“NABOKOV IS A THRILLING YOUNG COMPANY, WITH A REAL INTEGRITY TO MATCH ITS ARTISTIC AMBITION, SHINING ITS UNIQUE LIGHT ON THE WAY WE LIVE NOW” BRIGID LARMOUR, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF WATFORD PALACE THEATRE
“NABOKOV IS A KEY PART OF THE FUTURE FOR THRILLING NEW THEATRE IN ENGLAND”
STEVE MARMION, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF SOHO THEATRE
Welcome to the
NABOKOV 2012 SPRING SEASON
In 2011 nabokov produced the work of 219 artists in 3 countries across 2 continents. This included work by E V Crowe, James Graham, Jack Thorne and tangled feet to name but a few. We received wide acclaim for our work, including a New York Times Critic’s Pick for Bunny, which was also shortlisted for the Best New Play of 2011 in Time Out. Meanwhile, our relaunch of the nabokov Arts Club at BAC received national press coverage and Time Out Critics’ Choice recognitions.
Now we’re back. The playwright sits at the heart of this Spring Season as we challenge our artists with provocative briefs and contexts, daring them to be ever more creative, innovative and bold: Spring 2012 sees 6 projects across the UK working with over 24 writers including James Graham, Jessica Hynes, Ella Hickson, Nick Payne, Tom Wells and a host of emerging artists. Of course, none of this would be possible without the fantastic support and collaboration of our partners, which for this Season we are very proud to say are the Watford Palace Theatre; Live Theatre Newcastle; HighTide Festival, The Lyric Hammersmith; The Old Vic Tunnels; BAC and Soho Theatre.
nabokov Thursday 9 February – Friday 10 February 2012 // 7pm-8pm
MONEY IN THE VAULT “VAULT transforms a newly discovered labyrinth of tunnels underneath Waterloo to offer London three weeks of kaleidoscopically varied entertainment”..
Featuring new work by James Graham with The Fitzrovia Radio Hour, Brad Birch, Jay Luxembourg, and Jessica Hynes with Bad Physics.
For two nights only on February 9 and 10, nabokov presents Money in the Vault; four short plays exploring our past, present and future relationship with money. How did we create it, why has it come to dominate our lives, and where are we headed next? nabokov asks the best of the UK’s new writing talent one question: is it really all about the money?
The Vault Festival The Old Vic Tunnels Leake St SE1 8SW (Closest Tube: Waterloo) oldvictunnels.com Tickets: £10 available here: www.thevaultfestival.com/nabokov
nabokov Friday 2 March & Saturday 3 March 2012 // 8pm – 2am
THE NABOKOV ARTS CLUB: FABLE Following our epic sold out Festival of the Dead, the nabokov Arts Club returns to BAC for another weekend of live arts and late-night mayhem. An extravaganza of live theatre, music, comedy, dance and visual art wrapped up in a big fat party - the nabokov Arts Club has been featured in The Guardian, Time Out’s Hot Picks/Critics’ Choice and The Independent’s ‘Best Nights Out’. This next instalment of London’s best arts party will once again feature the cream of the UK’s established and emerging talent from across the spectrum. Exploring the theme of Fables and Fairytales, expect headline theatre pieces from
Jack Thorne (The Fades, This is England ‘88) and a musical subversion of the Cinderella story from composer and Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill (Been So Long, It’s About Time). 8pm – 2am Battersea Arts Centre Lavender Hill, Battersea SW11 5TN £15 (earlybird) £18 (advance) £20 (on the door) Advance booking over the phone on 020 7223 2223 Tickets available online at: www.bac.org.uk/whats-on/nabokov-arts-club2
Saturday 17 March
PRESENT : TENSE / NEWCASTLE And it’s back...the toughest creative challenge around is heading to Live Theatre, Newcastle. Four teams of playwrights, directors, musicians, poets and other artists will meet to rip through the papers and vote to select the most urgent story on the news agenda. Each team will then have to create an artistic response before performing at the fantastic Live Theatre just seven days later. People of Newcastle, nabokov is throwing down the gauntlet. Presented as part of FUSES: Live Lab 2012 New Writing Festival Live Theatre Broad Chare Quayside Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DQ. Tickets: £10; £8 concs Box office: (0191) 232 1232 Book online: www.live.org.uk
nabokov Saturday 5 May & Sunday 6 May // 8pm, The Rifle Hall
THE BEST YEARS OF YOUR LIFE 10 Writers. 10 Plays. 10 Birthdays. The Best Years of Your Life is an anthology of blistering new plays charting some of the most turbulent and vital birthdays of our lives: from sweet 16 to 25, from adolescence to adulthood. nabokov premieres five Birthdays from this pioneering project at the High Tide Festival. Directed by Jack Lowe and Joe Murphy HighTide Festival 2012 www.hightide.org.uk Tickets: On sale now
Sunday 22 April // 6pm
VOX POP Pronunciation: /v ks p p/ noun [mass noun] / British informal / Meaning: the voice of the people; popular opinion.
Vox Pop challenges the UKâ€™s most exciting emerging talent to respond to what the public decides is the most important story on the news agenda. After the public vote online for what they consider to be the hottest topic of the moment, our artists have just 7 days to create pieces of work in response before they are performed live at the brand new Cabaret Space at The Soho Theatre. Get ready for a night of theatrical innovation in the heart of the capital! Line up to be announced soon... Soho Theatre, Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE. ÂŁ10 Tickets: 020 7478 0100 www.sohotheatre.com
SYMPHONY In Symphony, theatre performance and live gig clash head on. Combining three of the most stunning new writers in Britain today with the musical innovation of Joe White (Stomp, Vadoinmessico), Symphony sees theatrical narrative blend with music technology. Symphony forms part of The Lyric Hammersmithâ€™s Theatre in the Square Season 2012 and marks nabokovâ€™s first venture into
outdoor touring work. Writers: Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells. Lyric Hammersmith, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Imagine Watford and Latitude Festival. www.nabokov-online.com
NABOKOV 2011: THE WORK OF 219 ARTISTS SEEN IN 3 COUNTRIES ACROSS 2 CONTINENTS. PRESENT : TENSE / SIXTEEN SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE BUNNY BY JACK THORNE ON TOUR, AT SOHO THEATRE AND IN NEW YORK PRESENT : TENSE / WATFORD WATFORD PALACE THEATRE THE NABOKOV FAIRY TALES LATITUDE FESTIVAL YOUNG PRETENDER BY E V CROWE AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL AND ON TOUR VOX POP / 1 SOHO THEATRE THE NABOKOV ARTS CLUB: FESTIVAL OF THE DEAD BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE
ON BY JACK THORNE FRINGE FIRST WINNER “AMUSING, POIGNANT, BANG ON THE MONEY REAL – CATCH IT IF YOU CAN” WHATSONSTAGE “A BRILLIANT MINIATURE PLAY ABOUT BRITAIN” TIME OUT CRITICS’ CHOICE AND SHORTLISTED FOR BEST NEW PLAY 2011
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Lucy Oliver-Harrison Advisory Board
Emma Brunjes, James Grieve, Imogen Kinchin and George Perrin
YOUNG PRETENDER BY E V CROWE ON
Michael Shelford nabokov is a Creative Associate of
Watford Palace Theatre
and an Associate Company of
“IT’S NOT A SCOTTISH HISTORY LESSON, MORE A THREE-ACT, THREEHANDED CHAMBER STUDY OF THE CYCLE OF TEENAGE REBELLION” THE SCOTSMAN
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