Ovalhouse, together with BraveNewWorlds present TRINITY – a visually stunning, design-led performance staged in a derelict gothic chapel in Peckham’s Asylum. Transporting audiences to another world, this offsite event explores the aesthetics of gender and female iconography in society’s visual culture, from pagan and religious artefacts to pop culture’s bedroom selfies.
TRINITY questions the ethics and politics involved in the representation, mutation and transformation of the female form in our collective visual consciousness. Creating a highly visceral visual landscape with an immersive sound experience that explores otherness, this production features sound by Demetrio Castellucci and light by Darren Johnston.
By continuing to present challenging and inspirational theatre that speaks to a world beyond the mainstream, Ovalhouse acts as a vital home for boundary-pushing art, artists and audiences with an eye on the future. The fantastic Summer Season 2017 at Ovalhouse continues as follows:
The Believers are But Brothers – Edinburgh preview
(12th – 15th July, 7.30pm)
We live in a time where old orders are collapsing and tech savvy and extremist groups rip through twentieth century political certainties. Amidst this, a generation of young men find themselves burning with resentment. This crisis of masculinity leads them into an online world of fantasy, violence and reality. Writer and theatre maker Javaad Alipoor spent time in this digital realm, exploring the blurry and complex world of extremists, spies, journalists and fantasists. This bold one-man show weaves together their stories.
(18th – 22nd July, 7.30pm) – press night Wednesday 19th July
After their award-winning collaboration on Heads Up, writer Kieran Hurley (Beats, Hitch) and director Alex Swift (How to Win Against History, Mess) team up once again to create a thrilling new play about violence, love, the distance between us, and the harm we do to each other. Morvern wants to get up and walk away from this desk. Danny wants to write something revolutionary. Joe wants to protect what good we still have left. And then there’s Isma. We don’t know much about Isma. We know she’s twelve. We know she speaks only Arabic. We know she’s here. And we know she’s watching. Here, in this room, four speakers pick through the fragments of four shattered lives.
I am a Tree – Edinburgh preview
(27th – 29th July, 7.30pm)
Writer Jamie Wood presents a show like no other. A show that is something else entirely. A dance party with ghosts, in a forest, in a theatre. A hopping ritual. An invitation to drink deep: to face the shadows that growl on your insides and laugh big. Hold on tight!
As with every Ovalhouse season, the Summer programme also include two exciting new works-in-development, a chance to see raw new ideas that might develop into a bigger piece, or might be a way to explore an idea. The new FiRST BiTES are:
(20th – 22nd July, 7.45pm)
Koko Brown considers the concept of mixed-race privilege as she tries to connect clashing cultures and explore what it means to be mixed in contemporary Britain. A show about identity which blends spoken-word with live vocal looping and asks ‘What are you when you are always the other?’
Juliet and Romeo’s work in progress
(25th – 26th July, 7.30pm)
Ben Duke’s Lost Dog will be sharing something of their as yet unstarted and definitely still unfinished version of Shakespeare’s deeply pessimistic teenage love story. A humorous and heartfelt investigation into love, loss and longevity.