Hampstead Downstairs, the dedicated new writing space at the Hampstead Theatre, has announced details of its new autumn season. The downstairs stage is designed to provide a space for new work to be developed away from commercial and critical pressures and will be presenting three new plays between September and December.
The season opens with Donny’s Brain, a new piece about love and memory written by Rona Munro and directed by Anna Ledwich. Munro’s previous playwriting credits include Little Angels for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Iron, which played at the Traverse and the Royal Court.
This is followed by the return of Pentabus Theatre, whose production of For Once visited the theatre last summer. Their latest work, Blue Sky, is written by Clare Bayley and presented as part of the company’s Radical Rural season. Interrogating the fears and suspicions we brush aside, Bayley’s thriller asks what the government might secretly be up to in the depths of the English countryside.
The final show of the season is Ignorance, written by Steve Waters and directed by Nathan Curry. It will be Waters’ fourth play for the Hampstead Theatre, following Fast Labour, English Journeys and After the Gods. His latest piece, spanning 60 years, looks at how the prejudice of a group of American students changes the course of history.
For further information and to book tickets, visit the Hampstead Theatre website.