The new pub theatre’s second season sheds lights on some unexpected, disregarded and forgotten stories whilst further developing the venue’s programming by hosting a majority of one-week-runs and up to three-week-runs.
For one week in January the venue welcomes CAT The Play, a comedy about Dave the Cat, who was sacked from the original production of famous musical Cats. Having had several previous sold out runs, CAT comes to the Bread and Roses Theatre in a never before seen two-act version. But Dave is not alone in his fate of missing out on his role in a famous show. For a three-week run in January/February award-winning theatre company Fentiman presents Romeo and Rosaline by Sharon Jennings. In this tragic-comedy – shortlisted for Best New Play at the Brighton Fringe Festival – we witness the story of Romeo’s first love, Rosaline, who thinks she’s the main character when she really isn’t.
The season also takes a more serious look at disregarded stories with the UNHEARD Festival, which explores themes around sexual abuse and violence over a week in February and will be accompanied by V-Day performances of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues. Also on a more serious note is Muscovado for one week in March, a scorching new play by Matilda Ibini about slavery in Nineteenth Century Barbados.
For one week in February the theatre hosts two forgotten classical theatre pieces: Ralph Roister Doister, the first English comedy ever written, and Jack Juggler, a 16th Century English Commedia dell'arte, both by Nicholas Udall. But beyond the past, the program also throws a look into a post-apocalyptic future for a week in March with #theorder. This scarily topical show questions how far people will go once Facebook has issued the ultimate command.
The season also features If Only for one week in January, a comedy by luminary Canadian playwright Michel Tremblay paying homage to his mother. Whilst Mrs. Shufflewick by Devon Cox, one week in March, in contrast, is an intimate sketch of creator Rex Jameson’s gin-soaked back-stage life and his struggles with his past—abandoned by his mother—as well as his present.
And because double is twice as much fun, for a mini-run in March the venue welcomes an Opera Double Bill of Bastien and Bastienne /Savitri as well as a Shakespearean Double Bill of The Merchant of Venice and Measure for Measure for a week at the end of the month.
In-house Bread & Roses Theatre Company will also present their regular new writing night The Platform and further projects for one or two performances only include Performance Lab, The Tuesday Club, Ad Liberation, Vagabond Stage, Murderettes and Not Wanted on Voyage.
The Bread & Roses Theatre also continues to support theatre companies and help them provide fair opportunities for everyone involved by offering box office splits rather than set hire fees and is accepting proposals for its following seasons.
The Bread & Roses Theatre, 68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ London
Closest stations: Clapham North & Clapham Common (Northern Line), Clapham High Street & Wandsworth Road (Overground)