“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
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
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
‘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
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
Spring is here and this Easter the Unicorn Theatre will be offering a range of family friendly events over the holidays. There will be something for all ages with activities and workshops complementing the shows on stage. THE VELVETEEN RABBIT Until 15 Apr | Ages 5+ **** The Guardian, Daily Mail, WhatsOnStage Based on the much-loved book this show is a gorgeous, heart-warming tale about a very shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real. One of our biggest hits to date, the production is back for a third time following a New York transfer. Tickets £8 – £18 | No booking fee. UP CLUB+ Afternoon Tea with Rabbit Join us on stage for special cream tea, rabbit themed crafts and a surprise guest! 5, 7, 13 & 15 Apr | Adult £8.50 Child £4.50 JERAMEE, HARTLEBY & OOOGLEMORE Until 9 Apr | Ages 3+ **** The Guardian, Time Out, The Stage Take a trip to the seaside with three people who have a lot to say, but only three words with which to say it. Director Tim Crouch (An Oak Tree, National Theatre) returns with the smash-hit show that had last year’s audience in stitches. A treat for children and adults alike, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘stupidly lovely show’ (The Guardian). But keep an eye out for that seagull… Tickets: £10 – £16 | No booking fee. MADE IN A DAY – THEATRE WORKSHOPS 10 – 15 Apr | Ages 7 – 14 Led by professional theatre-makers, these workshops are designed to be creative, fun and challenging sessions that explore the worlds of puppetry, circus, movement and performance. Participants will devise, develop and stage a piece of work they have created together using the new skills and knowledge from that day. £55 per child | 9.30am – 4.30pm Mon – Thu, 10.30am – 5.30pm on Sat Special offer: Book a place for No Strings Attached and Shadow Hands and save £10.
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 programme includes work for toddlers, through to work for teenagers and beyond, with something for everyone in between. Unicorn Theatre is offering DealCard holders 20% savings on performances. DEALCARD OFFER: Save 20% on all 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). This offer only applies to Price Band A and Standard tickets. This offer applies to show tickets only and excludes tickets for workshops and other events. Excludes: Price Bands B and C; Baby Show; Sensacional, any discounted preview performances and all performances between 20 – 24 December 2018. To find out more about shows and ticket costs, contact the Unicorn Theatre Box Office on: 020 7645 0560 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org See what’s on at the Unicorn now: www.unicorntheatre.com *Please use “DealCard” when booking online, over the phone or in person. Please show DealCard at box office when collecting tickets.