Show status: Current production
Age Guidance: 14+
PHOSPHOROS THEATRE present
Pizza Shop Heroes
Written by Dawn Harrison with the Company.
“We’re going to tell you our stories how we want to.
You’re not here to judge if we’re credible or not.
I am not here to make your conscience feel better.
I don’t need you to feel sorry for me.”
Shortlisted for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award 2016, this unique emerging company stars four refugee young men who made the arduous journey to the UK on their own as children from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Albania. They have told their ‘stories’ repeatedly to the Home Office as part of seeking asylum and it is their desire to reclaim them that grounds Phosphoros Theatre’s innovative work. From the backdrop of a pizza shop we embark on a journey across time and continents to explore how they got here, where they’re going and what they’ve learnt along the way. It’s a story of male and cultural identity, of family and fatherhood, a lyrical collage of memories, hopes, dreams and imagined realities.
From prisons in Libya and Greece to conversations with absent Mothers to raising the next generation of sons. Powerful, celebratory, affirming, authentic; this is theatre that puts refugees centre stage.
‘An illuminating and innovative presentation of the asylum seekers’ journey. It will change your perception. It will make you understand more. It is a play that should be seen by all.’
North West End
‘A declaration of strength, willpower and whole-hearted embrace of life, engineered by people who have climbed mammoth obstacles to perform it. It’s inspiring, humbling and deeply moving’.
Plinth Arts magazine
Previous praise for Phosphoros:
★★★★ Broadway Baby for Dear Home Office: Still Pending – ‘intimate and subtly
poignant story told by those who rarely get their voices heard’
★★★★ Theatre Bubble for Dear Home Office: Still Pending – ‘excellent theatre of testimony’
★★★★ The Stage for Dear Home Office – ‘a bold piece of theatre making’
★★★★ Three Weeks for Dear Home Office – ‘one of the best examples of art for
Tewodros Aregawe, Goitom Fesshaye, Kate Duffy
Emirjon Hoxhaj, Syed Haleem Najibi
Dawn Harrison with the Company
Dawn Harrison and Pavlos Christodoulou
For more information check out our website
Suitable for all ages
Sounds of the World brings critically acclaimed global musicians to Woolwich, creating a platform to share live music with local audiences. Join us on Saturday 29th June where we bring the best of world music straight to the Tramshed.
We begin the night with Makindu, a musical duo of tabla and clarinet celebrating music as divine language. Drawing on deep cultural roots, shared journeys and inspired collaborations, together they travel new sonic pathways.
Our second act of the night will be the award-winning London Bulgarian Choir is a vibrant, sociable and open-hearted group of singers embracing all nationalities, ages and abilities.
The choir was founded in 2000 by Dessislava Stefanova (Dessi), a former singer with the legendary Philip Koutev Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble in Sofia, and thanks to her patience and dedication this group of largely non-Bulgarian singers has become a performing tour de force, winning hearts and minds from the Welsh valleys to Bulgaria’s mountain villages.
From its early days as a handful of singers, the choir has grown into an extended ensemble bringing its repertoire of traditional Bulgarian songs to concert halls, churches, nightclubs, galleries, festivals, embassies, village squares and even a barge on the River Thames.
The choir’s notable achievements include winning BBC Radio 3 Open Choir of the Year in 2006, featuring as one of Joan Armatrading’s Favourite Choirs on BBC Radio 4 in 2008, and performing at Westminster Abbey in 2010. They have collaborated with numerous rock, jazz and classical musicians, among them British Sea Power at Glastonbury, Doves at the 2009 BBC Electric Proms, the English Chamber Orchestra in 2011, with renowned Welsh singer Cerys Matthews in 2012 and 2015, and pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor in 2013, and with Xbox on the soundtrack of the game Halo 4.
Sounds of the World is a partnership between South East musician and promoter Ganga Thapa and Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre. ‘We live in a remarkably diverse society, but sometimes we forget our communities because of lack of time’ (Ganga Thapa).
The Garrison Church, 5 Mill Lane, Woolwich, London SE18 6XJ
Presented by Changeling Theatre Company
The Winter’s Tale, a wonderful fairy story set in Sicily and Bohemia. Leontes has everything a man could want, wealth, power, a family that loves him and friends. .But he is not at peace. Inside he harbours a bitter jealousy that drives him to destroy all he holds dear. Many years later, in a distant country, a journey begins that may ultimately heal his pain and reunite his family. With all the crazy antics of the Changeling magic, plus beautiful costumes and just a hint of …ABBA
Stevie Martin (one third of sketch group Massive Dad and co-host of the Nobody Panic podcast) returns after last year’s critically acclaimed Fringe run with a lovely bit of business involving sketches, talking and absolute bangers (jokes). For anyone who likes their content hot (and their bangers stone cold). As seen on Sky’s Breeders, Channel 4’s Damned and in various cafes trying to find a plug socket. ‘Pure entertainment’ **** (Entertainment-Focus.com). ‘Expertly witty’ **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). ‘So inventive and consistently funny’ (Fest). ‘Witty, relatable and oh-so-clever’ (Evening Standard).
Matt is a multi-award winning stand-up comedian and one of the most exciting names on the circuit currently rising through the ranks. Having started stand-up in 2009 at 18 years old, Matt became one of the youngest comedians on the circuit and soon made it through to the finals of two national stand-up competitions – the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny and the Chortle Student Comedy Award – as well as coming runner up in the Reading Comedy Festival New Act of the Year and winning the Newbury and Bath Comedy Festival new act competitions ‘ – all while still in his teens. He quickly established himself in all of the major comedy club chains in the UK and has gigged overseas on countless occasions.
Since then Matt has firmly established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting young performers and presenters – hosting the drive-time show on Virgin Radio. His TV credits include co-hosting the Xtra Factor alongside Caroline Flack, Co-Hosting Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live! Alongside Christine Lampard and helming the live spin off show alone, two one-off documentaries for ITV2 – Pampered Pooches, Hollywood and Meet The Family Guys, a series regular role on Viral Tap (ITV2), Nevermind The Buzzcocks, Celebrity Juice, Sweat The Small Stuff, Big Brothers Bit on the Side, Fake Reaction, Its Not Me It’s You, I’m a Celebrity Get Me out of here Now! and countless other shows.
In 2013 Matt headed out on his first ever award-winning tour ‘Hometown Hero’ in 2013. It was to 54 dates into sping 2014.
“High wattage charisma from a talented young comic whos star is on the rise” – The Guardian
“Hilarious and Charming” – The Mirror
“Sharp, Funny and Warm” – Heat Magazine
From Comedy Central at the Comedy Store. Huge, one the most exciting and unique new acts in the UK, presents his highly anticipated debut show. Expect dark humour, surreal songs, his customised wearable keyboard, and of course, car parks. He’ll be attempting to wear a full-size keyboard around his neck for most of the show. It’ll be funny but he’ll struggle to finish the hour. His comedy performances have featured on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 4, BBC3 and ITV1. ‘Priceless’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Dark’ (Independent). ‘Scene-stealing’ (Telegraph). ‘Perfect’ (The Stand Comedy Club). ‘Brilliant’ (The Student). ‘Appalling’ (CelebrityRadio.biz).
Australian comedian Ray Badran recently moved to the UK and is performing his debut Fringe show. A show about the big issues plaguing us all such as pockets, Subway sandwiches, fridges and more. Come and see why everybody loves Ray, man. Winner of the Best International Guest by the New Zealand Comedy Guild 2017, and as seen on Comedy Central in his series No Experience Necessary (‘funniest local TV show in ages’ (New Zealand Herald)). ‘His style definitely struck the right chord for the night, getting the entire crowd in hysterics’ (ArtsReview.com.au).
As featured in the top Edinburgh Fringe jokes of all time in The Scotsman, The Independent and The Mirror. Hayley Ellis is back for 10 days only, like Craig David if he extended his song by three days. It’s a show about being easily influenced, putting water in your belly button and awkward holidays. As seen on MTV and Virgin TV. International tour support for Sarah Millican. ‘Sharp, clever, and very funny’ **** (Sunday Post). ‘An original and very funny lady’ **** (Funny Women). ‘Ellis is a talent’ (Fest).
Andy Field’s Funeral: Work In Progress
Andy Field may have tragically died before he could realise his abundant potential but miraculously, he still has more to give. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology Andy’s dying wish, to perform one more hour of stand up, is going to be fulfilled. Expect grief, condolences, uncontrollable weeping and a swansong stand up show by a cutting edge hologram of the man himself.
Helen enjoys a drama. She’s her mother’s daughter, taking a small situation, blowing it up, then getting upset that it’s out of her control. Just like all the best reality TV. At the same time, she dreams of being a sweet angel handling any drama with grace. Who doesn’t overthink everything and plan for how she will have all eyes on her at the right moment. Highly anticipated debut hour from the 2018 BBC New Comedy Award Finalist. As seen and heard on BBC Three, Comedy Central and Radio 4.
Best Newcomer Nominee Darren considers himself a good person. Now he’s 30 and he’s never been in love. It can’t always be someone else’s fault? Learning more about himself and realising maybe he’s never actually been happy with who is, join Darren for his trademark passion and insightful wit as he tries to work himself out. From Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Don’t Hate The Playaz, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Comedy Central’s The Comedy Bus and Roast Battle. **** (Evening Standard). ‘Passionate, articulate, witty’ **** (Sunday Times).
Star of Radio 4’s Chinese Comedian, E4’s The Hangover Games and winner of Dave’s Joke of the Fringe, Ken returns with a love-letter to all the Twitter trolls he’s blocked before.
Work in progress.
Following the success of his Edinburgh 2018 show “Prophet Like It’s Hot” seeing a run at the Soho Theatre, Eshaan Akbar brings a preview of his new show to Camden.
With appearances on BBC, ITV, Comedy Central, Sky, BBC Radio, talkSPORT, and award-winning podcasts, you’re guaranteed at least one laugh (or your money back)*.
*it is a preview though so, technically, he doesn’t have to make you laugh. But, he is a professional.
You may know him as “comedy legend Lee Nelson” (The Sun) or “some unfunny pillock” (The Deputy Prime Minister) who gave Theresa May a P45, but you definitely won’t know him as “hilarious little Jew Simon Brodkin” (someone on Twitter).
After three hugely successful BBC series as Lee Nelson, multiple sell-out tours and world-famous stunts on Sepp Blatter, Donald Trump, Kanye West and Theresa May, the award-winning, critically-acclaimed comedian unveils his funniest character yet& himself!
Don’t miss Brodkin’s highly-anticipated ‘debut’ show.
“Hilarious” – The List
“Genius” – Independent
“Get him out!” – Donald Trump
Fiona Ridgewell is the epitome of positivity… but she’s struggling to keep a PMA as she stumbles through life trying to achieve the ultimate fairytale. A 45-minute WIP from Piccadilly Finalist 2017/2018 including gags and stories! ‘I could easily imagine seeing Fiona as a panelist on 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown or Would I Lie To You? in the near future. She has the confidence, charisma and humour to take her far’ (Audience review).
More info to follow
Nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2017 and 2018, Ahir Shah returns to the Fringe with a new hour of funny and good stand-up. Shah’s most recent show, Duffer, was performed to packed houses and critical acclaim at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, followed by a sold-out run in London’s West End, and a UK and international tour. Now he’s written another one. Fingers crossed, eh? As seen on Live at the Apollo and The Mash Report. ‘A blazing talent firing on all cylinders’ ***** (Telegraph). ‘Magnificent’ ***** (List). **** (Times).