News: Ovalhouse Announces Spring 2019 Season

The  season will include the return of Random Selfies and Rhiannon Faith’s Smack That (a conversation). 

2019 is the final year for the Ovalhouse Theatre in its current home before it stages performances in unusual locations, prior to moving into their new space in Brixton. It has now announced its final Spring season at its original home.

The new season will open with Rhiannon Faith’s Smack That (a conversation). Playing at the venue from the 27th February, the theatre will be transformed into a giant house party, complete with cider and popcorn, while giving an account of domestic abuse.

This will then be followed by the return of Random Selfies by Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Kenny – back at the Ovalhouse Theatre following its premiere earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Ovalhouse’s FiRST BiTE programme will include Richard Stamp telling the story of his tumultuous six-months of diagnosis to amputation in
Dick. Coco Mbassi teaches us the power of music in Haendel on the Estate, while Sherine Chalhie stages her semi-autobiographical tale Hijabi Matters.

Additionally, the Ovalhouse will welcome back Pecho Mama with a work-in-progress showing of their new show Divine Intervention – an electrifying gig-theatre production telling the story of two broken people and their search for salvation. Koko Brown will work together with Ovalhouse’s new Associate Artist Joana Nastari to create Amazonian Sweat Lodge, exploring the consumerism and faux spiritualism in a new collaboration with CASA.

Talking about the news, Owen Calvert-Lyons, Ovalhouse’s Head of Theatre & Artist Development, said: “We are delighted to be bringing Rhiannon Faith’s Smack That to Ovalhouse this spring. This is a really important production exploring the impact of domestic abuse against people. The show celebrates what it means to survive. As part of this process, we are training all our staff in orderfor Ovalhouse to become a J9 venue; supporting people in our community who experience domestic abuse. Mike Kenny’s Random Selfies makes a welcome return after the success of its run last year which saw the show nominated for Best Production for Young People.”

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