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Autumn Theatre and Performance On Sale!

8 Sep 2021

Escape the blustery weather and enjoy a range of drama, dance, spoken word and talks at the Gulbenkian Arts Centre this Autumn!

Including world renowned legendary reggae poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, the extraordinary theatrical event The Suppliant Woman, poignant dance work @home, and the hilarious, heartbreaking First Time.


First Time – Sat 9 & Sun 10, 7:30pm – Book Tickets

Award-winning HIV+ theatre-maker Nathaniel Hall (It’s a Sin) and Dibby Theatre present their critically acclaimed ‘hilarious’ and ‘heart breaking’ hit autobiographical show about growing up positive in a negative world.

Birth – Tue 12 Oct, 7:30pm – Book Tickets

After the success of its critically acclaimed international hit The Nature of Forgetting, Theatre Re returns with a powerful, poignant and uplifting visual theatre piece exploring the bond between three generations of women, their shared loss, and the strength they discover in each other.

Catch of the Day – Fri 22 & Sat 23 Oct, 7:30pm – Book Tickets

Ireland, 1966. Queen Elizabeth. Some nuns. One weird fish. Catch of the Day is the ‘side-splittingly funny’ (The Irish Post *****) mash-up of live music, comedy and theatre that retells an unbelievable true story. Bring your mates, your mammy, grab a pint, and get ready for one craic-ing night out.

The Steampunk Circus of Unkindness – Wed 27 Oct, 7:30pm – Book Tickets

When Janet finds herself transported to a sinister circus, where the acts bear more than a passing resemblance to some of history’s most eccentric and questionable characters, she is taken on a rollicking journey of song, dance, magic and old time movies to discover that the line between kindness and unkindness isn’t quite as straightforward as she had first thought.

Austentatious – Thu 28 & Fri 29 Oct, 8:00pm – Book Tickets

Austentatious is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. Every single show the cast conjures up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.

2065 – Fri 5 & Sat 6 Nov, 11:00am & 1:30pm – Book Tickets

The year is 2065; the people are stifled under an oppressive regime made up of all-powerful corporations. We follow a group of rebels who live outside the system and believe things can change for the better. How can they remind people of a time when things were different? 2065 is a futuristic sensory extravaganza for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

The Suppliant Women – Thu 11, Fri 12, Sat 13 & Sun 14 Nov, times vary – Book Tickets

Fifty women leave everything behind to board a boat in north Africa and flee across the Mediterranean. Escaping forced marriage, they hope for protection and seek asylum in Greece. An extraordinary theatrical event, full of music and movement, The Suppliant Women is part play, part ritual, part theatrical archaeology. It offers an electric connection to the deepest and most mysterious ideas of humanity – who are we, where do we belong and, if it all goes wrong, who will take us in?


Little Big Dance: it’s ok – Sat 25 Sep, times vary – Book Tickets

In a story full of care, comfort and kindness, follow Laura on a journey of discovery as she navigates feelings of uncertainty, fear, excitement, anger and joy whilst being supported and encouraged by Claire every step of the way. Join the performers as they discover that no feelings are right or wrong; they’re just feelings and it really is ok to feel them.

Humanoove: @Home – Thu 7 Oct, 7:30pm – Book Tickets

Critically renowned choreographer Didy Veldman and her dance company Humanoove delve into what feeling ‘at home’ truly means. Featuring five exceptional dancers and a brand new score by composer and multi-instrumentalist Sabio Janiak, @Home is inspired by globalisation and how we deal emotionally with our ever changing world.

Spoken word:

Linton Kwesi Johnson – Fri 24 Sep, 7:30pm – Book Tickets

LKJ ran poetry groups for the Black Panther movement of the 60’s, he was first published in 1974 and has been an important voice and creative force ever since. He has toured the world from Japan to the new South Africa, from Europe to Brazil. Unsurprisingly, he is known and revered as the world’s first reggae poet.

Gavin Esler In Conversation:

Robin Knox-Johnston – Tue 28 Sep, 6:30pm – Book Tickets

We are delighted to confirm that the In Conversation series returns again and kicking off season five is British sailor, and the first person to sail solo nonstop around the world, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE who will be joining Gavin Esler live in the Gulbenkian Theatre.

Michael Morpurgo – Wed 1 Dec, 6:30pm – Book Tickets

Michael Morpurgo has written over 130 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Come, The Mozart Question, Shadow, and War Horse. Michael was awarded the OBE for his writing in 2006. His latest novels are When Fishes Flew (HarperCollins), Carnival of the Animals (Harper Collins) and Song of Gladness (Macmillan).


Jennifer Rees: The Psychology of Serial Killers – Fri 8 Oct, 6:00pm – Book Tickets

During this talk, you will discover how serial killers are classified. What are the differences between lust killers like the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) Killer and visionary killers such as David Berkowitz (Son of Sam)? Jennifer will explore the different categories, using case studies to illustrate. She will also debunk common Serial Killer Myths – you may be surprised by what you learn!

Linda Smith Lecture 2021: Robin Ince – Tue 2 Nov, 7:30pm – Book Tickets

Robin is one of comedy’s great polymaths. As a stand-up comedian, co-presenter of Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage (with Professor Brian Cox) and the Book Shambles podcast (with Josie Long), and the author of the excellent I’m a Joke and So Are You (Atlantic Books), Robin’s thoughts on the nature of comedy promise to be fascinating and surprising.


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ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

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