Empty streets. Buildings boarded over. Lone figures trudge the pavements, their faces covered. The city has fallen quiet. But inside flats and houses, in bedrooms and kitchens, something is stirring. People are shifting, questioning, creating. They join together in protest, innovation and debate. They look at the world as if for the first time. And they’re no longer satisfied.
From June – November 2021, Arcola Theatre presents Today I’m Wiser, an outdoor festival inspired by the present and fuelled by our collective desire for change.
Public booking is now open!
Explore the programme ↓
27-30 June 2021
Thistle and Rose Arts present
MY FATHER THE TANTRIC MASSEUR
by Roann McCloskey
In this joyful hour, Roann McCloskey takes on sex, sexuality and power as she navigates her life as a queer, British-Algerian woman.
1-4 July 2021
Defibrillator in association with The Actors Centre present
by Gemma Lawrence
Nominated for four Offies, the “sensational” Sunnymead Court is a funny, uplifting queer romance.
5-11 July 2021
Flux Theatre presents
by Will Adolphy
This laugh out loud one-man help-session blends monologue, stand-up, dance and rap.
7 July 2021
Maya Productions presents
BENNY AND THE GREYCATS: WORK IN PROGRESS + Q&A
Music by Mike Gorman and Riz Maslen, Book/Lyrics and Directed by Suzanne Gorman
A 1960s story of a family of Anglo-Indian musicians who swap playing in swing bands in South India to pursue a new life in the steel city of Sheffield.
8-9 July 2021
Arcola Theatre and Coram presents
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Using historical stories as inspiration and led by rapper and artist Ric Flo, 12 care-experienced young people present a performance exploring their own identity struggles using spoken word, music and rap.
14 July – 7 August 2021
Arcola Theatre presents
THE GAME OF LOVE AND CHANCE
by Pierre de Marivaux, in a new version by Quentin Beroud and Jack Gamble
Arcola Theatre presents a new adaptation of Pierre de Marivaux’s classic play, a raucous romantic comedy about sex, class and blessings in disguise.
17 July 2021
Tower Theatre presents
I CAN’T BREATHE
by Vanessa Owusu, Nicole Acquah, Tyan Jones & Idris Goodwin
This collection of monologues and short plays written during the time of Covid-19, examines what it means to be “black”, questioning when black lives and black futures will finally matter.
17-18 July 2021
Tower Theatre presents
by Year 6 students from Jubilee Primary
A group of talented Year 6 writers have provided original and inspired material for the Tower Theatre’s directors and actors. Their words are honoured – untouched and unedited – in this series of poignant monologues reflecting on lockdown.
18 July 2021
Tower Theatre presents
This collection of monologues and duologues is selected from the best of the ‘Vaccine Programme’ strand of the Tower Theatre’s festival, Love [and Survival] in a Time of Covid.
8 August 2021
HOW WE LOVE
by Annette Brook
Telling the story of lesbian student Regi and gay journalist Babs, this play explores the treatment of LGBTQIA+ people in Nigeria and different types of love.
9 August 2021
The Wild Stage presents
SONGS OF RESISTANCE
by William Ludwig & Dean Austin
The ‘cabaret kings’ William Ludwig and Dean Austin return with an exploration of resistance in music – through the satirical songs of the Berlin Cabarets, protest songs from Latin America and more.
9-15 August 2021
by Mark Thomas
When statues have more legal protection than a living woman and demonstrations can be banned on a whim where are spaces to thrive and dissent? Mark Thomas returns to the Arcola with a new show exploring what to do in the face of a state outlawing annoyance.
11-12 August 2021
Peculiar Hand presents
ANY TIME THE WIND CAN CHANGE
by Benjamin Yellowitz and Alex Podger
With beautiful live music and heartwarming shadow puppetry from a world-class ensemble, Anytime The Wind Can Change is a unique cabaret night of lonely giants, comets and compassion.
21 August 2021
Turtle Key Art presents
GOD’S D*CK: WORK IN PROGRESS
by Hassan Abdulrazzak
Set in a laboratory, God’s D*ck is a Darwinian comedy about competition that puts the cut-throat world of scientific research under the microscope.
17 and 22 August 2021
the wonderful presents
by Gus Mitchell
the wonderful’s debut show is the astonishing untold story of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson, combining multimedia invention with poetic power and audacious storytelling.
18-21 August 2021
Metamorph Theatre presents
by Luke Stapleton
Set in a coastal town in northern England, Scab explores the themes of trauma, family and loneliness through the story of an alienated young man’s fateful encounter with a stranger.