Dynamic and talented theatre makers perform new work in front of an audience, often for the very first time. Engine Room puts you at the heart of the creative process – these artists want to hear what you think.

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Artists in this months Engine Room include…

England, my England!
a short play by oakley. in collaboration with Opia Theatre Collective.

A woman returns to her childhood home as England undergoes a sea-change.
Her mother has got rid of the old conservatory & now wants to tend to her garden.
Their next-door neighbour polices a rose border with jingoistic fervour.

A short play about what it means to feel estranged in an restless world that seems to be changing too rapidly to be resisted.

Can I Help You?
Playing on

“Cure sometimes, heal often, comfort always.”

Francis, a young off-duty policeman stands on Hornsey Lane Bridge (a notorious suicide spot) looking down at the traffic flowing underneath towards Archway.

Fifi, an older woman who has difficulty distinguishing delusion from reality, stands watching.

Can they find salvation in each other?

This new play by Philip Osment will form the basis of an NHS training programme which explores perceptions of mental illness using theatre devising techniques to facilitate a greater openness about lived experience.

Fifi: What happened to you?
Francis: Huh?
Fifi: Where does it hurt?
Francis: I don’t understand.
Fifi: I think you do.

Is He Earnest?

Is it Algy or Alfred? Jack or Oscar? Constant or Constance? Earnest or Sodomite? In a London flexing from 1890s to 1980s, shit hits fans, husbands aren’t ideal and ageing pictures indicate a dope overdose. But for chaps navigating gender, society, love and the immortalising power of art to represent/distort, the biggest source of consternation is… a handbag!? Feck is it. There’s bigotry, blackmail and gaol (oh my)!

GOLEM! bring you a queer cocktail of fact and fiction in this new story about the life of Oscar Wilde created from his own plays, novels, poems, letters and trial transcripts.

Home is where the Hatred Is
Nouveau Riche

Home Is Where The Hatred Is is a ground-breaking live show about – and inspired by – the great Gil Scott-Heron. Incorporating drama, music, rap, spoken word and Gil’s own inimitable voice and ideas, it not only tells the story of one of the founders of hip-hop but the story of hip-hop itself from its first stirrings in the ghettoes of New York in the late 1960s to the global domination it enjoys today, as the most important and successful musical genre in the world.

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