Open Lab Showcase
Raw art from emerging artists
Join us for a thrilling week of work-in-progress performances from Barbican Open Lab's emerging artists and discover the next generation of talent.
The Open Lab Showcase presents cutting edge work-in-progress performances by emerging and mid-career artists following a period of research and development at the Barbican as part of the Open Lab Programme.
This year's showcase, unveiled to the public for the first time, promises a week of performances from some of the UK's most exciting artists including Claire Gaydon, Varjack-Lowry, Rachel Mars, Louise Orwin, The PappyShow and Nouveau Riché.
Open Lab Showcase: Piece of Me
This cross-arts performance uses dance and multimedia to lift the lid on privacy invasion on UK citizens today.
Open Lab Showcase: I, MELANIA
This multimedia show explores what it means to be ‘foreign’ at a time of divisive debate about immigration.
Open Lab Showcase: CRY CRY KILL KILL
This empowering show explores female rage and what it means to be a survivor in a post #MeToo world. What happens when we take back our bodies, take up space and get angry?
Open Lab Showcase: CASTE-ING
A lyrical journey through the current state of the theatre industry depicting the professional and emotional issues faced by Black women in theatre.
Open Lab Showcase: FORGE
This interrogative performance with live on-stage metalwork considers people’s behaviour at sites of traumatic events and how best to remember these histories.
The Pit is located on Level -2 within the main Barbican building and can be accessed via the stairs or lifts on Level G, next to the doors to the Lakeside Terrace.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
The Pit floor (level minus 2) can be reached via the main lifts – please note that only two of the four lifts go to this floor. Access Step-free access from the Pit floor foyer to any front-row seat. All other seats lead off stepped aisles.
Spaces for two wheelchair users in the front row (at stage level), with companion seats. Front row seats are also suitable for people with limited mobility.
Because space in the auditorium is limited, we recommend that you leave your dog to be cared for by a member of the foyer staff during the performance.
Amplified sound is provided through a headset for people with impaired hearing. Audio-described performances use a wireless network to relay through a headset a live description of the scenery, costumes, facial expressions and action. Headsets are available. You can obtain one 30 minutes before the performance from the programme desk inside the Pit Theatre entrance.
Large-print exhibition information
To request a large print copy, please call the Theatre on 020 7638 8891 before your visit.
For more access information, please visit our Accessibility section.