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Image:The Tragedian
Thu 8 Oct

The Tragedian

This inventive new one man show brings to life a compelling portrait of a complex man, Ira Aldridge – the most celebrated actor of the 19th century – at a point when a turn of events forces him to evaluate his life’s journey. The warmth and intimacy of this powerful portrayal brings the audience into the world of a man ahead of his time, determined to be relevant and to transform society.

Image:Shame and Scandal
Fri 9 Oct - Sat 10 Oct
Break-Thru Productions and Ithina Productions present

Shame and Scandal

Shame and Scandal by Alex Wheatle is a comedy/drama starring Curtis Walker, Coren Lawrence, Russeni Fisher and AshFanti set in 1960s Jamaica.

Image:JoJo and Billie's Tour de France
Sat 10 Oct
Compagnie Animotion presents

JoJo and Billie's Tour de France

What happens when JoJo and Billie’s bicycles crash with a bang, and Billie can no longer explore France? With live bicycle percussion, live music, bicycle choreography and video work, the developing friendship of JoJo and Billie teaches us that by overcoming our differences and sharing our cultures, we can have a wonderful journey together.

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:Mr Tiger Goes Wild
Sat 17 Oct
Goblin Theatre 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 musical adventure full of fun and laughter as he journeys from the city to the jungle that will have you roaring with laughter. Adapted from the best-selling picture book by Peter Brown.

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.

Wed 21 Oct


Back to the Future Night


'Roads? Where we're going we don't need... roads'.

1985 was a simpler time, it was a time when you could call a sequel to a film “II” and that was good enough. Superfan (the company that created Who Ya Gonna Call?. the hugely successful musical tribute to Ghostbusters) bring you Outtatime - a celebration of the best movie trilogy of all time on the EXACT DATE that Marty McFly went Back to the Future.


Image:BITES: Remix
Fri 23 Oct
Upswing and the Albany present

BITES: Remix

BITES: Remix is a cabaret night of unusual artistic collaborations, with circus at its heart.

Image:sound is sound is sound Workshop - Film and Television Seminar
Sat 24 Oct
Lewisham Arthouse presents

sound is sound is sound Workshop - Film and Television Seminar

TV and film soundtrack composers John Lunn and Frank Byng in discussion about the complexities of marrying music with moving image. As well as illustrating their work they will also answer questions from the audience. This workshop precedes sound is sound is sound later on in the evening, which showcases and celebrates the curious mix of forward motion and DIY attitudes, the vanguard and the street, which has flourished in the south east postcodes, a highly motivated gathering of outsider sounds, exploiting the logics of punk, free jazz, electronica, sound art and breakbeat, melding them to suit the perverse intentions of the musicians.

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:Hatched: What Is Happiness?
Fri 30 Oct
Debs Gatenby and the Albany present

Hatched: What Is Happiness?

Our Artist Development programme, Hatched is back with work-in-progress sharings. Debs Gatenby thinks happiness is overrated: a modern obsession that might be making us more miserable. Join her for What is Happiness?, and share your wisdom on what makes us smile.

Image:The Edge
Wed 4 Nov
Transport presents a New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich Co-Production

The Edge

A woman steps into the English Channel. Five thousand miles away in West Bengal a man is swept up by a storm surge. Two decades later their children meet. She’s training to swim the Channel. He’s a climate change refugee. A touching and fantastical journey through weather, time and friendship, posing vital questions about our future.

Image:Hatched: Awful Things Can Happen at Any Time (An Uplifting Musical)
Fri 6 Nov
Mingbeast and the Albany present

Hatched: Awful Things Can Happen at Any Time (An Uplifting Musical)

Our Artist Development programme, Hatched is back with work-in-progress sharings. We’ve always wanted to be in a band. We don’t have any instruments yet but we’ve got a ton of songs in us just floating around.

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:The Snow Dragon
Sat 7 Nov
Tall Stories presents

The Snow Dragon

Billy is a spoilt young goat whose parents give him everything he wants. On New Year’s Eve, Billy’s parents tell him about the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies during the night. But when Billy bumps into some wolves in the woods, New Year’s Day seems a long way off.

Tue 10 Nov - Wed 11 Nov
Penned in the Margins presents


By Hannah Silva. Schlock! is a powerful feminist satire for the cut and paste generation.

Tue 10 Nov - Wed 11 Nov
Pilot Theatre presents


The sun was beating down on the beach. Five shots rang out and a man fell to the ground. A nameless Arab, dead. Many years later two women, one French, one Algerian, look up at the blue sky and wonder what really happened to their lives that day and who they, and each other, are now.

Thu 12 Nov
State of Emergency and the Albany present


State of Emergency’s Co-Mission follows an intensive nine-week artist residency in and around Deptford. Presented in three parts, the event opens with a short film documenting the project before the centrepiece: a debut integrated dance performance, followed by a Q&A with the artists.

Image:Under the Bed
Thu 12 Nov
154 Collective presents

Under the Bed

When Alice is stolen away in the middle of the night by her mum she has no idea what is happening. Scared, confused and angry, Alice finds herself in a strange house, forbidden to leave, arguing with her mum during the day and hiding under the covers from the strange noises at night.

Image:The History of a Staircase
Fri 13 Nov
Spanish Theatre Company presents

The History of a Staircase

Two generations of neighbours see how their lives pass by without anything around them changing. All their dreams and aspirations vanish during an unsatisfactory life in which they go up and down the same staircase.

Image:Folie à Deux
Sat 14 Nov
Mahogany Opera Group presents

Folie à Deux

This event is part of EFG London Jazz Festival. Insanity, electricity and love collide in this operatic concept-album into the shared psychosis known as ‘folie à deux’, where a delusion is transmitted from one person to another. 

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. 

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:Me and My Cat?
Sat 21 Nov
A Thousand Cranes in association with artsdepot present

Me and My Cat?

Come join Detective K as she sets off on an exciting and hilarious adventure, full of mysterious clues, golden rules and strange events. Will she solve the mystery and return the young boy Nicholas from a cat’s body to his own? Using projection, bags of ingenuity and a hefty dollop of fun, this is a fastpaced, action-packed story for all the family.

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.

Fri 4 Dec - Sat 19 Dec
Theatre Peckham in partnership with Canada Water Culture Space presents


An original musical theatre production based on Quentin Blake’s classic picture book, the children’s cast from Theatre Peckham bring the magical world of the CLOWN to life.

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.