Iris Theatre announces programming for outdoor Summer Festival 2021

Including the 2021 Seed Commission recipients

Paul-Ryan Carberry, Artistic Director of Iris Theatre, today announces full programme for their Summer Festival 2021, running in the courtyard of the Actors’ Church, their home in the heart of Covent Garden from 21 June – 22 August 2021. All performances will adhere to social distancing in line with government guidelines.

The Summer Festival includes Iris Theatre’s world première production Arthur/Merlin, a reimagining of the Arthurian legend featuring spoken word and original songs written by previous PLATFORM artist, Reuben Johnson and directed by the company’s Artistic Director, Paul-Ryan Carberry.

The festival also includes five pieces from the company’s Seed Commission Scheme for 2021, an initiative opened for applications from early-career artists or companies in Spring this year. The selected artists/companies are:  

Flux Theatre with Danielle Pearson’s Queen Mab in a co-production with Arsalan Sattari Productions 

Tom Ryalls presents Can You See Into A Black Hole?, directed by Deidre McLaughlin

FAIR PLAY. present Shoes to Fill by Tanya Bridgeman, directed by Alex Miller

Zoe Woodruff and Kathryn Tindall present new musical The Red Side of The Moon

Tiny T’s Storytelling & Theatre present Spectacular! a new show for children 

Each recipient receives £1000, as well as technical, marketing and creative support from Iris Theatre to develop and present their work as part of the Summer Festival. Each artist receives 50% of their production’s box office revenue.

In addition, Iris Theatre present Eyes On - a series of one-off work in progress shows from a variety of artists running throughout the festival, and Shakespeare Sunday’s which will present new pieces inspired by the bard and his work on selected Sundays throughout the summer, with full programming and dates to be announced.


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