Theatre Archive

GOlive Dance and Performance Festival

2013 – 2016


Curated by Donald Hutera

Featured in The Times, The Observer, The Metro, Dance UK, Time Out


I'll Show You Mine I’ll Show You Mine

9 Aug – 4 Sep 2011

15:30 – 19:30

theatretheatretheatretheatre 16 August 2011 “I’ll Show You Mine is a delight”

CRITICS CHOICE Time Out Review of ‘I’ll Show You Mine’ Read more

Nominated by the Off West Theatre Awards for
*Best Female Performer*
*Best Director*

Beauty Is Prison-Time Beauty Is Prison-Time

2 Aug – 11 Sep 2011

15:30 – 19:30

theatretheatretheatretheatre 4 Aug 2011 Mavroudi is pitch perfectWhats On Stage Review ‘Beauty Is Prison-Time’

Nominated by the Off West Theatre Awards for
*Most Promising New Playwright*
*Best Female Performer*
*Best Director*

Tom Jones Archive Tom Jones

24 May – 13 June 2011

15:30 – 19:30

theatretheatretheatre 31 May 2011 “the charms of this ‘Tom Jones’ are hard to resist”
Time Out Review ‘Tom Jones’31 May 2011 “Jolly, cheeky, deliciously smutty and a very good giggle”.
The Stage Review ‘Tom Jones’

“A riot of rollicking fun”
British Theatre Guide Review ‘Tom Jones’

Relaunch Gala

22 Jan 2011
19:30 – 23:00

“Ballet down the boozer” –

120 invited guests were treated to highlights from Giant Olive’s classics in the pub downstairs, and a dynamic programme in the theatre curated by Antonia Franceschi, including choreography by Richard Alston, Mark Baldwin, Martin Lawrence, Jonathan Goddard with poetry directed by Patsy Rodenburg, and ‘Disco’ from Franceschi’s POP8 featuring Ballet Black.

A Christmas Carol

23 Dec 2010
15:00 – 17:30


Using the classic words of Charles Dickens and underscored with traditional and new, original carols, 22 actors tell an unforgettable story in a way that you’ve never seen before; experience this new CHRISTMAS CAROL and be redeemed…forever.


27 Aug – 19 Aug 2010
31 Aug – 5 Sept 2010

“Giant Olive’s ZIP is a terrifyingly mad, easy-on-the-worthiness blast of entertainment” Critic’s Choice – Time Out

“UK’s gun and knife problem tackled by young actors” – BBC

“Excites, Entertains, provokes and moves.” – The Londonist

Visit the ZIP: A Streetdance Musical page here

The Tulip Wars

02 Mar to 28 Mar 2010
20:00 – 22:00

“Sparkling comedy with talented cast” RemoteGoat

“a production of enormous vim by actor turned director Ray Shell who elicits prize-winning performances from an excellent ensemble”
The Stage

“In summary, this is a rarity – new geeky sci-fi theatre that is actually enjoyable” – Camden New Journal


24 Nov 09 to 10 Jan 10
20:00 – 22:00

“Comic gothic shocker full marks” RemoteGoat

“Supernatural offers an antidote to festive frolics with a sinister tale full of frights and mystery”The Stage

“And now for something completely different – be afraid, be very afraid and see Giant Olive Theatre Company’s production of three classic horror stories”Ham & High

Oliver Twist

30 Nov 09 to 10 Jan 10
20:00 – 22:00

“thoroughly engaging telling of this rich, layered story” Time Out

“In these bleak times Oliver Twist is a reminder of our much darker past and this production, if you’ll pardon a well-trodden phrase, certainly leaves you wanting more.” What’s On Stage

Kitty and Damnation

11 Aug to 12 Sep 2009
20:00 – 22:00

“ adventurous, heartfelt comedy with humorous, genuine characters and a touching plot lined with tragedy.” Time Out

“wild plotting and vigorous prose make you wish there were more ambitious, new history plays like it on the fringe.”
What’s On Stage


21 Jul to 31 Jul 2009
20:00 – 22:00

“Franceschi’s style straddles both street and classical dance” –

“Top-class ballet down the boozer” – Camden New Journal

Critics Choice – Time Out London

Getting Out

21 Apr to 09 May 2009
20:00 – 22:00

“ enjoyable play by a clearly talented writer…”The Stage

“Never dull and consistently funny”Fringe Review

Dark Tales

24 Mar to 18 Apr 2009
19:30 – 22:00

“It’s physical theatre par excellence… What more can you ask for?…”
RemoteGoat“Dark Tales is a unique work of theatrical magic.” The British Theatre Guide

Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol

09 Dec 08 to 11 Jan 09
20:00 – 22:00

“Now here’s a neat idea for injecting a little fraicheur unto a stale seasonal staple” Time Out

‘…riveting.It is moving, harrowing and yet very funny”
What’s On Stage

“Daring take on a festive classic” – Camden New Journal

The Hostess of the Inn

18 Nov to 14 Dec 2008
20:00 – 22:00

“Finely executed hilarity from the fringes” Time Out

“If all Giant Olive’s productions are as well-done as The Hostess of the Inn, this is a theatre company that is definitely going places”
What’s On Stage

“Opulence on a miniscule budget… energy & pace that fills the venue”
The British Theatre Guide


11 Sep to 21 Sep 2008
20:00 – 22:00

‘this little theatre constantly grows in popularity and is well worth a trip to Kentish Town” Ham & High

“Well staged revival of classic” RemoteGoat

“A joy to watch” Islington Gazette

The Would be Gentleman

21 Aug to 31 Aug 2008
20:00 – 22:00

“All prose, but never prosaic” RemoteGoat

A small man with a very short neck and a large head sunken into his shoulders did not give Jean Baptiste Poquelin a particularly distinguished appearance. Nevertheless, despite not having the physical advantages of an actor, he embarked on a stage career at the age of 21 and for 15 years enjoyed modest success with a touring company.

Adult Orgasm

21 Aug to 31 Aug 2008
20:00 – 22:00

“interesting and challenging theatre piece” RemoteGoat

Giant Olive presents a reflection of women’s antagonistic relationship with men and the exploration of the female entity. Enjoy a journey of women’s evolutionary role in society.