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Past programme

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Theatre

Canary

Date
Sunday 11 November

Meet Agnes, Anne and Betty, a motley crew of munitions workers 'doing their bit' for the war. They make bombs.

Factory life seems perfect until an air raid sends them on an explosive journey through euphoric emancipation, forbidden friendships and anarchic dreams.

Canary was created in collaboration with the award winning Teatro En Vilo. Seamlessly combining high quality physical theatre with contemporary sound design, the show offers audiences a rare insight into life during the First World War from the unique perspective of Britain’s munitions workers, The Canary Girls.

Join Fun in the Oven Theatre as they celebrate and commemorate the lives of Britain’s unsung war heroes.

Fun in the Oven Theatre is a physical theatre company based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Founded in 2015, they are fast becoming the North East's leading company for physical theatre through delivery of shows, workshops and events. The company’s distinctive style combines sharp physical theatre and contemporary sound design to create dynamic shows that capture our audiences’ hearts and minds.

Suitable for audiences 12+ with parental guidance (Canary contains mild references of a sexual nature and mild swearing)

"My favourite theatre experience of the year"
Matthew Crow, Independent on Sunday
"Three hugely versatile actors held us spellbound"
Julia Wright, Teesdale Mercury
"Hilarious, heartbreaking, brilliant"
Audience member at Northern Stage


Director:
Andrea Jimenez
Movement Director:
Noemi Fernandez
Dramaturgs:
Andrea Jimenez & Noemi Fernandez
Sound Designer:
Roma Yagnik
Costume Designer:
Amy Jones at the Art Emporium & Sam Fisher
Historical Consultant:
Tracy Gillman
Photography & Design:
Chris Bishop
2018 Tour Producer:
Katie Tranter
Associate Producer & Consultant:
Carole Wears at Carole W Productions
Cast
Robyn Hambrook, Alys North & Katie Tranter

Supported by

Theatre

Guncotton Creep & Mooncalf

 

Date
Friday 9 November

An Evening of New Writing!

Guncotton Creep

And that's where the film should end. Cut to black. Credits role. Except it doesn't. It doesn't end

Mark likes films. But where does fantasy end and reality begin? A darkly funny exploration of obsession, relationships and Lord of the Rings.

A monologue written and performed by Rowland Stirling

Mooncalf

A monologue written and performed by Nell Barlow

mooncalf:
(noun ARCHAIC)
mooncalf; plural noun: mooncalves
a foolish person.
a daydreamer.
a monstrous birth.

“Every nigh it’s the same. I don’t have any fingers”.

It’s after school hours and Moonie is hungry.

Moonie’s tummy aches and Mum isn’t there to fix it.

With a blend of magic, imagination and sheer determination can Moonie make sense of things?


Theatre

ELEPHANTOLOGY FESTIVAL!

 

A festival of one-off performances showcasing the work of recent graduates

Date
Thursday 8 November

Elephantology is a brand new festival that gives fresh graduates the opportunity to perform new work that they developed whilst training. From family shows about night and day dwellers, to clowning comedies about life after university, this festival will shock, surprise and astonish with all tickets £10 or less.

We Found It With Each Other

When was the last time you felt physically vulnerable?

We Found It With Each Other is a dance work that explores ideas of community, playfulness and vulnerability. While being shrouded and accented by stunning projections, the dancers create a new world as they bounce and roll.

Come along for the joy and stay for the big-moves-dance-dance!

We Found It With Each Other will be on Tuesday 30th October at 8pm

Stars Above

Lunas is a Nightling. He lives in the land of Night, catching dreams and scattering stars. The Chief of the Night tells stories about the dangerous Dayrays, but Lunas can't help wondering what really lies in the land of Day. When Lunas meets Sonny, a lively Dayray, they hatch a secret plan to bring everyone together!

Stars Above is a fast-paced dance-drama using live music, dance, and puppetry. It is a show about family, acceptance, celebrating differences, and the coming together of communities.

The show is aimed at families and adults alike. The run time is 45 minutes with no interval. Tickets are free and can be booked here

Stars Above will be on Thursday 1st November at 5pm. The perfect after school treat.

Bost-Uni Plues

Everyone says that university is the best three years of your life! So what happens next? What happens when you still have questions, but everyone expects you to have all the answers?

Based on the true experiences and stories told by graduates, join three clowns as they leave the comfort of timetables, deadlines, and student life behind and enter the real world. A world full of expectation, proper jobs, and council tax.

Bost-Uni Plues is an explosion of energy, honesty, dance, movement, techno, and plain silliness that explores life after graduation. Because when you’re told that the best three years of your life are behind you, what else is left other than post-uni blues?

Bost-Uni Plues will be on Tuesday 6th November at 8pm

There Has Possibly Been an Incident

Tell us what to do with our heroes because we don’t know what happens next

A plane crash. A protest. A terrorist attack. Three actors. Four voices. One theme.

How do humans react to crisis? Do we step forward and confront terror or do we remain silent? What does it mean to be a hero in 2018?

There Has Possibly Been an Incident will be on Wednesday 7th November at 8pm

Let Me Shake Your Groove Thing

Let Me Shake Your Groove Thing will be on Friday 30th November at 8pm


Theatre

There has possibly been an incident

By KIFLI Theatre
As Part of Elephantology Festival

Date
Wednesday 7 November
Director
Julia Levai
Designer
Georgie Hook
Producer
Maisie Pearson

Tell us what to do with our heroes because we don’t know what happens next

A plane crash. A protest. A terrorist attack. Three actors. Four voices. One theme.

How do humans react to crisis? Do we step forward and confront terror or do we remain silent? What does it mean to be a hero in 2018?


Cast
Evie Jones, Christian Loveless and Sophie Shepherd
Theatre

Bost-Uni Plues

By Ugly Bucket Theatre
As Part of Elephantology Festival

Date
Tuesday 6 November

Everyone says that university is the best three years of your life! So what happens next? What happens when you still have questions, but everyone expects you to have all the answers?

Based on the true experiences and stories told by graduates, join three clowns as they leave the comfort of timetables, deadlines, and student life behind and enter the real world. A world full of expectation, proper jobs, and council tax.

Bost-Uni Plues is an explosion of energy, honesty, dance, movement, techno, and plain silliness that explores life after graduation. Because when you’re told that the best three years of your life are behind you, what else is left other than post-uni blues?


Family

Stars Above

by Hippocampus Theatre
As Part of Elephantology Festival

Date
Thursday 1 November

Lunas is a Nightling. He lives in the land of Night, catching dreams and scattering stars. The Chief of the Night tells stories about the dangerous Dayrays, but Lunas can't help wondering what really lies in the land of Day. When Lunas meets Sonny, a lively Dayray, they hatch a secret plan to bring everyone together!

Stars Above is a fast-paced dance-drama using live music, dance, and puppetry. It is a show about family, acceptance, celebrating differences, and the coming together of communities.

The show is aimed at families and adults alike. The run time is 45 minutes with no interval. Tickets are free and can be booked here


Dance

We Found It With Each Other

by Ruy Zambrano
As Part of Elephantology Festival

Date
Tuesday 30 October
Choreographer
Ruy Zambrano

When was the last time you felt physically vulnerable?

We Found It With Each Other is a dance work that explores ideas of community, playfulness and vulnerability. While being shrouded and accented by stunning projections, the dancers create a new world as they bounce and roll.

Come along for the joy and stay for the big-moves-dance-dance!


Family

The Witch of Elephant Park

 

Date
Friday 26 October

Elephant Park has its own witch and she is very excited that it is nearly Halloween. It's time to get all her spells in order so she can work her magic. She just needs a little help finding the right ingredients....

Trick or treat with the witch, her cat and a whole host of creepy crawlies as part of Elephant Park's Halloween programme.

Blue Elephant Theatre brings a touch of spookiness and silliness to Elephant Park with this interactive family performance, suitable for ages 3+.

Please note that this performance is outside in Elephant Park. Some cover may be provided to protect against wet weather. Children (and their adults!) will be asked to join in throughout the performance to keep them moving and active as much as possible. Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance to guarantee places. Tickets can be reserved here


Dance

Alice: The Lost Chapter

by Jolene English Dance Theatre
Commissioned by Dance City

Dates
Tuesday 23 October - Wednesday 24 October

Delving into the obscure mind of Lewis Carroll, this intricate and engaging dance, film and theatre performance takes the onlooker through the subconscious mind of Alice.

Who lives within her imagination: fact or fiction?

Meanwhile, The Queen reviles in Narcissism, The Hatter is engulfed with Madness shackled to Time, the White Rabbit’s anxiety is fueling agitation and The Cheshire Cat’s distorted reality offers insight to those watching on the outside.

Alice: The Lost Chapter is a dark and twisted exploration into the psychological fabric of the classic, Alice in Wonderland.

“The concept of this work is truly brilliant” Anthony Baker, Artistic Director at Dance City

Recommended for ages 14+ (or with parental supervision)


Supported by

Theatre

All Aboard with Mr Windrush!

 

Date
Saturday 20 October

All Aboard! Join Sam Beaver King (one of the original passengers of the Empire Windrush who later went on to found the Notting Hill Carnival and also became the first Black Mayor of Southwark) on his journey.

Children and adults alike will be encouraged to make the boat, sounds and songs of the sea and act as crew members for the Empire Windrush. As the journey continues, traditional Afro/Caribbean and West Indian stories will be told, using drama, music and dance.

We will be telling this amazing tale at two brilliant Southwark locations:

Artworks Elephant, The Trunk (SE17 1AY) on Friday 12th October at 16.30 and 18.30 - book tickets here.

John Harvard Library (SE1 1JA) on Saturday 20th October at 11.00 and 14.00 - book tickets here.

All tickets are FREE but we recommend booking in advance as these performances are likely to fill up quickly.


Supported by

Theatre

My Brother's Drug

 

Date
Thursday 18 October
Written and Directed by
Rachel Mervis
Performed by
Elysia Wilson

My mum called me the other day to let me know that they had found my little brother under a bridge....With each new high, I'm starting to think that my little bro must be running out of new lows to hit…

A hard-hitting, emotional exploration of the effects of addiction on the family, My Brother's Drug is a one woman show fusing physical theatre, rhythms and spoken word. Told from the point of view of an addict's sister, it tells the story of a cycle of stolen possessions, 999 calls and disappearances.

My Brother's Drug is produced by GreenWheel Theatre in association with HiddenViewz and presented as a work in progress performance. GreenWheel Theatre specializes in fusion theatre, combining spoken word, movement and political themes. My Brother's Drug is its first play, and it has been performed at the Edinburgh and Isle of Wight fringe festivals. HiddenViewz is a BAME lead production company, which explores political and social issues through theatre and film. They explore harsh realities that are often overlooked in society in an imaginative way through physical, immersive and satirical theatre.

"This show is a must see. Through the art of spoken word, dance and performance, you’re drawn into the life of a concerned sister." Ventnor Town, Fringe Review by Caty Macaulay

"It shows a lot of understanding about the nightmare world of drug addiction, and the emotions felt by the sister come across well." Edinburgh Fringe, Chris Neville-Smith’s Blog on Theatre


Theatre

A Little Bit of Life (CANCELLED)

by Glitter Theatrical

Date
Tuesday 9 October

Due to unforeseen circumstances, A Little Bit of Life will no longer go ahead on October 9th

A Little Bit of Life is a fun musical for anyone touched by nostalgia for 1980s pop culture, whether you experienced it the first time round or not. It will premiere in December and will include some of the biggest hits from the 1980s.

In the meantime, join us for a sneak preview of A Little Bit of Life as Glitter Theatrical present a concert featuring a selection of songs from the show. Come listen to your favourite 80s tunes and get a sense of what a fabulous show A Little Bit of Life will be!


Theatre

It's My Move

Date
Monday 8 October

Join Warren, Finley, Melody and Ade as they move into the big wide world.

It’s My Move is about the transition from school to adult life. The 90 mins play is suitable for Learning disabled young people from 14 – 21 years. The piece is based on the ‘Forum Theatre’ style, where the audience explore how to make positive outcomes through changing the actions of the characters. It explores the issues for a group of young people with learning disabilities, and includes multiple communication tools including music, movement, poetry, makaton and film.

Face Front creates theatre that pioneers social change for an inclusive world. We use the transformational power of theatre to improve emotional well-being and address social injustice.
Face Front is led by disabled and non-disabled arts practitioners who make multi-layered theatre that is accessible to all.

'The show was truly amazing. It was inspiring both as an outstanding example of how theatre can make a complex and challenging scenario accessible and empowering to people who have learning difficulties and as a powerful illustration of what people who have learning difficulties can achieve when they have opportunities to work in the performing arts.’
Sally Pavey, Teacher, The Bridge School


Written by:
Julie McNamara & Face Front Inclusive Theatre

Supported by

Theatre

Windrush Square

by Monument Theatre Company

Dates
Wednesday 3 October - Friday 5 October

Get Up, Stand Up, Stand Up for your right

In 1980s Brixton, the community have had enough. It’s time to rise up and pursue equality in the eyes of the law.

Join the Johnsons in the heart of Brixton as an essential part of British history is unearthed and retold through the victories and tragedies of one family.

Both moving and infectiously exuberant, Windrush Square is the Monument Theatre Company’s first production. Recent Physical Theatre graduates from Drama St Mary’s in Twickenham, they developed Windrush Square to illuminate recent history and create theatre which unites all people in a bid to eradicate the barrier between races.

Please note: Friday Night is now sold out. Please call 02077010100 to be added to the waiting list.


Family

Sally the Sassy Seed - Storytelling at Elephant Park

 

Date
Wednesday 1 August

Join Blue Elephant Theatre for interactive storytelling at Elephant Park!

Inspired by nature and aimed especially at early years, the Blue Elephant storytellers bring the tale of Sally the Sassy Seed to life! A treat for local families.

Tickets are FREE, and can be booked here. Booking in advance is advised but not essential.

Performances on the first Wednesday of every month:
Wednesday 6th June at 11.00
Wednesday 4th July at 11.00
Wednesday 1st August at 11.00

Please note these performance are in Elephant Park only, and NOT at Blue Elephant Theatre.