THE MISCHIEF Festival returns to The Other Place in Stratford next week.
The month-long festival features two new plays, The Earthworks and Myth, as well as work-in-progress sessions, talks and special events.
This year’s theme explores responsibility in society, touching on subjects including climate change and the materialistic choices we make.
Tom Morton-Smith’s one act play The Earthworks is set on the eve of the activation of the Large Hadron Collider, when two strangers – a journalist and a scientist – share their experiences of loss, hope and the universal emotion of grief.
Matt Hartley and Kirsty Housley’s Myth takes place on one wine-fuelled evening where two couples debate their materialistic lifestyle. As their dinner party descends into chaos, their friendship and their lives are irreparably changed.
RSC deputy artistic director Erica Whyman said: “The two plays at the centre of the festival feel both urgent and profound but their seductive charm lies in the seeming simplicity of their settings; a hotel bar late at night, dinner with friends in a new flat.
“Below their surfaces lie dark, fascinating and sometimes furious questions about how to be alive.”
For every performance, there will be ten tickets available for just 70p. This is a nod to the theatre’s history, reflecting the price of tickets when it opened in 1974. These tickets are available on the day only at 10am from the box office at The Other Place.
The festival runs from May 24 to June 17.
Visit rsc.org.uk for more about Mischief Festival.