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Theatre503 - Spring 2014

Season preview

THEATRE503 has announced its programme for Spring 2014 and as well as A World Elsewhere by Alan Franks (January 21 to February 15), it includes four other groundbreaking plays.

Presented by Theatre503 and Kagami Theatre, Woman in the Dunes runs from January 14 to January 18.

Based on the classic 1962 Japanese novel by Abe Kobo, Woman in the Dunes is adapted by Micha Colombo, who also directs a cast that includes Felix O’Brien, Roslyn Paterson and Niall Kerrigan.

When local villagers offer a stranded insect-collector a bed for the night, he is grateful for their hospitality, until it turns out to be a shack at the bottom of a deep pit of sand, alongside a mysterious woman.

Kagami Theatre was established in 2013 as a vehicle to bring Japanese and broader East Asian stories to UK audiences.

The production is designed by Lauren Cameron, with lighting by Simon Gethin Jones and sound by Alan Stones.

Presented by Theatre503 and Anchra Productions, Annie Hulley’s Dog Days, a ‘wickedly dark comedy’ about love, loss and real estate, runs from February 25 to March 22.

What do you do when your world turns upside down? Cate and John’s marriage has hit the rocks. Now they’re trapped in a nightmarish limbo while they struggle to sell the family home. When a rather unusual young couple fall in love with the house, it looks like the answer to their prayers – but be careful what you wish for…

Dog Days is Annie Hulley’s debut stage play. She has worked extensively as an actor and previously written for television (winning places on the EastEnders Writers Academy and Carlton Comedy Screenwriters course).

Lisa Cagnacci directs. Casting has yet to be confirmed.

Presented by Theatre503 and Hurlyburly Theatre Company, Carla Grauls’ Occupied runs from April 1 to April 26.

Driven by a desire for belonging, two Romanian immigrants kidnap an Englishman to learn how to be English. Set in a derelict Victorian public toilet, Occupied is a darkly comic play about identity in crises.

Carla Grauls is a multi award-winning writer who currently holds the Nick Darke Award 2013 and previously won the 2009 Euroscript Screen Story Competition.

Occupied is directed by Anna Mors and designed by Petra Hjortsberg. Casting has yet to be confirmed.

Presented by Theatre503, Billy Roche’s A Handful of Stars runs from April 30 to May 24.

A searing look as the pain and disillusionment following the break-up of a family, A Handful of Stars was first presented as a stand alone in 1988, and then revived as part of the Wexford Trilogy at the Bush Theatre.

The production forms the next instalment of Theatre503’s Second Look series following from the success of The Life of Stuff early in 2013.

A Handful of Stars is directed by Paul Robinson, designed by Signe Beckmann and composed by Simon Slater. Casting has yet to be confirmed.

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