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21st Century Tea Dance: Film Edition

A 21st Century Tea Dance: Film Edition
Tuesday 24 October, 1-3pm

Lights, Camera, Action!

For one day only, Hollywood packs its bags and crashes down into the heart of Deptford. Join us for our next legendary 21st Century Tea Dance, brought to you with our friends from Meet me at the Albany.

Dance to the music of Jive Five, share your movie memories, sing along with music from your favourite films and feast on lashings of tea and cake!

Date: Tuesday October 24
Time: 1-3pm
Where: the Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG Visit for more directions and access information

TICKETS: £5, carers and under 5s free. Concessions for groups (Book early to avoid disappointment)
Wheelchair and Families welcome!

Book Online:
Box Office: 020 8692 4446


Book now for a double helping of two of South London’s hottest tickets when Entelechy’s 21st Century Tea Dance team join up with the iconic Chill Pillteam.

We’re serving up an afternoon and evening of spoken work like you’ve never experienced it before. Drag out your gran; get your kids take time off work, for two unpredictable, hilarious and heartfelt performances compared in the evening by the inimitable Ida Barr

The words will be served up with music from the Spitz Jazz Collective,tea, cake and anything else the bar has to offer.

With performances from the Chill Pill team Adam Kammerling, Raymond Antrobus, Deanna Roger, Simon Mile and Mr Gee along with Entelechy’s very own Rosie Wheatland, Huw Williams, Lucreta De la Pierre and Jacqui Channing-Hamon.


WHEN: TUESDAY 16 MAY 2017, 1PM & 7PM

Pay what you decided (Booking required)
Box Office: 020 8692 4446

A 21st Century Tea Dance – Love –

Tuesday, October 25th, 1pm – 3pm

Beware of Cupid’s arrow when you step into our next 21st Century Tea Dance. The leam are serving up an aphrodisiac mash-up to celebrate LOVE.

Ida Barr heads the line up with music from the Jive 5.

So step into our dancing shoes and intoxicate yourself with our trademark mix of comedy, song, dance, gossip and tea!

WHERE: The Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG
visit the albany for more directions and access information

WHEN: Tuesday 25 October 2016, 1pm – 3pm

TICKETS: £5 ** Book early as tickets are very limited!
Book online: thealbany.org.uk
Box Office: 020 8692 4446

Meet me at the Movies


Become part of a new film club in Deptford and New Cross

Meet me at the Movies is a film club that will create opportunities for isolated older people to share their love of film with people of all ages from their community.

Meet me at the Movies will meet twice a month, welcoming a mix of older (over 60s) participants and volunteers of all ages, working together to select and screen films from all genres. The screenings will take part in various locations across Deptford and New Cross.


To find out more contact sarah.jarman@entelechyarts.org


All families have hidden secrets. Memories of the past come back to haunt an older woman in the moments between waking and sleep.

Bed is a street theatre performance devised by Entelechy Arts and Entelechy’s Older Peoples Drama Group

Dundee : 3-4 October 2017
London : 19 October 2017

A 21st Century Tea Dance – Food!

Entelechy Arts in partnership with the Albany are proud to present A 21st Century Tea Dance – Food! Tuesday 17th May 2016, 1pm-3pm

Ida Barr re-joins Entelechy’s Tea Dance Team to dish up a jam packed menu of tasty delights: comedy, dance,gossip all washed down with live music from the Jive Five

When: Tuesday 17 May 2016
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Where: The Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG
Tickets: £5, Carers and under 5s FREE.

Book Online: www.thealbanyorg.uk
Box Office: 020 8692 4446

Elephant & Castle:Memory and Place

Key Dates: 7 & 12 March 2016 / 2pm – 5pm / Creative gatherings at Siobhan Davies Studios

19 March 2016 / 2pm – 5pm / Durational performance at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

For more information and to book please click Siobhan Davies Website


Entelechy Arts in partnership with the Albany invite you to:


Dress yourself up, dust yourself down and step out in style to the 21st Century Tea Dance brought to you by our friends at Meet Me at the Albany. An unmissable opportunity to strut your stuff with live music, comedy, dance, music and much, much more.

Wheelchair users and families welcome!

£5, Carers and under 5s FREE.

When: Tuesday 27 October 2015, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: The Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, London, SE8 4AG

Book Online: thealbany.org.uk
Box Office: 020 8692 4446

Raising the Barr – A 21st Century Tea Dance



Ida Barr and her constant companion Christopher Green, together with their good friends from meet Me at the Albany play around with a few sing songs, a few mood swings and a little happiness.
Sing, dance and prepare to turn the world upside down.

Wheelchair users and families welcome!

Tuesday 4 November 2014
1PM – 3PM
£5, Carers and under 5s FREE, Concession for groups.

Book Online:- thealbany.org.uk
Box Office:- 020 8692 4446
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG



We are hosting a national symposium exploring the potential role of arts and museum spaces in supporting the visibility and cultural engagement of the isolated old. The event will bring together cultural leaders and civic strategists interested in the design and development of cross sector alliances that support communities in developing their capacity to nurture rich and engaged lives for vulnerable and frail older people.

When: Tuesday December 2nd 2014, 11am-4pm

Where: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG

RSVP: Limited Availability

Cost: Reservation fee £20

To book online, click here


Entelechy Arts Movement Workshops

When: Sunday 12 October 2014 – 2pm to 4pm

Where: Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, 85 St George’s Rd, London SE1 6ER

Entelechy Arts in association with Siobhan Davies Dance, deliver a creative movement workshop aimed at older participants, responding to material generated by the Human-Nature artists. This unique participatory and sensory workshop involves live music, gentle movement, and improvisational dance in the beautiful surroundings of the Siobhan Davies Dance studios.

Attendance is free however places are limited so please call or email Entelechy Arts to reserve your place.

Email: info@entelechyarts.org.uk
Telephone: 020 8694 9007

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home A new play produced by Freedom Studios and Entelechy Arts.

Written by: Emma Adams
Directed by: Tom Wright
Designed by Hannah Sibai

What happens when you have to leave your own Home Sweet Home and find yourself in a different kind of home altogether?

A home where anything can happen, where the day to day reality of caring and being cared for brushes up against bursts of beauty, high drama, Bollywood show-stoppers and even a little magic.

From the producers of the critically acclaimed sell-out production of The Mill – City of Dreams, comes this heart-warming new theatre show featuring live singing and dancing. Join residents Rosa and Moses on a journey celebrating love, endurance and hope, which will change the way you think about getting old forever.

Home Sweet Home is based the true stories and experiences of over 200 older people from Bradford, Deptford and Stockton. It will be touring London (the Albany theatre), Stockton and Bradford this year.

London Dates:
Tuesday 23 September – 1:00pm
Wednesday 24 September – 7:30pm
Thursday 25 September – 7:30pm
Friday 26 September – 5:30pm
Saturday 27 September – 2:00pm

Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG
Tickets: £10, £5 Concs
To book contact The Albany Box Office – 020 8692 4442 – or book online

Keep Calm…She’s Back! A 21st Century Tea Dance

Entelechy Arts in Association with the Albany – RAISING THE BARR – A 21st Century Tea Dance!

TUESDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2014 – 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Ida Barr and her constant companion Christopher Green, together with their good friends from meet Me at the Albany play around with a few sing songs, a few mood swings and a little happiness.
Sing, dance and prepare to turn the world upside down.

Tickets: £5, Carers and under 5s FREE. Concession for groups.

Where: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG
When: Tuesday 4 November 2014 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book Online: thealbany.org.uk
Box Office: 020 8692 4446

A 21st Century Tea Dance Goes International!

Entelechy Arts in partnership with the Albany

Tuesday 14 May, 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Regular, much loved host Ida Barr will be recuperating from minor surgery (slipped disc at the disco) but Ida’s manager has negotiated for another act to step into the breach.

Major US celebrity and 9 time Grammy Award winning country music singer Tina C will be our new celebrity host in a fun packed afternoon of comedy, theatre, music and dance.

Tickets £5. Carers and under 5′s FREE. Concessions for groups.

Book Online: thealbany.org.uk
Box Office: 020 8692 4446
Please visit thealbany.org.uk for directions and access information.

Multisensory, music and movement events

These events have developed in collaboration with Siobhan Davies Dance Studios. They present a unique blend of contact improvisation, gentle movement and relaxation and social dance, combined with live music performance. Participants comprise of young people with profound disabilities, older, old people and their families and carers.

Next Event Date:

Sunday 12 October 2014
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

The Workshop will be held at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, 85 St George’s Road, London, SE1 6ER
Admission: FREE

To book your place please call us on 020 8694 9007 or email: info@entelechyarts.org

”In the Entelechy sessions she’s being listened to. She feels able to contribute. She feels so included”

Seven Ages

A multi-stranded programme of creative encounters working with older people aged between 60 and 100 years old. Musicians, dance and spoken word artists work with active older peer mentors to develop and support work with frail older, old people.

Entelechy has established a weekly programme of dance, music and story-telling events with older, old people living in the Deptford and New Cross neighbourhoods of south east London, in close collaboration with a number of local groups including the Age Well Fun Club, Manley Court Residential Home, Deptford Methodist Mission and The Albany Centre.

The programme works with the generation now in their late 80s and 90s who have often been given additional years by medical science. For many this extra time is lived in loneliness and isolation. Space is created for Entelechy Artists to take time to listen to people’s individual needs, supporting people to nurture their talents and interests.

“I’m so proud of myself. I’ve never done anything like this before”

21st Century Tea Dance Programme

Entelechy takes the conventional form of the tea dance and brings it screaming and kicking into the 21st century. Dance events mix live music with video, theatre, dance performance, story-telling, tea, cake, social dancing and singing. Programmes are curated by older members of Entelechy’s Seven Ages Company. Over the past year Tea Dances have been nurturing new and distinctive performance through collaborations between our active elder members, isolated older people at nursing and day centres, and visiting artists. Recent partners include Upswing circus company, local indie band The Nearly Perfect and the unforgettable Ida Barr.

Tea Dances are also happening in residence in the community, bringing world-class live jazz music to the corridors, gardens and bedrooms of local residents. This is part of Entelechy’s work making the walls of local homes, nursing and day centres more permeable, and support isolated older people to become vital elements of the cultural lives of their communities.

“It wasn’t long enough. Roll on the next one!”

Little Boxes of Memories

Heritage Lottery Fund has funded a major new Little Boxes of Memories project. Entelechy has partnered with Lewisham Hospital and the Museum of London to uncover and share the remembered life and heritage experiences of socially isolated 80 to 100-year-old Londoners. The programme is co-curated by older, old people and young people who have profound and multiple disabilities from Greenvale School.

A skilled team of facilitators and volunteers work with older Londoners in private or nursing residences, and at Lewisham Hospital Stroke Unit, to tell their remembered life histories from the 1920s-50s. Working together and with the children of Greenvale School, they devise ‘little boxes’- rummage boxes, fragrance boxes, mini-cinema boxes, and whatever else boxes flow from their imaginations – that capture and retell fragments of these memories. These engaging and accessible form of one-on-one theatre will tour SEN schools and nursing homes in south London in spring 2013. To find out more or to book a visit, please contact Jess Worley at the Entelechy office.

The Little Boxes of Memories project develops the ideas of Entelechy’s Brazilian sister company Casa Das Fases.

“A wonderful and unique contribution to the life of our school. It was brilliant.”

Dance Lab

Dance Lab is an ongoing programme led by young people who have complex disabilities working in collaboration with Entelechy video and dance artists. The project aim is to design environments where young people can communicate their aspirations, interests and life experiences and allow them to develop creatively and personally.

If you are unable to use words how can you communicate your experiences to others? How can you have a fuller impact on decisions and choices that affect your life? Young people with physical/learning disabilities and or a sensory impairment rarely have choice and control about their day to day lives and long term life choices.

Night Flights is a stream of short term projects. Work has included making exhibitions and installations in galleries and arts centres, live performances, and personal mentoring and leadership training for young people with sensory and physical disabilities.