Young Lyric presents Evolution, a four day multi-art form festival taking place from Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 March 2017.

Evolution showcases artists aged 16 – 25, celebrating the ground-breaking and exciting work being produced by young people in the capital.

Over four days, more than 100 artists will be presenting a programme of fresh, striking and original theatre, film and music exploring the theme of identity across a variety of performances, discussions and events.

Sean Holmes, Artistic Director of Lyric Hammersmith said: ‘We are thrilled to welcome the return of Evolution after its debut last year. This festival will mark the beginning of many of these young people’s journey as professional artists. Championing emerging artists, improving access to the arts and supporting vulnerable young people is core to our vision at the Lyric and we look forward to hosting this festival once again.’


Passin’ Thru
Wed 15 – Sat 18 March 2017
7pm, 60 mins

One rainy summer’s afternoon in 2016, homeless nineteen year old Sam arrives at Boundaries House Hostel with a dead phone, a heavy heart and all his belongings bundled into bags. Like many other young people before him, this will be his home for the foreseeable future. Written through a devising process by Fintan Dineen with director Richard Weinman and in collaboration with the Theatreworks group, Passin’ Thru is a celebration of youth and a story about belonging, attachment and parenthood.

Is There Hair Under There?
Wed 15 – Thu 16 March 2017
9pm, 60 mins

In August 2016, 8 young Muslim women spoke into one tape recorder to create a new performance exploring what it is to be a young Muslim in West London. Funny, poignant and always insightful, Is there hair under there? challenges our perceptions and attitudes towards young people based on their faith and outfit.

Seventeen: Talkback
Thu 16 March 2017
9:30pm, 60 mins

Join the creative team of Seventeen, our current main house show to discuss the performance. This panel discussion followed by a question and answer session will cover the creative process of rehearsals and performance and the challenges of bringing a play from Australia to the Lyric main stage.
Free Entry

Reel Talks: Diversity In The Arts
Fri 17 March 2017
7:30pm, 45 mins

An intimate discussion with actors, producers, directors within the film industry about the very pressing topic of diversity. A prestigious panel will be talking about their experiences and answering any questions you might have about the industry and your own career.

Development Lab: Work in Progress
Fri 17 March 2017
8pm, 90 mins

Join three exciting female artists as they explore identity and what makes us who we are. The evening will feature: Does my Bomb Look Big In This by Nyla Levy, MotherLand by Naomi Joseph and White by Koko Brown. The performances will be followed by a discussion.

Fresh Faced Film Festival
Fri 17 March 2017
8:30pm, 90 mins

The third Fresh Faced Film Festival curated by TEAfilms in association with the Lyric Hammersmith and the BFI will not disappoint. A selection of quality films by young directors will be showcased in front of a panel of film industry professionals.

Access All Areas Present: The Misfit Analysis
Fri 17 March 2017
9pm, 60 mins

After sell-out runs in London and Edinburgh, Cian Binchy returns with the multi-award winning The Misfit Analysis as part of a national tour. Using multi-media performance, Cian takes us through a world of wheelchairs and blow-up dolls in an unconventional exploration of an autistic mind, playfully questioning the treatment of disability and autism in today’s world. This is not Rain Man.

Being Brave
Fri 17 March 2017
9:30pm, 30 mins

How can we be braver within ourselves and in the work we create? Join us for a discussion with top industry professionals on how we can be take bold steps to evolve the arts industry and inspire the next generation of artists. This panel will include Artistic Director of the Lyric, Sean Holmes.
Free Entry

Development Lab: Phroot Salad
Sat 18 March 2017
8pm, 90 mins

Phroot Salad is a performance about the peaks, troughs and peculiarities of living between cultures, and the murky, double-edged waters of sex. Written and performed by Julienne Orcullo.

TEAfilms Presents
Sat 18 March 2017
8:30pm, 60 mins
Join award winning film production company TEAfilms for an exclusive night of new work. They will be premiering their short film Criteria written by Naomi Joseph, as well as the latest episodes of the comedy series No Filter written by London Hughes.

Also booking at the Lyric Hammersmith

Saturday 04 March – Saturday 08 April 2017
Mon-Sat 7.30pm. Also Sat 2.30pm (not 4 Mar) & Wed 1.30pm (22 Mar, 29 Mar & 05 Apr only).
Free First Night: Saturday 04 March. For more information:
Previews: Monday 06 – Monday 13 March | Press Night Tuesday 14 March at 7pm
Preview Tickets: £15, £20 | Tickets: £15, £20, £25, £30, £35. No booking fee.

Paul Auster’s City of Glass
Thursday 20 April – Saturday 13 May 2017
Mon-Sat 7.30pm. Also Sat 2.30pm (not 22 Apr) & Wed 1.30pm (3 & 10 May only).
Free First Night: Thursday 20 April. For more information:
Previews: Friday 21 – Tue 25 April 2017 | Press Night Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 7pm
Preview Tickets: £15, £20 | Tickets: £15, £20, £25, £30, £35. No booking fee.
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