Final Bunker Theatre season hands space to artists and community, The Bunker, London Bridge

The full programme of events and performances for a theatre that is closing down has been announced.

The eight-week Takeover Season at The Bunker in London Bridge will feature more than 80 artists, 70 performances and a host of workshops, lectures and events, before the theatre closes because of a proposed redevelopment at the end of March.

The Takeover Season will see a different artist curate each week, taking over the space and the programme as well as the bar and the box office.

The first week in February explores the role of the civic space in society by making the theatre a site for the public to play, create and learn.

Workshops from members of The Bunker team will seek to pass on everything from basic lighting and sound programming to dealing with imposter syndrome to producing a festival.

The following week, Debbie Hannan, who had success at The Bunker with her show Little Miss Burden, and Vinnie Heaven, who created She’s a Good Boy, will share two showcases placing queer work front and centre while interrogating the tokenistic way queer people are now present in so much mainstream culture.

Following a celebrated run at Vault 2019, the anonymously written Everywoman will be presented in week three alongside new pieces on motherhood from five playwrights, with child and childcare-friendly policies and performances.

The Bunker 2017. Picture The Bunker Theatre

This will be followed by The Upsetters, who return to The Bunker with a festival dedicated to celebrating artists of colour.

They will debut two pieces of new writing, Unburied by Jimin Suh and Wakes by

Sidney Belony, alongside a scratch night, a poetry night and a series of workshops that pay participants to attend to cover their loss of earnings.

In March, Sculptress Theatre returns to The Bunker with Natasha Brown’s new play I Am (Not) Kanye West.

It will also make The Bunker available for rehearsals and will host workshops in the week, Power X Resistence.

Following this, Sabrina Mahfouz, who created the performance A History of Water in the Middle East, will explore aspects of pregnancy that remain taboo with Lilith by Jennie Buckman, about a couple dealing with stillbirth, and Mahfouz’s own KaraOkay, about the abortion rights conversation in the UK.

Director Caitriona Shoobridge presents Where Do We Go Next?, a film installation featuring new monologues from six working class and otherwise underrepresented writers.

Artistic director Chris Sonnex said: “I am very proud of what The Bunker achieved in 2019 and it was with that same pride and a communal sadness that we announced its closure.

“However everyone at the Bunker has consistently rolled with the punches and so we see this as a brilliant opportunity to try a new kind of season.

“We are not one person or a building, but a community and a civic space for artists and audiences to thrive and feel safe.

“As such, it was blatantly apparent that we had to give the theatre to artists to do what they felt they needed to.

“For eight weeks brilliant and incredible artists will take over the space for one week at a time to present what they want, curate what they want, share what they want, say what they want.

“The Bunker will continue to do what it does best with our support, advice and solidarity for those that wander through our doors.

“Come, support and cheer these incredible artists and celebrate The Bunker. The space belongs to all of us.”

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