Sphere, the ninth and final commission as part of Theatre Absolute’s two-year project Are We Where We Are? will premiere at the Shop Front Theatre from 7 – 10 November.
Taking American essayist Henry David Thoreau’s provocation ‘We are not where we are, but in a false position’ as a central theme, Sphere is comprised of seven new works by Amy Kakoura, Ashley James Brown, Demi Oyediran, Kimisha Lewis, Laura Nyahuye, Ola Animashawun, and Raef Boylan.
Chris O’Connell, Artistic Director of Theatre Absolute said: “By assembling seven voices with their varied responses to the project provocation in Theatre Absolute’s unique Shop Front Theatre, we are committing ourselves to dynamically exploring the idea of the public sphere, and this ‘sphere’ tips its hat to that. As defined by German philosopher and sociologist Jurgen Habermas, the public sphere was seen to evolve in the late 18th century through the development of coffee houses and literary societies and voluntary associations. It was a time in which the public came together to discuss, share, and converse. It challenged the single representational view of society as purported by the state, for example. Arguably, people seeking out their own ‘public sphere’ is becoming more apparent today in these challenging times. Through Sphere we hope to acknowledge that Habermas’ definition of the public sphere feels very close and apt to what happens at the Shop Front Theatre.”
Surrounded by the remnants and detritus of the previous 8 works, these 7 artists ‘pass a baton’ between them as they respond for one final time to our thematic provocation: Are We Where We Are?
Artists and writers are: Amy Kakoura, Ashley James Brown, Demi Oyediran, Kimisha Lewis, Laura Nyahuye, Ola Animashawun, and Raef Boylan.
7 – 10 November EVENINGS – 7.30pm (show approx 90 mins)
Post show discussions on 7 & 8 November with Theatre Absolute & artists.
Tickets £8 & £6 concs. via Brown Paper Tickets
Writing Gym & Performance Special: Join award winning writer and artistic director Chris O’Connell for a writing workshop on Sat 10 November form 2 – 5pm at the Shop Front Theatre and then stay for the evening performance. Ticket special: £15 for workshop and performance. Book place via firstname.lastname@example.org – Places are limited.