New Artistic Director at The Bunker

London theatre news: Tuesday 4 September 2018

Appointments - Off-West End - Theatres

The Bunker has announced that Chris Sonnex is to be its new Artistic Director, taking up the post with immediate effect and replacing founding Artistic Director Joshua McTaggart.
Chris Sonnex - New Artistic Director at The Bunker

Photo: Chris Sonnex

The Bunker has announced that Chris Sonnex will be its new Artistic Director.

Taking-up his new post with immediate effect, Mr Sonnex replaces founding Artistic Director Joshua McTaggart.

Chris started his theatrical life at the Royal Court, starting as an intern on the Theatre Local Peckham project, progressing to backstage crew, then to Community Producer and Artistic Associate.

He oversaw and changed the way the community work in the building was made, and successfully created, directed and produced shows in two London boroughs.

He worked with working-class artists and on the way discovered and mentored a variety of artists and theatre professionals, many of whom are now cemented in the industry.

Chris made his Royal Court debut co-directing Tom Fowler's katzenmusik in 2017, and was involved heavily with work in the Calais refugee camp with Good Chance Theatre over the months that the camp was still active.

Since then Chris has created work for the Donmar Warehouse participation department, the Almeida Theatre participation department, Synergy Theatre Project, Central School of Speech and Drama and the National Theatre Studios digital development department.

Mr Sonnex says ...

"Under Joshua's brilliant leadership, the Bunker has achieved phenomenal success and it is a great honour and privilege to be taking over from him as Artistic Director.

I am no stranger to the revolutionary nature of theatre.

It has transformed my life on numerous occasions.

As a working class boy from a London council estate, art gave me a focus and something to be proud of.

I was extremely fortunate to become a part of professional theatre through my time at the Royal Court.

There, under the mentorship of so many great people, theatre continued to change my life as an artist and a person and I experienced the many ways that it can transform the world; how it can inspire, change outlooks and generate opportunities.

In this exciting role I hope to continue enabling and championing the community of artists and theatre makers originating from underrepresented backgrounds.

The Bunker will endeavour to open a gateway for artists, theatre professionals and audiences alike.

We need voices from all walks of lives to stand on the metaphorical soap box and tell us their experience, their story and their solutions.

Where better to start a theatrical revolution than in an underground car park?"

The Bunker's autumn season kicks-off next week with the world premiere of Eris by John King presented by Airlock - more details here.

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