Theatre from Newham's Applecart

Published: 20 September 2020
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Dazed New World
On Demand - Natasha’s Project
The Fall - Coracle
Call Me By My Name
Buzzing Credit: Howdydoodydoris Photography

New online theatre festival Dazed New World presents a range of work looking at different features of society and how they may look post-pandemic.

The Festival is presented by London Borough of Newham-based Applecart Arts in partnership with the Old Fire Station Oxford, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and others.

Peter Moreton, artistic director of Applecart Arts, said, “it’s a poetic privilege to be platforming emerging artists just as we all begin to dust ourselves off and evaluate our new landscape. Story has always been at the heart of community and diverse, creative narratives have never been more needed than in our current times. Hopefully this festival of live performance will contribute to the conversation as we set a new agenda for our Dazed New World.”

All the events are multi-camera and live-streamed and include a panel discussion of black, brown and Asian musical theatre nerds Jellicle Questions for Jellicle Nerds by Nemo Martin, dance / physical theatre production On Demand from Natasha’s Project, an exploration of inherited shame The Fall by Coracle and Applecart Arts' SEEDs competition winner, Julia Szajkowska's One Shot.

There are also children's shows One Duck Down and Finding Percy Erebus, experimental audio immersive experience Imaginarium for all ages and Call Me By My Name for young adults.

Dazed New World Festival runs from 12 to 24 October.

Prior to the festival and also from Applecart Arts is the live-stream on 25 September of one-woman show Buzzing about embracing your sexuality as a mature woman.

Buzzing writer Debbie Bird is on a mission to make the invisible middle-aged woman visible and has invested her life-savings in the streaming, the tour having been cancelled. Buzzing is directed by Mark Farrelly. It can also be booked via Applecart Arts; Bird is amongst those forgotten by the government and needs to sell around 350 tickets (£8–£12) for the show to break even.