The Royal Court is one of London's most respected and successful theatres, and they're now going to bring two plays to a pop-up space in Peckham. One show has already been shown in their main theatre, the other will appear in there after the Peckham run. Prices are being kept at a low level to drive attendance.
"After its successful sold-out launch in 2010 at an empty shopping unit in Elephant and Castle, the Royal Court Theatre will continue its Theatre Local project, taking plays to alternative spaces, at The Bussey Building in Peckham from 29 Sep – 19 Nov 2011.
A former cricket bat factory, The Bussey Building is at the centre of a growing cultural hub in Rye Lane, Peckham, which was saved from demolition by community group Peckham Vision. In its second year of the project, Theatre Local will now include longer runs of two new plays truth and reconciliation by debbie tucker green, and The Westbridge by Rachel De-Lahay, which will have its world premiere in Peckham.
Tickets will continue this year to be sold on a ‘Pay-what- you- like’ basis when purchased at the venue, or £10/£8 in advance. With an emphasis on community engagement the Royal Court will also offer a series of workshops, alongside a programme of accessible events.
Theatre Local will open with debbie tucker green’s new play, truth and reconciliation. Set in five different countries it explores the very personal, human stories at the heart of conflicts in South Africa, Rwanda, Bosnia, Zimbabwe and Northern Ireland. Transferring from the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs the 22 cast members will move to Peckham from 29 Sep – 15 Oct.
Young Writer’s Programme graduate Rachel De-lahay’s new play, The Westbridge, will follow from 3 – 19 Nov. Set in South London it explores the complexities of life, relationships and friendships across a minefield of racial and cultural differences. It will then move to the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from 25 Nov – 23 Dec.
Sponsored by Bloomberg, Theatre Local was launched in 2010 at Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, after a successful pilot run of Oxford Street by Levi David Addai in June 2008. The 2010 programme included plays from the Royal Court’s sold out Jerwood Theatre Upstairs Season, The Empire by DC Moore, Disconnect by Anupama Chandrasekhar, and Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss and opened with debbie tucker green’s play random."
When - 29th September - 15th October & 3rd - 19th November
Where - CLF Art Cafe, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
Link 1 - The Royal Court
Link 2 - The Bussey Building