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The Finborough Theatre’s new digital initiative #FinboroughFrontier begins with a celebration of the vivid history and personalities of Earl’s Court featuring poetry, prose and music, filmed in and around the local area.There’s a room for rent in the Earl’s Court area. With original features and a bohemian feel, the rent is reasonable and location ideal. Will you rent the room?Walk with us in verse and song, guided by your future Landlady, and take in the spirit of Earl’s Court. Encounter its revolutionaries, poets, musicians and dancers. Its wartime and sporting heroes, inventors and romancers. Get to know your neighbours and their fetishes. And when day falls into night, witness our humanity – and the ghosts that haunt the place.An Earl’s Court Miscellany will be available to watch FREE on the Finborough Theatre YouTube channel.
The Finborough Theatre presents a digital production of the new documentary play How To Make A Revolution by Einat Weizman with Issa Amro, as part of the Finborough Theatre’s new digital initiative, #FinboroughFrontier.Hailed as a defender of human rights by the United Nations, and born and raised in Hebron, Issa Amro has devoted his life to protesting and documenting human rights abuses in the West Bank-Occupied Territories.In this new documentary play, filmed in the UK and Hebron, and based on verbatim transcripts, Issa Amro takes to the stage to play himself in a coruscating look at the truth behind the headlines.How To Make A Revolution will be available to watch FREE on the Finborough Theatre YouTube channel.
London, present day.It’s Year 10’s first day back at school.Mark is new and too scared to make friends. Darren is out-of-control and too scary to make friends. The two need each other but neither of them would ever admit it.Worlds apart, but more similar than they realise, the pair form a complex and manipulative relationship that leads them blindly into a dangerous experiment that alter the course of both their lives.Bacon is an unflinching and unexpectedly humorous look at masculinity, sexuality and power, through the dizzying lens of youth.First developed at the Soho Theatre in 2018, Bacon won playwright Sophie Swithinbank Soho Theatre’s prestigious Tony Craze Award, and is also currently in development for a TV adaptation with a major production company.
It’s 1979, and Mike, Carrie, Pete and Dave have fled grim, divided England for the sunshine, sex, beer and bagels of a Israeli kibbutz. Only to find that what was supposed to be a working holiday is more like hard labour in 100-degree temperatures.Pete and Dave soon alienate themselves with their foul-mouthed, high-spirited behaviour. Carrie desperately tries to fit in, but cannot relate to either her fellow-countrymen or the Israelis. Only Cambridge drop-out Mike seems able to articulate what it means to be young, conflicted, English, and a very long way from home. Until, that is, he meets no-nonsense kibbutznik Gila…First presented at the Royal Court Theatre in 1980 where it broke box office records and revived there in 1982 (with casts including David Threlfall, Phil Davis, Kevin McNally, Selina Cadell and Bruce Alexander), Not Quite Jerusalem won first-time playwright Paul Kember the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award.
1735. Isabel, barely seventeen, is sent from Edinburgh to live with her new husband on Gaelic-speaking St Kilda, an island on the outskirts of the Outer Hebrides.Struggling to adapt to island life, Isabel meets Rachel – a wild, seemingly mad woman, shunned by the local inhabitants. Over time, Isabel learns that Rachel is the infamous Lady Grange, kidnapped by her husband following their bitter divorce and long imprisoned on the island. Lady Grange clings to the two things she has left in the world – a consuming rage and an old straw chair.Inspired by a true story, The Straw Chair is a modern Scottish classic, exploring marriage, madness and incarceration, and female empowerment, against the backdrop of the lost way of life of the Western Isles.First performed in 1988 at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in a co-production between Focus Theatre and the Traverse, and revived on a Scottish tour in 2015, The Straw Chair receives its English premiere at the Finborough Theatre.
1921. Russia. Winter.When ‘victorious’ Nikita returns home from the brutal civil war, he attempts to start a new life balanced precariously between his drunken father Mikhail and his new wife Lyuba, the feisty young girl he remembers from his school days. When Nikita fails to consummate his marriage – all the while aware that he is being haunted by a mysterious figure – escape is the only solution he can find. He finally emerges in a new town further along the Potudan River, only to be accused of an ambiguous crime against the Soviet State…Based on a short story by the brilliant but little-known Russian writer Andrey Platonov (1899-1951), Bliss is a kaleidoscope of hopes, dreams and realities, as the survivors of years of devastating war and political revolution search for their ‘bliss’ in post-war Soviet Russia. They quickly learn that a society needs time to recover from catastrophe, and that the future is only built by those who manage to accept their past.
Earl's Court or West Brompton
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The Finborough Theatre is in the West Brompton area of London, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The theatre presents a varied programme of work which includes UK and world premieres of new plays; the venue has always been a supporter of new writing. The Finborough Theatre is an award-winning venue that is recognised as one of the best Off-West End theatres in London and continues to build on this reputation with the events it presents today.The building was originally designed in 1868 as a public house by George Godwin. The additional space above the theatre was converted into a theatre by June Abbot in 1980, and saw many famous artists grace its stages during its first decade, including Clive Barker, Kathy Burke, Ken Campbell, Mark Rylance and Clare Dowie.This rich history of new writing continued into the next two decades, and has seen many of the great plays presented by resident theatre companies transfer to major theatres like the Royal Court. There are almost too many talented names that have had theatre premieres at the Finborough Theatre to mention. Some notable names include Rachel Weisz, David Mamet, James Graham, and the final premiere performance of the late John Bennett.
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