First staged in 2009, the Nursery Festival is a showcase of new and improvised theatre that this year takes place on the Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 6-22 October.
Staged at the Light Industrial Theatre near Southwark tube station, the line up boasts two shows per night and includes performances of Edinburgh Fringe favourite ‘The Historians’, the UK premiere of award winning Spanish play ‘Hamlet Smith’ (whose author is flying in for the final performance) and storytelling curated by YARN, who are transferring this month’s edition of their popular ‘Special Relationship’ night to the festival. Their evening features Londoner Barrie Walsh, whose tragi-comic novel, 'the Pimlico Kid', is soon to be published.
This weekend there will also be an epic, 26 hour improvised performance set in a correctional facility. Entitled ‘Cellblock’, it will commence at 7pm on Saturday 8th October: you can either buy a full pass (£12), enabling you to pop in when you like, or a single ticket (£5) to one of the 2 hour segments, each of which starts with a summary of what has already transpired.
The festival also promises live music, food and a late bar. For more information and to book tickets visit http://www.thenurseryfestival.com
The Nursery Festival takes place at the Light Industrial Theatre, Arch 61, Ewer Street, SE1 0NR between 6th-22nd October. Tickets start from £7.50 and are available from the website.