BRIGHTER: Shows & events across Angel in September 2018

The wonderful arts and cultural venues in the Angel will be hosting a wide range of shows throughout September.  Check out what’s coming up next month:



3 – 8 Sept                            THAT GIRL BY HATTY JONES

Inspired by the writer’s own experiences as a child actor, That Girl is a touching and brutally honest new play that places female friendship at its heart, investigating how they develop and erode as women approach their 30’s. The play explores the inevitable loss of youth and the contrasting effect it can have on a group of friends.

11 – 29 Sept                         Hear me Howl

From writer Lydia Rynne (Soho Theatre Writers, NFTS Odeon Scholar, Sundance Ignite and iShorts/Funny Girls finalist), director Kay Michael (Theatre Royal Plymouth Assistant Director) & producer Caley Powell of Lights Down Productions comes HEAR ME HOWL, a bitingly honest portrayal of one woman’s personal revolution.



4 – 22  Sept                      High Ridin’

Teenager Ronnie travels to the North to find a job and a new life. Ex-bouncer Stan, just out of prison, gives him a lift. But not to the North. Instead, he takes charge and speeds off the motorway to a deserted house on the moors. But Ronnie doesn’t get exactly what he was looking for when he finds Stan : “Has more morals that Mary Poppins”. High Ridin’ is an unlikely comic love story of two men who don’t live likely lives.

5 – 22  Sept                     Hamilton (Lewis)

Hamilton (Lewis) is the epic story of a self-starter, who worked a lot harder, by being a lot faster, born and raised in Stevenage, the most successful British F1 driver in the history of the sport. Blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, discover the petrol-fuelled thrills and spills of the life of Hamilton (Lewis) then, as told by Hamilton (Lewis) now. A brand new musical parody direct from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival guaranteed to have you in hysterics all the way to the finish line.

27 Sept – 27 Oct           La Traviata

The acclaimed company behind the Olivier Award nominated (‘Best New Opera, 2018’) production of La bohème present a radical reimagining of Verdi’s incendiary tale of sex, class and power, La Traviata. England, 2018. Violetta earns her crust dancing for the rich and powerful at an exclusive gentleman’s club until a chance meeting with naive and idealistic Elijah changes everything. Combining Verdi’s breathtaking music with a new English version from Becca Marriott and Helena Jackson, this is La Traviata exposed, uncovered and redefined for the twenty first century.



 2 Sept                            National Youth Ballet – Bright Young Things

Inspired by the lives of extraordinary girls and boys, National Youth Ballet’s mixed programme celebrates the power of imagination and being bold and ambitious. The programme features two pieces of classical repertoire alongside five fresh new commissions created for the young company by emerging choreographers.

5 & 6 Sept                     Breakin’ Convention presents Pierre Rigal’s Scandale

Pierre Rigal’s shamanic piece investigating the birth of choreography: is music or movement the mother of dance?  Set against a simple backdrop, the soundtrack ranges between extremes, from ambient chamber music to electronic sound effects. Simultaneously, words, cries and scandalous chants exert energy, as what begins as disorganised chaos slowly falls into structured choreography and a hip hop spectacle.

12 – 16 Sept                    Natalia Osipova – Pure Dance

Superstar ballerina Natalia Osipova brings together a handpicked programme of exciting and eclectic dance works, taking the audience on a journey from the world of classical ballet to contemporary repertoire.

20 – 29  Sept                English National Ballet – Lest We Forget

To commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, English National Ballet revive their “moving and ambitious” (The Independent) triptych reflecting the experiences of those who fought, and those who stayed behind.  The programme features works by two Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists in which 20 dancers rise and fall, and Akram Khan’s award-winning Dust which is “full of pain and power” (The Independent), as well as Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land – evoking the entwined destinies of the soldiers and munition workers.



13 Sept – 11 Nov            The Everywhere Bear

This captivating and beautiful story from best-selling author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Rebecca Cobb springs to life with rhyme, original music and delightfully expressive puppets in this fun and exciting stage adaptation.

21 & 22 Sept                  Sleepyhead

It’s been a long day for Dad and he can hardly keep his eyes open. All he wants is for Baby to go to sleep so he can catch up on a little shut-eye too. Dad’s usually got some tricks up his sleeve to help send Baby off to the Land of Nod. But tonight, Baby has other ideas… As soon as Dad’s out of the way, Baby gets his hands on the magic top hat, and when his friend Rabbit shows up the fun and games really begin!



27 Aug – 6 Oct               Dance Nation

Somewhere in America, a revolution is coming. An army of competitive dancers is ready to take over the world, one routine at a time.  Dance Nation is a ferocious exploration of youth, ambition and self-discovery. Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and The Relentless Award, Clare Barron’s explosive new play Dance Nation makes its UK debut in summer 2018.