New Diorama Theatre announces Reset Season with a variety of shows set to play in the summer at the London venue, including a transfer of Parabolic Theatre’s five-star Crisis? What Crisis? plus London premiere of Antler Theatre’s Civilisation.
The theatre also unveils a brand-new cafe, bar and public area, reimagined by a team of theatre designers with the view of improving accessibility and space, plus free resources.
Crisis? What Crisis? headlines the Reset Season in a five-week transfer from 20 July to 21 August. Following a whirlwind year of debating government legislation, Parabolic Theatre puts audiences in the political driving seat with their immersive production set in 1979.
Jim Callaghan’s Labour government has a working majority of zero. Parliament is deadlocked. The workers are on strike. And your advice and actions will change the country forever. The production takes place in an office setting, minutes from the New Diorama Theatre, where audiences will be engaged in the high-stakes world of 1970s party politics.
With hundreds of possible scenarios, every decision will shape the outcome of the production as audiences work to end the deadlock, rescue the government, survive the vote of no confidence, keep the trade unions on side, and avoid plunging Britain into chaos.
Additionally, nationally-acclaimed youth company Company Three present Eighteen from 23 to 24 July. Created by young people who turned 18 during lockdown, director Philip Morris and theatre-maker Angie Peña Arenas present this show that sees eight youngsters invite you to their birthday party.
After selling out at the Edinburgh Fringe, Civilisation comes to the New Diorama Theatre from 27 July to 7 August. By Jaz Woodcock-Stewart with Morgann Runacre-Temple, and produced by Antler, the show now receives its long-overdue London run.
A blazingly original, critically acclaimed collision of theatrical realism and contemporary dance, Civilisation examines a day in the life of a woman following a tragic event, featuring music by ABBA and Bach.
NDT Associate Ensemble The Pappy Show return with their follow-up to their hit show BOYS. GIRLS runs at the theatre from 17 to 21 August and spans decades of lived experiences in a whole-hearted display of what it felt like to be a girl and a reclamation of all things loved, lost, desired, and fought for. Raucous, tender, and unapologetic. Someone else can tidy up.
Finally, in response to the upset and uncertainty of the last year, New Diorama have commissioned NDT Associate Ensemble Rhum + Clay to create a show built for schools and community settings.
The production will tour schools reaching hundreds of 7–11-year-olds to playfully explore the impact of change, why it happens – and how to deal with it. Everything Has Changed will also run from 20 to 21 August, and will also play two performances at New Diorama for local families this summer.
Alongside re-opening for live performance, New Diorama are unveiling brand new public spaces. Supported by British Land, Camden Council, Viridor Credits, The Theatres Trust and Arts Council England, these major re-developments will make New Diorama’s public spaces more accessible, more creative spaces.
With gallery space focused on the creative process of the shows on our stage, new fibre WiFi, plentiful plug sockets, and subscriptions to creative, design magazines and journals, theatre designers Joshua Gadsby and Naomi Kuyck-Cohen have transformed New Diorama’s public areas into more inspiring, artists spaces to visit and work.
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