I'll Take You to Mrs Cole!

A Complicité Associates and Polka Theatre co-production

Based on the book by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman

Directed and adapted by Complicité Associate Catherine Alexander

The 1980s! Ska music pulses and young Ashley creates havoc by getting lost in a wild, imaginative world. When Jedi battles, slam dunks and forest adventures go too far, will their hard-working mum resort to the scariest threat of all?

The show features an original Ska soundtrack with the energy of a gig combined with visual storytelling and exquisite original animation. It is a funny and anarchic show for children and a nostalgic trip for parents.


25 & 26 July Theatre Peckham, London previews, 7pm & 6pm
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31 July - 26 Aug (no show 12 Aug) The Pleasance Beyond, Edinburgh 1:45pm
Box office: 0131 556 6550
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Suitable for ages 7+

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©Sarah Ainslie
©Sarah Ainslie

The Last of the Pelican Daughters

A Wardrobe Ensemble, Complicité and Royal & Derngate co-production

Directed by Jesse Jones and Tom Brennan

In folklore, pelican mothers feed their young on their own blood. In 2019, four sisters are trying to divide their mother’s house between them. Joy wants a baby, Storm wants to be seen, Sage wants to be paid, Maia doesn’t want anyone to find out her secret and Granny’s in a wheelchair on day release. Mum’s presence still seeps through the ceiling and the floors. The Pelican Daughters are home for the last time.

The Wardrobe Ensemble use their trademark irreverent humour and lovable characters to tackle the idea of what it means for young people to grapple with inheritance, loss and justice in this comedy about four sisters trying to come to terms with their mother’s death.


25 & 26 July 7:45pm, Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Box Office: 01604 624811
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31 July - 25 Aug (no show 17 Aug), 4:40pm, Pleasance Beyond, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 556 6550
Book online here

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©Chelsey Cliff
©Chelsey Cliff
©Chelsey Cliff

Beware of Pity

Based on the novel by Stefan Zweig
Directed by Simon McBurney

A Complicité co-production with the Schaubühne, Berlin.

Behind the scenes videos

Stefan Zweig (1881 – 1942) was an Austrian writer who at the height of his career was the most read author writing in the German language.

Ungeduld des Herzens, published in 1939, is a tense and claustrophobic account of a young man’s slide into a terrible situation, and his inability to extricate himself from it. It’s a devastating depiction of honour, love and betrayal, realised against the background of the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the rise of anti-Semitism.

Singapore International Festival of Arts
16 & 17 May 2019, 7:30pm

"Extraordinarily compelling”
★★★★★ Independent

"An illuminating explosion”
★★★★★ WhatsOnStage

"It fizzes on the spot”
★★★★ Observer

★★★★ Time Out

★★★★ Guardian

“Takes on the compelling quality of a thriller”
★★★★ Financial Times

“It draws you in and shakes you"
★★★★ Times

Gianmarco Bresadola
Gianmarco Bresadola

everything that rises must dance

'This is pure dance, making everyday actions profoundly communicative.' Daily Telegraph

everything that rises must dance is a new dance project celebrating female movement and the way women have danced throughout history.

Created with 100 to 200 women this free performance ripples with choreography that reproduces the minute movements of daily life while weaving in fragments of folk dance from around the world, the spectacle sets expressive, physical action to an evolving sonic score.

Created by choreographer Sasha Milavic Davies and composer Lucy Railton, this intriguing project produced by Complicité explores relationships, identity and community.

Originally presented by Dance Umbrella with 200 women from London in September and October 2018.

Watch this space for more updates! 

Ali Wright
Sarah Ainslie
Ali Wright