'We can all be, at some point, monsters, victims, liars and traitors. But we’re also a lot of good stuff, too. Like those colour wheels. When you spin them and make the colours move together – all the chaos sort of ...disappears.'
by Jenna Kamal and performed at The Drayton Arms Theatre, London in June & July 2018. Drawing on the fact that London is Europe's loneliest city, 'Sardines' is a play set on the tube. If the tube is a metaphor for the way in which we journey through our lives, blindly, robotically, and rushed, there is space for a shift in perspective. The human race is not one to be won. There is no need to push people out the way to get on or off first. ‘Sardines’ explores to what extent we can replace commuting with community. Ultimately, we’re learning our way around the underground workings of being human. It’s a map we’re all trying to navigate.
"Rumble Theatre have created a strong human-interest play about loneliness that will most likely ring relevant for some time." (Tomm Ingram, LondonTheatre1)
"It will certainly make you think twice before putting on your headphones or burying your nose in a book. Simple yet effective, Sardines is another great thought-provoking show by Rumble Theatre."(Charlotte White, The Thespians Blog)
'I worry that men have this really skewed perception of what it is to be a man. And it’s stretched out, or bulging, in a really ugly way, with a big brain and a tiny mouth. Like the way a child would draw an alien.'
by Jenna Kamal and performed at The King's Head Theatre, London in April 2018. It’s 4am, George says he has a leak in his ceiling. He needs Hatty's help. Hatty thinks it’s an elaborate attempt to rekindle their flame. But to George, it’s serious and needs fixing right away. Between the fogginess of an interrupted sleep and the vulnerability induced by dawn, Fishbowl addresses our distortions around male strength and encourages a realignment of our age-old definitions of male identity.
"I wasn’t expecting the show to make you think about so many things in life. As the show appeared so much like a casual conversation it made it more relatable and made you reevaluate things in your own life as you were watching it. 'Fishbowl' is a thought provoking, clever, unique piece of theatre." (Charlotte White, The Thespians Blog)
'I can’t change what happened. And maybe I don’t want to. I am who I am because of it. My life was set for one path, now it’s on another.'
Sign of the Times
A commissioned play which was written by David Hendon for the Edinburgh fringe festival 2017. The protagonist, Danny, has an interview for his dream job as a football reporter for The Times - but when does he tell them he’s deaf? A story about the power of language and the struggle to be heard. The piece used basic British Sign Language, live music, and storytelling to explore what it means to be deaf. The piece was an interrogation into a world driven by language and how the seemingly simple task of communication can often be taken for granted.
"Anyone who has ever been in the minority, whether that’s through gender, race, or a disability, will instantly connect with this show." (Fringe Guru)
This is an utterly charming story about communication and the many ways you can make yourself heard." (ThreeWeeks)
'A zip is where two sides that look the same are pulled together. They interlock, but they never really meet…I think I want to be a button. A button takes time to undo. Something is pulled through that stays there. It’s prettier I suppose’
by Simon Marshall premiered at The Bikeshed Theatre, Exeter in January 2017 and used directed address, cross-cutting and storytelling to relay a very modern crisis – where do you find love when it’s not looking for you back?
“The play was both poetic and light-hearted. Set against the darker undertones of loneliness were many humorous moments, the majority of which were endlessly relatable in today’s society” (Razz Mag)
'It was my life - like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be.'
Rumble’s debut production in 2014 was an immersive adaptation and interweaving of the three famous stories; ‘Into the Wild’ about Alexander Supertramp, ‘Tracks’ by Robyn Davidson and Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Wild’. The audience was introduced to these figures outside around a campfire and as the light of day faded the audience listened to their tales of adventure, adding logs to the fire to keep the tale burning.