Summer Festival 2021
21 June - 22 August
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.
After a year that saw theatre fall to its knees, it’s the opportune time to dust ourselves off and herald in a fresh approach, throw open the gates and give a platform to a generation of new voices. With this renewed focus, Iris are delighted to return to their home in Covent Garden alongside 5 breakout theatrical companies, each of whom has been commissioned to present a piece of new work for one week this Summer.
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 us under the sun or stars at our beautiful home at St Paul’s Church for a magical Summer celebrating theatre in its most natural of settings #seeyouinthegarden
Jun 21 - Jun 26
A suburban street. The night is ink and moonlight. A lone fox noses through your bins. Out in the garden, I am watching… This is not my first plague...
Can You See Into a Black Hole
Jun 28 - Jul 3
When Tom grows up he wants to be an astronaut.. or the blue power ranger, they’re kind of the same thing anyway, right? An epic adventure exploring ...
Shoes to Fill
Jul 5 - Jul 10
Shoes to Fill is a celebration of mixed-race identity and the coming together of two cultures. With elements of music, spoken word and multi-rolling, ...
The Red Side of the Moon
Jul 12 - Jul 17
The Red Side of The Moon’ is a folk inspired new musical about the fall out of choosing between love and superstardom. ...
#ShakespeareSundays – Bard In the Yard
Jul 4 - Jul 18
William Shakespeare is stuck. Like, really stuck. Blank parchment stuck. He is trying to write a new masterpiece and has the weight of his company’s...
Eyes On… REARRANGED – The Grad Fest
An exciting new concert, showcasing the amazing talent of the UK’s actor-musician graduates....
Jul 24 - Jul 28
Tiny T's Storytelling & Theatre present a brand new musical adaption of 'Spectacular', along with a rhyming Picture Book that will leave everyone, tin...
Eyes On… BLUD. by Yan Toby-Amisi
A night of hard-hitting storytelling told through rap, poetry and prose about growing up black in the jungle – or, as we know it, the hood....
#ShakespeareSundays – The Noisy Isle
A treasure-hunt show giving 7-11 year-olds an adventure through a strange, magical new world.
Created in partnership with Creative Arts East, T...
Aug 4 - Aug 22
Listed in THE GUARDIAN as one of the TOP 10 outdoor events this summer and featuring playful spoken word, original songs and led by an exceptional cas...