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April - August 2014

Box Office: 020 8292 9222

Photo from Paula’s Story performed in the Studio Theatre 1994

Welcome to Chickenshed – and our 40th Festival Year! Our 40th year celebrations are in full swing! Special exhibitions, a newly commissioned artwork front of house, a commemorative book (still available to buy) and shows revived and reimagined from our long, illustrious history... The launch of our summer season sees even more for you to come and get involved with. A huge highlight this season is our Studio Show, Paula’s Story, first performed in 1993. It tells the true life story of a young girl with cerebral palsy and her parents who fight against all the odds for Paula and her emerging talents to be heard and appreciated. This very much reflects Chickenshed’s spirit and will be a moving experience for all involved, as well as those seeing the play for the first time. The celebratory atmosphere continues - a free summer festival in partnership with Enfield Council taking place at Chickenshed in June; a huge Tales extravaganza including performances and workshops at Tales Big Day Out, the new and spectacular Tales summer show, London Bridges; and workshops for children that will keep them entertained and inspired during the holidays. This season we also bring you theatre created by our young people and students, who have been working hard on their courses all year, and which is only open to the public once a year. We have entertainment with our increasingly popular jazz, comedy and music nights, and last but not least, our workshops for adults who have an interest in performing or singing, or both, return. Get involved with Chickenshed this summer!

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Paula’s Story She had to fight and right from the start that’s what she did

Wed 30 Apr – Sat 17 May Studio Theatre (2hrs inc interval) Ages 11+ | £10 (£8 concs) £7 schools and groups over 10 people Wed 30 Apr, Fri 2 May, Sat 3, Tue 6, Wed 7, Thu 8, Fri 9, Sat 10, Mon 12, Tue 13, Wed 14, Thu 15, Fri 16, Sat 17 7.30pm plus additional matinee performances at 1pm on Thu 8, Thu 15, and 3.30pm on Sat 17 Sign Interpreted: Fri 9 May at 7.30pm

When Paula is born with cerebral palsy, medical experts tell the family there is no hope of her ever learning or understanding anything. Spurred on by the love for their daughter, and convinced that there is a connection and understanding there, Paula’s parents fight for her to be appreciated as something more than a cerebral palsy statistic. Against all odds, it emerges that Paula can not only understand what goes on around her, but is able to express her own thoughts poetically. Set in the late 1970s and ‘80s, Paula’s Story tells of an incredible journey of love, courage and commitment to the belief that every human being has the right to be nurtured. It tells of the magical breakthrough moment when mother and daughter communicate for the first time, through to the discovery and blossoming of Paula’s talent as a poet, writer and lyricist. The fight for all humans to be acknowledged for what they can do runs to the core of Chickenshed’s ethos, making this play as relevant today as it was when first performed in 1993.

Talking Points

The Story of Paula’s Story Tue 6 May | Mon 12 May 6.30pm (30mins pre-show) Studio Theatre FREE to ticket holders of that evening’s performance

Join the immense creative partnership of Chickenshed’s founders Mary Ward and Jo Collins and writer-in-residence Paula Rees for an informal and insightful discussion before the evening performance on Tuesday 6 May or Monday 12 May. The trio will chat about how they came to dramatise Paula’s true life experiences, and the continued relevance of Paula’s Story to Chickenshed in its 40th year. Guests will also have the chance to ask questions.

Chickenshed-Enfield Council Summer Festival

Adult Theatre Workshops for ages 21+ No previous participation, experience or an ability to read music is required – all you need is an interest in either creative performance or singing and plenty of enthusiasm!

Summer Festival

Performance Workshop

Sun 8 Jun | Please check our website nearer the date for times

Every Thu 1 -22 May & 19 Jun – 10 Jul

Chickenshed FREE

We’re not just proud to be 40 years old. We’re proud to have been in Enfield for 40 years. Without the support of Enfield Council we wouldn’t have secured the land for our beautiful theatre. So what better way to celebrate than with a joint, free, family festival? We’re throwing open the doors to our building and gardens, inviting festival-goers to spend time with us to sample music, performance and crafts from Chickenshed, and arts groups from around the Borough.

7pm (2hrs) | £60 for 8 workshops A series of performance workshops in which participants are given the opportunity to develop their performing skills and creative ideas using Chickenshed’s methods and practices. During the workshops, participants will explore a number of performing arts disciplines and will gain skills, confidence and understanding of how to develop their creative ideas and take them further.

Community Chorus Every Wed 7 May - 2 Jul (excluding 28 May) 6.30pm (2hrs) Pay As You Go: £8.50 per session Termly Membership: pre-register for all 8 workshops for £60 Take part in a series of vocal sessions at which you can develop your singing skills as part of an ensemble and learn a number of arrangements. Sessions are led by Jo Collins – Chickenshed’s Director of Music.



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Chickenshed and StubHub are proud to be working together throughout 2014 to offer young people half price tickets to all Rayne Theatre and Studio Theatre shows.

Please contact Chickenshed Box Office for more info on 020 8292 9222

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Support Scheme Available: Chickenshed strives to make all of its activities open to everyone. If the costs of these activities prevent you from attending please contact Matthew Lyons, Head of Membership, on 020 8216 2721 or

Tales from the Shed Hugely entertaining shows for 0-7s! £6 | Free to babies under 6mths (50-60mins) Tales from the Shed are vibrant, interactive theatre shows that are perfect for young children. They are informal, lively and amazingly engaging as the performers and audience share the same space - children are always encouraged to make a lot of noise and to make the story happen. We guarantee that every show will be fun, really silly and that there will be plenty of colourful puppets and live songs. Every week we present different stories featuring the same much loved characters – from Can-Can the beautiful bird to laid back Lion Down and The Thing That Goes Blurgh!

At Chickenshed in the Studio Theatre: Every Fri & Sat 2 – 31 May (excluding Fri 23 & Sat 24 May) & Every Fri & Sat 27 Jun – 12 Jul Fri 11.30am, Sat 10am & 11.30am Plus half-term dates & times: Thu 29 May 10am & 11.30am Fri 30 May 10am Plus at Dugdale Centre, Enfield Town: Sat & Sun 14 – 22 Jun 10am, 11.30am, 1pm Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS Radio Media Partner

Tales Big Day Out Sat 26 Apr, Sat 24 May, Sat 26 Jul 10am–12.30pm, 2.30pm-5pm | Chickenshed Ages 0-7yrs | £8 | Free to babies under 6mths Welcome the start of the warm weather with a bang! Tales Big Day Out is an enjoyable and entertaining outing for all the family, whether you’re familiar with the Tales world or you’re coming along for the first time. Children will have the opportunity to take part in a great interactive workshop and watch a fun performance of Tales from the Shed, then everyone will come together for a huge Tales extravaganza outside in the amphitheatre. There will also be free craft and face-painting activities taking place throughout the event. Activities and performances will be inside if there is bad weather.

Tales Parties After the 11.30am Tales from the Shed Saturday show at Chickenshed, you can have a special birthday party in a designated area of the bar. For your party you get a mention during the Tales from the Shed show for the birthday boy/girl, a Tales character singing Happy Birthday at your table and delicious party food.

Party price £5.75 per child Minimum 10 children, maximum 50 Tales Parties can also come to your home – ask the Box Office for more information.

Tales from the Shed’s spectacular summer show

London Bridges

Thu 31 Jul – Sat 2 Aug

Johannes Factotum is a story collector who lives on one of London’s bridges. & Thu 7 – Sat 9 Aug From there he sees some of the most 10am, 11.30am and 1pm on magical stories from around the world Fridays & Saturdays being brought to his city. Johannes wants to make sure these stories are re-told far Studio Theatre (50-60mins) and wide across London, starting with the Ages 3-7yrs | £7, free to babies under 1yr London Bridges audience. London Bridges is a colourful introduction to the power of stories that will immerse children in an enchanting world of puppetry, rhyme, song and language. A world that they will leave wanting to re-tell the stories themselves.

London Bridges Workshops Mon 28 – Wed 30 Jul (week 1) Mon 4 – Wed 6 Aug (week 2) Studio Theatre | 10am - 1pm Ages 5-12yrs (from School Year 1) £50 per week, including 2 tickets for a performance of London Bridges

Participants will learn the art of storytelling from the London Bridges cast across three half-day workshops. All the familiar Tales from the Shed techniques will be used including movement, singing, improvisation and puppetry in order to create and tell stories, and there will also be the opportunity for children to have their own story brought to life by the whole workshop team. Parents and friends will be invited on the final afternoon to see a performance.

Supported by

Performance workshops for young people Saturday Shed

Easter Shed

Sat 3 – 31 May (excluding 24 May) & Sat 28 Jun – 19 Jul

Mon 7 – Fri 11 Apr | 10am – 4pm

5-8yrs for Year 1 and up (10am)

Ages 5-12yrs (from School Year 1)

9-12yrs for up to Year 8 (11.15am)

£130 | 50% discount for siblings

Chickenshed (60mins) Pay As You Go: £6 per session Termly Membership: pre-register for all 8 workshops for a 25% discount A great opportunity for young people to develop their performance skills using our proven teaching methods and unique performance style. Led by our highly experienced and energetic staff, each session will involve movement, drama, singing and story-making. Every workshop is different and designed so that a child of any ability can come to all sessions, or drop in to one session from time to time.

Summer Shed Mon 28 Jul – Fri 1 Aug (week 1) Mon 4 – Fri 8 Aug (week 2) 10am – 4pm | Ages 5-12yrs (from School Year 1) £130 | 50% discount for siblings Participants at these week-long events will explore and develop a wide range of performance skills through workshops that involve drama, dance, singing and story-making. Parents and friends will be invited in on the final afternoon to see a performance. Everyone is welcome regardless of experience. Participants will need to bring a packed lunch and snacks, and they will be supervised by Chickenshed staff during lunchtimes and breaks.

Jazz, Comedy and Music nights ‘Swing, Swing, Swing’

with clarinet maestros Ken Peplowski and Julian Marc Stringle Fri 25 Apr | £15 adv | £17 Backed by phenomenal piano virtuoso Craig Milverton and his dynamic trio featuring Al Swainger on bass and Nick Milward on drums, New York’s Ken Peplowski and Julian Marc Stringle, two of the world’s most renowned clarinettists, will perform a sparkling tribute to the ‘Kings of the Clarinet’ from the Swing era, playing classic melodies by the great American and British tunesmiths. ‘Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinettist.’ Russell Davies, BBC2 August 2013 ‘Julian is one of the world’s great clarinet players - right up there with Eddie Daniels.’ Jim Mullen

100 Years of Jazz Fri 23 May | £15 adv | £17 Six brilliant multi-instrumentalists: Enrico Tomasso, Pete Long, Nick Dawson, Dave Chamberlain, Richard Pite and Georgina Jackson will be creating a highly entertaining jazz journey, taking in everything from New Orleans to Chicago, Chicago to New York, Dixieland to Bebop, and from Swing to Funk. A breathtaking and rich evening of jazz which is not to be missed. ‘Their pell-mell virtuosity enables them to cross the decades, and vault the stylistic hurdles with ease. Astonishing! Simply brilliant! Needs to be seen to be believed! Don’t miss it!’ Peter Vacher, Jazz UK

Jazz: 7pm support act, Chickenshed Bar (45mins) 8.30pm main act, Chickenshed Bar (3hrs) All proceeds from comedy and music events go to Chickenshed to support our work.

Neil Angilley & special guest star Snowboy Fri 4 Jul | £15 adv | £17 Virtuoso pianist Neil Angilley returns to Chickenshed with a feast of Afro-Cuban jazz performed with his sensational Latin rhythm section, which features Davide Mantovanni on electric bass and Davide Giovannini on drums. Special guest is Snowboy on congas, who regularly packs out Ronnie Scott’s and is said to have ignited London’s Latin jazz scene.

Comedy Night Thu 26 Jun 8pm | Chickenshed Bar (3hrs) Ages 16+ | £10 adv | £12 Comedy Nights at Chickenshed are fast becoming the place to be for a relaxed and very funny night out, attracting headline acts such as Richard Herring, Shappi Khorsandi, Benny Boot and Rob Deering. The full line-up of acts will be confirmed on our website nearer the time. Please check it for details or visit uk/register and join our e-list.

Live music with Jo Collins & Friends Sat 31 May & Sat 5 Jul 8.30pm| Chickenshed Bar (3hrs) £9 adv and concs | £11 Jo Collins is an immensely talented singer-songwriter and is Director of Music at Chickenshed. Backed by her in-house band, Jo plays a thrilling set of eclectic covers taking in pop, soul, funk and folk. During the evening guests are also welcome to take to the stage for a song or two as part of this fun, relaxed and highly enjoyable Saturday night event.

Theatre by young people at Chickenshed Chickenshed’s Youth Theatre presents The Ever-Popular War Show Wed 16 – Sat 19 Jul 7pm (2hrs 15mins inc interval) Rayne Theatre Ages 10+ | £5 Chickenshed’s 40th year anniversary also marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Our Youth Theatre has reflected on this and on what war and conflict means to them today. Using World War One as a start point, The Ever-Popular War Show takes in what this conflict did to a generation of young people, and how current conflicts are affecting youth today. This is a chance for the public to see our inspirational 13-21 age group perform a piece they have devised together using Chickenshed’s characteristic style.

Student Graduation Shows Foundation Degree Show: Wed 4 – Sat 7 Jun 7pm plus Fri 3pm Sign Interpreted: Fri 6 Jun at 7pm BTEC Show: Wed 18 – Sat 21 Jun 7pm plus Fri 3pm Sign Interpreted: Fri 20 Jun at 7pm Studio Theatre | £5 These end of year shows are the final pieces by students that have studied on our BTEC and Foundation Degree Courses and represent the culmination of all their learning and creativity during their time here. Each year group has a unique vibrancy that inspires their work and the Foundation Degree Show is devised and directed by the students so will be a totally original piece by our young people. These productions are only open to the public once a year and are a great opportunity to see our unique creative processes in action. Expect to be moved, entertained and inspired.

Study at Chickenshed BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Two-year full time course. Equivalent to three A-levels. BA/Foundation Degree in Inclusive Performance The FdA course is a two-year full time course. In addition, you can now study with us for a further year to gain a BA degree qualification.

Chickenshed offers a unique opportunity to learn and perform in a working theatre. We have flexible entry requirements because we appreciate that talent and passion can’t always be measured by exam results. We have a great success rate both in retaining students and achieving results - our recent successes include a 98% pass rate for our BTEC course and 25% of our recent graduates achieving the equivalent of a First on our Foundation Degree. We are also rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED. Applications close August 2014. Bursaries available. Find out more and apply by visiting the website or contacting

Zoe Hayes, Education Coordinator 020 8216 2729

Support us Between 14 and 25? Want to get handson experience in a working theatre? Then Young Creators could be for you it’s new and it’s free. creative musicianship & vocal development | music technology, programming & recording | stage lighting | writing & devising | devising & performing | directing | choreography & dance | costume & wardrobe | children’s theatre direction | youth theatre direction Applications for September 2014 places open until 6 June 2014.

London to Paris Cycle

Virgin Active London Triathlon

Wed 7 – Sun 11 May Registration fee : £99 Minimum Sponsorship Level: £1,450

Sat 2 & Sun 3 Aug

Chickenshed is looking for adventurous volunteers to cycle from London to Paris, connecting two of the world’s most chic cities on one of the best cycling routes in Europe! The sense of achievement you’ll experience will be one you’ll treasure forever. For those of you in search of the challenge of a lifetime, this is the event for you.

Sun 10 Aug

For more information please email Amanda Hecht on or call 020 8216 2767

Prudential RideLondon Chickenshed 10K Challenge / 3K Family Run Sun 5 Oct

Kilimanjaro Trek Thu 9 - Sat 18 Oct

Chickenshed CrossCountry Challenge Dates are available throughout the year at various airfields in the UK

Find out more and apply by visiting or by contacting Belinda McGuirk on 020 8216 2755

How to book

Donate a ticket

By phone or in person call the Box Office on 020 8292 9222 (18001 020 8292 9222 TypeTalk) Online (£1.50 booking fee) Email Tickets can be collected from Box Office or posted to you for 35p

Support our initiative which enables young people who couldn’t otherwise afford to go to the theatre to see a Chickenshed show. Call or email the Box Office to donate.

Getting here Tube: Oakwood or Cockfosters (10-12mins walk).

Bus: 298, 299, 307 and N91 stop outside

Seating plan Chickenshed’s Rayne Theatre is a flexible space; please ask Box Office for details of specific seating configurations. A seating map is available below and on the website. Studio Theatre, Dance Studio, Bar and Amphitheatre events have unreserved seats. 24

































the theatre. Parking: Free parking is available immediately outside the building, and access spaces can be reserved in advance through the Box Office. Address: 290 Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE

Access Chickenshed is an inclusive theatre that welcomes everyone. Captioned, Sign Interpreted and Audio Described performance dates are available on the event page and our website. Guide dogs or hearing dogs are welcome in the theatre with you, or can be left with Front of House staff. Please advise the Box Office of your requirements when booking. Sennheiser infra-red system headsets or neck loops are available and can be reserved via the Box Office.

Support us There are a number of fun and rewarding ways you can support our work and secure Chickenshed’s future. Find out more at

Our venue is wheelchair accessible and wheelchair spaces can be booked for performances. To request a large print or audio version of our season brochure please email or call the Box Office. Visit for more information.

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