Gate Generations is the creative digital response to the theatre’s extraordinary 40-year history from the venue’s Young Associates. It offers an unprecedented opportunity to glimpse into the Gate’s celebrated archive with five intriguing vignettes inspired by some of its landmark productions.
Five pieces made in the artists’ homes during lockdown, create an eclectic and potent mix of original, irreverent and subversive visions drawn from great works across the decades, which opened at the Gate. These are available to view for free on the Gate website.
Curated by Gate Associate Director Yasmin Hafesji, Gate Generations celebrates brilliance, originality and spirit with five plays rediscovered, some reimagined, some newly written, all presented to discover afresh for a new audience in a new decade.
An excerpt from Phaedra’s Love by Sarah Kane
Directed by Rohan Gotobed
Cast features Catherine Chalk as Phaedra and Hosanna Johnson as Doctor
PHAEDRA’S LOVE was first presented in London at The Gate Theatre in 1996.
DAMNED FOR DESPAIR
A scene from DAMNED FOR DESPAIR by Tirso de Molina
Translated by Laurence Boswell
Performed and directed by Rufus Love
Damned for Despair was first presented at the Gate in 1991
I WENT TO YOUR GRAVE YESTERDAY
A poem written in response to DEATH AND THE PLOUGHMAN by Johannes Von Saaz
Translated by Michael West
Poem written and performed by Lauren Ziebart
Death and the Ploughman was first presented at the Gate in 2002
An audio play inspired by George Orwell’s DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON
Written by Hosanna Johnson
Directed by Gate Associate Director Yasmin Hafesji
Performed by Catherine Chalk, Barbara Smith, and Lauren Ziebart
Down and Out in Paris and London was first presented at the Gate in 1979
A blog post in response to SUNSET BABY by Dominique Morisseau
By Kwame Owusu
Sunset Baby was first presented at the Gate in 2012
As part of Gate Lates on Thursday 1 April, Ellen McDougall will be joined by the young associates who have worked on this series to discuss the pieces and expanding on their work, their processes, and how looking back can help us make sense of the present.
The Gate’s Young Associates are a company of 15 young writers, performers, directors, and designers. Across a year-long programme of workshops, mentoring sessions and performance opportunities, they are provided with the practical tools they need to support their careers as theatre makers. Crucially, the programme enables them to make work together and experiment with different ideas in a supportive environment.