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 or

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:

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 ( 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:

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:

Link for tickets here:

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:

For more information on In Embryo, go to our show page here:

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

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