Dates: 10 – 15 November 2008 International Symposium: 13 - 15 November 2008 Partners: Southwark Playhouse, Unicorn Theatre, The Junction, Cambridge, Pilot Theatre Supported by: Arts Council England, Embassy of Sweden, Goethe-Institut, Pro Helvetia, Embassy of the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands, The Stage Curated by: Teresa Ariosto & John Retallack Artistic Director: John Retallack Associate Directors: Mia Theil Have, Max Webster Assistant Director: Brenda Murphy Designer: Liz Cooke Lighting Design: Mark Dymock
The Theatre Café Festival 2008 featured 2 newproductions, 5 new European plays presented in staged rehearsed readings in the unique Theatre Café setting, the International Symposium and the Young Angels Theatremakers Award (2008) featuring Swedish hit play Invasion! Events took place at both the Unicorn Theatre and Southwark Playhouse. Programme: Productions: This Child by Joel Pommerat, translated by Nigel Gearing in association with The Junction and Pilot Theatre Norway.Today by Igor Bauersima, translated by Marlene Norst adapted and produced by Imploding Fictions (winners of the Young Angels Theatremakers Award 2007)
Readings: Senseby Anja Hilling (Germany) Nightblindby Darja Stocker (Switzerland) Sandholmby Anna Bro (Denmark) Bulgerby Klaas Tindemans (Belgium) and Headcase by Esther Gerritsen (Holland) Young Angels Theatremakers Award 2008: Invasion!by Jonas Hassen Khemiri A £20,000 award to develop and produce the UK premiere of this Swedish hit play in association with The Junction and Soho Theatre. Supported by the Embassy of Sweden.
Theatre Cafe Festival Young Ambassadors: A group of 9 students from the BRIT School of Performing Arts attended all readings and performances prior to the International Symposium and passed on their feedback to Symposium navigator Chris Campbell.