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  • Miles Hedley


Updated: Feb 28

After the Albany’s triumphant pivotal role in Lewisham’s term as London Borough of Culture 2022, the Albany is underscoring its commitment to community, creativity and activism with a spring season featuring kids’ shows, music, spoken word and film.


The family programme includes Daryl & Co’s production A Square World about inclusivity, Little Angel Theatre’s adaptation of Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back Trilogy and Second Hand Dance’s interactive piece for babies and toddlers We Touch We Play, We Dance. And The Instrumentals - a collaboration between Goblin Theatre, Mercury Colchester, Blouse & Skirt and Little Angel Theatre –is inspired by the African-Caribbean diaspora. 


And music this spring ranges from the dreamy jazz vibes of the Levitation Orchestra, a live experimental jam led by legendary drummer-producer Charles Hayward (pictured above) and neo-soul from Alysha.


Meanwhile, the Albany continues to support affordable arts with Pay-What-You-Decide events that include Professor Slug’s House of Bugs, Ziah’s Games Night and Reel Brit’s screening of Twice As Proud’s documentary Under Your Nose, a tribute to the founders of the Black Lesbian & Gay Centre.


The venue is also bringing back Pizza & Pitches which offers local residents the chance to pitch for funding to produce their own creations.


After 11 years managing Canada Water Theatre, the Albany bows out with a schedule that includes regular audience favourites Comfortable Classical as well as artist Kat Lyons, who presents an informative yet comedic depiction of the menopause in Dry Season and a Pay-What-You-Decide creative writing workshop entitled Reconnecting With the Body.


Albany artistic director Gavin Barlow said: “2022 was an incredible year for us. We’re riding on this momentum into 2023, continuing with our successful family programming and aiming to nurture more up-and-coming local music. Last year showcased the extent of the creativity on our doorstep and we can’t wait to continue to profile this talent.”


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Photo: Suzi Corker/The Albany





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