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1 February 2016 • Gate Theatre

A Nation's Theatre

For the past few months, the Gate Theatre has been attending regular meetings with 17 other like-minded theatres to talk about a thing called A Nation’s Theatre. In essence, A Nation’s Theatre was a phrase coined to think about the ways in which we celebrate theatre-makers based in villages, towns and cities in the UK at large, and not just those making work in our capital city.
 
A few meetings later, A Nation’s Theatre Festival was born! This festival, running in April and May this year, is the centre of the action, spilling out across London as part of a two-month celebration of theatre from around the UK.
 
Now we’ve launched the festival, no one can quite remember who actually came up with the idea, but it was conceived through conversations with artists and venues from outside of London with Battersea Arts Centre and in partnership with The Guardian.
 
As part of this festival, the Gate wanted to showcase our work with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) in presenting NEW: 2016, a festival of new writing.
 
NEW: 2016 is a hugely ambitious project involving all 32 graduating actors as well as students from the design and stage management course, collaborating with some of the country’s most exciting young writers and directors.
 
We are excited to be hosting the RWCMD for a third year running and delighted to be working with our peers on A Nation’s Theatre Festival. The Gate is presenting one of 60 shows, in a festival with 350 artists, all travelling 500 miles to reach venues across London.
 
Come and see the work from the Royal Welsh College, but also take a peek at what’s happening all across London and beyond.
 
It’s very exciting…
 
 
 
Title: NEW: 2016
Artist/Company: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
From Cardiff
 
Title: MADE
Artist/Company: Target Theatre Company
From Doncaster
 
Title: The Broke ’n’ Beat Collective
Artist/Company: 20 Stories High and Theatre-Rites
From Liverpool
 
Title: Snow White
Artist/Company: Engine House Productions with LipService
Venue: Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB
From East Midlands and Manchester
 
Title: Happy Harry's Café
Artist/Company: Birdsnest Theatre
From St Albans
 
Title: The Magic Beanstalk
Artist/Company: Light Theatre
From Cornwall

Title: The Hogwallops
Artist/Company: Lost in Translation Circus
From Norfolk
 
Title: Ringside
Artist/Company: Ellie Dubois (performed by Francesca Hyde)
From Glasgow
 
Title: (The Story is Not) Set in Stone
Artist/Company: Matthew Bellwood and Alison Andrews in Association with Littlemighty
From Leeds
 
Title: Crash
Artist/Company: Traverse Theatre
From Edinburgh
 
Title: The Money
Artist/Company: Kaleider
From Exeter
 
Title: The Emperor's New Clothes
Artist/Company: Hand to Mouth Theatre
From Hampshire
 
Title: Alaska
Artist/Company: Cheryl Martin in association with hÅb for Domestic II
From Manchester
 
Title: Wendy Hoose
Artist/Company: Birds of Paradise and Random Accomplice
Venue: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE
From Glasgow
 
Title: KLIP
Artist/Company: Livingstones Kabinet
From Denmark & Scotland
 
Title: Rumpelstiltskin
Artist/Company: Ripstop & Norwich Puppet Theatre
From Norwich
 
Title: Error 404
Artist/Company: Daniel Bye
From Middlesbrough
 
Title: A Super Happy Story About Feeling Super Sad
Artist/Company: Silent Uproar
From Hull
 
Title: Night at the Theatre
Artist/Company: Casson & Friends in Collaboration with Stopgap Dance Company
From Farnham
 
Title: Punching the Sky
Artist/Company: Lizi Patch
From North Yorkshire
 
Title: Bed Time
Artist/Company: Oxford Playhouse
From Oxford
 
Title: The Last Supper
Artist/Company: Reckless Sleepers
From Nottingham

Title: A String Section 
Artist/Company: Reckless Sleepers
From Nottingham and Belgium

Title: You Must Be The One To Bury Me
Artist/Company: Babel Theatre
From Manchester
 
Title: You, Me and Everything Else
Artist/Company: Camisado Club
From Newcastle
 
Title: Learning How to Die
Artist/Company: Luca Rutherford & ARC Stockton
From Newcastle
 
Title: Going Viral
Artist/Company: Daniel Bye & ARC Stockton
From Middleborough
 
Title: Origins
Artist/Company: Animikii
From Manchester

Title: Frogs and Snails and Teddy Bear Tales
Artist/Company: Freehand Theatre
From West Yorkshire

Title: In The Vice Like Grip of it
Artist/Company: ivo & ARC Stockton
From Stockton & London
 
Title: Eggs Collective Get A Round
Artist/Company: Eggs Collective
From Manchester
 
Title: Near Gone
Artist/Company: Two Destination Language
From Salisbury

Title: Forge North: A Night from the North
Artist/Company: Theatre Delicatessen
From Sheffield
 
Title: 1.9
Artist/Company: In Good Company Presents: Jack A.G Brittain
From East Midlands
 
Title: No Woman’s Land
Artist/Company: In Good Company Presents: Zoo Indigo
 
Title: Us and Them
Artist/Company: In Good Company Presents: Tetrad Collective

Title: Room - a festival of ideas from the regions
Artist/Company: Various
 
Title: Salaam
Artist/Company: Sonia Sabri Company
From Birmingham
 
Title: Flights of Fancy
Artist/Company: Hand to Mouth Theatre
From Hampshire
 
Title: //BUZZCUT// on tour: Let England Shake
Artist/Company: //BUZZCUT//
From Glasgow

Title: The Girl Who Fell in Love with the Moon
Artist/Company: The Human Zoo Theatre Company
From Wellingbourough
 
Title: H.O.R.S.E
Artist/Company: Tim Bromage
From Cardiff

Title: Race Cards
Artist/Company: Selina Thompson
From Leeds

Title: Tender Loin #5: A Nation's Theatre Edition
Artist/Company: Steakhouse Live
 
Title: Cuttin' It
Artist/Company: by Charlene James, directed by Gbolahan Obisesan
From Birmingham
 
Title: Cock and Bull
Artist/Company: Nic Green with Rosana Cade and Laura Bradshaw
From Glasgow
 
Title: A Real Mermaid's Tale
Artist/Company: Ripstop Theatre
From Norwich
 
Title: Voyager
Artist/Company: Idle Motion 
From Oxford
 
Title: Untouchable
Artist/Company: Ria Hartley
From Bristol
Title: The Thadows Loom & The Sun is Black 
Artist/Company: VIDEOfeet
From Hertfordshire
 
ARTIST RESIDENCIES
 
Title: Barbican and Guildhall Open Lab
Artist/Company: Various

Title: Uninvited Guests Residency
Artist/Company: Uninvited Guests
From Bristol
 
Title: Starlight
Artist/Company: Pebble Gorge
From Worthing
 
WORK-IN-PROGRESS PERFORMANCES
 
Title: Taxi Tales
Artist/Company: Tamasha Theatre Company and Freedom Studios
From Bradford and London

Title: Empire of Rats: Scratch 
Artist/Company: Luxi
From Darlington


EVENTS
Title: All Tomorrow’s Theatre 
Artist/Company: Hosted by Battersea Arts Centre in partnership with Camden's People's Theatre
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A few meetings later, A Nation’s Theatre Festival was born! This festival, running in April and May this year, is the centre of the action, spilling out across London as part of a two-month celebration of theatre from around the UK.
 
Now we’ve launched the festival, no one can quite remember who actually came up with the idea, but it was conceived through conversations with artists and venues from outside of London with Battersea Arts Centre and in partnership with The Guardian.
 
As part of this festival, the Gate wanted to showcase our work with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) in presenting NEW: 2016, a festival of new writing.
 
NEW: 2016 is a hugely ambitious project involving all 32 graduating actors as well as students from the design and stage management course, collaborating with some of the country’s most exciting young writers and directors.
 
We are excited to be hosting the RWCMD for a third year running and delighted to be working with our peers on A Nation’s Theatre Festival. The Gate is presenting one of 60 shows, in a festival with 350 artists, all travelling 500 miles to reach venues across London.
 
Come and see the work from the Royal Welsh College, but also take a peek at what’s happening all across London and beyond.
 
It’s very exciting…
 
 
 
Title: NEW: 2016
Artist/Company: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
From Cardiff
 
Title: MADE
Artist/Company: Target Theatre Company
From Doncaster
 
Title: The Broke ’n’ Beat Collective
Artist/Company: 20 Stories High and Theatre-Rites
From Liverpool
 
Title: Snow White
Artist/Company: Engine House Productions with LipService
Venue: Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB
From East Midlands and Manchester
 
Title: Happy Harry's Café
Artist/Company: Birdsnest Theatre
From St Albans
 
Title: The Magic Beanstalk
Artist/Company: Light Theatre
From Cornwall

Title: The Hogwallops
Artist/Company: Lost in Translation Circus
From Norfolk
 
Title: Ringside
Artist/Company: Ellie Dubois (performed by Francesca Hyde)
From Glasgow
 
Title: (The Story is Not) Set in Stone
Artist/Company: Matthew Bellwood and Alison Andrews in Association with Littlemighty
From Leeds
 
Title: Crash
Artist/Company: Traverse Theatre
From Edinburgh
 
Title: The Money
Artist/Company: Kaleider
From Exeter
 
Title: The Emperor's New Clothes
Artist/Company: Hand to Mouth Theatre
From Hampshire
 
Title: Alaska
Artist/Company: Cheryl Martin in association with hÅb for Domestic II
From Manchester
 
Title: Wendy Hoose
Artist/Company: Birds of Paradise and Random Accomplice
Venue: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE
From Glasgow
 
Title: KLIP
Artist/Company: Livingstones Kabinet
From Denmark & Scotland
 
Title: Rumpelstiltskin
Artist/Company: Ripstop & Norwich Puppet Theatre
From Norwich
 
Title: Error 404
Artist/Company: Daniel Bye
From Middlesbrough
 
Title: A Super Happy Story About Feeling Super Sad
Artist/Company: Silent Uproar
From Hull
 
Title: Night at the Theatre
Artist/Company: Casson & Friends in Collaboration with Stopgap Dance Company
From Farnham
 
Title: Punching the Sky
Artist/Company: Lizi Patch
From North Yorkshire
 
Title: Bed Time
Artist/Company: Oxford Playhouse
From Oxford
 
Title: The Last Supper
Artist/Company: Reckless Sleepers
From Nottingham

Title: A String Section 
Artist/Company: Reckless Sleepers
From Nottingham and Belgium

Title: You Must Be The One To Bury Me
Artist/Company: Babel Theatre
From Manchester
 
Title: You, Me and Everything Else
Artist/Company: Camisado Club
From Newcastle
 
Title: Learning How to Die
Artist/Company: Luca Rutherford & ARC Stockton
From Newcastle
 
Title: Going Viral
Artist/Company: Daniel Bye & ARC Stockton
From Middleborough
 
Title: Origins
Artist/Company: Animikii
From Manchester

Title: Frogs and Snails and Teddy Bear Tales
Artist/Company: Freehand Theatre
From West Yorkshire

Title: In The Vice Like Grip of it
Artist/Company: ivo & ARC Stockton
From Stockton & London
 
Title: Eggs Collective Get A Round
Artist/Company: Eggs Collective
From Manchester
 
Title: Near Gone
Artist/Company: Two Destination Language
From Salisbury

Title: Forge North: A Night from the North
Artist/Company: Theatre Delicatessen
From Sheffield
 
Title: 1.9
Artist/Company: In Good Company Presents: Jack A.G Brittain
From East Midlands
 
Title: No Woman’s Land
Artist/Company: In Good Company Presents: Zoo Indigo
 
Title: Us and Them
Artist/Company: In Good Company Presents: Tetrad Collective

Title: Room - a festival of ideas from the regions
Artist/Company: Various
 
Title: Salaam
Artist/Company: Sonia Sabri Company
From Birmingham
 
Title: Flights of Fancy
Artist/Company: Hand to Mouth Theatre
From Hampshire
 
Title: //BUZZCUT// on tour: Let England Shake
Artist/Company: //BUZZCUT//
From Glasgow

Title: The Girl Who Fell in Love with the Moon
Artist/Company: The Human Zoo Theatre Company
From Wellingbourough
 
Title: H.O.R.S.E
Artist/Company: Tim Bromage
From Cardiff

Title: Race Cards
Artist/Company: Selina Thompson
From Leeds

Title: Tender Loin #5: A Nation's Theatre Edition
Artist/Company: Steakhouse Live
 
Title: Cuttin' It
Artist/Company: by Charlene James, directed by Gbolahan Obisesan
From Birmingham
 
Title: Cock and Bull
Artist/Company: Nic Green with Rosana Cade and Laura Bradshaw
From Glasgow
 
Title: A Real Mermaid's Tale
Artist/Company: Ripstop Theatre
From Norwich
 
Title: Voyager
Artist/Company: Idle Motion 
From Oxford
 
Title: Untouchable
Artist/Company: Ria Hartley
From Bristol
Title: The Thadows Loom & The Sun is Black 
Artist/Company: VIDEOfeet
From Hertfordshire
 
ARTIST RESIDENCIES
 
Title: Barbican and Guildhall Open Lab
Artist/Company: Various

Title: Uninvited Guests Residency
Artist/Company: Uninvited Guests
From Bristol
 
Title: Starlight
Artist/Company: Pebble Gorge
From Worthing
 
WORK-IN-PROGRESS PERFORMANCES
 
Title: Taxi Tales
Artist/Company: Tamasha Theatre Company and Freedom Studios
From Bradford and London

Title: Empire of Rats: Scratch 
Artist/Company: Luxi
From Darlington


EVENTS
Title: All Tomorrow’s Theatre 
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