From 21st June a barnstorming celebration of theatre, music and performance will be awaiting audiences in the gardens of the Actors Church as Iris Theatre present their 2021 Summer Festival.
During the run of the festival, the Iris team will also host Iris Theatre Eyes On where they will shine a light on a different artist or collective for one night only. These special one-off events are at an early stage of development and give audiences the opportunity to see exceptional work in its infancy.
Shakespeare Sunday’s will bring Shakespeare back to the gardens in exciting and interesting ways from a new play performed by Will himself, to a new interactive adventure for young audiences inspired by the Tempest.
Closing the festival will be a 3-week run of Iris Theatre’s re-imagining of Arthur/ Merlin directed by Iris Theatre’s Artistic Director Paul-Ryan Carberry, which will take audiences on a lyrical ride of one of the greatest adventures ever told.
This Summer there will be something for everyone with music, magic, children’s theatre, spoken word and productions covering themes including relationships, heritage, health, family generations, adolescence and love in all its forms.
Join them under the sun or stars at our beautiful home at St Paul’s Church for a magical Summer like no other, celebrating theatre in its most natural of settings #seeyouinthegarden
Running in the courtyard of the Actors’ Church, the Iris Theatre’s home in the heart of Covent Garden from 21 June – 22 August 2021, all performances will adhere to social distancing in line with government guidelines.
ARTHUR/MERLIN by Reuben Johnson
4 - 22 August 2021
Escaping at pace from their childhood home, the young Arthur happens upon an epic Forest. A place filled with strange and wondrous goings on. Encountering Merlin; a word-wielding wizard, their adventure must begin at once. With the future of a divided nation at stake, can these two companions complete their quest and reach their goal?
Featuring spoken word, original songs and led by an exceptional cast of actor-musicians, this brand-new re-imagining takes you on a lyrical ride of one of the greatest adventures ever told.
For audiences aged 8+
QUEEN MAB By Danielle Pearson
21 - 26 June 2021
Mab is an ancient being who doles out dreams and nightmares to her sleeping victims. She has watched humans for centuries, knows our worst fears and wildest fantasies – and quite frankly, she’s bored of us. That is until a chance meeting with Freya Roberts, a locked-down teen watching her best years slip away. As Mab and Freya strike up an unlikely friendship, the faerie is reluctantly drawn into the laughter, squabbles, triumphs and anxieties of the Roberts’ family. But when grief threatens their world, can Mab maintain her impartial role of observer?
Inspired by Mercutio’s famous speech in Romeo and Juliet, Queen Mab brings this mythic dream-weaver into the mundanity of pandemic life. A coming-of-age tale for fifteen-year-olds and five-hundred-year-olds alike. Through music and storytelling, Queen Mab examines the euphoria, confusion and loneliness of youth.
CAN YOU SEE INTO A BLACK HOLE? By Tom Ryalls
28 June - 3 July 2021
When Tom grows up he wants to be an astronaut.. or the blue power ranger, they’re kind of the same thing anyway, right? But, aged 8, a black hole opens up inside his head and his entire world is swallowed up. Now, Tom must take on an even bigger adventure.
In this solo space odyssey, developed through interviews with his parents and told using innovative & exciting soundscapes, Tom tries to reconstruct an invisible part of his life which changed him so much. Performed by 1 actor, Can You See Into A Black Hole? is an epic adventure exploring one family's journey to adapt in the face of celestial scale events.
SHOES TO FILL Written by Tanya Bridgeman
5 - 10 July 2021
1950 - Dublin to London 288 Miles
1954 - Bridgetown to London 4,214 Miles
As another birthday draws closer Granddaughter feels like her life is slipping away. Through stories told to her by her Bajan and Irish Grandmothers she learns to take control of her own narrative so she can proudly fill their shoes.
Shoes to Fill is a celebration of mixed-race identity and the coming together of two cultures. With elements of music, and spoken word, this one-woman new play takes us on an unexpected lyrical journey that questions who we are and where we fit in.
THE RED SIDE OF THE MOON A New Musical
12 - 17 July 2021
Ellen and Beth meet in a bar at an open mic night in the early 2000s. They are thrust head first into the public eye and whilst audiences are falling in love with them, they are falling in love with each other.
From an all-female creative team, this beautiful, uplifting, original score will whisk you away on a journey about love, superstardom and the courage to be who you truly are.
24 – 28 July 2021
For this family of three, things have hit rock bottom - so it's time for their adventurous neighbour to step in and help! Through the power of some magical specs, will Starla, Flo and their new friends be able to grant their family's wish at last?
First performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019, Tiny T's Storytelling & Theatre present a brand-new musical adaption of Spectacular!, along with a rhyming Picture Book that will leave everyone, tiny or tall, with a twinkle in their eye. Performed with high energy, life size puppets, creative props and catchy songs that will get everyone toe-tapping.
For audiences aged 3+
Single show: £22.50 / £17.50 (concession)
Festival Pass: Buy all 5 shows in the festival and get tickets for just £13.50 plus get 10% off at the bar. (Excluding Arthur/Merlin, Shakespeare Sundays & Eyes On events). Available until 1 June 2021. Discount applied at checkout. Must book 1 ticket to each of the 5 shows. Not valid on concession tickets.
Early Bird: Book any Summer Festival show before 1 June 2021 (£15 / £14 (Concessions)
All tickets being sold for in-person events have social distancing restrictions in place and masks must be worn unless proof of exemption is provided.