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“The Islington Canal Tales” written by award winning playwright Linda Wilkinson and directed and produced by Susannah Gidley.

Young Actors Theatre Islington in a joint project with pupils from the Blessed Sacrament Primary School bring some history of the Regents Canal alive. The tales of 10 year-olds in the 1940’s to 1960’s are now retold by today’s Islington 10 year-olds.

Come and see “The Islington Canal Tales”


Sunday 23 June  | Time 2.20pm- 2.45pm – Cally Fest (Caledonian Road Festival) – Caledonian Road, Islington  JUST COME ALONG!
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Following on from intial performances in 2018, this second run of performances involves new participants, new songs and a whole range of visual delights.
The play was inspired out of a reminiscence workshop with the youngsters at Blessed Sacrament School and local residents and experts on the history of the canal in Islington.


The pupils are enacting scenes of their favourite tales which include explosions, the importance of Norwegian Ice to London and why horsepower was called just that. Wrapped up in music and featuring time-travel the play is being performed in 2019 as part of the celebrations which will culminate in 2020 on the 200th anniversary of the completion of the canal.


Horse costume by Mahogany Carnival Design.

Islington has physically changed dramatically over the last 100 years due to bombings in World War two, and changes in industry. The Regents canal is one of few landscape features of the area that has remained and serves as a connection from past to present as it heads towards it’s 200th anniversary in 2020.
In the beginning, the Regent’s canal literally connected Islington to the rest of world – transporting desired goods such as coal, fruit, timber, beer and grain into North London; bringing Islington it’s unique character. Today the canal is a destination in itself; a place to walk the dog, take a jog, a coffee, a sandwich or a place to live on the cities growing number of narrowboat dwellers.



Dress rehearsal at YATI


The stories of Islington life back in the 1940’s-60’s have been captured and will be added to the archives of the Islington Canal Museum! Don’t miss it!

The crowds starting to gather at Granary Square 18 July 2018

Silver the Shire Horse ready to make his live debut!

Live performance of “The Islington Canal Tales” at Granary Square 18 July 2018





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