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Arthur/Merlin

4 August - 22 August

‘Some use their power for good, some for evil. And some don’t even know they possess it.’

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?

Join us, this summer, in the heart of Covent Garden, as we embark on a monumental journey of mystery, danger and self-discovery. Our destination…an unassuming churchyard…wherein lies a stone and a magical, fateful sword!

Experience the Arthurian legend like never before in this rip roaring, open-air production created and delivered by outdoor specialists, Iris Theatre. 

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+

Ticket Information

Monday: 7:30pm
Tuesday: 7:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30pm
Thursday: 2:30pm | 7:30pm
Friday: 7:30pm
Saturday: 2:30pm | 7:30pm

Press Night – Thursday 5th August 2021 7.30pm 

Relaxed Performance – Saturday 14th August 2021 at 2.30pm (this performance will also be BSL interpreted) 

BSL Performance – Thursday 19th August 2021 at 2.30pm

Cast/Creatives

Reuben Johnson

Writer

Reuben is a spoken word artist, actor and writer from Salford. His spoken word pieces have appeared on BBC Iplayer and BBC radio stations across the country.
Last year Reuben wrote and recorded the lyrical piece ‘Being Jess,’ an online animation for Mac’s Arcadian and Unicorn Theatre. He provides the current spoken word voiceover for Volkswagen.
His first play ‘Territory’ won the NSDF Best Emerging Artist Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His subsequent plays have been performed at venues such as The Lowry, Pleasance Islington, Pleasance Edinburgh and Theatre 503 as well as commissions for Royal Exchange, HOME and Paines Plough.
As an actor Reuben has performed in productions for; National Theatre, Royal Exchange, York Theatre Royal, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Orange Tree Theatre, HOME Manchester, Northern Stage, Royal & Derngate, Graeae, RashDash and various other Theatre’s/Companies .
Reuben’s TV and Film credits include; Prisoners Wives, Doctor Who, Casualty, Doctors (BBC) Loaded, The Aliens (Channel 4) and Weekender (Momentum Pictures).

Nick Hart

Composer

For Iris Theatre; Festive Folklore, The Three Musketeers
Recent composing/musical direction credits include: London-a theatrical film, (online/Mountview), Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Backstage Theatre), Tony Harrison's The Nativity (St. James' Church), James Joyce's The Dead, Matchgirls, Half a Sixpence, A Comedy of Errors (Mountview).
Actor musician credits include: A Christmas Carol (Old Vic), Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre), Peaky Blinders (BBC).

Sophia Pardon

Designer

Sophia Pardon is a set, costume and puppet designer. She is a graduate of the Wimbledon College of Arts and Warwick University. Sophia has worked on a range of productions including A Christmas Carol (The Barn Theatre), Once on This Island (Arts Ed), Theatrical Niche's A Doll's House (UK Tour), GORGON: A Horror Story (VAULTS Festival), Faustus (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Neck or Nothing (Pleasance Theatre), The Little Prince (Omnibus Theatre). Sophia is currently the designer at Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts, working on productions of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet and Richard Bean’s Great Britain. She is also the set designer for upcoming comedy UK Tour Clinton Baptiste, opening at the Hackney Empire. Sophia takes on a variety of productions, but she is most drawn to storytelling, fantasy, immersive theatre and working with multi-rolling ensembles. She loves to fuse abstract elements with the very real, in order to tell important stories.

Paul-Ryan Carberry

Director

In late 2019, Paul-Ryan became the Artistic Director of Iris Theatre.

For Iris Theatre; Festive Folklore, The Three Musketeers.

Recent directing credits include: London - a theatrical film (Online/Mountview), Dead Dog In A Suitcase (Backstage Theatre), Little Shop Of Horrors (CAD Beijing), A Serious Business (Luton Hat Factory/Pleasance), Tony Harrison's The Nativity (St James's Church), The Outback Games (Edinburgh Festival), Touched (Bernie Grant Arts Centre), James Joyce's The Dead, Heathers, Ourselves Alone, Into The Woods, Parade (Mountview).

Acting credits include: A Song For Jenny, The Village (BBC); Billy in Billy Liar (Leeds Playhouse); Little Voice (Bolton Octagon); A Christmas Carol (Birmingham REP); Everybody Loves A Winner (Royal Exchange). Paul-Ryan also originated the lead role of ‘Jack ‘in Nikolai Foster's original musical production of All The Fun Of The Fair (UK No.1 Tour).