It's back for 2009, shaken-up and revitalised in a thrilling new guise.
Present : Tense returns to Southwark Playhouse on Sunday 8 February, still challenging the UK's top artistic talent to tackle the hottest topic of the moment in just seven days, only now with an added twist.
We're asking cross-disciplinary artists to collaborate. Picture playwrights paired with photographers and choroegraphers; composers matched with theatre directors and poets; film-makers working with illustrators and dancers. Individual talents melded in a multi-genre mash-up.
Each group of collaborators will - just as before - meet to select the most momentous story on the news agenda. They then have seven days to create a piece of work that responds to the story they choose before it is performed live exactly one week after they began.
Throughout the week you can follow their progress and post comments on the present : tense blog where the artists will be posting daily updates.
We'll be announcing the full line-up right here on the blog very soon, but meantime, get on and book your ticket.
The toughest creative challenge in town just got tougher...
Present : Tense / Ten
Sunday 8 February 2009 // 8:00pm
Southwark Playhouse // Shipwright Yard (Corner Tooley St. & Bermondsey St.) // London // SE1 2TF
Tickets // £10 // 0844 847 1656 (24 hours) or www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk