2014 was an incredible year for Theatre 503. The cutting-edge productions and talented theatre company were granted a whopping nine nominations and one award, in addition to achieving their second nomination for a prestigious Peter Brook Empty Space Award. An amazing 36 shows graced the stage of this cosy little theatre, embracing a huge variety of themes, topics, styles and forms. 2014 also saw hugely successful West End transfers of two 503 shows as well as two fantastic productions flying the 503 banner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Theatre503 is launching more new writers than ever before, with each of the Spring Season shows having a connection to the building in some way. The season will open with the unique and experimental ‘503Fusions’, where playwrights and theatre-makers will work with musicians and directors to create an innovative synthesis of storytelling, spoken word and live soundscapes.
‘Animals’, by Yorkshire based writer Emma Adams and will be directed by Theatre503’s Associate Artistic Director, Lisa Cagnacci and is their Spring in-house production. ‘Animals’ is a wicked satire set in a world where being a ‘burden on society’ is the ultimate crime and runs throughout April.
Another play they’ve been just itching to get on the 503 stage is Silva Semerciyan’s ‘I and The Village’. Silva is an award-winning playwright whose play ‘Gather Ye Rosebuds’ ran at Theatre503 to sold-out houses. This Bruntwood shortlisted play is a coming-of-age story that asks pointed questions about conformity, dissent and America’s devotion to guns, brought to life by critically acclaimed director Robert Shaw Cameron.
The rest of the season is packed with further game-changing work, such as Ken Urban’s ‘Sense of an Ending’ which casts an unflinching eye over journalistic truth and morality, playing during the 21st anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, and the scorching ‘Muscovado’ playing at 503 before it goes on its UK tour.
Spring also holds the electrifying ‘WINK’, by Phoebe Eclair-Powell, directed by Jamie Jackson and produced by Tara Finney Productions. Richard Molloy’s ‘The Separation’ comes to 503 in February fresh from a successful run at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre, and before that we have ‘The Empty Frame’ which explores the complexity of fertility treatment.
SPRING SEASON 2015
15 –17 January: 503Fusions
20 – 24 January: The Empty Frame
27 January –21 February: The Separation
8 – 9 January: My Name is Saoirse
24 February –7 March: Muscovado
10 March –4 April: WINK
8 April –2 May: Animals
12 May –6 June: Sense of an Ending
9 June –4 July: I And The Village
See https://theatre503.com/ for full details on upcoming shows, bookings and events
By Franky Green