The first pub theatre festival comes to Camden!

Pub theatre festival


Theatrefullstop have teamed up with both the Etcetera Theatre and Lion and Unicorn Theatre to present the first Pub Theatre Festival this AprilThe aim is to encourage current drama school and university students, as well as graduates and emerging theatre makers, to stage their works to a paying audience.

The festival will take place over 2 weekends in April: Friday 7 and Saturday 8 April 2017 at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre and Friday 14 and Saturday 15 April 2017  at the Etcetera Theatre and will allow for theatre companies to showcase 30 minutes of work. 

A theatre company making their first steps into staging their own works after higher education can be a tough task. There’s plenty to think about as they’re not only creating and devising their own works but they’re having to bear in mind the marketing and financial aspects of a show. What the Pub Theatre Festival looks to do is to create a launch pad for the voices of tomorrow. Everyone has to start from somewhere, and with a little support, possibilities can be endless.

Pub Theatres are a crucial part of British theatre making; without these venues, it would practically be impossible to get young theatre voices out there. We have a rich Pub Theatre culture and this needs to be celebrated.

Here’s what our partnering venues had to say about the festival:


 "The Lion and Unicorn is pleased to be a partner in the first ever Pub Theatre Festival. This will be a great opportunity not only for venues to work together to develop a new audience, but for us to showcase some of the best emerging talent around.

We are looking forward to hosting some great work at our Kentish Town venue, and hope we attract some diverse and engaging theatre makers."

Chris Mellor, Creative Producer



“We were very happy to hear from Lucy with this great idea!

As one of the smaller – if not smallest! – pub theatres in London, we particularly welcome companies who are just starting out and/or who are trialing new material. Due to the nature of our intimate black box, it effectively means that companies sometimes have to strip back on sets/effects…but the advantage of the space is that the focus shifts towards the scripts, the acting and the ingenuity at bringing it together, which is as challenging as it can be rewarding for the companies.

So, with the same enthusiasm we’ve brought to the festivals we’ve hosted and keep on hosting  (London Horror Festival) and continue to host (Camden Fringe Festival / Black Box Festival / London Horror Festival), we’re looking forward to this new initiative that promotes theatre in all its weird and wonderful diversity!”

Maud & Pierre, The Etcetera Theatre


A total of 16 theatre companies have been chosen to take part in the first festival, with shows ranging from the political to the historical, with genres ranging from naturalistic to physical. The chosen shows are:

Beneath the Weeds- Grace Chapman

beneath the weeds

R(ex)ception-Francesca Mepham


Dreaming up a Song- James Dylan Thompson

Dreaming up a song

Cow - Cat Clancy


Towers of Eden - Melissa Dalton

For Angels Cannot Lie - Katie Douglas

The Idiot's Guide to the World - Wisecrackers Theatre Company

Skewed Judgement - Jamie Christian

Panilla Ice ice Baby - Pernilla Holland

If My Heart Were A Camera - Dan Horrigan

The (Central) Story - The Actourists

Pristine- Stephanie McGuiness

C'est La Vie- Stephanie Perry

Cockroached- Theatre63