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SO. We have been very very lucky in that for our latest project we’ve been supported by Arts Council England and The Wellcome Trust, and last week we finished a short run of Jude Starbeam and the Shadow Planet at The Albany. This week we’re travelling around school’s in London and running workshops with a real live Brain Scientist teaching kids about the brain and what happens if someone receives a brain injury. MASSIVE amounts of thanks to our production team who included Jess Mable Jones for stunning shadow puppetry, Joseph Wallace for his phenomenal animations, Simeon Miller for his lighting and bringing all our projection together, Ross Power for his music which made us all cry it was so beautiful, Emma Tompkins for her fabulous set and costume designs. On top of that was Jo Cummins (our fabulous and level headed producer) Ben Hadley (director etraordinaire) Rachel Stinton (our Stage Manager who battled her way through the FLU!) Yaamin Chowdhury (our wonderful actor), Suzie Inglis (Our brilliant production manager who kept us all in line!) the fantastic Jerome Jaffre and Ben Stevenson from the Albany who helped us when illness struck and kept us all calm and happy, and pretty much everyone at The Albany for supporting us through the process! We couldn’t have done it without you – thank you SO MUCH! xxxxxxx 

Photos by Yannis Katsaris

We’ve got a new show!

Captain Jude and the Shadow Planet
A show for 7-11 year olds


Intrepid space explorers Captain Jude Starbeam and his sister, Major Nix,
Set out to find the mythical Sunstar plant – but the mission goes wrong.
Jude is sucked into a black hole, and is stranded on a shadow planet…
Nix searches the universe to find him, but when she does, he has changed:
will they ever be able to fly through space together again?

Young astronaut Captain Jude Starbeam has an accident whilst playing with his sister Major Nix. In his mind he is catapulted through space to a faraway planet, while in reality he is taken to hospital to recover from a brain injury.  Inspired by stories of young people growing up with a brain injury, Jude Starbeam and the Shadow Planet is a challenging and exciting new production about how two the siblings come to terms with this trauma.

The show is supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Biomedical Research Centre and Arts Council England

We’ll be performing for a week at The Albany in Deptford in February – come see us!

We’re on tour again!

Off we go with Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka, across the wilds of Scotland as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival,  and then to the depths of London at The Bunker Theatre. Tickets for the Scottish part of the tour will be available from April (watch this space!). BRING IT ON!



We’ve been granted ACE funding!

… And this time it’s to tour Don’t Panic, It’s Challenge Anneka and research our next show, Jude Starbeam (working Title). The latter is our new baby, who we’re very excited about. It’s all about the brain and space, exploring what it feels like to have a brain injury. It’s our first children’s show – for 7-11 year olds, and inquisitive adults – and we’re working alongside the fantastic London Brain Project again. We’re also, rather excitingly, working alongside Deanna Rodger, a fantastic spoken word artist who we absolutely love. Deanna will be our writer for this project. We’ve worked with Deanna before on our Britain’s Got Tenants podcasts – definitely worth a listen.  Below are some photos from some previous Research and Development that we did on Jude Starbeam in association with Polka Theatre.

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Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka is going to Edinburgh!

We’re off to the Edinburgh Fringe this August 3rd – 28th, playing at Summerhall (which is doubly exciting because that place is super cool).
So come and watch Sophie perform her socks off in her first one-woman show. More information here. Tickets will be on sale very soon!

Britain’s Got Tenants – a performance!

Friday 11 March, 7.00pm at The Albany, Deptford

Join us for a work-in-progress performance* of Britain’s Got Tenants: an evening of theatre, spoken word, live music, sketches and songs featuring on the button plus guest artists and friends!

Theatre company on the button teams up with award-winning writer Che Walker** to bring you a show about the housing crisis: Britain’s Got Talent by way of a history of social housing! Sing songs of protest, listen to stories of slums, utopias and struggles for better homes, and stick around afterwards to join in our big conversation about what’s causing the crisis and what we can do about it.

We’ll be operating a pay-what-you-decide box office system in the form of a bucket. Put it in your diary (the date, not the bucket, silly!), and see you there(enter your details here to confirm you will be attending)!


Sophie and Ben

* whatever we’ve managed to come up with after five days’ work at the Albany. Expect history, songs, games, stories, laughs, agitprop, silly wigs and fake facial hair.
** because our grant application was cruelly rejected by the Arts Council, we can’t actually afford to pay Che to write a script. But he will be advising us on script-y matters and offering moral support and guidance

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Britain’s Got Tenants Podcast


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It’s official! Britain’s Got Tenants is on its way!

And here’s a trailer for our podcasts- listen to it on soundcloud here

Listen to it; share it; look forward to the next installment


We’re currently collecting interviews with people about Social Housing for our podcasts. We’re speaking to a wide range of people: from current tenants to architects, protestors to academics; if you’ve got something to say about Social Housing, come and say it to us!


We’ve been granted Arts Council funding for our Social Housing Project!

And yes, we’re very excited about it! This means that we can now start to research the show, eventually putting the research into a series of podcasts about social housing which will be released this summer. After that, we’ll be creating the show and touring around estates in East London and beyond.

We’re looking for stories:

The show will be inspired by conversations with people who live on estates in East London, but we’re keen for all sorts of stories and thoughts. The plan is to tour the show around the UK; the themes are not London-centric but UK wide, so your thoughts, from wherever you are, will be inspiring for us. Contact us on our website, or via twitter (@on_thebutton) or facebook (/onthebuttontheatre); we’d love to hear from you!