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Previous Shows

Take a look at some of our major past shows and performances over the years. Our portfolio illustrates the breadth and span of our work and demonstrates how our practice has been developed and adapted.

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Into the Forest (2023)

Alexa and Safari, the fairies, are protecting a wishing tree. Gretel has lost Hansel. Goldilocks wants to repent. The Wicked Witch has put a spell on everyone and only an act of bravery might set them free!

Into the Forest was devised by a cast of 7-13 year olds. There was never a written script - it was made by relying on muscle memory, reading visual cues from each other, and drawing. 

Made possible with funding from:
- Higgins Partnerships

Threads (2023)

A group of teenagers find themselves in detention without a teacher. Silence leads to conversation where their thoughts, stories, and identities unravel. 

A play about school uniforms, rules and identity.

Made with young people as part of our community project, Threads of Tooting.

Made possible with funding from:
- The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Teenage actors on stage look triumphant at the end of a performance - a silhouetted audience is clapping.

Our Tooting Our Home (2022)

Travel through family history in a drama that spans 60 years in 60 minutes. A group of young people play the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who inherit the house of a couple who fell in love in Tooting during the war. 

Made with young people as part of our community project, Sugar & Spice.

Made possible with funding from:
- The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Hope 
(Professional Storytelling, 2022)

Hope’s world has turned grey. It rains so much it sweeps her up into the ocean. There she finds sea creatures with blankets of seaweed, paintbrushes, and wise words. Overnight, Hope learns the importance of being kind to herself and letting go of her worries.


A picture book and storytelling project to celebrate Anstee Bridge’s return to in-person working together.

Made possible with funding from:
- The Backstage Trust
- Kingston University London
- Rose & Rose

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Dear Children 
(Professional Performances, 2020 and 2022)

For one special year, Santa had to build a socially distanced sleigh. He brought his Elf, Luna, down to cheer her up and remind her that the world was full of brightness when everything felt dark. A door-to-door performance for children during the pandemic to celebrate the bravery of children when the world shut down.

Made possible with funding from:
- Bounce Theatre

Scar 
(Professional Performance, 2018)

Four young people’s worlds collide as they wait for news of their friends. SCAR explores our relationship with our physical and mental health.

First performed in July 2019 at the National Archives, SCAR is part of a collection of plays made with Anstee Bridge. Students were invited to be part of the creative process. They collaborated with the writer, auditioned and rehearsed the actions, and undertook producing roles.

SCAR has since been performed at the Rose Theatre, Turing House, Heatham House, Kent Council Safeguarding Conference, and Kingston Hospital Nursing and Midwifery Conference.

Made possible with funding from:
- Kingston Boys Club

Two actors rehearse. A blond man looks tense facing the camera in the background, whilst a dark-haired man has his back to us with his head in his hands.
High school students surround a piece of box sculpture on a table depicting a miniature city. Some of the students are pointing at the artwork and are talking. An adult man in glasses and a blue suit stands amongst them, also engaged in conversation. A poster for "Loneliness in the City" lies on the table in front of the artwork.

Loneliness in the City (2017-18)

Loneliness in the City featured the work of Year 10 drama students at Chessington Community College. The students collaborated with us to conceive a city through the eyes of the lonely.

 

The piece blended dialogue, visual art, and photography to highlight the hidden stories of loneliness that seep into the walls of a city. The work was exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, The Rose Theatre, and The International Youth Arts Festival.

The work originated from a commission from The Royal Borough of Kingston, looking at young people’s views on urban living. They focused on themes of mental health and wellbeing. Through the project, 165 children and young people achieved an Arts Award.

Made possible with funding from:
- Kingston upon Thames Council – Arts Commission

Emoji 
(Professional Performance 2017)

It’s Prom Night.

 

For three young people, life will never be the same again as masks fall and their true feelings are revealed. Emoji is a tender tale of transformation and learning to love yourself.

Inspired by the mental health imagery in Hans Christian Anderson, Emoji was made with Anstee Bridge. Students were invited to be part of the creative process. They collaborated with the writer, auditioned and rehearsed the actions, and undertook producing roles.

Made possible with funding from:
- Grants for the Arts and Kingston Boys Club

Two young female adults in prom dresses. One has red/ginger hair that is long and tousled and wears a tiara. The other has brown hair in the same style. They look serious, possibly in conflict, and have been photographed whilst spinning around to look at something or turn away. One girl has her hand to her head whilst the other appears to be trying to hang on to her.
A man in a red fast food uniform sits at a fast food counter. He wears a red cap and is looking to the right-hand side. The counter is emblazoned with chicken and chips advertising. Behind him is a drinks machine and fast food chicken boxes. The surrounding area is black - as if on stage.

Fried Chicken 
(Professional Performance, 2016)

A fight breaks out. Four strangers find themselves locked in a chicken shop – fears rise and tensions bubble to the surface. A story about gangs and grief.


Written by: Louise Pendry with Anstee Bridge

Made possible with funding from:
- The Arts Council

Hounslow Youth Theatre (2014)

Hounslow Youth Theatre was an evolution of work with young people across Hounslow.

 

Working together to make numerous shows and productions for their community including Angels, Tiny Tales, Project X, Peter Pan, Alice 2013, Beauty, Carol, Cinderella, and DNA.

Made possible with funding from:
Various generous funders

A teenage girl stands on stage dressed as Ebeneezer Scrooge. She is dramatically lit and looks startled.

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