CURRENT PROJECTS

REPUBLIC

Join us at board game cafe Draughts for our first full playtest of our new science-fiction game, Republic.

DARE FESTIVAL

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.

DARE Festival will return Shoreditch Town Hall in October 2019.

BENEATH THE CITY

At Birmingham REP, 16-18 January 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.

THE ANDOVER SPACE PROGRAMME

We are connecting Andover with ‘the bigger picture’ and give the whole of Andover an opportunity to experience a universe of hope and possibility.

PAST PROJECTS

MARCO

Darkly humorous and grippingly physical, MARCO tells the epic story of cyclist Marco Pantani.

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.

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.

PHONE HOME

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.

SILENT PLANET

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.

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.

NEWS

Upstart Theatre’s Autumn Season

REPUBLIC Draughts Board Game Cafe, 24 September The year is 2119 and the Republic of Mars is finally free. As the leaders of the revolution, the future of the planet is now in your hands. Will it become a land of peace and freedom, or a war-torn wasteland? The choice is yours in this new […]

PODCAST EPISODE 3 – How to Stage a Missing Play

In Episode 3 of the theatre and democracy podcast, theatre directors Tom Mansfield (UK) and Christian Winkler (Austria), AKA Franz von Strolchen, talk about how taking part in democracy can be part of our cultural identity, reviving the Oresteia’s Satyr Play as an act of reconstructing a non-existent memory, and their shared love of the […]

Chorus Project – workshop info for Monday 2nd September

Dear all This is a reminder that the first weekly Chorus Project workshop rehearsal will be taking place at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Monday, the 2nd September. We’ll be starting at 6.30pm and finishing by 9pm at the latest. Please come to the Stage Door on Cambridge Street (at the back of the theatre), and […]

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