Illuminate Festival 2nd-28th May At New Wimbledon Studio: Theatre In A New Light


The Good Person of Szechwan

Theatrical Niche Ltd

3rd, 4th, 5th May 7.45pm 6th May 2.45pm

In a world bereft of goodness, is it possible for one truly good person to survive? Theatrical Niche re-awakens Brecht’s epic tale with Ethereal Puppetry, Physical Theatre and Object Work.

The gods descend in Szechwan – but nd that despite her own tragedies only sex worker Shen Teh will risk everything to help them.

Brutality and kindness here collide in a spell-binding calamity of noise and colour.
Suitable for Ages 12+


Luke Courtier & Wild Yak

6th May 7.45pm
7th May 2.45pm & 7.45pm

Having lunch. One would’ve thought it terribly easy…
A high octane series of musical comedy vignettes chronicling the very rub of contemporary living. From the perils of adequate dog sizing,
to ill-fortuned death in Knightsbridge, the woes of Thomas Duke of Clarence, and the travails of a goose called David and a duck called Susan; a veritable treasure chest of song, mirth and that distinct sort of eeting victory one feels after grasping the last Saucisson-Sec on the charcuterie isle in Clapham Waitrose.

LEAO & Friends 


8th May 7.45pm
LEAO are an alt-folk duo consisting of Storm Ballantine and Scott Viney.
With folk and storytelling at its core, LEAO experiment with electronic production, soul ri s and ethereal, a cappella harmonies to create a unique sound.

LEAO are thrilled to return to Illuminate Festival and invite you to an evening of acoustic music in an intimate setting.

Press Play Theatre
10th, 11th, 12th May 7.45pm

Do you know how much your name is worth?’
Presented in a poetic style, ‘Data’ is a play that investigates the Direct Marketing Industry in 2016. Through the perspectives of the individuals tasked with selling your details and making analytical decisions on how best to target you down to their target audience and some of the most vulnerable in our society, the elderly.

Produced by an O -West End Award nominated team. Data looks at the state of an industry that you may not even know exists and asks are we doing enough to protect those who don’t?

Every Seven Years

Theatre Bench

13th May 7.45pm
14th May 2.45pm & 7.45pm

“After seven there’s always big change. Like in the body. It takes seven years for every cell to replace itself. Every seven years…”

Every Seven Years charts Pam and Ralph’s life-long relationship. In jumps of seven years, we see them from their rst fumblings at 21 through to old age at 84 – from newborns, new jobs, small talk, big ghts, and all that life throws at them in between.


Laura Wyatt O’Kee 

16th & 17th May 7pm

Writer and performer Laura Wyatt O’Kee e went travelling when she was 20 years old, before she left home someone told her something she never forgot.

Arrival is a journey story that de es convention. If Michael Palin and Sarah Kane were to write a play, this might be it.

Bishop’s Grove

Retison Theatre

16th & 17th May 8.30pm

Cocky twentysomething, Jack nds himself trapped with peculiar masseuse Sidney. With no one coming to help them the unlikely couple end up questioning their identities, the depravity of life and why Geri really left the spice girls. All the while, another person is set to go missing in Bishop’s Grove…



18th & 19th May 7.15pm 

A powerful and urgent tale of the rst line of defence for the NHS.
Resuscitate present a collection of funny and tragic true stories from inside the surgical mask. Follow the paths of six junior doctors as they struggle to balance the pressures of ward work against their personal lives.

I’m Just Here to Buy Soy Sauce

Pokfulam Road Productions

18th & 19th May 8.30pm

Who is to blame for the London housing crisis?

It is estimated that by 2025 China will have invested £105 billion in British infrastructure, energy, transport but primarily in – property. So are the Chinese solely to blame for the UK housing crisis? Jingan Young’s “I’m Just Here to Buy Soy Sauce” follows two pairs of couples as they attempt to make sense of the world around them. A political rom-com that can t inside your suitcase.

My Paper Girlfriend

One Man and His Gri

 20th & 21st May 7.15pm

One Man and His Gri , presents his début show ‘My Paper Girlfriend’ a humorous and poignant tale of a man nding his one true love. Sometimes love can take you away to a magical place!
A piece of storytelling, told through mime, animation and speech.

Daniel Piper is in Four Gangs

Daniel Piper

20th & 21st May 8.30pm

Daniel Piper is in four gangs, and he’s going to tell you about them.
Daniel Piper is in Four Gangs is the debut comedy/theatre/spoken word/interpretive dance show from writerly comedian and lifelong James Bond fan Daniel Piper, who is in four gangs.

Daniel has spent the last few years amusing and bemusing audiences across London and the UK and at festivals including Latitude and Bestival. But only now is he ready to talk about the four gangs he is in.

Tanzen Macht Frei

Small Things Theatre Company

23rd, 24th, 25th May 7.45pm

“It’s just like a Story, a di erent Kind of Story, It’s My Story”
The Wife of a Commandment of a Concentration camp is throwing a party, sadly there is no champagne instead her husband brings her a Young Jewish Ballet dancer from the camp, and both their lives change forever. 

The story of how two women are struggling to survive begins to unfold and we see how “Tanzen kann euch frei Machen”

We Are All Idiots

Omar & Lee

26th & 27th May 7.15pm

Omar & Lee are idiots, and so are you…
Join these two goons on an anarchic journey as they aim to prove that we are indeed all idiots. Through sketches, characters and clowning, Omar & Lee invite you to accept the absurd and embrace your inner idiot!


Theatre With Legs

26th, 27th May 8.30pm 28th May 7.45pm

A closer look at shared living in all its glory, ‘Digs’ explores how human behaviour plays out in the public and private space.
With personal stories at the helm, this explosive devised show asks questions about our perception of ourselves and others – questions of territory, ritual, power and love.


Tea Break Theatre

14th & 21st May 11.30am

Meet Bobbin and nd out what happens when you leave the room…
Tea Break Theatre’s wordless puppetry adaptation of ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ is not to be missed!

Music, audience interaction and a touch of magic make this a wonderful show designed for under 6s, but suitable for all ages.

King Arthur & the Inglewood

Moon On A Stick

28th May 11:30am

A very silly medieval adventure complete with puppetry, live-music and audience interaction.
To the court of King Arthur, in the Golden Age of Camelot comes a mysterious knight who sets him a challenge. Embarking on a mystical quest we meet a jolly jester, a naughty little piglet and a beautiful green dragon but will any of them help him nd the answer to the riddle?

Known for their modern take on traditional folk stories, Moon On A Stick bring us their unique fusion of puppetry and live action. They combine engaging story-telling and exciting visuals, to create this unforgettable fable for ages 5+


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