Present : Tense / Fourteen


So a new decade has begun!  At nabokov Towers new artistic director Joe Murphy is settling in and we are very excited to announce his first Present : Tense! 

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Present : Tense / Fourteen

Sunday 14 February 2010 // 8:00pm

Southwark Playhouse // Shipwright Yard (Corner Tooley St. & Bermondsey St.) // London // SE1 2TF

Tickets // £10 // 0844 847 1656 (24 hours) or

The toughest creative challenge in town is back at Southwark Playhouse on Sunday 14 February providing an exhilarating and theatrical alternative Valentine’s Day!  Come and join us for a night of brilliant theatre and a shindig in the bar afterwards!

Present : Tense challenges the UK's top artistic talent to tackle the hottest topic of the moment in just seven days.  We’ve asked a host of cross-disciplinary artists to collaborate. And here's the undeniably thrilling line up so far:


** BAFTA and Olivier nominated, twice British Comedy Award winner, writer and performer Jessica Hynes (Spaced, Doctor Who, The Royale Family) working with nabokov's new Artistic Director Joe Murphy


** The fantastic writer Shireen Mula working with astounding director Nathan Curry, Artistic Director of highly acclaimed Tangledfeet theatre company


** nabokov’s associate director of Is Everyone OK?, Laura Keefe teams up with the stunning poet/musician Brigitte Aphrodite

The groups meet Sunday 7 February 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 at


And here is a date for your diaries – the party event of 2010 fast approaches as the high-octane nabokov Arts Club returns on Saturday March 20 – keep it free for what promises to be a spectacular night of live music, comedy, performance poetry and theatre!  The mouth-watering line-up will be posted shortly!