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Canada Water Culture Space LogoWhat’s on in Rotherhithe in 2017? You will be pleased to know that a lot. Canada Water Culture Place 2017 events offer something for everyone, from family entertainment to music gigs. This intimate 150 seat theatre showcasses the best in new work, comedy, contemporary theatre, dance and music. Located on the ground floor of the Canada Water Library, the Culture Space is programmed by the Albany in partnership with Southwark Council.

The location has excellent transport connections, food available in the Culture Café inside the library and nearby Canada Water Cafe and Leadbelly’s Bar and Kitchen plus the street food market outside during daytime shows and the perfect excuse to visit and explore Rotherhithe

Canada Water Culture Place Programme July to December 2017

These are the scheduled shows at the Canada Water Culture Place from July to December 2017. Further shows will be added later on the year.



Bellydance Show of the Summer.

Saturday 15th July, 7:30pm – 9:30pm  | £18 / £15 for MoveGB, Bellydance Body Mind & Oblique members

Bellydance Body Mind in partnership with MoveGB is proud to announce the Bellydance Show of the Summer.

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Scarletones Unveiled

Saturday 29th July, 7:00pm | £25

Unveil promises to be a night, showcasing rich highly rhythmic spirited percussive music, with a blend of western influences, underpinning jazz undertone and overtures.

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Festival of the Spoken Nerd: You Can’t Polish a Nerd Warm Up

Wednesday 13th September, 7:00pm  and Friday 15th September, 7:00pm | £12

Phil McIntyre Entertainments presents Festival of the Spoken Nerd: You Can’t Polish a Nerd Warm Up.The Nerds are back with a brand new tour this Autumn

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15th London African Music Festival – Busi Mhlanga and Shosholoza

Tuesday 19th September, 7:00pm | £12.50 / £10 concessions

The 15th London African Music Festival presents Busi Mhlanga and Shosholoza. Singer Busi Mhlanga was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to South African and Botswanan parents Busi Mhlanga was raised in the Zulu Ndebele tradition and the writer of the smash hits ‘Wedding Song’ and ‘Xenophobia’.

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15th London African Music Festival  -Kokoroko

Thursday 21st September, 7:00pm | £12.50 / £10 concessions

KOKOROKO are a young and dynamic 7-piece Afrobeat band. They play music they love, they grew up with and their parents got funky to. Inspired by Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen and the great sounds that have come out of West Africa, they put on a performance to honour the music the masters has taught them.

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Family theatre – Storyteller, Storyteller

Saturday 23rd September, 1:00pm and 3:00pm | £7 / £24 family ticket

Story Pocket Theatre presents Storyteller, Storyteller. What happens when two children’s storytellers arrive at the same place at the same time to tell their stories? And what happens if both think they are THE Storyteller? A head to head that leads to a feast of clowning, physical silliness and some magical storytelling, that’s what!

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15th London African Music Festival – Jally Kebba Susso Trio

Saturday 23rd September, 7:00pm | £12.50 / £10 concs.

Gambian kora player JALLY KEBBA SUSSO is expanding the boundaries of kora traditions while keeping its heart and soul intact. Blending traditional West African music with upbeat funk and jazz into a new nuanced and rooted sound in a contemporary world. Precision, speed and a merciless energy characterise his performance style making him a solid crowd-puller.

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Theatre – Goldfish Bowl

Thursday 5th October, 7:30pm and Friday 6th October, 7:30pm | £12 / £9 concessions

The Paper Birds presents Goldfish Bowl. Born in Nigeria. Climb a mango tree. Get hit by a Peugeot 405. Move to the North Peckham Estate. Fall in love with Khami. Have a fight by the P.E. gym. Start writing Grime lyrics. Begin selling drugs. Get my heart broken by Abigail. Get stabbed. Get shot. Move to Marylebone. Become an English teacher. Become a poet. Make a play.

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Handa’s Surprise

Saturday 7th October, 1:00pm and 3:00pm | £7 / £24 family ticket

Little Angel Theatre presents Handa’s Surprise. Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo in the next village. Handa is taking 7 delicious fruits as a surprise, but 7 different animals have 7 very different ideas. Could you resist the sweet-smelling guava? How about a ripe red mango or a tangy purple passion fruit?

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Not Bound Within

Wednesday 11th October, 7:30pm | £5

Naomi Cortes presents Not Bound Within. Venus feels she doesn’t fit in. When she looks in the mirror, she wishes her reflection wasn’t there.

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Political Bodies

Friday 13th October, 7:30pm | £12 / £9 concs.

Sean Graham’s Foreign Bodies Orchesta presents Political Bodies. Sean Graham is a dancer, choreographer and theatre-maker, a rising star in the UK performance landscape. From the Windrush to Brexit, this double-bill explores the traumatisation of identity, nationalism and culture caused by fear-based propaganda.

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Theatre: Freeman

Wednesday 18th October, 7:30pm | £12 / £9 concs. 

Strictly Arts Theatre presents Freeman is inspired by the true story of William Freeman, a black man who was put on trial in 19th Century New York, and the first case to raise ‘insanity’ as a defence in America.

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Performance and Spoken Word: Story Jam

Thursday 19th October, 7:30pm | £8 / £7 concessions

Story Jam. Hosted by Lucy Lill and Alys Torrance, south London’s popular longstanding storytelling night takes up residence with the Albany across two venues.

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Canada Water Culture Space - Aleena's GardenFamily Theatre: Aleena’s Garden

Saturday 21st October, 1:00pm and 3:00pm | £7 / £24 family ticket

Colour The Clouds presents Aleena’s Garden. An interactive sensory adventure through the seasons for 0 – 3 year olds and their grown-ups.

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Canada Water Culture Space - Better TogetherFamily Theatre: Better Together

Thursday 26th October, 1:00pm  and 3:00pm | £7 / £24 family ticket

Acá Theatre presents Better Together. Friendship is a loving, colourful, magical mess! Follow the story of three delightful clowns, Tropizo, Doa and Squiggle, on their journey towards becoming the best of friends. But how do you make real friends in a modern world?

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Family Theatre: The Enormous Turnip

Friday 27th October, 1:00pm and Saturday 28th October, 3:00pm | £7 / £24 family ticket

One Moment In Time presents The Enormous Turnip. One dark winter’s night, young Rosie dreams of carving a lantern from a turnip, for a special Festival of Light in her village.

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Theatre: Disaster Party

Friday 10th November, 2:00pm and  Saturday 11th November, 7:00pm | £14 / £10 concenssions

Fanshen present Disaster Party. You are cordially invited to the party of the year, at the exclusive residence of Texan oil tycoon Dame Esmerelda Malone. Get ready to play as you become the star of this exhilarating experience.

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Canada Water Culture Space - Chill PillChill Pill

Thursday 16th November, 7:30pm | £8

Chill Pill and The Albany present Chill Pill, a mixed bill night of unpredictable, heartfelt and hilarious spoken word from one of the UK’s leading poetry collectives

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Canada Water Culture Space - Tidy UpFamily Theatre: Tidy Up

Saturday 18th November, 1:00pm and 3:00pm | £7 / £24 family ticket

Peut-Être Theatre present Tidy Up. When it starts out ship-shape, there’s only one way for it to go. Join us for a dance-theatre performance that gets all messed up.

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Canada Water Culture Space - Hatched- Jan BlakeTheatre: Hatched: Jan Blake

Friday 24th November, 7:00pm | Pay-What-You-Decide 

In conversation: Jan Blake on Sundiata Keita: Exile, Magic and Power. Gain a unique insight into the creative passions of the rehearsal room, as highly acclaimed storyteller Jan Blake talks about working with the two West African born musicians, Kouame Sereba and Raymond Sereba, to develop a brand new show together.

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Canada Water Culture Space - Hare & TortoiseFamily Theatre: Hare & Tortoise

Saturday 25th November, 1:00pm and 3:00pm | £7 / £24 family ticket

The Piper Theatre Company present Hare & Tortoise. Ready? Steady? Go! Who’s the fastest? Who’s the best? Who will win the race?

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Canada Water Culture Space - Story JamPerformance and Spoken Word: Story Jam

Thursday 7th December, 7:30pm | £8 / £7 concessions

Story Jam hosted by Lucy Lill and Alys Torrance, south London’s popular longstanding storytelling night takes up residence with the Albany across two venues.

  Book tickets here


Due to the nature of the performance space, latecomers will not be admitted to performances after the advertised start time. Please ensure you arrive at the venue at least 10 minutes prior to performance start time. Re-admittance to performances will not always be possible, and is at the discretion of Canada Water Culture Space staff.

Canada Water Culture Space LogoAbout the Canada Water Culture Space

Canada Water Culture Space, an intimate 150 seat theatre showcasing the best in new work, comedy, contemporary theatre, dance and music. Located on the ground floor of the Canada Water Library, the Culture Space is programmed by the Albany in partnership with Southwark Council.

Culture Café

Coming to see a show? The Culture Café has a range of snacks, wine, beers and other drinks to accompany your evening’s entertainment, pre and post show. Enjoy a warm welcome in our family-friendly Culture Café, overlooking the water. Indulge in a tempting toastie, a freshly prepared salad, or a great coffee or tea made to your liking with a delicious cake.

Regular Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5pm | Sat: 9:30am t0 4pm | Sun: 10am to 3pm

Canada Water Library Opening times

Canada Water Library is open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 12noon to 4pm. Evening opening according to performance and events schedule

  www.canadawaterculturespace.org.uk  @CWCultureSpace  Canada-Water-Culture-Space

Canada Water Culture Space Location

Getting there

Canada Water Library and Culture Space is situated directly above Canada Water station (Jubilee line and London overground). Exit the station towards Surrey Quays Shopping Centre.

Buses: 199, 1, 225, 47, 188, 381, C10, P12


There is wheelchair access throughout the building. Induction loops are available



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