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Expectations trailer

on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 07:56

Hello everyone,

Check out our Expectations trailer!

Hope to see you there!


on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:33

I would like to share here a message from myself, Emma Deakin, (Artistic Producer & writer of Expectations) and Stella Duffy (Artistic Director) of Shaky Isles.

Below is a statement about WHY a company of 14 from Shaky Isles is making Expecations - a play about miscarriage and infertility. This statement was written in response to some comments on Twitter last night.

"There's every chance, if you're reading this, that you or someone you love has experienced miscarriage or infertility. We know this because the statistics tell us so, we also know this because we have both experienced it.


"We're against the odds, you know. It's actually really hard to be born."Where things go wild, lives are lost or won, and we never know who is really in control. Expectations is a game show like no other, pitting the chaos of what dreams may come, against the realities of life. And everyone is playing for the Big Prize. A new play about miscarriage and infertility, Expectations is a funny, physical, energetic and touching piece about life, fate, hope – and choice.

WANTED: Stage Manager/Operator & Lighting Designer

on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 20:52
Shaky Isles operates as a collective, working collaboratively in Open Space to create physical, lyrical narrative theatre that works with design and sound from the very start of a project. The company has been running for almost 8 years, creating a full scale production every year as well as running monthly arts events, playreadings and a weekly blog, plus a few larger scale one off events/festivals.
We are seeking the above roles for our new show

A Shaky Isles update... and our Autumn show!

on Mon, 07/29/2013 - 19:54

Hello Shaky Isles visitor!

We wanted to share a short update about what’s happening in the world of Shaky Isles right now. We are pleased to announce that we received Arts Council England funding for our autumn show this year, called Expectations. It’s a new play by Emma Deakin and will be directed by Stella Duffy. We’re so thrilled to have received support from ACE, particularly in these tough financial times. So yay!

The play will be on for three weeks at the Pleasance Islington this November so do join our mailing list in order to get ticket info when the time comes!

PLUS we are hosting

A couple of great reviews for 'Ordinary Darkness'

on Wed, 11/21/2012 - 09:27

From the Australian news:

"One moment you’ll be laughing as though a friend made a witty comment at a dinner party, while the next you’ll be wondering just how exactly you found your way into someone else’s twisted nightmare. The balance between hyper reality and the absurd is carefully navigated, and nothing is what it seems."

From The Gaurdian

"There is something very distinctive about its mix of the prosaic and the poetic, its boot-in-the-face violence (cleverly staged by director Stella Duffy) and its hermetically sealed world."

Blogs from the director and writer of 'Ordinary Darkness'

on Wed, 11/21/2012 - 09:18

Stella and Sarah have been writing about making 'Ordinary Darkness', from the use of Open Space to coping without money and what to do when your theatre has a fire a week before you open.

Ordinary Darkness by Sarah Robertson and directed by Stella Duffy

on Sun, 10/14/2012 - 12:20

Four people walk into a party – a dreamer, a schemer, a player and a banker. Come the morning, only one of them is still smiling.

Flic, Becca and Max each have their own motives for squatting in a mansion in London; Flic wants to defy society, Becca sees herself as a wild party girl, and Max says he’s making them a home. But the rot has set in, and when Max brings home a surprise guest things turn ugly. Mr B is a fat cat banker who represents all they despise and all they want to destroy. And, just maybe, they will.

More Information

Ordinary Darkness is about men and women, men and girls,

'Waiting Room' by Emma Deakin at the Camden Fringe

on Mon, 08/06/2012 - 14:48

This summer Shaky Isles, as part of the Camden Fringe, present the premiere of WAITING ROOM which explores the sorrow – and the comedy – of miscarriage.

“Like scenes from Alien. Any of the four films will do. Seriously though… it’s actually really hard to get born.”

Amanda and Richard desperately want a baby, Scarlett is already losing hers. A bittersweet play about the sorrows – and the comedies – of miscarriage. Physical, farcical, and honest, WAITING ROOM looks at the futures we dream and at how we summon the courage to keep going when those dreams don’t turn out the way we’d imagined.

TaniwhaThames reviews from our recent Oval season

on Sun, 02/05/2012 - 18:55

After a very successful season at OvalHouse Theatre, we have pulled together all the reviews onto one page. Positive, interested responses that make us very happy about all the work that went into this devised, collaborative, open-spaced piece.

We also have some great images from the rehearsal and research phase of the project.