Full details for our Spring Mischief Festival, with two new plays, talks and events and the chance to see research and development in progress.

The festival runs from 24 May to 17 June and will include:

  • Two new plays, The Earthworks by Tom Morton-Smith and Myth by Matt Hartley and Kirsty Housley, from an original idea by Kirsty Housley
  • The chance to see two Research & Development Works in progress: Busking It and #WeAreArrested
  • Two conversations giving a deeper investigation into our festival themes: Our Climate Crisis and Power Play
  • Post show and writer and director talks

The R&D work in progress are a chance to see inside the creative engine room of The Other Place where we explore new ideas and exciting theatrical opportunities.

People going into the main entrance to The Other Place, which is festooned with bunting
The Spring and Autumn Mischief Festivals will be held at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon.
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Busking It (2 June) shares a busker's experiences from nearly 10 years singing on the London tube. This one-woman show features original live music, poetry, spoken word, and an eclectic mix of the people you meet on the London Underground. Written and performed by Danusia Samal (RSC Winter 2016 Swan Season).

#WeAreArrested (16 June) is written by journalist Can Dündar and is his enthralling account of his arrest and subsequent exile from Turkey following his newspaper’s decision to publish photographic evidence of covert arms dealing to Islamic fundamentalists in Syria. Can Dündar is one of the best-known figures in Turkish media. Together with Erdem Gül, he was awarded the 2016 Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media, by the Leipzig Media Foundation.


  • Bright Smoke – Guest poets perform their own poetry on the theme of climate change in this new monthly spoken word event. Friday 19 May, 7.30pm (free)
  • Writer and Director Talk – The teams behind Myth and The Earthworks discuss the shows Friday 26 May, 5.15pm, tickets £5
  • Play On: Late Night Music – Local musicians perform in Susie’s Bar at The Other Place. Thursday 1 June, 10pm, free
  • Post Show Talk – Join the acting company as they discuss The Earthworks and Myth. Monday 5 June, free.
  • A Conversation: Our Climate Crisis – Why are we not acting on our understanding of the climate crisis? Kirsty Housley and Matt Hartley join our Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman and leading thinkers and campaigners for a conversation about our biggest global challenge. Saturday 10 June, 11.30am, tickets £5
  • A Conversation: Power Play – Saturday 10 June, 4.30pm, Swan Theatre
    Erica Whyman chairs a conversation with Tom Morton-Smith alongside Blanche McIntyre (Director of Titus Andronicus) about the power dynamics in our shows, from the epic political clashes of Shakespeare’s Roman plays to the domestic situations explored in Myth and The Earthworks.
    Tickets £5
  • BSL interpreted Post Show Talk – Join the company as they discuss The Earthworks and Myth. Tuesday 13 June, free.
  • Bright Smoke – Our new monthly spoken word event continues with a late night special, with guest poets ‘speaking the truth’. Friday 16 June, 9.45pm, free.


We can also announce the show for our Autumn Mischief Festival, Kingdom Come: I thought to have been silent. But this is a time of war, created by Gemma Brockis and Wendy Hubbard. The festival will run from 7-30 September 2017, with booking opening in May 2017. 

Kingdom Come, devised by a company led by Gemma Brockis and Wendy Hubbard, designer Charlotte Espiner and sound artist Melanie Wilson, is set at the bitter end of one political order and in the struggle towards something new. The year is 1640. Parliament is rebellious. There are mobs on London’s streets.  England, Ireland and Scotland are on the brink of a devastating civil war. In Whitehall, supported by the newest theatrical machinery, King Charles I is playing a god. As the world turns upside down women preach, poor men lead, and radical ideas illuminate the carnage. But the puritan state starts to tighten its grip, and making theatre could soon be a capital offence.

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