First season for new director of Shoreditch Town Hall

Sandra Giorgetti

Director of multi-space arts venue, Shoreditch Town Hall, James Pidgeon, has put together a first season that features work from the London International Mime Festival and hits from the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe as well as a building takeover in a co-production with Manchester International Festival.

The season which has themes of identity, time and place includes:

  • Santa Madera by Juan Ignacio Tula and Stefan Kinsman - 12 to 14 January

    Presented by London International Mime Festival in association with Shoreditch Town Hall, this show is inspired by indigenous South American rituals.

  • The Claim by Tim Cowbury – 16 to  26 January

    Directed by Mark Maughan, this play is an imaginative response to the stories of those seeking refuge in the UK.

  • Between The Dog And The Wolf - 17 to 21 January

    This site-responsive performance from Arbonauts is commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall and London International Mime Festival and directed by Helen Galliano and Dimitri Launder.

  • Vu by Etienne Manceau - 25 to 27 January

    Sacékripa's Vu is presented by the London International Mime Festival in association with Shoreditch Town Hall. This comic shows looks at happiness, obsession and humanity though an examination of daily routines.

  • Party Skills For The End Of The World - 13 to 24 February

    A wild and weird theatrical experience is in store for this building take over created by Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari of pioneering cult performance collective shunt, with Abigail Conway, commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Shoreditch Town Hall.

  • Instructions For Border Crossing written and performed by Daniel Bye - 26 to 29 March

    Directed by Alex Swift, Instructions For Border Crossing looks at boundaries and defiance against the state.

  • Frogman - 4 to 14 April

    This Virtual Reality / live theatre hybrid from curious directive is a coming-of-age thriller exploring the fragility of the childhood imagination.

  • Identity - 12 to 14 April

    An East London Dance and Shoreditch Town Hall co-production, celebrating the area's eclectic dance and fashion culture.

  • Education, Education, Education - 17 to 21 April

    A Shoreditch Town Hall, Royal and Derngate Northampton and Wardrobe Ensemble co-production, this show is a "love letter to the schools of the '90s" that asks who is responsible for what we are taught.

  • Palmyra - 17 to 28 April and Eurohouse - 23 and 26 April

    Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas's Total Theatre Award-winning Palmyra is a hard look at revenge and destruction.

    From the same team comes Eurohouse, a darkly comic look at the EU’s founding ideals and what has become of them.

    These shows are presented by Shoreditch Town Hall and Battersea Arts Centre and play BAC during in the same month, also as a double bill.

  • The Nature Of Forgetting - 24 to 28 April

    Theatre Re's The Nature Of Forgetting returns to the venue. Conceived and directed by Guillaume Pigé, it is an ultimately uplifting piece about life realised through a story of a man with dementia.

  • We Can Time Travel - 24 April to 5 May

    Commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall We Can Time Travel is the new solo work from musician and theatre-maker Dom Coyote inspiring a new look at the world.

  • Yvette written by Urielle Klein-Mekongo - 10 to 12 May

    Yvette is based on a true story of a young woman growing up with a secret.

    This is a co-presentation by Shoreditch Town Hall, The Albany, Battersea Arts Centre and Camden People’s Theatre. There will be a collection for Rape Crisis UK after every performance.

In a new initiative, Shoreditch Town Hall is working with drama school Mountview on an MA in Site-Specific Theatre Practice led by Geraldine Pilgrim.

Mountview's Stephen Jameson said, “Mountview is thrilled to be launching this new course with Geraldine Pilgrim, celebrated as a leader in the field of site-specific theatre practice. Our partnership with Shoreditch Town Hall makes it all the more exciting: students will be totally immersed in their field and work alongside professionals at the forefront of this art form.”

Those interested in applying for the MA in Site-Specific Theatre Practice should visit Mountview's web site.

Further recent news from Shoreditch Town Hall is that Jamie Lloyd has been appointed associate artist; his work at the venue includes Killer.