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, ‘inclusion’ is the norm.
2018 is a busy year for Hackney Showroom – we are producing BURGERZ by Travis Alabanza and For All the Women Who Thought They Were Mad by Zawe Ashton. 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 embark on a research and development project with Culture Device to create a multi-media theatre performance of Waiting for Godot with a company of actors with Down’s Syndrome. In May 2018 we start work on a new play Thank You For Your Patience by Hector Dyer and a new untitled autobiographical piece by actor and reggae star Lorna Gayle.