Voila! Europe

London theatre news: Friday 22 September 2017

Festivals - International - Language

A non Brexit-fearing festival with a central mission to bust the barriers of language and showcase plays from around Europe and the UK to London's multi-national audiences. From 8 to 18 November 2017 ...
Voila! Europe 2017

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Voila! Europe is a non Brexit-fearing festival with a central mission to bust the barriers of language and showcase plays from around Europe and the UK to London's multi-national audiences.

Presenting 30 different pieces of work, from new writing by emerging artists to classics revisited by well-loved companies, Voila! Europe celebrates diversity in performing arts, multiple languages, and fearless creatives.

Voila! Europe is the evolution of Voila!, a francophone festival produced annually by the Cockpit Theatre since 2013.

This year's festival runs from 8 to 18 November and will celebrate multiple languages spoken on the European continent and is expanding beyond the Cockpit Theatre to include programmes at Etcetera Theatre and Applecart Arts.

Presenting work and providing additional platforms for exchange in the arts, Voila! Europe's programming is a kaleidoscope of cutting edge and highly original work designed by and delivered by the people taking part - with plenty of English language works for the monoglots among us.

The festival presents a huge diversity of art forms from poetry nights to political theatre, comedy to physical theatre, circus and urban culture to puppeteering, dance to improv and musicals to clown; subjects range across themes of belonging, displacement, culture, money, power, identity and more.

Voila! Europe is part of The Cockpit: Theatre Of Ideas & Disruptive Panache's central misson: to produce collaborative programmes with commissions and events designed to nurture debate and encourage risky new work.

Dave Wybrow, Artistic Director of the Cockpit says

"Voilà! Europe is part of our ongoing mission to put together a venue, a tribe and new ways of networking and creating work.

It's about embracing our multifaceted culture in the face of retrogressive government policy, joining low tech to hi tech, low culture to high culture and low budgets to high levels of audience reach and social impact."

Voilà! Europe's opening gala will take place on Wednesday 8th November at 6:30pm providing an opportunity to meet the companies and artists featured in the program, and watch teasers of their shows - and it's FREE!

Find the full festival programme here.

Multilingual higlights

ODYSSEUS PLASTOK (one performance in English and one in French)

A plastic bag swept away by the wind finds out who he is. An odyssey about damaging the environment.

Friday 10th November - English // Saturday 11th November - French

POKER FACE (Two performances mixing English and Czech (subtitled)

Set in Prague, 2011.

On the eve of President Vaclav Havel's funeral, a family dinner descends into a game of money, power and sex where nothing is what it seems.

Sunday 12th November // Tuesday 14th November - 8:30pm

CROSSING THE LINE (Two performances mixing English, Polish, French, German, Italian)

Choreography-with-speech, investigating how stories of crossing the line have been told, across countries and time.

Wednesday 15th November // Saturday 18th November


Inspired by Euripides' Bacchae, Mikra Theatricals invite you to draw back the curtain and take a peek into the backstage of the chorus.

A world of paranoia, madness, and drama.

Tuesday 14th November 2017 to Saturday 18th November 2017


Cockpit Theatre

Gateforth Street


London NW8 8EH

Etcetera Theatre

265 Camden High Street

London NW1 7BU

Applecart Theatre

170 Harold Road


London E13 0SE

Festival dates

8 to 18 November 2017

For individual event dates, check the full programme listing


Check events at theatres for prices


Cockpit Theatre

Etcetera Theatre

Applecart Theatre

Voila! Europe - full programme in PDF

ActDrop listing for Voila! Europe

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