“THE BEST THING WE HAVE IS OUR IMAGINATION…” Based on the novel by Sally Gardner Adapted for the stage by Jemma Kennedy Directed by Jesse Jones Ages 9-13 The Unicorn is bringing Sally Gardner’s dazzlingly original and award-winning dystopian novel to the stage. Using live drawing, cameras and projection, this world première expresses the world of the book and the extraordinary spirit of its main character, 15-year-old Standish Treadwell. In a sinister 1950s Britain, dark government forces are at work and spies and surveillance are everywhere. Standish tells us his story as he begins to unravel the dark secrets of the violent and oppressive Motherland and form a plan to try save his best friend and uncover the truth, no matter what. I keep wondering what if. What if the football hadn’t gone over the wall? What if Hector had never gone looking for it? What if he hadn’t kept the dark discovery to himself? Then I suppose I would be telling another story. The ‘what ifs’ are as boundless as the stars. This is an utterly gripping and deeply moving story for young audiences about protecting the ones you love, and the courage it takes to do the right thing. Tickets and more information
Seed is Circumference’s latest renewable spectacle for the whole family, a positive vision for a greener future featuring aerialists, acrobats and live music. An experiment in ethical production that asks what we stand to gain from a greener future and how we get there, Seed will be made with crowdsourced reused materials and encourage greater connection with our local natural environment in conversation with Bermondsey Street Bees, Potters Fields Park and local tree planting charities. Enjoy some outdoor circus fun, bring a plant, a small disposable object or an item of clothing to incorporate into our growing installation, and plant a seed to take home. This work in progress by Circumference is commissioned by Team London Bridge and presented by Potters Fields Park Management Trust. Supported by Arts Council England. 7 & 8 August Performances 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, and 5pm. Potters Fields Park FREE circumference.org.uk IMAGE: Richard Davenport
Free Interactive Exhibition for all the Family A virtual playground for lovers of art and technology of all ages awaits you this April at Anise Gallery. Anise Gallery held its first Virtual Reality exhibition in 2015 – transporting visitors into a virtual gallery whilst they sat amongst the real version. An early comparison of the real vs the unreal, and as the technology has advanced Anise has, alongside sister company A-VR, continued to take visitors on more immersive, more ‘goose bump’ inducing journeys.This Spring the Anise Gallery is inviting families to be transported back to the origins of gaming. Did the creator of the first videogame back in 1958 realise the potential for what he was starting? As we progress through the mediums time line, as new discoveries allow for more interaction, more realism we bring you the highlights – Pong, Zork, Asteroids, Super Mario Brothers, Doom, Quake amongst others. Activities: Create your own masterpiece with google tilt brush Design your own cardboard VR headset Design a game character Get your name on the high score list! Opening Times: Monday – Sunday 11am – 5pm Closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday Free Entry More details at www.anise.gallery
DINNER, DESIGNED BY YOU. Directed by Toby Hulse Designed by A Line Art Take a seat in our make-believe Christmas restaurant, choose your ‘food’ and colour it in. And while you’re decorating your plate with cranberry red paint, salt and pepper glitter and bread sauce glue, the restaurant’s waiting-staff will entertain you with comedy, music and storytelling. A Line Art’s Anna Bruder has developed a huge following for her unique brand of interactive art and musical theatre shows where children and adults take part together. For ages 3+
The Summer holidays have arrived and MBNA Thames Clippers has a summer of adventure in store for your little monsters. London’s River Bus service has teamed up with Sony Pictures Animation to create a fun-filled treasure trail and quiz through the Capital with Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation. Stuck for ideas for a summer day out? The Monster River Trail will keep the whole family entertained with its eight-stop route at iconic London spots where monster fans can collect clues at each stop along the way. To be in with a chance of winning a family holiday to Tenerife, or one of 20 merchandise goody bags, simply answer three out of the eight questions correctly. Aspiring monsters who want to be involved in the fun can collect a Monster River Trail leaflet at an MBNA Thames Clippers’ pier to follow the map. In addition, all adventurous humans who complete the trail will automatically get a reward. Simply hand your completed trail form back at one of the manned piers to get yours. The MBNA Thames Clippers Monster River Trail is live until the end of the summer holidays (9 September 2018). For more information and full competition Terms & Conditions, please visit thamesclippers.com/monstervacation . MBNA Thames Clippers services depart from London Bridge City Pier every 20 minutes.
The Vegetable Nannies invite you to join them in their Allotment for a bit of gardening and childcare. They love nothing more than proudly showing off their allotment cherubs. Come and get stuck into the daily duties of feeding, bathing and caring for the baby fruits and vegetables. Audiences are encouraged to befriend, feed and comfort all manner of earthen toddlers, such as Barbara the downhill-racing watermelon, Jessica, the Sweet-Potato beauty queen & David, the talented little Marrow whose ambition is to become a stage actor. Part of London Bridge Open Kitchen 2018, performances are FREE. Come to the Allotment at the Tooley Street entrance of London Bridge station to meet these legendary legumes on Saturday 30 June: 1215-1300hrs 1400-1445hrs 1545-1630hrs Or watch out for the Vegetable Nannies as they take their young vegetables out of the ground for a day trip. So, if you see an old pram brimming with some beautiful bouncing baby vegetables, come over and say hello. 1300-1345hrs 1445-1530hrs 1630-1715hrs In association with Plunge Boom.
IMAGINE A WORLD YOU WANT. Imagine if the world we lived in weren’t the real world we live in but a version of it, a version that could be changed, adapted, improved, analysed, made better as we went along… School, work, school, exams, work, drama classes, ballet classes, bus journeys, school, careers advice, school, job interviews, business suits, advertising, exams, mocks, school, the pressure to get it right, the pressure to fit in. the pressure to be the best you can be – where does it all come from? Who thinks all this stuff up anyway? Because it wasn’t us. The Unicorn Young Company return following last year’s hugely successful Big Love with a show about late capitalism and why it really isn’t a very good idea. Tickets to Version A are Pay What You Can. All proceeds go directly to the Young Company’s work next year. UNICORN YOUNG COMPANY This production is created by the Unicorn’s Young Company, an entirely self-run company whose members collectively decide on the kind of theatre they want to create, what they want to say about the world and who they want to work with. The company is open to all young people aged 13 – 19 – to find out more and to join the member waiting list, visit the Young Company webpage.
LET’S DISCUSS THIS LIKE ADULTS. Written and directed by Tim Crouch Designed by Chloe Lamford and Camilla Clarke Music by Nick Powell Beginners b????n?s / plural noun 1. a person who has just started to do or learn something. 2. a call given to prepare to start a play. Beginners tells the story of three families trapped in a waterlogged holiday cottage over summer. The children are bored. The adults are down the pub. So far so normal. Renowned, award-winning writer and director Tim Crouch (National Theatre, Royal Court, Unicorn) presents this joyous and imaginative new play for families everywhere. Beginners is an exquisite, funny and moving story that reminds us that the adult we’ll become – and the child we were – stay with us wherever we go. An extraordinary Easter Holiday show for everyone who has ever wanted to be understood.
Being little can be hard work. There are holes to dig, sand castles to make, treasures to find, adventures to be had. It’s much easier when you have a friend to help. But what if making friends is hard work too? Seesaw explores the push and pull of friendship, and the ups and downs of being very young. DEALCARD OFFER: Save 20% on all half term performances (excluding 14 Feb 1.30pm) using promocode TLB20 when booking online, in person or calling our Box Office on 0207 645 0560. Tickets usually £10 – £12 (under 18s) and £16 – £18 (adults).
Unicorn Theatre presents: Laika by Bryony Hannah and Avye Leventis BRAVE THE UNKNOWN Laika, the space dog: the first living creature to orbit earth. That was in 1957. Today it’s 2057, and Sami lives with his mum. She’s an astronaut and she understands that there could be a better future out in space. But Sami’s life is down here. So now they must face the prospect of letting go, saying goodbye and – just like Laika – head off into the unknown. A moving sci-fi adventure, inventively and beautifully told using puppetry, movement and music. TICKET OFFERS Preview prices 24 Sep – 3 Oct: all tickets £10 Family and Friends Offer from 5 Oct – buy 4 tickets and save 15% (must include 1 adult / child ticket) Book now