PREVIEW: Abigail opens at The Bunker Theatre this week

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The world premiere of Abigail by Papatango award-winning playwright Fiona Doyle closes The Bunker’s highly-acclaimed inaugural season. It runs from this Tuesday 10 January to 4 February 2017, with a press night this Thursday 12 January. Abigail is directed by The Bunker’s Artistic Director, Joshua McTaggart. Originally written in 2013 when it was long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize, The Bunker’s production stars Tia Bannon and Mark Rose.

In a snow-covered Berlin, a young woman meets a middle-aged man and they fall in love. As the year progresses, they fall apart. Told across a fractured timeline where the past and present collide, Abigail explores the fragility of love and the desperate measures we all go to in order to keep control in an unpredictable world. How far would you go to take control? Would you lie? Would you fight? Would you scream and shout or shut down and cry? In a world where so many things are out of our control, what happens when the one thing you think you need is the one thing you cannot have?

The ethos of The Bunker is about nurturing a performance environment where audiences stay after the show to enjoy events, discussions and drinks in the auditorium. Alongside Abigail, The Bunker will be bringing together an array of artists to explore the question ‘How would you take control?’ with new work-in-progress showings, poetry evenings, music nights and dance response pieces including the brilliant Pint-Sized plays, the lyrical poet Bridget Minnamore, and performances from Shay Barclay Dance.

Artistic Director Joshua McTaggart says:

“When I first read Abigail, I was blown away by its beauty and poetic lyricism. There is a darkness to Fiona’s story that allows us to shine a light on some of the more sinister aspects of love and relationships. It is a privilege to be reunited with Fiona once again as we both shared our professional debuts together. In the two months since we opened, The Bunker has become a place for artists to experiment and audiences to explore and I cannot wait to continue this ethos with the world we create for Abigail.”

Writer Fiona Doyle says, I’m thrilled to be working with the team at The Bunker. It’s an incredibly exciting venue run by people who are not only passionate about ambitious theatre, but who want to push the boundaries of performance and performance space also. I’m flattered that Abigail is part of their very first season and can’t wait to get into the rehearsal room.

Title

Abigail

Performance Dates

Tuesday 10th January – Saturday 4th February 2017 Tuesday – Saturday, 7:30pm Saturday and Sunday, 3pm

Running time

tbc

Age Recommendation

14+

Twitter

@BunkerTheatreUK, #AbigailBunker

Writer

Fiona Doyle

Director

Joshua McTaggart

Designer

Max Dorey

Lighting Designer

Christopher Nairne

Sound Designer

Andrew Josephs

Producer

Zoe Robinson and Joel Fisher

Photo Credit

Jasper Soloff

Woman

Tia Bannon

Man

Mark Rose

Location

The Bunker, 53A Southwark Street London SE1 1RU

How to get there

The nearest tube station is London Bridge (Borough High Street exit). Turn left out of the station and continue up Southwark Street. The closest rail station is London Bridge.

Box Office

Tickets are available priced £19.50 (£15 concessions) Previews are priced at £12
Ten £10 tickets are available at each performance for under 25s Available from http://bunkertheatre.com/ and 0207 234 0486.

 

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Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.
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Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.

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