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Three new productions for Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

Season preview

HAMPSTEAD Theatre has announced three new Hampstead Downstairs productions and they include works from two debut playwrights – Georgia Christou with her new play Yous Two and Ella Road with her new play The Phlebotomist.

Meanwhile Amy Ng debuts her second play Acceptance following her debut at Finborough Theatre.

The season opens with Georgia Christou’s Yous Two, which runs from January 18 to February 24, 2018.

You’re always gonna turn into one of your parents aren’t you, it’s basically about choosing the one who’s slightly less mental.

Fifteen year old Billie has lived with her Dad in their little flat for as long as she can remember, but all that’s about to change. She’s got big plans – get Dad a job, sort out her grades, and live in a house with five bathrooms.

But one reckless night threatens to undo all her hard work and derail her ambitions…When it’s always been just the two of you, how easy is it to get out, or to let anyone else in?

Yous Two is a moving portrayal of the conflict between personal aspiration and familial responsibility, and what happens when those you should depend on need you more than you need them.

Yous Two is directed by Chelsea Walker, who returns to Hampstead having been the assistant director for Mike Bartlett’s Wild last year.

Yous Two is followed – from March 2 to April 7 – by Amy Ng’s Acceptance.

We’re supposed to be assessing their potential as college students, not conducting a quasi-criminal investigation.

A prodigiously talented young musician, an Ivy League school, a life changing allegation.

Out of 37,451 applicants to Eliot University, Angela stands out – but not for the right reasons. An ambiguous event in her past threatens to overshadow her talent, potential, and her future prospects. Can she overcome the prejudices of those judging her application or is she already tainted beyond redemption, regardless of whether she is victim or perpetrator?

Described as crackling with razor-sharp dialogue, this explosive new play asks whether we can ever escape our past and investigates the destructive side of our search for acceptance.

Acceptance is directed by Anna Ledwich, who returns to direct Downstairs following Kiss Me by Richard Bean, The Argument by William Boyd and Olivier Award nominated Four Minutes Twelve Seconds. She has also directed Labyrinth and the forthcoming Dry Powder on the Main Stage.

Lastly, it’s the turn of Ella Road’s The Phlebotomist, which runs from April 12 to May 19.

All these people are getting their dating profiles blood-verified. You know, shouldn’t we just go for the people we fancy?

Bea meets Aaron. He’s intelligent, handsome, makes her laugh and, most importantly, has a high rating on his genetic profile. What’s not to like?

Char is on the brink of landing her dream job and has big plans to start a family – but her blood rating threatens it all.

In a world where future happiness depends on a single, inescapable blood test – which dictates everything from credit rating to dating prospects – how far will people go to beat the system and let nature take its course?

The Phlebotomist is a powerfully provocative vision of the future, questioning the value we place on one another, whether knowledge really is power, and if it’s truly possible for love to conquer all.

Director to be confirmed.

Casting for all three production will be announced in due course.

Hampstead Theatre launched The Downstairs Club in the summer, a free membership scheme for under 30s that provides better access to Hampstead’s cheaper tickets across the Main Stage and Downstairs – particularly the £5 tickets for the first five performances for all Downstairs productions. Under 30s who would like to access priority booking need to sign up at hampsteadtheatre.com.

inspire

Successful candidates have also been announced for Hampstead Theatre’s Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme, a free opportunity for 18–25 year-old aspiring playwrights to develop their ideas, talent and craft under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Roy Williams over the course of a year. And they are Destinée Bishop, Geraldine Lang, Eno Mfon and Holly Robinson.

Hampstead Theatre will continue its partnership with Sphinx Theatre Company by hosting several events over the next year, including their acclaimed Women Centre Stage Festival in 2018, to support the company’s important mission in promoting, advocating and inspiring women in the arts.