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May 2016

Kenny Morgan

18 May—18 June

Kenny Morgan is the unflinching new play from Mike Poulton (Tony nominated for his Broadway versions of Fortune’s Fool, Wolf Hall, and Bring Up The Bodies). A gripping tale of secrets and lies, destructive passions and unrequited love, it shines a light on the turbulent relationship between the actor Kenneth Morgan and Terence Rattigan, one of the twentieth century's most celebrated playwrights.

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Love, Bombs & Apples

31 May—25 June

After a sold-out run at Arcola last year, Love, Bombs & Apples returns. This hilarious and poignant new play from award-winning playwright Hassan Addulrazzak (Baghdad Wedding, The Prophet) - a tale of four men, each from different parts of the globe, all experiencing a moment of revelation.

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June 2016



It's every Friday, and it's completely free. Join the enchanting Meg Cavanaugh and pals in Arcola Bar for an evening of Live Jazz from 10.30pm through till late.

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Dalston Children’s Festival

4 June

Taking place across two weekends (Saturday 28 May and 4 June) during the half-term holidays, the Dalston Children’s Festival 2016 is the perfect way for Hackney’s young people, aged under 18, to be entertained for free whilst giving families the chance to discover the fun children can have in Dalston all year round.

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The Secret Life of Wildflowers

4 June

The Secret Life of Wildflowers will see us transform an underutilized outdoor space on the former Arcola Tent site with British Wildflowers. Along the way we hope to educate and entertain our community, by getting them to think creatively about nature, climate change and how we interact with the world around us.

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It's every Saturday till 3am with Bassi from 'Mt. Wolf' on the decks. Enjoy cheap drink deals and a dangerously addictive dancefloor.... We'll have a tequila.

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5 June

The Miniaturists is the regular curated writer-led event dedicated to bringing you short, exhilarating, perfectly formed plays. Each show is packed with work from an exciting array of new and established playwrights all of whom see the short play as a form in itself rather than a means to an end. June's writers are: John Donnelly Matthew Turner Marianne Powell Nathan Wood Dan Davies We love the short play format and believe that a play in miniature can deliver a sucker punch…

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ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW: The Black Power Guide to Guerrilla Media

11 June

Pan African artist-activist, Toyin Agbetu will present a FREE beginners master class on how to make an independent film and set up an online radio / video channel for community empowerment work on a shoestring budget.

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Bowie’s Baby Ballroom

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12 June

A family dance floor throbbing to the beat of Bowie’s best hits, playful Bowie-inspired activities created to remember and enjoy Bowie’s genius.

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London Grimm

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27 June—29 June

Taking inspiration from classic children’s fairy tales, the dark moral stories we tell children to teach them life lessons, Arcola Youth Theatre have worked with three professional writers and theatre makers to give these tales an urgent, relevant makeover.

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Underwater Love

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29 June—30 June

Underwater Love will explore how young people assert themselves within relationships in a world saturated with sexual imagery and content. The performance will be followed by a Forum workshop in which the audience will become involved as actors to change the outcome for the characters, exploring how they can make positive change.

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A Forest

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30 June—1 July

Young AYT present two new devised plays that explore our relationship with nature. Drawing from Arcola's green ethos, and following a term looking at myths, legends and fairytales, join Young AYT as they venture deeper into the forest.

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NYT Playing Up: Ripple / Besieged

National Youth Theatre
30 June—2 July

The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain present two new plays, performed by the fearless voices of the NYT Playing Up Company.

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July 2016


2 July—3 July

A new multimedia performance piece, Geist, is a beguiling mixture of video, interview, and original music, an uncanny trip into a world of paranoia and personae.

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6 July—6 August

Cargo is the enthralling new play from author Tess Berry-Hart. A tense and provocative thriller, this timely world premiere reveals how much people are willing to risk in search of a better life.

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