The Space, the acclaimed east London arts venue under the patronage of Sir Ian McKellen, celebrates ten years of Space Productions with a rare revival of Howard Barker’s 1985 play The Castle. If you haven’t yet been, or even if you have, it’s the perfect opportunity to visit one of London’s “most exciting fringe venues”. Full cast now announced. Also check out our rehearsal photos from this converted-church venue…
Space Productions presents a brand-new production of are thrilled to announce the cast for their upcoming production of Howard Barker’s The Castle, running for a strictly limited season at The Space, on the Isle of Dogs in east London, from 10 to 28 October 2017, with a press night on 12 October.
First there was the bailiff, and we broke the bailiff. Then there was God, and we broke God. And lastly there was cock, and we broke that too. Freed ground. Freed religion. Freed the body.
It’s a rainy day in middle England and Stucley returns home from War to find his land untended, his sheep wild and his wife in bed with a witch. In the absence of men, a new way of life has emerged. No religion. No class. No hunger. The women are in charge now. They have their freedom and they’re not going to give it back. Stucley orders the erection of a castle to restore order and revive the old way of life. Will he succeed or will he inspire more conflict?
Off West End Award nominated Space Productions’ are celebrating their 10-year anniversary with this exciting revival of Barker’s The Castle, which is rarely performed in the UK. One of the UK’s greatest living playwrights, Howard Barker has pioneered what he calls the “theatre of catastrophe”; his work has heavily influenced the likes of Sarah Kane and David Greig.
Since the 1970s, Barker has written more than 60 plays, many premiere through his own company The Wrestling School. These include Scenes from an Execution, Victory, The Europeans, The Possibilities, Judith: A Parting from the Body, A Hard Heart, A House of Correction and Gertrude – The Cry. This new production of The Castle is part of The Space’s “ongoing dedication to socially relevant, inventive, accessible theatre”.
The Castle is directed by Adam Hemming. The ten-strong cast includes rising star Anthony Cozens (Square, Tristan Bates Theatre; Hacked, Theatre503), writer and actor Shelley Davenport (Make Up With Sheryl, Nominated for Best Lo Budget Short Film – LSFF 2017), Chris Kyriacou and Kate Tulloch (The Robert, Camden People’s Theatre; Significant Other The Vaults). They’re joined by Nick Pearse, Isabel Crowe, Matthew Brett, Matthew Lyon, John Sears and Ross Kernahan.
About The Space & Space Productions
The Space is fast becoming “one of the most exciting fringe venues in London” (GrumpGayCritic), “one of those intimate theatres where you feel that anything could happen” (Everything Theatre).
The Space, whose patron is Sir Ian McKellen, is a performing arts centre based in a converted church on the Isle of Dogs, East London and managed by St Paul’s Arts Trust. The Space programmes over 200 performances a year incorporating an exciting mixture of classics, revivals and new writing from new, emerging and established artists. Community theatre project SpaceWorks provides workshops and performance opportunities for local children and adults and training in a wide range of technical theatre and arts administration skills. In 2015, The Space was asked to manage the Roof Garden performance space in Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf. This intimate covered amphitheatre in beautiful surroundings is programmed from May to August providing free performances and workshops to the local community.
In addition, since 2007, Space Productions have staged 23 productions and are dedicated to creating accessible, inventive and ambitious theatre that resonates beyond the theatre space. Success includes sell-out performances and six Off West End Award nominations. Recent productions have included The Man Who Found His Freedom, a play about the life of David Grindley, a local resident who has cerebral palsy, and The Lighthouse, written by another local resident, Rachael Claye.