We believe that theatre is a tool to kick-start conversations about the world we live in. We bring people together to take part in acts of shared storytelling, where the world onstage offers us new ways of thinking about the world off it. The relationship between theatre, politics and dialogue is at the heart of what we do.
DARE is a festival of new and in-development theatre and performance exploring the borders between theatre, politics and conversation. If theatre were a music festival, DARE would be its new bands tent – a raucous, unpredictable and joyous place to explore the biggest questions facing us right now.
Darkly humorous and grippingly physical, MARCO tells the epic story of cyclist Marco Pantani.
LAST NIGHT I MET YOU DREAMING
Presented as part of Ovalhouse’s First Bites programme of new and in-development work in 2018. Last Night I Met You Dreaming by Rebecca Tortora is a magic realist story about an ambitious journalist who never got over her brother’s death. This visual show combines text, movement, music, animation and projection mapping.
THE LAST ONES
The euphoria of the 1905 revolution is long over, and Russia is in chaos. As the government begins a brutal crackdown, a corrupt ex-police chief fears for his life after a failed assassination attempt by terrorists.
BENEATH THE CITY
At Birmingham Rep in Jan 2020. After the death of her mother, a young woman flees from her home. She arrives in a new city, asking for sanctuary. But before it's granted, furious bureaucrats demand their own justice. As she is put on trial for a crime she denies, the community wrestles with its commitment to the people and to power.
Phone Home was a transnational project inspired by true stories from refugees. One play, performed across three stages in London, Munich and Athens, interlinked by video-conferencing and broadcast live online. Phone Home was a unique and innovative theatre experience, and a powerful reaction to the political and media discourse surrounding the refugee crisis.
A love story about our love of stories, Silent Planet is a passionate and poetic fable about the power of literature in a world in which the wrong words can get you killed. Silent Planet is playwright Eve Leigh’s first full length play.
THE SITUATION ROOM
It’s 1962 and the Cold War is reaching boiling point. The world is split between the opposing forces of capitalism and communism.
OH WELL NEVER MIND BYE
July 2005. In London, bombs are exploding. On the West Bank, a teenage boy is in a coma. A suspected suicide bomber has been shot on a Tube train. And in her newspaper's office, investigative reporter Charlotte is hard at work.
The first episode of the Chorus Project Podcast features an interview with Katja Kettner and Angelika Fink, part of the directing team for The Chorus Project in Germany. Angelika, Katja and Tom talk about how The Chorus Project got started, the different ways of working we have in Germany and the UK, and how theatre […]
After the death of her mother, a young woman flees from her home. She arrives in a new city, asking for sanctuary. But before it’s granted, furious bureaucrats demand their own justice. As she is put on trial for a crime she denies, the community wrestles with its commitment to the people and to power.
Please note applications for DARE Festival 2019 are now closed.