The newly announced spring season from the theatre’s new Artistic Director Chris Sonnex will include six productions and a festival. 

The Bunker 2017 (courtesy of The Bunker Theatre)
(c)The Bunker Theatre. 

This first season from Artistic Director Chris Sonnex will span across four months and will also see the opening of the Bunker’s Writers’ Snug – a free-to-use space in the theatre for up to four playwrights, with one desk reserved for underrepresented writers.

It has also been announced that Debbie Hannan (Things of Dry Hours, Latir, Cuckoo) will be the theatre’s new Associate Director and will present a brand new podcast The Underground Podcast – which will be packed with artists and activists, investigating, naming and exploring what needs to change in the theatre industry.

Sonnex’s first season will open with the world premiere of Borderline’s Welcome To The UK! . Playing from the 22nd January, the satirical comedy looks at the situation of refugees in the UK, devised and performed by a mixed ensemble which includes people who have recently sought refuge in the UK.

This will then be followed by Sacha Voit and Jessica Butcher’s Boots, playing from the 19th February. It is a story of cross-generational connection through forests and FemFresh and features an unlikely friendship to explore the loneliness of age and the power of Mother Nature.

Meanwhile, My White Best Friend and Other Letters Left Unsaid  will be a week long festival that will examine identities and tensions responding to writer Rachel De-Lahay’s original provocative piece, My White Best Friend. She and director Milli Bhatia have commissioned eleven exceptional writers to pen their own letters that say the unsaid to the people that matter most.

The festival will then be followed by Kat Woods’ Killymuck and Monsay Whitney’s Box Clever. These two one woman shows place female working class voices at the centre to examine the trials and tribulations of being from the benefit class system as well as failure in politics to care for the working classes.

Emma Dennis-Edwards’ Fringe First award-winning Funeral Flowers  follows 17-year-old Angelique as she navigates her way through adulthood, the care system and the recurring threat from her boyfriend’s gang. The season will conclude with Joanna Nastari’s Fuck You Pay Me – a surreal collision of comedy, poetry and storytelling which gives a hilarious insight into the life of a stripper in London’s fast-changing cityscape.

Talking about the season Artistic Director Chris Sonnex said: “Theatre exists to disrupt, challenge and interrogate the world that is put before us. We live in a world where the words of so many people are struggling to be meaningfully heard. There is an artistic and political revolution bubbling across our society, whether that be very personal revolutions or a bigger structural, seismic revolt. This season explores the full spectrum of revolution, from Emma Dennis-Edwards exploring how one very personal decision can change someone’s life in Funeral Flowers to Jessica Butcher and Sacha Voit’s burning it all down and starting again in their new play Boots. At The Bunker, we are incredibly honoured to welcome theatre makers who have something to say that reflects and comments on today’s world. These voices will rise up from an underground car park in South London and be heard across the city.”

For more information about The Bunker Theatre’s spring season visit: https://www.bunkertheatre.com/

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