PREVIEW: Untold Stories, Arcola Theatre

Taking place at the Arcola Theatre on the 8th and 9th February, Untold Stories is a new writing festival to present diverse stories. 

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Following on from a very successful year at SLAM Kings Cross in 2017, Untold Stories New Writing Festival will present a new collection of stories from some of the most exciting and up and coming theatre makers and playwrights at the Arcola Theatre.

This fifth edition of Untold Stories is presented by Mark Lindow who said: “Untold Stories began as the development arm of Untold Arts, championing unspoken tales from history as well as present day. It has since grown into an entity in its own right, with the belief that giving a platform to new voices is more important than ever. By showcasing new work and developing the pieces from short form to One Act plays, we hope to uncover the theatre makers of the future.”

This two-day celebration of new work by established writers comes to the Arcola as part of SLAM Festival, a company dedicated to celebrating new writing and solid talent in every possible way.

The plays being presented at Untold Stories include:

Tick Tock by Mark Lindow: ‘Time, it’s a funny bugger. Not enough when you need it, too much when you don’t.’ Sandra informs her dog in this bittersweet drama on how the old are hidden in plain sight by their age.

Carousel by Tom Collinson: A Victorian doctor sets out to find the source of an epidemic in an urban community. Can he save them, or himself?

A Tune of Two Muses by Emma Zadow: Lizzie Siddal and Jane Morris, artists in their own rights, are the women that inspired an iconic series of pre-Raphaelite paintings in a moving portrait of what it means to be a muse.

Bakersfield by Chris Udoh: Tommy’s life is pretty normal, until his Dad wants him to join the army. What about his dreams to play in the Negro league? But in 1950s Memphis options are few. How will others decisions affect Tommy in this coming of age drama?

Goulburn by Mike Shephard: The condemned cell at Goulburn Prison, New South Wales, 1956. Newell receives her last visitor.

Cornet Solo by Ben Francis: Ianto is an ice cream seller with a jaundiced view of humanity.  One average day he gets a request from a very unusual customer that completely changes his world.

London/Damascus by Nick Myles: Separated by thousands of miles and a cultural chasm, can Adam and Ahmed turn their online relationship into real world happiness?

Untold Stories will take place at the Arcola Theatre on the 8th and the 9th February. For more information visit:


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