Present : Tense / MAYHEM and IN THE FACE OF

Songs havebeen sung, laughs have been laughed, tears have been shed and now the dust has finally settled after a momentous Present : Tense / Fourteen last Sunday.  Thank you so much to all who attended, we were touched to spend our Valentine’s Day with so many wonderful people!


nabokov Towers is now buzzing with pure excitement as we enter the run up to the next  fantastic nabokov ARTS CLUB which will be at the Village Underground on Saturday 20 March – we can’t wait to see you all at what promises to be THE artistic event of the Spring!   Don’t wait a second to book your ticket.


We also have some incredibly exciting news for you about two brilliant events being produced in association with nabokov:


SE1 United in association with nabokov are delighted to present the first ever



// Spirit Level Foyer, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre (Tube: Waterloo)

The toughest creative challenge in town is at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 28 February providing an exhilarating evening with young and emerging artists for the first time ever!

Sunday 28 February – 7.30pm

To get a ticket for this momentous event please e-mail

Please note there will be NO tickets on the door so to see Present : Tense / MAYHEM you must e-mail ahead and receive a reply.

Present : Tense / MAYHEM is a unique challenge young artistic talent to tackle the hottest topic of the moment in just seven days. We've asked a host of young and aspiring artists to collaborate.

And here's the line up so far for what promises to be an evening of imagination and provocation: 

Artists In Residence at Southbank – Tomorrow’s Warriors working in collaboration with Performance Poets Mia Korrel and Henry Oslatten

Images by photographer Ludo des Cognets

Mayhem Northside with Associate Artist Anthony Adjekum

The Mayhem Company with Associate Writer Sarah May

Open Hands Productions  - the writers and performers collective

Singer songwriters Ayeisha Clarke and Elisha Morrison

Southwark Playhouse’s Young Company

You know the drill - the groups meet Sunday 21 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



In the face of
 Sherri Kronfeld in association with nabokov presents…


Three New York Writers

Three London premieres

One live band


One night only



Sunday 7 March 2010 // 7.00 pm

Hoxton Hall // 130 Hoxton Street // London // N1 6SH

Tickets // £10 // 020 7684 0060


Extreme, funny and dark examples of how we humans survive in the face of adversity from three of the hottest new writers to cross the Atlantic -

In Adam Rapp’s SHOULD’VE NEVER, an underpaid editorial assistant’s trip to a bar toilet inadvertently leads to a new girlfriend and a knee surgery that he can’t afford; in Will Eno’s ENTER THE SPOKESWOMAN, GENTLY, a corporate airline spokesperson must deliver the worst news a family could possibly get with a sweet smile; in Eric Meyer’s audacious solo NOT WINEHOUSE, we meet Winehouse’s inner voice, in the form of an American man rapping Jay-Z…

The night pitches sharp satire and wild farce against scintillating musical styles, promising to be a fun and hopeful celebration of survival in tough times.

And here is the low down on the brilliant talent Sherri is bringing over the Atlantic:

Will Eno's play Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has been produced around the U.S. and in many countries around the world. His new play Middletown will appear in New York in 2010.

Eric Meyer’s plays have been seen in The New York Fringe Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe, Collective: Unconscious and The Bowery Poetry Club. His plays have received readings at The Public Theatre, The Flea and New Dramatists. MFA in Theatre, Sarah Lawrence College, awarded The Lipkin Prize in playwriting.

Adam Rapp –an Obie-award-winning playwright and director, is the author of Nocturne, Faster, Animals and Plants, Finer Noble Gases, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Blackbird, Red Light Winter, Essential Self-Defense, American Sligo, Bingo with the Indians, Kindness, and others. This spring he will direct his new play, The Metal Children, at The Vineyard.

Starring Christopher Berry, Sarah-Jayne Butler, Mark Curtis, and Kevin Watt

Secret rock band to be announced! 

We hope see everyone at these fantastic events!