DARE is our annual festival of new and in-development theatre and performance exploring the borders between theatre, politics and conversation. If theatre were a music festival, DARE would be its new bands tent – a raucous, unpredictable and joyous place to explore the biggest questions facing us right now. Presented in Shoreditch Town Hall’s iconic basement space, the Ditch, DARE Festival brings together theatre, installations and discussions to kickstart conversations between artists and audiences.


Shoreditch Town Hall



Big Teeth | by Elizabeth Dearnley

Do You Live Alone | by Rebecca Peyton

Freshy | by Segen Yosife

How to Cope with Embarrassment | by Two Pale Ladies

Live Poetry Jukebox

Metamorphosis (after Kafka and Nabokov) | by Simon Watt

Trigger Warning | by Marcelo dos Santos and Natasha Nixon

WRESTLELADSWRESTLE | by Jennifer Jackson, Simon Carroll-Jones and Tom Hughes

#thebabyquestion | by Paula Varjack, Luca Rutherford, Catriona James

Confession | by Natasha Hyman & Aleksandra Jakubczak

Fight. Flight. Freeze. Fuck. | by Pink Freud Theatre

All at Sea | by Rachel Gadsden

Kerensky Boulevard | by Tom Mansfield

Can You See Into A Black Hole? | by Thomas Ryalls

Here, Queer and Mentally Unclear | by Izzy Joan

Surge | by Channie B

The Promised Land | by Rhiannon Brace

Atlantic | by Emma Clark & Pj Stanley

Sluts | by Don’t Be Absurd

Do What You Dare | by Heather Long

Hear Here (audio installation) | by Change Of Art

Confession (booth Installation) | by Natasha Hyman & Aleksandra Jakubczak


"I am incredibly grateful to DARE for spring-boarding my show into existence.”

Simon Carroll-Jones, Creator of MARCO