Theatre Cafe Woolwich

Following successful industry events in York, Oslo, and Berlin, we’re joining forces with the University of Greenwich and Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre to create a special two-day festival across two venues in Woolwich.

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Four texts are now confirmed. Further announcements are expected very soon!

Megan’s Story by Tuomas Timonen (Finland): Winner of the 2010 Lea Award for the best Finnish play of the year, Timonen’s play follows 13 year-old Megan, subjected to online bullying and then ultimately committing suicide.

Stuttgart/Tehran by Reihanah Youzbashi Dizaji (Germany): Sami arrives in Stuttgart as a child, her family having fled persecution in Iran. Unhappy in this strange new land, Sami dreams of Tehran. As she becomes a teenager, she realises she has no ‘home’, only a place to live.

Obsession by Arnost Goldflam (Czech Republic): Standa is thirteen, obsessed with escape and endurance. In the past his mother hid from the Nazis in a wardrobe, and now Standa prepares for an all-day-long catastrophe.

Jump Out of Skin by Zuza Ferenczova (Slovakia): Almost fourteen and pregnant – what can she do? No one can provide the answers she’s looking for, so she decides to feel the touch of death and see what happens…Jump Out of Skin was developed as part of the European Project Platform 11+, an EU-funded artistic network which new work for and with young people aged between 11 and 15.

Against Progress by Esteve Soler (Spain): Described as “seven candies filled with sulphuric acid”, Against Progress consists of seven surreal scenes reflecting the monstrosities and sinister contradictions of the contemporary world. Winner of the Godot Prize 2013.

Still Life in a Ditch by Fausto Paravidino (Italy): The body of a girl is found in a ditch. Who is she and who murdered her? Constructed entirely of monologues, this gripping thriller builds on classic noir to become a wider critique of contemporary Italian society.

Schedule – Friday 8th May 

The Tramshed
9.00:      Registration and Breakfast
9.30:      Welcome to Theatre Café Woolwich
9.45:      Megan’s Story
11.40:    Stuttgart/Tehran

Bathway Theatre
13.30:    Lunch
14.30:    Jump out of Skin and Obsession

The Tramshed
17.30:    Creative responses from young people
19.00     Dinner and drinks

Schedule – Saturday 9th May

Bathway Theatre
9.30:      Arrival and breakfast
10.00:    Against Progress
11.30:    Still Life in a Ditch
13.05:    Closing Speeches

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Do you consider yourself an emerging artist? Want to attend Theatre Cafe Woolwich for a discount rate?
To be considered for an emerging artists discount (£20 before the 8th April and £25 after) simply email us at with your CV and a short paragraph about how attending the festival will help you develop your practice. Successful applicants will receive a special booking code to unlock the cheaper rate!

Following the Woolwich festival, we’re heading to Amsterdam where De Toneelmakerij will host another industry festival, and then we return to GRIPS Theater in Berlin, where young people from Woolwich will be taking part in the Theatre Café International Youth Encounter.

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