Shoreditch Town Hall Announce 2019 Programme
Shoreditch Town Hall today announces its 2019 programme which opens with the 2018 Fringe First Award-winning dressed. by ThisEgg in collaboration with Made My Wardrobe and co-presented with Battersea Arts Centre. In May, the award-winning Barely Methodical Troupe present their explosive circus show, SHIFT. curious directive return to Shoreditch Town Hall with Gastronomic; a unique, multi-sensory combination of theatre, gastronomy and technology. Kneehigh close the year in December with their deliriously unhinged improvised promenade musical Kneehigh's Ubu - a singalong satire.
Throughout the programme there will be a series of one-off events including talks by award-winning broadcaster and documentary maker Reggie Yates, and Matt Haig who will discuss his new book, Notes on a Nervous Planet; the venue throws open its doors this April for building-wide family fun with The Great Shoreditch Easter Egg Hunt; Swing into Spring returns in April with toe-tapping live music from Michael McQuaid's Swing Stars; in October, Geraldine Pilgrim brings Handbag, her celebratory participatory performance with wonderful music, dancing and handbags; and The Cocoa Butter Club present a spirited soirée, showcasing and celebrating a stellar line up of performers of colour in November.
James Pidgeon, Director of Shoreditch Town Hall, said today, "We are thrilled to announce the majority of the Town Hall's 2019 programme - a collection of unique theatrical experiences that welcomes new artists to the building and sees the return of some firm favourites. Our new approach to programming embraces a purposefully eclectic mix of longer runs and one-off events that celebrate and respond to the Town Hall's heritage and origins as a space for music hall and variety. There's absolutely something for everyone in this programme which aims to inspire, inform and entertain audiences from across Hackney, London and beyond."
ThisEgg in collaboration with Made My Wardrobe presents
Presented by Shoreditch Town Hall and Battersea Arts Centre
Tuesday 26 March - Friday 5 April 2019
Told with a tender intimacy, dressed. is a true story told by four women who have been friends since school.
After being stripped at gun point, Lydia set out to redress herself with a new healing set of armour. Lydia now only wears clothes she has made.
Multi-award winning ThisEgg combine choreography, live sewing, comedy and original music to celebrate the power clothes have to define us, to liberate us, to hide us and to embellish us.
Barely Methodical Troupe presents
Conceived by Melissa Ellberger
Directed and Devised by Melissa Ellberger and Ella Robson Guilfoyle with the Cast
Produced by DREAM
Tuesday 7 May - Saturday 18 May 2019
Press Night: Wednesday 8 May, 7.30pm
The UK's hottest circus company, award-winning Barely Methodical Troupe comes to Shoreditch with SHIFT, following up on their international smash-hits Bromance and Kin. Combining show-stopping acrobatics with the emotional punch of theatre, four extraordinary performers test their physical limits in an explosive display of power-based acrobatics.
Marooned in an unstable environment, where everything moves and nothing is certain, the performers work to understand the space they find themselves in. Using all available resources - string games, storytelling, rubber bands (!), they explore all possibilities, trying to gain some control.
SHIFT challenges perceptions, experiments with pace and plays with ordinary objects creating an unusual and transformative dreamscape. It's fresh, fun and scary!
Commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018 and co-produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival and DREAM. Supported by Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts.
curious directive presents
Monday 23 September - Saturday 12 October 2019
Press Night: Thursday 26 September, 7.30pm
'Right now, there are 1.2 million people eating at 37,000ft.'
Three sky chefs prepare a five-course tasting menu on board the final flight of an Airbus A380.
Ingredients mix, tastes cross-pollinate, and strangers break bread together as the chefs guide you through a British-inspired culinary journey.
As the story hurtles towards London, on the ground at Heathrow, border control is on high alert.
Gastronomic reveals the blueprints of the world's best chefs and celebrates the importance of eating together.
Each ticket includes a five-course tasting menu, and the production is told using curious directive's trademark harnessing of new technologies, with the use of Augmented Reality.
A Norwich Theatre Royal and Shoreditch Town Hall co-commission. Augmented Reality partnership with VROwl, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Kneehigh's Ubu - a sing-along satire
Created by the Company
Based on the play by Alfred Jarry
Thursday 5 December - Saturday 21 December 2019
We all know King Ubu. That deranged dictator we all love to hate. Impossibly greedy, unstoppably crude, inexorably daft and hell-bent on making the country great again! Sound familiar?
Based on Alfred Jarry's riot-inducing masterpiece, Kneehigh will let rip with their own version of theatre's most anarchic creations - KING UBU.
Expect world-class buffoonery in this deliriously unhinged improvised promenade musical (surely the first of its kind!). Featuring some of the most iconic anthems of our times, given a fresh rub for their money by a belting Kneehigh band, plus an extraordinary choir of extras - you! - we guarantee this will be a rocking, rollicking riot of ridiculousness that you won't forget.
He'll rise! He'll reign! Only together will we make Ubu fall!