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Chickenshed


Chase Side, Southgate, LONDON, N14 4PE
020 8292 9222
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Monolog
FROM:06-02-2018
TO:03-03-2018
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monolog (noun)

a form of dramatic entertainment, eg a comedic solo, performed by a single speaker
a prolonged talk or discourse by a single speaker
any composition, eg a poem, in which a single person speaks alone

Chickenshed presents two moving and dramatic solo plays which together combine to deliver a hugely powerful and emotional theatrical experience. Alan Bennett’s Her Big Chance is a dramatic monologue conceived as part of his Talking Heads series for television, originally broadcast in 1988. Talking Heads has also enjoyed success on the stage, and on the radio.

Her Big Chance tells the funny story of Lesley, an aspiring actress who is offered what she believes to be her big break as the adventurous Travis in a new film for the West German market. Hearing her story, we start to glimpse her naivety, and realise that this isn’t perhaps the shortcut to the big time she expected it to be!



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Ages 11+
Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
FROM:08-03-2018
TO:31-03-2018
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Following last year’s triumphant Blowin’ in the Wind, which drew together themes and ideas of protest and political unrest, Chickenshed is this year proud to present a powerful new musical addressing the issues of man-made climate change.

With an engaging and intriguing central narrative, the creative team have combined theatre, new and original music and dance to forge a thought-provoking and fascinating piece that will thrill audiences old and young. Lou Stein is directing this piece and says “Scientists have had their go at bringing to our minds the global effects of not caring for our earth. It is now up to artists to touch our hearts and bring the issue closer home.”

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Ages 8+
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
FROM:17-04-2018
TO:12-05-2018
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Three geese in a flock
one flew east
one flew west
one flew over the cuckoo’s nest.

Based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, this powerful and affecting play by Dale Wasserman concerns Randall Patrick McMurphy who agrees to be committed to an asylum for mental assessment, rather than spend another spell in jail. His rebellious instincts throw him into constant conflict with the hospital authorities, and as he attempts to help the other patients take control of their lives, he comes to a devastating discovery of where true power lies.

Also adapted into a hugely significant film in 1975 (with Jack Nicholson as a hugely charismatic McMurphy), Chickenshed’s fresh new interpretation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest will be a physical and thrilling version of this moving and touching story.

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Ages 12+

Chickenshed is an inclusive theatre company founded in 1974. Their vision is a society that celebrates diversity and enables every individual to flourish. They aim to make beautiful and stimulating theatre by bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds to create outstanding work that entertains, inspires, challenges and informs both audiences and participants alike. They are based in their own purpose-built theatre in Southgate, North London.

Chickenshed regularly creates in-house productions on the main stage, the Rayne Theatre. It develops new and smaller scale work for adults and families in our intimate Studio Theatre, where it also present exciting interactive shows for very young children. In addition it offers a busy programme of live music and comedy events in the café bar.

Chickenshed is constantly re-examining and evaluating its work, pushing the boundaries forward, but the central belief in the importance of social inclusion remains at the core. In a world torn apart by people refusing to live or even talk together, it is their passionate believe that it is as one united world we should face the future. And they have learned that an inclusive approach enhances the creative process, and adds a layer of honesty and truth to the work produced.

Since it started over 40 years ago, Chickenshed has grown from a small group of enthusiastic young performers rehearsing in a recently vacated chicken shed, to a vibrant theatre company which is celebrated both nationally and internationally. Through the membership and education work, a programme of outreach activities and the branch in Kensington and Chelsea, it works with over 1,000 children, young people and adults every week.

Transport

The theatre is located approximately 10 minutes walk from Cockfosters Underground Station and 12 minutes from Oakwood Underground Station. Both stations are on the Piccadilly line.

By bus – routes 298, 299, 307 and N91 stop outside the theatre.

Parking

If you are travelling by car, free parking is available immediately outside the building, and easy access spaces can be booked in advance through the Box Office on 020 8292 9222.

Cafe

Food and drink available Monday - Saturday

Restaurant

Mediterranean-inspired lunch or evening meal at the family-friendly restaurant, Brothers Grill. Restaurant and bar open from 9am Monday - Saturday, and Sundays when there is an event.

Bar

Drinks available Monday - Saturday

Access Info

For detailed access information please visit the theatre's access page: www.chickenshed.org.uk/access

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