Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) has announced a new season of exciting studio scale theatre, showcasing an array of the UK’s most innovative and award-winning theatre, spoken word and dance performances at its brand new NST City Studio Theatre from May 2018.
Opening NST’s Studio Season on 3-5 May 2018 is Resident Company ZoieLogic Dance Theatre’s up close and interactive dance theatre mystery show Sleuth, where the audience play the detectives to solve a murder.
Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas’ Palmyra comes to NST City on 10-11 May 2018. Originally developed as part of NST’s Laboratory artist development programme, Palmyra explores how violence can become normalised and challenges our complicity in how this happens.
Following this is Fringe First winner Daniel Bye’s Instructions for Border Crossing on 25 May 2018, which discusses who gets to set boundaries and borders, both physical and metaphorical.
NST’s Studio Season also includes Your Best Guess on 6 June 2018, where acclaimed writer Chris Thorpe and Portuguese company mala voadora sit down and discuss the unpredictability of the course of history.
Concluding the season on 5-6 July 2018 is Javaad Alipoor’s Fringe First award-winning and Total Theatre nominated multi-media show The Believers Are but Brothers, which weaves together the stories of several tech savvy young men who find themselves burning with resentment at the networks that are eating away at the structures of the twentieth century.
The Believers Are but Brothers immerses the audience in a digital realm, inviting them to join a Whatsapp group which Javaad uses to communicate with the audience throughout the show.
Studio Producer Hannah Bevan said: “We see our studio as a space where the boundary between artist and audience is broken down. The shows we’ve programmed all involve the audience engaging directly with the piece, challenging perceptions of theatre and how it connects to the world in which we live.
“As we want this to be a space for dialogue, you will always find a member of NST’s artistic team present and available for a chat after studio shows. Probably in the bar. We look forward to hearing what you think.”
NST will also host a series of Spoken Word events in NST City’s Studio Theatre, including a brand new storytelling show from John Osborne (John Peel’s Shed, Radio 4), Circled in the Radio Times, on 21 May, and Quarter Life Crisis on 28 June, written and performed by Yolanda Mercy, which explores what it means to be an adult.