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Engine Room

Mon 19 February, 7:30 pm

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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. Be part of the conversation.

Artists in this months Engine Room include…

I Want You to Admire Me/ But You Shouldn’t

By Dirty Rascals

You are invited to the ultimate test of brains, brawn, and brilliance. Over a series of rounds developed by Accredited Gameshow Experts, our three contestants will battle it out to win the title of “Most Admirable Person”. Their friends and families certainly think they’re admirable. The real question is, DO YOU?

Join our wonderful studio audience to cheer, clap, and drag your favourite competitor over the finish line. There’s everything to play for… and everything to lose.

Dirty Rascals are delighted to bring you a magical evening of fun, games, and life-altering ethical perplexities. This is gameshow entertainment as you’ve never seen it before.

“What an enthralling and engaging piece of theatre this is.” ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1 on Thlides
“Haunting and intense” ★★★★ RemoteGoat on Of Nymphs and Men

The Smog

By Scott Turnbill 

It’s a portmanteau horror based in the wonderful world of Stockton on Tees

‘…Since August 2017 strange things have been happening in Teesside- unusual supernatural occurrences, murders, disappearances and sightings – Sightings of something huge in the clouds. Something unexplainable in The Smog…’

Imagine a dark blue sky filled with industrial cranes and red blinking lights, the sound of distant airplane engines. A listing Boeing 747 breaks through the Smog. It’s last known communication a broken radio conversation.

Scott Turnbull

I trained at Stockton International Riverside College and LIPA in Liverpool. Since graduating in 2007. I’ve worked on the television and extensively in Theatre. In 2016 I wrote a play called ‘Where Do All the Dead Pigeons Go?’ Since then I’ve been really interested in developing my skills as a theatre maker –

In 2018 I set up a company called Smog Life with Ed Gaughan and Eva Collins Alonso. We create funny, interesting, absurd theatre for audiences looking for an alternative and entertaining night at the theatre.

I Want You to Admire Me/ But You Shouldn’t

By Dirty Rascals

You are invited to the ultimate test of brains, brawn, and brilliance. Over a series of rounds developed by Accredited Gameshow Experts, our three contestants will battle it out to win the title of “Most Admirable Person”. Their friends and families certainly think they’re admirable. The real question is, DO YOU?

Join our wonderful studio audience to cheer, clap, and drag your favourite competitor over the finish line. There’s everything to play for… and everything to lose.

Dirty Rascals are delighted to bring you a magical evening of fun, games, and life-altering ethical perplexities. This is gameshow entertainment as you’ve never seen it before.

“What an enthralling and engaging piece of theatre this is.” ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1 on Thlides
“Haunting and intense” ★★★★ RemoteGoat on Of Nymphs and Men

Pretty Penny

By Natalie Thomas & Victoria Briggs 

What do you do when Beyonce tells you one thing and the Office of National Statistics tells you another?  A theatre/live art production exploring the stark economics of gender inequality – from pay gap to pink tax.

Who runs the world? People with money.

Natalie Thomas is an actress and poet. She trained at Drama Centre London before being left to her own devices. She’s performed with the BBC, National Theatre, Sheffield Crucible, the Curve and Cambridge Junction.

Victoria Briggs is a producer, theatremaker and tea drinker. She has produced and directed work with BAC, the Roundhouse, artsdepot, Salisbury Playhouse and Feast Theatre. 

Natalie and Victoria have been best mates for fifteen years and they both like Dirty Dancing. A lot. 

Maria

By Anna Clock & Josephine Starte 

Maria is a piece of verbatim theatre about caring. It’s an exploration of the value of care in our society, specifically regarding children. It’s a piece provoked by the recent budget cuts and policy changes within education and social care. The material for this piece is taken from interviews with those working in supportive roles at the lowest pay grades within public sector care-provision. Through this Anna Clock & Josephine Starte explore the language of care in its many forms. This includes the legal language of care policy, the vulnerability that English as a second language presents to both children and care workers, and non-verbal forms of care – how they manifest, and how they are valued.

Anna Clock & Josephine Starte make socially engaged interdisciplinary work. They met at school in South London and recently collaborated on a ‘You Are Absolutely Fine (or … Self Pity: the Musical!)’ for Edinburgh Festival.

Josephine Starte is a performer and theatre-maker. She trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney, having previously read English at Cambridge. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Screen Australia’s ROAR award, BBC Comedy Writers’ Room, and Bruntwood Prize.

Anna Clock is a composer, sound designer and theatre maker. Her works spans theatre, film, installation and public intervention. Current projects include: The Moor (Old Red Lion, Feb 2018); Hilda & Virginia (Jermyn St, Feb-Mar 2018); CONSTELLATIONS (Vault Festival 2018).

 


Running time 120 mins

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