What’s on at Studio Discoveries at York Theatre Royal?

A week of exciting theatre is coming to the Studio at York Theatre Royal, chosen by Visionari the theatre’s community programming group. It’s a great chance for audiences to see new, vibrant theatre they wouldn’t normally have chance to see in the city.

The shows are all just £10 per show or £8 if you book for two or more shows. The week is totally accessible and exciting – so there’s no excuses not to head along to York to watch something interesting!

Pepper & Honey on 4th February is a new play from Not Now Collective told through the baking of Croatian pepper biscuits (paprenjaci). The biscuits are baked live as the story of Ana’s preparations to start a new life in the UK. And, yes, you get to try some biscuits.

Green Knight on 5th February is a one-woman version of the medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, performed by Debbie Cannon.

Another shows on 5th is Picasso’s Women, delivering a unique look at Picasso’s life through the voices of his wives, mistresses and muses. Head along to watch three monologues featuring French model Fernande, Russian ballerina Olga and 17-year-old mistress Marie-Therese.

One of the most intriguing shows on the line-up for me is First Time on 6th February. The show is based on performer Nathaniel Hall’s personal experience living with HIV after contracting the virus from his first sexual encounter aged just 16. The show explores breaking down the stigma associated with HIV.

Shows on the 7th February include Heaven’s Gate, a show that imagines the final hour of four members of the religious UFO group, and One Foot in the Rave about a disillusioned Jehovah’s Witness as he breaks free from the cult.

York Theatre Royal Producer Thom Freeth said: “It’s been amazing working with Visionari over the past few months to select and bring together a really impressive line-up of unique Studio shows. The group have chosen shows which will undoubtedly appeal to regular theatregoers and new audiences alike.

“We’re pleased to be showing award-winning work as part of the week, alongside work by an exciting new York-based theatre company. Whether you’re out to sample the intensity of 90s clubland, gain an insight into the life of Picasso or just enjoy a complimentary Croatian biscuit, we think you’ll have a fantastic experience in our intimate Studio theatre.”

I must admit, the shows seem a bit of a mixed bag to me but there are some really interesting shows on the line-up. Visionari are clearly dedicated to providing interesting, new shows and they’ve certainly done that! Which shows do you want to see?

Head to the York Theatre Royal website for more information on the shows and to book. Studio Discoveries runs from 4th – 8th February 2020.

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