If you're at a loose end tonight, head to Cambridge to catch two critically acclaimed shows from Small Change.
The retrospective double-bill from one of our favourite companies is at The Junction for one night only at 8pm with tickets just £5.
Making The Difference started off at shorts way back in the mists of 2005 and went on to harvest praise at The Edinburgh Festival and on tour. It’s a mixture of army recruitment lecture, personal development seminar and a weird kind of party. With balloons.
Making up the double bill is Long Wave - Small Change's first show which won a Company Award for Innovation at NSDF 2002 and subsequently performed at venues including Birmingham Rep and BAC. It’s a dark and comic exploration of the desperate attempt of three performers to piece themselves and the world around them together in a sort of cabaret for the end of the world.
They're both short so you can get home or get bevvied afterwards - whichever you prefer. All the details are here. See you there?
Nominations are now open for the Whatsonstage Theatregoers Choice Awards 2009.
True to their name, they're the only major awards judged entirely by audiences. Last year over 25,000 people voted.
Now far be it for us to give you a gentle nudge, but Artefacts was rather splendid don't you think?
Just on the off-chance you've got a spare two minutes, why not nominate Artefacts in a few categories? Like Best New Play, for example. Or Best Off-West End production. Or even in all the other categories it could possibly be eligible for.
Just thought we'd plant that seed. Ahem.
Present: Tense is back for one last outing in 2008 with yet another lip-smacking line-up.
Join us at Southwark Playhouse for Present : Tense / Nine on Sunday 23 November, featuring more top talent tackling the toughest creative challenge in town, including one of the nation's most celebrated playwrights NICHOLAS WRIGHT; theatre company IMAGINARY FORCES; and UK Young Storyteller of The Year RACHEL ROSE REID.
The toughest creative challenge in town is back at Southwark Playhouse on Sunday 23 November 2008.
Present : Tense / Nine challenges some of the UK's finest artistic talent to to respond to the most important news story of the moment in just seven days.
Taking up the gauntlet are: TIM PRICE, JOY WILKINSON and NICHOLAS WRIGHT (playwrights); NATHAN CURRY, POLLY FINDLAY and ZOË WATERMAN (directors); IMAGINARY FORCES (theatre company); RACHEL ROSE REID (storyteller) and ISOBEL WALLER-BRIDGE (musician).
The artists assemble this Sunday 16th November to decide what they think is the most important story on the news agenda. They then have one week to each create a response, before their work is performed live for you the public at Southwark Playhouse on Sunday 23 November.
Throughout the week you can follow their progress and post comments on the present : tense blog where the artists will be posting daily updates.
Present : Tense / Nine
Sunday 23 November 2008 // 8:00pm
Southwark Playhouse // Shipwright Yard (Corner Tooley St. & Bermondsey St.) // London // SE1 2TF
Tickets // £10 // 0844 847 1656 (24 hours) or www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
Simply call the box office on 020 8743 5050 and quote "nabokov offer" to snap up a £5 ticket for any show this week (Tues - Sat at 8pm, excluding Thursday).
Yep, that's just £5. They're normally £15. Aren't we good to you.
Fresh from its success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and National Tour, I Caught Crabs In Walberswick previewed in May as part of the HighTide Festival in Suffolk.
Best mates Fitz and Wheeler are fishing for crabs on a bridge in sleepy Walberswick when they are ambushed by Dani, the fittest girl on the beach. So begins a crazy 24 hours that will change the lives of the three 16 year olds forever. All three are looking for some action. After hooking up with Dani and taking a reckless road trip up the Suffolk coast, will Fitz and Wheeler's friendship survive?
We saw the show in Edinburgh and it's ace. So go, go, go.
Terre Haute premiered at The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh back in the mists of 2006. It went on to tour nationally prior to a West End run in 2007, and we've been working on a New York transfer ever since. So we're delighted to announce the show will open at 59E59 Theaters in January.
Terre Haute NYC will star original cast member Pater Eyre and reunite the original creative team of director George Perrin, designer Hannah Clark, lighting designer Matt Eagland and composer Heather Fenoughty.
More info soon, once we've stopped salivating about the prospect of bacon and cheese cadillac burgers washed down with Brooklyn lager from our favourite NY haunt, PJ Clarke's. Mmm.
Here's a photo of the lovely promenade in Bexhill-On-Sea, which is where we found ourselves last week for a couple of days away from nabokov towers formulating plans for 2009.
We stayed in a lovely B&B called The Old Vicarage which has a big living room with an open fire and which serves a knockout full English breakfast. We had some long strolls along the prom, ate fish and chips, and installed ourselves in the cafe of the grade one listed De La Warr Pavillion to drink coffee and decide what we're going to do next year.
Inspired by the sea air, we came up with some seriously exciting stuff. We'll reveal all right here on the blog in due course, but just to whet your appetite, here's a snapshot of what's in store in a jam-packed 2009:
- Terre Haute opens in New York (we'll post full details tomorrow, so check back)
- A fresh new look for Present : Tense
- The nabokov Arts Club back with a vengeance
- The return of shorts, reinvented and reinvigorated
- Lots of festival frolicks
- A brand new nabokov show... maybe even two
Yes indeed. And we can't wait to spill the beans about the other stuff we've got up our sleeves, so keep 'em peeled on the blog and we'll splurge soon.
Meantime, if you ever want a seaside getaway, we highly recommend Bexhill. No sign of a brass band playing "Tiddely-om-pom-pom", but the prom-prom-prom was picture postcard.