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Unicorn Theatre

The Unicorn Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre for audiences aged 2-21, serving over 70,000 children, young people and families every year through its professional performances, participation and other events. It is a central part of the Unicorn’s mission to commission new work, to tour, to be accessible to all and to encourage exchange and collaboration between theatre-makers from different countries and traditions, coming together to develop ideas and projects.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £998,099
  • 2013-2014: £1,021,055
  • 2014-2015: £1,047,603

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When I Think About the Universe I Laugh for No Reason | 28 - 30 Aug

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/71/when-i-think-about-the-universe-i-laugh-for-no-reason What happened before the beginning, and before the beginning of that? Why couldn't I speak for the first seven years of my life? If there is life after death, then what is the point of growing old? It isn't only philosophers who ask difficult questions. These eight teenagers have some questions of their own. A devised piece of theatre from the Unicorn Young Company about what makes us who we are. Tickets: https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/71/when-i-think-about-the-universe-i-laugh-for-no-reason or call 020 7645 0560.

Death's Row video diary: Day 8

Klajdi Selimi, a member of Unicorn Young Company has been supported in developing his first script by other members of the company and Joeri Smet, a Director from the Belgian Theatre Company, Ontroerend Goed. With Joeri's support, Klajdi will be directing members of the Young Company over two weeks in Summer 2014 - we'll be keeping a daily video diary to find out what they're discovering along the way.

Death's Row video diary: Day 7

Klajdi Selimi, a member of Unicorn Young Company has been supported in developing his first script by other members of the company and Joeri Smet, a Director from the Belgian Theatre Company, Ontroerend Goed. With Joeri's support, Klajdi will be directing members of the Young Company over two weeks in Summer 2014 - we'll be keeping a daily video diary to find out what they're discovering along the way.

Death's Row video diary: Day 6

Klajdi Selimi, a member of Unicorn Young Company has been supported in developing his first script by other members of the company and Joeri Smet, a Director from the Belgian Theatre Company, Ontroerend Goed. With Joeri's support, Klajdi will be directing members of the Young Company over two weeks in Summer 2014 - we'll be keeping a daily video diary to find out what they're discovering along the way.

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Death's Row video diary: Day five

Klajdi Selimi, a member of Unicorn Young Company has been supported in developing his first script by other members of the company and Joeri Smet, a Director from the Belgian Theatre Company, Ontroerend Goed. With Joeri's support, Klajdi will be directing members of the Young Company over two weeks in Summer 2014 - we'll be keeping a daily video diary to find out what they're discovering along the way.

Death's Row video diary: Day four

Klajdi Selimi, a member of Unicorn Young Company has been supported in developing his first script by other members of the company and Joeri Smet, a Director from the Belgian Theatre Company, Ontroerend Goed. With Joeri's support, Klajdi will be directing members of the Young Company over two weeks in Summer 2014 - we'll be keeping a daily video diary to find out what they're discovering along the way.

Death's Row video diary: Day three

Klajdi Selimi, a member of Unicorn Young Company has been supported in developing his first script by other members of the company and Joeri Smet, a Director from the Belgian Theatre Company, Ontroerend Goed. With Joeri's support, Klajdi will be directing members of the Young Company over two weeks in Summer 2014 - we'll be keeping a daily video diary to find out what they're discovering along the way.

When I Think About the Universe I Laugh for No Reason | 28 - 30 Aug | For ages 11+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/71/when-i-think-about-the-universe-i-laugh-for-no-reason When I Think About the Universe I Laugh for No Reason A Unicorn Young Company production Unicorn Theatre, 28 - 30 Aug Meet Hal. Hal wants to describe himself to you. As best he can. So that you really understand. But he’s only got an hour and there are so many ways he could do it. A memory, his heart rate, a special song, his fingerprints, the thoughts that keep him awake at night, the scar above his right eye... When I Think About the Universe I Laugh For No Reason is a new work created by the Unicorn Young Company that asks important questions about life, identity, people, time, space and everything in between.

Death's Row video diary: Day two

Klajdi Selimi, a member of Unicorn Young Company has been supported in developing his first script by other members of the company and Joeri Smet, a Director from the Belgian Theatre Company, Ontroerend Goed. With Joeri's support, Klajdi will be directing members of the Young Company over two weeks in Summer 2014 - we'll be keeping a daily video diary to find out what they're discovering along the way.

Death's Row video diary: Day one

Klajdi Selimi, a member of Unicorn Young Company has been supported in developing his first script by other members of the company and Joeri Smet, a Director from the Belgian Theatre Company, Ontroerend Goed. With Joeri's support, Klajdi will be directing members of the Young Company over two weeks in Summer 2014 - we'll be keeping a daily video diary to find out what they're discovering along the way.

Something Very Far Away | For ages 8+ | 20 - 28 Sep 2014

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/41/something-very-far-away Kepler is an ordinary man who loves two things beyond all others: the cosmos and his wife Tomasina. After a sudden and tragic loss, he looks to the stars for answers and journeys deep into space to keep the thing most precious to him alive. Something Very Far Away is a moving tale of love, loss, space and time that uses puppetry, music, sound and live animation to create a unique and beautiful performance that will enchant children and adults alike. This award-winning sell-out show returns to the Unicorn as part of an international tour. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/41/something-very-far-away

The Summer Book | For everyone aged 6+ | Until 29 Jun

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/54/the-summer-book A life affirming story of understated loved by Tove Jansson, in a new adaptation by Jemma Kennedy. Set on a remote island in Finland, six year-old Sophia and her grandmother while away the summer months together, and gradually a fierce yet understated love emerges between the two -- one that encompasses not just their relationship but the island itself, with its mossy rocks, windswept firs and unpredictable seas. This year is the centenary of the birth of Tove Jansson, much-loved creator of the Moomins, and this unique story captures much of the writer's own experience. Anyone who has ever known a grandparent or a grandchild will recognise the truths in this extraordinary description of life and love and the struggle we all face, whatever our age, to understand them. This is a perfect summer show for grandchildren, grandparents and everyone in between.

The Summer Book | Behind the scenes - about the show

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/54/the-summer-book Go behind the scenes of The Summer Book with members of the cast and creative team. In this episode, Jemma Kennedy (Adaptor) , Amy and Sammy (playing Sophia) and Sara Kestelman (playing Grandmother) tell us what the play is about.

The Secret of Q | 24 - 29 May | For ages 8+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/52/the-secret-of-q The Secret of Q A Het Filiaal (Netherlands) production The Secret of Q is a brilliantly inventive show about health and safety gone mad - it follows the tale of G, a ten year old girl who has never been outside - because that's the safest thing to do according to Q, the man who runs the town where she lives. But then G's grandfather suddenly disappears and she must break the rules to go and find him... This fantastic story is told through a clever set that uses cameras, puppets, models and projection to bring G's tale to life. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/52/the-secret-of-q

The Summer Book | 7 - 29 June | For everyone aged 6+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/54/the-summer-book This beautiful adaptation of Tove Jansson's novel follows the adventures of six year old Sophia and her grandmother as they while away the summer days on a remote island. Surrounded by mossy rocks, windswept firs and unpredictable seas, a fierce yet understated love between grandchild and grandparent slowly emerges. The Summer Book is the perfect show for grandchildren, grandparents and everyone in between. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/54/the-summer-book

1001 Nights video blog | Interview with the team during rehearsals

1001 Nights A Transport / Unicorn production On tour Spring 2014 | Unicorn Theatre 5 - 22 Jun | For ages 7+ Unicorn info & booking: https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/31/1001-nights Tour dates: https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/59/unicorn-on-tour Find out more about Transport and Unicorn Theatre's re-staging of 1001 Nights, the magical and completely absorbing play that collects together some of the greatest folk tales ever told in this video featuring interviews with the team and snippets from rehearsals. 1001 Nights first wowed audiences at the Unicorn in 2013 and now returns for a UK wide tour.

1001 Nights | For ages 7+ | 5 - 22 Jun

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/31/1001-nights A Transport / Unicorn production 1001 Nights 5 - 22 June 1001 Nights collects together some of the greatest folk tales ever told. Here they are re-imagined by Shahrazad -- a lively young girl who, torn between her old home in the East and her new life in England, re-tells the extraordinary stories of her childhood to her new-found friend, who understands not a single word she says... Using the things she finds around her, Shahrazad fashions saucepans into crowns, old pipes into enchanted telescopes and a mop into a magic carpet to transport us to a fantastical and imagined world of kings, viziers, and jinns. This compelling, funny and totally absorbing play wowed audiences at the Unicorn in 2013 and now returns for just two weeks as part of a UK tour. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/31/1001-nights

The Velveteen Rabbit | Until 19 Apr | For everyone aged 4+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/21/the-velveteen-rabbit There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be; and for at least two hours the Boy loved him. This Easter, join us for a heart-warming story about a very shy toy Rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real. He spends his days waiting patiently on the nursery floor, watching the Boy play with the other toys and dreaming of being picked up and loved. And then, one day he is rediscovered and all his hopes start to come true... First published in 1922, this classic American tale loses nothing of its power, magic and charm in this contemporary adaptation for the Unicorn stage. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/21/the-velveteen-rabbit

Not Now, Bernard | For ages 2+ | Touring UK venues Spring 2014

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/59/unicorn-on-tour A Unicorn production Not Now, Bernard Touring to UK venues spring 2014 Bernard's got a problem. He's found a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are just too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster...and that doesn't go quite to plan. Loved by children, monsters and adults for over thirty years, David McKee's iconic picture book will be vividly brought to life on the Unicorn stage.

At the End of Everything Else for ages 8+ | 29 Mar - 19 Apr

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/11/at-the-end-of-everything-else 29 Mar - 19 Apr When her best friend, a little yellow bird named Tito, goes missing, Icka puts her inventive mind to the test and sets off on a mission over land and sea to save him. But nothing can prepare her for what she finds -- a problem that she is unable to fix alone. At the End of Everything Else is performed with puppetry, animation, music, sound and only the collective energy of the team on stage to generate all the power needed for the show. Join the Unicorn for a truly unique performance by Mark Arends, writer/director of award-winning Something Very Far Away, which captivated audiences and received rave reviews across the UK. 'the whole thing... is done with a lightness of touch and delightful quirkiness' Guardian on Something Very Far Away Trailer by makemendanddo.com https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/11/at-the-end-of-everything-else

Hannah for ages 11+ | Until 9 Mar at Unicorn Theatre

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/8/hannah Hannah For ages 11+ Unicorn Theatre on stage until 9 Mar Lose yourself in an extraordinary story that will transport you to a supernatural world and bring magic to modern day life. Hannah gets frustrated with the little things; her mum, on the other hand, is out at work, trying to save the world. But then Hannah's life is turned upside down and there are some very big decisions to be made... Based on Marlowe's Dr Faustus, Hannah questions right and wrong, the lure of power, appearance and reality in a poetic script by Chris Thorpe (There Has Possibly Been An Incident, Edinburgh/Soho) that uses today's language in traditional verse form. Simon Evans (Silence of the Sea, Donmar Warehouse) has previously worked as a magical consultant for the National Theatre and Michael Grandage. By combining Evans' knowledge of magic and illusion with Goulding's incredible video projections, Hannah (played by Kae Alexander, BBC3's Bad Education), seemingly floats down a mountain into the sea, spins the earth on its axis and plucks a star out of the sky without ever leaving the comfort of her bedroom. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/8/hannah Sound design by Ed Lewis

Not Now, Bernard for ages 2+ | Unicorn Theatre and on tour Spring 2014

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/20/not-now-bernard Not Now, Bernard For ages 2+ Unicorn Theatre 15 Feb - 1 May and touring to UK venues spring 2014 This video features images from David McKee's iconic book alongside the story being read by actor Rhys Rusbatch who plays Bernard and Monster in the Unicorn Theatre's stage version. About the show: Bernard's got a problem. He's found a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are just too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster...and that doesn't go quite to plan. Loved by children, monsters and adults for over thirty years, David McKee's iconic picture book will be vividly brought to life on stage. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/20/not-now-bernard

Hannah | Unicorn Theatre | 8 Feb - 9 Mar | For ages 11+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/8/hannah Marlowe's Dr Faustus re-imagined for a modern world. Lose yourself in an extraordinary story that will transport you to a supernatural world and bring magic to modern day life. Hannah gets frustrated with the little things; her mum, on the other hand, is out at work, trying to save the world. But then Hannah's life is turned upside down and there are some very big decisions to be made... Based on Marlowe's Dr Faustus, join the Unicorn for a story firmly rooted in the contemporary life of a young person that explores the eternal themes of heaven, hell, power, control and freedom in a rhythmic and poetic script by Chris Thorpe (There Has Possibly Been An Incident, Edinburgh/Soho) that uses today's language in traditional verse form. Simon Evans (Silence of the Sea, Donmar Warehouse) has previously worked as a magical consultant for the National Theatre and Michael Grandage. By combining Evans' knowledge of magic and incredible video projection, Hannah (played by Kae Alexander, BBC3's Bad Education) gains control over the world without ever leaving the comfort of her own bedroom. She floats down a mountain into the sea, spins the earth on its axis, brings peace to a warzone and plucks a star out of the sky... https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/8/hannah

Getting to know The Pardoner's Tale | Part Three: What's at the heart of this story?

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/18/the-pardoner-s-tale The Pardoner's Tale, 16 - 31 Jan, for ages 7+ We've interviewed Lewis Gibson (Director and Composer) and Gary Lagden (Actor) to find out more about The Pardoner's Tale, in our third episode they tell us what is at the heart of the story. To find out more about the show and book tickets, visit https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/18/the-pardoner-s-tale

Getting to know The Pardoner's Tale | Part Two: Tell us about your style/approach

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/18/the-pardoner-s-tale The Pardoner's Tale, 16 - 31 Jan, for ages 7+ We've interviewed Lewis Gibson (Director and Composer) and Gary Lagden (Actor) to find out more about The Pardoner's Tale, in our second episode they tell us more about their style when approaching a story like this. To find out more about the show and book tickets, visit https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/18/the-pardoner-s-tale

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