In 2014, fresh from touring our show Static across the UK, we were keen to bring something of the energy and excitement we’d seen in the theatre communities across the country back to Plymouth. And so Outpost was born.
Working with our friends at the Barbican Theatre and Urban Splash, we took over a space in Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard to present a three week season of theatre including three critically-acclaimed touring shows, two world premieres commissioned especially for Outpost and a new show by New Model Theatre, Parliament Town.
Homeward Bound by Ruth Mitchell
Tuesday 7th – Wednesday 8th October
Homeward Bound is a play about stepping up to the plate, getting to first base and following your dreams. Ruth Mitchell’s performance is inspired by her son’s love of baseball.
‘Baseball is a haunted game in which every player is measured against the ghosts of those who have gone before’. Ken Burns, The History of Baseball
The Shodyssey by Drake’s Drummers Theatre Company
Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th October
Great heroes acts are remembered for aeon’s and pass into legend. But what if these legends are not all that they seem? In this farcical comedy, new life will be breathed into ancient stories and the sort-of-true history of Ancient Greece will be presented as never before.
Beneath the Albion Sky by Write By Numbers
Tuesday 14th October
“We’re looking at the same stars but not in the same way.”
Not very long ago Paul began walking St Michael’s Ley Line. Since then he’s been bewitched in Dartmoor, danced with Boudicca and fought a dragon (or two). Write By Numbers present their award-winning travelogue exploring England’s past (and present) and the things our imaginations do to cope with loss.
BETA curated by New Model Theatre
Wednesday 15th October
BETA is a monthly evening of work-in-progress performance curated by New Model Theatre in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth and Barbican Theatre which gives audiences the opportunity to influence the theatre of the future. Expect performances from some of the South West’s best emerging theatre, dance and performance companies.
To Alexander (who could only see the sea) by Running Dog Theatre
Thursday 16th October – Saturday 18th October
One day, quite like any other, Alexander leaves his house – he looks up at the sky and it begins to rain…Sea levels are rising.
Sea levels are rising.Sian & Josh are building sandcastles.
Sian & Josh are building sandcastles.And at the other end of an ocean Owen, his brother, is writing stories about the end of the world.
And at the other end of an ocean Owen, his brother, is writing stories about the end of the world.
Threnody For The Sky Children by Jack Dean
Tuesday 21st – Wednesday 22nd October
A darkly comic mythological thriller that draws inspiration from Ovid’s epic poem Metamorphoses to tell a tale of love, loss, and shattered childhood dreams against the backdrop of a highly unusual apocalypse.
“Artists like rap storyteller Jack Dean make us excited about what they might do next.” The Guardian
Parliament Town by Tom Nicholas
Thursday 23rd October – Saturday 25th October
Hometowns have a habit of holding us hostage. By Civil War siege or economic downturn, two young men search for the soul of their provincial city.
Originally commissioned by Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth, Parliament Town is what would happen if Bruce Springsteen wrote an album about Plymouth.