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The Albany Spring Season 2019

Season preview

NEW shows for The Albany’s Spring 2019 Season include Flightpaths from Extant, featuring three visually impaired performers and Glory, the latest show from leading radical theatre company, Red Ladder.

As well as the return of sell-out music groups Steam Down and Leyendekker, there will be a second run of The Head Wrap Diaries from Uchenna Dance.

The programme spans The Albany’s two venues – in Deptford at The Albany and in Southwark at its sister site, Canada Water Theatre.

THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE

Luca Rutherford’s Political Party – at The Albany on Thursday, February 14 and Friday, February 15 at 7pm. Tickets: £10/£8. Suitable for ages 14+.

Do you ever get confused or overwhelmed by politics?
 Luca reached a point where thinking about politics made her want to lie down on the pavement and not get up. Instead of doing this she is throwing a party. A political party.

The Head Wrap Diaries – at The Albany on Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £14/£10. Suitable for ages 5+.

Described as a funny and uplifting dance theatre show, The Head Wrap Diaries returns to the Albany following a sell-out run last spring. In it, three fierce, clever and witty female characters take audiences through stories of community, heritage, womanhood, friendship, and most importantly, hair.

Flightpaths – at The Albany on Friday, March 1 at 7.30pm and Saturday, March 2 at 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: £14/£10. Suitable for ages 14+.

The Goze were blind storytellers who travelled medieval Japan making a living from their epic tales. In this new production, three visually impaired performers from Japan, Nigeria and the US follow their example to tell contemporary stories of migration to the UK.

All shows feature integrated audio description and free, pre-show touch tours can be booked.

Mash Up – at The Albany on Friday, March 8 at 7pm. Pay-What-You-Decide. Suitable for ages 13+.

20 Stories High and Theatre-Rites present this music event like no other – a mash up of beatboxing, live music and puppetry hosted by HOBBIT (International Beatboxing Champion), and featuring the very special talents of Dorcas Seb (Vocalist) and world class puppeteers Iestyn Evans and Clarke Edwards.

Glory – on Tuesday, March 19 at 1.30pm and 7.30pm and Wednesday, March 20 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £14/10. Suitable for ages 14+.

Welcome to Glory’s gym. Meet Dan, Ben and Sami: three men wrestling with demons, life and each other. A new play from Nick Ahad, the writer of Partition and the award-winning The Chef Show, Glory takes audiences into the wrestling ring in what is described as a painfully funny, sweaty and gutsy story about what people will do to achieve glory.

Food for Thought – on Tuesday, March 26 at 7pm (pre show event) and 7.30pm (show). Tickets: £14/£10. Suitable for ages 12+.

If we really are what we eat, what does that say about who we are today?

Join Displace Yourself Theatre in a feast for the senses and tastes from around the world in this new show that asks who is winning (and losing) in the game to get food onto our plates and into our bellies.

Likkle Rum with Grandma – from Thursday, March 28 to Saturday, March 30 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10/£8. Suitable for ages 14+.

A journey over a generational bridge – this emotive piece of new writing by Croydon-based writer Jeremiah ‘Sugar J’ Brown mixes poetry, storytelling and a Jamaican grandmother’s voice to bring to the fore issues of loneliness, immigration, community and what distance does to family love.

FAMILY SHOWS

Romeo & Juliet – Mad Blood Stirring – at The Albany on Friday, February 1 at 7pm and Sunday, February 3 at 1pm and 3pm. Tickets: £7/£24 family ticket. Suitable for ages 9+.

An immersive re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet where the audience is guided through the story in contemporary language spoken by a narrator – the Friar. Featuring live music and projection, this fast-paced and accessible adaptation is the perfect introduction to the thrilling tale of the star-crossed lovers.

Jack and the Beanstalk – on Saturday, February 9 at Canada Water Theatre and Sunday, March 24 at The Albany. Times: 1pm and 3pm. Tickets: £7/£24 family ticket. Suitable for ages 3+.

Lyngo Theatre return following their magical run of Tom Thumb. Expect lots of surprise from Cbeebies’s Patrick Lynch as he tells the classic fairy tale of how Jack, who sold his cow for five magic beans, find himself in the land above the clouds. It’s a show with something for everyone – enormous shoes, tiny houses, showers of silver and gold and a big, leafy explosion!

Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree – at The Albany on Sunday, February 10 at 1pm and 3pm. Tickets: £7/£24 family ticket. Suitable for ages 7+.

Wonderous animal stories are brought vibrantly to life with gorgeous masks, movement and music. Based on The Panchatantra – India’s Aesop’s Fables – the show features stories of headstrong crows, a mongoose who wants a family, and a brave lion come vibrantly to life, with masks, movement and music.

Rabbit Girl and the Search for Wonder – at Canada Water Theatre on Saturday, February 16 at 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Tickets: £7/£24 family ticket. Suitable for ages 3+.

Join Rabbit Girl and her Dad around the campfire to hear about some pretty awesome adventures from all over the world. Playful, poignant and with a little sprinkling of magic, Rabbit Girl and the Search for Wonder is a new show inspired by stories from lots of families about the joy of storytelling, coping with loss and finding wonder in the world again.

Jude Starbeam and the Shadow Planet – at The Albany from Wednesday, February 20 to Friday, February 22 at 11am and 2pm. Tickets: £7/£24 family ticket. Suitable for ages 7+.

Intrepid space explorers Jude Starbeam and his sister, Major Nix, set out to find the mythical Sunstar plant. But the mission goes wrong! They need all their courage and imagination to find their way home. Told through shadow puppetry and song, Jude Starbeam and the Shadow Planet is a story about the love that endures when everything else has changed.

Mole & Gecko – on Saturday, March 2 at Canada Water Theatre and Sunday, March 3 at The Albany. Times: 1pm and 3pm. Tickets: £7/£24 family ticket. Suitable for ages 5+.

Mole & Gecko is an interactive rap musical that the audience help create. Featuring live songs, rap stories, and instant poems, our heroes find out that what they thought they were searching for might be less important than what they find along the way.

Tarzanna – at The Albany on Sunday, March 10 at 1pm and 3pm. Tickets: £7/£24 family ticket. Suitable for ages 3+.

This kick-ass, girl-power aerial theatre show tells the story of Anna. She doesn’t like mess but her neat world is turned upside down when she is magically transported to the rainforest. There she meets marvellous wonders and wild creatures, but when her new home is put in danger, can she let go and become the wild Tarzanna she needs to be in order to save her new found friends?

Big Up! – at The Albany on Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6 at 10.30am and Thursday, March 7 at 4.30pm. Tickets: £7/£24 family ticket. Suitable for ages 3+.

No matter whether you are Big or Small, the world is full of rules. What happens when a Beatboxer, a Singer and a Puppeteer arrive on stage but nothing is ready for them? No set, no instruments, no puppets. No rules. Big Up! is perfect for little people who want to be big, and big people who just might have forgotten how to play.

The Boy and the Mermaid – on Saturday, March 30 at Canada Water Theatre and Sunday, March 31 at The Albany. Times: 1pm and 3pm. Tickets: £7/£24 family ticket. Suitable for ages 5+.

The Boy lives with his Grandma, forbidden from venturing beyond the shore, but the tall tales told of monsters in the deep only whet his appetite as he stares at the ocean and dreams. With live music, puppetry, a rapping octopus and a shifting set full of surprises, this enchanting tale is fun for all the family.

Sourpuss – at Canada Water Theatre on April 16 and April 17 at 1pm and 3pm. Tickets: £7/£24 family ticket. Suitable for ages 3+.

This is a playful adventure featuring beautifully hand-crafted string and shadow puppets. Sourpuss is a very grumpy ginger cat. One day, much to his horror, he is shut outside. Watch Sourpuss on his journey of discovery as he learns all about what lives and grows in the garden. From buzzing bees and a chirpy robin to stinky rubbish and vibrant flowers, this visual show is a feast for little eyes.

Hansel & Gretel – at The Albany on Sunday, April 28 at 1pm and 4pm. Tickets: £7/£24 family ticket. Suitable for ages 5+.

A fearless dance adventure, this contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale finds our two young heroes lost in a big city, overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and smells. Together the brave duo must outwit the adults to find their way back to their family in a show where kids are number one!

Kaleidoscope – at The Albany on Tuesday, May 14 at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. Tickets: £7/£24 family ticket. Suitable for ages 6 – 18 months.

Bursting with mirrors, lights, colours and sound, Kaleidoscope is the perfect introduction to theatre for little one. Inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops and how they instinctively begin to categorise colour, watch as a multi-coloured kaleidoscope is brought to life for you and your baby.

Birds Nest Billy – at Canada Water Theatre on Saturday, May 4 at 1pm and 3pm. Tickets: £7/£24 family ticket. Suitable for ages 3+.

Billy is a little boy with a big brother called Bo. They both have big hair. Bird’s nest hair! This playful show brings Billy’s fantastical adventures to life with Fidget’s trademark wit and warmth, blending imaginative storytelling, puppetry and playful audience interaction.

There are also a number of Gigs.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 8692 4446 or visit www.thealbany.org.uk/.