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Chickenshed Theatre, 290 Chase Side, London N14 4PE
To book: Box Office 020 8292 9222,
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Must End Saturday 14th May 2016
Five women meet on the beach in a bleak seaside town for an impromptu picnic
lunch, seeking some laughs and gossip washed down with a glass or two. As the
day progresses their friendship and shared experiences reveal devastating truths
from the hidden corners of their lives. We realise that through their heartache
and pain has come an unbreakable bond of strength, love and hope.
This moving and dramatic piece has been developed with South Gwynedd Domestic
Abuse Services and is based on interviews conducted with women as part of our
outreach project, Survivors. In a searingly honest and poignant portrayal of
what can all too often be untold stories,
Chickenshed presents a powerful representation of the strength and power of
In the absence of silence interweaves excerpts of the women’s own words with
multimedia to create an honest, at times brutal, portrayal of what can take
place behind closed doors, and the life affirming and positive truth of what is
possible when the silence is broken.
Tue 3, Wed 4, Thu 5, Fri 6, Mon 9,
Tue 10, Wed 11 Thu 12 May 2016 at 7.30pm.
Sat 7 May 2016 at 6pm and 8pm.
Fri 13 May 2016 at 8pm.
Sat 14 May 2016 at 6pm and 8pm.
Prices: £12 (£8 concessions, £5 for 15 to 25 year olds, £7 for schools)
Suitable for ages: 15+.
by Bertie Watkins
Until 20th May 2016
at a Secret Location in Borough
Press Night: Thursday 28th April 2016 at 7pm
Audiences must hold their nerve, test their skills in subterfuge and
interrogation, and, above all, not get caught as they go head to head against
the gangs of the seedy London underworld
In a secret warehouse in Borough, audiences of fifty get transported into the
middle of police undercover operations to bring down the Don of the criminal
underworld. Split into groups of ten to take part in the unfolding drama,
participants must outwit their enemies and maintain their cover in a series of
missions. And with a multitude of possible endings, failure is almost certainly
CROOKS challenges audiences to save a captured cop, play Russian roulette with
the Don, and take part in a major drug deal in the notorious Cockney Cartel in
the latest of boundary pushing immersive theatre.
Artistic director Bertie Watkins says, “Immersive theatre is growing up. We
created CROOKS to put audiences in the middle of a narrative. It’s an intense
show that makes the world of the show evolve around them for an evening: every
person that comes through the door is focused on; they have as much of a role in
the story as the actors performing in front of them. This is Pervasive theatre.”
CoLab is an Immersive Theatre company creating new worlds and experiences to
tell a story. CoLab bring the untapped world alive with old, new and borrowed
stories in worlds that take audiences back, forward and sideways in time. Moving
away from the idea that audiences have to have their experience based on
interactions with performers, CoLab want to create an environment where audience
members become characters themselves, interacting with each other and creating
their own experience. The company’s first production was Fifth Column, and they
have recently announced their next production The Hunt, pioneering the next
level of immersive theatre: pervasive theatre.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Suitable for ages 15+ (contains strong language, and references to violence and
Tuesday to Saturday at 7pm and 9pm
Box office: www.colabtheatre.co.uk
Noh Re-imagined – The Contemporary Art of Classical Japanese
Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May 2016,
Art, Music, Dance & The Divine
Noh originated in the 14th century and has been performed continuously since,
making it among the oldest unbroken performance traditions in the world. Noh’s
aesthetic concepts, unique musical rhythms and tempos influenced many Western
artists in the 20th century, including Benjamin Britten. This two-day festival
explores the art of Noh, which continues to inspire many practitioners across
diverse art forms.
King Place continue their collaboration with Akiko Yanagisawa of mu: arts in
presenting some of the foremost Noh performers from Japan to the UK. These
performers, all of whom are recognised as intangible cultural assets by the
Japanese Government, will be joined by innovative British artists at the cutting
edge of the UK’s vibrant interdisciplinary arts scene. The festival’s aim is to
communicate the essence of classical Noh and explore how its distinctive
aesthetic and musical textures have become valuable resources for the
contemporary visual, musical and theatrical arts.
The Noh Reimagined Festival is generously supported by Yakult, Daiwa Anglo-Japan
Foundation, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, The Japan Foundation, The Embassy
of Japan in the UK, Arts Council England and Arts Council Tokyo.
Initially booked for a limited 4 week run, 3 Olivier Award-winning Broadway musical
In The Heights has extended its run at King’s Cross Theatre for a third time,
until Sunday 30th October 2016.
In The Heights is an uplifting and exhilarating journey into Washington Heights,
one of Manhattan's most vibrant communities – a place where the coffee is light
and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of
three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of
hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggle can be deciding which
traditions to take with you, and which ones to leave behind. With a gripping
story and unforgettable Latin and hip-hop infused score, In The Heights is a
ground-breaking contemporary musical about what it takes to make a living, what
it costs to have a dream, and what it means to be home.
King’s Cross Theatre is a brand new purpose built theatre at King’s Cross
A late night bar is open to
coincide with performances of In The Heights.
Opening an hour before every
performance until late, with live music and DJs after certain performances.
(Photo credit: top: Robert Workman, below: Sam Mackay as Usnavi
and cast, by Johan Persson)
The Singers’ Cabaret Workshops
The Loft at Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec, 140
Newington Butts, London, SE11 4RN
Clowning/Vocal Coaching Day & Song Surgery Special Day
28th and 29th May 2016
10am - 6pm
The only course of its kind in the UK; The Singers’ Cabaret Workshop is a unique
opportunity to be mentored by the UK’s top cabaret practitioners, to craft your
own totally individual cabaret set and persona.
This course is ideal for anyone with previous singing experience; from
professionals experienced in other musical styles to singers already on the
cabaret scene who would like to develop their skillset.
These two days (Clowning/Vocal Coaching, 28th May; Song Surgery Special, 29th
May) will give you just a taste of what to expect on the full course, whilst
still providing a great base from which to start honing your cabaret craft.
Shredding isn't just showing off. In 'Fast
and Furioso,' conductor Rainer Hersch meets virtuoso musicians from all walks of
musical life to ask whether there's a corollary between the ability to play
extremely complicated pieces at high speed - Beethoven's 5th by The Great Kat
condensed into 74 seconds.
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Full BBC Radio interview at