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Lyric in the Square returns to Hammersmith

Published May 26, 2017

The Lyric Hammersmith has announced that Lyric in the Square, a variety of outdoor events and performances created by the theatre for the region, will return for its seventh year this summer.

The west London venue is partnering up with Far From The Norm, Zest – who are celebrating 10 years of producing eye-opening new work for young people, DanceWest and the Lyric Young Company to bring a host of free events to the Lyric Square.

The Lyric Young Company will present Infinity Series (Tuesday 6 & Wednesday 7 June, 12.30pm, 1.10pm & 1.50pm), a hypnotic physical theatre response to last the day of school, between Tuesday 6-Wednesday 7 June, before Zest perform First Person (Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 June, 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 5.30pm), a quirky fusion of fast paced narrative, physical theatre and silent disco technology.

Far From The Norm follow with Da Native (11.45am & 1.30pm on Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 June), an outdoor spectacle aiming to ricochet relentless tribal beats off the land, before Dance In The Square (various times on Monday 26, Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 June), featuring energetic, dynamic and breath taking performances from the UK’s hottest choreographer,s hand-picked by the team at DanceWest.

These include the Young Lyric’s series of workshops and classes for 7-25 year olds, including collaborations with the Tri-borough Virtual School, Tamasha Arts & Royal College of Music, while The Lyric will be welcoming everyone to come and enjoy the sun on their glorious Roof Garden, which will also be hosting alfresco yoga lessons during June.

The Young Lyric’s activities will include creating a new musical, How To Fail At Being Perfect, based on a dystopic version of Peter Pan set in 2030; creating a new film version of Hamlet (or something similar), and running a film project with the Tri-borough Virtual School, where young people will take on their own creative roles and learn from professionals in the industry.

There will also be one week intensive courses for young people aged 7-9 and 9-11 to create their own performances with industry professionals. In addition, the Lyric’s company of disabled and non-disabled young people, Journeys, will create a new piece of work to be performed in the Lyric Studio, focusing on the hope and bright things we see ahead in our futures.

The Lyric will also host two artists from Tangier, Morocco to create a new performance in collaboration with Tamasha Arts exploring how much we can communicate when we don’t share language. The final performance will involve a live feed with a group of young people in Morocco.

The Royal College of Music will return for a second year to deliver their courses for young composers and musicians as well as installing a Gamelan in the Lyric foyer and hosting family and public sessions.

All Young Lyric activities are accessibly priced and are open to young people from all backgrounds in West London and beyond to allow them to experience high quality arts provision. 

Finally, the Lyric Hammersmith will be welcoming YogaBox and Lululemon for a series of pop ups on the Roof Garden. Together they will provide a heart-pumping workout bringing yoga and boxing into the same class, followed by healthy refreshments from the Lyric’s Bar & Grill. Events will take place on Monday 5 June at 7pm and Saturday 17 June at 10am.

For more information on Lyric in the Square and Young Lyric summer activities visit the venue’s website