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Arts activities, lunch and much, much more for the over 60s at the Albany. Pop in for some lunch and try your hand at a range of creative activities from singing to sewing, from circus to photography. Join in, sit back and watch or put your feet up and enjoy the company. Everything is possible.
In a Pikkle's supper clubs are a cross between your traditional pop-up and a dinner party. Prepare to make new friends, have a great night and enjoy some wholesome Caribbean food; if you’re after jerk chicken or rice and peas you have come to the wrong place, if you want to push your palate boundaries and experience something new then you have come to the right place.
Organising an event and need some advice on how to make it happen?
Trying to set up a group or organisation?
Working with partners?
Interested in a career in the creative sector?
The Albany Advice surgery may be the right place to get started. Members of the Albany staff team are available to talk through your ideas, answer your questions and help turn your thoughts into a plan. Pop in for a ‘peek behind the scenes’, a sounding board, signposting towards further support, or just straight forward advice.
The surgery is held in the relaxed atmosphere of the Albany café, every other Wednesday afternoon between 16:00 – 17:30. No pre-booking necessary.
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.
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.
Carmel will be performing live with her new band at the Albany to mark the release of the new single.
Carmel's ever-evolving sound sees her in a bluesy mood in her latest release with the stones-tinged, country blues of 'Sad Situation' and the raucus 'Second Wife Blues' bringing a swagger to the party.
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!
This two-part masterclass with performer Randolph Matthews will bring together live vocal experimentation, beatbox-looping and choral singing to explore contemporary song and re-mix classics. No experience is necessary but a keen interest in singing and sound is a must.
Memory - Identity - History - Emotion: these are the cornerstones of Biko’s Quest, a powerful large cast production. JazzArt Dance Theatre Company´s interpretation of inspirational anti-apartheid campaigner Steve Biko’s story is a reflection on our humanity that reaches far beyond the racial context.
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?
Just when you think the show is over, resident spoken word collective, Chill Pill, keep the Township Café going with a series of pop-up events. Each evening will be curated by different Chill Pill artists with co-hosts and acts from the extended Chill Pill family both near and far.
Writer and theatre-maker, Mojisola Adebayo, sparks conversation and debate with the creatives behind Afrovibes’ productions.
South London’s coolest spoken word night goes global with a very special line-up of international and UK artists, including Toni Stuart, one of South Africa’s finest published and performing poets, plus even more open mic slots up for grabs.
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.
This award-winning three member, a cappella group from Soweto combines a dazzling mix of musical styles including township jazz, hip hop, Afro-Pop and Afro-Soul. The group’s music is underpinned by a great rhythmic vocal bass line and beat boxing while the other two singers provide the choral and polyphonic top lines. The Soil will be supported by Randolph Matthews at this performance.
Strangers meet on an East London-bound train and find they have more in common than they thought in this true-life spoken word performance exploring the untold story of London's mixed-race population, based on funny and touching real-life stories from the Tangled Roots book.
Directed by Francois Verster (2009), 94 min. Using innovative film language, quirky charm and a combination of film formats, this essayistic film captures not only the societal blend in a specific part of Cape Town but also the conflicts and difficulties underlying it.
Told with the background sounds and music of Botswana’s folklore music genius, Ntirelang Berman, African Folktales sessions will be enjoyed by both the young and old. Stories of Lion and Jackal, Ant and Elephant are interpreted and fitted with the current state that Africa finds herself in.
Poetry slam champion, celebrated battle rapper, and critically acclaimed MC Adam Kammerling shows you how to whip up raps/bars/verses in minutes using some super simple and fun techniques. Adam will take the whole family from notes on a page to performing verses in a crew. You’ll be amazed at the speed you can make it happen.
Join dancers from Turned On Its Head for their dazzling new show Shiny as Dance Umbrella presents a show for the very young.
In a long forgotten room, two people find friendship, joy and treasures that turn from ordinary to extraordinary. Watch and play as all that glitters unfolds before your very eyes.
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.
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!
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.
Step into a world of forgotten treasures brought to life through puppetry and evocative music.
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!
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?
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. For more information, please contact the Box Office on 020 8692 4446
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