Breaking Out Festival 2018

London theatre news: Sunday 15 April 2018

Festivals - New performance - Performing arts

A festival of world premiere shows by six of the country's most exciting emerging theatre companies, chosen by The Bunker's artistic team from over 45 different projects.
Breaking Out 2018

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Playing as part of The Bunker's Summer Season, Breaking Out is a festival of world premiere shows by six of the country's most exciting emerging theatre companies.

Featuring plays, interactive theatre, electronic musicals, and devised work, Breaking Out is your chance to see the future of theatre in the here and now.

The six companies presenting shows across the festival are: Poke In The Eye, Sleepless, This Noise, Paper Creatures, Second Circle, and Leoe&Hyde.

From 11 June to 7 July, each company performs twice a week throughout the festival, with two shows to see each night - and you can get a double bill ticket to see both for just £22.

Here are the shows with the days they perform and a brief synopsis of each ...

Libby's Eyes (Poke in the Eye)

Every Monday and Thursday - 7pm


Libby is blind.

But she works.

And she's a generally functioning adult.


For being a functioning adult.

And blind.

Her life suddenly changes when she is forced to rely on Cortana - a government-issued robot.

Cortana is constructed by a well-meaning engineer to describe things without bias and effectively be Libby's eyes but when Libby starts to suspect that Cortana is defective, she has an internal and external battle.

Does she try and fix the defect to fit a society that is trying to 'fix' her?

Written by disabled playwright Amy Bethan Evans and starring award-nominated comedian and actor Georgie Morrell, Libby's Eyes examines what it is to be disabled in today's society and the problems of viewing it through the non-disabled gaze.

Nine Foot Nine (Sleepless)

Every Monday and Thursday - 8:30pm


Cara and Nate are a hard-working young couple looking to start a family.

Together they're bumbling through the daunting world of pregnancy tests, maternity clothes and flat pack cot building.

That is, until suddenly a vast proportion of all the women in the world start to grow - centimetre by centimetre, foot by foot, with science powerless to stop them.

The awareness that women are now physically more powerful than men sends shockwaves through society, fracturing age-old assumptions and prejudices.

How do political regimes react?

What will happen to industry, media, families, sex?

And, more importantly, what comes next?

Brought to life by Sleepless Theatre Company, this innovative new play examines the changing labels of 'masculine' and 'feminine' and a world where the gender balance is forever altered.

No One is Coming to Save You (This Noise)

Every Tuesday and Friday - 7pm


Two voices, two stories: an insomniac is watching TV in a language he doesn't understand and a woman is stood in a garden stretching her arms to the sky.

The whole world is asleep and something terrible is just around the corner.

Lyrical, eerie and hypnotic, No One is Coming to Save You is the story of the wait for dawn in a suburban garden - a slow-build gasp from two lives lived in social, political and economic fear.

Supported by Arts Council England, This Noise makes theatre about the politics of the here and now, by, with and for young people.

Section 2 (Paper Creatures)

Every Tuesday and Friday - 8:30pm


Following their highly successful debut show Flood, Paper Creatures Theatre return with this hard-hitting drama by emerging playwright Peter Imms.

Directed by Georgie Staight (Into The Numbers, Finborough Theatre) and with an original score composed by Benjamin Winter, this part verbatim drama is drawn from Imms' personal experiences and hones in on an aspect of mental health that is rarely addressed in theatre - sectioning.

This bold new play shines a light on the desperate and determined measures taken to reconnect with someone on the road to recovery.

Kiss Chase (Second Circle Theatre)

Every Wednesday and Saturday - 7pm


Inspired by interviews with lovers across the UK, Second Circle Theatre's Kiss Chase holds tales of first love, broken hearts, no sex before marriage, the walk of shame, holding hands and standing alone when the lights go up.

Expect whispered secrets, dad dancing and relentless foreplay.

Set far in the depths of the digital generation, this thrilling production follows Second Circle Theatre's debut show Meeting at 33 which had a highly successful sell-out run at The Pleasance.

GUY: A New Musical (leoe&hyde)

Every Wednesday and Saturday - 8:30pm


From the creators of multi-award-winning The Marriage of Kim K, leoe&hyde return with an uplifting new musical about modern masculinity, body image, and the hook-ups and downs of dating in the 21st century.

Sometimes sexy and always real, GUY is a game-changing gay rom-com for the 2010s.

With nakedly honest characters, this is a thought-provoking glimpse behind the veil of modern masculinity, male beauty standards, and unspoken prejudices within marginal communities.

Tied together with a pioneering and infectiously catchy electronic score, GUY channels floor-filling EDM anthems, indie electronica, queer hip-hop, and PC Music with the lyrical charm of Sondheim, and the earworm melodies of Schwartz.

And here's a flavour of the music ...


The Bunker

53A Southwark Street

London SE1 1RU


Festival runs from 11 June to 7 July 2018


Standard: £15.00

Concession: £12.00

U30s (10 per performance): £10.00

See both shows on any night for just £22! 

Book here.


The Bunker

ActDrop listings:

Breaking Out Festival

Libby's Eyes

Nine Foot Nine

No One is Coming to Save You

Section 2

Kiss Chase

GUY: A New Musical

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