Present : Tense / Fourteen


14 February 2010 Southwark Playhouse


The toughest creative challenge in town is back at Southwark Playhouse on Sunday 14 February providing an exhilarating and theatrical alternative Valentine's Day!

Update: The Present : Tense / Fourteen artists gathered on Sunday evening to rip through a pile of newsprint and select the most important news story of the moment. They decided on:

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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.

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 Royle 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

** Brilliant writer Daniel Kanaber collaborating with the talented director Charlotte Westenra

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

The groups meet the Sunday before 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

Southwark Playhouse, Shipwright Yard, London, SE1 2TF. (Tube: London Bridge) Sunday 14 February - 8pm - £10 // Tickets: 0844 847 1656 (24 hours) or click here to Book Online Now