A former underground car park in Southwark has been converted into London’s newest and most unusual theatre venue. Founded by producer Joel Fisher and director Joshua McTaggart (pictured), the 110-seat The Bunker is – loosely speaking – located underneath the Menier Chocolate Factory. It’s an edgier-than-usual spin on the old fringe theatre model, and we’re promised art installations, film screenings and that ‘at night The Bunker will be an event in itself that extends beyond an ordinary evening at the theatre’(!).
The theatre programme is all we’ve got to go on for now, though, and it looks pretty tasty: it opens with Isley Lynn’s surreal sexual comedy ‘Skin a Cat’ (Oct 12–Nov 5), which was a big hit at the Vault Festival earlier this year; then there’s a welcome London transfer for Philip Ridley’s dark Edinburgh Fringe hit ‘Tonight with Donny Stixx’ (Nov 8–Dec 3) about a deranged talk show host; over Christmas there’ll be a new musical called ‘Muted’ (Dec 7–Jan 7) and then the last production in the first season will be a double bill of Irish plays (Jan 10–Feb 4): the world premiere of Fiona Doyle’s ‘Abigail’ and a revival of Conor McPherson’s ‘Come On Over’.