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Drenched – at the Old Red Lion
“Matthew stopped and turned – Morveren’s eyes were shining, the net had slipped from her head and her hair was wet and gleaming…” “Daniel Drench – West Cornwall‘s most prolific and unstable storyteller – presents a bewildering and potentially moving interpretation of the classic Cornish folk tale The Mermaid of Zennor. Who knows where he might take you...” – from the Old Red Lion Theatre website ( “Evocative and dreamlike” – ★★★★ The Stage on previous Third Man production Botallack O’Clock ( “Fantastic performances … funny, thought-provoking and informative” – ★★★★ Everything Theatre on previous Third Man production Botallack O’Clock ( “Dazzlingly eloquent yet always just beyond sense … a stunning miniature; surprising, profound and very very funny” – ★★★★★ Time Out on previous Third Man production Botallack O’Clock ( Please book your own seat direct with the theatre ( (after first checking that this event is not fully subscribed). We will stay on to have drinks after the performance (at 8 p.m.) in the theatre pub downstairs. This event is for people who will be joining for drinks afterward. If you won’t be staying for drinks, or can only stay briefly, please don’t RSVP. There is a limit of 25 attendees on this event, to keep numbers manageable. Because of the limit, it’s important that the people who RSVP do come – otherwise they’re excluding people who would have come. For that reason, don’t RSVP until you’ve bought a ticket (after first checking that this Meetup event isn’t already fully subscribed) and you’re certain you will be coming. You will need to make a note in your RSVP with your order reference number (from your booking confirmation e-mail) and your plans to join us for drinks. This is essential for every RSVP. If you forget to do it at the time, you can add the missing details at any time by re-RSVPing and entering them when you do. Please contribute £1 on arrival (to help defray the approx. $180 per annum that Meetup charges to run a group) – thanks in advance. In the days immediately prior, details will be circulated with arrangements to meet before the performance.

The Old Red Lion Theatre

418 St John Street EC1V 4NJ · London


What we're about

The idea is simple – just getting together a few people to see plays and independent / interesting films, in Islington and Hackney (and, once in a while, sneaky jaunts further afield). You don’t need to be local – we have people from near and far. For each outing there will be plans to have something to eat or drink beforehand or afterward – do join in. Key places are:

• theatres – the Almeida, the Arcola, Park Theatre, the King’s Head, the Hope, the Barbican, the Old Red Lion, the Rosemary Branch, the Hen & Chickens, the Pleasance
• cinemas – the Rio, the Barbican, Hackney Picturehouse, Rich Mix.

Numbers really count in this group, because it’s large (London’s biggest theatre group!) but events are small enough to be friendly and to integrate new people. This works by having members commit to turning up when they RSVP, and not coming unless they’re RSVPed. Sadly this group can’t any longer do casual drop-outs and drop-ins (though last-minute RSVPs are always welcome).

This makes the group a brilliant one to belong to – because we’re big and our numbers are definite, our events fill up to the optimum size and there’s always a diverse, stimulating mix of people. Our RSVP numbers reflect reality (an event with 16 RSVPs will have 16 people – not 6), and our events fit into a bookable space. It means when you come you’ll get a seat for dinner/drinks (because no one will have gate-crashed and taken it) – and you’ll meet lots of interesting people (because they will turn up!)

When you join this group an RSVP is a promise to turn up (and stay for the social part of the event), and joining is a promise to come only if you’re RSVPed.

There’s no requirement to attend any particular number of events with the group, or to pay anything to join.

If you’re thinking of sending me a message promoting an event, then unless it’s a local play/film and either heavily discounted or includes a director/writer/cast Q&A, don’t – thanks. This is a zero-spam group – I keep faith with members by circulating nothing except legitimate event details.

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