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Jessie Anand and Theatre503 present

Bungalow

Written by Ruth D'Silva
Directed by Beth Kapila
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I am Bungalow. A brick construct in my sixties, I was born with the stain of original sin on my soul. Oh, the things I have seen. Spend some time within my walls. Welcome home.

Agatha returns to her childhood bungalow to care for her vulnerable mother and for the first time in her life has her all to herself – the perfect opportunity to have that chat where all the unsaid things are finally said. However, little does Agatha know that Bungalow, groaning under the weight of the secrets it has witnessed, has a mind of its own.

Bungalow is the first full-length play from emerging Anglo-Indian writer Ruth D’Silva, and was shortlisted in 2023 for the RSC’s 37 Plays Folio. Exploring the duty of care and the burden of shame in a contemporary Anglo-Indian family, Bungalow is a vital new work about one woman’s attempt to take control of her own story.
This production will be directed by Beth Kapila, who is currently a Regional Associate at Tamasha and started developing Bungalow in her previous role as Artistic Associate at Tara Theatre. Other credits include Our Streets at Tara Theatre and When the Sea Swallows Us Whole at VAULT Festival. Bungalow is presented by Jessie Anand Productions, whose recent work includes This Might Not Be It (Bush Theatre) and Orlando (59E59, New York).

Running time: 120 minutes (including a 15 minute interval)

Age guidance: 16+

Content Warnings: This show contains themes that some audience members may find distressing. If this sounds like it could apply to you, you can view the content information by clicking the hyperlink.

 

TAILORED PERFORMANCES: 
 

10 September 7.30pm WRITERS NIGHT: A chance for writers to enjoy a discounted ticket and meet our literary department and the writer of the show. Attendees to Writers Night are invited to submit for our Rapid Write Response initiative. To unlock a £8 ticket, email boxoffice@theatre503.com to be digitally tagged as a writer. If you have previously been tagged as a writer, your ticket will automatically adjust to £8 on the final page of booking – you do not need a Promo Code. On Writers Night, there will be a Q&A with the literary department and writer of the show between 6:50pm-7:20pm. If you are unable to attend our Writers Night, the £8 Writers tickets will also be available up until Saturday 14th September.

18 September 7:30pm & 21 September 2:30pm PAY WHAT YOU CHOOSE: These are our two Pay What You Choose performances, where tickets start from £6. Please note, unlike previous seasons, the final Saturday of the run is no longer a Pay What You Choose performance.

25 September 12pm PARENT & BABY:  Provided as an opportunity for parents and/or guardians to enjoy a spot of theatre without the need to hire a babysitter. Please note, we do not exclude other audience members from booking to see this performance.

Ruth D'Silva

Ruth is an Anglo-Indian writer living in Anerley in South London. One of five children brought up on a nurse's salary, Ruth wasn't meant to go into acting but did. She witnessed first-hand through playing sex workers, illegal immigrants and terrorists how the industry is wired to the middle class white voice and how people (including herself) are drawn to that voice. Figuring out how to put her own story at the centre of the drama - and make it just as appealing and relatable as the white middle class story - has been a joy. Ruth explores in her writing why people love in the places that don't love them back and also looks at how wider political movements and societal expectations affect our domestic lives, our sexual preferences and the way we relate to people. Ruth has been part of the Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting group, Soho Theatre's Labs Playwriting group and The School of High Tide. She has received a seed commission from Tara Theatre and is also a recipient of this year's MGCFutures bursary. BUNGALOW was shortlisted for the RSC's 37 Plays Folio. BUNGALOW also had an R&D at Tara Theatre and Ruth is delighted that it's programmed at Theatre503 in 2024.

Dates

Tuesday 10 September Tue 10 Sep 19:30 Book Now
Wednesday 11 September Wed 11 Sep 19:30 Book Now
Thursday 12 September Thu 12 Sep 19:30 Book Now
Friday 13 September Fri 13 Sep 19:30 Book Now
Saturday 14 September Sat 14 Sep 19:30 Book Now
Monday 16 September Mon 16 Sep 19:30 Book Now
Tuesday 17 September Tue 17 Sep 19:30 Sold Out
Wednesday 18 September Wed 18 Sep 19:30 Book Now
Thursday 19 September Thu 19 Sep 19:30 Book Now
Friday 20 September Fri 20 Sep 19:30 Book Now
Saturday 21 September Sat 21 Sep 14:30 Book Now
Saturday 21 September Sat 21 Sep 19:30 Book Now
Tuesday 24 September Tue 24 Sep 19:30 Book Now
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Wednesday 25 September Wed 25 Sep 19:30 Book Now
Thursday 26 September Thu 26 Sep 19:30 Book Now
Friday 27 September Fri 27 Sep 19:30 Book Now
Saturday 28 September Sat 28 Sep 14:30 Book Now
Saturday 28 September Sat 28 Sep 19:30 Book Now
Artistic Team
Writer
Ruth D'Silva
Director
Beth Kapila
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