New Beginning

A collective breath for our future planet

A Variable Matter and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production, in association with Royal Central School of Speech and Drama


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.

In our beginning is our end…


Here’s a short clip from the production:

30 Aug - 2 Sep 2023
£14* | £12* concs.
£5 under 26s

*+65p QNext fee
Running Time
60 minutes
no interval

Creative team

David Shearing
Director & Designer
Zakiya Mckenzie
Writer of Text & Dramaturg
Digital Creative
Joshua Gadsby
Lighting Designer
James Bulley
Sound Designer/Composer
James Watson
Young People's Director
Peiyao Wang
Design Assistant
Rabbit Hole Designs Ltd
Graphic Designer
Lars Davidson
Co-Production Manager
Lottie Sartain
Young People's Producer

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