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The Butch Monologues
Nov
8
to Nov 25

The Butch Monologues

NOV 8 - NOV 25

various dates and times, 60 mins

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Butches, masculine women and gender rebels share their powerful and human collection of secret stories celebrating vulnerability and desire.

The Butch Monologues brings together a collaboration between hotpencil press, an independent publishing house co-founded by the writer, Laura Bridgeman; Vital Xposure, a dynamic touring theatre company under the creative leadership of disabled artist, Julie McNamara; and The Drakes, a group of butches, transmen and gender rebels who joined together in the spirit of masculine solidarity. 

Laura Bridgeman writes for the theatre and BBC Radio 4. Previous work includes: The (Trans) Mangina Monologues (directed by Lois Weaver), Caterpillars and Dogfood Diary co-written with Charles Lambert (BBC Radio 4), and How Was The Party? about her mother’s experience of Alzheimer’s.

Julie McNamara’s work is an appeal for social justice, shedding light on unheard voices from the margins of our communities. Her recent work: Let Me Stay - an award winning production created with the playwright’s mother. A joyous celebration of living life to the full with Alzheimer’s. Julie Mc’s other productions include: The Knitting Circle and Hold The Hearse.

The Drakes are a private members’ group formed in 2012. They came together to promote female masculinity and butch pride. They run their own parties and strut their stuff on the stage, and were recently featured on Gluck – Who Did She Think He Was? (BBC 4).
The book launch for The Butch Monologues will be 9pm, 9th November at Gerry’s Stratford.

“Succeeds in making us all feel loved” Lois Weaver, DIVA Magazine

"An excellent piece of theatre (…) and a very tangible vehicle for social change” Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre

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Ordinary Days
Nov
21
to Dec 9

Ordinary Days

NOV 21 - DEC 9

Tuesday– Saturday, 7.30pm (Saturday matinee at 3pm), 75 mins

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After receiving rave reviews, being shortlisted as one of only ten musicals for the Musical Theatre Review Best Musical Award and being nominated for Best Musical at the Broadway World Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017, Streetlights, People! Productions' revival of Ordinary Days returns to London as the winner of the Drayton Arms' Eddies Kensington Award, intended to identify "the most exciting new companies at this year's Fringe Festival." This production began with a sold-out engagement at the Hen and Chickens Theatre last October before transferring to London Theatre Workshop.

Ordinary Days is a contemporary musical, set in modern-day New York. It follows the parallel lives of four young city-dwellers struggling to find meaning in the madness: Claire, who can't let go of her past; Jason, determined to begin their future together; Warren, an artist who's lost his sense of purpose; and Deb, a student who's lost her thesis notes. It is a witty, poignant, and ultimately very relatable story about human connection and finding beauty in unexpected places. 

Streetlights, People! was founded by Nora Perone (who plays Deb) and Jen Coles (who directs) while they were both students at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama-- for them, producing their own projects meant never having to spend a day at home waiting for the phone to ring. 

Nora Perone says: "I was drawn to Ordinary Days because, as well as being a triumph of musical comedy, it's also a brilliant examination of the struggles faced today by young adults-- and particularly by young artists. Ordinary Days is a breath of fresh air in a city that can sometimes feel polluted with cynicism and self-doubt. We set out to do two performances last October, and suddenly it's a year later, and our press night at the Drayton Arms will be our 50th show. We've really been very lucky: we are immensely grateful to have audiences who love the show just as much as we do.”

Audrey Thayer, Programming Manager at the Draytion Arms, says: “I am so pleased to have Ordinary Days as our 2017 Kensington Eddies Award Winners. As an emerging company, taking on a show that is heartfelt, inspiring and deserving of a larger audience, they are exactly who we strive to support as a theatre. When I saw Ordinary Days performed in Edinburgh - a story about choosing to live the life that makes you happy, performed by such a talented group of actors - I knew it was the perfect show to spread a message of hope and new beginnings in a time of fear and uncertainty.”

***** “makes the ordinary extraordinary in this tight, exquisite production (…) singing throughout is first class – clear, precise & a joy to the ears” Musical Theatre Review

***** “a delight to see this compelling work performed with such conviction and talent” Broadway World

**** “The cast takes on this show with energy, passion and enthusiasm” West End Wilma

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Sirens of the Silver Screen
Nov
7
to Nov 18

Sirens of the Silver Screen

  • Upstairs at the Gatehouse (map)
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NOV 7 - NOV 18

Tuesday - Saturday, 7.30pm (Sunday Nov 12th matinee at 4pm, Saturday Nov 18th matinee at 3pm), 95 mins

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Judy, Audrey and Marilyn – this sisterhood of stunning starlets lit up the silver screen for decades and kept tongues wagging with their scandalous off-screen antics. Prepare to be transported to a world of Old Hollywood glamour, where fame, fate and misfortune collide in glitz, glamour and grim truths.

These femme fatales live again as Beth Burrows takes on each infamous woman, performing their most loved songs and shedding light on the shadowy secrets that stalked their careers. Beth performs in and created Sirens of the Silver Screen. She studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and has performed the show to critical acclaim in Dubai and across the Emirates.

Director and producer Mark Giesser has written, directed and produced extensively in both Off-Broadway and London Fringe venues. Recent productions include the UK premiere of Alan Alda's Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie, and the 60th anniversary UK revival of the stage play of Gigi.

“Burrows gives an enchanting performance. There are moments when the audience is completely overwhelmed and overtaken by the story and its details (…) a must-see slice of old Hollywood” The Young Artists

“Performed with the perfect mix of passion and charm (…) a brilliantly written and delivered tribute by the actor and singer” Discover Dubai

“What Burrows brings to the show is a very glamorous feel and finish. Five stars - don’t miss it!” BuzzingTales

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The Mysterious Gentleman
Oct
31
to Nov 18

The Mysterious Gentleman

OCT 31 - NOV 18

Tuesday - Saturday, 7.30pm, 110 mins

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Following on from a critically acclaimed run at the Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham, Jarek Adams’ play The Mysterious Gentleman, exploring the eternal question of what lies beyond death, told through the life story of mercurial magician JN Maskelyne and incorporating stage magic, comes to the Courtyard Theatre, opening on Halloween 2017.

JN Maskelyne was known as the father of modern magic in the Victorian era, building his career on challenging fraudulent spiritualists and charlatans as well as creating magical illusions that amazed Victorian audiences, and still astonish people today. A man of contradictions, the play explores his human desire to break through to those in the afterlife whilst clinging to his scientific belief that it was not possible. He also insisted that all he did onstage was clever illusion, whilst encouraging people to believe the myth about his powers being granted by a mysterious gentleman.

But why did he explore dark magic? Were his powers supernatural? And who was the mysterious gentleman in black? He died in 1917, and will return to the stage in 2017.

Partners in Mischief Productions is a creative partnership between writer Jarek Adams & actor Andrew Thorn. They build teams with specialized skills to produce the plays they want to create. Partners in Mischief Productions, for The Mysterious Gentlemen, are collaborating with Kasia Rozycki of Off The Cliff Theatre. 

Jarek Adams has produced a long list of educational plays that have toured nationally and internationally. She has received funding from the Arts Council for a number of projects, including ‘The Mysterious Gentleman’, ‘The Secret Life of Dads’ and the ‘Scriptorium’ playwrights development project. Her first two novels both hit the Amazon (paid for) best seller charts on their release, and she is currently working on a sequel to Brighton Sucks, which will be the second of her Brighton trilogy.

“From the outset, I was transfixed by a highly absorbing story that drew me inexorably in as the revelations unfolded” The Gloucestershire Echo

Featured on BBC Points West and Midlands Today

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Mad Women in My Attic!
Oct
28
8:00 PM20:00

Mad Women in My Attic!

OCT 28

8pm, 90 mins

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Set in an imaginary lunatic asylum, Mad Women in My Attic! is the cabaret brainchild of Italian performer Monica Salvi. After critically acclaimed runs at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, the show returns to London for Halloween after a Broadway debut at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York earlier in October.

Typecasting and a theatre career drove her to insanity. She exchanged stage wings for padded walls, glamorous costumes for a white nightgown, and adoring audiences for a bunch of inmates – and yet, she will sing! A madwoman proudly recounts the roles and songs which made her who she is today, celebrating that fine line between creativity and madness.

After often being typecast in roles of crazy women, Salvi was inspired to develop a cabaret to celebrate all of the mad songs and characters she had in her repertoire. Participate with her and her psychothera-pianist in a musical group therapy, administered through the wonderful melodies of Stephen Sondheim, Kurt Weill, Kander & Ebb, Maury Yeston, Tom Lehrer, Heisler & Goldrich… Mad Women in My Attic! is a fantastic romp through showtunes, folk and cabaret songs, celebrating the mentally unstable women that populate music and theatre. 

The show has been directed by Clare McKenna, and will be musically directed and accompanied by Michael Ferreri - already a favourite of the NY’s cabaret scene.

“An afternoon of brilliant entertainment (…) highly recommended” Fringe Review
 

“Italian performer Monica Salvi almost literally brought the house down. Rarely can (it) have encountered vocals as ground-shakingly powerful as hers” The Wee Review

“A performance of dark, entertaining beauty, guaranteed to disturb and delight in equal measure” The Mumble

“Gem of a show (…) Salvi’s arrival embodies everything that’s dangerous and alluring about the twilight world of cabaret” Fringe Guru

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Finding Peter
Oct
24
to Oct 28

Finding Peter

OCT 24 - OCT 28

11am (Oct 23rd at 7pm), 45 mins

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Critically acclaimed playwright Frankie Meredith, whose debut full length play Turkey has just finished running at the Hope Theatre, now tells her twist on Peter Pan, a sequel where Wendy saves the day, in time for half term and perfect for kids over 4 (and for those of us who refuse to grow up!). Finding Peter is directed by Theatre N16 Artistic Director Scott Ellis, who brought family theatre to Theatre N16 for the first time with last year's critically acclaimed production of The Snow Queen.

If there were one girl in the world who could tell you exactly what Neverland was like, it would be Wendy Darling. Some moons have passed since her and her brothers John and Michael last visited the magical island, but she hasn’t stopped telling stories about it each and every night.

When one such night Tinkerbell flies through the window to let the children know it’s Peter who is in trouble this time, Wendy takes the lead in heading back to Neverland to rescue him and we’re asking you to join her on her most daring adventure yet. 

This is a trip to Neverland via the attic room of the Darling family home, where you will encounter pirates, Indian braves, mermaids and of course a few lost boys. Bring some fairy dust and happy thoughts as you prepare to head to the second star on the right and straight on till morning.

Frankie’s debut full length play Turkey has just finished a three week run at The Hope Theatre in Islington. She has written from a young age but it wasn't until she was accepted onto the Lyric Hammersmith Young Writer’s Programme that she thought about showing anyone her writing. Since then she has had shorts produced at the Southwark Playhouse, Old Red Lion, Waterloo East and New Diorama Theatres. In 2015 she was a part of the Soho Theatre Young Writers Lab where the script that would become Turkey was developed. Frankie is currently in the midst of editing a web series Becoming Danish which she wrote and directed.

***** “quite simply, stunning” The Stage on Frankie Meredith’s Turkey

***** "extremely enjoyable” The Independent on Frankie Meredith’s Turkey

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Mouths in a Glass Monologues
Oct
18
to Oct 21

Mouths in a Glass Monologues

OCT 18 - OCT 21

Wednesday - Saturday, 9.30pm, 60 mins

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Dora, Actress with a Capital A, exhibits her menagerie of mad cap characters in this series of comedy monologues.

“Mark glided into the room like some sort of panther. He did this godforsaken twirl and then posed, legs akimbo, a mix between Shirley Bassey and Scooby Doo...”   ‘Angel’

Written and performed by Sophie Dora-Hall, Mouths In A Glass is a colourful and at times absurd look into the minds and mouths of a variety of women including a doll disgruntled at her treatment, a fragile housewife stuck in the wrong era, a 1930’s hairdresser with an unexpected client, a frustrated psycho-therapist and a Polish woman searching for sausage. Full of one liners, darkly humorous anecdotes and led by a slightly off kilter performer…

“And just when I think the day can’t get any worse, who rocks up? Only her little friend Beyoncé carrying Tiny bloody Tim. He's a dirty little so and so. She found him three weeks ago in Oxfam. He's got black marks on his legs and his willy has been chewed…”  ‘A Doll’s Life’

Having started as a mini web series, Mouths In A Glass Monologues had its debut live show at The Hope Theatre in February 2017.

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing London fringe venue, focused on producing and programming top quality new writing and selected existing works. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare and development of creatives, operating under an Equity Fringe Agreement. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for development within the context of a society in which the arts are increasingly struggling to stay afloat.

★★★★ "Each of the monologues are exceptional in their own right - well paced, interesting, and highly entertaining" London Pub Theatres

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Brighton Horrorfest
Oct
17
to Oct 29

Brighton Horrorfest

  • Sweet Dukebox, The Southern Belle (map)
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OCT 17 - OCT 29

Monday - Sunday, various times/events

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Following a successful festival last year, Brighton Horrorfest is returning to Sweet Venues for 2017, with even more frights for the nights leading up to Halloween.

Theatrical hits from Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes will be performed, including Father of Lies (based on a true story about a mysterious unsolved murder from 1973 in West Germany), which garnered four and five star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe this year. Local company The Other Realm will also be revisiting their production of HP Lovecraft’s Pickman’s Model, and séance show Talking to the Dead also returns following success at Brighton Fringe.

Local puppetry favourites Barely Human Puppets will also be making an appearance with The Sorrowful Tale of Sleeping Sidney, a macabre puppet show, not for the faint-hearted! If you’re after something for the whole family during the October half term holidays, there’s also a Spooky Tales Puppetry Workshop, aimed at kids aged 3-9 to make their own puppets and create stories with them, plus various other events which are suitable for older children and teenagers.

Other highlights include The Mysterious Tales of Poe, revealed through extraordinary magic by the mischievous Ava Beaux, and The Other 1% : What is a Ghost?, a genuine tale of  unexplained paranormal footage, by TBC Audio, who recently premiered their production Protect & Survive at Brighton Fringe. 

There’s also storytelling in abundance from Cast Iron Theatre and Jason Buck, as well as a live podcast recording, a new interactive choose-your-own-adventure show from the team behind Decide-A-Quest, virtual murder ‘tours’, and even horror-themed roleplaying games with the Adventurers Wanted: Plague season, following their mammoth record-breaking 250-hour Dungeons and Dragons game at Edinburgh Fringe.

Artistic Director, JD Henshaw, said, “It is brilliant to bring back Brighton Horrorfest for its second year, with more chills and frights than before! This October we’re bringing all forms of horror to the stage, with the addition of some great family offerings, after all, it shouldn’t just be the adults who are allowed some spooky goings on at the festival. We couldn’t be happier to bring so much excellent work to the diverse cultural scene of Brighton, broadening the amazing festival scene throughout the year.”

Brighton Horrorfest runs 17th-29th October at Sweet Dukebox, The Southern Belle, 3 Waterloo Street, Hove, BN3 1AQ, and opposite the pub at Sweet St Andrews.

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London Devised Theatre Intensive
Oct
15
to Oct 27

London Devised Theatre Intensive

OCT 15 - OCT 27

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The London Devised Theatre Intensive is a new two-week workshop for theatre makers to share and expand their practice of devising theatre. With masterclasses from guest artists including Bryony Kimmings, Kristine Landon-Smith (L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier; Tamasha Theatre), Tom Mansfield (Upstart Theatre), Nir Paldi (Theatre Ad Infinitum), and Lee Simpson (artistic director of Improbable), peer-to-peer practice exchange sessions, and creating performance, the Intensive aims to inspire theatre makers, raise the profile of devised theatre, and foster international connections.

The Intensive is created by Amy Clare Tasker Performance Lab (artistic director Amy Clare Tasker, executive director Susie Italiano), in partnership with Blue Panther Productions (executive producer Laura Lundy). With a diverse and cross-platform background, the creators want to use their experience of similar events in the US to bring the excitement, energy and enthusiasm of a 2 week intensive course in devising theatre to London.

They welcome applications from theatre makers in any discipline: directors, writers, performers, choreographers, composers, and designers. Each attending theatre maker will have the opportunity to share their favourite devising techniques, and add new ones to their creative toolbox. Over the course of two weeks, small groups will devise short pieces to be shared in an informal setting at the end of the programme. 

The London Devised Theatre Intensive will run using Open Space Technology. A radical alternative to the traditional theatre model, Open Space creates an anti-hierarchical environment for rapid generation of ideas and shared ownership of the work. Amy Clare Tasker Performance Lab uses Open Space as a practical way to match their method to their values: equality, inclusivity, presence, surprise, and possibility.

The Intensive has only 18 places available and discount offers available to promote accessibility.

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Ouroboros
Oct
12
to Oct 14

Ouroboros

OCT 12 - OCT 14

Thursday - Saturday, 9.30pm, 60 mins

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Ouroboros, written and performed by Charlotte Fox (Ecole Jacques Lecoq), is a riotous new solo play that satirises the disturbing consequences of today’s growing culture of narcissism, ego, overconsumption and the extremes we go to in order to look and feelgood.

Charlotte is both amused by the manipulation pedalled by many self-proclaimed wellness gurus, and yet also complicit in the culture that surrounds it. Utilizing her high aptitude for physical comedy, clown and grotesque bouffon, Fox holds up a distorting mirror to reflect the glamour, seduction, salesmanship, terror and deceit of the charlatans who inhabit the world of “wellness”.

She comments: “I created Ouroboros for audiences to see the impact of a society dominated by superficiality, commercialism, ego mania, selfies and Instagram culture. We consume waves of information about the realities of others and our own expectations for living have become distorted. I am all too aware of how psychologically damaging and anxiety-inducing these experiences can be.

Inspired by Charlotte’s own experiences of growing up and as a dancer facing pressure from both teachers and peers to look and eat a certain way, this high-energy piece of theatre tells a story which will resonate with many people today.

Ouroboros is a chaotic solo show in which a parade of grotesque and darkly comic characters are caught in a comedic catastrophe of egomania, thinspiration, selfie-seminars and vegans who vogue. Through the lens of this distorted reality we meet a young actress struggling to survive in this fiercely competitive world. Where superfoods are devoured with religious devotion, and you’re only ever as popular as your latest Instagram post, can you handle the pressure? Or will you be consumed?

"Brilliantly choreographed dance and physical theatre” Litro Magazine

"Charlotte Fox mesmerises (...) a talented actress with effortless comedic timing” Theatre Full Stop

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Maiden Speech: A Festival of Fresh Voices
Oct
10
to Oct 21

Maiden Speech: A Festival of Fresh Voices

OCT 10 - OCT 21

Tuesday - Saturday, 7.30pm and 8.20pm (Saturday matinees at 3pm, 4pm and 6.30pm), 45/60 mins

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From dark comedy to lip-sync, Shakespearean cabaret to rap, Maiden Speech is a new and exciting feminist theatre festival featuring a varied selection of original works exploring feminism today.

Bringing together ten exciting emerging artists, Maiden Speech promises to be a festival that entertains and provokes, engaging with questions of feminism and sexuality through a myriad of stories and styles. Brought to you by a team of recent Mountview graduates, each with their own distinct approach to feminism and theatre, this festival marks the first time these nine pieces have been performed on a London stage.

Festival shows include face-paced dark comedy Daisy, like the flower; hilarious and heart-breaking one-woman show Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks; musical one-woman show about sexuality and social conformity Inside Out; lip-sync comedy (RE)Play; one-woman hip hop show in verse The White Feminist’s Guide to Sex and Hip Hop; a one-woman show re-inventing the classic 90s film Pulp Fiction; sisterly sex talk Ma, Am I Good in Bed?; re-imagined fairy-tale with acapella Norwegian folk music Sisters of the Sea: The Little Mermaid Retold; and new Shakespeare-inspired cabaret Much Ado About Hero.

Sherrill Gow, Artistic Mentor, says: “Maiden Speech unites a group of young artists, who explore and grapple with gender and sexuality in different ways; the outcomes are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes messy and sometimes unable to solve the problems presented on stage.” Sherrill is currently Senior Acting Tutor and MA Supervisor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. 

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing London fringe venue, focused on producing and programming top quality new writing and selected existing works. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare and development of creatives, operating under an Equity Fringe Agreement. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for development within the context of a society in which the arts are increasingly struggling to stay afloat.

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The Tempest
Sep
27
to Oct 29

The Tempest

SEP 27 - OCT 29

various dates and times, 75 mins

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International theatre company Bilimankhwe Arts presents their new production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by artistic director Kate Stafford and designed by Hazel Albarn, on UK tour in Autumn 2017.

This powerful, passionate and magical production features stunning contemporary African choreography from Shyne Phiri, with an original soundtrack which samples traditional Malawian music. Full of humour and movement, the show is fast paced, urban and exciting.

The Tempest is about patriarchy, colonialism and power, with a multi-racial cast of Native English speakers for Prospero, Miranda, Ferdinand, Trinculo and Stephano, and Native Chichewa speakers for Caliban and Ariel. By bringing together artists from Africa and Europe, the company uses the best from both continents to both entertain and move audiences. The Tempest is supported by Africa Express and Arts Council England.

Bilimankhwe, set up in 2006 by Kate Stafford and Gideon Kagoya, uses contemporary British and African performance styles to challenge attitudes towards race and culture. Projects include; After Mikuyu, life story of dissident poet Jack Mapanje; Love on Trial, an adaptation of Stanley Onjezani Kenani’s Caine Prize nominated story; Brothers in Blood and Elusive Spring by Mike Van Graan, a collaboration with UK Arts International and the Afrovibes Festival. This year Bilimankhwe developed a Chichewa language version of Romeo and Juliet, which has been published and performed across Malawi.

Designer Hazel Albarn is a visual artist, sculptor and set designer. She started her career creating The Shakespeare Exhibition in Stratford on Avon in 1964, then ran 26 Kingly Street with her partner Keith Albarn; it was an environmental gallery in the centre of London where a group of artists created walk-in environments and installations; they hosted poetry readings and experimental music artists (Malcolm McLaren first exhibited there), and took the work out to public places, festivals and theatres.

“moments of shocking frustration and touching humanity” Time Out London    on Bilimankhwe’s And Crocodiles are Hungry at Night

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Lucy Light
Sep
19
to Oct 7

Lucy Light

SEP 19 - OCT 7

Tuesday - Saturday, 7.30pm (Saturday matinees at 2.30pm), 60 mins

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LUCY LIGHT, written by Sarah Milton and presented by Theatre N16, tells the story of Jess and Lucy. Starting when they’re fifteen, the play maps the journey of Lucy’s decision to have a premature bilateral prophylactic mastectomy (removal of both breasts). We follow the girls from ages fifteen to twenty six, as they develop as women, deepen their understanding of their own identities, and battle with Lucy's knowledge of the likelihood that she will develop breast cancer.

This evocative, heartfelt piece seeks to examine female friendship and the choice of removing your breast tissue prematurely after diagnosis of the BRCA One gene (the gene that makes you 80% more likely to develop breast cancer) and the effect that the diagnosis has on women, both physically and psychologically.

LUCY LIGHT began its journey on the week long HighTide Writer's Academy 2015, in association with Chichester Festival Theatre, for 16-25 year olds. In May 2016, LUCY LIGHT was presented as one of the top six submitted plays to The Steyning Festival, West Sussex as a professional reading. It now receives its full professional production from the Theatre N16, this September 2017 and is Scott Ellis' inaugural production that he directs as Artistic Director for the venue.

LUCY LIGHT is being presented in association, and in aid of, The Eve Appeal: the only UK national charity raising awareness and funding research into the five gynaecological cancers – ovarian, womb, cervical, vaginal and vulval – and also run a BRCA Protect research clinic. They were set up to save women’s lives by funding ground-breaking research focused on developing effective methods of risk prediction, earlier detection and developing screening for these women-only cancers. September is Gynae Cancer Awareness Month.

“Beautifully woven” (What’s On Stage on Sarah Milton’s Tumble Tuck)

"A compelling story, deftly told” (The Stage on Sarah Milton’s Tumble Tuck)

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Pageant (Poole)
Sep
1
to Sep 2

Pageant (Poole)

SEP 1 - SEP 2

Friday - Saturday, 7.45pm, 95 mins (not including interval)

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Legendary musical writer and director Bill Russell (Side Show, Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens) reunites with actor Miles Western for a brand new production of Pageant, which ran in the West End and won Western an Olivier for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. The show will play at the London Irish Centre as part of the Camden Fringe, before travelling to the Poole Lighthouse.

Pageant is a fabulous musical comedy about the world of beauty pageants - where six hopeful contestants battle to win the coveted title of ‘Miss Glamouresse’. But this is no ordinary pageant: all of the ‘girls’ are played by men. With catchy songs, outrageous costumes and hilarious dialogue, the contestants compete in rounds including talent, spokesperson, ball gowns and swimsuits. Finally, their fate rests with a panel of judges selected from the audience. Who will it be?

Pageant debuted Off-Broadway in 1991 at the Blue Angel in New York, where it ran for more than a year before playing successful engagements on the West End and around the world. Writer/director Bill Russell is an internationally produced author of musicals for the stage. He received Tony Award nominations for his book and lyrics for Side Show. Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (author; book and lyrics) has been performed around the world and Bill directed it at the Kings Head, Drill Hall and Criterion in addition to many theaters in America. 

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“as outspokenly feminist as any pro-choice advocate" Vogue

"good, clean, campy fun" The New Yorker

"dazzling... show-stopping sparkling absurd humor" The Independent

"I cried with laughter" Metro

"Screamingly funny" New York Times

"Outrageous, ground-breaking and thigh-slappingly hilarious" Rex Reed, NY Observer

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Pageant
Aug
10
to Aug 25

Pageant

AUG 10 - AUG 25

10th - 12th, 17th - 19th, 23rd - 25th, 9pm, 95 mins (not including interval)

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Legendary musical writer and director Bill Russell (Side Show, Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens) reunites with actor Miles Western for a brand new production of Pageant, which ran in the West End and won Western an Olivier for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. The show will play at the London Irish Centre as part of the Camden Fringe, before travelling to the Poole Lighthouse.

Pageant is a fabulous musical comedy about the world of beauty pageants - where six hopeful contestants battle to win the coveted title of ‘Miss Glamouresse’. But this is no ordinary pageant: all of the ‘girls’ are played by men. With catchy songs, outrageous costumes and hilarious dialogue, the contestants compete in rounds including talent, spokesperson, ball gowns and swimsuits. Finally, their fate rests with a panel of judges selected from the audience. Who will it be?

Pageant debuted Off-Broadway in 1991 at the Blue Angel in New York, where it ran for more than a year before playing successful engagements on the West End and around the world. Writer/director Bill Russell is an internationally produced author of musicals for the stage. He received Tony Award nominations for his book and lyrics for Side Show. Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (author; book and lyrics) has been performed around the world and Bill directed it at the Kings Head, Drill Hall and Criterion in addition to many theaters in America. 

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“as outspokenly feminist as any pro-choice advocate" Vogue

"good, clean, campy fun" The New Yorker

"dazzling... show-stopping sparkling absurd humor" The Independent

"I cried with laughter" Metro

"Screamingly funny" New York Times

"Outrageous, ground-breaking and thigh-slappingly hilarious" Rex Reed, NY Observer

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The Wasp
Jul
31
to Aug 12

The Wasp

JUL 31 - AUG 12

Monday - Saturday, 7.30pm, 120 mins

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Written by Morgan Lloyd Malcom, The Wasp is an electric thriller asking how far beyond the playground we carry our childhood experiences and what lengths we are willing to go to overcome them.

Why do hurt people hurt people? Can we transcend and forgive others for the misguided wrongs done to us in childhood?

Heather and Carla haven't seen each other since school. Their lives have taken very different paths - Carla lives a hand-to-mouth existence, while Heather has a high flying career, a husband and a beautiful home. And yet, here they are in a cafe having tea and making awkward conversation. That is, until Heather presents Carla with an unexpected proposition.

Playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play Belongings was produced at the Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios in 2011 to critical acclaim and was shortlisted for The Charles Wintour Most Promising Playwright Award and the Whatsonstage.com Best New Play Award.

Lisa Gorgin, seen most recently in White Gold (BBC), was Wendy-Jo in the original West End cast of Footloose (Novello Theatre and Playhouse Theatre). Selina Giles has performed with Robert Downey Jr (Restoration), Sam Rockwell (Piccadilly Jim), Jean Claude Van Damme and Stephen Rea (Until Death), and Natalie Portman and John Hurt (V for Vendetta).

Director Anna Simpson trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. UK directing credits include: Dorian Gray (Pleasance Theatre, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe), The Government Inspector (Pleasance, London and Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Close to You (Southwark Playhouse, London; Royal Irish Academy of Music; Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013); and Disco Pigs (Tristan Bates, London; the Brewery Theatre, Bristol).

Designer Mike Leopold has been nominated  for Off West End Awards twice for Best Set Design - once for Proof at the Tabard Theatre, and again for Chummy at The White Bear Theatre. Other Theatre credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Adelphi Theatre, showtime challenge); Hamlet (Bussey Building); and Montagu (Tabard Theatre).

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Sheep
Jul
18
to Aug 5

Sheep

JUL 18 - AUG 5

Tuesday - Saturday, 7pm (4pm matinees Sundays), 85 mins

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A modern day insom-com that focuses on sleep deprivation, existential angst, alternative realities... and sheep.

''London's a fragile flower, she needs darkness to make her grow, not sunlight. When night falls, she blooms. All kinds of sh*t goes down on her watch"

It’s been twenty-one nights since Dexy last slept. It could be down to his choice of pillow. Duck Down. It could be down the heating in his flat. Nonexistent. Or it could be the fact his girlfriend’s missing, the police are scouring the streets and Dexy’s past is catching up with him. 

Ensconced in his third floor flat, over the course of an evening Dexy attempts to cast his mind back and fit the relevant pieces together, but as the blare of the sirens gets louder and night turns to morning the lines between dreams and reality and rational thinking and insanity become ever more blurred.

As if this wasn’t enough, Dexy is visited by three very different people during the night.

Ciaran Lonsdale stars as Dexy (World Mad, Soho Theatre; Glamour Girl, Maltings Arts Theatre; The Santa Suicides Web Series), with James Groom as Leo (Simon Stephen's Christmas, White Bear Theatre; Robert Dudley Earl in the Channel 5 drama Elizabeth), Niamh Watson as Margot (Amber in Dreamless Sleep, Arts Theatre; Still I See My Baby, Sky or the Bird) and Bruce Kitchener as Vic (Frank in Snapshot, Hope Theatre; Four Thieves Vinegar, Baron's Court Theatre). 

Over the past ten years David Cantor has written for television and the stage and worked on a variety of shows including three of the BBC’s most successful sitcoms, My Family, Two Pints Of Lager & A Packet Of Crisps, and The Green Green Grass. David also wrote the dark comedy Noddyland, which was entered into Channel 4’s Comedy Blap season last year and has contributed to sketch shows including BBC’s That Mitchell & Webb Look, children’s programmes such as CITV’s My Phone Genie and CBBC’s Fit while supplying material for the anarchic game show Shooting Stars. Away from television, David has previously written two stage plays. Stopping Distance had a full cast read through at the Old Vic and is currently in development at The Park Theatre, while I Play For Me was performed at the White Bear in Kennington in 2015.

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Boy's Club
Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

Boy's Club

JUL 12

8pm, 60 mins

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Some girls would do anything to be on stage. This is Boys Club: a gender-bending satire on inequality by Two Tongue Theatre, coming to Jackson’s Lane as part of their Postcards Festival 2017.

Two unemployed actresses have no choice but to pass for men in order to get work. Together, they host the male cabaret ‘Boys Club’ and deliver a testosterone-fuelled routine of dances and macho jokes... until an accident forces them to rethink their options. Awaken your inner activist in this gender-bending satire from Two Tongue Theatre.

Two Tongue Theatre is London-based duo, Sharlit Deyzac and Leonor Lemee. Moved by a joyful attraction for what is strange, dark, funny and disturbing, their theatre playfully explores the female experience and combines intense physical performances, multiple languages and audience interaction. Boys Club is Two Tongue’s 3rd show, devised by the company, under the direction of dark clown master Peta Lily.

In November 2015, the ‘Sony Leaks’ revealed how top Hollywood actresses were getting paid less than their male counter-parts. This sparked Sharlit and Leonor’s desire to make a fun feminist piece drawing from their experiences as women in the entertainment industry.

Boys Club started its life as a 30min piece titled Twisted and Tongue Tied, which was performed throughout 2016 in the UK and France. In its full length version, Boys Club premiered at Voila! Europe Theatre Festival in November 2016 and has been touring London since. It has been programmed at Theatre Utopia, The Etcetera Theatre, Hackney Showroom and the King’s Head Theatre.

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“Never has an act been better timed. Fresh, funny, smart and engaging” Lucy Loves Circus

“It’s like Reservoir Dogs meets the Spice Girls via Alexi Sayle, fantastic fun with a good dangerous bite to it” Madeleine Bowyer

Corrosive humor, fine writing and explosive characters" Cheek Magazine

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The God of Hell
Jul
12
to Aug 5

The God of Hell

JUL 12 - AUG 5

Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm, 70 mins

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After a year making a documentary and volunteering on the front-line of the European refugee crisis, critically acclaimed fringe theatre company Craft Theatre returns to London this summer with Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell, the first piece in a 12 month season of four shows.

The setting is a Wisconsin dairy farm, where the heifer-breeding Frank and Emma live in rustic isolation. But their peace has been shattered by Graig Haynes, a radioactive refugee from a plutonium-producing establishment. While he hides in the basement, a supposed salesman of patriotic baubles named Welch turns up in hot pursuit. What follows is a process of intimidation in which Welch not only gets his man, but terrorises the innocent mid-Westerners.

Director Rocky Rodriguez, Jr. says: “Shepard says the piece is “a take-off on Republican fascism”. It is eerie, it is satire, and it is goofy at times. It premiered in 2005, in response to the human rights abuses/justified experimentation revealed from declassified 'plutonium files' in which the US government injected/fed/and induced plutonium on unsuspecting citizens including the disabled, the pregnant, and the testicles of convicts, all for the creation of  fancy nuclear developments. The piece was viewed as a touch too far-fetched, but people didn't really know about these experiments at the time. With the rise of fake news, profit-seeking immigration detention centres, ICE, the far right in the USA/Europe and Trump-ism, climate denialism, undeclared war, prioritising the corporation over the citizen, society is heading towards the same place that they used to justify the plutonium experiments. All of a sudden Shepard’s satire demands real reflection.” Craft Theatre actors have previous experience including the RSC, ENO, Royal Court, and many major motion pictures.

Craft Theatre are producing a full season of 4 shows over the next 12 months across multiple London fringe venues, including The God of Hell.

Other pieces will include: The Nazi Comparison - devised with excerpts from Hanns Johst’s Schlageter (one of the few “Nazi” plays) juxtaposed with contemporary political rhetoric; and His Name Was Samir Nasrallah - devised from the story of Rachel Corrie, and Craft Theatre’s first-hand experience on the front line of the European Refugee Crisis.

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“poignant (..) darkly comic (…) masterfully acerbic” USA Today on The God of Hell

fearless, rigorous, heart-breaking, passionate and thought-provoking” Bargain Theatre on Dante’s Inferno

“Mr Shepard’s gift for finding deadpan surrealism in bucolic speech (is) as hilarious as it is sobering” The New York Times on The God of Hell

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Heroines
Jul
11
to Jul 15

Heroines

JUL 11 - JUL 15

Tuesday - Saturday, 9.15pm (Saturday matinee at 2.30pm), 60 mins

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After running a successful scratch night and 24 hour play event, new collaborative theatre company emberfly theatre now come to Theatre N16 with their first full-length production, Heroines. This new devised piece sees six of Shakespeare’s women plucked from their individual plays, placed with us in the here and now in the 21st Century.

Instead of Lady Macbeth, you get Emma: Still a powerhouse, still ambitious but a bit less murderous. What about Ophelia? Would she be the same? Maybe not… Effie, inspired by both Ophelia and Hamlet, still struggles with her mental health, but wouldn’t any actor with 20 jobs? Who is Juliet without Romeo? Chilling with her best mate Ros, pre-drinking and essay writing. When “shrew” Kate isn’t causing drama, she resides on her yoga mat… to eat Nutella. When it all goes tits up, Delia the Defuser is always at hand. You know, they always say it’s the quiet ones? No wonder Shakespeare didn’t put this feisty lot in the same play!

emberfly theatre is a new collaborative theatre company of emerging artists. They seek to create work that has a focus on being positive and proactive whilst keeping the female story at the forefront. As a company with a focus on supporting emerging artists, they constantly try to provide support and platforms for emerging artists to develop skills, industry contacts and their creativity in a professional environment. Their first production, Heroines, employs six female actors and gives them the chance to be a part of the creativity from the early stages through a collaborative process.

Co-founders Joanne Sealey and Hannah Abbott met at East 15 Acting School where they trained together as actors and have wanted to create work together ever since. As actors starting out in the industry, Hannah and Joanne have both worked on several small tours and various theatre jobs. Hannah is also a founder of Fabletop Theatre established from an East 15 team who have performed their production The Girl and the Box at White Bear Theatre, it was later commissioned by Blue Elephant and then went on to Camden Fringe. Joanne is also founder of New Match Collective which performed their debut production of new script Swipe at Hen and Chicken’s as part of Camden Fringe.

Thanks for the inspiration Shakespeare, we'll take it from here.

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Dead Souls
Jul
4
to Jul 8

Dead Souls

JUL 4 - JUL 8

Tuesday - Saturday, 7.15pm, 80 mins

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Featuring live video feedback and sound sculpture, Monkhead Theatre presents a non-traditional adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s 19th century masterpiece. Be prepared to explore the world beyond the stage, as we set our characters loose on 21st century London…

Dead Souls is Gogol’s unfinished epic satire of Russian society, the hilarious story of Pavel Chichikov’s twisted quest to acquire as many dead serfs as he can. Dead Souls is a darkly comic novel about the power of the Capitalist system to turn human beings into numbers and the ways in which cynical individuals exploit this, eroding their own humanity in the process. One hundred years on from the revolution, the big and scary question of Russian literature - In what kind of society do we want to live? - has never been more relevant to a Western audience.

Monkhead is a minority ethnic and female-led theatre company specialising in experimental adaptations of classic literature. Chloë Myerson is a working television writer represented by The Agency, and Nico Pimparé is a working actor and director, and a member of the Young Vic Directors Programme and of the National Youth Theatre. Together they formed Monkhead Theatre in 2017, inspired by a mutual love both of the well-structured narratives and ambitious social arcs of classic literature and the wild rock & roll playfulness of experimental multimedia theatre. Monkhead adopts a holistic and ensemble-based approach to theatre-making, where the entire creative team build a world together from the collective imagination. The work in the rehearsal room is based around Lecoq, Bogart and Grotowski principles - including video, physical theatre and sound sculpture.

Dead Souls stars Toby Osmond (Thomas Cromwell in Henry VIII and His Six Wives, Channel 5), Joshua Jacob (Jeremy in Switch, Tricycle Theatre) and Jules Armana (nominated for Best Actor in the Hof Independent Fim Festival for his performance in Meier, Müller, Schmidt, Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino).

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“A complicated and intelligent play. Congrats!” Audience Feedback

“It’s got something very Tom Stoppard (…) with more style” Audience Feedback

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Suckers
Jun
28
to Jul 1

Suckers

JUN 28 - JUL 1

Wednesday - Saturday, 9pm, 60 mins

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After their last show at Theatre N16, January’s Brains, Thick & Thin Theatre return to Theatre N16 with their signature brand of funny, fast paced comedy tinged with irony; taking everyday settings and injecting them with a generous helping of the absurd. This time, they present a new play about democracy, power and… vampires.

In a not too dissimilar world to our own, where clunky metaphors are realised, Whitehall has been infiltrated by clans of bloodsucking creatures vying for control of the masses. After a by-election is triggered in the West Country constituency of Milford, vampires Frank Maynard and Jonathan Laurence emerge as the two front-runners for the seat. While fresh-faced Frank is groomed for governance by his short-fused campaign manager Julian Webster and ex-flame Susan Baker, Jonathan relies on his own Machiavellian methods of power brokering to assure victory at any cost, helped by his trusty if sarcastic aide Joanna Foster. With intrepid reporter Fiona Ripinsky hot on their trails and the campaign causing unexpectedly non-vampiric problems, the two candidates will soon realise that politics can be one bloody affair…

Suckers is a raucous comedy that pokes fun at the political landscape with its tongue firmly in its cheek. Thick & Thin Theatre are a young company based in London, founded in 2016 by Cameron Szerdy, Tom Spencer & Jack Dent.

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing London fringe venue, focused on producing and programming top quality new writing and selected existing works. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare and development of creatives, operating under an Equity Fringe Agreement. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for development within the context of a society in which the arts are increasingly struggling to stay afloat.

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“Thick & Thin have something interesting to say” There Ought to be Clowns

★★★★★ StageScan / ★★★★ The Mortal Fool

“Thick & Thin are getting off to the right start” View from the Cheap Seat

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The Passion of the Playboy Riots
Jun
27
to Jul 8

The Passion of the Playboy Riots

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JUN 27 - JUL 8

Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm (matinees 3pm on Saturdays), 50 mins

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New play The Passion of the Playboy Riots is based on the published writings of W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, who founded the Irish Literary Theatre, and Patrick Pearse, a charismatic but troubled schoolteacher and the first of the leaders of the Easter Rising to face the firing squad. It tells the true story of the role played by theatre in the origins of the IRA. 

Can art be propaganda? Can propaganda be art?

The Passion of the Playboy Riots is set backstage during performances of ground-breaking Irish plays: Cathleen ni Hoolihan in 1902, The Playboy of the Western World in 1907 and The Plough and the Stars in 1926. Yeats and Lady Gregory want to raise the profile and status of Irish culture in support of the campaign for Home Rule, and to support the best new Irish writers. They are shocked when Pearse and others accuse them of being unpatriotic and insufficiently Irish.

As we strive to predict the effects of Brexit on the Northern Ireland Peace Process, the Scottish independence movement, and on the rise of popular nationalism across Europe, the lessons of the Irish experience a century ago could hardly be more relevant.

Northern-Irish Catholic-raised actor Justin McKenna is delighted to be playing Patrick Pearse, seen by many as the embodiment of the 1916 Easter Rising. "You don't need to be an expert in Irish history to follow the story. It’s about three real people and their relationships, hopes and ambitions. The historical detail is in the background and, like all Irish history, it’s fascinating and sometimes surprising.”

Writer Neil Weatherall previously worked for a major defence contractor as their liaison with the Prime Minister's Office, the Cabinet Office, Home Office, Foreign Office and related agencies. In 2010 he served with the RAF Regiment in an intelligence role in Kandahar, Afghanistan. This is his second play.

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“Funny, taut and thought-provoking” Professor R. F. Foster, author of W. B. Yeats: A Life

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Lonely Planet
Jun
27
to Jul 15

Lonely Planet

JUN 27 - JUL 15

Tuesday - Saturday, 7.30pm, 90 mins (not including interval)

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Recipient of the PEN U.S.A. Award in Drama, Lonely Planet originally premiered in Northlight Theatre, Illinois in 1993. Considered his most widely performed work, this production marks its UK premiere from award-winning playwright Steven Dietz, recently placed eighth on the list of the Top Ten Most Produced Playwrights in America, equal to Edward Albee and Tennessee Williams. 

It’s the 1980’s in an unknown American city. There is no internet and mobile phones are a rarity, sharing information and knowledge is near impossible. It’s dark, and communication is hard. A poster appears at a local store, it’s a photo of a person’s torso with lesions all over. It’s an unknown condition that spreads quickly. 

Lonely Planet is a heartfelt, funny and ultimately moving play that focuses on the friendship between Jody, a cautious and thoughtful man who insulates himself in the map store he owns; and Carl, a frequent visitor to the store with an unusually vivid imagination and multiple, ever-changing occupations. Carl notices Jody has been isolating himself from the world and starts bringing chairs into his shop to convince him to confront the fears which prevent him from leaving his store. The play shows an individual’s struggle to come to terms with illness, their own mortality and the stigma associated with AIDS.

Director Ian Brown was artistic director and chief executive of the West Yorkshire Playhouse and was previously artistic director of the TAG Theatre Company in Glasgow and the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.

Steven Dietz's 30 plus plays and adaptations have been seen at over 100 regional theatres in the United States, as well as Off-Broadway. International productions have been seen in over 20 countries and his work has been translated into 10 languages. Dietz is a two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award for Fiction and Still Life with Iris, as well as a two-time finalist for the Steinberg New Play Award for Last of the Boys and Becky's New Car. He received the PEN USA West Award in Drama for Lonely Planet and the 2007 Edgar Award© for Drama for Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure.

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“Mr. Dietz is a graceful writer, able to set up & work out his conceits with intelligent precision. There is no ignoring the honest & troubled emotional core at the play's center” The New York Times

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AI Love You
Jun
14
to Jun 24

AI Love You

JUN 14 - JUN 24

Wednesday – Sunday, 7.30pm, 60 mins (2.30pm Sundays)

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Heart to Heart Theatre present an exciting theatrical experiment: a “choose your own story” exploration of the developing boundaries between humans and artificial intelligence which lets you decide - could the will of a robot ever override the will of a man?

Meet Adam and April: a regular twenty something couple who enjoy socialising, going to the gym and bingeing on Netflix. Adam doesn’t always do his share of the dishes, and April sings country songs that annoy Adam in the shower. They're not perfect, but they were blissfully generic until April's body started shutting down. They have gone from building dreams of a future to arguing about how long April should live hopelessly before meeting her maker - a corporation who bring their story to your attention.
Now, as April's demise hangs heavy in the air between them, you are invited to explore with them what it was that made them so perfectly average; and given a powerful vote to decide whether she should be allowed to die before Adam is ready to say goodbye.

AI Love You is an interactive show by Heart to Heart Theatre which discusses the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence. Casting the audience as an ‘Ethical Steering Committee’ for a corporation who are striving ahead in the AI field, they decide the fate of the characters, and make heart-breaking decisions about their lives that linger long after the lights have gone up.

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“This is remarkable theatre: intense, shocking, and thoroughly absorbing. At its heart is a profound, universally applicable comment on our need to connect with others” A Younger Theatre

“Everything about the show was just right (…) I was totally engrossed by the story” London Theatre 1

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Misanthrope
Jun
13
to Jul 8

Misanthrope

JUN 13 - JUL 8

English (June 13th – 17th, 26th – 29th and July 7th and 8th) / French (June 20th – 24th, 30th and July 1st and 4th – 6th), 7.30pm, 90 mins

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Exchange Theatre returns to the Drayton Arms Theatre with Misanthrope, by Moliere, as part of their yearly Bastille Festival – a celebration of French theatre, performed in English and French. 

In a time of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’, Misanthrope finds unanticipated echoes in the world today. Alceste, the most loyal man in the world, lacks only one virtue: indulgence for other’s behaviours. His search for genuineness against hypocrisy, special interests and treachery calls for a new London production in 2017. With his unique touch, Off West End Best Director nominee David Furlong returns to direct, fresh from his stint at the Royal Opera House. 

David Furlong says: “After last year’s recognition from our peers, the press and the audience, and following the conversation we started in a post-Brexit UK, it seems that we have found our place as ‘outsiders’. Ten years after our first steps into translations of rare French-speaking plays, we are so proud to produce bold double productions in two languages and hold an annual festival for migrants and multi-lingual theatre makers. And it’s only logical that we will carry on exploring our unique language of diversity and the variety of processes that make ours as a company. We’re thrilled to follow last year’s success with another passionate effort at making theatre for our time.”

Exchange Theatre is an international company established in 2006 in London in order to translate and produce unknown or rare French-speaking plays in English. Led by David Furlong and Fanny Dulin, the company translates plays from major French playwrights for the first time in London and off Broadway) before being resident at the French Institute from 2010 to 2012.

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“how poignant that this Anglo-French collaboration should be staged right here, right now - bravo et merci” Broadway World

*** “rock and roll Moliere (…) masterful comedic style, clever and very funny” The Upcoming

very funny (…) playful in its use of multilingual delivery ” Everything Theatre

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AISHA
Jun
13
to Jun 24

AISHA

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JUN 13 - JUN 24

Tuesday – Saturday, 7pm, matinees Saturday at 3pm, 90 mins

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“Arms pinned down at each corner of this crux – a handmaid crucified by the hands of lust.”

New young writer/director AJ presents his first play, AISHA, which through rhythmic verse, heavily influenced by contemporary spoken word, discusses the practice and repercussions of child marriage; a practice still perpetrated in the UK, with the Home Office estimating that between 5,000 and 8,000 young people a year are at risk.

AISHA is about an underage girl forced by her parents to marry a 51-year-old man at the age of 14. Aisha is sold in exchange for an expensive dowry, a dowry that Aisha’s parents use to better themselves and abandon their daughter: an act justified by cultural and religious traditions. The man that Aisha is forced to marry and live with is sadistic and abusive. She is forbidden to leave the house; communicate with the outside world; shower or bathe herself on a regular basis; and is denied every human right. Aisha is bound to domestic duty and forced to submit to any sexual act her husband wishes to bestow upon her. How will she continue to cope?   

The cast includes Alexander Lincoln (MMBF 'Rising Star' 2016), Olivia Valler-Feltham (Mountview), Ayo Oyelakin (Actors Temple and Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop) and Sabrina Richmond (New York Film Academy, New York), and the theatrical debut of second-year University student Laura Adebisi, who plays the now 17-year-old titular role.

25-year-old writer, director and producer AJ, was raised in South East London, Woolwich. He says: “I strive to create unconventional and thought-provoking work that audience members can deeply engage with. Theatre should be and can be used as a medium to transform society. Aisha is a clear representation of this; I chose to artistically portray the grave effect child marriage can have on a child, in hope that the conveying of this will bring to light a social-ill that is somehow dangerously overlooked.”

Production company AILIA is creating a new theatre for radical, free-spirited artists; and the open-minded spectator. A large percentage of the box office sales from AISHA will be donated to certain forced marriage, child marriage, and child sexual exploitation charitable organisations.

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Incident at Vichy
Jun
7
to Jun 25

Incident at Vichy

JUN 7 - JUN 25

Tuesday – Saturday, 7pm (matinees 2.15pm on Saturdays and Sundays, 85 mins

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After a critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre, Phil Willmott’s new production of Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy transfers to the King’s Head Theatre. In this forgotten masterpiece about Jewish registration in Nazi-occupied France, Miller’s play seems closer than ever to today’s world of “Extreme Vetting” and religious persecution.

Director Phil Willmott says: “Demand to see this production took us all by surprise. With the show selling out after previews and even returned tickets snapped up within hours, I'm absolutely delighted that we're to embark on a second run at the King’s Head and that many more people will experience this powerful and poignant drama. With the rise of the far right in Europe, no one can afford to ignore the sometimes uncomfortable truths about compliance and complicity laid bare by Miller's depiction of ten disparate and terrified prisoners, pulled off the streets and awaiting racial profiling.”

King’s Head artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher says: “We’re so thrilled to have Phil Willmott back at the King’s Head Theatre, and the smash success of Incident at Vichy is proof-positive of the power of pub theatre. It’s a pleasure to be able to give a wider audience a chance to experience Miller’s painfully relevant play.”

In the detention room of a Vichy police station in 1942, eight men have been picked up for questioning but none are told why they are held, or when they can leave. At first, their hopeful guess is that only their identity papers will be checked – but as each man is removed for interrogation, some are set free, some are never seen again, and the stakes rise for those who remain… A haunting examination of the cold, bureaucratic efficiency of evil – and the shared humanity that might overcome it. 

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**** “hugely effective (…) the tension is stoked to perfection by Phil Willmott” Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

**** “a powerful revival (…) this is buried treasure” David Calhoun, Time Out

**** “Arthur Miller's cautionary play still bristles with unsettling, yet compelling relevance, producing an engrossing and unmissable evening's drama” Actdrop

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The Cloakroom Attendant
Jun
2
to Jun 3

The Cloakroom Attendant

JUN 2 - JUN 3

7pm, 60 mins

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The cloakroom attendant of a national museum invites the audience in a journey to the secrets of her profession, which is no other than the study of human nature. By opening the gates of the sacred temple which is the museum, artefacts come to life and visitors take mythical dimensions. Condemned lovers, an unfortunate queen and a young painter help the cloakroom attendant in her pursuit of happiness in a world filled with the beauty of art and the ugliness of war.

Poetry can be found in the humblest of things, and even more in these which people scorn.

The cloakroom attendant is a witty and poetic one-woman show, written and performed by Dimitra Barla. The world of the woman behind the cloakroom counter is a mixture of reality, imagination and aspirations. The plot is three-folded comprising of stories from the attendant’s daily routine in the cloakroom, fictional stories inspired by artefacts and insights into visitors to the museum. The play will have its debut performance on June 2nd and 3rd in London at the Canal Café Theatre.

Dimitra Barla trained at East 15 Acting School in London and Embros Drama School in Athens. She has directed and performed the shows SOLO (Vault festival 2014 and Eleusis festival 2013), Medusa the lady in the mirror (Athens January 2012 and Acreide, 2011) and Tales of female madness (Athens May 2012). All plays received four star reviews. Dimitra holds lead parts in the UK feature film I love London and the awarded Greek film The cypress deep down. She is also currently developing the short film The velveteen rabbit- A tale of love and addiction. 

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**** “Dimitra knows how to captivate the audience’s attention” Greek national paper Kathimerini

**** “SOLO is ethereal, magnetic and perfectly judged” View From the Gods

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The 49
May
30
to Jun 17

The 49

MAY 30 - JUN 17

Tuesday – Sunday, 9.15pm, 60 mins

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The 49 is a poignant, moving new play by Gary Thomas which takes place before the Orlando Gay Nightclub massacre in June 2016 up to the night when 49 people were murdered by a single gunman. The play explores sexuality, identity, and what it is to be safe in a modern world.

Where's your safe place? Where's the place that makes you be you? Somewhere to dance. To lose yourself. To not care. Every place should be that. But for some of us, that's not the case.

The 49 is directed by Theatre N16 deputy artistic director Courtney Larkin, and produced by executive director Jamie Eastlake. The cast includes Aaron Douglas (Inventive Sabotage Theatre Company), Harold Addo (Treasure Island, Iris Theatre) and Yasmine Holness-Dove (The Apprentice and The Young Apprentice), with sound design by Jethro Cooke (Karagula, How to Survive A Post-Truth Apocalypse) and lighting design by Theatre N16 technical manager Tom Burgess.

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing London fringe venue, focused on producing and programming top quality new writing and selected existing works. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare and development of creatives, operating under an Equity Fringe Agreement. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for development within the context of a society in which the arts are increasingly struggling to stay afloat.

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“Gary Thomas will make good art again and again” Disability Arts Online

“Larkin keeps the action tightly focused at all times (...) in a production that strikes sparks all over the place” Neil Norman, The Daily Express

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Mummy
May
23
to May 25

Mummy

MAY 23 - MAY 25

Tuesday – Thursday, 7.15pm, 60 mins

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Inspired by the death of her own mother - TV comedy director Liddy Oldroyd (Drop the Dead Donkey, Gimme Gimme Gimme) - comedienne Amy Gwilliam brings Mummy back to London. To the cabaret, where she belongs.

Fourteen years ago, during break, Elizabeth lost her mother. She was sixteen. Two days later, she started her period. Ouch. Today, a celebrated Egyptologist, Professor Niccoll is Guest of Honour at her old school Alumni event. She has decided to use the platform to promote her new book: MUMMY or the Art of Saying Goodbye. She knows everything about death. She thinks. But confronted by the ghosts of her past, memories stir and a Mummy returns. The time has come to unwind.

Amy is a freelance theatre maker and teacher, and co-founder of Spain-based Teatro Entre Escombros (“sublime, ridiculous”), for which she continues to work as an Associate Artist. She trained at the École Philippe Gaulier (2008-10). Current work includes MUMMY, as solo performer/deviser and DE MONSTER as dramaturg/director for Rei Sem Roupa in Portugal. Recent work includes Jean Genet’s THE MAIDS (France, Candad, UK); Jean Cocteau’s THE HUMAN VOICE (Spain/France) and 31. NO ME PREGUNTES POR QUÉ (Spain/Italy/UK) as dramaturg/director, THE MOLE AND THE WORM (Best Show at Toledo Festival and Best Actress at Toledo and Murcia Festivals) and FUGA (People’s Prize at the TEA Festival, Salamanca) (Spain/UK) as deviser/performer with Teatro Entre Escombros. She regularly coaches for The Mono Box and The Actors Centre in London and works in film. 

Sophie Larsmon was recently Associate Director of MY BRILLIANT FRIEND at The Rose Theatre, Kingston. She is Artistic Director of SOLAR Productions, who produced the UK tour of Tristan Bernays’ critically acclaimed THE BREAD AND THE BEER (incl. Soho, The Lowry, Oxford Playhouse). Other projects include: MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS Bath Theatre Royal / West End (Associate Director); OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR Theatre Royal Stratford East & UK Tour (Associate Director); THE GREAT WHITE HUNTER (by Rachel Yelding, The Horse Hospital, 3 Pegs Productions), PROJECT NIGHT (by Tanika Gupta, Arcola Theatre, Theatre Uncut). Her producing credits include: THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS (curious directive, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, 2013); RAVENS (Sabotage Theatre, 2013 rural tour); AFTER THE RAINFALL (curious directive and Watford Palace Theatre, Edinburgh Festival 2012 & UK tour); YOUR LAST BREATH (curious directive, 2012 UK Tour).

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“rich and sly thanks to Amy Gwilliam’s wonderful performance” FringeReview

"powerful and convincing (…) the comedy is wonderfully done, but the catharsis is also utterly believable - that is no mean feat” FringeBlog

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Blocked
May
18
to May 24

Blocked

MAY 18 - MAY 24

Monday – Sunday, 8:35pm, 45 mins

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Pure Fluke Theatre bring their new production Blocked to the Brighton Fringe 2017 – a searing dissection of the dangerous functions of humour in a new play about the silence society imposes on the infertile and how one woman, despite achieving fame and success, cannot bear to not bear a child. 

We meet a comedienne at the top her game. Her audacious routine challenges women’s bovine desire to have children – she advocates abortion, because of overpopulation. She is exposed as an unreliable narrator as she unwittingly reveals she has been trying for years and admits to the traumas of failed IVF treatment and the hurtful flippancy of the fertile world, and her tight comic act descends into a squirm-inducing meltdown, yet retains the high octane comedy till the bitter end. Dropped by her agent/husband for her furious tirade, she ends up playing at low rent dives – but realises nobody is listening. 
In the event of tragic life events like cancer or death, there is a grieving period and the loss is acknowledged publicly, allowing the griever to move on. Infertility is a constant rollercoaster of hope and disappointment over many years, causing severe anguish for those who spend all their time and money on treatment, which doesn’t work for the majority. The silently infertile rarely receive adequate support or help, making it difficult to function in a society which reveres children and marks social occasions with family celebrations. 

Robert Winston, the inventor of IVF (and former oncologist) regrets how unregulated the fertility industry is today and says ‘infertility is worse than cancer’. He has said he has found it difficult to get interviews, as ‘no newspaper wants to publish this’.

Pure Fluke Theatre create daring, comic roles for women over age 35. Previous work includes In a Better Place (Brighton Fringe 2015), a sold-out, promenade, site-specific show at The Hotel Pelirocco; and How To Make Money From Art (Camden Fringe 2015).

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“curious and effective (…) skilfully written and handled” There Ought To Be Clowns

"comic gem (…) genuine laugh out loud moments” Grumpy Gay Critic

“snappy dialogue & wonderful characters” Camden Fringe Review

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