaxed evening and captioned performances
. Pay What You Can Saturday Matinees
. 2 x £2 tickets for first time SW11 residents (£10 thereafter)