• 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