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By needlessalley, Sep 16 2014 04:14PM

AAAHHHHH!!! It is here, upon us.

This weekend we will be showing a brand new version of IN EMBRYO. This is a work-in-progress showing with invite-only places available, and will also include contributions from local young people from Tower Hamlets.

If you would like to book tickets, please do send us an email booking your place to alex@needlessalley.co.uk or xavier@needlessalley.co.uk

Preceding the performance is a full day workshop (which is put on in collaboration with Look Ahead and IdeaStore Whitechapel) in which we will explore the ways the attendees would like to engage in social reform and in their local communities. Some of the material gathered during the workshop will be presented that evening during the performance.

We are also raising funds for the successful implementation of the project (which also includes a post-workshop mentorship package and the producing of a one-day arts festival). If you would like to contribute with any amount of money, please do so by following this link: http://bit.ly/KSEmbryo

If you can't contribute at the moment, then please do share the project with other whom you think might be interested in supporting.


By needlessalley, Aug 28 2014 10:52AM

We are doing a community project and we need your support!

Needless Alley are currently working with Look Ahead (http://www.lookahead.org.uk/) and Idea Store Whitechapel to implement a performance making workshop.

This activity will engage their young people (age 16 to 25) through artistic practices in order to understand their local community and to become active participants in its development. Following the workshop, the company will include the work developed by the participants in a special performance that same evening. The workshop participants will also be awarded a seed commission from the company to organise a one day arts and community festival.

How will we achieve this?

The workshop will focus on how the participants view and understand their local community and the ways in which they can develop and improve their surroundings. This will be achieved through the sharing of our performance making techniques.

The workshop will introduce: improvisation techniques in dance, music and spoken word; the use of communication skills in order to create collaborative performances; the exploration of local stories and politics in creative work. The outcomes of the workshop will provide an inspiration in a one off performance by Needless Alley to which all participants will be invited as special guests.

Following the workshop, a mentorship will be provided in order for the participants to organise and run a one-day arts and community festival. They will be provided with £500 towards the event, which will be monitored by the company in collaboration with Look Ahead and Idea Store.

Finally, we will offer two participants a work experience package in event organisation in co-ordinance with their Look Ahead programme. They will work with Needless Alley to promote and organise the workshop. They will be provided with mentorship from the company as well as having their expenses paid.

In order to achieve this, we will need some extra support. If you would like to donate to our cause, please do follow this link and give a few quid. Anything you can donate, it would be very much appreciated! And there are some very handsome perks attached to this as well, have a look!!

To do so, follow this link: http://bit.ly/KSEmbryo

By needlessalley, Jul 4 2014 12:42AM

We are gearing up to play at Camden people's Theatre in a couple of weeks. It is very exciting times and we can't bloody wait as this is the culmination of a few month's research and development period. During this time, we have played work-in-progress showings at Battersea Arts Centre, Vogue Fabrics and Roundhouse.

Can't fucking wait.

Link for promo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3rWfYMO4-o

Link for tickets here: http://bit.ly/1nUQlpX

By needlessalley, Jun 12 2014 08:36PM


We have been invited to participate in the Performing Space #2 Symposium that is happening at Chichester University this Saturday 14th.

In preparation for it, the very wonderful video artist Charlotte Young and our own Xavier de Sousa have made this 10 minute video with footage from rehearsals, footage from our Roundhouse work-in-progress and commentary from Xav.

Do you like it? Give us your fucking comments!!


By needlessalley, May 22 2014 11:28PM

Tomorrow we preview a work-in-progress showing of In Embryo, our new performance piece!

Perhaps our most challenging work so far, as we look to social structures and notions of 'community' and 'collective society' as a way to not only influence the way we build our performances, but also to question totalitarianism and hierarchies.

Alongside the performance, which will showcase in full at Camden People's Theatre in July, we are also developing workshops with IdeaStore in Whitechapel (Tower Hamlet's community centre) which will see us working with disengaged young people into developing their skills in collaboration and collectivity through art making.

Tomorrow's preview is a culmination of a week of rehearsals and is the first time we are performing for a full hour, so all comments and support would be grantly appreciated! Tickets through here: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/accidental-festival-2014/in-embryo/

For more information on In Embryo, go to our show page here: www.needlessalley.co.uk/in-embryo

In Embryo has been developed with support from Arts Council England, Queen Mary University, Roundhouse and Camden People's Theatre.

By needlessalley, Apr 21 2014 05:59PM

Happy Easter to all of you crazy kids who have supported, loved and/or hated everything that we have done at Needless Alley so far.

We have celebrating almost TWO YEARS since we started our very first project. Jesus, are we bored yet?

We will celebrate properly at next month's WHO THE FUCK IS ALICE? event, which just got a brand new and (better?) art-work revealed. Do you like it? We think it is a bit of an upgrade from the last one, which was lovely as well. But this one has a bit more an edge to it and represents the event in a much better fashion, we feel.

ANYWAY, we have another special Easter egg for you! OUR OFFICIAL LINE-UP!!

Main DJ sets from:

Jonathan Kemp



Performances from

FOXYandHUSK with a brand new and unseen piece

Sara Zaltash with SEX SEX SEX

Alex Swift with Travestry

Needless Alley with In Embryo

+ TWO SURPRISE ACTS (which will only be revealed on the night)

DATE: 16th May, 8pm at VOGUE Fabrics in Dalston.

Fuck. This is intense. And FUN. We are so excited to show the new work from these artists. Most of it is all new to London audiences and we have our Foxy back again with us, which fills us with joy!

We will start to publish information on each act and their work in the weeks leading up to the event so keep your eyes peeled. There is also a facebook page for the event, where you can 'like' and receive all the relevant info onto your newsfeed. Hey! Yes. It's here: FACEBOOK PAGE

Just one final thing: our new DJ, DP, is new to the scene and the art of DJing, however, you do know him, very well in fact. More on who he is, very very soon. Expect the unexpected!

Lots of Easter love x

By needlessalley, Apr 7 2014 02:55PM

In Embryo

This performance is a reflexion of potential sustainable models of a living collective society. Hierarchy is questionned, as concepts of shared knowledge, space and practices help us evolve in a fluid constructive way. No one wins, no one loses. As performers we learn to maintain our individuality, but are influenced and learn from the collective, there is a shared "desire"/goal" which brings us together.

Development time will be done throughout May and June and we will be popping up in the following places, to show work in progress versions of the show:

The first few dates are as follows:

16th May, 9pm - Vogue Fabrics

24th May, 2.30pm - Roundhouse, Camden

14th June - Chichester University, as part of the Performing Place #2 Symposium (video documentation and presentation)

Others are in the pipeline, but we will let you know very, very soon.

All information will be available soon through the In Embryo page: www.needlessalley.co.uk/in-embryo

By needlessalley, Apr 7 2014 02:36PM

It is coming back again. Third time around.

SAVE THE FUCKING DATE: 16th May 2014, doors open 8pm till 3am!

This time, we are bigger. Much bigger.

And because we are bigger, we wanted to make sure we had something special for you all.

So keep an eye out. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing all the acts, new design, new support network, new everything amazing. Just new stuff.

You can also join the Facebook page to hear all the news straight onto your facebook feed: https://www.facebook.com/WTFIA

By needlessalley, Feb 1 2014 03:04PM

Our new project, in collaboration with the excellent $hit$ is called In Embryo and will have its' first outing at Battersea Arts Centre this Wednesday 5th.

Mixing the band's moody and atmospheric sounds to Needless Alley's performance making techniques, In Embryo is an exploration of narrative. Using constant improvisation and collaboration, different art forms collide on stage whilst responding to the same theme, in search of a storyline.

Performers: Nihaarika Negi, Karine Rathle, Xavier de Sousa, $hift$

Have a look at a quick rehearsal footage here: https://vimeo.com/85494525

AND buy your tickets here: https://www.bac.org.uk/content/31730/see_whats_on/current_shows/cook_up/freshly_scratched

By needlessalley, Jan 19 2014 10:56PM

After an initial event back in September, which culminated with an awesome amount of cash raised for Oxjam festival (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO), we are BACK at that gorgeously seedy cult-club Vogue Fabrics to showcase an evening of astonishingly good performances and DJ sets.

Curated by our Needless Alley's Director, Xavier de Sousa, this promises to be a fantastic and fun evening with some of the best artists around. And THIS TIME, all the acts are DJing through the event, until Holestar takes over!

Get your tickets here: WHO THE FUCK IS ALICE? at Vogue Fabrics

Have a look at our line-up (click on names for their websites):


Blurring boundaries between the avant-garde and mass entertainment, pop culture and the underground through music & performance.

A multi-talented biological woman and former British soldier with an MA in Fine Arts, Holestar has been entertaining, DJing and showing off since giving birth to her gender bending persona while living in Vienna in 2003.

Holestar is also showing her one-woman show "Sorry I'm A Lady" at Vogue Fabrics in February, as well as hosting the new RuPaul Drag Race Season 6!


Lucy Hutson is interested in making work that questions human nature. She works with found objects and unloved artefacts, in the genres of intervention, installation, one-on-one and solo shows. coming up. Coming up, she has:

If you want bigger Yorkshire puddings you need a bigger tin 7th march Brighton Malbourgh &14th april Colchester Art centre

Brittney spears custody battle vs Zues in swan rape shocker 18th to 22nd march The Yard, london Women's institute vs grinder 8th march Reading


Figs in Wigs are an all female, five strong performance company who make work that is a unique mix of theatre, dance and comedy. Our shows are refreshingly surreal, absurdly comic and always aware of their own theatricality.

Upcoming performances:

She Grrrowls - 17th February - The Gallery Café, Bethnal Green

We, Object as part of Pink Fringe for International Women's Day - 7th March - The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton


Sh!t Theatre are Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit. They have been writing, performing and signing on together since May 2010. They have shown their work nationally and internationally and were the recipients of the Total Theatre Award 2013 for 'Emerging Company' and an Arches Brick Award.

What we will do: Women’s hour – I’M FINE! – Women’s Hour. First on Women’s Hour: Men. Then us. Women’s Hour. Later on Women’s Hour: Ankle Socks? Women’s Hour.

Upcoming performances:

Job Seekers Anonymous 2014 at the Chelsea Theatre 7th-8th February;

Guinea Pigs on Trial at The Yard Theatre (work-in-progress) 25th Feb-1st March;

Women's Hour at Pink Fringe, Brighton (work-in-progress) 6th March.


Performance and game maker Ellie is the founder of StampCollective (who have just completed a show at City Hall). They have made work for Southbank Centre, The Bush Theatre and Theatre Delicatessen’s Marylebone Gardens, Hoxton Hall, Stoke Newington International Airport, Hackney Downs Studios and the Winter Gardens Margate. Her last piece “This is not you this is just a story” was part of SOBjectivity:objects, electronics and the (dis)embodying body at Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, New York

For our event she will be showcasing an exclusive preview of her new show Are You Lonesome Tonight?, which will open in March at The Yard Theatre.


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As we prepare to embark on our most ambitious projects so far, we want to make sure you are kept in the loop as much as possible, so we will be posting pictures, videos, blogs, news and dates as soon as we have them ready! So keep an eye. And hopefully see you at our next show, or community project.


We hope you enjoy our work and we look forward to hear and see more from you.


Lots of love


Needless Alley

photo by Ollie Godwin for Needless Alley LTD

"An ambitious company” - Time Out

"Strong ensemble" and "A truly memorable theatrical experience"  - The Public Reviews