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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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The Fourth Wise Man | 30 Nov - 4 Jan | For ages 4+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/66/the-fourth-wise-man Everyone has heard of the Three Wise Men, but have you heard of Artaban, the fourth? One day Artaban, the wisest of them all, spots a beautiful new star in the sky. It's the biggest and brightest star he has ever seen, and he knows it will lead him to something special. A special baby in fact, so special that everything (and that means everything) must be perfect. Join Artaban as he prepares for a momentous journey. But what should he wear? What gift should he bring? And where on earth will he find the right camel? A funny and heart-warming show about one man and an elusive camel that will leave audiences with a decidedly Christmassy glow. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/66/the-fourth-wise-man

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King | 21 Nov - 4 Jan | For ages 8+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/69/the-nutcracker-and-the-mouse-king This Christmas the Unicorn goes back to the roots of E.T.A. Hoffman's magical story to create this wondrous and festive production of an old and favourite title. It's Christmas Eve, 1805. Seven year-old Marie retrieves the sad and broken Nutcracker from under the Christmas tree and promises to look after him. But on the stroke of midnight he comes alive, and after enlisting Marie’s help in his battle with the evil Mouse King, they journey together through strange and fantastical stories until they finally arrive in a secret land made of nothing but candy. Full of magic, mice and adventure, this will be a Christmas show to remember. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/69/the-nutcracker-and-the-mouse-king

When was the first time you were completely alone?

As part of our production of Triple Bill with Dance Umbrella in autumn 2014, we worked with pupils from Comber Grove Primary School to create an installation in the foyer for adults to engage with while their children were in the auditorium, watching the show. This film was part of that installation. Made by Mattia Pagura, http://www.mattiapagura.eu/ Choreography and stories by pupils from Comber Grove Primary School Thanks to Lucy-Anne Evans Music by dxlj

Girls Like That | A Unicorn Theatre / Synergy Theatre Project production | For ages 13+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/73/girls-like-that By Evan Placey Directed by Esther Baker A naked photo of Scarlett goes viral. Rumours spread across smartphones like wildfire and her reputation becomes toxic, threatening to shatter the fragile unity of the girls she has grown up with. But how long can Scarlett remain silent? And why isn't it the same for boys? Girls Like That is an urgent and explosive play that explores gender equality and the pressures on today's digital generation. Contains strong language. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/73/girls-like-that

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Nosferatu, Dracula but not quite as you know it...

Nosferatu, 30 Oct - 2 Nov 2014 Meet Bob Theatre, the men behind the fantastic production of Nosferatu - a witty and rather spooky take on everyone's favourite bat-gone-bad tale. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/15/nosferatu Nosferatu is suitable for all braves souls aged 8+

How Nigeria Became: A story, and a spear that didn't work | What the audience are saying

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/68/how-nigeria-became-a-story-and-a-spear-that-didn-t-work It's 1914, one hundred years ago exactly, and Nigeria is about to be formed. Herbert and his well-known troupe of female actors are preparing to stage a story for the British Governor and his wife. The story of the Spear of Shango is about a brave young woman who must use her strength and agility to save her father's kingdom. But there's a problem, the story doesn't quite fit with the governor's vision of a united country... This colourful and quick-witted production offers a creative insight into Nigeria's beginnings in 1914. Written and directed by British Nigerian playwright Gbolahan Obisesan, How Nigeria Became: A Story, and A Spear That Didn't Work commemorates the centenary of Nigeria as part of Black History Month at the Unicorn.

Seesaw | For ages 2+ | Until 2 Nov

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/61/seesaw Seesaw A Unicorn production By Stewart Melton Directed by Sarah Argent Being little can be hard work. There are holes to dig, sand castles to make, treasures to find, adventures to be had. It's much easier when you have a friend to help. But what if making friends is hard work too? Seesaw explores the push and pull of friendship, and the ups and downs of being very young.

Why is Brecht still relevant today? - an interview with Dr Laura Bradley

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/74/the-caucasian-chalk-circle A Unicorn production Blood runs through the streets and the Governor's severed head is nailed to the gates of the city. A young servant girl must make a choice: save her own skin or sacrifice everything to rescue an abandoned child... A time of terror, followed by a time of peace. Order has been restored and the Governor's Wife returns to reclaim the son she left behind. Now the choice is the judge's: who is the real mother of the forgotten child? A bold and inventive new production of Brecht's moral masterpiece, accompanied by a live and original soundtrack. Resource pack for schools with drama scheme of work coming soon. School workshops available. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/74/the-caucasian-chalk-circle With special thanks to Dr Laura Bradley from The University of Edinburgh.

An insight in to the Unicorn Theatre's 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle'

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/74/the-caucasian-chalk-circle A Unicorn production Blood runs through the streets and the Governor's severed head is nailed to the gates of the city. A young servant girl must make a choice: save her own skin or sacrifice everything to rescue an abandoned child... A time of terror, followed by a time of peace. Order has been restored and the Governor's Wife returns to reclaim the son she left behind. Now the choice is the judge's: who is the real mother of the forgotten child? A bold and inventive new production of Brecht's moral masterpiece, accompanied by a live and original soundtrack. Resource pack for schools with drama scheme of work coming soon. School workshops available. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/74/the-caucasian-chalk-circle With special thanks to Dr Laura Bradley & Juliet Stevenson. Soundtrack composed by Dom Coyote.

Emma Gladstone (Dance Umbrella) & Purni Morell (Unicorn Theatre) in conversation about Triple Bill

Emma Gladstone ( Chief Executive and This October half term, the Unicorn is joining forces with Dance Umbrella, London's contemporary dance festival, to bring young audiences an exciting new mixed bill of award-winning dance to under 12s - and only under 12s!* Triple Bill brings together three internationally acclaimed choreographers, all with very different styles, each at the top of their game. Specifically created with young audiences in mind, the show includes hip-hop from France, contemporary dance from Norway, and the technical wizardry of the UK's Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. *For the first time in our history we're banning the adults! Anyone over 12 years old will only be able to attend the matinee performance on 28 Oct only, audience members will be looked after by our friendly Front of House team and the Triple Bill compere, Peter Laycock - a freelance dance artist who has worked extensively in a wide variety of educational and community settings across the UK. Anyone over 12 years old will be invited to enjoy an installation in our foyer, part-curated by Comber Grove Primary School Primary School. In this video, Emma Gladstone (Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella) and Purni Morell (Artistic Director of the Unicorn) discuss the show and why they decided to make it for under 12s only.

HOW NIGERIA BECAME: A STORY, AND A SPEAR THAT DIDN'T WORK | 9 OCT - 9 NOV | FOR AGES 8+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/68/how-nigeria-became-a-story-and-a-spear-that-didn-t-work A Unicorn production It's 1914, one hundred years ago exactly, and Nigeria is about to be formed. Herbert and his well-known troupe of female actors are preparing to stage a story for the British Governor and his wife. The story of the Spear of Shango is about a brave young woman who must use her strength and agility to save her father's kingdom. But there's a problem, the story doesn't quite fit with the governor's vision of a united country... This colourful and quick-witted production offers a creative insight into Nigeria's beginnings in 1914. Written and directed by British Nigerian playwright Gbolahan Obisesan, How Nigeria Became: A Story, and A Spear That Didn't Work commemorates the centenary of Nigeria as part of Black History Month at the Unicorn. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/68/how-nigeria-became-a-story-and-a-spear-that-didn-t-work Soundtrack composed by Donato Wharton.

What happens when you ask a group of 9 & 10 year olds to create an installation for adults?

What happens when you ask a group of 9 & 10 year olds to create an installation for adults? In October 2014, Dance Umbrella and the Unicorn Theatre will present three award-winning and international dance works for ages 8-12. On two of the performance dates, adults will not be allowed into the auditorium to watch the show. We asked a group of 9&10 year old pupils at Comber Grove Primary School to create an interactive installation for the adults who are left behind whilst their children watch the show. This film is a behind the scenes look into that process... The brief was to make adults think about how it feels to be aged around 9 or 10, when you start to become independent from your parents and when you start to do things by yourself. The children worked with a dance artist to explore these ideas through dance, choreography, discussion and writing. Film made by Mattia Pagura, http://www.mattiapagura.eu/ Music by dxlj

Triple Bill | Presented by Dance Umbrella & Unicorn Theatre | 28 - 29 Oct 2014

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/63/triple-bill The Unicorn and Dance Umbrella join forces for an exciting new mixed bill of award-winning, international dance for under 12s - and only under 12s! This show is not open to adults. Three exceptional dance performances choreographed by Wayne McGregor, Hege Haagenrud Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang - each with a distinctive style and all visually stunning - come to the Unicorn in this event. This is dance at its best. There will be three performances only. Adults / over 12s will be admitted into the matinee performance on 28 Oct; all evening performances will be for under 12s exclusively. Parents, carers and older siblings are invited to take part in a range of foyer activities devised by Comber Grove Primary School while their children are watching the performances upstairs. The work: How to be Alone by Hege Haagenrud Hege Haagenrud is the most performed choreographer for young audiences in Norway. In this trio she uses text as well as movement to consider the ups and downs of friendship. AP15 by Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang (Germany) An inventive hip hop duet full of combative energy - an international hit, this duet was recently awarded a Bessie award in New York. FAR by Wayne McGregor | Random Dance (UK) A resident choreographer of the Royal Ballet, whose company is resident at Sadler's Wells, Wayne McGregor is known for his thrilling, fast and athletic style, as this piece will reveal. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/63/triple-bill

The Beauty of Decay | An interview with Onny Huisink

Onny Huisink from Speeltheater Holland Studio talks us through his Beauty of Decay puppet installation.

The Secret Life of Suitcases | Unicorn Theatre 18 Sep - 12 Oct & touring | For ages 4+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/65/the-secret-life-of-suitcases An Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker / Unicorn production The Secret Life of Suitcases By Lewis Hetherington and Ailie Cohen Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order. Everything in its place, a place for everything. But one day, a suitcase suddenly appears at his door. A suitcase with a tiny label. A tiny label with Larry's name on it. And this suitcase has a mission... Join Larry as his world gets turned upside down by a fantastical flying suitcase in this funny and enchanting new collaboration nominated for a Critics' Award for Theatre in Scotland, with renowned Scottish puppeteer, Ailie Cohen (Cloud Man, The Man Who Planted Trees). https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/65/the-secret-life-of-suitcases

Death's Row video diary: After the first performance

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

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.

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.

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