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Image:Switch On NOW
Mon 6 Jul - Sat 11 Jul
NOW Live Events and Deptford Lounge present

Switch On NOW

A festival of arts and mindfulness events tapping into your creative potential. NOW Live Events are delighted to be back at Deptford Lounge with an innovative programme of arts and wellbeing activities for all ages. On offer will be NOW’s unique and playful approach to literature, performance, craft, poetry, visual arts, spoken word, music, mindfulness meditation, workshops for children and more.

Image:Switch On NOW: The Unlympics
Tue 7 Jul
NOW Live Events and Deptford Lounge present

Switch On NOW: The Unlympics

This family friendly workshop takes familiar events and turns them upside down and inside out to playfully question whether being the biggest, fastest, strongest really is what we’re after. Events - in what will be a heptathlon - include the 100 metres Slowest Running, Strictly Come Tiniest Dancing and more. Practise your focusing skills in a whole new way.

Image:Switch On NOW: Mask Making Here & Now
Wed 8 Jul
NOW Live Events and Deptford Lounge present

Switch On NOW: Mask Making Here & Now

Mask Making is one of the most ancient art forms and the majority of cultures across the globe once had masks as a central part of ritual. It is a very personal journey to make one’s own mask. This Masketeers workshop is designed to make a personal totem piece and as the mask takes shape, the maker cannot help but reveal a part of themselves through the design, build and decoration. 

Image:Oliver!
Wed 8 Jul - Thu 9 Jul
Deptford Green School and the Albany present

Oliver!

Deptford Green Actors Company makes its Albany debut with a musical extravaganza for all the family. Oliver! vividly brings to life Dickens’ timeless characters - the Artful Dodger, Fagin and Nancy - through the ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more…

Image:Switch On NOW: Happy Children Learn Better
Sat 11 Jul
NOW Live Events and Deptford Lounge present

Switch On NOW: Happy Children Learn Better

In this workshop, children and families will experience INSIDE OUT’s 5 Keys to Happiness in fun and engaging ways.

Image:Switch On NOW: Reclaiming the Streets: Blue Plaque Moments
Sat 11 Jul
NOW Live Events and Deptford Lounge present

Switch On NOW: Reclaiming the Streets: Blue Plaque Moments

Alastair Creamer invites you to share your Deptford stories, memories and moments. He'll make some of these into a Blue Plaque Moment and you can be photographed next to your plaque. 

Image:Switch On NOW: Free to Move
Sat 11 Jul
NOW Live Events and Deptford Lounge present

Switch On NOW: Free to Move

Rediscover the joy of natural and engaging movement to some seriously contagious and foot tapping music. Learn new skills and tap into the power and joy of working in harmony.

Image:Switch On NOW: Mindfulness for Parents and Children
Sat 11 Jul
NOW Live Events and Deptford Lounge present

Switch On NOW: Mindfulness for Parents and Children

This interactive workshop for parents and children (3+) explores how we can be more aware through experiments in speaking, listening, colour, senses, movement and sitting like a frog. 

Image:Switch On NOW: Do Nice Be Kind Spread Happy
Sat 11 Jul
NOW Live Events and Deptford Lounge present

Switch On NOW: Do Nice Be Kind Spread Happy

Since August 2011, after a chance encounter in a post office in Deptford, Bernadette Russell decided to try to be kind to a stranger every single day for a year. Find out what Bernadette got up to that year and since, see some great pictures from her book Do Nice Be Kind Spread Happy and come do some fun kindnesses of your own.

Image:Ten in a Bed
Sat 11 Jul - Sat 18 Jul
Theatre Peckham presents

Ten in a Bed

It's a magical evening, the moon and stars are out, and the night looks too exciting for a little girl to ever want to go to bed.

Image:The People's Tower
Tue 4 Aug - Sun 9 Aug
Circulate, Olivier GrossetĂȘte and the Albany present

The People's Tower

A unique, temporary tower for Deptford is coming. Built by you. Assembled without cranes or machines, only human power and cardboard boxes galore, you’re invited to join the Albany and French artist, Olivier Grossetête to build The People’s Tower.

Image:Snazzy Stories
Fri 7 Aug - Fri 28 Aug
Deptford Lounge presents

Snazzy Stories

Snazzy Stories takes two traditional tales each session and uses drama, arts and craft to take storytelling to a whole new level. Fun, interactive sessions to get everyone’s hearts pumping and creative juices flowing.

Image:Deptford Record Breakers Challenge
Fri 7 Aug - Fri 28 Aug
Deptford Lounge presents

Deptford Record Breakers Challenge

Have you ever thought you could be a record breaker? Join us for our FUNtastic record breakers challenges and try and add your name to our Deptford Lounge Champions Roll of Honour. Drop in to try our wacky and fun challenges from hula hooping and building sugar cube towers to tongue twisters.
 

Image:What Goes Up, Must Come Down
Sun 9 Aug
Circulate and the Albany present

What Goes Up, Must Come Down

Join us in the Albany Garden for free live music and family entertainment and help the tower rise. Explore its architectural detail and then help topple the tower at the end of the day. 

Image:Remembering the Future
Wed 12 Aug - Sat 15 Aug
Circulate, Olivier GrossetĂȘte and the Albany present

Remembering the Future

By Hellicar & Lewis. Imagine a window into our shared future. What will we look like? What about the world around you?
 

Image:Remembering the Future: Closing Event
Sat 15 Aug
Circulate and the Albany present

Remembering the Future: Closing Event

Join us on Giffin Square for a live, interactive performance by the Albany’s Street Arts Academy to mark the end of Remembering the Future. A fun and celebratory event for all.

Image:Mr Tiger Goes Wild
Sun 13 Sep
Goblin presents

Mr Tiger Goes Wild

Mr Tiger lived a perfectly proper life in a perfectly proper city and everything was perfectly fine... until the day he had a wonderfully WILD idea! Join Mr Tiger on a rocking musical adventure that will have your little ones roaring with laughter as he journeys from the city to the jungle. Adapted from the bestselling picture book by Peter Brown.

Image:Growing Up Club
Sun 13 Sep - Sun 22 Nov
The Albany presents

Growing Up Club

Indoor and outdoor craft and gardening activities for ages 2+. Dig, grow, play and discover before or after watching a show in the theatre. Adults do not require a ticket.

Image:Disco Kids: Mini Heroes
Sun 20 Sep
The Albany presents

Disco Kids: Mini Heroes

Get your cape and get on the dance-floor! Come and celebrate your heroes in a dance spectacular, with fancy-dress positively encouraged. C-12 Dance will be here to help unmask your inner superhero.

Image:Meet Me at the Fun Palace
Sun 4 Oct
The Albany and Entelechy Arts present

Meet Me at the Fun Palace

Join the Albany, Entelechy Arts and our extended family for an extra special Meet Me at the Albany, where our resident elders, artists and volunteers will combine the magic of Meet Me... with the wonder of arts and sciences. 

 

Image:Snow Child
Sun 11 Oct
Tutti Frutti Productions and York Theatre Royal present

Snow Child

By Emma Reeve. Inspired by Arthur Ransome’s adaptation of The Little Daughter of the Snow. A magical story about family, love and the power of dreams. The Snow Child is a girl like no other. As she dances in the wild landscape and talks with the animals, she brings joy, fun and laughter to a frost-filled landscape.

Image:16 Singers
Thu 15 Oct - Fri 16 Oct
Dance Umbrella presents the world premiere of

16 Singers

16 Singers is a special experience. Created by Katherine Morley for babies aged 0 – 18 months and their grownups, it cleverly captures the attention of tiny spectators using breath, rhythms and song, and by blending movement with an intricate, moving set.

Image:The Mighty Prince and Other Fabulous Fables
Sun 18 Oct
Open Sky Productions presents

The Mighty Prince and Other Fabulous Fables

Five stories featuring a host of bugs, birds, animals and magical creatures plus rhyme, movement, live music, song and puppetry. An enchanting family show based
on stories told by the Buddha with simple morals for young hearts and minds.

Image:When King Gogo Met the Chameleon
Tue 27 Oct - Wed 28 Oct
Tavaziva Dance presents

When King Gogo Met the Chameleon

A magical dance-theatre production rooted in African tales for 4-7 year olds and their families.

Image:Bedtime Stories
Thu 29 Oct - Fri 30 Oct
Upswing in partnership with Stratford Circus Arts Centre present

Bedtime Stories

Celebrate the magical time of the day when the stresses and strains of life melt away and enter a world of imagination and dreams with Bedtime Stories. Tucked up with your family and friends in a bedroom installation, unwind and be dazzled with circus, theatre, dance and projections. 

Image:Bedtime Stories Family Circus Workshop
Thu 29 Oct - Fri 30 Oct
Upswing in partnership with Stratford Circus Arts Centre presents

Bedtime Stories Family Circus Workshop

Spin, jump and tumble on set with the cast of Bedtime Stories to explore the themes of the show. Join us for everyone’s favourite circus workshop experience but with more movement magic. 

Image:Disco Kids: Monster Mash
Sun 1 Nov
The Albany presents

Disco Kids: Monster Mash

A Disco Kids Halloween special: unleash your most terrifying dance moves at Castle Albany in a scary boogie spectacular, featuring DJ Jean Genie spinning some spooky tunes to get you shaking in your boots.

Image:Al Cubo
Sat 7 Nov - Sun 8 Nov
Crying Out Loud presents Company BettiCombo's

Al Cubo

With special performances by Jon Hicks and Rimski. Award-winning French-Italian trio BettiCombo use slapstick, charm and bags of skill to fashion a playground from countless white buckets and a towering Chinese pole. With these simple props, and with wit and endless enthusiasm, this internationally acclaimed company play an endless and highly entertaining game of nothingness.

Image:Catapluf's Musical Journey
Sun 15 Nov
EFG London Jazz Festival presents Adriano Adewale's

Catapluf's Musical Journey

Explore rhythms and sounds of the world with Catapluf, whose imagination takes you to places where music can be found in everything: pans, water and even the body. Featuring amazing musicians playing everything from cello and flute, to a host of everyday objects, in a colourful musical adventure.

Image:Shakespeare Schools Festival 2015
Mon 16 Nov - Fri 20 Nov

Shakespeare Schools Festival 2015

Shakespeare Schools Festival is the UK’s largest youth drama festival and enables over 1,000 schools to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in professional theatres across the UK.

Image:Flyaway Katie
Sun 22 Nov
Long Nose Puppets present

Flyaway Katie

Flyaway Katie is an inspiring flight of fancy about the power of imagination based on the popular children’s book by Polly Dunbar. The show is bursting with colour, movement, puppets and surprises.

Image:Disco Kids: Polar Party
Sun 29 Nov
The Albany presents

Disco Kids: Polar Party

Hop aboard a passing iceberg and float up to our winter wonderland. In preparation for The Bear arriving at the Albany we’re having a polar party like no other, and you’re invited. Wrap up warm because there’ll be some brrrr-illiant artists including VJ Gemma Riggs. Fancy dress is encouraged, as the penguins are suiting up!

Image:The Bear
Mon 7 Dec - Sun 3 Jan
Pins and Needles in association with the Albany presents

The Bear

Ever wondered what it would be like to sit on a polar bear’s lap, ride on its back or give it a bath? Looking after a bear is exhausting stuff as Tilly finds out when one night an enormous snowy white bear climbs into her bedroom. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly’s not scared.