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Past programme

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

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

Gallery

A Splash of Vintage

Portraits by Rachel Kay
Dates
Monday 17 June - Monday 24 June

A solo show of a selection of semi abstract portraits in acrylic on canvas, on a vintage 1940s to 1950s theme.

Monday to Friday: 14:00 – 19:30
Open as part of Camberwell Arts Festival Open Studios Saturday 22nd June, 5.30pm- 8pm, and Sunday 23rd June, 3pm – 6pm.

This exhibition is FREE.

Theatre

Wild Shenanigans

 

Dates
Tuesday 18 June - Saturday 22 June

Wild Shenanigans is a festival of clowning, slapstick and mayhem. Join us for a week of wild comedy created by some of the UK’s most talented idiots. With cabaret, clowning, stand up, sketch, music and more, there is something for everyone. Come and laugh at comedy in all its ridiculous forms with the infamous stage diva Nina Divina from Tuttifrutti cabaret, Russian clown Julia Masil (Pete Nash Comedy Award Winner), Viggo Venn the Viking (Best Comedy Award Winner, Adelaide Fringe) and many more!

Who’s up for some Wild Shenanigans?

Tragic Scenes of Legendary women where snakes were (kind of) present

18th & 19th June

Two clowns. Some legendary women. Lots of snakes. A guaranteed tragedy.

Join Nina Divina - actor extraordinaire - and her faithful assistant Lucia Bombilla as they attempt to stage the most tragic scenes of legendary women...and snakes.

Expect fierce flamenco dancing, seductive apple munching and that classic hit song we all know and love: “I’m not a woman, I’m a snake!”. An anarchic, silly, fun-filled hour of clowning and cabaret that celebrates all things woman (and some things snake).

Mighty Boosh with Smack the Pony’s sly feminism all wrapped up in one glamorous clown cabaret.

Devised by Nina Divina and Lucia Bombilla.

A Mouths of Lions and Tuttifrutti co-production presented as part of Wild Shenanigans comedy festival.

Love songs to Guinea Pigs

20th June

Award winning comedian and clown Elf Lyons presents a surreal tale of love and loneliness. In the style of a 1980s Elton John rock concert.
In October 2018, Elf was taken to hospital and told it was best she never perform again.

After months lying on her back and recovering from spinal surgery, Elf had to rethink what she was going to do*. This is the show she devised in response : A work-in-progress show about being a work-in-progress.

Music, Mime, Clowning and entirely true stories, join Elf as she embodies her inner Elton on an absurd narrative of love, heartbreak, hospitals, friendship, romance, re-learning your own body and rodents.

This is the perfect show to take a tinder date to, an ex, a friend who is going through a difficult divorce, that guy you know from your book group, your step-mum as an attempt to ‘bond’ and indeed your work team on a social outing. Or just come on your own and be a legend.

(*One of the things Elf DID decide to do was rescue two Guinea Pigs.)

We Must Live

21st June

Julia Masli and Tatiana Collet-Apraxine AKA The Pushkinettes present their London premiere of "We Must Live"

Two absolute idiots host a traditional Russian state funeral for Anna Karenina. You are invited, along with Queen Elizabeth II; Frida Kahlo; Tsar Alexander II, Joan of Arc, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Barack Obama and many more.

This buoyantly desperate, epic, ridiculous show merges clowning, physical theatre and Russian classics.

Viggo the Viking - CANCELLED

We apologise, however, due to unfortunate circumstances tonight’s show Viggo the Viking has been CANCELLED.

22nd June

Venn presents his work-in-progress of Viggo the Viking.

Best Comedy winner, Brighton Fringe 2016 (Zach & Viggo). Best Comedy nominee, Fringe World 2018 (Pepito). From the deep forests and tall mountains of Norway comes Viggo the Viking, the dumbest viking in the world. A new show from Gaulier-trained clown Viggo Venn. 'My cheeks were aching with laughter' ★★★★★ (FringeGuru.com). 'I laughed so much my face hurt' ****1/2 (Latest). 'Chaotic Masterpiece' ★★★★ (List).


Comedy

Tragic Scenes of Legendary women where snakes were (kind of) present

A Mouths of Lions and Tuttifrutti co-production presented as part of Wild Shenanigans comedy festival

Dates
Tuesday 18 June - Wednesday 19 June

Two clowns. Some legendary women. Lots of snakes. A guaranteed tragedy.

Join Nina Divina - actor extraordinaire - and her faithful assistant Lucia Bombilla as they attempt to stage the most tragic scenes of legendary women...and snakes.

Expect fierce flamenco dancing, seductive apple munching and that classic hit song we all know and love: “I’m not a woman, I’m a snake!”. An anarchic, silly, fun-filled hour of clowning and cabaret that celebrates all things woman (and some things snake).

Mighty Boosh with Smack the Pony’s sly feminism all wrapped up in one glamorous clown cabaret.

Presented as part of the Wild Shenanigans Comedy Festival.


Cast
Devised by Nina Divina and Lucia Bombilla
Theatre

The Rebirth of Meadow Rain

Date
Saturday 8 June

Meadow is throwing a party to celebrate her new life.

Expect a rip-roaring soirée of games, dancing, more games and one top-secret present! So leave your morals at the door and your kids at home.

Please note: guests arriving with gifts (e.g. fish food, rubber gloves and any parents/partners/colleagues you find moderately irritating*) will receive special treatment.

This darkly comic tale, exploring themes of emotional abuse, is brought to you by the award-winning creators of fringe sell-out show So It Goes.

‘A gem’ **** Evening Standard on So It Goes.

*List not exhaustive.

The show was made with support from the Shoreditch Town Hall and is presented as a work-in-progress performance.

On The Run are delighted to be partners with UK SAYS NO MORE, a national awareness raising campaign, working together with their 350+ partners, to change societal narrative towards Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.


Created and Performed by
Hannah Moss
Director
Anna Marshall
Producer
Alice Massey
Set Design
Emma Tompkins
Sound Design
Fizz Margereson

Supported by

  • Shoreditch Town Hall
  • UK SAYS NO MORE
Theatre

Double Bill: Baby Plus Two & Legs

 

Dates
Wednesday 29 May - Friday 31 May

Blue Elephant Theatre presents a double bill of comedy shows exploring motherhood and and the female body.

Baby Plus Two will be performed on its own on Thursday 30th May at 2pm as a BABY FRIENDLY showing followed by a workshop so bring your little one along!

Baby Plus Two

"There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall"
....said some bloke who was clearly no good at multitasking. This dance solo is our rebuttal.

Pram firmly in the hallway, Baby Plus Two brings to life the physical and psychological experiences of early parenthood with dance, spoken word, video and original music.

From breast engorgement to mastery of nappy-sniffing via a constant low-level angst, Baby Plus Two is an emotional journey, filled – like motherhood itself – with angst, humour and love.

“Humorous and relatable… the mommy-parody at the end will surely be in my head for the rest of the week” Emma Iskowitz
“A funny and touching realisation of the first two years of parenthood.....Really enjoyable – lively and funny.” Audience Feedback

Choreographed and performed by: Lise Smith

Legs

Legs are what most humans stand on. They also allow humans to walk, crouch and lunge. If at any point in your life you have used your legs, thought about legs or if you know someone with legs. Then this is the show for you.

*warning this show may contain legs. ‘

’You might have trouble explaining to your friends what you just witnessed'’ ****½ TheAdelaidian.net

'Massive fun... if you feel the need for a little crazy in your life... they would be the people to provide it" Kate Copstick


Theatre

Justice

Presented by Wooden Arrow

Dates
Tuesday 21 May - Saturday 25 May

In a city experiencing a three month heatwave, England's best World Cup since the 90s and the highest number of knife-crime killings in ten years, we focus on Michael, a young black male who has just finished his first year of college. The summer is about football, video games and parties - and pretending results day isn't looming. One night will change that, and leave Michael wondering what justice is if the system can't provide it...

A new play about knife crime and being young in today's London, inspired by true events.

Wooden Arrow is a production company that creates work with the purpose of bringing exposure to unseen perspectives. They focus on creating work for young, emerging and ambitious artists of all kinds and connecting people across an ever growing network of creatives. They create theatre and film, host workshops and play readings, and provide services including headshots and showreels.

The 5pm performance on Thursday 23rd will be a relaxed performance.

Justice is recommended for ages 14+ (swearing, references to violence)

Please note that smoke affects are used in Justice


Writer and Director
Rees Jenkins
Associate Director
Romy Foster
Movement Director
Kieton Saunders-Browne
Theatre

TRUNKATED SCRATCH NIGHT

 

Date
Wednesday 15 May

Trunkated is Blue Elephant’s Long-running scratch night of new works-in-progress. Join us for extracts of new writing, physical theatre, comedy and much more, brought to you by up and coming artists.

Tickets are free but do book your place in advance to guarantee a seat.

Trunkated is recommended for ages 15+

There Is No Authority But Yourself

His name is Steve Ignorant. You probably haven't heard of him. He was in a band called Crass. You probably haven't heard of them. Their music was a mess but their message was clear. There Is No Authority But Yourself.

There is No Authority But Yourself is a monologue with live musical accompaniment about the highly influential Essex punk band Crass. The monologue follows the story of Crass front man and co-founder Steve Ignorant. Steve grew up in Dagenham in the late 70s wishing he was somewhere else. His interests in poetry and politics brought him into conflict with authority figures and his bewildered parents. One Clash gig and a chance meeting with an ageing hippy later inspired him to become a singer in the loosest sense of the word.

This piece tells the story of how a young man from the most ordinary place was able to find freedom in self-expression. Who through music and writing was able to find his place in the world and sense of belonging. That ultimately there is no authority but yourself.

Presented by Further Theatre
Writer/Performer: Oliver Yellop
Musician/Composer: Benji Hooper

F**d!

We’re all in a relationship with food…and it’s complicated.

Worst Absurd blends dance, physical comedy, and a whole lot of kale, in a satirical exploration of our obsession with the F word. Witness this century’s great love affair and gorge on a theatrical feast of everything “delicious”.

Presented by Worst Absurd: A collection of clowns and one very dazed producer, we explore contemporary absurdities through a blend of dance, comedy and object theatre. We make relevant and accessible work that engages its audience in contemporary social discussions through a collage of witty gestural choreography, clown and eclectic soundtracks. We place importance on entertaining and uplifting our audience as well as provoking how they think about current issues and conversations.

Caterpillars

Two Caterpillars are trapped. In the aftermath of a doomsday cult, we witness a moment in time of siblings, Grace and Charlie. Having spent most of their lives in the ‘Seven Lanterns Commune’ it because clear that their past is not easy to move on from. Stay in the cocoon or flourish as a butterfly? It seems that Charlie and Grace may be trapped in the grasp of David, ‘Seven Lanterns’ Founder, for longer than expected.

Presented by Gut&Conflict Theatre Company

Grace-Amy Becket
Charlie-Michael Shon
David- Tim Renouf
Mike-James Minett

Music-Michael Humphreys
Writer/Producer/Director-Joshua Ashley

The Birds

Set in modern London, The Birds looks at our relationship to space and beauty. What are the compromises we make to live in this vast, polluted city. Even if you know what you want, how you want things to change, it’s another thing to get people to listen.

Josie Mitchell has directed new writing and devised work in Oxford, London and the Edinburgh Fringe. This is her first piece of writing.

Performed by Amelia Sparling.
Image Credit: Riana Patel

Scab

Our narrator is walking home alone at night. They've just finished the graveyard shift and they're hankering after some toast. But then they see the pool of blood on the pavement... The crater steadily eating the side of that old man's head... And despite every bone in their body screaming at them to do otherwise, they stop. And they make a decision to help.
What follows changes both of them in ways neither ever expected.

Written by Luke Stapleton
Performed by Helen Jessica Liggat

West bank off the Thames by Jenan Younis

Jenan’s comedy has been described as a slap in the face. Don’t sit within arm’s reach.

“Sharp, hip, smart comedian – not to be missed!! The List
“Unique perspective” Chortle
BBC New comedy award nominee 2018
99 comedy club finalist 2018
South East comedian of the year finalist 2018