Drama championed at Warwick Arts Centre

Published: 24 August 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Drama features strongly in the autumn season at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, with a festival being presented for the first time.

Doreen Foster, director of Warwick Arts Centre, said, “this autumn we’re excited to champion emerging as well as well-known voices who use their artistic talent to inspire, to challenge and to entertain.

“It’s a season which includes a diverse range of artists and voices from not just across the UK but also internationally, with many special performances.”

The first major event is China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz's Status (9 and 10 October) which explores themes of nationality and identity. Co-commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre, Status uses then Prime Minister Theresa May's assertion that “if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere” as a starting point.

Sarah Waters's novel The Night Watch (21 until 26 October) will be brought to the stage by The Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal.

Change Festival (18 until 20 October) invites audiences to “imagine better”. There will be a variety of artists, speakers and performers. “Stimulating” panel discussions will cover topics such as renewable energy, well-being, fashion, food and nature.

Richard Alston’s company began at the arts centre in 1994 and Richard Alston Dance will return with The Final Edition (21 and 22 November) before he bows out in 2020.

Other dance performances include Candoco Dance Company whose disabled and non-disabled dancers present Double Bill (3 October) which includes a new piece by choreographer and designer Theo Clinkard and the “wild and sensual” Face In by Israeli choreographer Yasmeen Godder.

The full season is available at the Warwick Arts Centre web site.