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Bunker Theatre announces first new season under artistic director Chris Sonnex

The underground fringe theatre venue announces its next four months of programming

The Bunker Theatre
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Chris Sonnex, the new artistic director of the Bunker Theatre, has announced his first new season in charge of the venue.

The season begins on 25 January with PSYCHEdelight and Bunker's Welcome To The UK!. The piece is set on the other side of the Channel and is performed by a mixed ensemble which includes people who have recently sought refuge in the UK. Borderline , a satire of the Calais Jungle, will also be performed by the company twice a week.

In February, Sacha Voit and Jessica Butcher's Boots will be directed by Nadia Papachronopoulou. The play is a story of cross-generational connection, where an unlikely friendship reveals the loneliness of age and the power of Mother Nature. It runs from 19 February to 16 March.

My White Best Friend and Other Letters Left Unsaid… (18 – 23 March 2019) is a week-long festival exploring identities and responding to writer Rachel De-Lahay's original provocative piece, My White Best Friend. De-Lahay and director Milli Bhatia have commissioned eleven writers to pen their own letters that say the unsaid to the people that matter most.

In March a double bill of shows will run between 26 March and 13 April 2019. Killymuck and Box Clever explore the effect of being born with less.

Funeral Flowers is written and performed by Emma Dennis Edwards and directed by Rachel Nwokoro and runs between 15 April and 4 May. The Fringe First-winning play features poetry to tell the story of 17 year-old Angelique who dreams of being a florist.

Joanna Nastari performs F*ck You Pay Me , directed by Bethany Pitts, between 7 and 18 May, which looks at the world of London's strip culture.

Sonnex also announces Debbie Hannan (Things of Dry Hours, Latir, Cuckoo) as the venue's new associate director and host of a monthly podcast exploring what needs to change in the theatre industry.

The Bunker will also host Bunker's Writers' Snug – a free-to-use space in the theatre for up to four playwrights, with one desk reserved for underrepresented writers.