Present : Tense / Twelve


27 September 2009 Southwark Playhouse


Continuing through 2009, shaken-up and revitalised in a thrilling new guise.

Present : Tense returns to Southwark Playhouse on Sunday 27 September, 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.

Update: The Present : Tense / Twelve artists gathered upstairs at The Crown and Two Chairmen in Soho Sunday evening to rip through a pile of newsprint and select the most important news story of the moment. They decided on:

Gang of youths tormented mother who killed herself and her daughter

Others on the shortlist included the ongoing case of gender test athlete Caster Semenya and the botched execution that has re-opened the debate over the death penalty in the US. The artists now have just seven days to create a response to this story before their work is performed live at Southwark Playhouse next Sunday 27 September at 8pm.

The artists will be posting news of their progress on the blog throughout the week so check back for updates and be sure to book your tickets for Sunday before they're gone.

The Line-up

For Present : Tense / Twelve we've asked three top artists to curate their own collaborations. Here they are:

ISOBEL COHEN Artistic Director/choreographer of dance-theatre company Helix Dance. Working with: LUKE WRIGHT (Poet), SHAHLA TARRANT (Dancer/Choreographer)

ANDREW STEGGALL Founder and artistic director of The Motion Group. Working with: HASSAN ABDULRAZZAK (Playwright)

ANTHEA WILLIAMS Associate Director at The Bush Theatre in charge of bushfutures Working with: TOM GIBBONS (Sound Designer), MIKA HANDLEY (Designer), ALASDAIR HOPWOOD (Artist), MORGAN LLOYD MALCOLM (Playwright)

Plus, more artists to be confirmed during the week.

Southwark Playhouse, Shipwright Yard, London, SE1 2TF. (Tube: London Bridge) Sunday 27 September - 8pm - £10 // Tickets: 0844 847 1656 (24 hours) or click here to Book Online Now