2015/16 NDT Season Announced

Friday, 17 July, 2015

As we celebrate our fifth birthday, we are thrilled to announce our 2015/16 Season. Featuring some of the most exceptional emerging theatre companies from across the UK. 

Selected World Premieres

Fresh from directing Complicite's international hit Lion Boy, James Yeatman's own company Kandinsky premiere Dog Show this September. Inspired by the true story of the Hong Kong dog serial killer, Dog Show sees the performers taking on both owners and pets in this highly physical production.

NDT Associate Ensemble Spare Tyre premiere a brand new installation experience, The Garden. Designed especially for people with dementia and their carers, but open to anyone who wants to find out more about the arts can improve the lives of those affected by dementia, this revolutionary new project is being brought to a public venue for the first time.

Returning to New Diorama in 2016 are internationally renowned and internationally acclaimed NDT Associate Ensemble Idle Motion, with their brand new show, The State We're In. Inspired by true events, the company explore the story Frestonia and the residents who declared themselves, and several Notting Hill streets, independent from Great Britain, against the backdrop of political strife in 1977.

Returning Companies and Productions

The Season sees the return of our own radical stage adaptation of Orwell’s Down & Out in Paris and London, in co-production with Greenwich and Pleasance Theatres from a run at the Edinburgh Festivals. Written and directed by New Diorama’s Artistic & Executive Director David Byrne, this adaptation, the first in 35 years, combines Orwell’s autobiographical tale with Polly Toynbee’s 2003 book Hard Work, which saw her experience the lives of London’s working poor first hand.

NDT Associate Ensemble The Faction return in early 2016 with an ensemble of 21 actors in an ambitious and electrifying Richard III, which will perform alongside a revival of The Faction's hugely popular solo epics under the banner of Reptember Reloaded.

After their sell-out season, Engineer Theatre Collective also return with Run, a show inspired by the story of the Meryl Lynch intern who died after allegedly working 72 hours straight.

New National Partnerships

Continuing our partnerships with theatres across the UK, our new season continues our strong ties with venues such as The Lowry and Bristol's Tobacco Factory Theatres, as well as regional producing outfits, such as Dep Arts.

Alongside these longstanding partnerships, we are thrilled to be working with Hull Truck and Newbury's Watermill Theatre for the first time, supporting their exciting emerging companies and bring these shows to London audiences.

Watermill Theatre Associates Rhum and Clay transfer their noir comedy, Hardboiled: The Fall of Sam Shadow, to New Diorama. Hardboiled is a co-production between Rhum and Clay Theatre Company and The Watermill Theatre, and is a collaboration with director Beth Flintoff.

Hull-based company, Silent Uproar, present the London premiere of police inspired Pig. From writer Alex Oates, this dark new comedy, supported by Hull Truck and Hull City of Culture 2017, combines live music to explore the world either side of the thin blue line.


Groundbreaking theatre company RIFT are reimagining their sell-out Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival after a sell out run last year which saw hundreds of audience members a night take the streets which performances in the pubs, streets and houses of Hoxton.

After a barn-storming year in 2015, New Diorama and A Younger Theatre's INCOMING Festival will return in 2016, with ten days of the best emerging theatre companies coming from all over the UK to perform at New Diorama. Working with the Peter Brook Awards, we'll be announcing the 2015 Peter Brook Festival Award shortlist shortly: a prize awarded to the company who present the best show at INCOMING Festival.

Last But Not Least...

Working with STAGETEXT, Arts Council England and the Backstage Trust, New Diorama is delighted to announce that there will be captioned access performances throughout our entire new season. New Diorama are the only small unfunded theatre in the UK offering regular access performances to open up our shows for the benefit of those deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or for whom English is not a first language. With access performances now selling out across our season, we're overjoyed we're able to continuing making the work of our exceptional emerging theatre companies accessible for all.

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