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Arcola Theatre - Summer/Autumn 2017 (Studio 2)

Season preview

AS WELL as three productions in Studio 1, Arcola Theatre has four productions lined up for Studio 2.

Angel, written by Henry Naylor, runs from September 11 to October 7.

Syria, 2014. In the town of Kobane, there’s a siege as fierce as Stalingrad. ISIS, having steam-rollered through Iraq, are expecting to take the town easily. But the citizens have found a heroine: a crackshot sniper with 100 kills to her name. And she appears indestructible. She’s the legendary Angel of Kobane.

Inspired by an extraordinary true story, Angel is the critically-acclaimed new drama from playwright Henry Naylor. Following a sold-out run in Edinburgh, where it won a prestigious Fringe First award, it premieres in London for four weeks only.

Michael Cabot (Marat Sade, Pera Palas) returns to Arcola to direct Avital Lvova in the title role.

Formerly a head writer of Spitting Image, Henry Naylor has written for some of the most famous names on television, including Alistair McGowan, Lenny Henry and Rory Bremner. Following The Collector and Echoes, Angel is the third of his ‘Arabian Nightmares’ to transfer to Arcola.

All The Little Lights, written by Jane Upton and directed by Laura Ford, runs from October 10 to November 4.

I know you want what everyone else wants. A family. A home. But you’ll never have it. Cos of what’s inside you.

Joanne and Lisa were like sisters. Then Lisa got away. Now she’s back, but the ghosts from their past still haunt her. Amy just wants to belong.

Three forgotten girls spend one last night by the railway lines, eager to recover what they’ve lost. Deeply moving and darkly funny, All The Little Lights is their story: a tale about people who slip through the cracks, and who end up fighting for survival.

Jane Upton won the 2016 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright for All The Little Lights. Now, following an acclaimed UK tour, it receives its London premiere at Arcola.

Presented by Fifth Word and Nottingham Playhouse, All The Little Lights is performed by Esther-Grace Button, Sarah Hoare and Tessie Orange-Turner, has set and costume design by Max Dorey, lighting design by Alexandra Stafford and sound design by Max Pappenheim.

#Hashtag Lightie by Lynette Linton runs from November 14 to December 2.

Ella is popular, addicted to social media, Queen of the Selfie, and mixed race. Her thriving YouTube channel has make up tips, opinions, and videos of her boisterous family. But after one of her videos goes viral, Ella finds herself at the centre of a social media storm that leads to a family meltdown. With her identity and perception of beauty challenged, can Ella promote self-love without fueling hate?

Writer Lynette Linton (Former Associate Director, Gate Theatre) and director Rikki Beadle-Blair (Team Angelica, Theatre Royal Stratford East) return with their heart-warming and hilarious exploration of what it means to be mixed race in Britain today.

The cast includes Adele James, Devon Anderson, Sophia Leonie, Grace Cookey-Gam, Jamie Richards and John Omole.

There will be a question and answer session after each performance; a chance to chat to the cast and creative team.

Hanna, written by Sam Potter, directed by George Turvey and presented by Papatango Theatre Company, runs from January 3 to January 20, 2018.

The only words are to do with adoption. But that’s not what happened to us. What happened to us was something quite different.

Being a young mum is supposed to be hard – but for Hanna, the only thing she’s ever been brilliant at is raising her beloved daughter Ellie. Until a DNA test reveals staggering news. Ellie is not Hanna’s child. And now her ‘real’ parents want to meet.

How can an ancient mix-up in an overstretched maternity ward be explained to a three-year-old? Is Hanna supposed to let these strangers into her daughter’s life? Forced to question what being a parent really means, Hanna makes a drastic decision that will change all their lives.

This funny, heartfelt and compelling world premiere from Offie-nominated playwright Sam Potter asks what family means in a modern society, delicately weaving in questions of racial identity, economic privilege, and the lottery of birth.

It is presented by the team behind 2016’s hit After Independence, winner of the Alfred Fagon Audience Award and recently adapted for BBC Radio 4.

Tickets (for all four productions): £14 – £17 (previews £12). Public booking opens Thursday, July 6 at 12.30pm. To book, visit

Times: Monday to Saturday at 8pm; Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.