A ONE-TIME ONLY EVENT FEATURING NEW SHORT RADIO PLAYS PERFORMED LIVE WITH AN ONSTAGE BAND By Slung Low The Unicorn has invited pioneering Leeds-based theatre mavericks Slung Low down to help open their new season. Slung Low have run these fun and informal 15 Minutes Live events for grown-ups for many years in a room above Britain’s oldest working men’s club and now, for the very first time, they are transporting their crew to London for this special family version in partnership with the Unicorn. Together they’ve commissioned some brilliant writers to create new 15-minute plays responding to the theme of ‘The Future’ which will be performed radio-play style with onstage sound effects, live music and occasional audience interaction. You’ll be guided through this riotous afternoon by lively comperes and there’ll be live music, bingo and some free treats in-between performances. Featuring plays by: Katherine Jakeways – major comedy writing talent for theatre & TV | Nima Taleghani – London-based writer, rapper & actor | Kenneth Emson – BAFTA-nominated writer for theatre & TV | Eve Nicol – up-and-coming young Scottish playwright | Olivia Poulet – acclaimed TV & theatre actor, with Laurence Dobiesz | Nina Segal – recently at the Royal Court & Bush Theatre. All the plays will be recorded that afternoon and be made available to download for free from the Unicorn Theatre website. Venue & Unicornershop open 12pm – 6pm | Event start time 2pm Please note: a photographer will be present and taking shots of the performance and audience throughout the event. The show has a limited capacity, so if you change your mind before the event, please let them know in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure we don’t turn others away unnecessarily. Please note that this is a cash only event.
Kids’ Choir; a key music education project for the Thames Festival Trust, will perform at The Scoop as part of Totally Thames Festival. Primary schools from all over London embark on a year-long singing programme under the guidance of conductor Richard Frostick. They learn new music and performance skills which they show off in an amazing concert at the Scoop, by the river Thames in front of a huge audience in September. Part of Totally Thames 2019. 1pm – 1.45pm
ALL THE MOST INTERESTING THINGS ARE AMBIGUOUS. Directed by Justin Audibert and Rachel Bagshaw 4-7 years and 8-12 years As far as we know, Aesop was a slave and storyteller who lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BC. But although we don’t know much about the man himself, we do still have over 725 of his stories – passed down from generation to generation. We considered doing all 725 fables and then thought better of it. What we’ve done instead is asked a few of our favourite writers to select one fable and to re-tell it for today’s audience. The Unicorn is presenting two versions of the results: one for ages 4-7 and one for ages 8-12. This production is a celebration of young and old, ancient and new – a tribute to how fresh, bold and vibrant the classics remain today. Plays in this show are: Filberts by Chris Thorpe, 2 Goats byNaomi Iizuka, Dog and Wolf by Kaite O’Reilly, [To Be An Ox] And Other Possible Aspirations by Somalia Seaton (with help from Ava Uzokwe), andThe Wolf & The Shepherd by Chris Goode. See unicorntheatre.com/whatson
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June, 10.00 – 16.00 When Tower Bridge lifted for the very first time on 30 June 1894, a flotilla of boats queued up to be among the first to pass underneath. Families are invited to help build our own fleet of ships to recreate this historic moment. All participating families will receive a Family Activities Pass, entitling you to free entry on any Family Activities Day in the next six months. Family activities are open to children of all ages but are particularly appropriate for those aged 6 to 10. No advanced booking is required and all activities are included in the price of your admission ticket. For more information on the 125 anniversary weekend visit: towerbridge.org.uk/125
By Filskit Theatre During the long, cold winter, Mr Penguin carefully guards his egg. Now this new dad needs to look after his newly born chick on his own and he’s not feeling confident. How will father and baby work it out together? A gorgeous, engaging and highly visual show by Filskit Theatre, the makers of Breaking the Ice (2015), whose signature style features playful and innovative projection and sound. This is a heart-warming tale about a child and parent learning how to thrive in spite of the odds. This is a deaf-friendly and autism-friendly show. Ages 2-5
The London Curriculum Children’s Festival takes place on Sunday 16 September from 1-4pm. This free event is aimed at children and families. Bring the kids along to Potters Fields for a fun afternoon of free workshops, family activities and more. Activities The London Curriculum Family Explorer Trails Pick up one of our fantastic six trails that will help you explore London and find out how our city has changed over its long history. Each trail is packed with lots of fun activities, puzzles and quiz questions. MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) Meet archaeology experts from MOLA and take a good look at fascinating finds uncovered along the Thames foreshore, London’s longest open-air archaeological site. The objects and fragments found there shed light on the lives of the people who lived and worked in London and help to tell the story of how the Thames shaped the city’s development. You can also have a go at making your own Roman amulet, create a pair of medieval shoes from felt and dress up as a Roman! Drop-in activity. Institute of Imagination Water Rafting Workshop The act of making a raft to cross a river is a superb test of skill and ingenuity. The Thames would have seen thousands of crossings in its lifetime before even a single bridge was built across it! In this activity with the Institute of Imagination, make a miniature raft and sail from craft materials and powered by wind, take on the challenge of navigating it down an obstacle-laden river to safety. Perfect for children aged 5-12 years old and their parents and carers. Drop-in activity. LEGO® Build The LEGO® Group will be running their Build the Change activity. Your challenge is to build the London of the future – dream big and inspire! Drop-in activity. SoapboxScience London’s leading women scientists take to their soapboxes to explain cutting-edge research in fun, interactive and hands-on ways! Get stuck in with science activities on a range of topics and question and probe top scientists about what scientists do. Votes for Women! Join the Suffragettes! Make Your Own Banner! March For The Cause! Date: Sunday 16 September 2018 Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm Venue: Potters Fields Park, next to City Hall and Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2AA, United Kingdom Cost: Free
All hands on deck! The whole family is invited to take part to help keep the iconic warship, HMS Belfast, in tip-top condition. Ship Shape Saturdays will be led by our expert conservator, where visitors can drop in and learn what it takes to preserve HMS Belfast, IWM’s largest museum object, then put their learning into practice as they work through specially-assigned tasks searching for hungry insect pests, restoring the ship’s original fittings and furniture, and caring for fabrics with specialised tools. 28th July to 25th August Every Saturday, 11am-1pm, 2-4pm
GET ON STAGE AND MAKE YOUR OWN SHOW The Unicorn’s creative workshops are back for the school holidays. Led by professional theatre-makers, each workshop leads to a performance on the Unicorn stage for friends and family. Choose from dance, circus, drama, puppetry and more, learn new skills and make new friends. Workshops range from a day or two days, through to our five day Play In A Week workshops in the Summer Holidays. SUMMER HOLIDAY PLAY IN A WEEK Mon 23 – Fri 27 Jul | Ages 7 – 12 Puppetry Week Explore the world of puppet theatre in our five day workshop; learning performance skills, puppet creation and manipulation and physical theatre. Led by professional puppet company PuppetSoup, you’ll work together to create a performance for friends and family at the end of the week. You will learn professional warm-up and rehearsal techniques, take on multiple roles, learn lines, develop your characters and create a full production for our Weston stage. BOOK NOW > Mon 30 July – Fri 3 Aug | Ages 11 – 15 Drama Week Join the company and devise a show from scratch that uses the theme of storytelling. We’ll be looking at classic stories from Grimm Tales and Aesop’s Fables to create our own weird and wonderful plot. With support and guidance from the director and production team you will develop your devising skills, learn how to shape your ideas into a show, and further enhance your vocal, physical and performance styles and skills. BOOK NOW > Venue: Unicorn Theatre Times: 10am – 5pm Mon – Thu, 11.30am – 6.30pm Fri (sharing at 6pm) Price: £425 per child You can choose to pay for Play in a Week in instalments. We ask that you put down an initial 20% (£85) non-refundable deposit to secure your booking, then set your own payment schedule that ensures full payment is received 4 weeks ahead of the workshop start date (as otherwise places will be automatically released). To pay in instalments, please contact the Box Office on 020 7645 0560. What is included in my workshop ticket? • A five day themed workshop lead by professional artists • An invitation for friends & family to attend the sharing • A certificate to take home and a break time treat • Digital access to a selection of professional photographs from the workshop and final performance • Technical support from Unicorn Theatre staff • Experienced DBS certified staff who will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience SUMMER DAY AND TWO DAY WORKSHOPS Booking opens soon! Check unicorntheatre.com/Holiday-Workshops 14 or 15 Aug | Ages 7 – 11 Weird & Wonderful Grimm A fun and challenging workshop that explores the world of costume, scenery and design. 16 – 17 Aug | Ages 6 – 11 Irish Dancing & Ceilidh Fun! The Unicorn has teamed up with an Irish Dancing World Championship judge to bring you a high-energy Irish Dancing and Ceilidh workshop. No dance experience required! 18 Aug | Ages 3+ or the whole family! Family Ceilidh Craic Two and a half hours of high-energy Ceilidh craic with a professional Irish Dancing World Champion guiding you through the steps. No dance experience required! 21 – 22 Aug | Ages 10 – 14 A Grimm Design A two-day workshop allowing you to create your own design using Grimm Tales as inspiration. 23 & 25 Aug | Ages 7 – 11 West African Drumming & Dance An introduction to the energetic style of West African drumming and dance with 100% participation. 25 Aug | Ages 7 – 11 Moving & Grooving: Dance Medley A jam packed day exploring the world of contemporary dance, disco moves, street style and Bollywood boogie with Sardine Dance Collective. Venue: Unicorn Theatre Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm Mon – Thu, 10.30am – 5.30pm on Sat Price: £55 per child / 2 day workshops £100 per child / split day workshops £15 per child What is included in my workshop ticket? • A themed workshop lead by professional theatre-makers • A break time treat and certificate to take home • An invitation for friends & family to attend the sharing • Experienced DBS certified staff who will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience All tickets and availability unicorntheatre.com/Holiday-Workshops
Returning to Christmas by the River this year is the ‘Elpless Elves Adventure Trail. Run by Fantasy High Street, children and their families can join in an interactive performance adventure trail across London Bridge City. There are five slots available, with each trail lasting approximately 45 minutes meeting at Hay’s Galleria. The event is free of charge but booking is required.
IT’S BABY’S FIRST ADVENTURE. Created by Sarah Argent & Kevin Lewis Directed by Sarah Argent ‘Baby Show was the perfect way to launch a theatre-going habit.’ The Guardian From the makers of Scrunch and Seesaw, this brand new show is a great first trip to theatre for the really young. Time for a walk, better wrap up warm. Poppers, buttons, zips. Scarf, hat, mittens. Inside out, upside down, back to front. But it’s raining, it’s pouring and the wind is whistling through the trees…Then, out comes the sun. Quick let’s enjoy it whilst we can! Baby Show is a sensory performance with captivating images and intriguing sounds that will keep your little ones rapt. Read our helpful FAQ sheet for more info on your visit. SPECIAL OFFER > Book for a morning performance and enjoy a complimentary hot drink with any purchase from the Unicornershop. Ages: Strictly 6 – 18 months Duration: 40 mins (including 15 mins of play at the end) Tickets for July 2018 dates here. Click here to book tickets for Baby Show performances from Sep 2018 – July 2019.