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Spring 2018 at The Albany

Season preview

THE Albany Spring 2018 season is packed with dance, circus, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, works-in-progress, family shows and much more in Deptford at the Albany and Deptford Lounge and in Southwark at Canada Water Culture Space.

LISTINGS

Fuel presents So Many Reasons, written and performed by Racheal Ofori and directed by Zoe Lafferty – Wednesday, February 7 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12, £10 concessions. Ages 14+.

Described as a sassy and soulful new show, So Many Reasons looks at the unique influence our mothers have on how we understand the world and asks what happens when we realise mums don’t always know best.

So Many Reasons is from the perspective of a first generation British Ghanaian woman and explores cultural and generational shifts in how women see themselves and each other.

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein presents May Contain Food, May Contain You – Tuesday, February 13 at 2pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions. Ages 12+.

Join award-winning Protein for a highly entertaining meal with friends and family. You are invited to bring a dish and sit at decorated tables to watch, savour and digest a performance of dance, theatre and song that unfolds around you. Described as a sumptuous show, it promises to make you smile and enjoy the curious relationship we have with food.

Fingersmiths in co-production with the New Wolsey Theatre present John Godber’s Up ’n’ Under – Thursday, February 15 to Saturday, February 17 at 7.30pm and Saturday, February 17 at 3pm. Tickets: £14, £10 concessions. Ages 14+.

John Godber’s award-winning comedy about an amateur rugby league team trying to get into shape and beat their local rivals with just five weeks of training, is given fingersmiths’ spin with a cast of Deaf and hearing actors using British Sign Language and spoken English.

Every performance includes live Audio Description, BSL and spoken English. Creative captioned performances Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17. This event takes place at Canada Water Theatre.

Arch 468, Unity Theatre and The Albany present Dead and Breathing by Chisa Hutchinson, directed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord – Tuesday, February 20 to Saturday, March 3 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £14, £10 concessions. Ages 13+.

Spiteful old Carolyn Whitlock (Lizan Mitchell The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) has to persuade her very Christian nurse, Veronika, to help her end her own life. Dead and Breathing is an unexpectedly funny tale of morality and mortality that pits the right to die against the right to live on your own terms.

Arc Stockon presents Political Party, written and performed by Luca Rutherford and directed by Alex Swift – Thursday, February 22 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions. Ages 12+.

Luca’s confused, overwhelmed and feels stupid about politics. So she’s throwing a party. A political party. There will be music, dancing and eggs! No suits. No know-it-alls. No big words. Join Luca in her attempt to get playful with the seriousness of figuring out what’s going on, how we got to this point and where we go from here.

Mind The Gap presents Mia: Daughters of Fortune – Wednesday, March 14 at 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: £14, £10 concessions. Ages 14+. Each performance will be followed by a post-show talk.

Described as fast moving, raw and eye-opening, Mia explores the truths and myths about learning disability and parenthood in today’s society. Mind The Gap work in partnership with learning-disabled artists to create exciting, surprising and challenging experiences for regional, national and international audiences.

Uchenna Dance presents The Head Wrap Diaries – Tuesday, March 20 to Friday, March 23 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £14, £10 concessions. Ages 14+.

Three fierce, clever and witty female characters take audiences through stories of community, heritage, womanhood, friendship, and most importantly, hair – told through a unique blend of house, waacking and vogue fused with African and contemporary dance and accompanied by a commissioned soundtrack of Afro house, folk, electronic dance music, jazz and Ghana gospel.

Alula Cyr presents HYENA – Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £14, £10. Ages 12+.

HYENA explodes onto the UK circus scene in a whirlwind of women, wheels, acrobatics, dance and song. Made by an all-female production team, boisterous, playful and wild, HYENA is a synchronised display of sisterhood, strength and power. Part of Roundhouse CircusFest.

Liz Aggiss presents Slap and Tickle, created and performed by Liz Aggiss – Tuesday, April 10 at 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: £14, £10 concessions. Ages 18+.

Slap and Tickle is an award-winning, dark and ribald physical commentary on social mores and sexual taboos. Aggiss creates a feminist soup that lurches from spoken word to expressionist movement, from music hall to radio nostalgia, from costume change to prop manipulation.

Cheryl Martin presents Who Wants to Live Forever?, written and performed by Cheryl Martin and directed by Darren Pritchard – Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19 at 7.45pm. Tickets: £12, £10 concessions. Ages 14+.

Who Wants to Live Forever? is a show about one woman’s life-long love for Billie Holiday’s music, for the stars, and for her lost baby brother. It’s about camping holidays and friendship; about loss and memory, and turning memory into myths of Amazon princesses sailing the skies.

Protein presents Border Tales, conceived and directed by Luca Silvestrini – Thursday, April 19 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £14, £10 concessions. Ages 12+. Followed by a post-show talk.

Award-winning company Protein presents a thought-provoking yet poignant commentary on multicultural Britain through dance, live music and dialogue compiled from the performers’ personal experiences. Border Tales looks at post-Brexit Britain seen through the eyes of an international cast and gazes satirically on stereotypical thinking about ‘migrant outsiders’ and ‘bigoted homelanders’.

Cardboard Citizens presents Cathy by Ali Taylor – Tuesday, May 1 to Saturday, May 5 at 7.30pm, with matinees on Tuesday at 2pm and Saturday at 3pm. Tickets: £14, £10. Ages 14+. Following performances audiences will have the opportunity to experience an interactive Forum

Exploring homelessness 50 years on from Cathy Come Home, the seminal Ken Loach film, Cathy is described as candid, poignant and intimate. It offers a timely reflection on the social and personal impact of spiralling housing costs, gentrification and the challenges of forced relocation away from London.

Hannah Silva presents Talk in a Bit – Thursday, May 10 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12, £10 concessions.

Talk in a Bit is the debut record by poet, writer and performer Hannah Silva. Joined by internationally renowned musicians, the semantic tapestries of her poems are transformed by electronics and percussion. Includes a new duet with Tomomi Adachi.

This event takes place at Canada Water Theatre.

China Plate presents Yvette by Urielle Klein-Mekongo – Thursday, May 17 to Saturday, May 19 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12, £10 concessions. Ages 14+.

Evie is thirteen and lives in Neasden with her Mum. She wants to tell us about something… her crush on Lewis, trying to be a woman, friends, virginity, garage remixes, hello kitty underwear and an ‘Uncle’ lurking in the corner of her story. Based a true story, Yvette is a one woman show with original music about a stolen childhood and growing up with a secret.

Mala Voadora and Chris Thorpe in association with Arc Stockton present Your Best Guess – Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £14, £10 concessions. Ages 14+.

Portuguese theatre company mala voadora and writer and performer Chris Thorpe (Jerwood New Playwright 2017 at the Royal Court) investigate the way we bet on the future and explore the unpredictability of life.

For more information on The Albany’s new season, visit www.thealbany.org.uk/.

Also at The Albany: tutti frutti’s Ugly Duckling (until Sunday, December 31, 2017).