The Royal Court is a theatre committed to new writing, and they're also committed to getting plays out into the wider community. Last summer they put on two plays in the Bussey Building in Peckham, one of which, The Westbridge, I went to and really enjoyed, and tis year they're bringing two more. Beware - some dates are sold out already.
"Sponsored by Bloomberg, the Royal Court’s Theatre Local aims to take plays to alternative spaces.
Plays by Bola Agbaje and Hayley Squires transfer from the Royal Court to the CLF Arts Café at the Bussey Building in Peckham from 31 May – 28 July, as part of the third Theatre Local season.
Tickets are £10 in advance and Pay What You Like when purchased at the venue. FREE workshops are also available.
The Bussey Building is a former arms manufacturing works and cricket bat factory, which was saved from demolition by community group Peckham Vision and the CLF Art Café, fronted by Mickey Smith, and is now at the centre of a growing cultural hub in Peckham."
Belong: 31st May - 23rd June
Election lost, speeches made and controversy stirred – Kayode’s hiding. He’s not even answering the door to the cleaner, and Rita is not going to start getting out the Hoover in her designer heels. Escaping the political heat in London he flees to Nigeria – a British MP and a self-made man. Once there, he gets caught up in a whole new power game.
Bola Agbaje’s satirical new play questions our notion of home.
Bola Agbaje returns with her new play Belong: a co-production with Tiata Fahodzi and the first play to be produced under the company’s new Artistic Director Lucian Msamati.
The boy who comes back from a war far away in a wooden box is glorified and called a hero. As the funeral plans are made in a small Kent town, his siblings squabble over who he was. Maybe the fanfare isn’t needed for this heroic martyr.
Vera Vera Vera - 4th - 28th July
Vera Vera Vera is a blackly comic play about what we are willing to fight for. Hayley Squires is a bracing new voice, clear eyed and loud, looking at violence, neglect and apathy.
Hayley Squires is an actor. This is her first play and her first submission to the Royal Court.
Director Jo McInnes most recently directed Red Bud at the Royal Court, as well as appearing in Wastwater by Simon Stephens as an actor. Her directorial credits also The Verdict in 2007 on BBC1 and the world premiere of Marine Parade by Simon Stephens at the Brighton Festival."
When - 31st May - 28th July
Link 1 - The Royal Court
Link 2 - The Bussey Building