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Our Artistic Director Rachel Bagshaw is delighted to announce today our 2024/25 Season! Highlights include the welcome return of Unicorn’s favourite and award-winning theatre maker Tim Crouch with Toto Kerblammo!, an extraordinary show using binaural sound for the very first time at the Unicorn; alongside a moving and uplifting new stage adaption of Alexis Deacon’s modern children’s classic Beegu adapted and directed by Debbie Hannan (Associate Director at the National Theatre of Scotland).

With a commitment to create work that is innovative, relevant and engaging, the season marks the beginning of an exciting new partnership with leading Black British theatre company Talawa to present Home Song by Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong, an early years’ show that will premiere at the Unicorn before embarking on a UK tour.

Dance returns with de Stilte’s Eyecatchers as part of Dance Umbrella Festival. We continue to present global stories with the stage adaptation of Nigerian-born author Atinuke’s bestselling book Anna Hibiscus’ Song, presented by Utopia Theatre and Sheffield Theatres, while acclaimed Spanish theatre company Imaginart returns with Little Night, an interactive new show for little ones.

Building on the success of the Engagement programme, today we are also launching the Creative Hub - bringing our programme of work with children right into the heart of the creative process. Click here for more information.

The season also marks the beginning of Creative Champions, a new cohort of exciting patrons from a diverse range of skills and backgrounds united in their support of the organisation and our unique mission to transform young lives through theatre. Dame Susie Sainsbury, Honorary President of Creative Champions, said: “As a long-term friend and supporter of the Unicorn I am delighted to have been made the Honorary President of their Creative Champions. It is exciting to help assemble such an inspiring group of talented individuals who, I believe, can play a vital role in enabling this very special theatre to extend its reach and impact. As Rachel’s first season as Artistic Director so clearly demonstrates, the Unicorn is driven by the firm belief that all children should have access to excellent, ambitious art. As Creative Champions we share this belief and know that theatre has the power to transform young lives. We all look forward to being part of the Unicorn’s bright future.

Artistic Director Rachel Bagshaw said, “I am thrilled to unveil my inaugural season at this remarkable theatre, which offers young children an exciting space to experience new forms, stories, people and ideas. Serving as an introduction to their early theatrical journey, we cherish the privilege of being many children's first encounter with the world of live performance. Our programme this year includes visits to new worlds, from innovative productions for babies in collaboration with Talawa, to captivating dance experiences courtesy of Dance Umbrella. I’m delighted to be welcoming new talent to the Unicorn such as Debbie Hannan, who debuts her inaugural early years work with us, and to continue supporting artists developing work for young audiences.

“Our commitment to access and inclusion continues to grow as this season will see disabled-led casting and creative access on our main stage with our Christmas show Odd and the Frost Giants, alongside binaural sound experiences in Tim Crouch’s Toto Kerblammo!

“Nobody knows what it’s like to be young today better than children themselves, and I am thrilled to see our newly launched Creative Hub ushering in new ways for us to put children at the heart of our mission. I am honoured to be supported by our new Creative Champions, whose talents and experience will help us drive our vital mission; with particular gratitude to Dame Susie Sainsbury as Honorary President of this fantastic cohort.

“In the past year, we supported over 9,000 young people to experience our shows through our subsidised ticket programme (more than 20% of all tickets sold). At a time when schools are so financially stretched and the arts’ place in the curriculum is continually undervalued, our commitment to theatre for all remains unwavering. We will continue to work in schools, community settings and with partners in our local boroughs and beyond to bring artists and children together in extraordinary ways.”

We are also pleased to announce today our new Associate Director for the 2024/25 season, Robin Belfield, working across the planning and delivery of our current and future productions. Robin said: “I’m delighted to join the Unicorn team as Associate Director and support Rachel in delivering her first season. It’s truly an exciting year ahead and I can’t wait to work alongside this terrific line up of theatre artists.”

Photo: Rachel Bagshaw by Annabel Moeller.

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