London fringe venue the Bunker has scaled back a production to a series of rehearsed readings, after admitting its planned staging of Abraham Adeyemi’s All the Shit I Can’t Say to My Dad was not ready.
The theatre’s artistic director, Chris Sonnex, said that it had not been able to “serve the story and vision of All the Shit I Can’t Say to My Dad to the highest standard”.
He described the attitude of the ‘show must go on’ as not always healthy and added that the theatre “very rarely” had to make the decision “not to present a show in the form that we worked so tirelessly to help create”.
“We have decided collectively that the best situation for all is to present rehearsed readings of the play each night, using the space we have to develop the play and learn about sharing it with audiences, so that when it does have the premiere production it deserves, it has the benefit of that additional work, rehearsal and conversation with audiences,” he said.
The theatre added that putting on productions is “a hard and unforgiving job”, and said “this is magnified when there are few resources, time and money”.
The rehearsed readings will run until August 25 and there will be a different performer reading the play each night.