Artist of Change, Angela Clerkin presents The Festival of Radical Care, a series of  workshops, installations, music and dancing exploring how the arts can help us care for each other and our world.

Artists of Change is an initiative established by the Albany and ARC Stockton to work with artists who will create, curate or lead activity to create work that responds to the needs, interests and tastes of local people.

You can find out more about Artists of Change here.


Full programme of events

Art Installations

Come and browse art installations within the Albany café space, all highlighting a wide range of local acts of care and projects:

Manifesto of Care by Bernadette Russell Showing from Monday 20 September – Sunday 17 October

If you search for me, I’m home by Sounds Like ChaosShowing from Monday 20 September – Sunday 26 September

Pods of Solace by Spare TyreShowing from Wednesday 29 September – Saturday 2 October

Meet Me – Staying Connected by Meet Me at the AlbanyShowing from Tuesday 5 October – Friday 8 October

The rain is falling, the needles are clicking, I peel an orange by Entelechy ArtsMonday 11 October – Friday 15 October


LGBTQ+ workshops

Tuesday 21 September – Tuesday 12 October
6.30pm – 8pm

As part of the Festival of Radical Care these three workshops are open to LGBTQ+ actors, improvisors and theatre-makers at all levels of experience who want to play, practise and hone their improvisation and devising skills.

We especially encourage LGBTQ+ Lewisham residents and/or working class and/or global majority and/or disabled people to come. It is possible to attend individual sessions, however attendees are encouraged to attend all three if possible.

Queer Joy and Euphoria led by Tabby Lamb
Tuesday 28 September

Challenging ‘Good’ Theatre led by Emily Aboud
Tuesday 5 October

Rainbow Rebellions led by Angela Clerkin
Tuesday 12 October 


Spare Tyre Takeover: Saturday 2 October


Writing for Healing and Self Care 

Saturday 2 October, 10:30am-12pm

Join Hasan for a workshop exploring writing, mark making and drawing as tools for self-care, healing, insight, memory and joy. You will leave the workshop with a few pieces to work on, and tools to take into your everyday. No pressure to share, although exploring your voice is encouraged! Book your tickets for free here


Microgreens workshop

Saturday 2 October, 12:45pm – 1:30pm

Through this workshop with Jasmine, you will learn about vegetables and herbs that can be grown in small spaces as microgreens, and sow your own little container of Shiso, Basil and Daikon Radish to care for. We will explore how we can connect to a sense of place through the seasoning of food and the care and conditions it takes for the plants to grow.  Book your free tickets here.


World cafe – Reclaiming Self Care as Radical Care

Saturday 2 October, 2pm – 4pm

“I respect the time I spend each day treating my body, and I consider it part of my political work . . . a kind of training in self-love and physical resistance” —Audre Lorde, “A Burst of Light”

A world café is an interactive way of having a discussion on a certain topic. In this case we invite you to share on the topic of “Reclaiming Self Care as Radical Care”. You will be invited to sit with a group of people and have a discussion, rotating tables every twenty minutes. Each table will be hosted by one of our guest facilitators who will guide a conversation based on their own lived experiences on how to protect, preserve and fight for your wellbeing, in a world that can often neglect and exploit. Book your free tickets here.


REZON8 takeover

Friday 8 October, 7.30pm

Join us for a night in our main space as we celebrate home-grown talent with music from youth led record label, REZON8.


Entelechy Arts presents Homecoming: A 21st Century Tea Dance in partnership with the Albany

Tuesday 12 October, 2pm – 4pm

Entelechy Arts is delighted to present Homecomingour first Tea Dance since 2019! Hosted by Christopher Green, join us for a jam-packed afternoon of dancing, music, performance, tea and cake! With contributions from communities across our programme, featuring Meet Me at the ChoirThe Home RoadshowAmbient Jam CollectiveMeet Me at the Albany, Glorious Age and music from The Spitz. Due to a limited capacity to allow social distancing, this event is invitation only however we will be live streaming it, and would love you to join us digitally! To register for the live stream please email

Improbable- Devoted and Disgruntled event

Sunday 17 October, 12pm – 4pm

How can we continue to work together towards anti racist care in our theatre sector?

Queer Cabaret

Sunday 17 October, 7.30pm – 9pm

This fabulous queer cabaret is the closing event of the Festival of Radical Care – tonight is about how Kings, Queens and in-betweens care radically through queer joy, swagger, spoken word and lip syncing. It’s time to put on your wig and sashay down to the Albany.


Access: The Albany is fully wheelchair-accessible. We actively encourage participation from people with disabilities. For full details visit our accessibility page or contact our box office team with any access needs.


About Angela Clerkin

Angela Clerkin is an actor, writer and theatre maker who first performed at the Albany in the 1980s with Irish dance/comedy group The Hairy Marys and is thrilled to return as one of the Artists of Change.

Her theatre company ClerkinWorks has toured the UK with 4* shows The Secret Keeper and The Bearusing personal stories to tell global tales. The next show in development is The Time Kings, exploring time and colonialism in the music hall era. Currently Angela runs Through the Door improvisation & devising workshops for women and non-binary people. Angela is an Associate Artist with Improbable.

“As an Artist of Change I wanted to create the Festival of Radical Care to highlight and celebrate some of the amazing creativity and connection with Albany’s resident companies, Associate Artists and Lewisham residents that went on during lockdown – and continues today. The resident companies involved in the festival include Meet Me, Albany Connects, REZON8, Spare Tyre, Sounds Like Chaos, Entelechy, Bernadette Russell & Friends and Displace Yourself. Joining the festival are also some wonderful, radically caring guests including Lewisham Young Carers, Dr Yewande Okuleye, Tabby Lamb, Emily Aboud,. I’m also delighted to team up with Improbable to host a Devoted and Disgruntled Satellite. Pauline Mayers will facilitate the Open Space event and our question is “How can we continue to work together towards anti racist care in our theatre sector?” The closing event of is a joyous and wild Queer Cabaret night including Louis CYfer, Rhys’s Pieces and Mr Wesley Dykes. I look forward to seeing you during these fabulous four weeks of the Festival of Radical Care.”

Angela Clerkin 


We are constantly monitoring the government’s COVID-19 guidelines. Should the situation change, the event will be postponed and bookers will be notified in regards to their options.

Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation through the Weston Culture Fund


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