In London’s (Off) West End 2019: Bunker Theatre Autumn 2019 Season
LONDON – After a successful first season as Artistic Director, The Bunker’s Chris Sonnex is set to cement his vision for the theatre with his brand new season of works this autumn. With a new festival featuring work from Black artists, a new work from Anna Jordan, debut plays from emerging writers and the return of the sold-out My White Best Friend (and Other Letters Left Unsaid), The Bunker is ready to crown itself as the place for ambitious creatives to share their work with adventurous audiences.
The Bunker Theatre’s Autumn Season will open with This is Black, a curated festival from Steven Kavuma, founder of Diversity School Initiative. Creating a supportive fringe space for Black creatives to produce new work, it will explore identity, hate crime and family relationships with alternate double bills of Abraham Adeyemi’s All the Shit I Can’t Say to My Dad by Abraham Adeyemi and Macadie Amoroso’s Blue Beneath My Skin, with …cake by babirye bukilwa and The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars by Dipo Baruwa-Etti, along with an accompanying exhibition by Sophia Tassew, who created the recent plus-size mannequins for Nike.
In September, Alice Malseed’s Jade City will examine issues of masculinity, vulnerability and friendship through the rich language of Belfast. Presented in association with The Royal Court, Anna Jordan’s We Anchor in Hope will be directed by Chris Sonnex himself in his inaugural production for The Bunker. Expect the theatre to transform into a pub as it interrogates the impact on the community when the local closes. Based on the writer’s own experiences, Natalie Mitchell’s Germ Free Adolescent is an OCD love story for anyone who’s ever worried that they’re not normal. Finally, debut plays i will still be whole (when you rip me in half) by Ava Wong Davies and Before I was a Bear by Eleanor Tindall will share the space in November. Davies’ lyrical piece explores the relationship between women in a family, while Tindall’s considers sexuality, friendship, celebrity and shame.
The critically acclaimed My White Best Friend and Other Letters Left Unsaid… from Rachel De-Lahay and Milli Bhatia returns to The Bunker, where newly commissioned letters will be performed sight unseen each night. Following the success of Funeral Flowers in Spring, Harts Theatre Company joins Pint-Sized and Damsel Productions as Resident Companies, while Ann Akin and Anoushka Warden join Debbie Hannan on The Bunker’s team of Artistic Associates. Akin will produce Matilda Ibini’s new play Little Miss Burden, bringing together 90s nostalgia and Nigerian culture to tell the truth about growing up with a physical impairment.
Finally, The Bunker has also introduced a programme of B-Sides to ensure emerging artists have a place to thrive – expect new work from Annie Jenkins and Liv Wynter, in this curated run of Sunday and Monday nights set to fill the stage with cult hits, experimental work and future classics, reinforced by the return of Pint-Sized’s week-long festival.
Says Chris Sonnex: “Theatre is a village. When we wait in the foyer, when we watch a performance, when we talk about the show over a drink, we reinforce our togetherness, our shared language. We watch in unison as a congress of actors, writers, directors, designers tell us stories to unite and challenge us. The individual creates the community, the community empowers the individual. In The Bunker’s new season, we are lucky to welcome incredible artists with plays that explore this link: between individual and community.”
He adds: “We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with Black Ticket Project, giving away more than 250 tickets across the season. We are ensuring that the artists in our community have a place to experiment in our B-Side season. The Bunker is proud to work with so many talented artists that represent our society. I believe they will be mainstays in our theatre village for years to come.”
The Bunker Theatre’s Autumn 2019 season runs from August to December 2019 at The Bunker, 53A Southwark Street London SE1 1RU. For more information and the full programme, visit their website here