Suspense London Puppetry Festival, PETER PAN GOES WRONG and More Set for Pleasance Theatre, Oct-Jan 2014

Pleasance Theatre has announced its upcoming shows and events, October - January 2014. Details below!

Pleasance Islington Theatre Listings - Autumn/Winter Season 2013

Suspense London Puppetry Festival: Blind Summit - The Puppet Monologues


Pleasance London » Thursday 24th - Friday 25th October, 20:30

How did a puppet scientist become a celebrity with his own catch-phrase? What was the role of puppets in the banking crisis? How are puppets helping to solve global warming? Blind Summit are currently spending time with their puppet characters listening to their memoirs.

Featuring their trademark "extreme puppetry", Blind Summit will perform the first of the monologues from a collection currently in development.

'Blind Summit have proved that puppetry doesn't have to come either with apologies or strings attached.' The Guardian

Tickets £5

Suspense London Puppetry Festival: Touched Theatre - Blue


Pleasance London » Friday 25th- Tuesday 29th October, 18:30, 20:00 & 21:30

Sylvie Dee - eco-activist, self-appointed orphan and party planner for the entire estate - has disappeared. Completely.

Will you help us find her? Blue is an interactive mystery, combining lyrical new writing, vivid contemporary puppetry and beautiful original music in an evocative new tale of the green in our roots and the blue in our hearts. This is a promenade piece with only 20 audience members per performance.

'Magical...Fresh and full of images that stay with me even now' ???? Fringe Review

Tickets £13/11

Suspense London Puppetry Festival: Grist to the Mill - Thinking It and Fainting


Pleasance London » Friday 25th - Saturday 26th October, 15:00, 19:00 & 21:15

Everyday tasks - the washing, cooking, cleaning and laundry, take on epic proportions as puppeteer Isobel Smith struggles to ritualise and subvert their readings - liberating them from their hum-drum existence in the spirit of 'El duende' evoking something powerful and extraordinary in the process.

A performance that turns everyday mundane tasks into an extraordinary, visual theatrical adventure using object manipulation, puppetry, lighting and shadow.

Tickets £8

Suspense London Puppetry Festival: Pickled Image - The Shop of Little Horrors


Pleasance London » Saturday 26th - Monday 28th October, 16:30 & 20:30

Albert Grimlake sits in his cobwebbed shop surrounded by his puppets, each face lovingly crafted by his own hand.

But Grimlake is growing old. Time is running out to find a successor, someone to breathe life into his creations, someone who shares his peculiar passion for puppets... Enter Eric: The Perfect Applicant. He's young, loves The Muppets and is eager to learn.

Tickets £12/10

Suspense London Puppetry Festival: Smoking Apples - The Word Catcher


Pleasance London » Sunday 27th - Monday 28th October, 15:00, 19:00 & 21:15

Two people meet, nothing extraordinary yet, except... She can't speak and he can't read but through chance, miscommunication and the help of coincidence, two people meeting becomes extraordinary. This is a bizarre tale told through Smoking Apples' identifiable style of puppetry, physical theatre and original music.

'If you haven't experienced a Smoking Apples show yet to enlivened your imagination, I suggest you do so as early as you can. It's wonderful to experience.' London Fringe Review

Tickets £12/10

Suspense London Puppetry Festival: Grist to the Mill - Christina The Astonishing


Pleasance London » Tuesday 29th - Thursday 31st October, 19:00 & 21:15

A unique collaboration between artist The Baron Gilvan and puppeteer Isobel Smith. Crossing genres of painting, puppetry and animation Christina the Astonishing explores personal psychotic states and heightened worlds of the foolish artist with references to Christina, Patron Saint of Mental Illness.

Tickets £8

Suspense London Puppetry Festival: Sparkle and Dark - Killing Roger


Pleasance London » Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd November, 14:00, 15:00 & 19:00

Billy, a conscientious, opinionated teenager, meets Roger, a chain smoking, chair-ridden, sharp tongued old man. An unlikely friendship forms and Billy must decide what it means to truly care about someone. Rapidly, levels of reality distort as we delve into Roger's Memories and Billy's troubled mind.

New writing by award-winning Sparkle and Dark, using puppetry and live music.

'...a young theatre company with great promise' The Stage 2012

Tickets £8

Suspense London Puppetry Festival: DudaPaiva Company - Bastard!


Pleasance London » Friday 1st - Saturday 2rd November, 15:30 & 20:30

In a bizarre and grim future, a host of extraordinary characters come to the aid of an artist who has lost his way.

Bastard! is inspired by French writer Boris Vian's satire, L'arrache-coeur. Like Vian, who invented new words to describe wild adventures, Duda Paiva expands his trademark theatre language of animated movement, with objects, the body and new media in this multi-award winning show. In the past years, DudaPaiva Company has performed across the world, developing into a unique, international company that interprets the lively crossover of dance and objects in a new and original form of contemporary dance theatre.

'Duda Paiva is creating wonderful magic out of the dump.' ???? Volkskrant NL

Tickets £16/13

BareTRUTH: Theatre Uncut


Pleasance London » Sunday 3rd November, 20:00

BAREtruth Theatre present an hour of short plays, in association with Theatre Uncut and Amnesty International.

Theatre Uncut asked established and emerging playwrights to write new pieces based on a current political issue. The theme this year; do we all get more right wing in times of austerity?

This hour of short plays include some hard hitting, truthful and jaw dropping writing from Kieran Hurley, Tim Price and Mark Thomas. Topics include capitalism, immigration, the European Union, English Defence league, welfare and facism.

Tickets £8/6

Eastern Angles - The Long Life and Great Good Fortune of John Clare


Pleasance London » Tuesday 5th November - Saturday 9th November, 14:30 & 19:30

Eastern Angles unearth the myths surrounding the life of peasant poet John Clare in this new production.

John is delusional. He is obsessed with Niel Diamond, pub menus but mostly John Clare. Melody is trying to make sense of his delusions and Rafe is fixed on his own version of the literacy legend. In Tony Ramsey's powerful play all three characters reveal some startling truths... and a new John Clare emerges.

'Gripping, Intelligent and acted with verve' The Guardian

Tickets £12/10

Gonzo Moose - I'm An Aristocrat, Get Me Out Of Here!


Pleasance London » Sunday 10th November, 19:30

Paris,1792. Revolution grips the city and the secret police march traitors to their deaths. No one is safe. Everyone is a suspect. Paris needs a hero, someone who can deliver it from this terror and restore freedom and justice.

With comedy and thrills galore you'll gasp, laugh and be amazed at the elaborate sword fights, the heart wrenching love scenes and the sensational death-defying French accents.

'An exuberant mash-up of improvisation, physical theatre, slapstick and satire' The Stage

Tickets £10/8

Shaky Isles Theatre - Expectations


Pleasance London » Tuesday 5th November - Sunday 24th November, 18:00 & 19:45

Expectations is a gameshow like no other, pitting the chaos of what dreams may come against the realities of life.

Written by Emma Deakin and directed by Stella Duffy, Expectations is a touching new play raising awareness of miscarriage. This is a funny and energetic take on life, fate, hope and choice.

Tickets £12/10

Hannah Silva - The Disappearance of Sadie Jones


Pleasance London » Tuesday 26th November - Saturday 30th November, 19:45

Drawing inspiration from Strindberg's Dream Plays, the latest work from writer and theatre maker Hannah Silva blends sound, design and distinctive writing to depict the story of Sadie Jones: a young woman battling a desire to disappear from her own life. As she leads her sister and her boyfriend into the strange landscape of her own subconscious, language breaks down and expressionist motif depict a struggle between the three as those closet to her are pulled into the depths of her psyche.

Tickets £12/10

LAMDA - A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare


Pleasance London » Tuesday 26th November - Thursday 5h December, 14:00 & 19:30

Midsummer night: a time for love, magic and mystery. Four young lovers escape from the marriage matches that their parents are forcing upon them, fleeing from the city to the nearby woods. Here, unrestrained by the conventions of society - and with a mischievous King and Queen of the fairies wreaking havoc - the young lovers slip into a dreamworld where anything seems possible.

One of the world's leading drama schools, London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) provides vocational training for the next generation of actors, directors, stage mangers and technicians.

Tickets: Free

LAMDA - The Revenger's Tragedy by Thomas Middleton


Pleasance London » Friday 29th November - Thursday 5th December, 14:00, 15:00 & 19:30

Half crazed with grief for his murdered fiancée, Vindice, a poor gentleman on the fringe of a depraved court, exacts his revenge on the family who poisoned the love of his life. His vengeance is planned to perfection and breathtakingly bloody as he exposes the lies, vice and corruption of the court.

One of the world's leading drama schools, London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) provides vocational training for the next generation of actors, directors, stage mangers and technicians.

Tickets: Free

Peaceful Lion - Hey, Presto!

Children's Theatre

Pleasance London » Wednesday 4th December - Saturday 21st December, 10:30, 12:00 & 14:30

Peaceful Lion productions present Hey, Presto! based on the book by Nadia Shireen.

Presto, the cat is a very talented magician, so when he and his best friend Monty the dog, join a funfair and start a magic show things look good for the duo. But fame goes to Monty's head and soon Presto loses his friend and his show! Will true friendship prevail? Is there a touch a magic in the air?

A heart warming tale of aspiration, friendship, adventure and a little bit of mischief accompanied by catchy songs.

Suitable for ages 3-8

Tickets: £9/8

Family Ticket - two adults and two children £30

Mischief Theatre - Peter Pan Goes Wrong


Pleasance London » Tuesday 10th December - Sunday 5th January 2014, 14:00 & 19:30

By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields. Photography by Simon Spicknell.

Adapted from the original stage play Peter Pan By J.M. Barrie Award-winning comedy company; Mischief Theatre's brand new show Peter Pan Goes Wrong comes to Pleasance Islington this Christmas.

The inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society set out to present J.M. Barrie's classic tale of Peter Pan. Two acts of hysterical disaster ensue. Don't miss this hilarious new comedy from the creators of West End smash hit comedy The Play that Goes Wrong.

Boy does it hit the funny bone... genuinely hilarious' ???? Daily Telegraph on The Play That Goes Wrong.

Suitable for ages 7 - 700

Tickets £12.50/10

Early Bird - £10 tickets until the end of September

Family Ticket - two adults and two kids children, £40.

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