The Space summer season
The Space has announced their new summer season, with an exciting collection of historical, science-fiction and contemporary pieces tackling themes including otherworldliness and mental health.
Headlining the new season is The Space Productions’ revival of Curious Incident playwright Simon Stephen’s 1998 play Bluebird. From July 24 to August 4, the Space’s in-house theatre company will recreate the story of Mancunian taxi driver Jimmy Macneill and the people with whom he shares his cab.
Another exciting highlight of the season is dark comedy Never Better (August 28 – September 1) by Josh Elliott, which tells the story of an estate agent struggling with bipolar disorder.
Located in the shadow of Canary Wharf, The Space is the ideal location for a selection of new financial dramas, including the Heretical Historians’ swish new production of We Own Everything. Playing at The Space from July 10 to 19, We Own Everything is a polished and amusing new play examining the true story of Nathan Mayer Rothschild and the first deliberate stock market crash.
From May 29 to June 9, Dare to Do: The Bear Maxim provides a fresh take on the banking crisis of 2008 and the untold story of the man who broke financial systems. There’s also new experimental drama Asking for a Raise (July 3 – 7), which follows the struggle of a woman in the workplace trying to negotiate a salary increase. Loosely based of George Perec’s ‘The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise’ and using interviews from office workers, Asking for a Raise is an immersive experience set inside a busy office.
As far removed from Canary Wharf as it gets, another exciting new piece from up-and-coming playwright Christian Graham is gritty South London drama Be Born, which plays from June 26 – 30 and deals with less affluent London life.
From locals to new faces, I Occur Here (August 14-18) uses the real experiences of international artists based in the London to tell a story of home and self-discovery.
The summer season also includes Science Fiction: Double Feature (May 22 -26), which boasts sixteen sci-fi themed short plays in five days. There’s also sketch comedy Tits in Space (June 13 – 16), Bengali opera Radmin Badsha & Rupaan (July 20-22), dark mental health comedy Rush and hilarious improvised comedy Duchess Mislaid (May 15-19).