21 September 2008 Southwark Playhouse
The toughest creative challenge in town. Some of the UK's most exciting talent has one week to respond to the most important news story of the moment.
A group of playwrights, directors, film-makers, poets, musicians and more convenes to select the most momentous story on the news agenda. They each have seven days to create a piece of work that responds to the story they choose before it is performed for you the public on Sunday 21 September 2008 - exactly one week after they began.
The artists met last night in a pub in Soho to plough through the newsprint and after much debate they decided the most important news story of the moment was… Teachers should tackle creationism, says science education expert The comments by Rev Prof Michael Reiss, director of education at the Royal Society, that Creationism should be taught in science lessons has sparked a fierce debate and our artists felt the story represented the most pressing on the news agenda. They now have just one week to create a response before their work is presented live next Sunday night.
Artists include MARK THOMAS (comedian), APRIL DE ANGELIS, JAMES GRAHAM, LUCY KIRKWOOD, JESS WALTERS (playwrights), TAMARA HARVEY, MICHAEL LONGHURST, HAMISH PIRIE, TIFFANY WATT-SMITH (directors) and [VERB]SWISH (poet).
Follow their progress all week on the Present : Tense blog.
Southwark Playhouse Shipwright Yard, London, SE1 2TF. (nearest tube: London Bridge) Sunday 21 September 2008 - 8pm - £10