Brave New Worlds line up announced!

‘How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in’t.’ 
The Tempest

In response to the Soho and Live Theatre’s visionary Utopia project, nabokov is challenging 4 companies of emerging artists to create their visions of the perfect world in just 7 days!

In a time of global crisis and uncertainty Brave New Worlds asks some of the UK’s hottest emerging talent to offer hope and a vision of a world worth striving for.

Team 1: Valentina Ceschi, Guoda Jaruseviciute, Kate Lane and Thomas Eccleshare
A collaboration between three director-designers and a writer, they are pioneering performance which is predominantly design-led, putting design (instead of text) at the beginning of the process of creation for performance. 

Valentina Ceschi is a theatre and opera director, international performer and movement choreographer based in the UK. Guoda Jaruseviciute is a Lithuanian born interdisciplinary artist, a graduate of Design for Performance course at Central School of Speech and Drama. Kate Lane graduated from the MA Costume Design for Performance at London College of Fashion, where she won the MA Centenary Award for Costume. She has a BA in Sculpture from Camberwell College of Arts and is an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins. Thomas Eccleshare is the co-artistic director of Dancing Brick with whom he has toured work nationally and internationally. Last year he won the Verity Bargate Award for his play Pastoral and his first sitcom is in development for BBC3. Thomas is the Pearson writer-in-residence at the Soho Theatre. 

For a day-by-day documentation of their process in creating a performance for Brave New Worlds, please visit

Team 2: Jake Brunger and Kirsty Patrick Ward
Jake Brunger studied Drama at Bristol University and is a graduate of the Royal Court Theatre Supergroup. His credits as writer include Sam’s Game (Nottingham Playhouse, dir. Indhu Rubasingham), Jet Set Go! (Edinburgh Fringe, Theatre 503 & Jermyn Street Theatre, published by Josef Weinberger), The Great British Soap Opera (Edinburgh Fringe & Jermyn Street Theatre), and Pub Quiz (Manchester Royal Exchange, which he also directed). He is currently writing a new stage adaptation of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.

Kirsty Patrick Ward
Director: An Education (Chavs/Lyric); Till Its Gone (Live Theatre); People Like Us (Vineyard New York); Life Support (York Theatre Royal); Four Girls & a Gluten Free Cake (OVNV 24 Hour plays), The Baron (Winner Ignite 4/OVNV); Present Tense (Watford Palace); Take Heart (Theatre 503);The Return (Love Bites/Southwark Playhouse); The Sock (nabokov/Watford Palace Theatre).

Team 3: Dumbshow Theatre
Dumbshow is the acclaimed theatre company specialising in storytelling for children and adults alike. Their work has been seen at Manchester's Royal Exchange, London's BAC, Kingston's Rose Theatre and the Warwick Arts Centre, and has enjoyed several sell-out productions at the Edinburgh Festival. They were recently commissioned by the Welcome Trust Kingston to devise and perform a site specific interactive piece of drama funded by the Lottery Heritage Fund. Dumbshow has just received Arts Council funding for an autumn tour of their critically acclaimed show Clockheart Boy.

Team 4: Apple of my eye
Apple of my eye weave beautiful and epic folk tales from snatches of half remembered songs your mother used to sing you, and lyrics scrawled on the backs of unopened bank statements. But who are these fuckwits? Why, they could be your neighbour, friend or lover. But by night, they love to shape shift and transmogrify while singing drunken anthems to the damned. They are an unusual bunch. When one suspects that another member of the seven-strong outfit may be rotten to the core, they are mercilessly fermented and the seeds consumed by the remaining members, who in turn harvest the apples from their inner tree and repopulate the band. Their music sounds as old as the hills themselves, but this deceptive – it is in fact very modern. Progressive as crop rotation, they sow songs of clover, willow, demons and the many tragic faces of love.

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Brave New Worlds
Soho Theatre
Sunday June 10th
Tickets £10

020 7478 0100