Orange Tree Theatre
Created as Production and Marketing Assistant
October - November 2019
Little Baby Jesus by Arinzé Kene
Okay listen up, you have seventy-five years to be all you can be!
Joanne is dipped in rudeness, rolled in attitude and is fighting to keep her life afloat. Sensitive and mature he may be, yet Kehinde struggles with an obsession for mixed race girls as he eyes his place on the social ladder. Rugrat, classclown and playground loudmouth, just wants to make it past GCSEs and keep their name on the tip of your tongue.
As their lives collide and intertwine, three extraordinary young people relay the moments they ‘grew up’. Three remarkable stories. Three incredible journeys.
Arinzé Kene is a writer and performer whose most recent one man play, Misty, ran at the Bush Theatre and Trafalgar Studios to widespread critical acclaim including two Olivier nominations for Best New Play and Best Actor.
Directed by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, winner of the JMK Award 2019.
James Menzies-Kitchin was a theatre director of thrilling promise. The JMK Trust was founded in his memory to give practical learning opportunities to theatre directors of similar ability and vision. The JMK Award allows one such director a year to stage their own production of a classic text. www.jmktrust.org
Can't Wait for Christmas
Created by Imogen Bond and Tarek Merchant
Festive fun for everyone aged 3–10 and their families!
Jessie’s dad has got her a lovely little present. It’s all wrapped up, and tied with a beautiful bow. She can’t wait to open it, but she isn’t allowed to until Christmas day.
Jessie shakes it and sniffs it and tries to sneak a peek, but Dad puts it just out of her reach and keeps a close eye on it. To keep her amused, he has laid a secret advent trail for her to follow. Jessie discovers a fun-filled journey filled with magical surprises that capture her imagination.
With gorgeous original live music, some gentle audience participation, and maybe a Brussel sprout or two, this charming Christmas treat returns following popular demand.
January - February 2020
The Sugar Syndrome by Lucy Prebble
I like the internet. I like that way of talking to people. It’s honest. It’s a place where people are free to say anything they like. And most of what they say is about sex.
Dani is 17. She’s looking to meet someone honest and direct. What she finds is a man twice her age who thinks she’s an 11-year-old boy.
The first major revival of Lucy Prebble’s debut play: a devastatingly and disturbingly funny exploration of an unlikely friendship, our desire to connect, and the limits of empathy. Her work includes A Very Expensive Poison, The Effect and ENRON on stage and the BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning Succession on screen.
Oscar Toeman, runner up, JMK award 2019, directs. His previous work includes Actually (Trafalgar Studios) and After October (Finborough Theatre).
April - June 2020
OT On Screen - Under The Orange Tree: Dame Judi Dench
Packed full of entertaining, funny and touching stories from Dame Judi’s incredible career, you can experience the unique intimacy of the Orange Tree, recreating a very special event in the comfort of their own home. Exclusive archive footage of the first Under the Orange Tree series, raising funds for the award-winning Orange Tree Theatre, a registered charity and powerhouse of independent theatre. Made available to support the OT through closure during the Covid-19 crisis.
All funds raised from this recording will help keep this award-winning theatre alive. A celebration of British theatre’s history and its especially collaborative nature, Under the Orange Tree discussions offer an unrivalled opportunity to see great artists talk up-close in the Orange Tree’s unique in the round space, in conversation with OT Ambassador Gyles Brandreth.