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What makes a compelling story? How do artists disrupt everyday reality in the service of revealing subtler truths? This episode features artists who explore the virtues of ambiguity, mix genres, and merge aesthetic disciplines to discern not simply what stories mean, but how and why they come to have meaning.
Led by poet and educator Jacob Sam-La Rose, this workshop targets young people from ages 13 to 18 years, inviting them to engage with poetry, sounds, and new and widely available communication technologies such as smart phones. The workshop looks at the relationship between fact, fiction and truth, and explores ways of writing that dance on the borders between them.
Something's Gonna Happen proudly presents the Let's Meet Jesus album launch, they'll be shooting their latest music video at the Albany during the day, followed by the album launch in the evening along with other acts.
Khumba, a half striped zebra, leaves home in search of the magic waterhole that will cure his anomaly. It is not all black and white in this colourful animation for the whole family.
Muzi, the son of an amazing pantsula dancer embarks on a journey of self-discovery in order to learn the truth about his father’s death and come to terms with his own identity. Hear Me Move is an exciting new South African feature film, adding African flavour to a popular genre that includes such well-known films as Step Up and Fame.
The film chronicles the annual Grand Magaal pilgrimage of one million Sufi Muslims to the holy Senegalese city of Touba. This dynamic and immersive observational film takes us inside the Mouride Brotherhood–one of West Africa’s most elusive organizations and one of the world’s largest Sufi communities. The pilgrims travel from all over the world to pay homage to the life and teachings of Cheikh Amadou Bamba.
A high-octane, multi-thread coming-of-age crime drama set in the unique and volatile South African prison and gangland subculture of the vibrant but violent Cape Flats townships.
In October 2013, Yve Blake created the interactive website WhoWereWe.com where she asked strangers who do they felt they used to be. So far, strangers from 154 cities around the world have contributed more than 1000 stories, voicemails, pictures and playlists. THEN is a vibrant collage of these memories.
This film features one of the bravest lawyers in Africa, Beatrice Mtetwa in Zimbabwe. In spite of beatings by police, she has courageously defended in court those jailed by the Mugabe government—peace activists, journalists, opposition candidates, farmers that had their land confiscated, ordinary citizens that had the courage to speak up.
This colourful documentary explores South Africa’s cultural landscape through the vehicle of electronic music. In a country still steeped in poverty crime and injustice, young South Africans party like their lives depends on it.
We are working in collaboration with Film Africa Festival to hold an African Diaspora Short Film Competition, where we have invited filmmakers to submit short films of up to 30 mins to the competition. The shortlisted films have been selected by a high profile jury and showcase the unique and diverse talents and stories of the UK African diaspora.
The Complete Works bring a brand new work-in-progress to the Albany featuring internationally known artists, including: playwright/poet Inua Ellams (2 sell out shows at the National Theatre), Malika Booker, Warsan Shire and dancers Sean Graham & Ella Mesma.
David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne), two American college students, are backpacking through Britain when a large wolf attacks them. David survives with a bite, but Jack is brutally killed. As David heals in the hospital, he’s plagued by violent nightmares of his mutilated friend, who warns David that he is becoming a werewolf. When David discovers the horrible truth, he contemplates committing suicide before the next full moon causes him to transform from man to murderous beast.
Carrie White is the beleaguered daughter of a religious fanatic, making her a social outcast who is constantly tormented by her cruel, insensitive classmates. But what her classmates don’t know is that Carrie is gifted, and when her rage turns into telekinetic powers, no one is safe!
A world war two pilot (David Niven) miraculously escapes death after baling out of a burning plane. A celestial court is set up to judge his case while Niven hangs in limbo between a technicolour earth and a monochrome heaven.
Bites:Remix is cabaret night of unusual artistic collaborations, with circus at its heart. Forget everything you think you know about circus; BITES:Remix offers new perspectives by placing outstanding acts alongside artists from the worlds of music, dance, theatre and spoken word and comedy.
Sing along with the whole family to this special screening of the world's number 1 animated movie of all time. When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice and condemns her home to an infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather conditions.
Chill Pill are swiftly becoming part of the furniture here at the Albany, but instead of sinking into the sofa with a pip and slippers, they're working their socks off to bring you a selection of the finest spoken word poets and musicians in the land, as well as presenting brand spanking new material for every show.
The Singing Hypnotist will change your life. He uses songs to heal, transform and put you under. It’s a combination of clinical hypnotherapy, stage hypnosis, original music and good old fashioned showbiz, researched by Christopher Green, as part of being the first Artist in Residence at the British Library, and supported by the Wellcome Trust.
Tony Jameson feels he’s now at the mid-point of his life. He believes he’s achieved some good things in his life, but there’s still the nagging voice in the back of his head that wonders…'Could he have achieved more had he not spent the last 20 years playing video games?'
Josephine is putting on a play - Boris and Sistahl help. It's about anorexia. But don’t let that put you off. Unflinchingly they confront big issues (and extremely tiny ones). Today they will tackle a particularly thin elephant in the room.
After recently picking up an M.B.E for his outstanding contribution to the UK music scene, Omar returns to the Albany. Since first breaking through to worldwide renown, he has worked with all manner of musical legends including a certain Stevie, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone, Syreeta Wright, Common, and Carleen Anderson. Omar’s latest album The Man is without doubt the strongest of his entire career, with his unique soul, funk, latin and reggae influences.