Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch announces Blueprint: a festival of new ideas

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch are delighted to announce that it will be running a festival of new ideas this September. Blueprint will be an extraordinary fortnight, taking place from 12 – 24 September, of new and unusual theatre in different spaces inside and outside the amazing Grade II listed building. With many ideas being tried out for the first time, audiences will be at the start of experiencing some amazing performances, up close and at a distance, intimate and epic. With plenty of opportunities for audiences to discuss what they have seen and meet the makers of the work, it will be a thrilling festival of theatrical discoveries. Mathew Russell, Chief Executive of Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch said: “We're thrilled to be announcing for the first time, Blueprint: ‎a festival of new ideas. We're working with so many exciting Outer East London and Essex artists keen to make and explore different sorts of theatre in and outside an amazing building, and wanted to provide fresh opportunities for this exciting work to be seen by more people. We're expecting audiences to have an amazing fortnight of theatrical treats and to be surprised, moved and delighted by what they see. We can't wait to welcome you there.” Highlights of the programme so far include: Rice and Peas by Blouse & Skirt Share three West Indian courses with Figgy and Edith, throughout their life, in this acclaimed immersive dining experience written by Mia Jerome. With a menu designed by Jon Bentham (former head chef for Gary Rhodes). In This Smoking Chaos by Laura Ann Price Experience the power of design led performance with a profound exploration of life shifting through time and space, over 31 scenes. Shakespeare-On-Sea by Mawa Theatre Company Delving into the world of Shakespeare, the sea and estuary – a digital project through the gaze of Black, female, local artists. This Story Is True For Most Of Us by David Shearing Dine in a climate of food, art and performance – only at this table, can were really see ourselves and our environment. A Different Class by Kenny Emson Exploring mental health, masculinity and working-class culture, with a drum and bass soundtrack that will blow the doors off the theatre.  Wake Up People by John Webber A reading with a difference: this is a funny and candid look at a new pandemic sweeping through working class Britain, conspiracy theories. The Empty Chair by Joe Lichtenstein A one-on-one play about an empty chair, you’ll be taken to a secret location within the theatre for an intimate personal performance. Through the Ages by the Theatre’s Technical Team A sound and light spectacular on the outside of the building, taking you on a journey from the past through to the present with a musical medley inspired by Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch productions. Final Farewell by Tara Theatre A moving theatrical experience that captures the voices of individuals in four poignant stories. Explore these on a unique audio walk. Boost! by Applause & Creative Estuary A free two-day residential training and developmental lab upskilling artists working in contemporary dance and circus to tour rurally. The full programme will be announced and tickets will go on sale this July. For more details, visit and follow the Theatre on social media.

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