Rumble Theatre is thrilled to announce our stellar line-up of 2016/17 programming. It’s going to be another exciting season (our company’s 26th!) as we shine a spotlight on new talent, new work, and new events.
“For me, creating contemporary theatre means asking, “What’s new?”,” says Stephen Drover, Rumble Theatre’s Artistic Director. “And our work this season very much focuses on expanding horizons. We’re developing an exciting new play with one of my favourite playwrights, we’re building new relationships with a fantastic team of emerging artists, and we’re engaging with the community in new and fun ways.”
We kick things off with Tremors, our biennial festival of emerging talent, which runs August 11 – 20, 2016 at the Italian Cultural Centre. Witness the next generation of theatre makers as they direct, design, stage manage, and perform in productions of three outstanding contemporary scripts (Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel, Better Angels: A Parable by Andrea Scott, and Bull by Mike Bartlett).
Development continues for Titus Bouffonius, our commission-in-progress by acclaimed playwright Colleen Murphy. Adapted from Shakespeare’s bloody and brutal Titus Andronicus, and brilliantly updated using contemporary dialogue and the French clown technique of bouffon, Titus Bouffonius is an utterly unique look at war, rage, grief, and the delicate intersection of the beautiful and the grotesque. A workshop and staged reading are scheduled for Spring 2017.
Our popular mentorship activities are also on the calendar. Held four times per year, the Living Room series brings emerging artists together for a casual mixer-mingler-meeting where they can interact with their peers while also learning about a career in theatre from professional artists. Stay tuned for an announcement of upcoming Living Room dates, topics, and guest artists, as well as for the appointment of our Student Ambassadors.
Finally, we’ve got several community events on-tap to complement our regular programming. Rumble will be at Hastings Racecourse on September 25 for a Day at the Track. Everyone is welcome to join us for a fun, family-friendly afternoon at the races. Then there’s our third annual Hot Mess Halloween party on October 29—start planning your costumes now! And in November we’ll be hosting a free movie screening of Julie Taymor’s Titus, which stars Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins. After the screening there will be an opportunity to discuss Shakespeare’s original work, Taymor’s film adaptation, and Rumble’s current commissioned adaptation, Titus Bouffonius.
For more details, click on the link to download Rumble Theatre’s 2016/17 season announcement.