Tag: Theatre

Musical Shakespeare with the Three Inch Fools

Published on 30th August 2018

Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s two most infamous and iconic plays – A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet – at one of London’s most historic pubs. The Three Inch Fools will perform at historic London Bridge pub: The George Inn (just down the road from Shakespeare’s local, The Globe!). The George Inn is London’s last remaining galleried inn; its cobbled courtyard making a unique backdrop for this infamous and iconic duo of plays. The Fools will perform for four nights only in September (8, 9, 15 and 16th). Dates and shows: 8 September – A Midsummer Night’s Dream 9 September – Hamlet 15 September – Hamlet 16 September – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Book tickets

Bermondsey Street Festival 2018

Published on 28th August 2018

The annual ‘Village Fete in the City‘ returns this September, celebrating the creativity and community of Bermondsey Street.  Enjoy a rich and wide variety of experiences that reflect the characterful area at its best; from food and fashion to take-away poems at the Poetry Take Away Van.  

PHILIP PULLMAN’S GRIMM TALES

Coming to the Unicorn Theatre from November 13th 2018; the most delicious selection of Philip Pullman’s favourite fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, re-told and re-worked for Christmas. Enter a world of powerful witches, enchanted forest creatures, careless parents and fearless children as they embark on adventures full of magic, gore, friendship, and bravery. But beware, these gleefully dark and much-loved tales won’t be quite what you expect… Book Tickets 

MOUTH OPEN, STORY JUMP OUT

‘The best thing about the show was that he made it about us’ – Young audience member Polarbear makes things up: stories, jokes, adventures – he’s a master maker-upper. But where did it all begin? Coming to Unicorn Theatre from September 18th 2018, Mouth Open, Story Jump Out is about the moment that started it all, and how one little decision set off a chain reaction that changed his life forever. International assassins, secret codes, dog-eating boa constrictors and more emerge when a father disappears and a boy discovers a talent for telling tales. An inspiring show about the creative potential inside all of us by one of the UK’s most respected spoken-word artists. Book tickets

Allelujah! by Alan Bennett

Published on 27th June 2018

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 

End of Eddy

Published on 21st June 2018

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 schools@unicorntheatre.com

Holiday Workshops at The Unicorn Theatre

  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

The Quay Players present MADE IN DAGENHAM

  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  

June Diary

Published on 31st May 2018

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

My Name is Lucy Barton at The Bridge 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.