nabokov Arts Club | 28 Feb - 1 Mar 2014

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The nabokov Arts Club at VAULT Festival presents LONDON, UNDERGROUND

Friday 28th February & Saturday 1st March 10:30pm - 3am

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After  years of blowing up the biggest and best live arts club nights in London, we'll be celebrating our 5th birthday in style at VAULT festival. LONDON, UNDERGROUND is a celebration of the city's performance culture over two nights of live art featuring some of the most exciting performers in London today:

An explosive DJ set by the MYSTERY JETS

A world premiere free running and beatboxing immersive performance: 3RUN VS BELLATRIX

Live hip hop set from DIZRAELI & DOWNLOW

Three short plays by multiple award winners ELLA HICKSON, NICK PAYNE & TOM WELLS

Live funk, ska, dub and hip hop from KING PORTER STOMP

Immersive adventures, interactive performances, spoken word, comedy & more…

An extravaganza of live theatre, music, cabaret, comedy, poetry and visual art wrapped up in a big fat party, the nabokov Arts Club, previously featured in The Guardian, Time Out’s Hot Picks and Critics’ Choice, and The Independent’s ‘Best Nights Out’, showcases the best new work, first, from the most exciting emerging artists alongside some of the biggest names in the business.

A headline world premiere performance sees internationally renowned and multiple Guinness World Record holding freerunning crew 3RUN, previously featured in everything from Casino Royale to award winning commercials for Xbox, collaborate with female world beatboxing champion BELLATRIX for an electric immersive live show.

See 3RUN here: www.3run.co.uk Watch BELLATRIX here: www.vimeo.com/36078046

A huge musical line up features verbal majestics and brain-popping turntablism in a live hiphop set from DIZRAELI & DOWNLOW. Fresh from the release of 'Everyone's A Winner - The Mixtape', in the last 12 months the pair have been sharing stages in the UK and France with legends like The Pharcyde, Mos Def, Foreign Beggars, Beardyman and DJ Format, and constructing a live hiphop show unlike anything you've seen before.

See DIZRAELI & DOWNLOW here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUMueODShYY

And back by popular demand, 8 piece funk and ska outfit KING PORTER STOMP return with their unique blend of massive horns, heavy bass and socially aware lyrics.

Watch KING PORTER STOMP here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk49Dgjzyt4

Plus we'll have extra Arts Club performances of our roof-raising new writing-live music mash-up, SYMPHONY, featuring plays by  ELLA HICKSON, NICK PAYNE and TOM WELLS; rounding off its 2-week run at VAULT.

Meanwhile, in dark corners and secret tunnels, have immersive adventures and interactive experiences and discover an array of artists performing hidden acoustic sets and everything from comedy to spoken word. Check out our blog for details of more artists as they're announced.

*Please note, due to limited capacity in some rooms it will not always be possible to see some performances. If you wish to ensure that you see SYMPHONY, make sure to book a ticket to one of the daily performances. There are many things programmed at the same time so you will always be able to see something great!

SYMPHONY by Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells is also running at VAULT Festival for 2 weeks prior to this event. LONDON, UNDERGROUND bookers can buy tickets for this show for only £5 - simply book both tickets together!

Advance Tickets: £15 Door Tickets: £18 Prices include £1.50 festival charge

This event is 18+. Under 18s will be denied entry with or without a valid ticket and your purchase will not be refunded.

The Team

Producer: Paul Jellis Assistant Producers: Andrew Hughes and Molly Roberts Designer: Lily Arnold Production Manager: Hannah Blamire Immersive experiences by IMMERCITY PR support from Mobius

 

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The Nabokov arts club : Edinburgh 2012

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11 August 2012 Summerhall

 

After 5 years of blowing up the biggest and best live arts club nights in London, the nabokov Arts Club finally makes its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe! An extravaganza of live theatre, music, cabaret, comedy, poetry and visual art wrapped up in a big fat party, the Arts Club, previously featured in The Guardian, Time Out’s Hot Picks and Critics’ Choice, and The Independent’s ‘Best Nights Out’, showcases the best new work, first, from the most exciting emerging artists alongside some of the biggest names in the business.

• Live music from The Vocal Orchestra, the astonishing acapella beat choir created by beatboxing supremo Schlomo and Radio 1 star and top comedian Tom Deacon • Theatre from leading companies HighTide Festival Theatre, The Fitzrovia Radio Hour and RashDash • A trio of top performance poetry acts; John Osborne (John Peel’s Shed), Molly Naylor and Richard Marsh & Katie Bonna, plus an exclusive set from spoken word artist, lyricist, rapper and all round wordsmith Kate Tempest. • Comedy from Hennessy and Friends, comedy blues band Jonny and the Baptists and Fringe legend Kevin Tomlinson.

A massive theatrical line up features exclusive extracts from HighTide Festival Theatre’s brand new show “Bottleneck”, live period radio pastiche from The Fitzrovia Radio Hour, high energy musical theatrics from RashDash, improvised comedy theatre from The Matey Institute and an extract of How it Ended Productions’ “You Obviously Know What I’m Talking About” performed in an old laboratory.

First class comedy acts abound with sketches from Fringe favourites Hennessy and Friends, comedy blues band Jonny and the Baptists and extracts from Kevin Tomlinson’s legendary Edinburgh show “Seven Ages of Man” alongside a trio of first rate poetry performers; John Osborne (writer of 5 star hit John Peel’s Shed) rising star Molly Naylor and brilliant double act Richard Marsh & Katie Bonna.

Rounding it all off into a massive party are Stirling lads Jack Butler who will bring their Bloc Party style indie electro to get heads nodding and toes tapping, before The Vocal Orchestra, created by Schlomo, perform their have-to-see-it-to-believe-it acapella gymnastics, aural stylings and showstopping beatboxing that met universal praise and swooning crowds at the E4 Udderbelly this Summer. Then finally our house DJs spin soul, funk, house and electro till late.

Hosted at Edinburgh’s most exciting venue for multi-disciplinary work, Summerhall and taking over a variety of rooms of this old University Vetinary department including the Dissection Room, Anatomy Lecture Theatre and Histiology Lab with a 3am licence for the biggest night of the festival – if you only go to one party during the Fringe, it has to be the legendary nabokov Arts Club!

Brave New World

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10 June 2012

Soho Theatre

 

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

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

Team 2: Jake Brunger and Kirsty Patrick Ward

Vox Pop : April 2012

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22 April 2012 Soho Theatre

The second instalment of nabokov's Vox Pop challenges four more teams to create an artistic response to a current news story voted by the public in just one week. And the story you've chosen is...

'A national sex strike! Spain's 'high-class hookers' refuse to sleep with bankers until they open up credit lines to cash-strapped families'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120984/Spains-high-class-hookers-ban-sex-bankers-provide-credit-cash-strapped-economy.html

The teams who will be taking up the challenge this time are:

Team 1: Justin Audibert and Katie Bonna Team 2: Dan Herd, Andrew Doyle, Jonny and The Baptists, Rosie Wyatt, Harry McEntire Team 3: Oscar Toeman and Freddy Syborn Team 4: Joshua Roche, Annabel Wigoder and Flabbergast Theatre

You can read full biographies of the artists and follow their progress throughout the week here.

The Nabokov arts club : March 2012

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2 - 3 March 2012 Battersea Arts Centre

 

Following our epic sold out Festival of the Dead, the nabokov Arts Club returns to BAC for another weekend of live arts and late-night mayhem.

An extravaganza of live theatre, music, comedy, dance and visual art wrapped up in a big fat party - the nabokov Arts Club has been featured in The Guardian, Time Out's Hot Picks/Critics' Choice and The Independent's 'Best Nights Out'.

This next instalment of London's best arts party will once again feature the cream of the UK's established and emerging talent from across the spectrum. Exploring the theme of Fables and Fairytales, expect headline theatre pieces from Jack Thorne (The Fades/This is England '88) and a musical subversion of the Cinderella story from composer and Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill (Been So Long/It's About Time).

Other acts include:-

KING PORTER STOMP Live music from across the spectrum is fronted on both nights by this critically acclaimed and festival-worshipped funk, ska, dub and hip-hop outfit. They caused a huge stir last year at Shakespeare's Globe as the house band in The God of Soho, and with their unique blend of massive horns, heavy bass and socially aware lyrics, have quickly established themselves as major players on the UK live circuit.

GAVIN OSBORN A singer-songwriter on top form having recently performed with Daniel Kitson and supported Belle and Sebastian on tour, Gavin will be reworking some of Aesop's Fables into modern folk songs.

FLYING DUTCHMAN THEATRE A fairytale for grown-ups, 'The Fantastical Tale of the Boy on the Run', is a lighthearted comic tale told with a giant pop-up book!

Meanwhile, in hidden dens, enchanted forests and magical ballrooms, discover otherworldly performers including Hugo Maciel; a breathtakingly beautiful performance artist and juggler, Fitzgerald; a music and spoken word collaboration exploring contemporary storytelling, dANTE OR dIE; a promenade dance-theatre collective performing all over the building, and Amanda Wilkin; a lost princess who sings the blues.

PLUS…'Appointment with a Fabulist'; an interactive installation creating your very own Fable by Dumbshow Theatre… rare soul and funk spun by Citizen Kain and Eddie B… dancefloor treats and bass heavy beats from Tomski (Scratch)…participatory musical improvisations from Inconstant… walkabout performers… hot food… and lots more…

There are more acts to be announced, so check back here soon for more details, or follow new developments on the nabokov blog. Advance tickets are available at a discount are now on sale from the BAC website... the last event sold out so you'd better be quick!

The undisputed heavyweight champion of artistic happenings, anywhere, ever, is back.

THE NABOKOV ARTS CLUB: Fable Friday 2 & Saturday 3 March 2012 2011, 9pm - 2am Battersea Arts Centre // Lavender Hill // Battersea // SW11 5TN £15 (earlybird) // £18 (advance) // £20 (on the door) Advance booking online at www.bac.org.uk or on 020 7223 2223.

Money in the Vault | February 2012

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9-10 February 2012 Old Vic Tunnels

Four short plays exploring our past, present and future relationship with money. How did we create it, why has it come to dominate our lives, and where are we headed next? nabokov asks the best of the UK's new writing talent one question: is it really all about the money?

Featuring new work by Jessica Hynes with Bad Physics, James Graham with The Fitzrovia Radio Hour, Brad Birch and Jay Luxembourg.

 

Part of the Vault Festival, produced by The Heritage Arts Company.

Old Vic Tunnels, 9-26 February 2012

The nabokov Arts club : Oct 2011

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28 - 29 October 2011 Battersea Arts Centre

 

The spirits are restless, the souls of the departed are returning; a portal has been found. The dead and the living will unite again for one final, massive party, before ghouls and ghosts, zombies, skeletons and goblins pass through to the next world...

After four years of packed, exhilarating warehouse parties at Village Underground in Shoreditch, The nabokov Arts Club takes over Battersea Arts Centre for a Halloween Weekend Spectacular!

An extravaganza of live theatre, music, cabaret, comedy, poetry and visual art wrapped up in a big fat party, the Arts Club, previously featured in The Guardian and 'Best Nights out 2009' in The Independent, showcases the best new work, first, from the most exciting emerging artists alongside some of the biggest names in the business.

The nabokov Arts Club takes place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2011 at Battersea Arts Centre, 'Britain's most influential theatre' (The Guardian). The night starts at 9pm and rages unabated until 2am, featuring a host of live performances and celebrating the ancient customs of the Festival of the Dead; where the living will celebrate with the souls of the departed, present gifts at the altar of the dead and embrace the supernatural, before one final, joyful farewell…

A stellar theatrical line-up features a unique Arts Club collaboration between nabokov, theatre ensemble t a n g l e d f e e t and award-winning playwright Polly Stenham, presenting a bespoke immersive theatrical event that is part ritual, part wedding, part insane fiesta. Plus a brand new interactive comic theatre experience by Bad Physics, and newcomers The Wind-Up collective, formed from BAC's 'Homegrown' programme, performing their absurdist devised piece 'Box Junction'.

Diverse music performances will culminate in separate headline acts on each night. Friday will see eclectic 6 piece female fronted Reggae, Dub, Soul, Blues and Hip-hop influenced Tin Roots blending genres in a raucous live show, while on Saturday night only festival legends Yes Sir Boss' worldly musical and cultural influences and heavy blend of horn laden hooks, offbeat rhythms and epic riffs will be raising the roof, before an exclusive DJ disco set by William from the Mystery Jets! Support on both nights comes from Anglo-Swedish beatbox-blues combo Hey Moonshaker, bluegrass trio Harriet Darling and the Good Honeys, and stars-in-the-making singer-songwriters Victoria Ward and Amy Lou Black.

Meanwhile, strewn throughout the labyrinthine grandeur of BAC a vast array of insanely talented artists will be performing in every corner, with comedy from Radio 1's Tom Deacon, Up the Creek's One-to-Watch Harriet Kemsley, bitter-sweet horror stories by the fire with Dave Bibby and Greg Wohead, poetry from Isley Lynn and duo Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna, as well as close-up magic, character comedy, individual experiences and unexpected surprises!

PLUS… Pub sing-a-long with the Singing Skeleton… Creepy Creche… Eerie edible treats…and lots more! Additions to the line-up will be announced exclusively on the nabokov blog.

The undisputed heavyweight champion of artistic happenings, anywhere, ever, is back.

THE NABOKOV ARTS CLUB: Festival of the Dead Friday 28 & Saturday 29 October 2011, 9pm - 2am Battersea Arts Centre // Lavender Hill // Battersea // SW11 5TN £15 (advance) // £20 (on the door) Advance booking online at www.bac.org.uk or on 020 7223 2223

Vox Pop : October 2011

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10 October 2011 Soho Theatre

There’s a new challenge in town, and it’s looking right at you!

Vox Pop challenges the UK’s most exciting emerging talent to respond to what the public decide is the most important story on the news agenda.

Here’s how it works:

From Monday 26 September we’ll be asking you to vote online for what you consider to be the hottest topic of the moment.

On Monday 3 October our artists will be presented with your decision.

Then they’ll have just 7 days to create pieces of work in response before they are performed live at the brand new Soho Theatre Downstairs!

Get ready for a night of theatrical innovation in the heart of the capital.

The teams who will be taking up the challenge this time are:

 

TEAM ONE Director- Charlotte Bennett Writer- Gabriel Bisset-Smith Music- Gwilym Gold

Cast: Christian Contreras Sammy Kissin Phillip Langhorne Sam Wilkin

 

TEAM TWO Director – Sam Pritchard Writer – James Graham The Fitrovia Radio Hour

Cast: Phoebe Waller Bridge Michael Shelford Jon Edgley Bond Dan Starkey

 

TEAM THREE Director – Jack Lowe Writer – Evan Placey Sound – Jo Walker Video/Lighting – Megan Murphy

Cast: Reuben Johnson Katie McGuinness Ony Uhiara Russell Woodhead

 

TEAM FOUR Director – Joe Murphy Writer – Ella Hickson Projection – Greg Wohead

Cast: Rosie Wyatt

Present : Tense Watford

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19 June 2011 Watford Palace Theatre

 

The toughest creative challenge is back - this time in a new town! We're glad to be presenting our flagship event in association with our friends at Watford Palace Theatre.

Update: Despite the rain, our artists all gathered this afternoon at Watford Palace to decide what story they would be responding to this week. Adding up the votes, the story was a clear winner and we are incredibly excited to announce that the article chosen for this week's Present : Tense is a comment by Laurie Penny:

LAURIE PENNY: "Jobless young people: good for a laugh, eh" | read article

Who you saw...

HIRED by Adam Taylor Director Beckie Mills Composer / Sound Designer Edward Lewis Brian Edmund Wiseman | Amy Sarah Hoare | Danny Flash Anthony Delaney | Lambrini / Lucy Amelia Clay | Rachel / Jenny Esther Shelmerdine | Joe / Richard Mark Conway | Git Shot Philip Scott-Wallace

MAY CONTAIN NUTS by Joel Horwood Director Joe Murphy Cast Ed Franklin | Hannah James | Gabby Best | Cian Barry | Alex Vlahos | Jessica Dickens | Sarah-Jane Scott Piece presented with thanks to DryWrite

* INTERVAL *

PRODUCT PLACEMENT by Kenneth Emson Director Stef O'Driscoll Helen Leah Brotherhead | Daniel David Mumeni | Rupert Nico Lennon | Taylor Jane Slavin

HA HA by Mahlon Prince Director Kirsty Patrick-Ward Sound Edward Lewis Performed by Mahlon Prince

Stage Manager Martha Mamo.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Rd, WD17 1JZ. (Closest Tube: Watford Jct) Sunday 19 June - 8pm - £10 // Tickets: 01923 225671 or click here to Book Online

Present : Tense Sixteen

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10 April 2011 Southwark Playhouse

 

The toughest creative challenge in town is back

Some of the UK’s most exciting talent have just one week to respond to the most important news story of the moment.

Here's the story chosen to form the basis for Present : Tense Sixteen:

'A PERFECT BODY? WOMEN WOULD SWAP A YEAR OF LIFE'

 

The line-up:

Zoe Cooper - Writer

Zoe took the MPhil in Playwrighting at the University of Birmingham and was on the Royal Court Young Writers Programme. She was shortlisted for the Rod Hall Memorial Award. She worked as literary officer at Hampstead Theatre and now works as a freelance dramaturg and playwright. She is currently under commission to Live Theatre in Newcastle for her new full length play. Other credits as a playwright include Silent Night for PLAYlist(theatre503), Learning How To Swim (reading for ATC/Root Theatre) and Lark Ascending (theatre503 and Live Theatre).

Marcelo Dos Santos - Writer

Marcelo studied at Bristol University. He is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writer's Invitation Programme and is a member of the Soho Theatre Writers' Hub.

CREDITS INCLUDE: Cracking (New Wimbledon Theatre Studio); Lovers Walk (co-writer, Southwark Playhouse); Wrecked (Ignition Festival at Tristan Bates Theatre); Moshing Lying Down (Shunt/tour); True Love Waits (co-writer, Latitude/Theatre 503).

He has also had short plays produced at Soho Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Arcola Theatre and Theatre 503.

He is currently under commission to Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse to develop a site-responsive piece for the Liverpool Everyword Festival with his company, high hearted theatre, which he co-founded in 2009.

Natasha Nixon - Director

Natasha studied at Glasgow University. She has trained with The Young Vic and StoneCrab’s Theatre of which she is now an Associate Director.

Assistant Director credits include: The Third Wish (Old Vic 24 Hour Celebrity Plays), Les Parents Terribles (Donmar Warehouse Trafalgar Season), Cock (Royal Court), Vanya (Gate Theatre) and Pictures From an Exhibition (Young Vic/ Sadlers Wells).

Directing credits include: Ignition Festival (Tristan Bates), Lyric Lounge (Lyric Hammersmith), The Aim of the Game (Old Vic 24 Hour Plays) and staged readings at Soho Theatre, The Albany and The New Diorama.

She is currently working on a piece of new writing to be performed at the Pleasance Theatre in the Edinburgh Festival.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Writer

Phoebe is Co-Artistic Director of new writing theatre company DryWrite, currently resident at the Bush Theatre. This is the first time she is writing outside of the company. She has been accepted onto the Royal Court Young Writers Course and will be beginning in May

 

The nabokov Arts Club : November 2010

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26 November 2010 Village Underground

 

That's right, dear people of outstanding taste and wisdom, The nabokov Arts Club is back to blow your creative minds with more artistic delights and late-night folly. Be aware that this time we'll be rocking Village Underground on a Friday night rather than a Saturday, so save the date - Friday 26th November - and start getting extremely excited.

As always we'll be bringing you a line-up of heart-stopping variety and brilliance, a venue to knock your socks off and a crowd you'll want to take home with you, so waste no time in booking your tickets here. Tickets are available online until 2pm Friday, and then there will be tickets available on the door if you hurry!

Here's the line-up:-

CHRIS HICKS Aisle 16’s Chris Hicks will be stepping up once again as compere – delivering his witty and erudite performance poetry along the way.

BRIGITTE APHRODITE and the VOB’s Fresh from their tour with Kate Nash, Brigitte Aphrodite and the VOB’s will be bringing their unique and addictive blend of poetical punk pop.

DRYWRITE presents DRYFIGHT Place your bets and watch the action as acclaimed company DryWrite present their hilarious and exhilarating concept show - DryFight.

LAZY HABITS Having literally stolen the show at the recent Mos Def UK tour, festival favourites Lazy Habits come to the Arts Club for the first time with their high-octane mix of jump-up beats, glorious bass lines, turntable embellishments and supreme horns accompanied by tight and intelligent lyrics from two MCs. Have a listen here.

MR FISH Our house DJ Mr Fish returns once again to provide eclectic beats into the small hours.

We’ve already announced the bulk of our line-up, but here are a few extra treats to whet your appetite:

GARETH RICHARDS Gareth Richards’ engaging observational comedy and inspired one-liners have made him an instant favourite on the comedy circuit. He can be heard every Saturday morning from 8am on Frank Skinner’s silver Sony award winning Absolute Radio Show. Gareth’s debut Edinburgh show “Gareth Richards: Stand Up Between Songs” was nominated for Best Newcomer in the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2010.

HOME AND GARDEN: A BRAND NEW INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION Step into the nabokov house and make yourself at home while listening to and sharing stories with StoryStation. Alternatively relax in the charming garden. There’s no place like home...

MAKE YOUR OWN SILENT MOVIE BOOTH We know you love to come and watch fantastic live performances at the Arts Club, and now we’re giving you a chance to get in on the action. Get dressed up, find some silly props and start improvising as we invite you to star in your very own silent movie!

The first 150 people to buy tickets will get 2 for 1 drinks before 9pm, so get yours sharpish.

We can't wait, see you there.

nabokov. x

The nabokov Arts Club Friday 26 November 2010, 8pm - 2am Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ Over 18s only // Last entry 12am

Friday 26 November 2010, 8pm - 2am (last entry 12am Midnight)

Village Underground, London map to venue | Online Booking CLOSED - Tickets still available on the door!

Latitude 2010

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July 2010 Latitude

 

Our fifth year at Latitude Festival in Suffolk, and a brand new show from two of our best friends - a musical no less:-

It's About Time Written by Joel Horwood with music by Arthur Darvill Directed by Michael Longhurst

Bash is certain that Tony, his best friend, isn't ready to get married. This is the last weekend before the wedding and what better way to convince Tony to not grow up than by reforming the old school band? Yeah, maybe they weren't any good but who says that's still true ten years later? Maybe musicians are like cheese.

After the Latitude smash of Is Everyone OK?, Joel Horwood (I Caught Crabs In Walberswick) and Arthur Darvill (Been So Long), have teamed up with Michael Longhurst (Stovepipe) to create a new gig collision of musical theatre and stand-up tragedy. Part gig, part play, It's About Time is nabokov's answer to the musical. Get ready to rock out Latitude!

If you're going to be at the Festival we'd love to see you - we'll be in the Theatre Arena and performing on Thursday and Friday. Then we'll probably be watching everyone else's stuff there as well, so say hello if you see us!

Present : Tense / Fifteen

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20 June 2010 Southwark Playhouse

 

The toughest creative challenge in town is back at Southwark Playhouse on Sunday 20 June.  nabokov are kicking off the Summer of 2010 with a sizzling night of collaborative theatre!

You know the drill - Present : Tense challenges the UK's top artistic talent to tackle the hottest topic of the moment in just seven days.  The line up is taking shape and here are the roasting hot writers on the bill so far:

** The fantastic, Olivier Award nominated writer Ben Ockrent

** Graduate of The Royal Court's Young Writer's Programme, Invitation Group and Supergroup - the thrilling Karis Halsall

** Marcelo Dos Santos - innovative writer of the superb Moshing Lying Down trilogy comes to rock Present : Tense

** Hot property young writer Titas Halder (Feeding Me - Paines Plough Later) has fearlessly picked up the gauntlet

 

The groups meet Sunday 13 June 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.

Present : Tense / Roundhouse

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18 April 2010 Roundhouse

 

The toughest creative challenge in town is back at the legendary Camden Roundhouse on Sunday 18 April. As part of the "Do you feel counted?" season, come and join us for a night of brilliant theatre from London's top young artistic talent!

This unique Present : Tense challenges the 16-25 year-old cross-disciplinary artists attached to the Roundhouse to tackle the hottest topic of the moment in just seven days. We've laid down the gauntlet and these fantastic emerging artists have picked it right back up!

The groups meet this Sunday 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.

The line up will be announced next week on the Present : Tense blog. On it you can also follow the artists' progress and post comments throughout the week.

Sunday 18 April 2010 // 7.00pm The Camden Roundhouse // Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH (Tube: Chalk Farm) Tickets: £2.00

The nabokov Arts Club : March 2010

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20 March 2010 Village Underground

 

Ladies and gentleman the high-octane artistic event of the season returns on SATURDAY 20 MARCH.

The nabokov Arts Club is back and better than ever before! Join us for a night of mayhem and live art including theatre, music, poetry and lots more in a vast Victorian warehouse in the heart of Shoreditch.

On the menu are astounding new plays, side-splitting comedy, high voltage poetics, tune-pumping new bands, visual theatre and superstar DJs all wrapped up in the funkiest atmosphere in town! Add into the mix plenty of booze, food and general mayhem, stir until 2am, and you have yourself the undisputed heavyweight champion of artistic happenings anywhere, ever!

The mouth watering line up is on the nabokov blog - you'll have to see it to believe it.

Online Booking has closed. But, there will be some tickets remaining on the door, and they'll be £20. Get there early to avoid disappointment, we'd hate you to miss out.

It is going to be a mind-blowing extravaganza of live art!

The nabokov Arts Club Saturday 20 March 2010, 8pm - 2am Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ Over 18s only // Last entry 12am

In The Face Of | 2010

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7 March 2010 Hoxton Hall

 

Sherri Kronfeld in association with nabokov presents…

IN THE FACE OF

Three New York Writers Three London premieres One live band

One night only

Extreme, funny and dark examples of how we humans survive in the face of adversity from three of the hottest 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.

Present : Tense / Mayhem

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28 February 2010 Royal Festival Hall

 

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

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 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.

Spirit Level Foyer, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre (Tube: Waterloo) Sunday 28 February - 7:30pm

Present : Tense / Fourteen

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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:

SCIENTISTS READ THE MINDS OF THE LIVING DEAD - Brain scanner enables man presumed to be in vegetative state to communicate with outside world | read article

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 www.nabokov-online.com/ptblog

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

Present : Tense / Thirteen

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22 November 2009

Southwark Playhouse

 

The toughest creative challenge in town is back at Southwark Playhouse on Sunday 22 November 2009.

Present : Tense challenges the UK's top artistic talent to tackle the hottest topic of the moment in just seven days, in collaboration with other artists from different disciplines.

Here's who's taking up the gauntlet this time:

DRYWRITE One of the most inovative and exciting companies around

BOX OF TRICKS Top notch new writing company whose current production Letting In Air is playing at The Old Red Lion (***** Whatsonstage)

PAUL JELLIS Actor, producer, and all round creative whizz kid

SARAH SOLEMANI Playwright, actor, comedienne and regular contributor to The New Statesman

All four will be working with a group of collaborators from different disciplines to create completely unique and thrillingly immediate work in response to the topic.

The groups meet on Sunday 15 November 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 over on the present : tense blog where the artists will be posting daily updates.

Amplified | Daring Pairings Festival 2009

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2 November 2009 Hampstead Theatre - Daring Pairings Festival

 

A band playing a concept album. Some poets spitting rhymes. A story about birth, death and everything in between. nabokov mixes an acclaimed playwright with musicians and poets to create a multi-genre theatrical mash-up.

We’ve been invited by Hampstead Theatre to create two brand new pieces of work for their Daring Pairings Festival, which we’re performing on Monday 2nd November at 9:30pm.

Hampstead challenged us to pair a playwright with artists from other disciplines, and we’ve got some awesome head-to-heads for you. Our writer-in-residence Joel Horwood is penning two scripts, one in collaboration with composer Arthur Darvill (Been So Long), and another with Kate Tempest, Dockers MC and [verb]swish – three of the best spoken word artists around.

We’re calling the night Amplified. It’s going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen.

nabokov presents AMPLIFIED Written by Joel Horwood with Arthur Darvill, Kate Tempest, Dockers MC and [verb]swish Starring Lousie Calf, Lachlan Chapman, Richard Corgan, Pieter Lawman, Daniel Rigby & Beverly Rudd