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Iris Theatre's Summer Festival

14 August - 29 August

We are absolutely delighted to be able to share with you this summer festival, with work from some of the most exciting break-out artists and companies around!


Iris theatre’s Summer Festival will be an outdoor celebration of live performance, with a little bit of something for everyone, from music, spoken word to new plays and family treats.

Taking place in the gardens of our home at The Actors Church, performances will be running from 14th-29th August.

Specifically tailored for a socially-distanced audience, all reservations are per Bubble Bench rather than individual tickets. Each Bubble Bench can accommodate up to two adults and you can book yours here.

A full listing of events is below…


Dear Peter

Written and performed by Evangeline Dickson

Directed by Kayla Feldman

Date: 14th & 15th August

Time: 5pm & 7pm

Age guideline: PG

Ticket price: Bubble Bench £25 (Seats up to two adults)

“If this is what growing up feels like then I never want it to stop”

Join Ash on her 25th birthday as J.M. Barrie’s seminal hero Peter Pan throws her back in time in this enchanting solo show written and performed by Evangeline Dickson, which was first performed as part of Maiden Speech. Set to a nostalgia-infused soundtrack, Dear Peter explores whether anyone is truly free from growing up through a collection of fragmented memories, poetic frankness and darkly comedic storytelling.



Words I’ve Said (work in progress)

Written by Asa Haynes and Jesse Bateson

Performed by Jesse Bateson

Date: 17th & 18th August

Time: 5pm & 7pm

Age guideline: 15+

Ticket price: Bubble Bench £25 (Seats up to two adults)

Jordan’s Dad died when he was 18. Today Jordan is 18. She’s never met him. She opens a letter addressed to her from him. She reads it. She tries to picture what he looks like. How he sounds.What a hug from him feels like.

Join us in the gardens for a work-in-progress sharing of this touching new play about family and those we’ve lost.



Fiona & The Fox 

By Wild Geese Theatre

Date: 19th & 20th August

Time: 2pm & 4:30pm

Age guideline: 5-11 yr olds (Plus their grown ups)

Ticket price: Bubble Bench £25

From Wild Geese Theatre, this 1-hour storytelling family-friendly experience, devised for children aged 5-11, tells the story of Fiona – a kid from the city, who has a strange sort of pet.

In her garden, in the middle of the night and the muddle of sounds and streetlights, a fox comes prowling…

(Our bubble benches seat up to two adults comfortably. As this piece is great for families, we would recommend that a family consisting of more than one adult and two small children consider reserving more than one bench). 



PLATFORM – in the garden

Date: 22nd August 

Time: Bar open from 2pm 

Age guideline: 18+

Ticket Price: Free (Reserve your spot in advance)

Reserve your spot for free and grab yourself a drink at our bar. Join folk musician Nick Hart, Musical Theatre composer Dylan Wynford and spoken word artist Reuben Johnson for a relaxed day of original music and verse to be filmed in the gardens of the actors church. 



St. Anne Comes Home

Written and Composed by Jack Miles

Directed by Martha Geelan

Musical Supervision by Joe Beighton 

Produced by Katie Wilmore & James Leggat from Willow Walk Productions

Date: 29 – 30th August

Time: 2:30pm & 6pm

Age guideline: 12+ (Includes themes of alcoholism)

Ticket Price: Bubble Bench £36 (Seats up to two adults)

London can be lonely. But on the steps of St. Anne’s Church two people strike up an unlikely friendship. James has spent years running away from his problems, while Bridget is trapped by hers.

A brand new musical sharing written and composed by Jack Miles and told through original folk music. St. Anne Comes Home is a story about community, fear and forgiveness, that explores how reaching out might help us find our way.

Jordan Castle
(Light in the Piazza)
Mathew Craig (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾)
Rebecca McKinnis (Dear Evan Hansen)



(All performances will take place with social distance guidelines in place, for more information on the measures in place for each event and for a copy of our risk assessment, please click the link for tickets.)

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