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Theatre

The Tricycle

Dates
Tuesday 21 November - Saturday 25 November
Time
8:00 pm
Days of the week
Tuesday - Saturday
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


Apal and Climando have to pay for the tricycle they hired but they don´t have the money. How far will they go to survive in a world where all hope of a future is lost?

Three teenagers and an old man try to survive in a hostile, unintelligible and alienating world. They’re just four marginal characters looking for their place in a system which forgot them. What will they do for the chance of a better tomorrow?

The Tricycle was the first play by renowned Spanish playwright Fernando Arrabal. Written in 1952, is a strangely light-hearted tale of poverty and murder. In this perfect example of Absurd Theatre, the writer questions the limits of freedom and the relationship between our acts and their consequences in a rotten society in which children commit sinister acts to survive.

Bright South Theatre, under the direction of Jesús Chavero, presents the London premiere of a new adaptation of The Tricycle. This young Spanish company presents its first project in English, portraying a playful yet disturbing world and posing questions as relevant now as when The Tricycle was first written.

Please note that Southwark Council is repairing footpaths outside our building and parking is currently restricted

Running Time: 75 minutes


Theatre

The Invisible

 

Dates
Thursday 30 November - Friday 1 December
Time
8:00 pm
Days of the week
Thursday and Friday
Ticket price
£8.00
£6.50 (concessions)
£6.00 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

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She waits for airplanes to cross the sky. She wants to see the outside world. She folds paper planes. She takes a flight. She leaves home. She arrives in a foreign country. She feels invisible. She asks why.

A storyteller stands alone on the stage, sharing a story about an invisible character.

What happens when East Asian culture lands at Heathrow Airport? How much do you know about the invisible? How little do you know? The Invisible is a one-woman show by Yuyu Wang, drawing on real experiences of living in a foreign country, incorporating story-telling, music and movement. It aims to explore the vulnerability, homesickness and otherness of Asian communities overseas, offering a new perspective on current contemporary discussions around immigration, alienation and home.


Devised and performed by
Yuyu Wang
Dance

Blue Cloud Scratch

Date
Tuesday 5 December
Time
8:00 pm
Ticket price
£5.00
£3.50 (concessions)
£3.50 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

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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.

Walls Between Us - Eriketi Andreadaki

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall. That wants it down.
So why do we continue to build them?

Walls Between Us explores the contradiction of creating and breaking boundaries and barriers. It dwells on the human need for fellowship and meaningful connection as well as the distance and barriers between us.

Drawing inspiration from Robert Frost’s Mending Wall, we investigate the concepts of limitation, personal space, touch and communication in an attempt to discover whether indeed “good fences make good neighbours.”

Eriketi Andreadaki is a London-based dance artist, originally from Athens, Greece. She graduated with a MA in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School, where she toured nationally and internationally with postgraduate company EDge. She also holds a BA (Hons) in Media Studies and Communication. Since graduating she has worked with a number of independent artists, such as Joanna Kalm and A(r)ct. Her most recent choreographic work Walls Between Us was presented in October 2017 in Greece, in collaboration with Emi Amerikanou.

Performers: Sophia Sednova and Eriketi Andreadaki
Originally performed by: Emi Amerikanou and Eriketi Andreadaki

Baby Plus Two (Excerpts) - Bricolage Dance UK/Lise Smith.

“There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall,” said some bloke who
was clearly no good at multitasking. This solo is our rebuttal.

Pram firmly in the hallway, Baby Plus Two brings to life the physical and psychological experiences of early parenthood - from breast engorgement to mastery of nappy-sniffing via a constant low-level angst; filled, like motherhood itself, with angst, humour and love.

Lise Smith trained at Trinity Laban, graduating in 2006. She has produced companies including Kate Flatt, Scarabeus Aerial Theatre and Kamala Devam, and made work for companies including Cambridge Contemporary Dance as well as performing and rehearsal directing. She has worked with Bricolage Dance since 2012, becoming a co-director in 2017.

Performer: Jodie Adele Cole
Music: Lise Smith

Quebranto - Lucía Piquero

This work in progress is a personal collaboration based on ideas surrounding freedom of expression and the loss of it either by external means or personal impositions. It explores feelings of inadequacy, lack of words in the face of current political and social situations, and how, although it is not possible to express certain horrors, silence is even worse a response.

Choreographer Lucía Piquero and sound artist Renzo Spiteri come together once again to explore the possibilities of performance to incite discussion and present different view on current social issues

Performer: Lucía Piquero
Sound Artist: Renzo Spiteri

Exhibit F - Becky Namgauds

Exhibit F is a raw and commanding solo work exploring how female oppression, identity and a collective loss of memory are connected. For how long can women study their own absence? Bare chested and breathing heavily the performer searches her tendrils of hair which soon become parted and dragged across the floor.

Becky Namgauds has worked with artists such as Marion Motin, Holly Blakey and Marianne Elliott at the National Theatre, and is featured in videos for Dior, Klyne and Dua Lipa. Her solo work Severed Dreams has been performed around the UK and in 2016 Becky was selected by Hofesh Shechter to create ‘RodaDoras’ for East Wall Warm Up produced by East London Dance and Hofesh Shechter Company.

Performer: Becky Namgauds
Extra Direction: Marso Riviere

We Received Orders Not To Move - Margherita Borg and Ming

We have received orders not to move. We have been instructed how to sit, stand, walk. Our bodies reject these orders.

Ming & Marg Are currently studying at Roehampton University to receive an MFA in Choreography. They recently collaborated a lighting design for The Print Room’s International Festival.

Performers: Margherita Borg and Ming


Family

Little Red Riding Hood

Dates
Thursday 7 December - Saturday 9 December
Times
2:30 pm, 5:00 pm

Saturday times shown - please see below for details of all performances
Days of the week
Thursday - Saturday
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


This much-loved story is reinvented as a playful pantomime. Moon On A Stick combine enchanting puppetry & storytelling with all the traditional pantomime elements in a fun, imaginative show.

Featuring live music, dance and audience interaction, get really involved with the story and help Little Red through the forest. Packed full of silliness, a sassy heroine and sparkles, this is the perfect introduction to panto for children aged 3+ and their families.

Performances on Saturday 9th December are relaxed performances, especially suitable for young children or those with additional needs.

Performance Times:
Thursday 7th December: 11:15, 13:45 & 16:30
Friday 8th December: 10:00, 11:15 & 13:45
Saturday 9th December: 14:30 and 17:00

School matinees are now largely fully booked and tickets are selling quickly for performances on Saturday 9th December


Supported by

Family

A Christmas Carol

written by Jim Rastall

Presented by Redbridge Drama Centre in association with Jim Rastall

Date
Sunday 10 December
Time
4:30 pm
Ticket price
£5.00
£3.00 (concessions)
£3.00 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

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Will the spirits of Christmas transform the miserly old Scrooge? Which lucky audience member will get to play Tiny Tim? And who on earth gave the telly away? Wonderfully silly and tenderly heart-wrenching, Charles Dickens’ spellbinding tale is imaginatively brought to life in this fast-paced adventure comedy - featuring spooky spectres, audience interaction, and many a change of hat!

A perfect seasonal treat for ages five to five hundred, this tremendous new adaptation proves that nothing can replace your friends - and that with just a little kindness, the world can be very exciting indeed.


Theatre

Desert Dust at The Star of Bethlehem

Once Upon A Christmas Song Project by The Dot Collective

Date
Wednesday 13 December
Times
8:00 pm, 4:30 pm
Ticket price
£8.00
£7.00 (concessions)
£7.00 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

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


The Once Upon a Christmas Song Project has developed an alternative Christmas show, created from the magical stories, music and poetry springing from the dynamic minds of those with dementia. This show is guaranteed to warm your heart and make you feel festive this December. The play developed from this project is Desert Dust at The Star of Bethlehem.

The Dot Collective creates and provides professional theatre for those living in care, and share their work with the public. Not only do they bring innovative new theatre, but transform everyday spaces with all the aesthetics one would expect when going to the theatre.

This project is truly a collaboration between the many minds met during the workshops, the playwright, director, designer and entire creative team.

Suitable for all ages

Desert Dust at The Star of Bethlehem

Desert Dust at The Star of Bethlehem is a new play by Alexander Moschos (Brainville at Night, Found In Translation) directed by Dan Ayling (The Print Room, Hampstead Theatre, Arcola and regular Associate Director for Katie Mitchell). Presented by The Dot Collective’s latest project: Once Upon A Christmas Song, It has been written in response to ideas of participants we met during a series of theatrical workshops who live with dementia.

The night before Christmas, two siblings discover a homeless couple hiding in their pub and endeavour to keep their secret. Fusing sensory elements of live music, puppetry, immersive design elements and audience interaction, an ensemble of four professional actor/musicians will bring the spirit of Christmas alive. Join us as the three wise birds take us on a Christmas journey through the story of The Star of Bethlehem one night of Christmas Eve.


Press

‘One of the best monologues I’ve had the privilege to see. Period.’ ★★★★

Breaking the Fourth Wall