Theatre Preview: 33% Festival @ Oval House Theatre

A festival conceived and created by bright things plucked from the 33% of Londoners who are under 25 opens at Oval House Theatre today. The lively line up of film, theatre, dance, spoken word, photography and masterclasses is making us feel a) old and b) excited at the same time:

  • Suffocation is a new play that shows us what kids get up to when their parents are out. Forget drinking or smoking, this lot take peer pressure to a whole new level, dicing with death. Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 January at 19.45. Tickets £8/5.
  • Three photographers exhibit at Oval House Gallery for the duration of the festival, presenting an exploration of Tarot cards, portraits of Londoners and images of performance artists.
  • The Cinema Museum hosts an evening showcasing the work of young film makers on Monday 17 January from 7.30pm, tickets £4. Tours of the Cinema Museum are also available before the show, just ask the box office when you call to book.
  • Around the House stuffs seven short site-specific plays into every nook and cranny of Oval House Theatre. Book this experience and Suffocation (which shows after Around the House) for £10. Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 January. Also Weds 19 – Saturday 22 January at 6.30pm (£4 on its own).

Add into the mix new work by budding playwrights awarded 33% bursaries plus masterclasses on art as a business, physical theatre techniques, stage combat and poetry and you get some idea of the creativity, drive and potential being incubated in the Oval House Youth Arts Project. We’re ready to believe it really is a case of 33% London, 100% talent.

Be teased a bit more by this bitesized YouTube trailer with a snazzy inspirational rap. Er, ‘snazzy’ rather dates us, doesn’t it?

Image: Suffocation in rehearsal.

33% Festival is at Oval House Theatre, 52-54 Kennington Oval, SE11 5SW (just round the back of Oval tube) from today, 12th January – 22nd January 2011.

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