Theatre Peckham makes Cast Announcement for Christmas Show

Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny
Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny

Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny

Malachi Green, Ayanna Christie-Brown, Guy Navarro, Geoff Aymer, TerriAnn Oudjar and Ray Newe, have been cast in Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny, a reimagining by Richard Hurford, inspired by the much-loved children’s classic. Music and lyrics by Rob Castell, incorporating rap, salsa and reggae beats.

The six-strong cast includes Theatre Peckham alumni Malachi Green and newcomers Ayanna Christie-Brown and Gustavo Navarro alongside acting stalwarts Geoff Aymer (THE YOUNG VIC, ARCOLA THEATRE, SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE, BARBICAN, ROYAL COURT), Ray Newe (NATIONAL THEATRE, LIVERPOOL PLAYHOUSE), TerriAnn Oudjar (upcoming ROYAL COURT, THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE). Joining the cast on stage will be 40 children who form part of Theatre Peckham’s renowned arts education and training programme.

Robin Hood: The Arrow Of Destiny has been written by award-winning playwright and York Theatre Royal associate Richard Hurford and directed by Suzann McLean (Artistic Director THEATRE PECKHAM). Music and lyrics by Rob Castell (TRAFALGAR STUDIOS, SOHO THEATRE, YORK THEATRE ROYAL). The acclaimed creative team behind the production also includes choreographer Tamara McKoy Patterson (ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, NATIONAL THEATRE, LION KING WEST END, WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE), Fight director Johnathan Holby, (DONMAR WAREHOUSE, ALMEIDA THEATRE, NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE). The design by Lily Faith-Knight (FAMILIA DE LA NOCHE, NEW DIORAMA THEATRE, ACKLEY BRIDGE CH4, NATIONAL THEATRE CONNECTIONS).

Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny, introduces young audiences to a current take on the characters found in this children’s classic. Rob Castell’s music and lyrics incorporate rap, salsa and reggae beats. This play with songs promises to be a festive treat for all the family with a show packed full of comedy, action, adventure and song. Forget the legends, forget the stories, this Robin Hood is real.

The production marks the venue’s new artistic director Suzann McLean’s inaugural production, since joining in September 2018. Cast in the lead role as Robin, South East London local Malachi Green follows in the footsteps of Theatre Peckham Patron and former pupil John Boyega, who trained at this world class home for creative learning and performance and recently found global fame for his role in Star Wars.

Artistic Director Suzann McLean said: ‘Theatre Peckham has been enormously successful in producing Christmas productions that have young people at their core. As my first production as the new artistic director, I am honoured to continue this legacy with Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny by Richard Hurford. It is a fun-for-all-the-family show with fantastic music. The richly diverse communities of Peckham are reflected within the cast from our young company through to our professional actors making this festive show a delight for all.’


Malachi Green (Robin Hood)

Ayanna Christie-Brown (Maid Marian)

Geoff Aymer (Friar Tuck)

TerriAnn Oudjar (Little John)

Ray Newe (Sheriff of Nottingham)

Guy Navarro (Guy of Gisborne)

Creative Team:

Written by: Richard Hurford

Music and lyrics: Rob Castell

Director: Suzann McLean

Set design: Lily Faith-Knight

Fight director: Jonathan Holby

Choreographer – Tamara McKoy-Patterson


Listings information

Dates: 4 – 22 December, see website for details

Tickets: Child £7, Adult £12/Concessions £7/Family £32

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Venue: Theatre Peckham, 221 Havil Street, Camberwell, SE5 7SD
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Casting announced for the West End return of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

Joshua Jenkins and Toby. Photo Alex Rumford
Joshua Jenkins and Toby. Photo Alex Rumford

Joshua Jenkins and Toby. Photo Alex Rumford

  • Casting announced for the West End return of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as rehearsals begin today.
  • Joshua Jenkins makes his West End debut as Christopher Boone having played the role on the UK and international tour.
  • Multi-award-winning production opens 29 November 2018 at the      Piccadilly Theatre for a strictly limited season until 27 April 2019.
  • Christopher (Joshua Jenkins) visits Piccadilly Circus for the first time with Toby, his pet rat .

The full cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been announced this morning as rehearsals begin for its return to the West End.  The Olivier and Tony Award® -winning show begins previews at the Piccadilly Theatre on Thursday 29               November, with a media night on Tuesday 11 December.  The strictly limited season ends on 27 April 2019.

Curious Incident is adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon, and            directed by Marianne Elliott (War HorseAngels in America,Company).

 Playing the central role of Christopher Boone and making his West End debut is Joshua   Jenkins who played the role on the recent UK and international tour, performing alongside Julie Hale (Siobhan), Stuart Laing (Ed), Emma Beattie (Judy), Sean McKenzie (Reverend Peters), Eliza Collings (Mrs Shears), Lucas Hare (Mr Shears), Gemma Knight Jones (Punk Girl), Lynette Clark (Mrs Alexander), Craig Stein (Mr Thompson).  Sam Newton will play           Christopher at certain performances and the understudies are: Kieran GarlandEmma-Jane GoodwinRose Riley and Joe Rising.

Curious Incident has now been seen by more than three million people worldwide. It is the winner of seven Olivier Awards including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.  Following its New York premiere in September 2014, it became the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade, winning five Tony Awards® including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off Broadway Play.

Joshua Jenkins played Christopher on the production’s first 31 date tour of the UK and Ireland ending in September 2017 and then on international tour visiting Amsterdam, Toronto, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Perth from 2017– 18. The show recently completed a 30-date tour of the USA and a schools tour, taking a specially staged in-the-round 90 minute version of the play into 60 schools around the country continuing until December 2018.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Piccadilly Theatre is a co-            production with the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Simon Stephens said: ‘I am stunned and inspired by the return of Curious Incident to the West End. It is a story that means the world to me. Mark Haddon’s exquisite imagination twisted into shape and infused with life by Marianne Elliott and her incredible team. After travelling the country and seeing the world Christopher Boone is coming back home. I’m mainly thrilled because I get to see it again.’

The show tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is fifteen years old. He stands besides Mrs Shears’ dead dog, which has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting designer Paule Constable, and video design by Finn Ross. Movement is by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.

Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was published in 2003 and was the winner of more than 17 literary awards, including prizes in the US, Japan, Holland and Italy, as well as the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year Award in the UK in 2004. The novel has been translated into 44 languages and sold more than 5.5 million      copies world-wide.

Marianne Elliott, who was recently awarded an OBE for her services to theatre, is the       Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she recently set up with producer Chris Harper. Their latest production is Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical   comedy, Company, which opened at the Gielgud Theatre, London in September.    Directed by Marianne Elliott and designed by Bunny Christie, the cast includes Rosalie Craig as Bobbie, Patti LuPone as Joanne, Mel Giedroyc as Sarah and Jonathan Bailey as Jamie. On 29 November War Horse returns to the NT and in doing so becomes the third production directed by Marianne playing in London.

Marianne was an Associate Director of the National Theatre for 10 years, where her work included Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (which transferred to Broadway in February 2018 and won three Tony® Awards including Best Revival of a Play), War Horse (Tony® Award for best director, alongside co-director Tom Morris), Rules for LivingThe Light      PrincessPortSeason’s GreetingsAll’s Well that Ends WellHarper ReganSaint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award for Theatre) and Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Award for Best Director).  Marianne was consultant director on The Elephantom for the NT and directed Sweet Bird of Youth for the Old Vic with Kim Cattrall.  Elliott & Harper’s previous productions are: Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, co-producer of Angels in America in New York and The Lion the Witch at the Wardrobe (directed by Sally Cookson) at Leeds Playhouse.

Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for   children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador in 2005, and his last novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. His    latest book is The Pier Falls, a collection of stories. He lives in Oxford.

Simon Stephens’ plays for the NT include a new translation of The Threepenny OperaPort (originally produced at the Royal Exchange and directed by Marianne Elliott), Harper Regan (which was also produced at Canadian Stage) and On the Shore of the Wide World (co-production with Royal Exchange, Manchester: Olivier Award for Best New Play).  His many other plays include Carmen DisruptionHeisenberg: The Uncertainty     Principle (Broadway and West End), BirdlandBlindsidedThree KingdomsWastwaterPunk RockSeawallPornographyCountry MusicChristmasHerons and A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with Robert Holman and David Eldridge), an adaptation of Jon Fosse’s I Am the Wind and Motortown.  His version of A Doll’s House for the Young Vic transferred to the West End and then New York in 2014. Simon is an Associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and the Royal Court Theatre. Simon’s book – Simon Stephens, A   Working Diary was published in 2016.

Emma Beattie (Judy) Emma trained at ALRA and was winner of the 1998 Lilian Baylis Award.  Her theatre credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (UK and International Tour), Medea (The Gate Theatre), The Distance (Orange Tree Theatre), The Odyssey (Derby Playhouse), The Last of the Haussmans (NT), Death of a Cyclist (Soho Theatre), Four for Jericho (Pleasance Courtyard), Great Expectations   (Watermill Theatre), The Song of Deborah (Lowry Theatre), The Potting Shed (Finborough Theatre), Ivanov (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Ruffian on the Stair (Orange Tree Theatre),John        Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse), The Cut (Donmar Warehouse), King Lear      (Pendley Shakespeare Festival) and Hysteria (UK Tour).  Emma’s screen credits include: Doctors (BBC), The Wives Did it (Discovery); Mr Selfridge (BBC) and Legacy (Feature).

Lynette Clark (Mrs Alexander) trained at Mountview Theatre School and The Anna Scher Theatre in North London.  She won an OFFIE Award – Off West End Theatre Award – for Best Supporting Female 2017 for her performance in Karagula by Philip Ridley, for Soho Theatre, DEM Productions and Pig Dog Associates.  Other theatre credits include; Sense Of An Ending (DEM Productions/Theatre 503); Boi Boi Is Dead (Tiata Fahodzi, West Yorkshire Playhouse & Watford Palace Theatre); The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The     Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland); The Crucible (Royal Shakespeare Company);     Anansi (Southwark Playhouse); Stand By Your Van and Elephants in Nairobi (Menagerie Theatre Company), Stepping OutThe Wizard Of OzArabian NightsDick Whittington and Cinderella (The Everyman, Cheltenham), One Dark Night (Sherman Theatre, Cardiff & tour), Horrible Histories – The Terrible Tudors and The Vile Victorians (Birmingham Stage       Company & tour) and To Kill A MockingbirdStepping Out and Treasure Island (Pitlochry Festival Theatre). Films and Television credits include; TopboyHarley Street and Play Days BBC 1.

Eliza Collings (Mrs Shears) trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  Her theatre credits include: The Other Place (Park Theatre and Theatre by the Lake);Great Expectations    (Malvern Theatres/UK Tour); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (NT UK Tour); The One That Got Away (Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath); The Miser (Watermill Theatre); Lady Windermere’s FanThe Country Wife (Manchester Royal Exchange); A      Midsummer Night’s Dream (Unicorn Theatre); Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes,  Vaudevillains SideshowThe Ceremony (Les Enfants Terrible); News Revue(Canal Cafe Theatre); Hobsons ChoiceThe Taming Of The Shrew (RADA Enterprises); On This Site (Roustabout). Television includes Doc Martin. Film includes Sink and Lambeth (short film) and radio includes Penmaric (BBC),

Kieran Garland’s theatre work includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (UK, International and Schools tour) for the NT; RIFT’s Macbeth at Balfron Tower, Poplar; Lysistrata (UK tour), for Actors of Dionysus; Macbeth for Vienna’s English Theatre, Austria; and 10,000 Several Doors (Duchess of Malfi) for Prodigal Theatre at The          Nightingale, Brighton.  His TV appearances include Locked Up Abroad for National           Geographic/Raw TV.

Emma-Jane Goodwin trained at East 15 Acting School. Her theatre appearances include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time – UK, Ireland and International Tour       (NT), Sandra after Birthday (Round Pebble Theatre Company), Her Big Chance (Round Pebble Theatre Company), Someone’s Out There (Sglodion Fawr Theatre), Love Steals us from Loneliness (Chippy Lane Productions), Matchmakers (Three Muses Productions) and Yolk (Three Muses Productions)  On television she has appeared in Stella (Sky) and on    radio in Bert & Dave’s Big Break (Wireless Theatre Company).

Julie Hale (Siobhan) has just returned from touring internationally with Curious Incident and is delighted to now be in the West End. Her theatre work includes Whisky Galore (in Gaelic)  with National Theatre Scotland , Cured by Stef Smith as part of the Glasgay Festival at the Arches, Glasgow,  Old Timesand Love in the Title with London Classic Theatre,  LovechildCeausescu’s Ear and Pericles, all with Gerry Stembridge, Sunshine Boys at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, Exiles by James Joyce at The Friends of the Italian Opera Theatre, Berlin, an Irish national tour of Canaries,  Abigail’s Party and The Gingerman at The New Theatre, Dublin. The Gingerman then transferred to the Irish Arts Centre, New York where she was then cast and performed in the New York premier of Red Roses and Petrol directed by Neil Jones.  Her film and television work includes ShetlandGarrow’s LawCrashMy Left FootAsh WednesdayW.C., TroublesBlack and WhiteWhen Brendan met TrudyFlickBlack Day at BlackrockBobbie’s Girl & Bloom.  Julie had an ongoing role as Terry Deegan in the Irish soap-opera Fair City for 8 years and was D.I. Amanda Rook in the Scottish soap-opera River City.

Lucas Hare (Roger) trained at LAMDA. His theatre credits include The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (NT UK & Ireland tour), Children Of The SunScenes From An Execution, The Last Of The Haussmans, Season’s Greetings (all NT), A Match Made In Heaven (Frinton Summer Theatre), The Mentor (Vaudeville    Theatre), The Real Thing (Theatre Royal Bath & tour), The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui (Chichester and Duchess   Theatre), Bedroom Farce (Duke Of York’s Theatre), Spider’s Web (Agatha Christie Theatre Company), The Tempest (Shared Experience), A Taste Of Honey (Brave New World), Thark (Watermill Theatre), The Moon Is Halfway To Heaven (Sally Humphreys Productions), The Doctor’s Dilemma (Almeida), Twelfth Night(Sheffield Crucible), Romeo And Juliet (Hull Truck), Death And The Maiden (Harold Pinter Theatre).  His television appearances include The Crown, Friday Night Dinner, Broadchurch, EastEnders, Casualty, Manhunt, The Rook, Learners, U Be Dead, Law and Order UK, Dream Team Retro, Hearts and Bones, Touching Evil, The Bill and films include Die Another Day and The Engagement

Joshua Jenkins (Christopher) trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. His work in theatre includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on tour for the NT; A Soldier in Every SonKing JohnRichard III and Dunsinane (with National Theatre of Scotland) for the RSC; Unrestlessin the Old Vic Tunnels; and The World Turned Upside Down for Òran Mór. TV includes Holby CityBaker BoysDoctors, One Night in EmergencyGarrow’s LawHeartbeatBelonging and Stopping Distance. Film includes Plots with a View.

Gemma Knight Jones (Punk Girl) trained at Identity Drama School.  Her theatre credits     include: Punk Girl in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Gielgud Theatre);    Sarabi in The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); Tina & u/s Deloris in Sister Act (UK Tour);      Lorraine/ Dynamite & u/s Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray (UK Tour); u/s Yvonne in Been So Long (Young Vic/ETT); u/s Joanne in Rent (Broadway Theatre); Sarah in Ragtime    (Kenneth More Theatre).  Her film and TV credits include: Been So Long (Film Four/    Greenacre Productions); Behind Every Great Day (Dreams Beds commercial);Johnson and Johnson Baby Global (commercial).

Stuart Laing (Ed) trained at Drama Centre, London. His work in theatre includes The         Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on tour for the NT;  title role in Macbeth at the Mercury Theatre Colchester; Peckham: The Soap Opera for the Royal Court; Dolls House at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry;Hundreds and ThousandsBilly & The Crab Lady and Food For Thought at Soho Theatre; Neil la Bute trilogy on UK tour, Seasons Greetings at Liverpool Playhouse, Indian Country at Chapter Theatre, Hushabye Mountain at Hampstead Theatre , A Streetcar Named Desire at Theatr Clywd, Bad Company at the Bush Theatre; Blowing Whistles at Leicester Square Theatre; Drowning on Dry Land at Salisbury          Playhouse; Kiss of the Spider Woman & Over Here at Leicester     Haymarket and Loot at Thorndike Theatre.  TV includes Casualty, Silent Witness, Vincent, Spooks, Father Brown, How TV Ruined Your Life, In a Land of Plenty, Everytime You Look At Me, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Poirot, Strikeforce, Sex and Lies, The Bill, Berkley Square, Blood & Peaches, Bob Martin, Burn It, Cambridge Spies, Devil’s Advocate, Eastenders and Wire in the Blood.     Animator, In Your Dreams, Kavannagh QC, Holby City, Doctors. Film includes South West Nine, The Lawless Heart, Butterfly Man, Gaston’s War, Lie Still, Nine Songs, Strong Language, The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael, Three Steps to Heaven and The Truth Game.

Sean McKenzie (Reverend Peters) trained at RADA.  His theatre credits include: Landlord, Moth, Old Man, Mr.Iger, Roy, Fred in Two by Jim Cartwright (Derby Theatre); Joe, Fred, Jim, Patrick, Kevin, Barry in Ladies Day (Wolverhampton Grand Theatre); Ken in the world     premiere of Ali Taylor’s Goth Weekend; Ray Say in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and  various roles in Alan Ayckbourn’s 60th Anniversary Gala; A Brief History of Plays (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Nurse Tabatha Trott in Sleeping Beauty/ Widow Twankey in Aladdin (Theatr Clwyd); Rev Peters/Station Policeman/ Uncle Terry/Ensemble in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Frantic Assembly/  NT production in the West End); Sgt Thunder in War Horse (NT, UK and international tour – MTA Winner); Sgt. Lugg in The Magistrate (NT); The Village Bike (Sheffield Crucible); Alan Bennett in The Lady in the Van (Hull Truck / No.1 UK tour); Scobie in The Glee Club (Hull Truck/UK tour); Toad in The Wind in the Willows; Bey the Reindeer in The Snow Queen (for Derby LIVE at Derby Theatre); Ladies Day (Lichfield Garrick); Abigail’s Party (Northcott   Theatre,Exeter); Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!; Up ‘n’ UnderTime of My LifeOn The Piste (Derby Playhouse); Time and the Conways (Theatre Royal Bath/UK tour); Puck and Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Adrian Noble (RSC – Stratford, London and world tour); Ugly Sister in Cinderella (York Theatre Royal); Trinculo in The Tempest (Theatr Clwyd, Nottingham Playhouse and world tour); Alistair in Two Weeks With The Queen, directed by Alan Ayckbourn (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough and NT – TMA Winner); Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Government Inspector (Harrogate Theatre).Also workshops with Stephen Daldry, Lyndsey Turner, Patrick Marber, Lucy Bailey, Michael Buffong, Melly Still at NT Studio. Television credits include: EmmerdaleBillionaire BoyTruckers, VeraBirdsong,TrolliedDownton AbbeyShamelessJohn AdamsMrs InbetweenyMiss FlorenceCity of ViceHonestWild WestCoogan’s RunLost TimeDalziel and PascoeThe Golden HourHolby CityEastEndersCasualtyRed CapThe Peterloo MassacreThe RoyalA Line in the SandCrime and Punishment,Sword of HonourCity Central, The Bill, HeartbeatLondon’s Burning and Jackanory. Film credits include: Send Her VictoriousDeano Small in Girl Shaped Love Drug24 Hour Party PeopleOld Borrowed BlueJude and Go Now, directed by Michael Winterbottom, Poor Wee MeStill CrazyLucky BreakVanity Fair, and A Martial Kind of Man.

Sam Newton (alternate Christopher) is originally from Birmingham and graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has just finished playing Nigel in Toast at the Traverse Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and made his professional debut in the UK & World Tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time playing           Christopher Boone (alternate) with the NT and is delighted to be joining the show in the West End. Other theatre training includes: A Serious Case of the Fuckits (CSSD); The Heresy of Love (CSSD); Slot Together (MAC Birmingham); Americana workshop (Stratford East Theatre); The Leeds Tealights (Sketch Comedy Tour), Cambridge Footlights and Friends (ADC Theatre).

Rose Riley is an Actor, Theatre Maker and Core Committee Member & Activist for Equal Representation for Actresses (ERA 50:50). Theatre credits include:Grafting at The Streatham Arts Space, LOADED at The Birmingham Old Rep, Sisterbound co-written by Rose for the Camden Fringe Festival 2017 & RADA Festival 2016, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It for Watch Your Head at the Savill Gardens & Windsor Castle;  ReHome at The Yard Theatre;  One Minute for Delirium Theatre at The Vaults and Tiger Country written & directed by Nina Raine at The Hampstead Theatre. Recent screen credits include: award-winning short film ELI produced by 7 COLLI Productions, Feature Film 90 Minutes produced by Vertigo Films and the lead role of Sarah in short film Home directed by Hannah Lees, due for release in late 2018.

 Joe Rising trained at Motherwell College.  His theatre credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (NT) and Common Man (National Theatre Scotland).  His film credits include Blindsided.

Craig Stein (Mr Thompson) has recently finished working with Frantic Assembly in Fatherland at the Lyric Hammersmith as well as filming Lake Placid: Legacy for Sony/Syfy.  Other theatre credits include: Wig Out (NT), Doctor Faustus (Duke of Yorks/ATG), Neighbors (High Tide/Nuffield Theatre),Ghost (Piccadilly Theatre), 5,6,7,8 (Royal Court Theatre-Rough Cuts), FELA! (NT), Harder They Come (Nottingham Playhouse/UK Tour), Nation (NT), Wig Out (Royal Court Theatre), Rent (Duke of York’s Theatre), Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre). Craig’s film and TV credits include; Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney), Soft Lad (Brown Boy Productions/Peccadillo Films), Doctors (BBC), Song for Jenny (BBC), Law and Order (Kudos/ITV), Love Matters: Aphrodite Fry (Ruby Films/Sky Living), Holby City (BBC), Down To Earth (BBC), The Biz! (BBC) and Casualty (BBC).  Voiceovers include: Fuse in Thunderbirds Are Go (ITV Studios/Pukeko Pictures) and various roles in The     Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network Studios Europe).


Adrian Sutton’s Music at the NT

Wed 21 November, 6 – 7pm, Cottesloe Room (National Theatre), £7/£5

Theatre503 announce new all-female cast + extended dates for Cinderella and the Beanstalk

Cinderella and the Beanstalk
Cinderella and the Beanstalk

Cinderella and the Beanstalk

Cinderella and the Beanstalk returns to Theatre503 this December in a new production directed by Carla Kingham. Singing, dancing and fighting their way through panto-pandemonium, is new all-female cast: Louise Beresford, Severine Howell-Meri, Amanda Shodeko and Anna Spearpoint. Due to popular demand, the run has been extended until 5 January.

Written by acclaimed comedy trio The Sleeping Trees, Cinderella and the Beanstalk is a hilarious mega-mix pantomime medley featuring over 60 fairytale characters from more than a dozen favourite stories colliding in unexpected ways.

Lisa Spirling, Artistic Director, Theatre503: ‘After four years of performing in their hugely popular Christmas shows at Theatre503, it is fantastic to support The Sleeping Trees in the next stage of their development, as they take time off the stage and focus on themselves as writers. Their brilliant words, wit and wonder will be brought to life by a fresh, new cast. This show really hits every festive spot – full of joy, characters we all know and love, and uncontrollable laughs for literally all ages, families, and friends.’

Follow Cinderella on a perilous adventure as the scheming Rumpelstiltskin blackmails the would-be princess into retrieving the coveted Golden Eggs from the top of The Beanstalk. She must complete her quest to recover her glass slipper, but Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother and Jack’s pregnant cow are all doing their best to get in the way, so her mission might not be quite as easy as she thought.

Cinderella and the Beatnstalk originally premiered at Theatre503 in 2014, performed by Sleeping Trees themselves.


Venue:                  Theatre503, The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, SW11 3BW
Dates + times:    5 December 2018 – 5 January 2019: Weds – Sat at 7pm + Sat / Sun at 2.30pm+ Mondays 24 + 31 December at 2pm

No performance: 26 December, 1 January

Box Office: / 020 7978 7040

Tickets:                 £19 / £15 (concession)
Pay what you can for Wednesday 5 December performance + Family tickets are also available.

National Theatre’s Courage Everywhere: featuring Sheila Atim, Liz Carr, Scarlett Curtis, Kate Fleetwood, Joanna Lumley, Indira Varma

Courage Everywhere
Courage Everywhere

Courage Everywhere

The NT marks the 100th anniversary of the first women in the UK gaining the right to vote, with a series of rehearsed readings, talks and events, as well as a free exhibition in the Lyttelton Lounge. World-class directors Nadia Fall, Phyllida Lloyd, Jenny Sealey, Lyndsey Turner and Dawn Walton will bring to life five plays on themes of suffrage, courage and the fight for political equality in the UK and around the world.

The rehearsed readings will share the stage with a programme including Scarlett Curtis chairing a discussion on the impact of women’s voices on society, a journey through women’s poetry with Sheila Atim, Joanna Lumley and Indira Varma, and Naomi Paxton revealing the stories she has discovered whilst curating Dramatic Progress.

Producer Faye Merralls said: “This year has seen a wealth of work, art and conversation reflecting this centenary milestone and the NT is proud to be joining the celebration with Courage Everywhere. The season features a brilliantly eclectic mix of readings: from plays contemporary to the Suffragette movement; to thoroughly modern reflections, and a brand new piece that gives voice to the previously marginalised areas of the movement. The weekend is a celebration of how far we have come and what has been achieved as a result of the courage of many. It is also a moment to look to what progress is required in the years ahead. This season aims to provoke those questions about the future. 

Rehearsed Readings, Dorfman Theatre

Tickets £10/£15

There will be post show talks held after each of the readings, including contributions from the director and cast members – included in the ticket price.

And Others curated by Susan Croft, Graeae and the NT

Directed by Jenny Sealey

Thursday 15 November, 7.30pm

A testimony to the women who have been lost to history, who fought for suffrage but whose stories have been left untold. Graeae Theatre’s Artistic DirectorJenny Sealey draws together the words of forgotten women to mark the achievement of women’s suffrage.

Cast is Jodi-Alissa Bickerton, Babirye Bukilwa, Liz Carr, Philippa Cole, Kellan Frankland, Paddy Glynn, Vilma Jackson, Awa JagneKarina Jonesand Rena Sodhi.

In the Parlour by Judy Tate and Magda, Jo, Isabella by Saviana Stanescu, Aoise Stratford and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Directed by Dawn Walton

Friday 16 November, 7.30pm

In the Parlour – March 1913: On the eve of the most historic women’s suffrage marches two women, divided by race, battle for their right to be united and to fight in this movement.

Magda, Jo, Isabella – Three brilliant new monologues from US writers tackling race, class and belonging in the suffrage movement.

Cast includes Eliza Butterworth, Martina Laird, Yasmin Mwanza and Amaka Okafor, with further names to be confirmed.

Her Naked Skin by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Directed by Nadia Fall

Saturday 17 November, 3pm

Depicting a love affair which crosses fraught class lines, and set against the backdrop of the violent struggle for suffrage, Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s historic play premiered in the Olivier Theatre in 2008.

Cast includes David Calder, Lois Chimimba, Jonathan Coote, Erin Doherty, Deborah Findlay, Kate Fleetwood, Tunji Kasim, Isabella Laughland, Penny Layden, Francesca Mills and Michael Shaeffer with further names to be confirmed.

Bull in a China Shop by Bryna Turner

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd

Saturday 17 November, 8.00pm

Two lovers in a Massachusetts seminary find their lives upturned by revolution, fan-adoration and the price of joining the establishment. A fierce new comedy by US writer Bryna Turner, this is a dynamic queering of history that traverses the generations.

Cast includes Jade Anouka and Leah Harvey, with further names to be confirmed.

Votes for Women by Elizabeth Robins

Directed by Lyndsey Turner

Sunday 18 November, 3pm

Elizabeth Robins’ genre-defining 1907 play dramatises the moment in which the suffragette movement was born; as polite political discourse reached breaking point and women across the UK stood up to be counted.

Cast includes Ruby Bentall, Anthony Calf, Jolyon Coy, Daniel Flynn, Philip Goldacre, Stella Gonet, Adelle Leonce, Victoria Moseley, Vinette Robinson, Ellora Torchia, Sylvestra le Touzel, Zubin Varla and Dwane Walcott, with further names to be confirmed.

Dramatic Progress: Votes for Women and the Edwardian Stage

Lyttelton Lounge

A free exhibition in the Lyttelton Lounge curated by Naomi Paxton, opening on 22 October 2018 and running until January 2019.

This exhibition highlights how the campaign for votes for women was championed by women and men from different professions across the UK, not excluding the theatre. In 1908, two groups of theatre professionals formed to support the cause – the Actresses’ Franchise League (AFL) and the Women Writers’ Suffrage League (WWSL). This exhibition celebrates their diverse and exciting work for the Edwardian suffrage campaign, and explores how they helped to share the ideas and language of the movement. Includes filmed extracts of plays from the time, archive materials and images.

Talks and Events

Activism in the Archives: Finding Stories of Suffrage Theatre

Thursday 15 November, 6pm, Cottesloe Room

Tickets £7 (£5 concessions)

A talk from performer, writer and researcher Naomi Paxton on the stories she has discovered from the history of suffrage theatre and activism.

Women Poets Through the Ages with Allie Esiri

Friday 16 November, 6pm, Olivier Theatre

Tickets £7 (£5 concessions)

Allie Esiri and guest actors including Sheila Atim, Joanna Lumley and Indira Varma, go on a highly entertaining and powerful journey through women’s poetry. The evening will include poems that mark this year’s centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave some women the right to vote.

Exhibition Insight with Curator Naomi Paxton

Saturday 17 November, 11.30am, Lyttelton Lounge

Tickets £3

An exhibition tour with curator Naomi Paxton exploring her research for and curation of the exhibition Dramatic Progress: Votes for Women and the Edwardian Stage.

Courage Everywhere Pop-up

Sunday 18 November, 12noon-7pm, Clore Learning Centre

Tickets £10

Including workshops on writing your own scenes for Suffrage Puppetry and creating Suffrage Zines, Equaliteas, suffragette top trumps, screenings of ‘March’ directed by Anna Birch, panel talks on women as statues and playing suffrage characters and demos of Jujitsuffrage!


Hear Her Roar: Where are Women’s Voices?

Friday 23 November, 5.45pm, Dorfman Theatre

Tickets £7 (concessions £5)

A panel discussion unpacking how women’s contributions and voices impact society in the UK and globally and how they might be perceived in the future. Chaired by Scarlett Curtis, editor, journalist and author with contributions from Momtaza Merhi, Young People’s Laureate for London, Nimco Ali, co-founder of Daughters of Eve and Bridget Minamore, poet, author and journalist.




WEST END BARES: Top Off The Pops raises over £65,000 for Make A Difference Trust


The ever-growing annual fundraiser played two spectacular shows at the Shaftesbury Theatre on Sunday 28 October, celebrating iconic music artists and their sexiest songs.  Madonna, Prince, Oasis, Take That and many more were given the Bares treatment, accompanied by an incredible live band and sensational vocalists from many of the West End’s biggest shows.

Comedian and TV star Tom Allen presided over the evening which saw more than 125 performers from the West End and beyond dare to bare in what is now one of theatreland’s most loved annual events.

The Make A Difference Trust unites the theatre and entertainment industries to raise funds to support those affected by HIV/AIDS.  The incredible success of this year’s WEST END BARES will allow them to continue their vital education and awareness programmes in drama schools as well as life changing projects here in the U.K. and Sub-Saharan Africa.  The final figure is expected to grow as we continue counting donations in the coming weeks.

The Make A Difference Trust thank Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for their generous grant of £20,000 ($26,000) to mark the success of not only this ninth edition of WEST END BARES, but to celebrate all those who have participated in the creation, production and performance of all nine years of this now eagerly anticipated annual event, especially as the Trust begin preparations for the 10th anniversary of WEST END BARES in 2019 – a remarkable milestone!

Aled Jones to Guest Star in The Wipers Times in the West End at special gala on Remembrance Sunday

The Wipers Times company. Photograph by Kirsten McTernan

Welsh singer Aled Jones is to make a special guest appearance in the charity gala performance of Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s play The Wipers Times on Remembrance Sunday 11 November at 6pm at the Arts Theatre, London in support of The Royal British Legion’s Thank You campaign. He will be performingSilent Night with members of The Wipers Times acting company.  The arrangement of Silent Night is taken from Aled’s new album (with Russell Watson) In Harmony which is released on 9th November.  There will be other surprise cameo appearances during the show. The evening will also include an introduction, post-show talk and Q & A with Ian and Nick and an exclusive post-show reception. This special performance coincides with the commemoration of the end of WWI.

The Royal British Legion has launched a mass movement to say ‘Thank You’ to all who served, sacrificed, and changed our world during the First World War. The charity is calling on mass involvement from the public to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Many events have been organised in the run-up to 11 November to say ‘Thank You’ to those who put Britain on the path to becoming what it is today.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times – a stage adaptation of their award-winning BBC film – tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme, interspersed with comic sketches and spoofs from the vivid imagination of those on the front line.

In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mispronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a somber journal about life in the trenches they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the frontline.

Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity. The production originally launched one hundred years after the Battle of the Somme and publication of The Wipers Times.

The cast includes Emilia Williams, Dan Mersh, Clio Davies, George Kemp, Amar Aggoun, James Dutton, Kevin Brewer, Chris Levens, Joseph Reed and Sam Ducane. The Wipers Times is directed by Caroline Leslie, designed by Dora Schweitzer, with lighting design by James Smith, sound design by Steve Mayo. The composer is Nick Green, and Musical Director Paul Herbert. It is produced by David Parfitt & Bob Benton.

 For tickets to this special performance go to:

The Wipers Times runs at the Arts Theatre until 1 December.

Recipients of the third year of MGCfutures Bursaries announced

MGCBursary recipients 2018
MGCBursary recipients 2018

MGCBursary recipients 2018

Michael Grandage today announced the recipients of the third annual MGCfutures Bursaries awarded across a range of theatrical disciplines including directing, writing, producing, designing, composing, choreography and performance makers. Offering both financial and ongoing mentoring support from the MGCfutures team, the recipients come from across the UK.

The recipients of this year’s bursaries are NG Choon Ping – DirectorMaria Crocker- DirectorAmy Draper – DirectorAfsaneh Gray – WriterSue Healy – WriterTom Hughes – DirectorQuang Kien Van – ChoreographerRachel Mars – Theatre-MakerKay Michael – Theatre-MakerDavid Ridley for Bucket Club – ComposerVikki Stone – ComposerHannah Sullivan – Theatre-MakerHannah Tookey – ProducerTom Wentworth – Writer and Abi Zakarian – Writer.

This year, for the first time, the company has partnered with the Gate Theatre to offer a £2500 bursary for a BAME designer to work as design assistant on a show in the Gate’s new season – the recipient of which is Sandra Falase. As well as working full time on a show at the Gate, Sandra will receive mentoring and support from the Gate’s Associate Director, Anthony Simpson-Pike and their Associate Artist Rosie Elnile. She will also receive support through a career clinic workshop and help in making connections with other designers whose work she admires. Finally, she will become a Gate Theatre Alumni Artist after the project, with access to all of the ensuing support that brings, as well as further mentorship from MGCfutures.

Artistic Director Michael Grandage said today, “MGCfutures is at the core of everything we do as a company – as a director who has been fortunate to forge a career over many years, I feel it essential to support and help bring forward the theatre makers of tomorrow. It’s heartening to see the bursaries grow each year, and we’re beginning to see their impact in the careers of previous recipients.

“This year’s recipients are an extraordinarily talented group of people, with ambitious and varied projects which we are delighted to be able to support. The reach of the bursaries continues to broaden, with composers receiving awards for the first time. We welcome this continued increase of skill sets, and hope next year as we continue to expand, to see more applicants from technical fields within the industry.

“We are thrilled this year to partner with the Gate Theatre in awarding a bursary to Sandra Falase who will not only have the chance to work as a Design Assistant on a production in their theatre’s new season, but will also benefit from invaluable mentorship from both companies.”

Michael Grandage founded MGCfutures in 2013 – a charity designed to encourage and support the next generation of theatre makers and theatregoers. The bursaries programme was launched in 2016, and reaches out across the UK to seek the very best creative talent showing a commitment to their chosen career and looking to progress to the next stage of their development. Applicants can apply for bursaries of up to £5000.


Amy Draper: “I am thrilled to be a recipient of an MGCfutures Bursary to develop a new project in Bristol. The bursary will enable me to do a week of R&D on an adaptation of a beautiful children’s book and start to make work in the South-West, where I have moved quite recently. The recognition is very validating and I’m excited to get started!”

Sandra Falase: “I’m relishing the opportunity of being awarded the MGCfutures bursary in conjunction with the Gate Theatre. Working as Assistant Designer at the Gate has encouraged me to cultivate, interrogate and redefine the ways in which I can evolve as an artist, translating my artistic style into the physicality of spaces. I have been provided with access to resources, a breadth of knowledge and insight.”

Quang Kien Van: “I am absolutely thrilled to be awarded an MGCfutures Bursary, giving me the opportunity and means to dedicate time, energy and resources to developing a long gestating seed idea. I’m super excited that this much sought after artistic enquiry has been made possible through the support and generosity of MGCfutures, and looking forward to working with collaborators to bring the ideas alive.”

Rachel Mars: “I’m delighted to be a recipient of an MGCfutures Bursary. It allows me to spend a week at the Royal Exchange Theatre Studio experimenting with cross-genre collaborators for my new project FORGE. I’m just at a moment in my artistic career when I want to be taking bigger risks, asking difficult questions and seeking out new audiences. The Bursary is brilliant as it is supporting me as a mid-career artist who is at a crossroads in my practice.”

Tom Wentworth: “I’m so excited to be a recipient of an MGCfutures Bursary which will provide me with those most invaluable commodities of all – time and space. I will be able to spend a week working with terrific collaborators on my new play BULLY. The Bursary will help me to make work which can be accessed by all, as much of the time will be spent exploring how access tools such as BSL and captioning can be incorporated into the very heart of the piece. This is a fantastic opportunity to take myself from passive playwright to active theatre maker in the rehearsal room.”

Abi Zakarian: “I’m so unbelievably thrilled to be awarded an MGCfutures bursary – not only will it enable me to fund a trip to Armenia to research and write my play: Mountain Warfare, about the 1915 Armenian genocide, it also means I get to be supported by a brilliant team of people who are excited by my work, are there to support and mentor me, and are clearly invested in my future as a writer. It’s an incredible opportunity!”

Sofie Hagen to take her award-winning Bubblewrap show and her new book Happy Fat on tour next spring

Sofie Hagen
Sofie Hagen

Sofie Hagen

Sofie Hagen will tour her hit show Bubblewrap to selected venues across the UK, alongside her first book Happy Fat, from 26 April to 9 June 2019. This will be the first time the show has toured the UK, and follows her recent sell-out shows Dead Baby Frog and Shimmer ShatterBubblewrap won her the Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer Award in 2015, catapulting her onto the British comedy scene.

Bubblewrap, a show about how Sofie learned to love her body (interspersed with erotic Westlife fanfiction and stories about one-night-stands, a psych ward and car chases), is currently confirmed to play at 12 venues around the country. Audiences will also have the chance to hear her read from her new book Happy Fat, a manifesto for happiness and fat liberation, followed by a Q&A with Sofie.

Unquestionably one of the most talked-about comics of the moment, Sofie just completed filming for her own Comedy Central series, Sofie’s Sex Stories, looking at the sex lives of fellow comedians. She’s also recently been seen on The Nightly Show (ITV) and Roast Battle (Comedy Central). She hosts the hugely successful Made of Human podcast, co-hosts the brand new live comedy podcast Secret Dinosaur Cult, and was one of the co-founders of The Guilty Feminist podcast.

Sofie Hagen said: “I’m very excited to take Bubblewrap and Happy Fat on tour. Bubblewrap is a stand-up show about how I first learned to love my body – Happy Fat is my first ever book and it’s about why it’s fucking okay to be fat and it’s where I’m at right now with fat positivity. The tour will be a mix of stand-up show, book reading and Q&A, a wonderfully balanced mix of funny, emotional, authentic and silly. Oh, and I’ll bring a bunch of books as well.”

An evening of varied delights from one of the most exciting talents of recent years. Booking opens today.

BAC in spring 2019 with Ridiculusmus, Chris Thorpe and Rachel Chavkin, Mark Thomas, Ad Infinitum and more

Battersea Arts Centre
Battersea Arts Centre

Battersea Arts Centre

Battersea Art Centre’s spring 2019 programme combines new work by artists tackling some of the biggest subjects being debated in the UK today, with innovative comedians and collectives exploring the boundaries of performance.

The spring season sees Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) continue working towards becoming a Relaxed Venue – a new initiative that builds on the principles of relaxed performances. 95% of all the announced performances in the spring season are relaxed, which at BAC means there is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement in the auditorium, a designated ‘chill-out space’ provided for guests who may need time away from the performance,and headphones available for those with sensory sensitivities.

  • Chris Thorpe and Rachel Chavkin explore nationality, identity and the rejection of one’s national story in Edinburgh hit Status (23 Apr – 11 May).
  • George and Nir, Co-Artistic Directors of Ad Infinitum and real-life same-sex couple, wrestle with a question many people face – should they have kids, or not – in No Kids (5 – 23 Feb).
  • Ridiculusmus present the UK premiere of Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! (8 – 25 May), the final part of their trilogy of works around contemporary mental health issues, which will be performed in full on 25 May.
  • ThisEgg’s dressed. (25 Feb – 2 Mar) sensitively and powerfully explores how a woman can find strength, resilience and beauty in friendship when recovering from a traumatic assault.
  • Mark Thomas takes a deep dive into the health of the NHS with CHECK UP: Our [email protected] (23 Apr – 4 May).
  • In a time of online echo-chambers, The Justice Syndicate (11 – 23 Feb ) by fanSHEN challenges audiences to disagree, debate and question their own preconceptions in a piece of playable theatre drawing on a jury format.
  • Sleepwalk Collective return to Battersea Arts Centre with the UK premiere of Kourtney Kardashian (27 Feb – 2 Mar), examining celebrity, high art and society’s collective grip on reality.
  • Figs In Wigs bring back Often Onstage (6-8 Feb), gleefully disrupting traditional theatrical conventions.
  • Ben Target and Tom Rosenthal present new comedy shows Splosh! (26 Feb – 2 Mar) and Manhood (28 Jan – 2 Feb).
  • Touretteshero co-founder Jess Thom curates Rest & Resistance, a ground-breaking inclusive festival of theatre, dance, art and performance for all ages showcasing the very best of the disability arts scene.
  • As the UK is planned to exit the EU, Up Next Artistic Director Saad-Eddine Said curates Homegrown Festival: Occupy, an invitation for young artists, collectives, entrepreneurs, activists and local communities to occupy BAC.
  • The OFFIES awards celebrate the excellence, innovation and ingenuity of independent theatres across London.

Tom Rosenthal: Manhood (Work In Progress)

Tom Rosenthal | 28 Jan – 2 Feb, 8pm

As seen as the drunkest guy on Drunk History (Comedy Central) and taking down Chris Ramsey on Roast Battle (Comedy Central). This year Tom Rosenthal, star of Friday Night Dinner (C4) and Plebs (ITV2), is discussing his manhood, or lack thereof. A show about reaching maturity. And dicks.

Directed by Jon Brittain


3 Feb

The next OFFIES awards event will be in the reborn Grand Hall at Battersea Arts Centre, bringing together theatre lovers and the industry to celebrate the excellence, innovation and ingenuity of independent theatres across London. In what promises to be a memorable night with a champagne reception, awards ceremony and a post-awards party, The OFFIES will help raise the profile and status of independent theatres in London and rewards the new talent that these theatres nurture. Special guests from the world of theatre will present the awards and help celebrate another memorable year for OffWestEnd theatre. Information on 2018 nominations, and how to get tickets for the 2019 awards event, can be found on the new Offies website.

No Kids

Ad Infinitum | Tue 5 –Sat 23 Feb | Press night Thu 7 Feb, 7:30pm

No Kids is the latest energetic, hilarious and thought-provoking play from the multi- award-winning Bristol-based company, Ad Infinitum.

George and Nir, Co-Artistic Directors of Ad Infinitum, are a real-life same-sex couple trying to answer a question many people face – should they have kids, or not?  Every consideration – adoption, surrogacy, co-parenting, the environmental impact of childbirth, the fears and anxieties, how the past affects parenting and much, much more – brings with it a succession of ethical challenges. Together, George and Nir confront this chaos head-on through Ad Infinitum’s signature style of physical theatre, cabaret, verbatim stories – and Madonna songs.

No Kids is made possible by Arts Council England. Developed at Battersea Arts Centre and supported by Salisbury Playhouse, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Newbury Corn Exchange, Birmingham Hippodrome, Redbridge Drama Centre, The Tolmen Centre and The North Wall.

All performances are relaxed. At Battersea Arts Centre, this means that you are free to move about, make noise and come and go during the show. This does not mean that light and sound effects have been changed. For more info, visit the Access Page.

Often Onstage

Figs In Wigs | 6 – 8 Feb

Often Onstage is an offbeat facetious romp that explores the ins and outs of the stage through the medium of dance. With one step forward and two hundred steps back, this choreographic exercise in comings and goings plays with a myriad of ways to enter and exit the stage, unearthing dormant anxieties about life choices along the way.

What if the only thing keeping you going are inspirational quotes and subsidised income from your side project as a Backstreet Boys tribute act? It’s only a matter of time before we sell out, and we don’t mean tickets…

All performances are relaxed. At Battersea Arts Centre, this means that you are free to move about, make noise and come and go during the show. This does not mean that light and sound effects have been changed. For more info, visit the Access Page.

The Justice Syndicate

fanSHEN | 11 Feb – 23 Feb | Press night 12 Feb, 7pm

A top surgeon is accused of a serious crime. Conviction would mean planned operations will not go ahead – and the evidence is far from conclusive.

The Justice Syndicate, a piece of playable theatre drawing on a jury format, has its London premiere at Battersea Arts Centre in February. As an immersive story unfolds in ever increasing complexity, players will question their initial assumptions and get the opportunity to discuss and probe what they have learned.

Dealing with challenging topics such as sexual assault, The Justice Syndicate challenges audiences to debate justice and engage with each other in an era of echo-chambers, while exploring the connections between power and privilege, trust and technology, and thought and action.

The development of The Justice Syndicate was supported by LSBU, King’s Cultural Institute and Near Now.

All performances are relaxed, however due to the nature of the show and the need to hear instructions at the beginning, latecomers will not be admitted. At Battersea Arts Centre, a relaxed performance means that you are free to move about, make noise and come and go during the show. This does not mean that light and sound effects have been changed. For more info, visit the Access Page.


ThisEgg in collaboration with Made My Wardrobe | Mon 25 Feb – Sat 2 Mar | Press night: Tue 26 Feb, 7:30pm

dressed., ThisEgg’s powerful mediation on the power of friendship after trauma, has its London premiere at Battersea Arts Centre. A costume maker, a theatre maker, a singer and a dancer, all friends since school, tell a true story. After being stripped at gun point, Lydia Higginson set out to redress herself with a new healing set of armour. Lydia now only wears clothes she has made. dressed. is about the power clothes have to define us, to liberate us, to hide us and to embellish us. It is about making something beautiful out of something dark and traumatic. It is a celebration of female performance and friendship.

dressed. is co-created by ThisEgg Artistic Director Josie Dale-Jones, Lydia Higginson, Imogen Mahdavi – who also performs original music – and Olivia Norris, who provides original choreography. Combining direct address, movement, original music, dance and live sewing, dressed. sees the cast tell Lydia’s story with extraordinary intimacy, humour and creativity.

ThisEgg were winners of the inaugural Underbelly and New Diorama Untapped Award early-mid

career theatre companies run by Underbelly and New Diorama Theatre. The company’s previous

productions include critically acclaimed family shows Me & My Bee and Goggles.

dressed. is supported by public funding through the Arts Council England and National Lottery.

Winner of underbelly and new diorama theatre untapped award 2018.

Ben Target: Splosh!

Plosive Productions | 26 Feb – 2 Mar | Press night 27 Feb, 7pm

Pool party starter and Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee, Ben Target, invites you to plunge in for a paddle. Goggles on for synchronised aquatics, front crawl relays and doggy paddle lessons (for beginners). BYOL (Bring Your Own Lilo). Directed by Ben Williams

All performances are relaxed. At Battersea Arts Centre, this means that you are free to move about, make noise and come and go during the show. This does not mean that light and sound effects have been changed. For more info, visit the Access Page.

Kourtney Kardashian

Sleepwalk Collective | 27 Feb – 2 Mar | Press night 28 Feb, 8pm

Experimental theatre company Sleepwalk Collective return to Battersea Arts Centre with Kourtney Kardashian, the final part of an accidental trilogy of performances which include the ballet Kim Kardashian (2016), and stage play Khloé Kardashian (2017).

A statement on high art, celebrity and society’s increasingly tenuous grip on reality in the 21st century, Kourtney Kardashian dances playfully around the rules and conventions of classical opera, with an orchestra of laptops, a multi-speaker sound system chorus, and performers with second voices carried on their bodies. The show is a love and hate letter to outrageous luxury and artistic genius, and also the joyous, dreadful punchline to a joke that’s worn so thin that you can see right through to what’s on the other side of it…

Sleepwalk Collective is an award winning live art and experimental theatre company creating fragile, nocturnal performances between the UK and Spain.

All performances are relaxed. At Battersea Arts Centre, this means that you are free to move about, make noise and come and go during the show. This does not mean that light and sound effects have been changed. For more info, visit the Access Page.

Rest & Resistance

4-16 Mar

Battersea Arts centre hosts Rest & Resistance (4-16 Mar), a ground-breaking inclusive festival of theatre, dance, art and performance for all ages that will showcase the very best of the disability arts scene. Curated by ACE Change Maker and Touretteshero co-founder Jess Thom, this playful two week venue takeover will feature work that provokes, disrupts and inspires change. More details about Rest & Resistance to be announced soon.

Homegrown Festival: Occupy

18 Mar- 12 Apr

Saad-Eddine Said curates Homegrown Festival: Occupy, an invitation for young artists, collectives, entrepreneurs, activists and local communities to occupy BAC over the period that the UK is planned to exit the EU, and present a young perspective on our shared future post-Brexit. The month will feature interactive and gig theatre, live games, virtual experiences, opera, hip-hop, installations and new shows by Sounds Like Chaos, Conrad Murray and a BAC co-production with Contact Theatre Manchester. Other artists include BAC Phoenix Award winner Amy Leon, dancer and performer Akeim Toussaint Buck and many others. Occupy builds on BAC’s annual Homegrown Festival of young voices and emerging talent, and is produced in association with Tarek Iskander.

Saad-Eddine Said and Tarek Iskander are Artistic Directotrs at Battersea Arts Centre as part of Up next, a joint initiative by Artistic Directors of the Future, Battersea Arts Centre and Bush Theatre designed to catapult visionary culturally diverse artists into leadership roles in the UK’s theatre industry. Since July 2017 five directors have taken up artistic directorship at Battersea Arts Centre and Bush Theatre.


Chris Thorpe and Rachel Chavkin | 23 Apr – 11 May | Press night Thu 25 Apr, 8pm

Status is a show about someone who doesn’t want his nationality anymore, someone running away from the national story they’ve been given, someone asking what might happen to it if they give it up. A globe-spanning journey of attempted escape, with songs along the way, Status springs from conversations about who we might be, and whether your country needs you more than you might need it.

Status is a new show written and performed by Chris Thorpe (Unlimited Theatre, Third Angel) developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin (The TEAM, Hadestown) – the team behind Confirmation, the hugely acclaimed Confirmation, which won a Fringe First at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe before touring nationally and internationally. Taking as their starting point the Prime Minister’s assertion that ‘if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere’, Chris and Rachel draw on globe-spanning conversations, from people who have found themselves stateless, to those for whom national identity is a defining characteristic.

Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Warwick Arts Centre and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Supported by the British Council, Goethe-Institut London, the Collaborative Touring Network and using public funding by the national lottery through Arts Council England.

All performances are relaxed. At Battersea Arts Centre, this means that you are free to move about, make noise and come and go during the show. This does not mean that light and sound effects have been changed. For more info, visit the Access Page.


Mark Thomas | 23 Apr – 4 May | Press night 24 Apr, 7:30pm

Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84 the NHS will be 100, what will they both look like? Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS and residencies in hospitals and surgeries, Thomas uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in. What’s going right, what’s going wrong and how does it get better?

Winner of an Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2018, directed by Nicolas Kent

Lakin McCarthy and Mark Thomas in association with Nick of Time Productions

Supported by the Wellcome Trust

All performances are relaxed. At Battersea Arts Centre, this means that you are free to move about, make noise and come and go during the show. This does not mean that light and sound effects have been changed. For more info, visit the Access Page. The performance on 1 May is BSL interpreted.

Die! Die! Die! Old People Die!

Ridiculusmus | 8 – 25 May | Press night Thu 9 May, 7.30pm

Dialogue as the Embodiment of Love trilogy

Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland, Give Me Your Love and Die! Die! Die! Old People Die!

Ridiculusmus | 25 May

Ridiculusmus has been producing seriously funny theatre for over 25 years. This May, Battersea Arts Centre presents the UK premiere of Die! Die! Die! Old People Die!, the third part of Ridiculusmus’s epic trilogy of works around contemporary mental health issues, Dialogue as the Embodiment of Love, a theatrical clarion call for social inclusion that dares to engage with our last taboos. The entire trilogy will be performed together on Saturday 25 May.

Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! is a funny and fragile study of ageing, death and grief. It’s a simple but paper-fine portrait of a timeless trio: a love triangle cursed to eternal life without eternal youth, in an age where death and the forgotten art of grieving has been medicalised out of existence. Indie theatre luminaries David Woods and Jon Haynes project into 120-year-old versions of themselves in a mordantly funny work about hanging on, dying and mourning. More of a visceral experience than a show, Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! oozes with the positivity of elderhood and good deaths.

In the first two plays in the trilogy, big pharma, psychiatry, psychology and the system collide in a pair of domestic encounters that plunge audiences into two disorders of the everyday. Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland is informed by a treatment method for psychosis which delivered incredible results whilst Give Me Your Love explores the therapeutic impact of MDMA on post-traumatic stress disorder. The non-compliant and the not-so-naive discover breakthroughs in understanding and recovery through their battle with the medical model.

All performances are relaxed. At Battersea Arts Centre, this means that you are free to move about, make noise and come and go during the show. This does not mean that light and sound effects have been changed. For more info, visit the Access Page. The performance on 16 May is BSL interpreted.