the lion and unicorn theatre 23rd - 28th may 2022
Welcome to London’s freshest multi-arts festival, from the OFFIE winning ChewBoy Productions.
From May 22nd - 28th, we’ll be taking over the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish town with some of the weirdest, whackiest flavours from early-career companies, dynamic new writers of all ages and bold screen work from some of the most exciting filmmakers in town.
We’re working in association with Gutter Street, Visability Film Festival, Proforca Theatre and Yellow Hat Productions amongst others to support the creation of integrated live performance events with a focus on the surreal, the abstract and experimentation.
So, buckle in friends. This one’s gonna be a bigg’un…
Welcome to ChewFest | 19:30 - 19:55
Start your ChewFest experience right with an introduction to the festival from ChewBoy’s co-founders Hal Darling and Georgie Bailey. Join us for a multimedia taste-test through space, time and existence to learn more about what the week has in store for you, audience member.
Stage the Page | 20:00 - 21:30
5 performers. 6 new plays. Enjoy some of the freshest new writing on the block from a wonderful array of early-career playwrights, performed by a troupe of 5 performers in a rehearsed reading event like no other.
Featuring Premieres of:
SKIN by Jaisal Marmion | PRIVATE VIEW by Lee Lauren | THOR OF TRELLICK TOWER by Shez Chung-Blake | YARN by Caroline Lezny | MORRIS BOYS by Ted Tooley | WHO CUT OFF THEIR TALES/TAILS? by Yaz Nin
The Adaptation Game | 19:30 - 21:00
Join Visability Film Festival for ‘The Adaptation Game’ - an evening of transmedia storytelling, in association with Yellow Hat productions, as part of Chewfest 2022 at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre.
This experimental evening marks a new chapter for Visability, one where they'll be breathing new life into some of their favourite films of the past two years by adapting them for the stage!
As usual, they’ll be shining a light on some vital topics, continuing the company's commitment to using film (and theatre) as a tool for positive societal change. So, strap in for an innovative, one of a kind evening.
The Magic Number | 19:30 - 21:00
Threeeeee, is a magic numberrrrr!
On Wednesday, we’ll be bringing you 3 extract performances from 3 brand-new companies creating whacky, experimental work.
The companies joining us at ChewFest 2022 are international theatre company Borderline Confrontational, Muddy Puddles who focus on bringing life to queer stories and new-writing company White Noise Theatre.
Featuring Premieres of:
13 Children by Borderline Confrontational
Thin Air by Muddy Puddles
PlantGays by White Noise Theatre
Back 2 Back | 19:30 - 21:00
Long-time collaborators ChewBoy Productions and Proforca Theatre team up to bring you a revival of the multi-award-winning surreal comedy TETHERED, the acclaimed Before Feel by James Lewis and a brand-new play from David Brady, By Your Side in a triple-bill evening of innovative theatre.
Note: One ticket will give you access to watch all 3 of these fantastic plays.
Gutter Street Nights | 19:30 - 21:30
Gutter Street is a theatre company and artist collective creating original plays and stories all set in their interconnected theatrical world. They create work where the fantastical meets the gritty, reflecting our own world through a cracked and stained mirror.
Gutter Street Nights is an event where five creatives are challenged to write either a song, speech or poem based around a specific theme. The nights are open to performers and non performers alike, with an aim to create a comfortable, supportive environment for everyone to share their work and try something new. Join us for a night of new writing, a little pub quiz and if you fancy a go, jump up on our open mic at the end!
Fondue with Chew: A Finale Event Thing | 19:30 - 21:00
To culminate the festival, we’ll be providing you with an evening of anarchy. Chaos. Good vibes and fun. 'Cus that’s what we all need right now, right?
Join Georgie and Hal from ChewBoy Productions and some very special guests to celebrate live performance's return, to chat about everything and anything, and maybe even try and break some world records…all with chocolate fondue.