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The Albany - Autumn 2014

Season preview

THE ALBANY has announced its programme for Autumn 2014 and it’s one of its biggest and boldest to date.

The Albany is the home of the national Fun Palaces 2014 project (Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5). Taking place at over 100 venues across the UK, this vast communal campaign for arts and culture will mark the centenary of Joan Littlewood with a programme of participatory, free cultural activity for all to enjoy.

Deptford will host its own Fun Palace, featuring Cirque Bijou’s Source (Sunday, October 5), an open air circus show inspired by the city’s forgotten rivers.

The internationally renowned Belarus Free Theatre stages the world premiere of Price of Money (Tuesday, September 16 to Saturday, September 20), an exploration of how theatre has depicted money through the ages. The production marks the beginning of a long term relationship between the Albany and the company, which will see several projects taking place over the next three years.

Autumn 2014 marks the return of Afrovibes (Monday, October 13 to Saturday, October 18), a festival dedicated to bringing the best South African arts to the UK, with this year commemorating the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid.

Work includes Biko’s Quest (Wednesday, October 15 and Thursday, October 16), telling the inspirational story of Steve Biko, and Skierlik (Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17), which revisits the horror of racially-motivated shootings in 2008.

The Bold festival (Monday, September 15 to Saturday, September 27), provokes audiences to think about ageing differently, including Home Sweet Home (Tuesday, September 23 to Saturday, September 27), a new play by Emma Adams based on the true stories of 200 older people, and Ira Brand’s A Cure for Ageing (Thursday, September 25 to Saturday, September 27).

Teatro Vivo takes over the streets of Deptford with The Hunters Grimm (Wednesday, October 22 to Saturday, November 8), a grown up promenade performance from the Albany Associate Artists. On Friday, October 31, there’s a special spooky version of the show followed by a free Halloween party.

Alternatively, there’s Who Ya Gonna Call? (Friday, October 31), an interactive celebration of Ghostbusters The Movie, marking the iconic film’s 30th anniversary, followed by a screening of the film and the party.

As ever, the Albany will be celebrating Christmas with an iconic children’s show: this year, Little Angel Theatre’s mesmerising interpretation of Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (December 10, 2014 to Sunday, January 4, 2015).

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