Hackney Showroom supports non-mainstream theatre makers, working across a range of disciplines and are supporting a cohort of 11 Associate Artists to create new work for our stages.
We work with non-traditional theatre makers – drag artists, poets, actors, cabaret artists, actor-musicians, all who want to create a play or piece of theatre, often for the first time. Addressing the craft of playmaking in the context of experimental performance, our work with new artists breaks new boundaries in performance, yet at the same time honours the form of the play narrative and storytelling at the heart of everything we do.
We work with artists who sit outside the mainstream – LGBTQIA+ artists, artists of colour, under 25s & disabled artists, looking beyond the single-initiative model: here at Hackney Showroom inclusion is the norm.
2018 is an exciting time for Hackney Showroom – with funding secured for our 2018/19 plays in development, we have launched our producing arm, Hackney Showroom Productions.
We are delighted to have secured Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery funding for our second theatre production in October 2018 – BURGERZ by Travis Alabanza, and Cockayne Foundation and Wellcome Trust funding for our our third show For All the Women Who Thought They Were Mad by Zawe Ashton, directed by Jo McInnes, scheduled for March 2019.
We’re also thrilled to announce Arts Council England funding to develop a brand new play Thank You For Your Patience by Hector Dyer.
In January 2018 we began working working with Irina Brown on her stage adaption of the award winning children’s book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and in May 2018 spent an incredible fortnight developing a multi-media theatre performance of Waiting for Godot with a company of actors with Down’s Syndrome, in partnership with Culture Device. Also in development is a new, untitled autobiographical piece by leading actor and reggae star Lorna Gayle, directed by Jo McInnes.