It takes a masterful playwright and confident direction to turn a dark tale about the abuse of power into a funny and entertaining romp. The new production of The Hothouse at Trafalgar Transformed only just stops short of dunking Pinter's piece into custard and pie. The result is uncomfortably chilling, twisted and a joy to watch.
The first production in Southwark Playhouse’s new main space, The Large, sees former Artistic Director Ellie Jones return to the theatre to direct an updated version of Claire Luckham’s play Trafford Tanzi, re-titled Tanzi Libre. Tanzi Libre is a touching and thrilling story, that takes place within a full-size professional wrestling ring complete with live DJ and an all-singing, all-wrestling cast.
Eve is 13, a vampire, and has never left her room. Everything she knows comes from what her sister Tabby has told her. Eve does everything a good little vampire girl should, including drinking her sister’s blood. But one day, Tabby tires of opening her veins and, in a breath, the whole world changes. Cuddles is the stunning debut play from award-winning young playwright Joseph Wilde.
Moll thinks she’s going on holiday but something more sinister is afoot. As menacing cats and strutting voles advance, a dangerously fertile countryside just keeps on growing – humanity is on the brink. A darkly funny, powerful and highly original first play by Thomas Eccleshare, the winner of the Verity Bargate Award.