A new initiative forms the centre of The Bunker's Summer Season 2018. Breaking Out is a repertory style programme that gives a platform to the most innovative emerging theatre companies:

Breaking Out

It was one of our Theatre Editor’s top picks for these spring months – next week sees the start of The Bunker’s Summer Season 2018. After a challenging production of a woman exploring anxiety (Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka), we move into the Breaking Out initiative, a new programme by Artistic Director Joshua McTaggart that champions new work from innovative theatre companies. The season has six shows all playing over the course of four weeks, from 11 June – 7 July, and introduces a repertory style scheduling that is proving more and more popular on today’s fringe scene:

  • On Mondays and Thursdays will play Libby’s Eyes and Nine Foot Nine
  • On Tuesdays and Fridays will play No One Is Coming To Save You and Section 2
  • On Wednesdays and Saturdays will play Kiss Chase and GUY: A New Musical

Three productions were highlighted in the top picks for spring – Libby’s EyesSection 2 and  Nine Foot Nine. Now it’s time to delve a little deeper into each of the shows and get to grips with these six productions, chosen from over 45 entries:

Libby’s Eyes

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Written by disabled playwright Amy Bethan Evans and performed by comedian Georgie MorrellLibby’s Eyes marks the first in the Breaking Out initiative. It examines the issues when viewing disability through a non-disabled gaze.

Libby is blind. And she’s a generally functioning adult. But when forced to rely on government-issue robot Cortana to see for her, she is faced with a dilemma. Suspecting that Cortana is defective, does she try and fix the defect in order to fit into the society that is trying to ‘fix’ her?

Nine Foot Nine

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Joint first in the Breaking Out initiative is Nine Foot Nine. Produced by Sleepless Theatre Company (who brought Baby Box to the King’s Head Theatre Who Runs The World? festival) and written by Alex Wood, it examines the ever-changing labels of masculine and feminine in a world forever altered by gender balancing.

Cara and Nate are faced with a difficulty when trying to start a family – suddenly all of the women in the world grow taller and taller. Now they are physically more powerful than men and society is shaken to its core. What will happen to regimes, the media, the concept of family? And what comes next?

No One Is Coming To Save You

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This Noise make theatre about the politics of the here and now, by, with and for young people. No One Is Coming To Save You is a slow build that stems from two lives lived in social, political and economic fear. As an insomniac watches TV without understanding the language, a woman in a garden stretches her arms to the sky. Both wait for the changing dawn, foreseeing something terrible around the corner, while the rest of the world sleeps.

Section 2

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After the success of their first production, Flood, at Camden Fringe 2017, Paper Creatures returns with Section 2 by playwright Peter Imms. This part verbatim show hones in on being sectioned, an aspect of mental health rarely discussed in a public setting. It focusses in on a day in the life of Cam, currently living in a mental health unit, and the effect that this existence has on those around him.

Kiss Chase

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Kiss Chase is the second show from Second Circle Theatre, set in the depths of the digital generation. Inspired by interviews with lovers across the UK, the production tells tales of broken hearts, first loves, walks of shame, holding hands and standing alone in the club when the lights come on.

GUY: A New Musical

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Last in the Breaking Out initiative are leoe&hyde, creators of The Marriage Of Kim K. They present an uplifting musical about the modern man – body image, hooks-ups and dating in this century. GUY: A New Musical, a gay rom-com, peeks behind the veil of prejudices inherent in this marginal community and is tied together with a new score. Expect a mixture of queer hip-hop, indie electronica and PC music with both the charm of Sondheim and the catchiness of Schwartz.



Breaking Out plays as part of The Bunker Summer Season from 11 June – 7 July 2018. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the venue website.