Theatre & Dance Autumn 2023
There's a whole feast of shows to enjoy this autumn. From a new landmark production of the epic Mahabharata from Toronto's Why Not Theatre to captivating international dance from Pam Tanowitz/David Lang and South Korean choreographer Eun-Me Ahn. Belarus Free Theatre return with a gothic-noir thriller featuring artists from Belarus and Ukraine.
In The Pit, there's new work from Open Lab alumni including The PappyShow, Julene Robinson and emma + pj. Enjoy captivating dance and physical theatre from Dance Umbrella and Rhiannon Faith Company and family fun from Told by an Idiot.
Acclaimed playwright Inua Ellams takes over the Pit theatre this autumn with 05Fest, a thought-provoking festival of poetry that's sure to give us all a sense of belonging.
Royal Shakespeare Company/Joe Hisaishi: My Neighbour Totoro
Find your spirit with the “awe-inspiring” (Time Out) and “dazzling” (Guardian) My Neighbour Totoro, as this five-star, award-winning production returns for a strictly limited season.
Told by An Idiot: Get Happy Members-only Performance
Members are invited to this special performance of Get Happy, a laugh-out-loud physical comedy by critically-acclaimed theatre company Told By An Idiot.
Told by an Idiot: Get Happy
Physical comedy, live music, acrobatics, silly dancing and audience interaction all feature in this 'madcap little gem' (Time Out) which will have you and your little ones laughing out loud.
Lay Down Your Burdens Pre-Show Talk
Learn what it means to make socially-conscious dance theatre at this free talk with Rhiannon Faith Company.
Rhiannon Faith Company: Lay Down Your Burdens
Restore your weary soul with this radically tender dance theatre premiere that invites you to explore the beauty of humanity and the eternal need for community and compassion.
The PappyShow: 10th Birthday Pit Party
Join us for an evening of radical joy, celebrating bold and beautiful dance, music and the best of vibes with performances curated by acclaimed theatre company The PappyShow.
emma + pj: Ghosts of the Near Future
Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, this is an apocalyptic fever dream about extinction with music, storytelling, and live micro-cinema.
Julene Robinson: The Night Woman
A compelling new play about the power of Black womanhood, darkness and the redemptive power of self-love, told through captivating fusion of dance, singing and music.
Pam Tanowitz and David Lang: Song of Songs
Spiritual, playful and mystical dance-theatre from choreographer Pam Tanowitz and Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang, inspired by one of the greatest love poems of all time.
Dance Umbrella presents Ioanna Paraskevopoulou: MOS
Witness the stage transform into a cinematic soundscape, as two dancers create a captivating audio-visual experience in front of your eyes using unexpected everyday objects.
Why Not Theatre: Mahabharata
Discover a once-in-a-generation theatrical experience as this visually stunning retelling of the Sanskrit epic takes you on a journey through the past in order to write a thrilling new future.
Inua Ellams – 05Fest: The R.A.P Party
What might eloquent voices from contemporary poetry and spoken word movements have to say about hip-hop's past, present and future?
Inua Ellams – 05Fest: Search Party
Deeply personal and deeply hilarious. Inua Ellams opens up his personal writing archive in this interactive poetry event where you call the shots.
Inua Ellams – 05Fest: Poetry + Film / Hack
Watch a screening of this beloved classic film, before joining Inua Ellams as a line-up of poets share new work - their words and verses responding to the themes of this hilarious musical comedy.
Inua Ellams – 05Fest: Anonyms
What’s in a name? Dive into the fascinating world of names as writer Inua Ellams invites a panel of guests to dig deep and explore the story and meaning behind their own names.
Inua Ellams – 05Fest: Redacted!
Wildly diverse writers debut new pieces of work created using a unique blackout poetry method in this new event hosted by poet and playwright Inua Ellams
Eun-Me Ahn Company: Dragons
Avantgarde South Korean choreographer Eun-Me Ahn's joyful riot of dance, music and non-stop movement brings together modern and traditional dance styles from across Asia.
Belarus Free Theatre: King Stakh's Wild Hunt
A thrilling gothic noir from one of the world’s bravest theatre companies based on the celebrated novel. Featuring acclaimed actors, opera singers and musicians from Belarus and Ukraine.
A Strange Loop Cast Panel Discussion
Join the cast of A Strange Loop for a free panel discussion on taking part in this multi award-winning musical and the importance of its themes.
A Strange Loop
The ground-breaking and critically acclaimed winner of every ‘Best Musical’ award on Broadway, and the Pulitzer Prize, bursts onto the stage this summer for a one time only, limited season.