Autumn at Theatre503

Sandra Giorgetti

Battersea's Theatre503 opens its new season later this month with funny, coming of age drama Sid And Viv the début production from NorthSEE Theatre, an English Touring Theatre Forge company.

Philip Correia's play is followed by the award-winning In Event of Moone Disaster. This play by Andrew Thompson was selected from 1,600 scripts to scoop the International Playwriting Award 2016.

The story looks at sexual politics and space travel through the lives of three women spanning eight decades. It will be directed by Theatre 503's artistic director, Lisa Spirling, making her directorial début in this role.

Having its UK première, The Dark Room, is presented by Paperbark Theatre and Thinking Aloud.

This psychological thriller written by Angela Betzien won the Best New Australian Work, Sydney Theatre Awards. Directed by Audrey Sheffield this play runs until the Christmas show, the return of Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves from The Sleeping Trees.

Throughout the season there are a number of short runs including the riotous storytelling and music of Sharp Teeth, a series of short plays Sahar Speaks: Voices of Women from Afghanistan, and the story of 18th century French ruined aristocrat, Purl, The Knitting Pattern.

An established venue for supporting new writing, Theatre503 hosts Unbroken Festival at the end of October. This cross-discipline festival showcases new writing and includes live music, visual art, workshops and panel discussions; many of these are artistic responses to World Mental Health Day.