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Image:Meet Me at the Albany
Tue 1 Oct - Tue 23 Dec
The Albany in partnership with Entelechy Arts and Lewisham Council present

Meet Me at the Albany

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.

Thu 17 Jul - Thu 4 Sep
Heart n Soul


Heart n Soul’s Allsorts is back with a new season to surprise and thrill you, join us for the Arcade Season.

Image:Summer Arts 2014
Mon 4 Aug - Fri 22 Aug
The Albany

Summer Arts 2014

Summer Arts is back and bigger than ever, and now entering its third and final week!


There's still time to sign up for this action-packed project includes intensive week-long courses, guest artists, and a chance to perform at the end of each week, right on the main stage of the Albany.


This year we've taken over the Albany, and Deptford Lounge in Deptford, Woodpecker Youth Centre in New Cross, TNG in Sydenham, and Bromley and Downham Youth and Community Centre. So, wherever you are in Lewisham, a Summer Arts course is never far away.


Image:Bring the Happy: Mapping
Mon 18 Aug - Fri 5 Sep
Invisible Flock & Hope and Social in association with the Albany present

Bring the Happy: Mapping

Bring the Happy is an ongoing project about happiness taking place at the Albany and at Deptford Lounge. Invisible Flock will attempt to map moments and memories of happiness in Deptford and across the country. In collaboration with Hope & Social, these memories will be transformed into a live performance which promises to be an interactive, intimate and highly moving evening.

Image:Making Happy
Tue 19 Aug - Fri 5 Sep
The Albany presents

Making Happy

Running alongside the Bring the Happy mapping and performances, we've curated evenings of free music and spoken word, and an exhibition, all with the aim of making you smile, think and respond to the question: 'What makes you happy?'

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:Pop-Up Restaurants
Fri 5 Sep - Fri 3 Oct
In a Pikkle presents

Pop-Up Restaurants

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. 

Image:Bring the Happy
Thu 11 Sep - 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 taking place at the Albany and at Deptford Lounge. Invisible Flock will attempt to map moments and memories of happiness in Deptford and across the country. In collaboration with Hope & Social, these memories will be transformed into a live performance which promises to be an interactive, intimate and highly moving evening.

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

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 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.



Home Sweet Home and A Cure for Ageing are highlights of Bold festival of arts and older people.

Image:Disco Kids: Jungle Boogie
Sun 21 Sep
The Albany presents

Disco Kids: Jungle Boogie

Welcome to the jungle! Get ready to go wild for DJ Jean Genie and C12 Dance’s return to Disco Kids.


Swing down from the tree tops for a jungle boogie with your little monkeys, explore the Albany’s deep, dark forest, and get creative in the colouring canopy. Toucan never have too much fun – hakuna matata!

Image:Joyce Moholoagae and Safricanto (South Africa)
Mon 22 Sep
The 12th London African Music Festival presents

Joyce Moholoagae and Safricanto (South Africa)

The 10-piece Safricanto is led by founder and vocal director, Joyce Moholoagae, a world class South African singer who studied at London's Royal Academy of Music, soloist with both the South African Gospel Singers and The Vocal Ensemble of Africa.

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:Sona Jobarteh (Gambia)
Tue 23 Sep
The 12th London African Music Festival presents

Sona Jobarteh (Gambia)

Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso from the prestigious West African Jobarteh Griot family.

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:Mamani Keita
Wed 24 Sep
The 12th London African Music Festival presents

Mamani Keita

LONDON DEBUT for Paris-based Mamani Keita, a brilliant singer and musician from Mali.

Image:BOLD - Couplets and Cuppers
Wed 24 Sep
Entelechy Arts and the Albany present

BOLD - Couplets and Cuppers

Live streamed poetry jam linking older artists from London, Bradford and Stockton-On-Tees.

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:BOLD - Soul Journey
Thu 25 Sep
verd de gris presents

BOLD - Soul Journey

Soul Journey is a creative collaboration between arts company verd de gris, photographer Geoff Brokate and writer Paul Sutherland.  

Image:Robert Llewellyn: Electric Cars are Rubbish Aren't They?
Fri 26 Sep
Lakin McCarthy presents

Robert Llewellyn: Electric Cars are Rubbish Aren't They?

Robert has driven just about every electric car there is, some amazing, and some downright dangerous.  How could something as mundane, questionable and just plain annoying as a battery make any difference in the world? 

Image:BOLD - Miranda
Fri 26 Sep
Casas das Fases presents

BOLD - Miranda

Live streamed theatre performance from Brazil’s premier older people’s company Casa das Fases. Older actor Carmen Mattos in live-streamed performance of one woman show from Brazil’s premier older people’s theatre company Casa das Fases.

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. 

Thu 2 Oct
Rosie Wilby & Apples and Snakes present


A brand new series of queer spoken word events recorded live for Resonance FM’s award winning LGBT show Out In South London.

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. 

Sun 5 Oct
Cirque Bijou & Circulate present


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.

Wed 8 Oct
Spitz & Co presents


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

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.

Sat 11 Oct
Moneypenny Music presents


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 'Bad Situation' and the raucus 'Second Wife Blues' bringing a swagger to the party. It's been an interesting couple of years for Carmel with the re-release of her back catalogue of studio albums prompting a series of shows in 2012. Since then she has been writing new material on her own and with others and built up a band that are back playing shows and ready to show audiences all the beautiful noise they've been creating.

Image:The Pillow Maker
Sat 11 Oct
The Bright Shadow presents

The Pillow Maker

Mr Pillowmaker comes from a long line of Pillow Makers. Throughout time they have used magical Stuff to fill their super soft, super plumpy pillows for beds and heads across the land.

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 - 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 - Uncles & Angels/Dark Cell
Tue 14 Oct
Nelisiwe Xaba and Broken Borders Arts Project presents

Afrovibes - Uncles & Angels/Dark Cell

Dance Double Bill



Image:Afrovibes - Biko's Quest
Wed 15 Oct - Thu 16 Oct
The Steve Biko Foundation in association with JazzArt present

Afrovibes - Biko's Quest

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.

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. 

Wed 15 Oct
Chanje Kunde presents


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:Chill Pill: Afrovibes
Thu 16 Oct
Chill Pill and the Albany present

Chill Pill: Afrovibes

South London's coolest spoken word night returns for an Afrovibes special.

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:Afrovibes - The Soil
Sat 18 Oct
Native Rhythms Present

Afrovibes - The Soil

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.

Image:Tangled Roots
Sat 18 Oct

Tangled Roots

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.

Image:Afrovibes - Sea Point Days
Sat 18 Oct
Luna Films presents

Afrovibes - Sea Point Days

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.

Image:Afrovibes - African Folktales
Sat 18 Oct
Afrovibes by arrangement with Lentswe Arts Projects presents

Afrovibes - African Folktales

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.

Image:Afrovibes - Instant Rap Workshop with Adam Kammerling (Chill Pill)
Sat 18 Oct
Chill Pill and the Albany present

Afrovibes - Instant Rap Workshop with Adam Kammerling (Chill Pill)

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 you from notes on a page to performing your verses in a crew. You'll be amazed at the speed you can make it happen.

Tue 21 Oct - Wed 22 Oct
Dance Umbrella presents


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. 

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.

Sat 25 Oct
Christian Lee presents


Follow the magical journey of Christian Lee, who with his faithful teddy bear, deckchair and fantastic basket of tricks is set for a lovely day at the seaside, when the day takes a turn and things don’t quite work out as planned…

Image:Blackbeard's Tea Party
Sat 25 Oct
Adastra Music presents

Blackbeard's Tea Party

Funky folk tunes, swashbuckling songs and an infectious stage energy...

Image:Disco Kids: Spooky Science
Sun 26 Oct
The Albany presents

Disco Kids: Spooky Science

Dust the cobwebs off your costumes and join us for this spook-tacular Halloween celebration. DJ Jean Genie and C12 Dance fly back in for a massive monster mash-up. 

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!

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


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.

Sat 1 Nov
Dot & Ethel presents


Step into a world of forgotten treasures brought to life through puppetry and evocative music.

Image:A 21st Century Tea Dance
Tue 4 Nov
Entelechy Arts and the Albany present

A 21st Century Tea Dance

Meet Me at the Albany comes together with Entelechy’s Tea Dance team to conjure up an afternoon of dance, tea, cake, music and gentle delights for all ages.

Fri 7 Nov
The Paper Birds presents


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

Image:Robin Ince: Blooming Buzzing Confusion
Sat 8 Nov
Lakin McCarthy presents

Robin Ince: Blooming Buzzing Confusion

In a fast follow up to In (and out of) His Mind, Robin Ince continues to prod into our brains with a sharpened pencil to try and work out just how much free will anyone can have.

Sun 9 Nov
Dot & Ethel presents


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. 

Thu 13 Nov - Fri 14 Nov
Crashmat Collective presents


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:Hackney Colliery Band
Sat 15 Nov
Time and Talent Agency presents

Hackney Colliery Band

Since their debut in 2011, this brass juggernaut has blown their way into the public consciousness with their cunning cover versions and catchy original recordings.  

Image:Hugless Douglas
Sat 15 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: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!

Thu 20 Nov
The Albany presents


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 Squidz Club
Fri 21 Nov
Heart n Soul presents

The Squidz Club

The Squidz Club is for young people with learning disabilities (aged 10-25) their friends and families. 

Image:Blair Dunlop: House of Jacks
Fri 21 Nov
Adastra Music presents

Blair Dunlop: House of Jacks

‘House of Jacks’ is the eagerly awaited second album by award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist Blair Dunlop.

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...

Thu 27 Nov
The Albany presents


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:Disco Kids: Winter Wonderland
Sun 30 Nov
The Albany presents

Disco Kids: Winter Wonderland

Let your countdown to Christmas kick off with Disco Kids Winter Wonderland.

Image:The Magic Paintbrush
Tue 2 Dec - Sat 20 Dec
Theatre Peckham in partnership with Canada Water Culture Space present

The Magic Paintbrush

Long ago in ancient China a young girl called Ling loved to draw more than anything else. One day she was given a Magic Paintbrush...

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.

Image:Chill Pill: Christmas Special
Thu 18 Dec
Chill Pill & the Albany present

Chill Pill: Christmas Special

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 for the biggest line up yet.


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Image:Belly Dancing Workshop
Sat 9 Aug - Sat 13 Dec
Maria Louisa

Belly Dancing Workshop

Lebanese born Maria Louisa hosts her 2 hour workshops at the Albany. The groups are designed for ladies of all ages from beginners to experts with the focus on fun and fitness in true Middle Eastern style!