Wood Wharf will come alive with varied performances in Spiegeltent

By Rachel Bishop on September 3, 2014 12:00 PM |


Ten days of an eclectic mix of entertainment lands at Wood Wharf next week offering cabaret, poetry sessions, children's theatre and acrobatics.

The performances will all be played out under a colourful Spiegeltent - a venue that Canary Wharf Group's arts and events manger has wanted to bring to the estate for nearly a decade.

Sian Astrop said: "The difference in programming is what attracted me to get it here.

"The problem I've had since seeing it in 2006 is where to put it and where to fit it in the Wood Wharf programme. But now with Wood Wharf being developed and the idea fitting more with this year's programming, I thought 'if we're going to do it, then do it now."


Sian first experienced the Spiegeltent in 2006 in Edinburgh while meeting with Peter Conway, who has collaborated with the festival's evening events.

The Spiegeltent typically heads towards raunchy acts but Sian hopes Wharfers will take to a tamer selection of acts and events.

She said: "If people react positively to the programming and the Spiegeltent I will be keen to look at putting another one on in the future.

"We won't know until we get that feedback. I'm just really excited to see how people respond to it."

September 11-21, various times, Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf,



Cabaret Concoction
The London Dance Project, Michele Drees Tap Project, Abigail Collins and The Sugar Sisters - all compered by Tricity Vogue.
September 11, 7.30pm, £14

Light Lunch with Laura Moody
A wildly alternative cellist, vocalist and avant-garde singer songwriter.
September 12, 12.30pm, free

To discuss.... Henry Blofeld with TMS and All That
Cricketing broadcaster, Henry Blofeld shares his hilarious chit chat in a show of uncomplicated fun and laughter.
September 12, 2pm, £12

Social Sounds - Krystal Warren with special guests Gwyneth Herbert and Fiona Bevan
An exclusive London show with unmistakable talent and delectable voices - a female powerhouse of an evening.
September 12, 7.30pm, £13

Kids Stop with Ripstop Theatre
A fun and exciting children's show of comedy, magic, shadow puppetry, wonder, mayhem and close encounters of the fairy kind.
September 13, 12pm/2pm, £7

Craft Club with Atelier le Flamboyant & Handmade Hen
Whether you're complete novice or a confident sewer try out the craft club to create your own bracelet, necklace or a statement cocktail ring.
September 14, 12pm/2pm, £12

Sports Quiz
Get a team together and test your sporting knowledge in this pub style quiz
September 15, 6pm, £10 per team

Behind the Cartoon with cartoonist's Peter Brookes & Martin Rowson
Guardian journalist and award winning author Blake Morrison introduces cartoonists Peter Brookes from The Times and Martin Rowson from The Guardian.
September 15, 8:30pm, £5

Pop Up Poetry - six poets in sixty minutes
Six of the UK's finest young poets from Goldsmiths College each perform their unique poetry within an hour.
September 16, 6.30pm, £5

Alex Horne and The Horne Section
Following their BBC Radio 4 series and sell out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Alex Horne and The Horne Section will deliver their heady mix of spontaneous stand-up, spectacular performance and outlandish musical talent.
September 16, 8.30pm, £13

Lunchtime Literary - In conversation with Linda Grant & Rachel Seiffert introduced by Suzi Feay
Literary journalist Suzi Feay and Orange Prize winning author Linda Grant join Rachel Seiffert, to discuss her novel The Dark Room that was made into the film Lore.
September 17, 12.30pm, £5

Light Lunch with Lucy Cait & Friends
One of South East London's finest young singer songwriters curates an afternoon of music with some of the capital's hottest new musicians.
September 17, 2pm, free

John Sinclair and The Founder Effect
Fresh from his special appearance at The Barbican, counter culturalist John performs poetry and music from his new CD Mohawk alongside UK based jazz band The Founder Effect.
September 17, 6.30pm, £10

Comical Comedy with Lee Hurst
Local comedian Lee Hurst will deliver his hilarious and unfailingly funny act to Canary Wharf.
September 17, 8.30pm, £10

Aircraft Circus presents Twilight Circus
Acrobatics on aerial nets and chains, high-flying silks and hoops and fire are just some of the daring acts by this local circus group.
September 18, 7pm/8.45pm, £14

Lunchtime Literary - In conversation with Shami Chakrabati introduced by Suzi Feay
Shami Chakrabati CBE, director of the civil liberties advocacy organization Liberty, discusses her life and her new book.
September 19, 12.30pm, £5

Light Lunch with Esprit du Jazz
Karen Street brings the spirit of Jazz to the Spiegeltent with her French/Django Reinhardt accordion trio.
September 19, 2pm, free

Silent Disco by Silent Arena
Choose between two channels at this wireless silent disco where music is provided by two top professional DJs
September 19, 7pm, £8

Comedy Club 4 Kids with Tiernan Douieb, Stuart Goldsmith and Mat Ricardo
Stand-up comedians and acts from the international circuit perform to children and their families - missing out the rude side of their routines.
September 20, 11am, £7

Family Rave with Big Fish Little Fish
A multi-sensory dance floor will welcome little ones for a mini rave, where they can also take part in craft and play activities.
September 20, 2pm, £8/£4

Kid's Craft Club with Makeandoo
Drop-in art workshops for kids with no booking required so just turn up, create and go.
September 21, 12pm/3pm, free

For tickets go to Seetickets.com or call 0871 220 2060.
For more information, go to canarywharf.com