Unicorn Theatre, Southwark
Although I moved to South London last April, I think it’s fair to say I didn’t know the area very well outside of Brixton and Peckham. But that’s sort of nice as I’m discovering new things constantly around our neighbourhood from Lambeth to Borough, Bermondsey, Camberwell and Dulwich and this is basically my default activity when the sun graces us on a Saturday morning or when I have a little case of cabin fever: leave the flat camera in hand and walk straight in one direction, with the confident knowledge that I’m going to stumble on something, somewhere or someone interesting. (Generally, I do too).
If you don’t live in Southwark, have kids or work in theatre and the arts, I would say there is a fair chance that you haven’t heard of the Unicorn Theatre, and that’s why I thought I should post about it. I first visited in September to catch the puppetry and live animation show Something Very Far Away and I’ve been back regularly since. There is something special about this venue which plays with the inside/outside; there is a lot of light, a lot of space, a lot of sounds. You can grab a hot drink and piece of cake from the cafe for practically nothing and sink into an armchair with a book for hours, lulled by the intricate imaginary games that little kids are playing in the foyer.
They have a really great program and it’s not just for kids too: this February I’m looking forward to The Caucasian Chalk Circle and 50 Dangerous Things (you should let your children do). If you’re a creative or just a curious mind, they also organise things like backstage tours, producers’ showcase events and storytelling workshops so I hope you’ll feel like visiting, I’ve grown very fond of this place and I think you’d be surprised at how moved you can be sitting in on a show for young audiences.
As usual, here is a little photo-diary:
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