Set in a music club teetering on the edge of belonging, Dido’s Bar is a new immersive theatre production premiering this autumn. Nightly, divine bar managers Juno and Venus welcome world-class artists onto their stage and around their performances, the drama unfolds.
Dido’s Bar is an epic retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid, created and performed by a multilingual international ensemble of actors and musicians, bringing to life the classic myth of migration, love and assimilation through the eyes of refugees today.
The work is inspired by director Josephine Burton’s encounter with Kurdish Iranian refugee and now Finnish resident, composer Marouf Majidi, and is written by Hattie Naylor.
Dido’s Bar is opening in London’s historic Royal Docks before touring to Manchester, Leicester, Portsmouth and Oxford.
The theatre has step-free access from the street through to the bar and the stalls. East Street itself is on an incline heading upwards away from Granby Street, with the Theatre entrance being approximately 25m from the Granby Street corner. There is a loading bay in front of the Theatre that can be used for pick-up and drop-off.
All companion tickets for this show are free of charge. Please get in touch with Lisa@artreach.org.uk or The Y Theatre to book your companion ticket.
The closest car park is East Street NCP, a multi-story car park with allocated disabled bays. The NCP post code for sat nav is LE1 6NB. Dover Street Car Park is also just behind the building and is free for blue badge holders, the post code for which is LE1 6PW. There is also pay and display parking around the local area.
The theatre, meeting room, bar and the reception area is equipped with a hearing loop system.
For more information, visit The Y Theatre’s accessibility pagehere.
Dido’s Bar is produced by Dash Arts with imPOSSIBLE Producing.
Dido’s Bar is co-produced in the UK with the Royal Docks Team, OCM (Oxford Contemporary Music), and Journeys Festival International and co-commissioned by OCM, with additional support from Arts Council England, Backstage Trust, The Foyle Foundation, Projekt, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation, Genesis Foundation, Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland, The Marchus Trust, TINFO – Theatre Info Finland, Austin and Hope Pilkington, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, The Leche Trust and individual donors.
Dido’s Bar in Leicester is also supported by De Montfort University and DMU Local.