The Albany Empire 1980s

Blues For Railton

As a young Goldsmiths Fine Art graduate, FiveToNine's designer got a job as Publicity Assistant at the local theatre and community centre. After a short while, she was pasting up the monthly calendar of events, and was then invited to design the publicity for a new show by the resident theatre company The Combination. Blues For Railton was her first foray into designing arts publicity. 

Blues For Railton, based on the book Railton Blues by David Simon, featured an all-black cast, music and musical direction by Felix Cross MBE and theatre design by Paddy Kamara. Assistant director was Pam Fraser-Solomon, now an award-winning producer/director.

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Sue also organised an art exhibition to coincide with the play's three-week run, inviting three young black artists to show. They were Lubaina Himid, Sonia Boyce and Keith Piper, who have since gone on to find an elevated place in British art history.

Arrivederci Millwall

A Combination show about nationalism in a story about young Millwall supporters abroad, written by a young Nick Perry – now award-winning playwright and screenwriter. The show starred a young Jonathan Moore – now an award-winning actor, director and writer – and Eamonn Walker, now a highly successful Hollywood actor. 

The background image of HMS Antelope came from the Daily Mirror newsdesk, where designer Sue worked before The Albany.  

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Director Teddy Kiend's third production during his tenure at The Albany Empire was a conventional staging of the thrilling 1938 play by dramatist Patrick Hamilton. The play gave rise to the now common term 'gaslighting', meaning a form of pyschological abuse in which the victim grows to doubt their own memories, perceptions and judgements.

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After a change of management and artistic director, the Albany Empire began a new period with a show by American playwright Donna Franceschild – now an established British-based television, radio and theatre writer. 

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The Servant of Two Masters

Combination outreach drama project Pepyshow worked with residents on Pepys Estate to produce a pantomime version of this comedia dell'arte classic.

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Everybody Saw The Sun Shine

Combination outreach drama project Pepyshow worked with residents on Pepys Estate to produce this musical. 

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