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Pleasance Islington - Autumn 2013

Season preview

THE Pleasance Islington has announced its programme for Autumn 2013 and it includes:

Fascinating Aida with their new show Charm Offensive – Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 at 3pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: £14.

Following a sold-out 2012 tour, three Olivier Award nominations and over 10 million YouTube hits for Cheap Flights (their infamous anthem to budget air travel), Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Liza Pulman celebrate 30 years of Fascinating Aïda with this brand new show.

Beasts – Tuesday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 2 at 8pm. Tickets: £8, £7 concessions.

Critically acclaimed and impeccably dressed, Beasts return to London with two special performances of their sell-out Edinburgh show.

North North North – Friday, October 11 to Sunday, October 13 at 5pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: £12/10.

In 1897, three Swedish adventurers headed for the North Pole in a hydrogen filled balloon. Their aim was to explore new lands, to map the undiscovered Arctic and to plant the flag of Sweden at the pole. At 2:30pm on July 11 they cut the anchor lines and floated up into the cold arctic air. They were never seen alive again…

Using an international cast, storytelling, physical theatre and live music, award winning New International Encounter invite audiences to join them for an exhilarating journey into one of the worlds last great wilderness areas – a journey full of hope and daring do, of frostbite and patriotic songs; a dream and a nightmare of the great white north.


The Puppet Monologues – Work in Progress – Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25 at 8.30pm. Tickets: £5.

How did a puppet scientist become a celebrity with his own catch-phrase? What was the role of puppets in the banking crisis? How are puppets helping to solve global warming? Blind Summit are currently spending time with their puppet characters listening to their memoirs.

Featuring their trademark “extreme puppetry”, Blind Summit will perform the first of the monologues from a collection currently in development.

Blue, presented by Touched Theatre – Friday, October 25 to Tuesday, October 29 at 6.30pm, 8pm and 9.30pm. Tickets: £13/11.

Sylvie Dee – eco-activist, self-appointed orphan and party planner for the entire estate – has disappeared. Completely. Will you help us find her?

Blue is an interactive mystery, combining lyrical new writing, vivid contemporary puppetry and beautiful original music in an evocative new tale of the green in our roots and the blue in our hearts. This is a promenade piece with only 20 audience members per performance.

Thinking It and Fainting, presented by Grist to the Mill – Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at 3pm, 7pm and 9.15pm. Tickets: £8.

Everyday tasks – the washing, cooking, cleaning and laundry – take on epic proportions as puppeteer Isobel Smith struggles to ritualise and subvert their readings, liberating them from their hum-drum existence in the spirit of ‘El duende’ evoking something powerful and extraordinary in the process.

This is a performance that turns everyday mundane tasks into an extraordinary, visual theatrical adventure using object manipulation, puppetry, lighting and shadow.

The Shop of Little Horrors, presented by Pickled Image in association with The North Wall – Saturday, October 26 to Monday, October 28 at 4.30pm and 8.30pm. Tickets: £12/10.

Albert Grimlake sits in his cobwebbed shop surrounded by his puppets, each face lovingly crafted by his own hand.

But Grimlake is growing old. Time is running out to find a successor, someone to breathe life into his creations, someone who shares his peculiar passion for puppets… Enter Eric: The Perfect Applicant. He’s young, loves The Muppets and is eager to learn.

The Word Catcher – Sunday, October 27 and Monday, October 28 at 3pm, 7pm and 9.15pm. Tickets: £12/10.

Two people meet, nothing extraordinary yet, except… She can’t speak and he can’t read but through chance, miscommunication and the help of coincidence, two people meeting becomes extraordinary. This is a bizarre tale told through Smoking Apples’ identifiable style of puppetry, physical theatre and original music.

Christina the Astonishing, presented by Grist to the Mill – Tuesday, October 29 to Thursday, October 31 at 7pm and 9.15pm. Tickets: £8.

This is a unique collaboration between artist The Baron Gilvan and puppeteer Isobel Smith. Crossing genres of painting, puppetry and animation, Christina the Astonishing explores personal psychotic states and heightened worlds of the foolish artist with references to Christina, Patron Saint of Mental Illness.

Killing Roger, new writing by award-winning Sparkle and Dark, using puppetry and live music – Friday, November 1 to Sunday, November 3 at 2pm, 3pm and 7pm. Tickets: £8.

Billy, a conscientious, opinionated teenager, meets Roger, a chain smoking, chair-ridden, sharp tongued old man. An unlikely friendship forms and Billy must decide what it means to truly care about someone. Rapidly, levels of reality distort as we delve into Roger’s memories and Billy’s troubled mind.

Bastard! – Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 at 3.30pm and 8.30pm. Tickets: £16/13.

In a bizarre and grim future, a host of extraordinary characters come to the aid of an artist who has lost his way.

Bastard! is inspired by French writer Boris Vian’s satire, L’arrache-coeur. Like Vian, who invented new words to describe wild adventures, Duda Paiva expands his trademark theatre language of animated movement, with objects, the body and new media in this multi-award winning show.

In the past years, DudaPaiva Company has performed across the world, developing into a unique, international company that interprets the lively crossover of dance and objects in a new and original form of contemporary dance theatre.

And finally, for Christmas 2013, Mischief Theatre is presenting Peter Pan Goes Wrong, their own adaption of the original stage play Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie – Tuesday, December 10 to Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2pm and 7.30pm.

In this new comedy from the creators of the West End hit, The Play that Goes Wrong, the inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society set out to present J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of Peter Pan. Two acts of hysterical disaster ensue.

Tickets: £12.50/10. Early Bird – £10 tickets until the end of September. Family Ticket – two adults and two children, £40.

For more information or to book, call the box office on 020 7609 1800 or visit