Freshers' Slots 2016

This festival finished on Wednesday 23 November 2016, and this page is being kept for archival purposes only.

Platform bedlam

Platform 4

Wednesday 23 November

In the aftermath of a devastating event, we explore the stories of those involved. Loosely based on the nonfiction work ‘Underground’ by Haruki Murakami, Platform 4 is a collection of interviews of the victims affected by the 1995 Tokyo sarin gas attack; an expressionistic piece with elements of verbatim theatre and a heavy emphasis on physical theatre.

Blue kettle bedla

Blue Kettle

Wednesday 23 November

‘Kettle, I’d Like you to meet my Mother’

Blue Kettle is short comedic play about Derek, a con artist, who successfully convinces a series of characterful elderly women that he is the son they gave up for adoption forty years previously. As each woman reveals the circumstances of their son’s birth, light is shed on the attitudes towards illegitimate children, working mothers, marriage and extra-marital affairs in previous decades; making for amusing, poignant and moving anecdotes.

Wonderland bedlam


Wednesday 23 November

A young muse. A suppressed obsession. A relationship questioned to this day.

Set in a period dubbed the ‘Victorian cult of the child’, our play explores the blurred lines between appreciation and sexualisation of the child form. This psychedelic production illustrates the controversial relationship between Charles Dodgson, otherwise known as Lewis Carroll, and his friend Alice Liddell, twenty years his junior. As his romantic feelings for Alice grow, so do her parents’ suspicion, with his suppression manifesting in Britain’s best loved children’s book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.