By Deirdre Kinahan
From The Old Vic Community Company

‘There is only one world. Our world. And together, if we put our hearts and heads together. We can keep it safe.’

Two strangers meet on a bench. Louise has arrived in one of the most vibrant cities on the planet discovering all it has to offer, finding music, mates, markets and mermaids. Activist and grandfather Terry has lost faith in true connections; to family, to the environment and to the world beyond. When the journeys of different people collide it reveals what matters most, inspiring them to make a difference to each other, and for the generations to come.

In response to real Londoners’ hopes and fears about the environment Rise uses a kaleidoscope of words, music and movement to tell Deirdre Kinahan’s epic tale. Rise is presented and performed by The Old Vic Community Company, made up of 200 talented and outspoken Londoners with something to say about the capital. They ask how we affect the environment and how our environment affects us.

Rise will be performed at a brand new temporary theatre in one of London’s famous green spaces opposite The Old Vic; Waterloo Green.


As part of Rise, The Old Vic Community Company have collaborated with Flying Object to create a technology-led interactive experience. Find out more here.


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Wed 10 – Sun 21 Aug 2016

Wed – Sat 7.15pm; Sat 2.15pm; Sun 5pm

Please consider making a donation when booking for Rise. Donations ensure we can continue to create and perform many more ambitious community projects, opening up The Old Vic to everyone and sharing the joy of theatre-making with people of all backgrounds without any professional theatre experience. To donate click here.

Rise will be performed at a brand new temporary theatre on Waterloo Green, Baylis Road, London SE1 7AA

Running time: approximately 2hrs 30mins including a 20-minute interval

Captioned performance: Thu 18 Aug 7.15pm

Suitable for 12+

VOICES OFF talks and debates:
How to Change the World Thu 18 Aug, 6-6.45pm

Supported by
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With additional support from
Grosvenor, The Old Vic Endowment Trust, Sandra Charitable Trust, The Behrens Foundation, The Blyth Watson Charitable Trust, The GC Gibson Charitable Trust, Schroder Charity Trust, Andor Charitable Trust, The Charlotte Bonham-Carter Charitable Trust, The Vandervell Foundation, Unity Theatre Trust

Creative Team

  • Deirdre Kinahan


  • Alexander Ferris


  • Dom Coyote


  • Carla Goodman

    Set Designer

  • Anna Morrissey

    Movement Director

  • Duncan McLean

    Video Designer

  • Sarah Beaton

    Costume Designer

  • David Gregory

    Sound Designer

  • Andy Purves

    Lighting Designer

  • Aimee Leonard

    Musical Director

  • Kay Welch

    Voice & Dialect