Dans le parloir d’une prison, après des années de séparation, Sally rend une ultime visite à son frère condamné à être pendu. Un étrange lien, mêlé de rancoeur, d’angoisse et de tendresse, unit ces deux êtres qui portent au plus profond d’eux-mêmes les stigmates d’une enfance brisée. Un texte fort, violent, bouleversant, plongeant ses racines dans les méandres du déchirement intérieur, quand la carapace familiale craque de partout et que l’amour fait place à la haine.
What does it feel like to live in a place where you don’t have a choice? NI is the only part of the UK to which the 1967 abortion act does not extend- Abortion is illegal except in extremely limited cases. Project A Illuminates unheard stories at the heart of this emotive subject.
Heidi loves living in England. She loves her English friends, the countryside, the culture and most of all she loves her work as a nurse at the local hospital. She’s made her life in England but a dark cloud is looming as Heidi loses her job and is threatened with immediate deportation. Will she be captured by the sinister Immigration Office with its huge network of informers? Will she find somewhere to hide? Will she even find love amidst the hate and intolerance of post Brexit Britain?
Emilie a toujours été grande même petite! Elle ne vous prendra pas de haut et vous emmènera dans les hauteurs de ses rêveries, la tête dans les nuages. Même sans talons, elle a tout d’une grande et sera pour la première fois seule en scène dans les hauteurs de Camden Town, à l’Etcetera Theatre.
Following successful performances in both Paris and London, bilingual comedienne Alexandria Macleod returns to the Voila! festival with a brand new one woman comedy show “La Franglaise” in which she explores the humiliation of being an English woman in Paris and the hilarity of being a French woman in London.
Comedy mono-thongs HOAX ask you to bring your ‘inflatable-safety device of choice’ on this dangerous and ridiculous journey to the black heart of the earth’s ecological crisis. They have joined with clown-director Lucy Hopkins (Le Foulard, Powerful Women Are About) and eco-scenographer Andrea Carr (Tarabac Theatre, Taiwan Exhibition for Design 2017) to realise this unique terrarium complete with Norman cows, weather reports and 3 fates who are stuck. In the muck. WTF.
Christmas Eve. Two women run into each other. Is Miss.Y having an affair with Mrs.X’s husband? A quarrel over a man. Who is the Stronger? Monamas’s interpretation of ‘The Stronger’ by A.Strindberg is an experimental piece of theatre with intense physical movement and a surrealistic touch.
Peter Antoniou - PSYCHIC' COMEDIAN
FRI 01 DEC @ 9.30PM SUN 03 DEC @ 8.30PM £10
If you could ask a psychic a question what would it be? Fresh off his 10th year of sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and an international tour, award-winning ''Psychic' Comedian Peter Antoniou brings his unique skills to peer inside your head, fondle your frontal lobe and tickle your funny bone.
Peter Fleming and Light Entertainment Larry:
SAT 02 DEC @ 9.30PM £6
Twisted character comedy. A manic love letter to 20th century cult TV, and a Lovecraftian cosmic horror story, from Tom Burgess and Zoë Tomalin.
Retired children’s TV pioneer Peter Fleming gives a dusty presentation of his legendary BBC programmes. Then the bloated corpse of formerly drowned comedian Light Entertainment Larry tries to resurrect his 1970s material.
SWEETIES #4 - Scenes From A Marriage
MON 04 DEC @ 7.30pm £6.5
David King's Pop-Up Theatre is back at the Etcetera with Sweeties #4, brought to you by a group of talented professional actors who will create and share their fantastic stories, monologues and scenes around the theme of "Scenes from a Marriage". Profits from ticket sales go to The Neurosciences Research Foundation at St Georges Hospital, London.
PIZZA MAN – by Darlene Craviotto
TUE 05 - SAT 09 DEC @ 7.00PM SAT 09 DEC @ 2.00PM £12.50 / 10.50
It's a hot summer evening in New York City and Julie Rodgers has had a bad day. She's just been fired after being propositioned by her boss. She's broke, disillusioned, and decides to drink the pain away. Her roommate, Alice, comes home wild and frantic. Her boyfriend has gone back to his wife, kick starting her unhealthy eating habits.
Julie suggests another way to vent their man-induced frustrations: they should pick a guy, any guy... and take advantage of him. Men have been doing it for years, why can't a woman try it? Enter: an unsuspecting pizza delivery man. Coaxed into the flat to share an innocent beer with two women. The evening gets wilder, crazier, angrier, and very, very funny.
SUN 10 DEC @ 2.30PM £11.50
GASLIGHT by Phillip Hamilton
Our greatest enemies are often in the room with us. Gaslight tells the story of a woman slowly descending into madness, until a glimmer of hope appears to be her salvation.
But who can you trust, when you can’t even trust yourself?
This classic thriller was first produced in 1935, yet the themes remain pertinent today.
This amateur production of "Gaslight" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD
JAMES VEITCH IS TESTING OUT NEW STUFF MAY
OR MAY NOT BE FUNNY
SUN 10 DEC @ 6.30PM MON 11 - THU 14 DEC @ 7.30PM £4.50
JAMES VEITCH is going to be testing whether things he finds funny at home are also funny on stage. He’s been funny in the past so there’s a good chance he’ll be funny then too. That being said, come prepared for that awkward thing that happens when he says a joke and no one laughs and then he realises he’s left out, what amounts to, a critical piece of information. Anyway. There’ll be slides and he may even read a story he’s written. Also, it’s insanely cheap so just book tickets anyway.
FRI 15 - SAT 16 DEC @ 7.30PM SUN 17 DEC @ 6.30PM TUE 19 - FRI 22 Dec @ 7.30PM £8
A Christmas Carol is the quintessential Christmas story. A fantastical social commentary about redemption and second chances.
This “one-man” stage adaptation aims to rediscover its original form, as it would have been performed by Charles Dickens himself. With Jud Charlton, directed by Paolo Serra. Produced by The Gastronomical Company and Il Sipario Strappato.
AT A CROSSROADS
SUN 17 DEC @ 3PM £10
At a Crossroads is an improvised play performed by Three Worlds. At the start of the show, audience members are invited to share their current concerns (personal, social or political), suggesting themes they would like to see improvised that night. Based on these suggestions, six actors create a vivid collage of intertwining stories.
Characters from all walks of life are created through vignettes, monologues and richly dramatic scenes, centred on contemporary London but ranging through time and space. Comedy, drama, tragedy and farce collide as the stories build to a dramatic climax and themes consolidate.
NEW AGE BOXING - LIVE
MON 18 DEC @ 7.30pm £10
Sometimes loved, sometimes hated but always controversial and entertaining, the three rogue agents of the New Age Boxing podcast are going LIVE for the first time to help celebrate the 100th episode.
Join Andi, Terry and Martin as they bring their popular audio format to the stage, discussing the latest boxing news and giving revealing insights into the sport. Mixed in with some a large dose of humour and irreverent conversation, this is a unique chance to come and experience the podcast in person while seeing what does (or sometimes doesn’t) go into the production of the show.
The day after Haye versus Bellew II will mean there is plenty to discuss, as well as looking both backwards at the calendar year and forwards to 2018 in the world of boxing, there will be plenty of opportunities for audience interaction in this one-off experience.
Dark Side of the Mime is an audacious physical clown show. It mixes together clownery with classic pantomime, porn, splatter, and violence. The show is vulgar, but that's the way we like it. This full-on show is now in London for the first time.
Albert is a lovable nerd who dreams of the big stage. mYlez is an outgoing hacker with a dark sense of humour. Albert and mYlez meet online but live on two different continents. Lonely but resourceful, they team up and build an artificial friend, a robot whom they call A.L.Ex (Artificial Language Experiment). Together, they perform improvised theatre in a perilous show via transatlantic video link. A.L.Ex is a small humanoid robot and a unique computer creation running artificial intelligence, trained on dialogue from 100,000 movies.
HumanMachine (http://humanmachine.live), the international creative team behind the show, invites you to explore human and computer creativity, spontaneity and "artificial irreverence" (Sunday Times).
Four comics over fifty meditate and muse on life, death, love and medication. Fred Ferenczi (Finalist, Old Comedian of the Year), Mike Lord ("Had the crowd laughing from start to finish"), Nick Mellors ("Fleet footed and intelligent") and Sally Firth (One To Watch, Funny Women) each ruminate and reflect on middle age.
Cleo is young woman in London who has been living with Type 3 Female Genital Mutilation since she was 7. After being raped by her husband, she finds the strength to undergo reversal surgery. Cleo’s family oppose her decision and send her to stay with her Aunty Winnie and friend Eve in an attempt to force her to accept her "gift". Twitter: @Naiad_Prod Web: www.naiadproductions.com
Belgium, 1914. When Major-General Erich Ludendorff discovers his army is missing, he hatches a plot to bluff the enemy into surrender. But Ludendorff finds it’s never a good idea to interrupt your enemy’s bath time.
The Journey of a Body is a one-woman show about identity and the ideas that define ourselves as part of a culture, a clan. It is the journey of our genes crossing borders, migrating throughout time, and in doing so, enriching our cultural diversity. It is the story of our bodies that goes beyond languages and economic systems. Twitter: @Ale_ChaconC
Aidan loves animal role-play: pretending to be a pony is her biggest thrill. Her boyfriend Bravo is sceptical but supportive. But Aidan seeks more than his acceptance. She wants to come out publicly - whatever the consequences.
Black Beauty in Irons is a kinky romantic drama that confronts whether it’s possible to truly fulfil your fantasies. The first UK show to put the animal role-play identity centre-stage, our work addresses issues with pride, consent and coming out. Black Beauty in Irons matters because there are people everywhere who can’t be open about their identities: we think that’s unfair, and it’s time for change.
Alana frequently passes the enigmatic Martin, a local homeless man. She attempts to peel back the barriers he puts up against a society that ignores him, learning she has more in common with him than she believed possible. What draws her to him? Why is he so evasive? What secrets hide? We are all potentially one life event away from being homeless.
A scientist, on the cusp of a new IVF discovery, is faced with difficult decisions about her own fertility. In this intimate story, award-winning White Slate Theatre explore womenâ€™s choices, and the science behind those choices, when weighing up careers, parenthood, and where self-worth is found.
Gripping documentary theatre about the conditions in NHS mental health care and the obstacles facing those with mental health issues in society. Using exclusively real testimony - from patients, professionals, researchers and journalists - Last Word Theatre present a play designed to make us challenge our assumptions, rethink, reflect and talk about the costs of mental health in our society.
The two Gaulier graduated, award-winning actors Karen Houge and David Tann present a satire based on Karen's journey following Syrian refugees. Travelling with the mafia, taken by police and sentenced in court. The show reveals refreshing stories from the refugee trail of police, volunteers and refugees far from the image often presented in media.
In the basement of an ordinary house on an ordinary street, a group of extraordinary people meet weekly to indulge their passion, away from prying eyes. When a newby arrives the membership are diverted from the regular squabbles. Desire is stoked and envy seethes. A project deadline approaches and the new recruit is forced to make a permanent choice between light and shade.
The Monument of Portland Place is set in 1998. It revolves around two characters, Kelly and Trilby, who meet whilst participating in a vigil. As the story unfolds we discover their brave, obtuse and, at times, eccentric ideas for demonstrating. The power of their belief, honesty and friendship result in a most illuminating finale.
Flush away your own society and become part of a new order. Close the door, turn the sign to occupied and join a sisterhood like no other. Feel change dripping through and watch the cracks begin to show. Twitter: @OutofOrderCo
The very last sketch show in the universe! Earth has been destroyed. Not to worry though, as award winning double act Cook and Davies invite you aboard the Space-Ark for a tribute to Earth’s best bits. Expect frenetic sketches, absurd Sci-Fi and the most peculiar use of a spatula in "A sketch show unlike those you’ve seen before" (Broadway Baby.)
Three unconventional mimes show their ridiculous life, from playing out the miracle of birth to a Hamlet style death. As hard as they try, getting along yields no results. One is finished with the life of mime and even changing a light bulb proves too difficult. In the middle: tennis, Pina Bausch, Star Wars, Mexican standoff and... Simon & Garfunkel
After hiding behind cult EdFringe show Animal Jokes for years, it is time to get real. Uncomfortably real. Knightley explores what it is to be him: a brash, honest curmudgeon who hates everything but just wants to be adored. What a twat.
Lacey Macbeth, groomed, glossy and ambitious - like 90s Victoria Beckham - has drive enough for herself and her guy Mac - a career criminal from Glamis estate steadily climbing family ranks. When Lacey’s tarot predicts Mac’s accelerated ascension, it’s time to be ambitious, up the status of her guy and settle old scores with gangland boss Duncan.
From the writer of Trainspotting comes Irvine Welsh's irreverent, one-man stage play Filth, adapted by Harry Gibson. New theatre company Skin&Bone are producing this anarchic, tour-de-force production with actor Jake Francis playing over thirty characters in a story of sleaze, power and the abuse of just about everything.
and sharing a flat in London to pursue their dreams in acting should be fun, right? Can their friendship remain strong in a place so far from their Celtic roots? Should their friendship or career prospects come first?
We're building a machine for these fools on stage. Taking their boring, humdrum lives and adding games for your delight. Make them speak in rhyme. Direct their limbs. Whatever you want. Until it all falls apart.
The sketch comedy duo, Barber & Benson, are back with a marvellous array of characters; old and new. They come together in this seamless show with weird and wonderful, larger than life creatures from this ludicrous planet, film parodies, TV dramas and political buffoons... "We've come on stage by mistake"
A raw & honest portrayal about motherhood. Whether it's being a mum, not wanting to become a mum or dealing with a mum, this strong female collective collaborate to present a series of monologues sourced and written by the women who perform them. This show is a wonderful array of funny, heart-warming, sad, but above all, honest stories for all!
It's Friday evening and a young couple - John and Jenny - are making preparations for a dinner party. John intends to make an exciting proposal to guests Jake and Jo, a proposition Jenny has reluctantly gone along with. But as wine spills, personalities clash and passive aggression takes hold, the night turns out to be one of disastrous conclusions
Ave Moira introduces you to the many musings of Moira - Mary Mother of Christ as a single mother from Dublin. Blunt, dry, and downright sick of everything, Moira's here to give her brutally honest thoughts on the human condition. With her personal passages eradicated from the bible, she wants to get a few things clear about organised Christianity.
Through the perspectives of four characters, we question the limits of our empathy, make use of the Hopper fare, and discover whether one can make it through a day in London while wearing two different shoes.
Blurred Justice, winner of Amnesty International's Marsh award, is a thrilling play where the fate of one man lies in the hands of the audience. Sharif is a Yemeni Houthi soldier and is being tried in an extraordinary court. As he is being questioned, the play explores the meaning of the word terrorist and the complications of the Yemeni civil war.
Sam Went got dumped and did the entirely normal thing of transferring his feelings onto the 17th worst film of all time - Bicentennial Man. In his debut solo stand-up performance, up-and-coming comedian Sam Went explains how the romantic odyssey of a creepy yet endearing robot butler healed his broken heart. Directed by Amy Larham