A new live digital experience from the Unicorn Theatre, for everyone aged 11 or over. Written and performed by Tim Crouch Directed by Naomi Wirthner The Unicorn Theatre are bringing theatre to life online for young audiences, presenting a restaging of their highly acclaimed show, I, Cinna (the poet) as a live, interactive online experience on Zoom. Exploring power, protest and art though the eyes of a minor character in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Tim Crouch’s solo show thrilled audiences of all ages when it played at the Unicorn in February this year. Performed live every time, the show uses Zoom to create an intimate, innovative new staging integrated with video design and moments of audience interaction. I, Cinna (the poet) invites you to write through the course of the show and celebrates the power of words. As part of Unicorn Online, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Unicorn Thearre are offering free tickets for a limited run. This show is currently sold out so we’re adding a few extra dates due to popular demand. Four new dates are going on general sale Thursday 2 July 2020 at 11am. We expect tickets will sell out quickly so recommend early booking. If you’d like to be notified of any further ticket returns or releases, sign up to our waiting list. ABOUT THE PLAY The poet Cinna hardly says a word in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar before he’s mistaken for someone else and torn to pieces by an angry mob. He’s Shakespeare’s unluckiest character. Now Cinna searches for the subject of his next poem and invites us, the audience, to write with him, live. This brilliantly clear introduction to Julius Caesar is an electric solo show about words and actions, art, protest and power. WHAT TO EXPECT The show uses Zoom Webinar functionality. To watch you will need to download Zoom to a computer, tablet or smart phone. We also suggest you use headphones or external speakers to enhance the sound quality and finally, you will need to have a pen and paper ready as you’ll be invited to write during the show. The capacity is limited for this show to enable the interactive experience. There are a couple of moments where everyone can be seen (but you can choose if your video is on). There will be moments of interaction where you may type or speak to everyone – but you choose if you would like to do this, and how much involvement overall you would like. Please note: there are moments where flashing images of violence and riot footage will briefly be projected on the screen, and some loud noises. Read the Online Guide here with more information about what to expect and how to prepare, including our child protection and safeguarding policy. TICKET BOOKING Tickets are limited to one booking per customer – please only book what you need. Places are allocated by screen (two or more people watching the same screen counts as one booking). We recommend watching on your own screen but you can choose to watch in pairs or small groups. Book now.
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Anansi the Spider Respun is a unique digital experience for young children created by the Unicorn Theatre Created and directed by Justin Audibert and streamed for free in partnership with The Guardian, this fun online performance features music, song and humour and is suitable for ages 3-8. The first episode, Brother Anansi and Brother Snake, is out now. Watch it here on YouTube. Given 5 Stars by A Younger Theatre and described ‘as an unbeatably fun and fresh experience’, this is one not to miss. “Inspired by our 2019 five-star hit show, Anansi the Spider, about the infamous mischief-maker and master spinner of yarns, we’ve adapted these classic West African and Caribbean tales for Unicorn Online. Made with our film partner, Illuminations, we’ve creatively responded to the current situation – the cast filmed themselves in their own homes so that we can bring them to yours!” Subscribe to the Unicorn Theatre’s YouTube channel to join the party! STREAMING DATES Each episode will be streamed on our YouTube channel and The Guardian’s website, with content available to play on demand for the following three weeks only. Episode 1: Anansi the Spider Re-spun: Brother Anansi and Brother Snake Streamed: Sat 30 May, 11am Available until Sat 20 Jun 8pm Episode 2: Anansi the Spider Re-spun: Anansi and the Two Dinners Streamed: Sat 6 Jun, 11am Available until Sat 27 Jun 8pm Episode 3: Anansi the Spider Re-spun: Anansi and the Pot of Wisdom Streamed: Sat 13 Jun, 11am Available until Sat 4 Jul 8pm Find out more
Join the Unicorn Theatre this Christmas for the stage adaptation of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s brilliantly subversive picture book which finds joy and friendship in the darkest and most unusual of places. One day Mouse is gobbled up by a wolf. ‘Oh woe’ says Mouse, who fears this must be the end. But then we discover Duck, who was, until Mouse arrived, taking a nap. As it turns out, it’s pretty nice living inside the belly of the beast with a new friend. There’s delicious food, dancing and – better still – no more fear of being eaten! Meanwhile, outside in the forest, things aren’t quite as rosy for Wolf who is being stalked by a hunter. Realising their fates are intertwined, Duck and Mouse hatch a winning plan… Book tickets
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.
People say that in a time long, long ago, animals walked on two feet and spoke with words, like we do. And back then it was known by everyone that the cleverest of all the animals in the kingdom was a spider – the infamous Anansi – the original trickster and the master spinner of yarns. But sometimes Anansi could be a little too clever for his own good… In celebration of Black History Month, these classic West African and Caribbean tales about the spider hoaxster are brought vividly to life here in Artistic Director Justin Audibert’s newest production for the Unicorn Theatre. Find out more
Check out these family-friendly activities for you and the kids to enjoy in London Bridge over the summer holidays, including immersive theatre, free museums and outdoor fun. 1. Meet Gnomus, Caretaker of the Earth Come and meet Gnomus who will be checking every leaf and every flower in the London Bridge area to inspire a new generation of conservationists. This bumbling, gentle giant is kind and friendly engaging families in themes of extinction and conservation. Suitable for ages 6+ July 26th and 27th (FREE) Find out more 2. Climb aboard the HMS Belfast Explore HMS Belfast and see what life was like aboard this floating city as you weave your way through the bowels of the ship and climb up and down ladders across all 9 decks. Kids will love taking the helm in the Captain’s chair, playing interactive games based on real-life exercises and keeping a lookout up on the flag deck. Throughout summer Find out more 3. Explore the depths of the universe Through a free exhibition and events programme, the Science Gallery London’s DARK MATTER combines art, physics and philosophy. The season highlights the critical role of artists, philosophers and storytellers in our understanding of the world around us and invites audiences to question their understanding of physics and even reality itself. Recommended for ages 6+ 6 June – 26 August 2019 (FREE) Find out more 4. Become the next superstar fashion designer The Fashion and Textile Museum’s summer holiday short courses are the ideal opportunity to nurture talent for drawing, design and digital skills, alongside other young people who share the same passions. The Museum Young Designers Summer School offers students aged 12-18 the opportunity to learn and practise their design skills to create a portfolio of work. Various dates throughout summer Find out more 5. Get creative at the Unicorn Theatre The Unicorn’s ever-popular series of drama, dance and set design workshops are led by professional theatre-makers and themed around current shows. Workshops range from a day or two days, through to a five-day ‘Play In A Week’ workshop. A great opportunity to have fun, learn new skills and make friends. Suitable for ages 7 – 16 Various dates throughout summer Find out more 6. Discover the history of London’s defining landmark Uncover stories behind the engineering, the people, the architecture and the city that built Tower Bridge. Experience the glass walkway, witness the magic of the bridge-lift and take part in imaginative family-orientated learning activities. Throughout summer Find out more 7. Catch a matinee at the Bridge Theatre The Bridge Theatre becomes the forest in this immersive production of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The seating is wrapped around the action while ‘pit’ tickets allow the story to be followed on foot as the story develops around you. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult in the pit at all times. Until August 31st Find out more 8. Marvel at SEED; a sustainable circus Seed is Circumference’s latest renewable spectacle for the whole family, a positive vision for a greener future featuring aerialists, acrobats and live music. Enjoy some outdoor circus fun at Potters Fields Park, bring a plant, a small disposable object or an item of clothing to incorporate into a growing installation, and plant a seed to take home. August 7th and 8th (FREE) Find out more 9. Enjoy a picnic in Potters Fields Park A stones-throw away from several family-friendly restaurants, Potters Fields Park stretches out alongside the Thames with unbeatable views of the iconic Tower Bridge. Head to One Tower Bridge to discover an eclectic mix of eateries including Temakinho, Vapiano and Gunpower, where takeaway options are available. Find out more 10. Experience the top of The Shard With panoramic views stretching up to 40 miles across London, the top of The Shard offers the best views in the city. Don’t miss the Family Breakfast Fun Club on 24th August, with free face painting, balloon modelling and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Throughout summer Find out more 11. Celebrate Summer by the River London Bridge City’s annual summer festival returns, with a programme packed full of activities for all ages. Enjoy open-air cinema and theatre, big screen summer sports, live comedy and music performances, fun family workshops and more. Throughout summer Find out more 12. Get a taste of Latin American culture The biggest Latin American street food festival in London returns to London Bridge. Try flavours from across the continent, before shaking the calories off with some free dance classes, including salsa and Zumba. There’ll also be plenty of family-friendly activities, including face painting, storytelling and more. 10th – 11th August Find out more 13. Take a ride with MBNA Thames Clippers Board at London Bridge City Pier and explore the city by boat. 5-15 year olds go free with a family ‘River Roamer’ ticket, which allows you to hop on and off between 17 piers. Get the kids involved in their journey with MBNA’s free activity books. Throughout summer Find out more 14. Discover Europe’s Oldest Operating Theatre Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital, this atmospheric museum offers a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery. Interactive talks and walks will provide inspiring and stimulating perspectives for young people. Recommended for ages 7+ Throughout summer Find out more 15. Uncover the dark secrets that lie beneath the world’s most haunted bridge Located within the vaults of the original 1831 bridge, The London Bridge Experience and Tombs is a spooky immersive experience, tracing the 2000 year history of the world’s most famous and haunted bridge. Children up to 15 years must be accompanied by an adult. Throughout summer Find out more
GET ON STAGE AND MAKE YOUR OWN SHOW! The Unicorn Theatre’s creative workshops for ages 7 – 16 are back for the Summer holidays. Led by professional theatre-makers, you’ll learn great new skills and make new friends. Choose from dance, set design, drama, puppetry and more. Workshops range from a day or two days, through to our five day Play In A Week workshops. Performance-based workshops close with a sharing for friends and family. SUMMER HOLIDAY PLAY IN A WEEK Mon 5 – Fri 9 Aug | Ages 11 – 16 Drama Week: Fables for the Future If you could write your future, how would it look? In this five-day workshop we’ll form a new theatre company and work together to create our own fables for the future. Led by the Assistant Director and Movement Director from Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales (2018-19), you’ll hone your performance and devising skills and explore improvisation techniques, script work and multi-media. Imagine the future and how the world could be, choose your story and tell it! BOOK NOW Mon 12 – Fri 16 Aug | Ages 7 – 11 Drama Week: Role Models What do you want to be when you grow up? This creative, fun and challenging workshop will explore who we are and who might like to become. We’ll create a show from scratch that uses the themes of role models and imagined futures. With support and guidance from the Director (Unicorn Associate Director Rachel Bagshaw) and our Production team you will develop your performance skills, learn how to shape your ideas into a show and explore vocal and physical performance styles. BOOK NOW Venue: Unicorn Theatre Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm Mon – Thu, 11.30 – 7pm Fri (the sharing will begin at 6pm) Price: £425 per child What is included in my workshop ticket? • A five day themed workshop led by professional artists • An invitation for friends & family to attend the sharing • 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 ONE AND TWO-DAY WORKSHOPS Mon 29 – Tue 30 July | Ages 7 – 11 | Two-day workshop Aquatic Dance We’ll be making a splash in this under-the-sea-inspired acro-balance and movement workshop. No previous dance experience required! BOOK NOW Wed 31 Jul – Thu 1 Aug | Ages 7 – 11 | Two-day workshop World Dance A jam packed two-day workshop exploring the world of contemporary dance, disco moves, street style and Bollywood boogie. No previous dance experience required! BOOK NOW Tue 6 Aug or Wed 7 Aug | Ages 7 – 11 | One-day workshop Dream, Design & Transform A fun and challenging workshop where you will design your own stage set before building it in miniature form as a model box. BOOK NOW Thu 8 Aug – Fri 9 Aug | Ages 7 – 11 | Two-day workshop The Little People and the Dragon Puppetry Workshop Come and join PuppetSoup for a fantastic, creative and fun filled two days of puppet making and performance! BOOK NOW Venue: Unicorn Theatre Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm Mon – Sat (arriving for 9.15am) Price: one-day workshop £55 per child / two-day workshop £110 per child / save £20 when booking both Aquatic Dance and World Dance. What is included in my workshop ticket? • A themed workshop led by professional theatre-makers • An invitation for friends & family to attend the sharing (where relevent) • Experienced DBS certified staff who will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience
English National Opera and the Unicorn join forces for the very first time to create a new production of Purcell’s powerful and emotional masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas, for teenagers and adults. Belinda is the only child of Dido. A teenager like any other, in any big city. The audience watch through her eyes as her mother – heroine, feminist icon, modern parent – slowly starts to fall apart, with tragic consequences. Directed by the Unicorn’s former Artistic Director Purni Morell and conducted by ENO’s Valentina Peleggi, this contemporary production will be an incredible first experience for some, and for others a chance to see a familiar and much-loved opera in a new light. Sung in English. Book tickets
In the spirit of International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up a host of leading ladies. As well as their achievements shaping London Bridge as it is today, their influence transcends postcodes, cities, and even continents. They’ve motivated change in fields including nursing, fair-trade, fashion and LGBT rights: meet the Inspirational women of London Bridge… 1. Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE, RDI, Fashion Designer Zandra’s early textile designs were considered too outrageous by the traditional British manufacturers, so, she decided to make dresses from her own fabrics, pioneering the very special use of printed textiles as an intrinsic part of the garments she created. She has been Commander of the British Empire since 1997 (in recognition of her contribution to fashion and textiles) and has nine Honorary Doctorates from Universities in both the UK and USA. Zandra set up the Fashion and Textile Museum here in London Bridge in 2003. Painted in her trademark pink and orange, you can’t miss the stunning Bermondsey Street landmark. 2. Sophi Tranchell MBE, CEO of Divine Chocolate Sophi Tranchell, winner of Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year (the most prestigious international award for social innovation!) is the CEO of London Bridge-based fair-trade chocolate company, Divine Chocolate. She has led this innovative company since 1999, from a team of 4 to the international £12.6m company it is today. The company’s unique business model – which gives cocoa farmers the biggest share, and seats on the Board, in addition to the benefits from Fairtrade – has become a leading example of what is possible both in the Fairtrade movement and of a social enterprise reaching international scale in a highly competitive sector. Quote – BBC News 3. Florence Nightingale OM, RRC, Founder of Modern Nursing The Lady with the Lamp’s pioneering work during the Crimean war lead to revolutionary progression in the field of medical care for soldiers. Florence Nightingale became involved with St Thomas’s Hospital in London Bridge in 1859. Florence helped establish numerous nursing organizations throughout the remainder of her life and received a hoard of awards for her work, including the German order of the Cross of Merit and the French gold medal of Secours aux Blessés Militaires. 4. Amy Lamé Night Czar at London City Hall Amy Lamé was appointed by The Mayor as London’s first Night Czar in 2016. The comedian and broadcaster has a long and successful track record as a leader and collaborator in the cultural and creative industries. She is co-founder of the Olivier Award winning arts company and club night Duckie. Amy also co-founded and chairs RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern. She’s made a priority tackling sexual assault against women on public transport, and boosting the safety of women on nights out. Quote – Evening Standard 5. Kerry Taylor Founder of Kerry Taylor Auctions Kerry Taylor joined renowned auction house Sotheby’s in 1979 and rapidly rose through the ranks to become the youngest auctioneer in the company’s history at just 21. In 2003 she left to set up her own auction business, specialising in fashion and textiles. Since leaving Sotheby’s Kerry’s unrivalled expertise, passion and experience have led her business (Kerry Taylor Auction’s based locally on Long Lane) to be regarded as the world’s leading auction house specialising in vintage fashion, fine antique costume and textiles. Quote – Modcloth Blog 6. Caryl Jenner – Founder of the Unicorn Theatre The Unicorn Theatre was founded by Caryl Jenner as a touring company in 1947 with a commitment to giving children a valuable and often first ever experience of quality theatre, and a philosophy that ‘the best of theatre for children should be judged on the same high standards of writing, directing, acting and design as the best of adult theatre‘. Today, the Unicorn is the UK’s leading professional theatre for young audiences, dedicated to inspiring and invigorating young people of all ages, perspectives and abilities, and empowering them to explore the world – on their own terms – through theatre.
The Unicorn Theatre invites you to join the two very loveable but slightly hapless Polar Bears on their holiday adventures. Will they ever reach their destination? Or are they just going around in circles? Have your ticket ready, find your seat, fasten your seatbelt and anchors aweigh – take off and go, go, go! The Polar Bears return to the Unicorn following the hit shows The Polar Bears Go Wild (2015) and The Polar Bears Go Up (2016). The pair create smart, sharply observed comic performances for our youngest audiences. Find out more