The Ovalhouse Summer 2018 is underway, with full-length works, FiRST BiTES and the launch of the new performance company. Sophie Talbot picks her must-sees:

Ovalhouse’s Summer Season 2018 is underway and it’s packed with diversity, experimentation, timely themes and exciting works-in-progress. Basically what Ovalhouse does best. This is the theatre’s last summer season before it starts to make the move to Brixton next year, so don’t miss out on your chance to see some cracking theatre in what has long been one of the best fringe venues in London.

With six full-length shows and seven FiRST BiTES, there’s so much to get involved with, so I couldn’t wait to pick some of my programme highlights. I recommend that you see everything, of course…

Ovalhouse Summer Season 2018


Music to your ears

Undersong – the new piece from Verity Standen – is a ‘live, human surround-sound experience’. Sounds interesting, right? Standen has created some pitch-perfect hits in the past, including the award-winning HUG, so I highly recommend that you check out her latest piece. You’ll sit among an ensemble of singers as they bring to life new compositions, exploring our relationship with our voices throughout our lives. The show is site-specific, so it’s at St Mark’s Church just over the road from Ovalhouse!


Undersong runs until 9 June 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.

The Croydon Avengers

Made in South London

Marvel’s not the only studio with a summer blockbuster… Head on down to Ovalhouse for your summer superhero fix! The Croydon Avengers features a trio of masked teenage vigilantes who just want to use their powers to save a doomed nation. But, as refugees, they are seen as a threat to British identity, and somebody wants to get them off the streets. This unique and exciting show brings together comic book action and martial arts, to take a look at why England’s so afraid of anybody who’s different.

Ovalhouse is all about providing opportunities for young people in its local community to get their voices heard, so it has launched the brand new Ovalhouse Performance Company for 18-24 year-olds from South London. In the company’s debut show, Austerity & Me, the young performers use spoken word and physical theatre to relay their personal accounts of austerity, causing us to ask ourselves how much we actually know about one of the most prominent societal issues of our time. Catch this important new work before it goes on tour to the National Theatre of Scotland’s Exchange Festival.


The Croydon Avengers runs from 19 – 22 June; Austerity & Me runs from 14 – 15 June 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.

Ovalhouse Summer Season 2018


Something to get your teeth into

Ovalhouse’s FiRST BiTES programme has been running for a while now and has provided a platform for some of the boldest talent in London to preview their works-in-progress. This year looks set to be no different, with a seven-strong lineup of extremely promising and experimental new shows. Miro is all about new work, so I can’t wait to see as many as we can. Here are a couple of recommendations to whet your appetite:

Sophie Woolley‘s Augmented is a one-person show about Woolley’s experience of going deaf and then getting her hearing back. The show – a blend of monologue and dance – delves into the world of cochlear implantation, exploring its effects on Woolley and its wider implications. All performances are captioned, and there’s a BSL interpreted and captioned post-show Q&A on 13 July.

Fancy travelling to Tokyo and back in the space of an hour? If so, you should definitely check in to see Tokyo Love Hotel. Experience Lemonade and Laughing Gas‘ first showing of their immersive, site-specific work-in-progress. Expect some interesting mini-installations to give you a taste of what’s to come as part of this sensory exploration of intimacy in an increasingly technology-oriented world.


Augmented runs from 12 – 14 July; Tokyo Love Hotel runs from 27 – 28 July 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.