Gig theatre, psychological thrillers, concert plays, award winning playwrights, true stories, unsolved mysteries, ex-lovers and … a doll that comes to life. 12 companies. 14 shows. This season at the Space is packed with talent from some of the UK’s most exciting young theatre makers.
The Space Spring season opens with Edinburgh Fringe hit Brawn (15 – 19 Jan). Christopher Wollaton stars as Ryan, a young man whose fitness drive soon becomes a threatening obsession.
New writing wll feature heavily in the season including critically acclaimed Proforca theatre company with Feel (5 – 16 February) and award winning playwright Iskandar Sharazuddin with his honest and comic Post Mortem (16 – 20 April). Paperback Theatre present We Need To Talk About Bobby (Off Eastenders) (2 – 4 May) and premiere their new show Me And My Doll (30 April – 4 May). The anti-rom com to end all rom-coms.
The season continues to put female led work centre stage. Space Associate Company Wonderbox present FFS! Feminist Fable Series (5 – 9 March) a night of, bitesize plays from the makers of ‘A Womb of One’s Own’. Expect taboo subjects and untold stories in this proudly feminist night of theatre. Psychological thriller We Know Now Snowmen Exist (19 – 23 March) from Cumbrian based Highly Suspect, based on the true story of Dyatlov Pass Incident, is gripping, goose bump inducing drama from up and coming director Lexie Ward.
The Undisposables present The Wasp (23 – 27 April), an explosive thriller by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Emilia, The Globe) about two destructive women who are out to take each other down. Finally, Robyn Paterson’s darkly comedic story about belonging and home comes to the Space in The South Afreakins (19 – 23 February).
The Space continues to support emerging talent. Milk and Blood theatre company present their Edinburgh sell out, psychedelic drug comedy The Dip (29 January – 2 February). Expect confetti canons, harpoon nerf guns, original music and a 6ft tyrannical police fish. Why The Sky present wonderfully unsettling Portents (26 February – 2 March). From deserted motorways to city streets, this is a story of conspiracy, isolation and rebirth.
Finally, for lovers of beautiful live music and theatre, there is Jared McNeill’s award winning concert play The Conductor (26 March – 14 April). Based on the composer Dmitri Shostakovich who, amidst a siege on his city in WWII, composed his haunting “symphony for the people”. The rousing true story of a sound that lifted an entire city in its darkest hour featuring the music of the “Leningrad Symphony” performed live.