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Image:Hatched: Stage 2.0
Fri 25 Jul
Pablo Meneu presents

Hatched: Stage 2.0

Hatched, the Albany's programme for supporting artists' development returns, showcasing work-in-progress productions! Stage 2.0 is an experimental research carried out by circus performers in an attempt to redefine the common definition of stage. 

Image:Hatched: Asara and the Sea-Monstress
Fri 1 Aug
Mojisola Adebayo presents

Hatched: Asara and the Sea-Monstress

Hatched, the Albany's programme for supporting artists' development returns, showcasing work-in-progress productions! As part of this year's programme, Mojisola Adebayo presents a new fairy tale adventure of a left-handed girl in a right-handed Kingdom, merging stories from West Africa and Scandinavia.

Image:No More Worries
Thu 7 Aug
In association with Apples and Snakes and the Albany, Simon Mole presents

No More Worries

Join us for a scratch sharing of No More Worries, the second full length collaboration between spoken word poet Simon Mole and theatre-maker Peader Kirk. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the piece so far...

Image:Bring the Happy
Mon 18 Aug - Sat 13 Sep
Invisible Flock & Hope and Social in association with the Albany present

Bring the Happy

Bring the Happy is an ongoing project about happiness, an attempt to map moments and memories of happiness in Deptford and across the country. A first kiss, a lost love, a longed for baby, childhood heroes, a proposal, a dance, a chance encounter – where did it happen and how happy did it make you feel on a scale from 1 to 10?

Image:Cabaret Playroom
Mon 1 Sep - Mon 1 Dec
Tricity Vogue & the Albany present

Cabaret Playroom

A space for new cabaret ideas. Established artists and emerging performers alike bring ground-breaking works-in-progress to the Albany.

Image:Price of Money
Tue 16 Sep - Sat 20 Sep
Belarus Free Theatre in association with the Albany present

Price of Money

Money controls the world we live in. Whether you have it or not, the power of money is a driving force; determining lives, characters and actions. In this brand new production Belarus Free Theatre explore how theatre has depicted money throughout the ages; from ancient Greece, through the Elizabethan golden-age to today’s fractured economy.

Image:Bold Festival
Tue 16 Sep - Sat 27 Sep
Entelechy & Freedom Studios in association with the Albany and ARC Stockton present

Bold Festival

Inspired by Meet Me at the Albany, Bold, our festival of arts and older people, will provoke us to think about ageing differently, from unpicking the politics of the care system to presenting the seemingly frail in unlikely settings. Over the course of the week, pop-up performances, photography, discussions, workshops and poetry will take place in and around the Albany, on the streets of Deptford and in local care homes.

Image:Home Sweet Home
Tue 23 Sep - Sat 27 Sep
Entelechy & Freedom Studios in association with the Albany and ARC Stockton present

Home Sweet Home

What happens when you have to leave your own home sweet home and find yourself in a different kind of home altogether? A home where anything can happen, where the day to day reality of caring and being cared for brings you up against bursts of beauty, high drama, Bollywood dancing and even a little magic. 

Image:A Cure for Ageing
Thu 25 Sep - Sat 27 Sep
Ira Brand presents

A Cure for Ageing

A piece about being young and foolish, and becoming old and wise. Or about being young and wise, and becoming old and foolish. It asks how we can talk more honestly about ageing, drawing together true personal accounts and shameless speculation in a celebration of life and an attempt to fall in love with our own decline.

Image:The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Sat 27 Sep
Professor Pop Up presents

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

When the Pied Piper plays his tune the rats run, the greedy Mayor rubs his hands, the children dance and the magic begins!

Image:Circus Family Workshop
Sun 28 Sep
The Albany and Upswing present

Circus Family Workshop

Tumble, fly, swing and spin with your chicken. 

Image:Fun Palaces
Sat 4 Oct - Sun 5 Oct

Fun Palaces

On the weekend of 4 & 5 October 2014, in arts centres and museums, marquees and school halls, parks and high streets, something remarkable will occur: a vast communal celebration of arts, culture and sciences quite unlike anything that has come before. Marking the 100th birthday of Joan Littlewood, one of the Twentieth Century's most significant theatre directors and cultural innovators, Fun Palaces will bring to life the vision she created with Cedric Price for spaces linking arts and sciences, entertainment and education, a campaign of culture at the heart of all of our communities.

Image:The Deptford Fun Palace
Sat 4 Oct - Sun 5 Oct

The Deptford Fun Palace

Local Deptford organisations, including the Albany, are teaming up to create Deptford’s Fun Palace for you to be part of and enjoy. 

Image:Source
Sun 5 Oct
Cirque Bijou & Circulate present

Source

When London’s sewers and underground system were first created, six tunnellers were sent underground in a secret mission to find and save the sources of London’s rivers before they became buried forever.

Image:Gloriator
Wed 8 Oct
Spitz & Co presents

Gloriator

Russell Crowe may not be available and their budget is limited, but they are determined it will be a show you’ll never forget…

Image:Dancing with the Orange Dog
Fri 10 Oct
154 Collective presents

Dancing with the Orange Dog

An Art Exhibition. A Theatre Performance. A Music Gig.

Image:Hi, Anxiety
Fri 10 Oct
Switchflicker Productions presents

Hi, Anxiety

With one in three people of us estimated to experience mental illness, Debs Gatenby’s one woman show is a laugh out loud funny, yet wistful look at how mental illness affected her. And her mum.

Image:Pirate and Parrot
Sun 12 Oct
A Little Commitment presents

Pirate and Parrot

The world’s smallest pirate meets the world’s largest parrot.

Image:Afrovibes - Township Café
Mon 13 Oct - Sat 18 Oct

Afrovibes - Township Café

Inspired by the tastes, sounds, colours and creativity of South Africa's Township culture, the Albany Café will once again be transformed into the hub of the Afrovibes festival.

Image:Afrovibes Festival
Wed 15 Oct - Sat 18 Oct
UK Arts International in association with Afrovibes Netherlands presents

Afrovibes Festival

Afrovibes Festival, bringing some of the very best of South African arts to the UK and the Netherlands, makes a welcome return to the UK and the Albany this autumn. 

Image:Amsterdam
Wed 15 Oct
Chanje Kunde presents

Amsterdam

Life is about taking risks. This is a big one. Seduced by the attractions of Amsterdam and a charming Surinamese man she met on holiday, Chanje liberates herself of all the possessions that define her, in favour of a voyage into the unknown. What will be her fate?

Image:Afrovibes - Skierlik
Thu 16 Oct - Fri 17 Oct
Afrovibes by arrangement with Lentswe Arts Projects present

Afrovibes - Skierlik

This award-winning play compellingly revisits the horror of a racially-motivated shooting spree that devastated the remote settlement of Skierlik in 2008.

Image:Afrovibes - The Revivalists
Fri 17 Oct
Afrovibes NL, MC and Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Cape Town present

Afrovibes - The Revivalists

The Revivalists explores the right to claim one’s own identity regardless of the perception of others. A crew of performers sample sections from four iconic theatre texts, using them to make statements about their own identity, much as a hip hop producer samples existing music to make a completely new sound, and telling a different story. It’s fertile ground for unorthodox and exciting performers to riff off and showcase their vision and talent.

Image:The Hunters Grimm
Wed 22 Oct - Sat 8 Nov
Teatro Vivo in association with the Albany present

The Hunters Grimm

The famous Brothers Grimm need your help. They need stories, more stories than they can gather themselves. You must search the dark streets of Deptford for new tales where you may come across an anarchic frog, comfort a desperate prince, dance with the musicians of Bremen and participate in an adventure to cure nightmares. Along the way, you’ll hear stories of love, death, poverty, longing and sausages.

Image:Hansel & Gretel
Tue 28 Oct - Wed 29 Oct
Red Earth presents

Hansel & Gretel

A classic tale, wise and clever, Hansel and Gretel is the perfect theatre treat for everyone.

Image:The Princess and the Pea
Thu 30 Oct - Fri 31 Oct
tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal present

The Princess and the Pea

In this new fantastical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Princess and the Pea, Mike Kenny and the inventive tutti frutti team create a funny, original, beautiful retelling of this familiar tale. Not for the faint hearted, fake Princesses or for those who have trouble sleeping at night!

Image:Feral
Thu 30 Oct
Show And Tell present Tortoise in a Nutshell with Cumbernauld Theatre

Feral

With barely a word spoken, Joe looks back at his childhood home and traces its journey from idyllic seaside town to community gripped by anarchy...

Image:Who Ya Gonna Call & Ghostbusters the Movie
Fri 31 Oct
Superfan and the Albany present

Who Ya Gonna Call & Ghostbusters the Movie

Katy, Tom and Jon bring their Edinburgh Fringe sell-out to the best film of all time. With original songs, cardboard props and lots of love. Watch them sing, slime and bust their way through a one-hour interactive tribute to everyone’s favourite 80s classic. Think Reduced Shakespeare Company meets Be Kind, Rewind. Followed by a screening of Ghostbusters the Movie.

Image:Blind
Fri 7 Nov
The Paper Birds presents

Blind

A beat-boxing theatre show unlike any other...

Image:Match
Sun 9 Nov
Dot & Ethel presents

Match

Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s much loved Christmas classic, The Little Match Girl, Match is the enchanting story of a young child’s hopes and dreams; simple pleasures and losses. 

Image:Façade
Thu 13 Nov - Fri 14 Nov
Crashmat Collective presents

Façade

An intimate and theatrical three course meal, during which, stories unfold in thrilling and touching ways, encircling you as you dine. Prepare for a feast for the senses, as well as the appetite.

Image:The Shipwrecked House
Thu 13 Nov
Penned in the Margins presents

The Shipwrecked House

In a sparkling new one-woman production, Anglo-Breton poet and rising literary star Claire Trévien crafts a shifting nautical landscape within the confines of troubled domesticity.

Image:Hugless Douglas
Sun 16 Nov
Blunderbus presents

Hugless Douglas

Hugless Douglas is a huggable, lovable young brown bear who wakes up one morning in need of a hug.

Image:Hatched
Thu 20 Nov
The Albany presents

Hatched

Hatched is back for another season! For two weeks in November the Albany will be supporting two artists as they develop ideas and hatch something new. Join us each Thursday for a sharing of freshly laid works in progress.

Image:The Spinning Wheel
Sat 22 Nov
Unfinished Business presents

The Spinning Wheel

The Spinning Wheel is an international collaboration between New York hip-hop theatre artist Baba Israel and Artistic Director of Unfinished Business, Leo Kay.

Image:The Tap Dancing Mermaid
Sun 23 Nov
Tessa Bide presents

The Tap Dancing Mermaid

It's time to hear the Moon's story, one you will NEVER forget...

Image:Hatched
Thu 27 Nov
The Albany presents

Hatched

Hatched is back for another season! For two weeks in November the Albany will be supporting two artists as they develop ideas and hatch something new. Join us each Thursday for a sharing of freshly laid works in progress.

Image:BITES: Remix
Fri 28 Nov
Upswing & the Albany present

BITES: Remix

BITES: Remix throws out the rule book to bring together highly skilled circus talent with artists from very different worlds, creating a night of unusual artistic collaborations, crossovers and collisions.

Image:We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Wed 10 Dec - Sun 4 Jan
Little Angel Theatre presents

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

A family go on an expedition of a lifetime – running down the grassy bank, wading through the cold river, squelching over the oozy mud, stumbling into the dark forest, then peering into a cave… what will they find?

Image:The Wake
Tue 16 Dec - Fri 19 Dec
Jane Packman presents

The Wake

Start your festive season with an uplifting and extraordinary celebration of the passing year.