Iris Theatre announces outdoor theatre festival in London

Iris Theatre has announced a summer festival of outdoor live performances in London featuring new and emerging artists and companies.

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The shows will run from 14 to 29 August in the gardens of the theatre company’s home of St Paul’s, the Actors’ Church, in Covent Garden and include a new musical, new plays, live music, spoken word and a children’s show.

It follows the Government’s decision to allow socially distanced outdoor theatre. Iris Theatre’s performances will be presented to audiences sat on benches placed one metre apart, with each “Bubble Bench” accommodating up to two adults.

The festival opens with Dear Peter, written and performed by Evangeline Dickson, which takes JM Barrie’s Peter Pan as inspiration for a solo show about growing up.

Asa Haynes and Jesse Bateson will present their work-in-progress, Words I’ve Said, a touching new play about family and those we have lost, performed by Jesse Bateson.

From Wild Geese Theatre comes Fiona & the Fox, a one-hour storytelling family-friendly experience, devised for children aged five to 11.

Platform – In the Garden will be a relaxed day of original music and verse featuring folk musician Nick Hart, musical theatre composer Dylan Wynford and spoken word artist Reuben Johnson.

St Anne Comes Home is a new folk musical written and composed by Jack Miles, about two people who strike up an unlikely friendship on the steps of the church. Told through original folk music, it is a story about community, fear and forgiveness which explores how reaching out might help us find our way.

Visit www.iristheatre.com for the full schedule and to book tickets.

Iris Theatre’s artistic director, Paul-Ryan Carberry, said: “In what has been a challenging few months, I am delighted that my first season with Iris Theatre is underway and we are able to announce this summer sharing of work today.

“We are so excited to be bringing together an incredible bunch of artists and companies and we can’t wait to celebrate their exceptional work with our audience. I look forward to welcoming our audience back to the gardens of the Actors’ Church, and although we may be apart in distance, we will be together in celebration.

“I’d also like to say a huge thank you to all of the people who have supported us throughout this crisis. Without them, this festival or any of our other work, would not have been possible.”

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