In 2012, Wilko Johnson, the iconic rock star and founder of legendary Essex band Dr Feelgood, was told he had inoperable cancer and a year to live. Refusing all treatment, he decided to spend his last months living meaningfully: seeing the people, places and things which meant most to him during his remarkable life.
Then, a miracle happened….
This world premiere production of a new play – a mixture of words, rock ‘n roll, and quotes from the man himself – tells the amazing, uplifting true story of Wilko, the Canvey Island legend.
Four Forty Theatre are back with a British Summertime Shakespeare Double Bill! Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both performed in one night by only four actors in forty (ish!) minutes each!
Experience the hilarity of two of the Bard’s best comedies condensed into short, side-splitting shows. In a mere 40 minutes each, they distill the essence of Shakespeare’s masterpieces into uproarious performances. Prepare for an unforgettable night of laughter and with a British Seaside Twist! 2024 will see the company reach more people than ever before and they invite you to join them on their biggest tour to date!
“This is an exceptionally special, hilarious, speedy tour of two of Shakespeare’s arguably greatest plays!”
“Their inimitable style and charisma definitely set them apart as one of the most playfully ambitious theatre groups around!”
“Four Forty Theatre proves that there doesn’t need to be a high value production to provide high quality entertainment!”
Temporal Horizons Productions in association with Small Steed Theatre present this Arts Council England funded work-in-progress performance.
Ali has left the madness of mainstream education to pursue a more peaceful career as a private tutor. However, when Danny (a neurodivergent man) enlists her help to pass his adult GCSE’s, she is dragged back into a world of stress and scrutiny, as it appears Danny is one of her ex-students who she had a hand in expelling…
Now Danny wants Ali to take accountability for her failings as a teacher. But Ali wants Danny to take accountability for his actions as a student… Can a compromise be reached before either hit breaking point, or will history tragically repeat itself?
“Wet Cement is astute class commentary. Danny is exactly the kind of man dehumanised by society, and the writing does a tremendous job of humanising him with thought and tenderness… A beautiful story of redemption and friendship.” – Bush Theatre
“The characters are richly painted and three-dimensional. The play offers a subtle and artful raising of dramatic stakes, the subtext is uneasy and carries danger to it. This is a skilfully written two hander, which shows real promise.” – National Theatre
Following a short interval this rehearsed reading will include a Q&A with the cast and creatives about issues surrounding accessibility and supporting those who are Neurodivergent. Please stay in your seats at the end of the performance to attend this.
Temporal Horizons Productions and Small Steed Theatre are two emerging theatre companies who are neurodivergent led and aim to produce work which will provide opportunities to those who often experience barriers within the arts.
Tag’s out with the lads on his last night before he leaves to go to university. The car crawl in Southend. But the empty seat in the car where his mate Luke should be sitting is playing on his mind. That and the fact they’ve agreed to an illegal race at midnight against a Cowboy in a Honda Civic.
A Different Class, by Kenny Emson, explores mental health, masculinity and working-class culture, with a drum and bass soundtrack that “will blow the doors off the theatre”!
A Havering Changing production, in association with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
A WORLD PREMIERE
June 2023 marks the end of the Ford Fiesta, an icon of the British Motoring Industry, Fiesta is a new play to celebrate its legacy. Telling stories from Ford Fiesta creators, owners, neighbours, and friends. The people’s play about the people’s car.
Join us for a fiesta for the Ford Fiesta and celebrate the end of an era!
These work-in-progress performances have been made in partnership with the people of Orchard Village, the former housing estate for Ford Factory workers.
The Autumn of Terror. 1888. When five women are brutally slaughtered in the slum warrens of Whitechapel, the world’s biggest manhunt begins and a legend is born. Jack the Ripper.
Halloween. 2023. Best mates Jules and Maz are dressed to kill and ready for fun. But on the night of the dead, a shattering event occurs and something awakens in the old bones of Whitechapel. Something dark, something restless…
Killing Jack, a newly commissioned play from Sadie Hasler (Stiletto Beach, Misfits), is a darkly thrilling plunge into a world where women return to take back their stories; perhaps even to exact their own bloody revenge…
Known as the Dagenham Invincibles, Sterling Ladies are the greatest women’s football team of World War One. Over two whirlwind seasons they will never lose a game. The New York Herald declares them “The Unbeaten Women Champions of the Country.” Yet in 1919, the factory girls hang up their boots and triumphs fade into obscurity…
In 2023 their war-cry is heard in the roar of the Lionesses. The world has changed, yet the Women’s World Cup evokes The Invincibles joyous spirit. For Hornchurch teenager Maya, it’s the event of the summer. Cheering England from the family sofa, she also conjures up long-lost footballing secrets …
This world premiere play from Amanda Whittington, one of the most widely performed playwrights in the UK, will be written as the World Cup plays out. Like the best football games, we won’t know the result until the final whistle…
Promising thrills and spills, The Invincibles will celebrate both the Lionesses’ epic summer adventure and the pioneering women who played their heart out a century – yet just a heartbeat – before.
To celebrate the world premiere of The Invincibles, we are delighted to showcase a unique exhibition telling the story of 150 years of women’s football. A world-class collection of memorabilia, the exhibition explores the development of women’s football from the Victorian era to the Women’s World Cup of 2023.
Rare and distinctive items dating from the turn of the century to present day are on display, including items from the women’s football legend Lizzy Ashcroft Collection and her grandson Steve’s personal collection which is packed with culturally significant artefacts.
A Variable Matter and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production, in association with Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
A WORLD PREMIERE
New Beginning is a one-of-a-kind 60 minute performance, using stunning projections, a newly composed score and soundscape, poetic text and natural materials to immerse audiences in our future planet. Explore the magic of forests, and the devastating effect of climate change. Made with 206 young people who guide us through this constantly evolving powerful experience, New Beginning will challenge perceptions and make us question the impact we have on the natural world…
From Variable Matter, the artist led collective behind The People’s Kitchen and The Rising Sun, and directed and designed by award-winning artist David Shearing.
It’s the small-time. The semi-pro. The non-league. In a world far removed from the wealth and media of football, this club is struggling to make ends meet. So, when a gifted young player arrives out of nowhere, it’s the opportunity everyone’s been waiting for. For the kit man this brilliant player will restore the declining fortunes of the club. But the ambitious manager is determined to make him his own.
Exploring issues of trust, loyalty and conflict across three generations, this is a new production of the touching, funny and powerful locker-room drama from multi-award-winning writer Patrick Marber.
In a play that resonates in contemporary British society, The Red Lion goes beyond the pitch to look at hope, obsessions and the desperation of humanity to be a part of something.