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Ovalhouse, Albany Deptford & Annie Siddons present

Dennis of Penge

Dennis of Penge is part gig, part poetry, part theatre performance, all transcendent.

Loosely inspired by Euripides’ the Bacchae. Dennis of Penge is about poverty, addiction, friendship, ecstasy, chicken shops, love & SE20. #DennisofPenge

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Wed 26 Sep – Sat 6 Oct, 7:30pm

Monday- Saturday. No shows on Sundays.

Running time: 2 hours including interval

Venue: Downstairs

Dennis of Penge is part gig, part poetry, part theatre performance, all transcendent.

“No matter how shit your day has been
No matter how low the world wants to make you
No matter if the money came from the back of the sofa
No matter if no-one respects you
No matter if you haven’t been touched in a sex way for a while
No matter if your ideas go unheard, or even unspoken cos you’re shy Fantastic Melly’s Chicken is a church that welcomes all, salves all, in its delicious opiate salty battery wings.
Its cross, the fluorescent perky cock’s face
you see it, you know you’re welcome and will find solace.
You won’t be judged. You will be redeemed. Ready to face the next bit of the shit that life spits.
You’re a small god.”

Loosely inspired by Euripides’ the Bacchae. Dennis of Penge is about poverty, addiction, friendship, ecstasy, chicken shops, love & SE20.

Praise for Annie's previous work:
“Witty, wry, tough, poetic and brilliant” **** The Upcoming

 “A rich, wild and precise poetry that breathes a colossal and sometimes angry humanity… Magical and strange…” **** The Scotsman

“Untamed, brilliant writing… grotesquely beautiful, tragic and uplifting. A one woman rollercoaster ride” **** Fest

 “Witty and profound” **** Evening Standard.

 “Frank, funny and compassionate”**** The Stage


Can't make it to the dates at Ovalhouse? Click here to visit the Albany website and book for Dennis of Penge between 9 - 13 October.

Links: experience like very few others you will encounter in a theatre.

...the three performers work together like a well-oiled machine, each with their part to play in contributing to a very enjoyable whole.

By the end, I was totally captivated with the story. I knew the people and was completely drawn into their world where almost anything can and does happen.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ -LondonTheatre1

London Theatre 1,

Clever and compassionate musical storytelling

Annie Siddons’ Dennis of Penge is a mighty piece of poetic storytelling. By turns ribald and sublime…

…this cast of three shoulder a Herculean theatrical burden and carry it off with aplomb.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Stage

The Stage,

It’s funny and flash, but never flashy, and its rhymes (end rhymes, and internal rhymes) are clear but never intrusive. They are a formidable pair, and their partnership is slick.

All the performances are magnetic, especially that of Coiffic-Kamall, who brings a different swagger to each of his characters.
Reviews Hub

The Reviews Hub,

This is something special, mixing compassion for its characters with a primal energy that simmers, then comes roaring into furious life.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Time Out

Time Out,

Dennis of Penge revels in the humanness of humanity. It is a tale of empowerment and redemption. It celebrates the broken and shows them that they are worthy of not just celebration, but of being venerated. It is a paean to SE20 and the neighbourhoods just like it, and a recognition that these homes can be a certain kind of heaven too, and its residents, gods.

Exeunt Magazine,
  • Wed 26 Sep, 7:30pm
  • Thu 27 Sep, 7:30pm
  • Fri 28 Sep, 7:30pm
  • Sat 29 Sep, 7:30pm
  • Mon 1 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Tue 2 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Wed 3 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Thu 4 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Fri 5 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Sat 6 Oct, 7:30pm

Written by Annie Siddons

Original score composed by Asaf Zohar
Performed by Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Annie Siddons, Asaf Zohar
Directed by Laura Keefe

Assistant Director & Outreach Manager David Gilbert
R&D processes/early development directed by Justin Audibert
Produced by Jen Smethurst & Emma Bettridge
Technical Stage Manager Aime Neeme
Movement by Daniel P Cunningham
Lighting Design by Andy Purves
Lighting Operator Layla Lagab
Sound Design by Mike Winship
Sound Design Associate Harry Linden Johnson
Costume Design by Melanie Brooks
Image by Jon Attfield

Additional information

Co- commissioned by Ovalhouse and Albany Deptford.

Supported by Camden People's Theatre, Bristol Ferment, BAC. Funded by Arts Council England

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