The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive. Meanwhile, a documentary crew eager to capture its fight for survival follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir (newest member: the Pudsey Nightingale). Alan Bennett’s new play is as sharp as The History Boys and as funny as The Lady in the Van. Ticket information
A UNICORN / UNTITLED PROJECTS PRODUCTION CAN WE CREATE OUR OWN FREEDOM? Based on the book En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule by Édouard Louis Adapted by Pamela Carter Directed by Stewart Laing ‘My crime wasn’t doing something. My crime was being something. Being different in a way everyone else could see.’ Born into poverty in an isolated village in rural France, a boy grows up amongst hard men and women living hard and violent lives. Bullied relentlessly for being gay, this is the story of Eddy’s struggle to understand who he is, who he might become, and of his fight to escape. Written when he was just 21 and combining vivid storytelling with frank reflections on sexuality, class and power, this new stage adaptation of Édouard Louis’s internationally acclaimed autobiographical novel is filled with hope, lust, love and anger. Contains explicit sexual references and frequent use of strong language. More info and booking here. SPECIAL EVENT: PRE-EDINBURGH PREVIEW, 17 AUG 7PM Be the first to see the show at this exclusive preview performance, ahead of its premiere at the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival. All tickets £8. Excluded from Friends & Family Offer. UNICORN LATE: THU 20 SEP, THU 27 SEP, THU 4 OCT, 7PM An evening performance followed by live music in the foyer and a 3 for 2 offer on craft beer at our bar. TICKET OFFERS Family & Friends offer: Buy 4 tickets and save 15% (must include 1 adult / under 18 ticket and excludes other offers). FOR SCHOOLS (SUITABLE FOR YEARS 12 – 13) School tickets from £7 | more information Free teacher CPD: Thu 13 Sep, 4.30pm – 7pm Download the free teacher resource pack here. Post-show workshops for The End of Eddy available from £120 Got a question or want to book? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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
In June 1968, the women of Ford Dagenham went on strike for their right to equal pay. With the support of women all over the country, the actions of these factory machinists led directly to the Equal Pay Act 1970: enshrining the right to pay equality between men and women. Exactly 50 years later, the gender pay gap is as prominent in the news as it was during the strike. So come and join us in celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the start of our journey to equal pay. In the words of Rita O’Grady – “if not now, when?” Dates: Thursday 26 July – 19:30 Friday 27 July – 19:30 Saturday 28 July – 14:30 & 19:30 Tickets: Adult – £16 (+£2 on the door) Concession – £14 (+£2 on the door) Tickets are available online from the Quay Players website: http://www.quayplayers.org.uk/tickets Creative Team: Director – Julian Phatarfod Choreographer – Jenny Galloway Musical Director – Rachel Murphy Co-Producer and Committee Vice Chair – Katy Holmes Co-Producer and Committee Secretary – Emma Sheard
“There’s a monster in the garden and it’s going to eat me,” said Bernard. “Not now, Bernard,” said his mother. David McKee’s iconic picture book, loved by children and adults for over thirty years, will be vividly brought to life in a brand new version directed by Sarah Argent (Baby Show, Seesaw). An astonishingly clever, sometimes melancholic and outrageously funny play for children over 3, and a must-see for parents Tickets – Under 18s: £6 – £14 / Adults: £8 – £20 Unicorn Theatre are offering London Bridge DealCard holders a 50% discount on tickets to Not Now Bernard. Use promocode BERNARD50 when booking online or calling the Box Office on 0207645 0560 to get half price tickets for the following performances: 7 June 1.45pm, 13 June 11am, 19 June 1.45pm. Subject to availability.
Here’s this month’s array of events and activities taking place this June in the vibrant area of London Bridge… #AtLondonBridge Top 5 1. London Bridge Open Kitchen | Tooley Street | 29th & 30th June The biggest London Bridge Open Kitchen yet returns this June, celebrating the area’s thriving food and drink scene. This year’s annual feast will take place over 2 days in front of the brand new London Bridge station. Free to enter, the festival brings an array of incredible restaurants and bars out onto the street, including Tom Simmons, Londrino, The Coal Shed, Flour & Grape, Santo Remedio and Hawksmoor. Book your FREE ticket/ find out more 2. London Bridge City’s Summer by the River – London Bridge City Riverside – Throughout June London Bridge City’s Summer by the River is set to return to the banks of the Thames this June with a 3 month long line-up promising an exciting array of events and entertainment. Stretching along the riverside from London Bridge to Tower Bridge, the free English country garden themed festival will play host to music performances, live comedy, outdoor cinema screenings and much more, with each day of the week based around a different theme. Find out more 3. London Festival of Architecture in London Bridge – Various Locations – Throughout June For the first time, London Bridge has become a hub for the festival, hosting a packed timetable of exciting events and experiences around the area. From exclusive preview tours of the Science Gallery London, to Yoga sessions at One Tower Bridge – check out the full timetable. Find out more 4. Make Music Day UK in London Bridge – Various Locations – 21st June Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries. Join in the celebrations in London Bridge as London-based Kinetika Bloco lead a carnival-style procession from the north side of the Thames starting at 6:00pm, across London Bridge, before weaving through the More London Estate. Find out more 5. My Name is Lucy Barton Bridge Theatre | 3rd-23rd June Three-time Academy Award and four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney makes her London debut as Lucy Barton in The Bridge Theatre’s June production. Unsteady after an operation, Lucy Barton wakes to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings back to Lucy her desperate rural childhood, and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the urgent complexities of family life. Book tickets More in London Bridge 1st and 8th , 15th, 22nd, 29th June – Émigré Architect DRMM Film Screening* 2nd June – Provisions Artisan Market – Courage Yard* 2nd June – Bridging Identities: Shad Thames Reinvented* 4th June – Yoga on the Beat – The Scoop 4th June – Mindful Monday – London Bridge Hive 5th June – Vine to Glass Wine Tasting – WSET School London 5th , 12th, 13th, 20th, 26th, June – London Bridge Revealed Guided Walks* 6th and 20th June – Science Gallery London Site Tour* 7th June – Brass Hysteria – The Scoop 7th June – Interactive Music Workshop – London Bridge Hive 7th, 21st, 28th June – Yoga in the Podium Garden – One Tower Bridge Until 10th June – Ardyn Halter, Paintings and Screen Prints – Eames Fine Art 16th June – Gelato E Architecture – Casswell Bank Architects* 16th June – London Reimagined – Tower Bridge* 18th June – Veuve Clicquot & Cloudy Bay Wine Tasting – Vivat Bacchus 17th June – Havana Londres: The Cuban Dance School in London – Summer by The River 19th June – Monet and Architecture Lecture – London Bridge Hive* 21st June – Architectural Tour of Borough Market – DLA Design* 23rd June – Sardine Festival – Londrino / Jose/ Elliotts 25th June – Mediterranean Cheese Night – London Bridge 30th June – Kids Plant Workshop – Hay’s Galleria 30th June – Talk – Arrival: Celebrating Windrush and the communities who followed – City Hall *Part of London Festival Architecture, click here for full line up in London Bridge Throughout June Beatriz Milhazes Rio Azul – White Cube Bermondsey Not Now Bernard – Unicorn Theatre Sensacional – Unicorn Theatre
Three-time Academy Award and four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney makes her London debut as Lucy Barton in The Bridge Theatre’s June production. Unsteady after an operation, Lucy Barton wakes to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings back to Lucy her desperate rural childhood, and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the urgent complexities of family life. Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout’s best-selling short novel, a haunting dramatic monologue, captivated readers in 2016. “Deeply affecting, heartbreaking. A powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships, weaving family tapestries with compassion, wisdom and insight.” The Observer Book tickets.
How do you make a future when you can’t escape the past? Rising star Barney Norris explores theme of love, loss and family in the Bridge Theatre’s new production. What you believed in seemed to vanish overnight. So how are you going to live now? One family struggling in the heart of the country looks for a star to steer by as they try to plot a route out of the dark they’ve been pitched into. “Remember the name Barney Norris. He’s a new writer in his twenties, but already outstanding.” – The Times General Information Ticket Prices £65, £50, £35, £25, £15 Reduced prices for previews & midweek matinees Premiums tickets available Performance Schedule Tuesday to Saturday 7.45pm, Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm & Sunday 3pm Purchase Tickets
FIVE EASY PIECES, A CAMPO / IIPM PRODUCTION POWER, THEATRE AND HUMANITY. By Milo Rau at Unicorn Theatre Since 2012, the Unicorn has programmed a strand of work for adults that invites us to think about how children experience our society. This year’s show by highly regarded and controversial Swiss director, Milo Rau, deals with some of our greatest fears and taboos. In Five Easy Pieces, seven children aged 9 – 14 recreate the interviews and statements of those affected by Marc Dutroux, Belgium’s notorious serial killer. Moving and at times funny, this remarkable, sensitive and politically-charged show interrogates the darkest corners of society and questions our assumptions. ‘Rau’s piece explores how we construct personal identity at times of national trauma.’ The Guardian (full article available to read) Please note: this play refers to real life accounts from the Dutroux case which some audiences may find upsetting. Contact the Box Office for more information. In Dutch with English surtitles Read more about CAMPO arts centre
The Unicorn Theatre’s one and two day workshops are back for the Easter 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. Suitable for ages 7-13. Moving and Grooving: Dance and Movement Workshop A jam packed day exploring the world of contemporary, disco, street, Bollywood and more. Tue 3 Apr | Ages 7 – 11 BOOK NOW > Shake, Juggle and Roll: Dance, Circus and Movement Two Day Workshop A two-day workshop exploring the world of dance, circus movement and performance. Wed 4 – Thu 5 Apr | Ages 9 – 13 BOOK NOW > Shadow, Glove & Strings: Puppetry Workshop A one-day workshop exploring the imaginative possibilities of puppetry. This workshop is the same on both days. Fri 6 Apr & Sat 7 Apr | Ages 7 – 12 BOOK NOW > Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm Mon – Thu, 10.30am – 5.30pm on Sat Price: £55 per child / 2 day workshops £100 per child