Why Studio products can be political, controversial and thought provoking

There’s plenty of exciting shows happening in the Studio at York Theatre Royal.

The Studio season opens with Black Men Walking on 10th to 14th Sept, directed by Dawn Walton and written by Testament. I’ve seen Testament’s work before and loved it, so this should be a thought provoking yet punchy piece.

Wrestling With Wheelchairs on 19th Sept explores how Jack Reeve’s passion for professional wrestling has influenced a career in theatre and day-to-day happenings of being in a wheelchair backstage.

BBC Verb New Voice and Glastonbury Slam Champion Andy Craven-Griffiths writes and performs Joygernaut on 20th Sept, a play about one man chasing his dream job and the hand of his ex-girlfriend.

Build a Rocket on 21st Sept is a powerful and uplifting play about triumph over adversity. It’s a sentence full of contemporary theatre cliches so it’ll have to live up to its own hype.

The latest production from children’s theatre company tutti frutti is a festive retelling of The Boy Who Cried Wolf from 26th Sept to 2nd Oct. The Aesop’s fable has been adapted for the stage by Mike Kenny and directed by Wendy Harris, so it’s suitable for even some of the youngest theatre-goers out there.

Next up it’s Signals on 17th Oct from the Cosmic Shambles Network and Footprint Theatre – a dark comedy about being human and space exploration with a side of Jaffa Cakes. Lots of quirk, I’d imagine, but it could be an unusual thing to see.

Tantgram Theatre return to York Theatre Royal with Revelations on 18th Oct, a show promising live music, nudity, some tears and lots of laughter in the story of James, who is asked by his best friends for his sperm so they can start a family. Out of everything on in the studio this season, this looks to be the most interesting with a nice blend of humour and plot.

Alex and Eliza, on the other hand, looks very similar to many shows I’ve seen before. The play, coming to the Studio on 19th Oct, tells the story of a young couple in love, fleeing their country and their lives for love and freedom.

Box of Tricks presents Under Three Moons on 22nd Oct, a new play by Daniel Kanaber about friendship and growing up, exploring how men relate to each other today.

The Accident Did Not Take Place on 23rd Oct comes from Total Theatre award-winning experimental theatre company YESYESNONO who return with a hyper-reality show, featuring a new guest performer every night. This seems like a really cool idea. I don’t mind contemporary, experimental theatre as long as its primary goal is to entertain – and this show does look really entertaining.

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True on 24th Oct dramatizes the seven-month trial of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi that gripped Renaissance Rome and asks how much has changed in the last four centuries.

Through storytelling and physical comedy, Victoria finds out How To Be Amazingly Happy! on 25th Oct. The question she wants answering is: how do you find a new ‘once upon a time’ after the ‘happy ever after’ never turned up?

York’s raucous spoken word company Say Owt present Jack Dean and his show about the Luddite Rebellion on 26th Oct.

Associate Artist John R. Willkinson, who co-directed the summer show Swallows & Amazons, is returning to direct Hello and Goodbye on 14th to 30th Nov. It’s a big run, so an ambitious undertaking.  The South-African set play is about family, selfishness and redemption so I doubt it’ll make for light watching.

The Studio offering continues into Christmas with The Storm Whale, adapted from the book by Benji Davies, and directed by Matt Aston. Aston will be directing this year’s York Theatre Royal panto so it’ll be a manic time of year for him!

Overall there’s a fantastic mix of contemporary, unusual theatre and solid bets that’ll bring the crowds in. Which theatre shows would you be most likely to take a chance on?

Visit yorktheatreroyal.co.uk for ticket information.

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