Canada Water Theatre presents The Learning Lottery – 19 November 2021

The Learning Lottery puts audiences in the black lace-ups of some UK teenagers and gives them one simple goal: do well at school. The teens are eager and the education system professes “to provide world-class education for everyone, whatever their background” (DfE, 2020), so what could possibly go wrong?


Friday 19 November, 7.30pm

RUNNING TIME: 1hr 30mins / AGE GROUP: 13+ / TICKETS: Pay-What-You-Decide

Created from research, The Learning Lottery scrutinises the narrative that the UK is a functioning meritocracy. It asks audiences to confront our relationship with a system that insists on its investment in equality, and yet strangely, somehow, always recreates uncannily similar stories of winners and losers.

Which numbers will you draw?

Originally commissioned by Upstart Theatre for DARE Festival 5, 2021.


Katurah Morrish is a theatre-maker, actor and youth arts practitioner with a background in educational research. She is particularly interested in work that investigates the mechanisms and commonly held beliefs that prop up harmful and destructive systems and practices. Katurah is committed to making work that argues for a better future for young people and often finds herself impatiently asking why not change now?

Katurah trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and studied Education at the University of Cambridge. She is Assistant Youth Director at Group 64 Theatre for Young People and a member of the performance art collective thewonderful.

Find out more about Katurah Morrish here.

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Upstart Theatre exists to provoke honest, playful and inspiring conversations about the biggest challenges which face our society. They use theatre to create connections within and between communities, both in the UK and around the world, and to bring previously unheard voices into the mainstream.

Find out more about Upstart Theatre here

Please note that this is a performance sharing currently in development. 

Canada Water Theatre are constantly monitoring the government’s COVID-19 guidelines. Should the situation change, the event will be postponed and bookers will be notified in regards to their options.

Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation through the Weston Culture Fund

Canada Water Theatre presents The Learning Lottery
Canada Water Theatre presents The Learning Lottery


Designed by world renowned architect Piers Gough, partner at CZWG architects, the Canada Water Library opened in November 2011.

The library incorporates a range of cultural and community facilities, reflecting Southwark Council’s ambition to put libraries at the heart of community life.

As part of an innovative partnership with Southwark Council, the 150-seat theatre is managed and programmed by the Albany, South East London’s leading performing arts venue. The Albany has a reputation for visionary programming that reflects the cultural diversity and creative mix of the area. The Albany also manages the suite of six meeting rooms that are available for hire, and the onsite Caff A at Canada Water Library.

So whether you’re coming to a performance, hiring a meeting room, having a coffee or visiting the library we look forward to welcoming you soon.

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