The Gate Theatre’s artistic director Ellen McDougall has announced her second season at the Notting Hill venue with highlights including:
- A new translation of Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice by Daniel Raggett who also directs
- A Small Place, adapted from the book by Jamaica Kincaid and directed by Anna Himali Howard
- The UK premiere of Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Ellen McDougall and focusing on the friendship between great American poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell
- The Ridiculous Darkness, a radio play for the stage by Wolfram Lotz, translated by Daniel Brunet in a version by Anthony Simpson Pike
Ellen McDougall said:
“As with last year, there’s no theme to the season, it’s a deliberately eclectic range of stories, perspectives, forms, artists – concluding with a brand new collaboration – this time with Shubbak. The season charts the differences and divisions between us, and the enormous lengths we go to reach each other. All these questions I hope are felt all the more profoundly in our intimate, ever-changing space.”
The Human Voice
13 September to 6 October 2018 (press night is 18 September)
By Jean Cocteau in a translation by Daniel Raggett, directed by Daniel Raggett. This production will present a brand new version of this classic text, 34 years since it was first produced at the Gate Theatre.
A Small Place
8 November to 1 December 2018 (press night is 13 November)
Adapted from the book by Jamaica Kincaid, directed by Anna Himali Howard. For the first time ever, Jamaica Kincaid’s searing essay about Western colonial exploitation is adapted for the stage.
17 January to 9 February 2019 (press night is 22 January)
By Sarah Ruhl, directed by Ellen McDougall. Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell were two of America’s most brilliant poets. Their friendship was messy, intense, unconventional and profound. Through their lives, they wrote over 400 letters to each other, spanning decades, continents, political eras.
The Ridiculous Darkness
27 February to 23 March 2019 (press night is 5 March)
A Radio Play for the stage by Wolfram Lotz, translated by Daniel Brunet in a version by Anthony Simpson Pike. A funny, powerful and surreal mash-up of Frances Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness invites the audience to rethink colonial narratives, confront their ideas of each other and question what they imagine is in the darkness. This production is conceived and directed by the Gate Theatre’s associate director, Anthony Simpson Pike.
Shubbak @ Gate
In a new collaboration/partnership with Shubbak – London’s largest festival of contemporary Arab Culture – the Gate will present a programme of powerful voices from Arab theatre-makers, based in the Arab region and the diaspora.
A Gate Young Associates Project, led by Anthony Simpson Pike. ‘Harambee’ (meaning ‘coming together’ in Swahili) is inspired by the rich stories from the local area. Working with older members of the Notting Hill and surrounding community, it will shine a light on the vital political history of the area and its importance within the British Civil Rights movement.