Iris Theatre 2021 summer festival of work confirmed at Actor’s Church

The Iris Theatre will begin their next season from June.

Photo credit: Actor’s Church (Photo courtesy of Iris Theatre)

This year’s full programme of work as part of the Iris Theatre’s summer festival has been confirmed. A world premiere production will headline the festival in August, preceded by five new works, beginning at the Actors Church from 21 June.

Speaking on behalf of the Iris Theatre, Paul-Ryan Carberry and Charlotte Lund said: “Make no bones about it, this festival is an unabashed celebration of theatre, a championing of early-career artists and of their exceptional work. Iris has long been renowned for innovative, bold and site-specific outdoor work and we can’t wait to welcome audiences back to our garden once again this summer.”

Highlights of the season include Reuben Johnson’s Arthur/Merlin, inspired by the legend of King Arthur. When Arthur happens upon an epic Forest, his adventure with a word-wielding wizard begins immediately, with the pair needing to complete their quest. Arthur/Merlin runs from 4 - 22 August., starring Michael Elcock, Kate Donnachie, Lloyd Gorman and Gina Jamieson. 

The festival includes five pieces from artists and companies in their founding years. Productions include:

Flux Theatre with Danielle Pearson’s Queen Mab in a co-production with Arsalan Sattari Productions from 21 - 26 June, starring Erica Flint and Jo Patmore.
Tom Ryalls presents Can You See Into A Black Hole? from 28 June - 3 July, starring Daniel Fitzsimmons.
FAIR PLAY. present Shoes to Fill by Tanya Bridgeman from 5 - 10 July, starring Tanya Bridgeman.
Zoe Woodruff and Kathryn Tindall present their new musical The Red Side of The Moon from 12 - 17 July, starring Elinor Peregrin and Kathryn Tindall.
Tiny T’s Storytelling & Theatre present Spectacular! from 24 - 28 July, starring Jemma Carlisle, Emily Cass, Bethany Filler and Tara Harris.

In addition to the season, Iris Theatre will present work-in-progress shows, as well as Shakespeare Sunday’s to honour William Shakespeare. Shakespeare Sunday shows include Victoria Gartner's Bard in the Yard on 4 and 18 July, starring Alix Dunmore ,Luke Farrugia, Honey Gabriel and Will Harrison Wallace. On 1 August, audiences can see Mark Hayward's This Noisy Isle, directed by Ross Drury. 

Photo credit: Actor’s Church (Photo courtesy of Iris Theatre)

Article Updated: 23 April 2021

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