• Archived Events/ Autumn 2015

    Owl Young (Bring Your Own)

    Iron MAM

    Iron M.A.M

    Thu 03 Dec | 7.30pm | FREE

    “I am a predator. I am a reaper. I am an avenger. I will end your world with the push of a button.”

    Caught somewhere between a TED talk and a coming-of-age action thriller, this one man theatre event explores the rarely discussed world of drone warfare, and why the Iron Man films might just be the perfect metaphor.

    Owl is military aged, but he’s also a geek. He’s not a soldier, but he does play a lot of video games, and that’s got him thinking. As he looks back over his childhood, examining the links between masculinity, technology and warfare, he finds himself asking the question: would he use a drone?

    In 2013, Iron Man 3 became the fifth highest grossing movie of all time, most popular with 18-33 year olds. This is the same demographic the UK government defines as military aged: the pilots and targets in drone warfare.

    Between playing with action figures and wirelessly commanding the show via his PlayStation controller, Owl condenses a lifetime of technology into an hour of engaging performance that combines the fictional and factual, and takes a close look at remote killing.

  • Archived Events/ Autumn 2015

    Lîla Dance


    The Deluge

    Thu 22 Oct | 7.30pm | Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 15+

    First there was a loud crack in the city, and then a shudder out to sea.

    Four people arrive in the safehouse. With only the clothes on their back, they find themselves asking what had been lost, and what was there left to lose? But in those darkest hours they start to understand how these strangers, and the contents of a mysterious unclaimed bag, might offer them all the hope they need as the sea returns.

    In this intimate and immersive dance experience 4 lives are given an emotional counterpoint by a supporting community cast, an evocative soundtrack, fearless physicality, and new writing.


  • Archived Events/ Autumn 2015

    Sylvia Rimat


    This Moment Now

    Thu 26 Nov | 7.30pm | Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 16+

    This Moment Now takes its audience on a journey to explore how we experience time and draws on our desire to make sense of the complexity of the world. The show is drawn to the fleetingness of the moment and is based on the realisation that we, as we know us, inevitably belong to the past. Expect live drumming, a cup of tea, ideas on time dilation and ageing… and to be acknowledged for the investment of some of your ‘life time’ in coming to see the show.

    Sylvia Rimat’s work is shown widely in the UK and internationally. She is known as a creator of intelligent, humorous performances that are entertaining and thought provoking in equal measure.

    Commissioned by ICIA.
    Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
    Also supported by Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Arnolfini, Cambridge Junction, Chealsea Theatre and Residence.

    “Like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Rimat is wonderfully deadpan; understated, yet quirkily charismatic ”
    Three Weeks on I Guess if the Stage Exploded


  • Archived Events/ Autumn 2015

    elledanse – CANCELLED



    Thu 10 Dec | 7.30pm | Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 16+

    CANCELLATION – Elle Danse – 10/12/2015

    Hello all,
    I am sorry to say that this Thursday’s Elle Danse performance has been cancelled due to some unforeseen circumstances. If you have paid for a ticket via the online store you will be refunded. If you have any questions please contact me at showroom@chi.ac.uk.
    Once again I am sorry for the inconvenience. This is the first time this has happened with a professional performance in the ShowRoom programme, but sometimes things are just out of our control.
    All the best, Andy Roberts, ShowRoom Theatre Director.

    Company elledanse was established in 2007 as a semi- professional dance company with focus on contemporary dance, physical theatre and performing art.

    Artistic director is the acclaimed and award winning choreographer Šarka Ondrišova, who created several productions for the Company. Besides the resident Company members Ondrišova invites to cooperation Slovak and international dancers, choreographers and artists. Company was touring on festivals in Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Israel, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Austria.

    Repertoire of the Company consists of physical contemporary performance Hold your Breath and Paved Life, dynamic Quadrans, site – specific project The Danube Within Us, multigenre performance Youmake ReMake, symbolic and pure Score Drops and others. Members of Company work full time jobs or study, dancing is dominating part of their private life. In their work life they are professors, lawyers, teachers and doctors.

    elledanse are visiting the ShowRoom in collaboration with the University of Chichester, Dance Department exchange programme.

    The work is still being made; therefore we are unable to provide any information on the performances content.


  • Archived Events/ Autumn 2015

    Chris Thorpe

    Chris Thorpe

    Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate present


    Thu 19 Nov | 7.30pm | Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 16+

    If you pinned me against a wall, I’d probably admit to being a liberal.
    Of course, pinning me against a wall is exactly what I’d expect from someone like you.

    Confirmation is a show about the gulfs we can’t talk across, and about the way we choose to see only the evidence that proves we’re right. Working with research into the phenomenon of Confirmation Bias, Confirmation attempts to have an honourable dialogue, real and imagined, with political extremism. From multiple award winning Chris Thorpe (Unlimited, Royal Exchange, Hannah Jane Walker) and Rachel Chavkin (The TEAM).

    Fringe First award winner – 2014

    “Rachel Chavkin’s fast-moving, kinetic production offers us an absolutely compelling performance from a man who is fast becoming one of the most powerful performers in the UK”
    ★★★★ The Scotsman

    www.chinaplatetheatre.com | @youroldchina | @piglungs

  • Archived Events/ Autumn 2015

    Tavaziva Dance

    travaziva dance


    Thu 8 Oct 7.30pm | Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 15+

    Tavaziva’s AFRICARMEN is a sumptuous and evocative dance production loosely based on Georges Bizet’s popular opera Carmen.

    Through a synthesis of ballet, contemporary and African dance, Bawren Tavaziva’s powerful choreography is performed by a cast of outstanding dancers.

    Played out through the entanglement of desire, deceit and corruption in a township of oil-laden Equatorial Guinea, lingering ancestral voices are at work here amongst the dreams of a better life.

    With a new score composed and arranged by Fayyaz Virji of the acclaimed Warriors International, AfriCarmen is Bawren Tavaziva’s most ambitious work to date.

    Tavaziva’s previous show was rated ★★★★★ and described by press and audiences as:

    “A contemporary African masterpiece – amazing, sublime, truly inspirational”



  • Archived Events/ Autumn 2015

    Stacy Makishi

    Stacy Makishi

    Vesper Time

    Thu 1 Oct 7.30pm | Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 15+

    Stacy Makishi’s performance work Vesper Time takes a bold look at loss and mourning and her onetime wish to be a missionary. Vesper Time weaves together the undercurrents of Moby Dick and 80’s and 90’s pop culture to offer up a ‘vesper’, a secular evening prayer. Shot through with her characteristic wit, this solo show draws on Stacy’s stand-up comedy roots and her theatrical sense of the uncanny.

    Vesper Time is a Chelsea Theatre and Colchester Arts Centre co-commission and supported by the National Theatre Studio. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and produced by Artsadmin.

    “I admire Stacy’s raw and loving energy. It was refreshing to experience something so humorously absurd containing such powerful substance. Stacy Makishi managed to open my heart with complex laughter”
    Total Theatre


    Photo credit: Manuel Vason
  • Archived Events/ Autumn 2015

    Dickie Beau

    Dickie Beau - Blackouts


    Thu 24 Sep | 7.30pm | Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 15+

    In Blackouts: Twilight of the Idols ‘Drag fabulist’ Dickie Beau conjures the spirits of celebrated Hollywood icons in an innovative theatre experience. Dickie leads audiences on a bewitching adventure as he channels the ghosts of his childhood idols.

    Dickie secured exclusive access to audio tapes of Marilyn Monroe’s final interview conducted by journalist Richard Meryman. Published in LIFE magazine just two days before her death, Blackouts includes material never before heard in the public domain and sees Dickie shape-shift through a shadowy soundscape of lost souls in a sensational trip to the subconscious underworld of his future self; bringing to life these audio artefacts. Dickie is a pioneer of playback performance, emerging from the drag tradition of lip-synching, and the digital script incorporates much original source material, including the spellbinding Judy Speaks tapes – Judy Garland alone with a Dictaphone, making notes for a memoir never to be written.

    Directed by Jan William van den Bosch. Lighting design by Martin Langthorne. Produced by Sally Rose.

    Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

    “Touching, bizarre and visually gorgeous . . . a thing unlike any other . . . it is the drag show at the end of the world.”
    Time Out


    Photo credit: Joao Braz