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The Shed at the National Theatre (photo Phillip Vile)

The Shed at the National Theatre

Home returns to National Theatre’s Shed

Published 2 January 2014

Nadia Fall’s hit drama Home, which sold out the National Theatre’s Shed in August 2013, is to return for a second run at the temporary venue in March.

The tale of youth homelessness plays alongside one-woman dramas Chewing Gum Dreams and riverrun in the theatre’s spring season, which was announced today.

Created by director Fall using testimonials alongside both new and existing music, Home, which plays from 26 March to 30 April, explores what it means to call somewhere home and gives voice to the often unheard staff and residents of an inner city high rise hostel.

One of Home’s original cast members, Michaela Coel, who will soon be appearing in Blurred Lines at The Shed, performs her own play Chewing Gum Dreams from 17 March to 5 April.

Directed again by Fall, the play, which won the 2012 Alfred Fagon Award for the best new play by writers of Caribbean and African descent in the UK, looks back at the moments when one stands on the precipice of adulthood but sits with mates chatting about music, school, raves, teachers, sex and friendship.

By contrast to the reality of Home and Chewing Gum Dreams, riverrun (11 to 22 March) sees Irish theatremaker Olwen Fouéré play the voice of the river from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. The play, which was adapted and co-directed by Fouéré, received its world premiere at the 2013 Galway Arts Festival. A force of constant renewal, the river Life generates a powerful transformative energy as she dissolves into the great ocean of time.

The trio of newly announced shows go on sale on 10 January. They follow the current runs of children’s show The Elephantom and one-man play Protest Song, which run until 11 January, and Nick Payne and Carrie Cracknell’s “blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics” Blurred Lines (16 January to 22 February).

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