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Theatre

At the Heart of Things

by Vertebra Theatre

Dates
Thursday 19 April - Sunday 22 April
Times
8:00 pm, 5:00 pm

The performance on Sunday 22nd April will be at 5pm
Days of the week
Thursday - Sunday
Ticket price
£12.00
£10.00 (concessions)
£8.00 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


At the Heart of Things is a dance-puppetry performance inspired by Oscar Wilde’s book De Profundis. Movement improvisation, visual imagery and devised text create a contemporary adaptation that dives into female sexuality, queer identity and homophobia.

In a dystopian world where growing fear takes centre stage, two young women Lilly and Nina are dancing in a nightclub. When a gunman enters and opens fire, nothing will be the same again. Lilly tries to make sense in a senseless world. What does it mean to be a woman? What does it mean to fall in love? Out of her frustration, Oscar Wilde will be born, to guide her, page by page, towards rediscovering her sexuality and womanhood.

''An intriguing show to watch, full of little flashes of beauty and excellence.'' Views from the Gods

Vertebra Theatre is a physical and visual theatre company that creates international devising, puppetry and film work. Their previous work includes Dark Matter, which had a sold-out run at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


Theatre

Bailamos Opa!

With Dance Guru to the Stars Aliki Mbakoyianni

Dates
Wednesday 25 April - Thursday 26 April
Time
8:00 pm
Days of the week
Wednesday and Thursday
Ticket price
£10.00
£8.50 (concessions)
£7.50 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


Bailamos Opa!
With Dance Guru to the Stars Aliki Mbakoyianni

When an ex-star dancer and wildly successful dance guru begins to feel like an ageing has-been, she decides to take to the stage and reclaim the limelight in a different way. Greek-Argentine global nomad, political activist and single-lady-again Aliki Mbakoyianni has a message for every dance body via a reflection on her own star-studded life.

Journalist, author and playwright Lorna V is an amateur dancer who overcame stepping in the wrong direction (just about) to develop a passion for Argentine tango. Her first full length show as a writer-performer is a feel-good piece with plenty of heart and humour. Through the Greek-Argentine character Aliki Mbakoyianni, Lorna V explores ageing, politics, immigration, and delivers some unexpected and hilarious twists on cultural history.

Book for Bailamos Opa! and you could win dinner for two with drinks at the Real Greek Bankside branch. One prize available per show night.


Written and performed by
Lorna V
Directed by
Athena Mandis
Greek Dancing Advisor
Evi Xydia
Photo Credit
Vassa Nicolaou

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Family

Ellie and the Enormous Sneeze!

Date
Thursday 3 May
Time
4:30 pm

'A sneeze is a powerful thing, a dangerous thing, you never know what might happen with a sneeze...'

Join Ellie on a wild snot-filled adventure as she sets out to help her friend Stanley to sneeze for the very first time. A Roald Dahl-esque tale featuring live music, magical mucus and ever-extendable nose hairs from the award-winning creators of Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo that can Never be Caught!

Winners: Best Family Show, Buxton Fringe.
'Splendidly silly' (List).
'Quirky, inventive and lively' **** (EdinburghFestivalsForKids.com).

After the hilarious Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo that can Never be Caught!, Mouths of Lions have a new show brewing and they’re trying it out at the Blue Elephant for the first time! If you’d like to see a very funny and very silly new show before anyone else does AND get a taste of how shows are put together and see the actors and musicians working from scripts, then come along for Ellie and the Enormous Sneeze!

Tickets are FREE but we advise booking here to avoid disappointment.


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Theatre

Before It Starts

Dates
Tuesday 8 May - Thursday 10 May
Time
8:00 pm
Days of the week
Tuesday - Thursday
Ticket price
£12.00
£10.00 (concessions)
£8.00 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


Before It Starts is a brutal and unforgiving take on teenage life, sex, social media and friendships.

When a new girl starts school and reveals her controversial sexuality her friends have a lot to laugh about. But when the jokes turn sour and the playful banter becomes bullying, the group realise they have a lot to be sorry for. Unlike other conventional homophobia stories that pity the victim, Before It Starts approaches this story from the bully’s point of view, making them likeable, funny, charismatic and oblivious of their own actions.

So sit back, relax and get ready for the rawest, funniest and most offensive ride of your life. It’s playful, it’s honest, it’s daring, it’s an education for all! Oh, and remember, it’s based on true events and real life accounts!

Naked Frank are a physical theatre company who create theatre that makes a positive difference. For this production the company combined written accounts and verbatim text to tell a cold story about homophobia in schools in an outlandish, controversial and hilarious manner.

“We don’t believe that theatre can change the world, but it can change an opinion. Change enough opinions and you might just change the world.”

Age Guidance: 15+


Press

★★★★★ "Everything is in place: enthusiasm, integrity, uncompromising message: the result is a highly effective piece of theatre." Peter Yates, London Theatre 1
Dance

Blue Cloud Scratch

Date
Friday 11 May
Time
8:00 pm
Ticket price
£6.00
£4.00 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


Blue Cloud Scratch is an exciting new dance scratch night, showcasing works in progress from a diverse range of choreographers, and is curated by Blue Elephant Theatre and Cloud Dance Festival. Blue Cloud Scratch aims to encourage and provide emerging dance artists with opportunities to present their works in progress and receive feedback from audiences and peers.

For more about the Blue Cloud Scratch and Cloud Dance Festival, click here.


Family

Story Time with Craig Jenkins

 

Date
Sunday 13 May
Times
2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Ticket price
£6.00 (Adult)
£4.50 (Child)
£3.00 (Southwark resident - Adult or Child)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


Enjoy an afternoon of fun, laughs, songs and stories as storyteller Craig Jenkins performs Story Time –classic folktales from across the world.

Listen to the adventures of the animals of the jungle as lion, monkey, elephant and mouse take part in mischief and fun, while the children of the city have some hilarious adventures of their own!

With a playful and interactive style, this 50 minute show is a perfect Sunday afternoon treat for children aged 5+ and their families.

Craig Jenkins is an internationally renowned storyteller who has performed stories for children around the world in England, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy, Taiwan and the United States of America.

Over the last ten years, he has performed for high profile organisations such as the BBC, the Barbican Centre, the British Museum, the British Film Institute and the High Commission of India (London), as well as using storytelling in a wide range of education, outreach and community settings.

Suitable for ages 5 and over.


Family

The Tale of the Cockatrice

Date
Sunday 17 June
Times
2:00 pm, 4:30 pm
Ticket price
£5.00
£3.00 (concessions)
£3.00 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


Deep in the vaults of an ancient priory a hideous creature awakens. A deadly cockatrice is born! Bold knights flee in terror... Can a humble nun defeat the beast?

Multi-Award-Winning Mumblecrust Theatre present two muddle-headed storytellers, an obscure British legend, breathtaking puppetry and spine-tingling live music in this dark and winding fable for monster-lovers young and old.

Winners:
“Best Newcomer to Brighton Fringe” and “Best of Brighton Fringe: Children and Families Award” 2017
“a genuine work of art” - The Voice

Mumblecrust Theatre is an award-winning theatre company based in the South West of England. Co-Artistic Directors Katie Underhay and Anthony Burbridge came together to fill a niche in children’s theatre, where slightly older children often get left out. From this collaboration, The Tale of the Cockatrice was born.

Best suited for 7-12 year olds.


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