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Scroll down to see the full list of programmed events here at the Albany and our two sister venues, Canada Water Culture Space and Deptford Lounge, as well as hired events taking place in our spaces.


Image:366 Days of Kindness - Exhibition
Fri 3 Jul - Thu 27 Aug
White Rabbit presents

366 Days of Kindness - Exhibition

An exhibition telling the story of when Bernadette Russell was kind to a stranger every day for a whole leap year. In August 2011, London was burning. Here is the story of one Londoner’s response to the riots and their aftermath. In words and photographs you see Bernadette Russell trying to be kind to a stranger every day for a year (366 days as it covered a leap year!), in an attempt to answer the question: ‘Is it possible to change the world, just by being kind?’.

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: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: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:Hatched: Untouchable
Fri 17 Jul
Ria Hartley & the Albany present

Hatched: Untouchable

Growing up in the 90's in a domestically violent, mixed raced family household on an east Midlands council estate wasn't what I would have chosen for an upbringing. After repeatedly hitch-hiking to safety with my kid Brothers, calling the police daily, and surviving my childhood, I consider the different kinds of love necessary for an often callous family dynamic.

Image:The Midnight Run
Sat 18 Jul - Sun 19 Jul
Presented by Inua Ellams in association with the Albany

The Midnight Run

Join a walking, arts-filled, night-time journey through a city. Strangers and local artists gather to explore and create whilst the city sleeps.

Image:Something's Gonna Happen
Sat 18 Jul
Kimberley Walker presents

Something's Gonna Happen

Welcome to a wonderful line-up of female artists, as well as a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Image:Hatched: There are no rules. Repeat.
Fri 24 Jul
Sounds like Chaos, Uncover Theatre & the Albany present

Hatched: There are no rules. Repeat.

We’re just messing around. It won’t get out of hand. We can’t guarantee that. We’re unpredictable, apparently.

Image:POMP
Fri 24 Jul
The Mostly Everything People present

POMP

Five performers caught in an infinite loop. Tattered, dusty. Dust covers everything. The agonising ritual continues. Clink, cheers. Here's to your health.

Image:Kemi Sulola: Fallen For You Live
Fri 31 Jul
Sov Media Management presents

Kemi Sulola: Fallen For You Live

The live launch of Kemi Sulola’s debut EP ‘Fallen For You’ hits this July. Prepare to be entertained and expect a mesmerising evening.   

Image:Summer Arts 2015
Mon 3 Aug - Fri 21 Aug
The Albany presents

Summer Arts 2015

Three, week-long creative arts courses for 13-19 year olds, including Digi.Art: Creative Coding and Multi-Media Arts, Remembering the Future: Outdoor Arts and Performance, and #myhero: Theatre Making.

Image:The People's Tower
Tue 4 Aug - Sun 9 Aug
Circulate, Olivier Grossetête 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 Grossetête 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:366 Days of Kindness
Tue 18 Aug
White Rabbit presents

366 Days of Kindness

On 18 August 2011, in response to the riots and after a chance encounter in a Deptford post office, Bernadette Russell embarked on a mission to be kind to a stranger every day for a year. This show, part stand up, part storytelling, charts this amazing year, which began with burning buildings, and ended with the flame of the Olympic torch. 

Image:Something's Gonna Happen
Sat 12 Sep
Kimberley Walker and the Albany present

Something's Gonna Happen

Something’s Gonna Happen returns for Autumn presenting the best in fantastic live, local music. Come and join us, and have your ears nourished by a unique night of music, burlesque, cabaret arts and body art. Anything can happen.

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:How To Be A Hero
Wed 16 Sep - Sat 19 Sep
White Rabbit, the Albany and Birmingham Repertory Theatre present

How To Be A Hero

A world premiere written and performed by White Rabbit. The world is so confusing now. It’s getting harder to tell the heroes from the villains… who is good, who is bad, and who gets to decide?

Image:Chill Pill
Thu 17 Sep
Chill Pill and the Albany present

Chill Pill

Looking for a spoken word fix? Tune in and chill out. London’s coolest poetry night is back with an electric new line-up to be announced plus rising talent on the Open Mic.

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:No More Worries
Wed 23 Sep - Sat 3 Oct
The Albany, Apples & Snakes and ARC Stockton present

No More Worries

Created by Simon Mole and Peader Kirk. Kieran is 27 and stuck in a dead-end town. He wants to see the world: foreign suns, adventure and cocktails. Paul is 50 and on the road again in an old-skool campervan. 

Image:The Rails
Sat 3 Oct

The Rails

The Rails are English singer-songwriter duo Kami Thompson and James Walbourne. They released their debut album in May 2014 and their sharp, true folk-rock blend and stripped back, direct sound have been earning them fans and widespread acclaim ever since.

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:Cabaret Playroom
Mon 5 Oct
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. Featuring an eclectic and dynamic mix of artists from the world of cabaret.

Image:Projections of Miles
Fri 9 Oct
Jay Phelps presents

Projections of Miles

Jay Phelps has put together an international all-star line up to re-arrange and perform over four-decade’s worth of the wonderful music of jazz legend, Miles Davis. Jay (on trumpet) is joined by Jean Toussaint (Tenor saxophone), Nathaniel Facey (Alto saxophone), Tim Thornton (bass), Shane Forbes (drums) and Ashley Henry (piano). 

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: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
Sat 24 Oct
Lewisham Arthouse presents

sound is sound is sound

sound is sound is sound showcases and celebrates the curious mix of forward motion and DIY attitudes that have flourished in the SE postcodes. A highly motivated gathering of outsider sounds, exploring the logics of punk, free jazz, electronica, sound art and breakbeat, and melding them to suit the intentions of the musicians.

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:A 21st Century Tea Dance
Tue 27 Oct
Entelechy Arts and the Albany present

A 21st Century Tea Dance

Dress yourself up and swagger into autumn with the Meet Me style team, co-hosts of our next 21st Century Tea Dance. Take out the frock, dust down the jacket, buff up the dancing shoes and take to the floor for another wild afternoon of music, dance, comedy, song and poetry.

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: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: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: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:Schlock!
Tue 10 Nov - Wed 11 Nov
Penned in the Margins presents

Schlock!

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

Image:Outsiders
Tue 10 Nov - Wed 11 Nov
Pilot Theatre presents

Outsiders

Marie was there, she saw it all happen. In court she looked across the room to meet her boyfriend’s gaze - but he looked straight through her. She remembered his soft touch from the time before he fired the gun. Before the four shots rang out and the man fell to the ground.

Image:Co-Mission
Thu 12 Nov
State of Emergency and the Albany present

Co-Mission

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

The 154 Collective invite you on an adventure with Alice, into the dark fantasy world Under the Bed. A world where shadows lurch and floorboards growl, where voices whisper in your ear and everything is just in the corner of your eye.

Image:Lizzie Emeh
Fri 13 Nov
Heart n Soul in association with the Albany presents

Lizzie Emeh

Award-winning artist Lizzie Emeh blends her love of soul, R&B and jazz with powerful lyrics to produce a unique, soulful sound. 

Image:Smitty's Big Four
Sat 14 Nov
EFG London Jazz Festival presents

Smitty's Big Four

Hang out in the Albany Café for an afternoon of upbeat swing with the ‘feisty little brother’ of the Kansas Smitty’s House Band.

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

Folie à Deux

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. Set against a backdrop of responsive light and sound, Folie à Deux features vocals from jazz artist Sofia Jernberg and tenor Finnur Bjarnason, and a specially created electro-magnetic harp.

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:Skip 'Little Axe' MacDonald & King Size Slim
Sat 21 Nov
Music-Net presents

Skip 'Little Axe' MacDonald & King Size Slim

A double bill, featuring Skip ‘Little Axe’ MacDonald and King Size Slim.

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:The Squidz Club
Fri 27 Nov
Heart n Soul presents

The Squidz Club

Heart n Soul’s The Squidz Club is for young people with learning disabilities (aged 10-25), their friends and families.

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.

Image:Cabaret Playroom
Mon 7 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. Featuring an eclectic and dynamic mix of artists from the world of cabaret.

Image:Something's Gonna Happen
Sat 12 Dec
Kimberley Walker and the Albany present

Something's Gonna Happen

Something’s Gonna Happen returns for Autumn presenting the best in fantastic live, local music. Come and join us, and have your ears nourished by a unique night of music, burlesque, cabaret arts and body art. Anything can happen.

Image:Chill Pill: The Big One
Thu 17 Dec
Chill Pill and the Albany present

Chill Pill: The Big One

The Big One returns for a super-sized helping of spoken word with all the trimmings and dancing ‘til late. Join the whole Chill Pill team and their festive guests, line up to be announced.