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Tuesday 6th February until Saturday 3rd March 2018
Captioned: Thursday 1st March 2018 at 7.30pm
Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE

Chickenshed present:

Her Big Chance by Alan Bennett
This Is Me by Diane Samuels
Together with new monologues from new writers!

monolog (noun)
a form of dramatic entertainment, eg a comedic solo, performed by a single speaker a prolonged talk or discourse by a single speaker any composition, eg a poem, in which a single person speaks alone Chickenshed presents two moving and dramatic solo plays which together combine to deliver a hugely powerful and emotional theatrical experience.

Alan Bennett's Her Big Chance is a dramatic monologue conceived as part of his Talking Heads series for television, originally broadcast in 1988. Talking Heads has also enjoyed success on the stage, and on the radio.

Her Big Chance tells the funny story of Lesley, an aspiring actress who is offered what she believes to be her big break in a new film for the West German market. Hearing her story, we start to glimpse her naivety, and realise that this isn't perhaps the shortcut to the big time she expected it to be!

Also presented is 'This is Me,' by Diane Samuels writer of 'Kindertransport,' performed at Chickenshed back in 2016. This is a newly commissioned autobiographical piece where Samuels explores the form of monolog by inviting the audience to be a part of her story. Audiences can enjoy entering a young child's probing and engaging mind.

For ages: 11+

 Evenings at 7pm
Matinees: 1pm on Thursday 1st March.
3.30pm on Saturday 3rd March.

Schools: £10
Standard Matinee & Evening £12 - £15
Peak Matinee & Evening £15 - £18
FiverLive Offer - £5 to 13 to 25 year olds

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Phone: 020 8292 9222
Email: bookings(at symbol)

Thursday 8th until Saturday 31st March 2018
Press Night: Monday 12th March 2018 at 7pm
Sign Interpreted: Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 7pm
Captioned: Friday 23rd March 2018 at 7pm
Audio Described: Saturday 24th March 2018 at 3pm
Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE

Chickenshed present:
 A powerful new musical addressing the issues of man-made climate change, by using human stories, not frightening statistics.

Chickenshed's Artistic Director Lou Stein says "Scientists have had their go at bringing to our minds the global effects of not caring for our earth. It is now up to artists to touch our hearts and bring the issue closer home."

Chickenshed will focus on the hopes and dreams of the world and how climate change affects the way we think now, the way we pave the way for our future, and the way we use our resources. The issue of climate change is a key part of the zeitgeist of today. If you look online, pick up a newspaper, or tune into global debate - climate change is at the heart of today's main anxieties - especially amongst young people.

Science and statistics seem to divide people's views, but perhaps the issues which climate change presents to us is best solved by artists and not scientists. Albert Einstein who was one of the biggest scientific brains ever, has said "Logic will get you from A to B, but imagination will get you everywhere!"

The story is told through the eyes of a fictional installation artist, photographer and video artist with a research explorer's instinct. His name is Oscar Buhari and he is of African descent, but grew up in the industrial North of England in the shadow of tall industrial chimney's belching out toxic carbons and smoke.

Don't Stop Thinking about Tomorrow is Buhari's performance installation which both documents various approaches to positive solutions of the effects of climate change and asks us all to take part in making small steps to change the destructive path we are on. Buhari puts his artistic talents to a use with a grand purpose - to artistically document the human response's to the effects of climate change.

For ages: 8+

 Evenings at 7pm
Matinees: Saturdays at 3pm

Prices: Preview 8 March £5 - £12.50
Standard Matinee & Evening £10 - £17.50
Peak Matinee & Evening £10 - £20

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The John Thaw Initiative
focusing on mental health and graduate actors

The Actors Centre is thrilled to be announcing the upcoming seasons of the John Thaw Initiative: A collection of work exploring mental health, running from April – June 2018, and a season of work by graduating actors, running from July – September 2018.

The John Thaw Initiative is a showcase of work-in-progress theatre, and offers opportunities throughout the year for actors who are forging their own career paths. Actors are invited to to present innovative, genre-pushing and risk-taking work to the public and industry. Audiences are encouraged to actively engage with the development process, with each company offering the chance to participate in discussions about the work, to give feedback or to actively workshop the pieces themselves.

The Graduate Actors Season, running from July – September 2018, will be comprised of graduating actors applying for the Alan Bates Award 2018. The Alan Bates Award is the toughest competition for graduating actors, with the winner receiving a prize package worth over £5000 comprising of everything they need to launch their career after drama school. Graduating actors will be given the chance on application to opt in to this additional opportunity. Applications for the Alan Bates Award 2018, in association with the Stage, are open now and close on 2nd March 2018.

Fisher continues, ‘I am so happy to be able to offer, as part of the Alan Bates award, the opportunity for graduating actors to immediately have the mentorship, guidance and resources of the Actors Centre to help them in creating their own work and diving straight into the heart of the profession. These two seasons represent exactly what we are looking to do now as a Centre, supporting people who need the support and discussing topics that must be discussed. ‘

More information on the Alan Bates Award and how to apply can be found here:. 


Bishopsgate Institute presents

Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein

The Great Hall, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH

From 26th June until 1st July 2018

West Side Story is set on the streets of New York’s Upper West Side and explores the rivalry between two gangs, The Jets and The Sharks. Amidst all the gang warfare, Tony from The Jets falls in love with Maria, who is the sister of the leader of The Sharks. The dark themes, sophisticated music score and electric writing bring the story of Romeo and Juliet into the 20th century.

The Bishopsgate Institute production of West Side Story with full orchestra will be performed to celebrate the centennials of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, who composed West Side Story, and of Jerome Robbins, who directed and choreographed the original production. This high-quality amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) and ties in seamlessly with themes highlighted in Bishopsgate Institute’s special collections and archives which contain images and materials exploring cultural tensions and post-war daily urban life in both New York and London. The piece is based on a conception of Jerome Robbins, with music written by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim.

This production is under amateur licence and the actors will be amateurs, but the creative team and the orchestra are multi-award nominated professionals who have been invited to ensure the highest quality of experience for the cast and audience, in line with Bishopsgate Institute’s philosophy. The production will be directed by Toby Hine and choreographed by Lemington Ridley, with the Musical Director to be announced. The show will be produced by Francesca Canty for Bishopsgate Institute.

This production will be set in the stunning 120-year-old Great Hall at Bishopsgate Institute, performed in the round with limited cabaret seating. Providing a rare opportunity to experience the show with a full 29-piece orchestration, played by the best up-and-coming professional musicians in an extraordinary setting, this will be an up close and personal performance as the streets of New York take over the Great Hall, with cast members weaving in and out of the audience as the show goes on.

Casting announcements and further details coming soon.

Twitter: @Bishopsgatelnst
Instagram: @BishopsgateInstitute

Evenings 7.30pm, matinees 2.30pm

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Box Office:
Phone: 020 7392 9200



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