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Image:Cabaret Playroom
Mon 1 Sep - Mon 1 Dec
Tricity Vogue, Rude Grrl and 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
A Belarus Free Theatre and Falmouth University (AMATA) co-production presented in association with the Albany

Price of Money

How does money control the world we live in? Whether you have it or not, its power is a driving force, determining lives, characters and actions. In this brand new production from the internationally renowned Belarus Free Theatre explores money through the ages: from ancient Greece through the Elizabethan Golden Age, to today's fractured economy and our own personal relationships.

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 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:BOLD - Bed
Wed 17 Sep - Fri 19 Sep
Entelechy Arts presents

BOLD - Bed

Travelling installation: an older woman, a bed, and stories that come back to haunt. Bed will be popping up around the Albany, Deptford Lounge and Deptford Market.

Image:Belarus Free Theatre - Solidarity Party
Sat 20 Sep
Belarus Free Theatre presents

Belarus Free Theatre - Solidarity Party

In 2007 DJ Laurel and Belarus Free Theatre started 'World Musicians for Solidarity with Belarus'. Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger was one of the first musicians to send his message of solidarity to the people of Belarus. Join the Belarus Free Theatre following their final performance of 'Price of Money' for their latest Solidarity Party: a night of eclectic freestyle from 70s funk to contemporary electronic, and show your support for the people of Belarus who are trapped in a time warp of soviet style dictatorship.

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:BOLD - Mrs Horton’s Finger
Tue 23 Sep
Dirty Market presents

BOLD - Mrs Horton’s Finger

Is the fear of getting old irrational? How do we gauge our worth? Though our bodies may fail us, isn’t our inner experience as vital as it ever was? Surrealist artist and writer Leonora Carrington thought so, and Dirty Market are devising a new work-in-progress piece inspired by her brilliant, funny, mystical work.

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 children. 

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:A Dream from a Bombshell
Thu 9 Oct - Fri 17 Oct
Trikhon Theatre presents

A Dream from a Bombshell

An immersive show about the British Vietnamese experience, travelling from the paddy fields of Vietnam in 1965 to present-day London.

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

Dancing with the Orange Dog

This is Dan. His Idol, his Grandad, is a story. Dan’s just discovered this. He’s also realized that he too is just a story. Now he can’t sleep.

 

And then there is Lucy…

 

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

 

Using theatre, dance, music, visual arts, photography and the moving image, this is an intimate and quirky evening all about stories; why we tell them and why we sometimes turn them into shaggy dogs.

 

Image:Hi, Anxiety
Fri 10 Oct
Switchflicker Productions presents

Hi, Anxiety

With one in three 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.

 

A rip-roaring adventure that brings the family together through laughter! A perfectly capable, yet diminutive pirate (the world’s smallest) and a dowdy parrot of gigantic proportions (the world’s largest) meet in a strange twist of fate. Join this hilarious odd couple as they sail the high seas to discover bountiful hidden treasures. Help them weather giant storms, combat rough seas and fight untold scary things on their journey of discovery, and friendship to find somewhere safe they can call Home. So funny you’ll split yer britches!

Image:Afrovibes Festival
Mon 13 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:Afrovibes - Township Café
Mon 13 Oct - Sat 18 Oct
The Albany presents

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: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 - Mojisola Adebayo with Afrovibes artists
Wed 15 Oct - Fri 17 Oct
The Albany presents

Afrovibes - Mojisola Adebayo with Afrovibes artists

Writer and theatre-maker, Mojisola Adebayo, sparks conversation and debate with the creatives behind Afrovibes’ productions.

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 (Amsterdam) with RIGHTABOUTNOW.INC (Amsterdam), Theatre Arts Admin Collective (Cape Town) and the Albany (London) 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:Macbeth: Blood Will Have Blood
Tue 21 Oct - Wed 22 Oct
Contender Charlie, China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre present

Macbeth: Blood Will Have Blood

Join us on a break-neck journey through the blood-soaked world of 'The Scottish Play'...

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.

 

He tries to find the perfect one, but none of them seem quite right. After all, there are so many different hugs to choose from.

 

But Douglas soon discovers that there’s only one hug that will do - a big bear hug from his mum!

Image:Shakespeare Schools Festival
Mon 17 Nov - Wed 19 Nov
Shakespeare Schools Festival presents

Shakespeare Schools Festival

The Albany is delighted to mark Shakespeare's 450th birthday by throwing him the biggest party with the largest Shakespeare Schools Festival to date. 

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 (Cancelled)
Tue 16 Dec - Fri 19 Dec
Jane Packman presents

The Wake (Cancelled)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. For more information, please contact the Box Office on 020 8692 4446