Double bill includes world première of Killer and revival of The Pitchfork Disney

Today Shoreditch Town Hall announces an immersive double-bill of Philip Ridley plays, including the world première of Killer and a new production of Ridley’s contemporary classic The Pitchfork Disney, his first stage play which premièred in 1991. The productions will both be directed by Jamie Lloyd and run in ‘The Ditch’ basement spaces of Shoreditch Town Hall in spring 2017. 

The Pitchfork Disney, starring George Blagden (TV credits include the leading role of King Louis XIV in Canal+ / BBC2’s Versailles and Athelstan in the History Channel’s hit Vikings), Tom Rhys Harries (theatre credits include Hotel at the National Theatre and MOJO at the Harold Pinter), Hayley Squires (recently seen as Katie in Ken Loach’s Palme D’Or winning film I, Daniel Blake) and Seun Shote (Salome, directed by Jamie Lloyd for Headlong and Play Mas at Orange Tree Theatre), opens on 2 February. Killer, a series of monologues starring John MacMillan (recently seen in Yerma at the Young Vic, Jamie Lloyd’s production of The Homecoming at Trafalgar Studios and the BBC’s Silk) opens on 27 February, with the two productions playing in rep from 28 February. 

Jamie Lloyd said today: “Philip Ridley is a maverick iconoclast of British culture, whose work includes plays, screenplays, novels, music, performance art, painting, photography and more. His innovative output has been a major influence on my own practice, and I am fascinated to explore the depth of his work via his first play alongside, and in the context of, his most recent theatre piece. The Ditch at Shoreditch Town Hall is one of the most atmospheric spaces in the country - the perfect environment in which to delve deep into Ridley's imagination with these two projects, together with a raft of special events to be announced at a later date.”

Shoreditch Town Hall presents
The Pitchfork Disney
By Philip Ridley

Directed by Jamie Lloyd; Designed by Soutra Gilmour; Lighting by Richard Howell
Sound by Ben & Max Ringham and George Dennis; Composition by Ben & Max Ringham
Casting by Charlotte Sutton

Cast: George Blagden, Tom Rhys Harries, Seun Shote and Hayley Squires

27 January – 18 March
Press night: Thursday 2 February at 7pm

You know why the ghost train is so popular? Because there are no ghosts. Once you’ve learnt that you can make a fortune.

Presley and Haley have bolted their East London home against the terrors of the world. Since their parents died ten years ago, they have found comfort in chocolate, medication and fantasies of nuclear apocalypse. But, one night, Presley sees a beautiful stranger on the street outside. And while Haley sleeps, he lets their worst nightmare in.

Claustrophobic, comic and deeply unsettling, Philip Ridley’s seminal masterpiece played a revolutionary role in changing the face of British theatre when it premiered in 1991 to critical acclaim and controversy. Its exploration of ‘a climate of fear’, living in ‘alternate worlds’ and persistent thrum of sexual anxiety has continued to act as a tuning fork for the zeitgeist - a play whose relevance is forever in the now.

Step into Shoreditch Town Hall’s atmospheric basement spaces and experience this unique, immersive revival of Ridley’s debut play deep in the eerie underbelly of East London.

Shoreditch Town Hall presents
The world première of
By Philip Ridley

Directed by Jamie Lloyd; Designed by Soutra Gilmour
Sound by Ben & Max Ringham and George Dennis; Composition by Ben & Max Ringham
Casting by Charlotte Sutton

Cast: John MacMillan

22 February – 8 April
Press night: Thursday 27 February at 7pm

A killer! That’s what I am. And if I’m not very much mistaken...You could be too!

A loner finds an albino ostrich that can perform miracles. A teenager stumbles on a mysterious doorway leading to a Jurassic world. A one-legged surfer grows a new limb. Killer is a magical and, at times, menacing anthology of stories told in the recesses of the dark...

Employing binaural sound, director Jamie Lloyd takes you on an intimate journey within the bowels of Shoreditch Town Hall and the depths of your psyche. In this world première production, Philip Ridley's darkly comic collection of new monologues shiver with the anxiety of our age.

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Shoreditch Town Hall today publishes its 2015/16 Annual Report, with the new figures showing a marked increase in audience numbers and income.  As well as a continuing focus on the development of new, emerging artists, alongside work for and with the Hackney community, 2015/16 also saw the venue add live music and comedy to the artistic programme as well as larger scale theatre, including dreamthinkspeak’s ABSENT and  Kneehigh’s Dead Dog in a Suitcase .

Shoreditch Town Hall Director Nick Giles said today, “It’s been an incredible year for all of us at Shoreditch Town Hall.  Our artistic programme continued to grow, adding larger scale theatre, music and comedy, as well as a wide range of new work increasingly supported or commissioned by us.  Our building became more accessible and flexible than at any point in its history.  And we continued to develop our commercial hires and events business, crucial to underpinning everything we do as a non-revenue funded charity.”

“To give some context, four years ago there was no artistic programme, no thousands of audiences or participants engaging creatively with the building and we had neither the in-house facilities or technical kit to make a programme of theatre, music and public events possible.  With 2016 marking the 150th anniversary of Shoreditch Town Hall, it’s wonderful to now see the building as busy, full of life and as enjoyed as it’s ever been.”

The key achievements for the period included:

27,809 attendees for Shoreditch Town Hall’s artistic performance and creative learning programmes up 9,571 on 2014/15, with an average show capacity of 72%.

• Just under 2,000 performances of 50 programmed productions involving 934 performers and creatives, 14 world or UK premières, and 4 new commissions

111 artists, companies and arts organisations worked with and supported.

£589,244 of commercial and earned income (an increase of 14% on 2014/15).

35% of audiences and participants from within a 2-mile radius of the building.

£585,778 invested in production and technical infrastructure, including a new passenger lift and general refurbishment, bringing the total capital investment since 2012 to £2m.

3,676 engaging actively in creative learning and participation work.

83% of artistic programme comprised of work Shoreditch Town Hall has either supported or invested in.

• All this achieved with a core team of 15 members of staff.

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We are thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for local artists to be involved in a brand new project at Shoreditch Town Hall.

On Saturday 29 October, the Town Hall will throw open its doors for a day of workshops, performances and events for all the family! A packed programme of theatre, music, dance and art activities will take place across the building.

As part of the programme, we’re looking for Hackney-based artists to lead some of the workshop activity, doing what you do best. We’re looking for artists who can offer a 60-minute workshop for up to 30 young participants and their accompanying adults. There are NO limitations on art form - we will consider anything and everything – however please note that it is likely these workshops will take place in one of our basement spaces meaning that the floor will be concrete and therefore not suitable for certain types of activity. If possible, we would love for your session to engage specifically with the local Hackney community, and are interested to hear how this might work in your initial expression of interest.

Please email, outlining exactly what your session would include and any information about your relevant experience, by midday on Wednesday 28 September. Please also indicate the age range of participants that your workshop will target (it must be an age range within 0-14 years). Fixed small fees will be available for all artists who are selected to lead workshops, as well as some basic technical support on the day.

If your proposal does not quite sit within a 60-minute workshop structure, but you think your activity is suitable, please do still get in touch as we’d love to hear about your ideas, whether they end up being considered for this project or something else further down the line.

We very much look forward to hearing from you!


Shoreditch Town Hall celebrates £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Shoreditch Town Hall announces today that it has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant to support More Light, More Power: 150 Years of Shoreditch Town Hall, a project to celebrate the building’s 150th anniversary.

To mark the occasion, Shoreditch Town Hall will produce a commemorative publication to document the former civic building’s rich history: from its roots in 19th century progressive politics, to its role in East London working class culture as a music hall and boxing venue; from community-led campaigns to save the building, to its contemporary usage as an arts and events space.  

The project will also include a temporary exhibition of photos and materials in a number of spaces inside the building, as well as permanent displays to help people understand and appreciate its heritage.

Despite the architectural and historical importance of Shoreditch Town Hall, there is currently no single place or publication where the buildings story is available. Although some key moments in the life of the Town Hall are on record, there are many significant gaps in knowledge and few photographs of people using and enjoying the space.

A team of staff and volunteers from Shoreditch Town Hall will therefore go out into the community in the coming months, working with project coordinator Brona O’Toole to meet local people, carry out a selection of interviews and document stories or memories of the building over the years. We will also research and compile information from a range of archives and public sources, as well as personal collections.

Director Nick Giles said: “It has been our ambition for some time now to produce a more comprehensive history of the Town Hall, so that we can better celebrate what is a unique, landmark building, its colourful history and the role it has played in people’s lives over the past one hundred and fifty years. Thanks to this support from the Heritage Lottery Fund we will now be able to achieve this, and importantly for us, run a project that will enable us to go out into the community and work with a diverse team of volunteers.”

Stuart Hobley, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “HLF support will recognise the historical and architectural importance of Shoreditch Town Hall in celebration of the building’s 150th anniversary. Thanks to National Lottery players, communities will be able to mark this special occasion with a project exploring and preserving the local history of the Town Hall, leading to a commemorative publication and exhibition at the heart of Shoreditch.”

If you would like to volunteer or have a story or memory of the Town Hall, if your family or friends have been involved with the building in the past – especially if you have photographs or documents – we would love to hear from you. Please email or write to Brona O’Toole at Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT.

A Meet and Greet will be on Thursday 15 September (2.00pm-5.00pm) where we will introduce the project to those who want to be interviewed and meet a few potential volunteers.

Volunteer training will be Monday 19 September (2.00pm-5.00pm) with interviews to follow later in the week.

On completion of the project in December 2016 archive materials, our history publication and links to information on wider local history will be made available from on a newly launched history section of


Town Hall Takeover – October 2016

A group of Primary School aged children attending a recent Shoreditch Town Hall production, engaging with actors.

We are thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for a talented graphic designer to be involved in a brand new project with Shoreditch Town Hall. 

This October, Shoreditch Town Hall will throw open its doors for a day of workshops, performances and activities for young people aged 14 and under and their families! A packed programme of theatre, music, dance and art will take place across the whole building.

We’re looking for a fabulous designer to create the artwork for the Town Hall Takeover marketing campaign, which will be featured on our posters, flyers and programme. This will be seen by up to 1,000 Hackney community members during the event - and many more in the run up - and is a great way of exposing your work to new audiences and building your portfolio. If successful, you will then be asked to design another piece of print for the day itself (details below).
This one-off project would suit a recent graduate, or a current student of graphic design, illustration or similar.

We want you to have creative freedom over the design, so please don’t feel completely bound by our brand identity communicated through our website and brochures. However, we do want to make clear the association with Shoreditch Town Hall. Please include the following when creating your entry:

• It must demonstrate the welcoming nature of the day, and our accessible, ‘open to all’ values.
• Emphasise that this is a day for Hackney.
• We would like the main Town Hall Takeover image to be an illustration, drawn by hand or digitally, with an emphasis on the word “Takeover”
• Fun, child-friendly writing and images.
• Our logo must be featured, but it does not have to be centrefold (downloadable on our
vacancies page).
• Research and understand the building. Look online at our photographs and 360 tours. There’s lots of information on our website.

The deadline for applications is mid-day on Wednesday 24 August.
The creator of the winning design will be contacted by Friday 26 August. Due to print, production and distribution deadlines, the winner must be available to redraft and proof their artwork between this date and Friday 9 September (inclusive).   Please only apply if you meet these criteria.

The chosen designer will also be asked to create a map of the building in October, which will act as interactive, directional and informative print for our audiences to be used on the day. We will only ask for this after the designer has been chosen and the main artwork design has been decided upon.
After all artwork has been signed off by Shoreditch Town Hall, the winning designer will be given a one-off payment of  £200.

Designers should send their entry along with an example of a recent piece of their work to 
Files should be supplied in PDF format and your entry should be of an appropriate resolution/quality to print clearly on A3 paper (300dpi or similar).
We very much look forward to hearing from you and seeing your work for our exciting new project!