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Ovalhouse announces autumn season

Ovalhouse's autumn season tackles the big issues, from sex work to social care, asylum seekers and transgenderism, but there's heartwarming stuff for the kids to watch too

Breaking the Ice, a children's show at Ovalhouse

Louise Wallwein's Glue (3,4 and 7 October) reveals the truth about growing up in care, drawn from her own experiences. With four actors and some puppets playing 40 characters The Secret Keeper (various dates from 11 to 21 October) asks why those who keep our secrets are always destroyed by them and Nikah (9 to 11 November) looks at forced marriage from the perspective of a young man from Bradford who doesn't know if he even wants a bride. The Sex Worker's Opera, performed by sex workers, (22 November to 2 December) explores the world of the sex trade with pole dancing, hip-hop and opera.

Annie Siddons's Dennis of Penge (20 to 21 September) is a new spoken word piece with masterful storytelling and music about poverty and addiction and Performance Anxiety presents Skeletons (Or, How I Learned to Love Fucking Up) (30 November to 2 December) about the 'cult of success' and self-help mantras.

The season also includes two family shows; Spun Glass Theatre's Princess Charming (24, 27 and 28 October) and family comedy Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal, and the Hippo That Can Never Be Caught! created by Mouths of Lions. The season concludes with Filskit Theatre's Christmas story about the true-life friendship between a polar bear and a husky, Breaking the Ice.

Breaking the Ice at Ovalhouse

Owen Calvert-Lyons, Ovalhouse's Head of Theatre & Artist Development, said: "This season is about people who are ‘unseen' in our communities: children in care, whistle-blowers, sex-workers, gay men in the Pakistani community, asylum seekers and transgender people. Often people remain unseen because their stories are uncomfortable to hear. These groups or individuals are sometimes described as ‘hidden' or ‘invisible' and yet no one is truly invisible."

The Ovalhouse autumn season runs from 3 October to 23 December.