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Autumn 2019 at The Albany (Theatre and Spoken Word)

Season preview

THE Albany has announced its Autumn 2019 Season and it spans music, theatre, spoken word and family shows at its three venues – the Albany and Deptford Lounge in Deptford and, Canada Water Theatre in Southwark.


Door-to-Door Poetry – at Canada Water Theatre on September 5 at 8pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions. Ages 14+.

Rowan McCabe is the world’s first Door-to-Door Poet. Knocking on strangers’ doors, he asks what is important to them. He then goes away and writes a poem about this, free of charge, before bringing it back and performing it on their doorstep.

An open mic session will take place before this show from 6.45pm, led by poet Tyrone Lewis.

I Wanna Be Yours – at Canada Water Theatre from October 16 to October 19 at 8pm. BSL Interpreted. Ages 14+.

I Wanna Be Yours is the debut play from former Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion Zia Ahmed. A tender, funny and lyrical play about finding love and holding on to it with everything you’ve got.

Ella is from Yorkshire. Haseeb is from London. They order a pizza. House red for Ella. Hot chocolate for Haseeb.
I think I’m falling in love with you.
People and playlists. Christmas and Eid. Travelcards and Megabuses. London to Leeds.
Love is more than just a game for two. Especially when there’s an elephant in the room.

An open mic session will take place before this show from 6.45pm, led by poet Tyrone Lewis.

Read more about I Wanna Be Yours.

Living in Limbo – at Canada Water Theatre on October 24 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10/£8. Ages 14+.

Living in Limbo uses storytelling, spoken-word and song to map Abu-Zayd’s life in Sudan and his journey to Newcastle. Abu-Zayd DeGale is a refugee from Sudan. This poetic work sees him tell his story – demystifying the myths around refugees and confronting his own demons along the way.

Living in Limbo, which shows how art can get you into trouble but also save your life, is a funny and moving personal story that also reflects on the urgency of the present situation in Sudan and explores themes of identity, belonging and control.

NB: Contains strong language, disturbing images and content, including themes of death and the Sudan Revolution.

Evros: The Crossing River from Seemia Theatre – at The Albany on November 5 and 6 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £14/£10. Ages 14+.

Follow Doaa, who dreams of a better life amongst a backdrop of war, terror and enduring love; the boy from the local garden centre, whose tranquil existence amongst the flowers is torn apart; and a mother who cannot keep her children safe.

This immersive play, which explodes with Seemia’s unique blend of storytelling, world music and physical theatre, envelopes audience members into these families in crisis as they seek refuge.

Evros: The Crossing River is devised with generous support from Arcola Theatre as part of the LAB for BAMER artists, Theatre Deli, Tangled Feet and Arts Council England.

NB: Includes some partial nudity.

WOKE – at Canada Water Theatre on November 15 at 8pm. Tickets: £14/£10. Ages 12+.

Hip-hop and feminism are on a collision course. And Testament reckons he’s the guy to sort it out. A rapper and world record holding beatboxer, he thinks he’s a right-on kind of guy. Then his daughter is born and suddenly he’s not so sure. What will he discover as he starts to unpick his own prejudices?

Expect beatboxing, spoken word, storytelling and hip-hop classics like you’ve never heard them before.

WOKE is a West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal Exchange, Roundhouse and Camden People’s Theatre co-production.

An open mic session will take place before this show from 6.45pm, led by poet Tyrone Lewis.

Polaris – at Canada Water Theatre on December 5 at 8pm. Tickets: £14/£10. Ages 14+.

Hot off a UK tour, the five star sell-out show directed by BBC Slam’s Sophia Walker follows one woman’s trip around the world looking for good nosh and a place to call hers.

This is the award-winning true story of growing up everywhere and fitting in nowhere, with added queer just for fun.

An open mic session will take place before this show from 6.45pm, led by poet Tyrone Lewis.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 8692 4446 or visit