PlayLAB 2019

PlayLAB 2019

A festival of new and experimental work in The Lab.

This festival of brand new short pieces sees emerging Directors explore new ideas and develop their skills with particular groups in mind.


We are looking for three People’s Company members (18 years or over) to get involved behind the scenes as voluntary Stage Managers. These roles involve working as part of a friendly team and provide a unique insight in to the workings of a black box production from behind the scenes. No previous experience is required and full training by a professional Stage Manager is provided.

If you’re interested in applying for the production support role, submit the online application form, returning this to us by 9am Friday 27th October 2017.


Followers directed by Alex Ogando

Followers will explore the theme ‘Speaking Freely’, with a focus on social media channels like Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. The actors will be working with the concept that they are the experts of the internet. You will use elements of multi-media projection throughout the show, to unpick the way we use social media. As actors it will be your job to ask questions, and explore what people’s motives are when oversharing online. The piece will be created through a devising process, which means the cast will be key contributors in shaping the final performance. This is a really exciting opportunity for you to take part in a professional process, and develop your skills as both a theatre-maker, and actor.


Tiny Details directed by Jon Nash

Inspired by real life events this exciting new piece looks at what happens when the growing voices of conspiracy theory and fake news flow from the internet into people’s real lives. Using the start of a new relationship as a lens, this piece examines how do we balance our freedom to believe and say things, with responsibilities to the truth and to each other? As performers you will input in to this piece of new writing by exploring real life cases and themes around conspiracy and trust.


Intimate Strangers directed by Lucy Bell

Why are we often willing to share more with total strangers than our closest loved ones? Sometimes it seems like the more compromising the situation, whether it’s a pregnancy scan or personal wax, the more personal the disclosures can become.
Here, six characters come together in a functional situation – they start out as strangers but quickly realise they are implicated in each other’s lives.
In this bold new piece, performers will learn practical skills and carry these out in real-time as part of the live action on stage. As performers you will research and develop real practical skills to inform your character and determine the form of the overall performance.