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Past programme

Showcases an eclectic range of fresh and interesting contemporary work, largely by emerging artistslondondance.com
Dance

Turtle Dove

Date
Tuesday 29 October

Everyone loves a love story. Turtle Dove explores true tales of the sometimes bumpy, funny and sad journeys we take with our relationships. Made from interviews with people of all ages and sexualities, their voices are weaved into the musical soundtrack and their honesty and secrets are brought to life through dance and theatre. This duet is a heart-warming, candid and witty show that celebrates all forms of love and touches on life’s heartaches.

Devised in collaboration with leading composer Dougie Evans and script writer for the BBC Nick Walker, Turtle Dove is characterised by creative use of text, effortless physicality and its authenticity. Come and experience the stories of strangers who will soon feel like friends.

Produced in association with Lîla Dance.

“Love...appears in a memory recalled, in a shiver of anticipation, in energy and in space...Turtle Dove is genuinely heart-warming.”
Sanjoy Roy - Resolution! Review

“Performed so well, with great sincerity”
Wen Amanda Koh- Resolution! Review

Suitable for ages 14+

Turtle Dove Trailer from Amy Morvell on Vimeo.


Choreography:
Amy Morvell
Dramaturgy:
Nick Walker
Soundscore:
Dougie Evans
Lighting Design:
Vanessa Brooker
Costume Design:
Amy Morvell
Producer:
Abi Mortimer
Consultancy & Mentorship:
Lou Rogers, Carrie Whitaker (R&D)
Research Dancers:
Amy Lyster, Abi Mortimer, Conor Fortune, KJ Mortimer
Prop Design:
Dawn Childs
Cast
Amy Morvell & Joe Darby

Supported by

Chica Michelle Concert - October 2019

Presented by Chica Michelle

Date
Saturday 26 October

Treat yourself to an evening with some of South London’s most exciting new acts.

After a successful launch in August, Chica Michelle Concert is a new platform for emerging artists with their own distinctive and individual style of performance.

Expect music, dance and more in this fresh explosion of talent, headlined by Chica Michelle.

The other exciting up and coming artists include:

Alice Callari
Doze Crude
Richard Rawal
George Wilkis

Sophie Lagan
Lea Baruffato

DJ Pharaohz

Comedian MC Mark

Alice Callari

George Wilks

George Wilks is an up and coming musician, producer and songwriter from the South of England. Learning his first instrument at the age of 6, he found his love of music early on, and discovered a passion for performing which he has continued to this day.

He will perform acoustic versions of his songs at the Chica Michelle Concert, however he records tracks as a one man band, using piano, guitar, and drums pads.

George is looking to release original material on to streaming services in the near future, so keep an ear out for the exciting things he has planned.

DJ Pharaohz

Doze Crude

Sophie Lagan

Ricardo Rawal

Ricardo Rawal is a Dancehall/Reggae artist. He was born in Jamaica and now lives in London.

He says "Music has always been a passion of mine. Expressing how I feel and what I'm going through at that moment in my life has helped me overcome some hard situations. I write from the heart and express everything in my words. current I have a EP out titled "Can't stop my shine" streaming on Apple music, iTunes and spotify. I hope people all over the world can relate to my songs and the lyrics I speak, if not, I hope they can bop their head and tap their foot to the beat."

Lea Baruffato

Carrier of a husky voice and a bluesy/rock guitar, Lea combines different influences like Rock, Pop, Country, Indie and Folk Rock in an original and characteristic style thanks to his travels and Argentinian roots.

He writes songs about life experiences with the ultimate goal of touching people's souls.


Dance

Weight/Wait

Date
Friday 25 October

Karen's at her first counselling session. Will her mind let her stay?

This “completely engaging and emotionally intelligent" dance theatre duet explores the mental and physical ‘weight’ of our thoughts and inner voice through raw, physical movement, dark humour, original text and music. The audience are taken on a journey with Karen as she tries to keep her head above water.

"It reveals the fragility of the human condition"
Arts for Health

"a powerful piece of contemporary dance theatre and an emotional rollercoaster that is gripping from start to finish.....an exquisite duet performed by two very impressive dance artists”
Nadia Strahan, Fringe Review

“Empathetically tactful, gracefully written and exceptionally performed, Weight/Wait is as exquisite as it is heart-wrenching, a welcome conversation on anxiety through dance.”
Hannah Lee, Voice Magazine

Caldonia & Katharine create original stories using movement, theatre and spoken word. They engage directly with audiences by presenting relevant topics with emotionally driven content and by breaking the fourth wall. They create from ideas that spark conversation and find light-hearted ways to provoke responses.

Weight/Wait is supported by Arts Council England, Arts for Health, DanceXchange, Rural Media Company/Random Acts and Spin Arts.

Weight/Wait is now fully booked and we are operating a waiting list. Please call 02077010100 if you would like to be added to it.

Weight/Wait - Production Trailer from caldonia dances on Vimeo.


Choreography
Caldonia Walton and Katharine Richardson
Producers
Caldonia Dances and Rosie Watt at Spin Arts
Music
Alex Paton
Lighting Design
Sam Thomas
Rehearsal Direction
Harriet Waghorn
Mentors
Luca Silvestrini, Rhiannon Faith and Terry Hyde
Dramaturgy
Neus Gils Cortes
Photo Credit
Danilo Moroni
Theatre

Ellipsis

by The Rose Company

Dates
Monday 21 October - Tuesday 22 October

In a world where apathy is the norm, Emma has always pursued the idea of perfection. Nothing could stand in her way. But when a mysterious epidemic ravages the world she lives in and panic becomes common, all that changes.

That's when the testing starts….

This preview performance is The Rose Company’s first project, presented ahead of a full run in 2020.


Director
Sam Dunstan
Writer
Ula Moroz
Producer
Jose Reyes Canseco
Lighting Designer
Simisola Lucia Majekodunmi
Sound Designer
Bruno Vilhar
Cast
Sofia Asir, Preslie Grace, Leah Kirby
Family

Way Back When...

 

Date
Tuesday 22 October

A playful storytelling performance and workshop for families, created by Blue Elephant Theatre for Black History Month.

Weaving together African and Caribbean folklore and factual history, Way Back When… celebrates the efforts of previous generations, finding inspiration for today.

Tickets are FREE but should be booked in advance to confirm availability.

Suitable for all ages, especially for 6-10.

Performances will take place at:
Peckham Library on Tuesday 22 October at 2pm
Blue Elephant Theatre on Saturday 26 October at 11.30am
Brandon Library on Saturday 26 October at 2pm


Supported by

Theatre

Hurricane Diaries

by Amanda Vilanova

Dates
Wednesday 2 October - Saturday 19 October

Victoria is from Puerto Rico, an island ravaged by a hurricane like none before it. Finding herself in London, she looks back at what it is to be from a place forever changed by violent forces.

As she recalls three major hurricanes that hit the island, this solo show reveals a woman rooted in Latin America, shaped by its history, but living far away from home.

Hurricane Diaries explores the complex relationship an immigrant has with their country of birth, the devastating effects of natural disasters on poverty stricken nations and how colonial regimes affect countries today.

Nuestro pueblo jamás será derrotado, pues generación tras generación parirá héroes y heroínas.
Our country will never be beaten, as generation after generation, we breed heroes.
Pedro Albizu Campos

Hurricane Diaries is written and performed by Amanda Vilanova, a Puerto Rican theatre maker living in London. Her work explores the immigrant experience in the United Kingdom, cultural nostalgia and colonialism.


Reviews

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "an intimate and captivating performance that deserves a wide audience"

Dress Circle Reviews

★ ★ ★ ★ "A spellbinding story of love, loss and belonging that needs to be heard"

Fairy Powered Productions

"So rigorous and energised is her delivery you may feel you’re in a storm with her, and in need of cover."

Southwark Weekender

Writer & Performer
Amanda Vilanova
Director and Sound Designer
Oliver Hamilton
Assistant Director
Eszter Andradi
Designer
Jasper Llewellyn
Lighting Designer
María Cuervo
Family

Swish

Presented by Moulded Theatre

Date
Sunday 22 September

Swish, swoosh, splosh!

Welcome to the Ocean! Come and join the fun with Dotty, Blue and Olive on the reef – and help them watch out for the strange orange Tangle and other mysterious things that keep appearing in the ocean.

Featuring puppetry, Makaton and plenty of audience interaction, Swish is a playful multisensory exploration of life underwater and the positive ways in which we can reduce plastic in the ocean.

Please note that our downstairs accessible bathroom is out of use (ironically because building works to improve it have run over). Please email niamh@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk if anyone in your group needs a ground level bathroom so we can try to make arrangements. Our bathrooms upstairs are in working order. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Chica Michelle Concert

Presented by Chica Michelle

Date
Saturday 31 August

Treat yourself to an evening with some of South London’s most exciting new acts.

Chica Michelle Concert is a new platform for emerging artists with their own distinctive and individual style of performance.

Expect music, dance and more in this fresh explosion of talent, headlined by Chica Michelle.

Free refreshments with your ticket.

Doors open at 6pm, with the performances starting at 7pm.


Theatre

Friday Flop

Presented by Citizens of Nowhere

Date
Friday 16 August

What happens when you put a bunch of clowns into a theatre with an audience?

Ever feel uneasy in the current climate? Faced with a global tsunami of idiocy in the real world, who will make sense of it all? Clowns have been making the meaningless, the taboo and the unthinkable into digestible fun for millennia. Why would they baulk at the present opportunity?

To laugh or not to laugh, that is the question.

London's international clown company continue their research into what makes clowning happen.

Citizens of Nowhere all trained at the London Clown School in the art of ridiculing themselves and everything else. They are trained to respond to laughter (and its absence) and directed by Jon Davison, one of the world’s leading clown practitioners.


Director
Jon Davison
Photo Credit
Ieva Aust
Cast
Bienam Perez, Charlotte Amoret, Giedrė Degutytė, Kaisa Koskinen, Tom Curran, Jum Faruq, Camille Suarez, Shabs Razvand

Supported by

Family

Science Adventures

Presented by Coppice Theatre

Date
Saturday 27 July

In their top secret lab, the science fictionaries are trying to collect the fizziest, flashiest, most marvellous stories about science! Join them on their quest and maybe they will even tell you a few - if they can get the computer to work!

Stories about the wonders of space, stories about dinosaurs, stories about asking amazing questions. Using specially designed interactive technology, storytelling and puppets, this band of mad scientists have created a delightful show for children aged 5-12 years and adventurous adults!

Don’t miss this special chance to see the show before the science fictonaries head to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

*suitable for younger children too.

Coppice Theatre is a Cornwall based company specialising in creating engaging, entertaining and accessible productions that showcase talent, new writing, design and new digital media. We are a collective of practitioners that work across multiple projects and collaborate with various Cornwall based companies. Our work is aimed at young audiences and we all share a love of great storytelling.


Supported by

  • Arts Council England
Comedy

Trans*Atlantic

Presented by Dian Cathal

Date
Friday 26 July

Join Dian Cathal, an immigrant of country and gender, in an attempt to prove their hypothesis: that Trans jokes can be funny.

If you laugh, it’s comedy. If they cry, it’s theatre. It may sound binary but heck, it’s always good to know where you stand, right? Trans*Atlantic is a humorous exploration into life beyond the binary. Hailed as Nanette 2.0, the show is Dian Cathal’s first solo performance. You’ll laugh, laugh some more and adjust your perspective.

‘It's rare that a stand up show makes us laugh, cry, and question our ideas of gender but Trans-Atlantic did that and so much more. It's been a month and I still cant stop thinking about it. Shout out to Dian for raising the bar.’ Spoiler Magazine UK


Movement direction
Christina Gulick
Comedy

Miller & Salmon: Genesis

 

Date
Friday 19 July

The Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene of sketch comedy will soon arrive on the moors of Edinburgh - following a stop at ye olde Camberwell. Hold tight as you go on the bumpiest, most dazzling experience of your life with this iconic, potty-mouthed pair.

Fresh out of Soho Theatre's Young Company and Sketch Off! semi-finals, expect big fat massive laughs, synchronised swimming, Russian meat vendors, Dirty Diana Spencer, the late great Marilyn Monroe, A LOT of lip-syncing, choreography and sexy Bette Midler. Don't miss out on what will surely be the birth of two outstanding, beautiful, sexually available comedy legends / big fat huns. Following London previews, Miller & Salmon: Genesis will play Just the Tonic at the Charteris Centre August 1st - 25th (not 3rd or 12th), 4.40pm, as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Since training at National Youth Theatre and Soho Theatre’s Young Company, Lucy Miller and Benjamin Salmon have been writing and performing together, on the quest to become the comedy equivalent of the Spice Girls. They have performed at venues including Soho Theatre, Rosemary Branch Theatre, Hackney Showroom, and were semi-finalists of this year’s Leicester Square Theatre’s Sketch Off Competition.

Prepare to be amazed.


Written and performed by
Lucy Miller & Benjamin Salmon
Directed by
Phao Wheatley
Dance

YAATRA

Presented by Jaivant Patel Dance

Date
Tuesday 16 July

British Indian artist, Jaivant Patel presents a captivating evening of solo Kathak and Contemporary dance.

Rooted in his own experience of being a homosexual man of different cultural heritages, Jaivant offers a fresh perspective on South Asian LGBTQ+ narratives, faith and spirituality. The evening celebrates two cultures and the intersectionality of living in one, while paying tribute to traditions, heritage and often untold stories of another.

There will be Q&A at the end of the performance with Jaivant Patel and Southwark LGBT Network.

Jaivant Patel is an award-winning independent dance artist, cultural producer and choreographer based in Wolverhampton. He is artistic director of Jaivant Patel Dance. Jaivant Patel Dance makes work that ‘challenges the complexities of inherited notions, perceptions and stereotypes surrounding British-Asian identity'.

YAATRA is supported by Arts Council England with seed commissions from MAC Birmingham, Arena Theatre, Dance4, Gem Arts, Creative Black Country, Black Country Touring & SHOUT Festival.


Reviews

‘Sexuality and spirituality fused in hypnotic movement in Jaivant Patel’s solo show’

Metro

Choreographer and Performer
Jaivant Patel
Choreographic Collaborator
Nahid Siddiqui
Composer
Hassan Mohyeddin
Poetry/Spoken Word Artist
Ali Harwood

Supported by

  • YAATRA is supported by Arts Council England with seed commissions from MAC Birmingham, Arena Theatre, Dance4, Gem Arts, Creative Black Country, Black Country Touring & SHOUT Festival
Theatre

How Bright She Must Have Been

Presented by DCO12 Theatre

Date
Friday 5 July

Charlotte and Tom are two siblings struggling to cope with the death of their mother. Their Father, Harry is also battling with alcoholism as he tries to pick up the pieces of his fragmented family. Their lives become distorted as they exist in alternate realities, trying to escape the way they are feeling, which leads them further and further down a path to destruction. They are aided by the people they meet on the way who are all battling with secrets of their own.

This coming of age tale is a contemporary take on a greek tragedy and battles the themes of love, loss, sex, grief, friendship and what it takes to be a teenager in the modern day.

DCO12 believe in creating epic theatre that breaks the boundaries between reality and illusion to provide audiences with something to truly think about. If theatre cannot help bring change to the world and truly effect the people it reaches, then there is no point in creating it at all. DCO12 want to be a part of something that is much larger and try to tackle some of the hardest hitting themes and issues within society.


Theatre

Ironing Out

by Alleyway Radical Theatre

Dates
Sunday 23 June - Monday 24 June

مسرحية عن الغربة والحي ... فيها شعر وغناء بالعربي والإنجليزي
What happens when you are forced to leave your home? Will you find community? Will you find peace or more struggle? What about those who didn’t make it across the sea? What about Ahmed? And those who came before us?

Ironing Out is a play centered around an Ironing Shop, a place where dreams & realities past, present and future collide. People from different walks of life come by searching for answers, looking for loved ones, or to sit listening to the news; reliving lost revolutions; ironing a school shirt or just hanging out.
However, the Ironing Shop stands in the way of the brutal regeneration machine that is eating up the city. No one knows how long the shop will last or how the community surrounding it will respond…

Ironing Out combines physical theatre, dance, shadow theatre, hip hop and poetry.

Based on real life experiences and wild imagination, it explores young migrants’ resilience in the shadow of mental health, exile, racism and displacement.

It has been created by Alleyway Radical Theatre, a collective of artists from Palestine, Hackney, Kashmir, Egypt, Spain, Japan and beyond.

Presented as part of Refugee Week


Cast
Abdulrahman, Amoon, Basel Zaraa, Jazzar, Lisa Maeda, Sara El Sheekh, Shamma, Steaz & Tasnim Mahdy

Supported by