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Interview with THE GLASS MENAGERIE director Femi Elufowoju jr

Tennessee Williams is considered one of the foremost playwrights of 20th Century American drama. What is it about his writing that makes him so influential? In rehearsal we constantly marvel at the encyclopedic range of his personal world. His plays touch the many facets of the human condition – love, power, sexuality, loss, internal strife, …

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Arcola’s Studio 2 Summer Season 2019

Arcola Theatre has announced its Studio 2 Summer Season with three new plays being performed in the theatre’s 100 seat studio. SITTING by Katherine Parkinson, directed by Sarah Bedi HOARD by Bim Adewunmi, directed by Femi Elufowoju jr.   RADIO by Al Smith, directed by Josh Roche Arcola’s Artistic Director, Mehmet Ergen said “Arcola’s Studio 2 …

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Cast announced for The Daughter-in-Law

Final casting is announced for a rare production of D H Lawrence’s The Daughter-in-Law, a searing and unforgettable drama about heartache, inequality and the ties that bind, set in the heat of the 1912 miners’ strike. This groundbreaking play, not published or performed in Lawrence’s lifetime, premiered in a Peter Gill production at the Royal …

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Playwright Sam Potter on Hanna

In 2015, Sam Potter was awarded a place on the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme with Papatango. She spent a year as their Resident Playwright and Hanna is the result of that collaboration. Ahead of its London Premiere, she reveals how the idea for the play was conceived. There are two stories about how plays come …

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Call for Submissions: Global Queer Playwriting/Queer Plays in Translation

In 2018, the Arcola Queer Collective will present its fourth annual season of theatre and performance.  In 2017, we presented forgotten and rediscovered plays from queer theatre history, from Mae West’s effervescent The Drag, and a new re-imagining of Edouard Bourdet‘s La Prisonnière, to a series of plays from the activist queer theatre of the …

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Arcola MARVELS at diversity

As the global Marvel brand sparks controversy online, Martin Thomas reflects on Arcola’s plans for more diverse and representative art. Like hundreds of other arts organisations across England, Arcola was recently involved in reviewing its contribution to excellent and diverse art and work with children and young people. The review was part of its National Portfolio Organisation application to Arts Council …

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Our future in Dalston

Hackney Council has announced that it intends to develop several publicly-owned sites around Arcola, creating a new ‘Dalston Quarter’. They are running a public consultation, which closes this Sunday, to determine the principles which should guide the development. This is an unprecedented opportunity to help shape the future of Dalston, and to secure a place …

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Beautiful: Not The Carole King Musical

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” So, apparently, said George Bernard Shaw, the playwright and critic who spent a whole lifetime playing: writing plays and working with players to stage them. His drama Candida – lesser-known than his major hits, Pygmalion, Man and Superman or Saint …

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WORDS, WORDS, WORDS: Kitty Hunter Blair on translating The Lower Depths

Kitty Hunter Blair and Jeremy Brooks’ translation of The Lower Depths was first performed  by the Royal Shakespeare Company on 29 June 1972. 100 years after the Russian Revolution, it’s back on stage in our production of The Lower Depths, directed by Helena Kaut-Howson. In this exclusive article, Kitty Hunter Blair talks about the process of translating Russian plays, …

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MISPLACED CHILD: A new photography exhibition at the cafe of Arcola

New exhibition at the Arcola cafe that aims to raise awareness of children affected by Syrian war ‘MISPLACED CHILD‘: AN ARTIST’S CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS OF CHILDREN AFFECTED BY SYRIAN WAR More than a year after the death of Alan Kurdi, the little 3-year-old Syrian boy who was washed up dead on a Turkish beach, …

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Angel has been postponed

We regret to inform you that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the advertised production of Angel (21 November – 17 December) has been postponed. The producers, and Arcola Theatre, would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have already booked tickets for Angel, the Arcola Box Office will contact you shortly to arrange a …

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En Route: Callisto: A Queer Epic

3 fantastic new plays are transferring from the Edinburgh Fringe to Arcola Theatre next month, as part of our EH to E8 season. Artistic director and performer Emma D’Arcy and director Thomas Bailey tell us more about Callisto: A Queer Epic which opens 18 October. Briefly, what’s Callisto about? ED: It’s four interweaving LGBTQ love stories from …

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Arcola launches Jeannie’s Theatre Conversations

Arcola is introducing a series of Saturday afternoon post-show discussions, chaired by Jeannie Farr. Jeannie has been an active member of Arcola’s community, including as a volunteer usher, and a passionate supporter of the theatre since it first opened in 2000. Previously she was a drama teacher, a community theatre practitioner, and an advocate for the performing arts with …

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Join one of Arcola’s critically acclaimed Community Performance Companies

We are looking for new members to join, take part and perform as part of our Community Performance Programme. Arcola run groups target specifically at the Turkish and Kurdish Community (Ala-Turka), over 50’s (Arcola 50+), self identifying LGBTQ* individuals (Arcola Queer Collective), and men whose lives have have been affected either directly or indirectly by …

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Early Warning Signs on display at Arcola

In 2016, Arcola is participating in an ongoing art project by British artist Ellie Harrison. Early Warning Signs will be on display outside Arcola throughout 2016. Initiated at Two Degrees festival in 2011, the project aims to allow the four rotating ‘climate change’ signs Ellie produced for the festival to continue to promote their cause …

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