Gender issues in art and society tackled as part of the Space Autumn/Winter Season
September 2, 2016  //  By:   //  News  //  Comments are off


As the Space reaches its 20th birthday, we’ve packed our Autumn/Winter Season full of exciting events, anniversaries and festivals.

We’re celebrating our milestone with a special gala event on Sunday 2nd October. Space20 will include highlights from the Space Productions back catalogue, prizes, surprises and special guest appearances from Sir Ian Mckellen, Louise Jameson and Les Enfants Terribles. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 2nd September.

Space20 will also feature an extract from Space Productions’ new show, Manifesto. Literary Manager, Sebastian Rex has penned the new piece, which will be directed by Associate Director Danielle McIlven. The cast consists of actors from past Space Productions, including Artistic Director Adam Hemming.

In October, we have a mini-season entitled What’s on the A-gender? Inspired by the pieces and companies performing, the Space will be exploring gender issues in the arts and society. We aim to question, illuminate, celebrate and entertain through post-show discussions, workshops, online features and special events.

November features the reappearance of two previous companies from previous seasons. The 5th Emerge Festival will once again showcase ten emerging choreographers over two weeks, mentored and curated by C-12 Dance Theatre. Truly Untold sees the welcome return of the Filim company for a 3rd year as part of the Tower Hamlets Season of Bangla Drama. They will be joined in the season by Jumble Abode Theatre’s puppetry show The Invention of Shoes.

Alongside our twentieth anniversary, another landmark moment is marked by WorkSpace Productions’ 36 Cable Street. Based on an important local historical event, this new play, penned by writer/actor Tim Blackwell, will be staged 80 years after the infamous Battle of Cable Street.

We couldn’t let the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death pass without a single Shakespeare play – and our Autumn/Winter Season provides a perfect pair. Who Said Theatre focus on the themes of banishment in Cymbeline and As You Like It for two weeks in December.

Also in December, Louise Jameson and Nigel Fairs revive their hit comedy My Gay Best Friend for two nights only. Following the success of Driving Me Round the Bend last summer, along with appearances in our 2014 One Festival and Ghost Stories Dinner fundraiser, we are delighted to welcome the duo back to the Space. And we finish the year in traditional, heart-warming style as the London Docklands Singers perform their annual Christmas Concert in aid of CRISIS.

Finally, there are just a handful of shows remaining at our Crossrail Place Roof Garden performance space (see Notes to Editors below). All events at the Roof Garden are free of charge and presented in association with the Canary Wharf Group. Now in our second summer, this second space sees us present work from exciting guest performers alongside community arts activities in the heart of Canary Wharf.