Iris Theatre announce programming for Eyes On


Iris Theatre today announce Eyes On, a programme of one-off events spotlighting fresh and exciting new talent – The Grad Fest presents Rearranged an actor-musician graduate showcase on 22 July, and Yan Toby-Amisi performs his one-man storytelling performance BLUD. on 29 July. Eyes On events will be a part of the Iris Theatre’s Summer Festival 2021, taking place in the gardens of the Actors’ Church in Covent Garden.

Paul-Ryan Carberry, Artistic Director of Iris Theatre said: “These pop-up events offer our audiences yet more opportunities to enjoy and celebrate the return of live performance as part of our fantastic summer festival, and in particular see the work of the industry’s most exciting new talent . Make no mistake, the gardens of The Actors’ Church will be absolutely buzzing with talent over the coming months and we can’t wait to throw our gates open on 21st June and let you all in.”

All tickets being sold for in-person events have social distancing restrictions in place and face coverings must be worn unless proof of exemption is provided. For more information on how events will be taking place, please visit

Liam Gartland & Alice Croft in association with The Grad Fest present


Director: Anthony Underwood; Musical Director: Ben Barrow; Movement Director: Teresa Guerrero;

Artwork by Alice Croft

22 July, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

REARRANGED; verb. to change (the position, time, or order of something)

Brought to you by The Grad Fest, REARRANGED is an exciting new concert, showcasing the amazing talent of the UK’s actor-musician graduates from 2020 and 2021 – many of whom were unable to showcase last year due to restrictions.

Join for a magical night of celebration through song, as these brilliant graduates explore how the old can be renewed. Whether it be Carousel or Oklahoma!, Guys and Dolls or My Fair Lady, the event will examine a range of musical theatre’s well-known classics, reimagining them through a new and exciting sound.

Suggested age: 12+

Anthony Underwood’s previous credits include Now. Here. This. (Golden Goose Theatre, Chiswick Playhouse), Triangle (George Wood Theatre), Tick, Tick… Boom! (Etcetera Theatre), and Pippin (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). As Assistant/Associate Director, his credits include Cases, Parade (The Other Palace), Cinderella, Half a Sixpence (New Wimbledon Theatre), Multiverse (Waterloo East Theatre), and The Jabberwocky (The Other Palace, Theatre Royal Margate). Underwood is the Artistic Director of Taxi Man Productions.


Written and performed by Yan Toby-Amisi

29 July 2021, 7.30pm

We get called criminals, but it’s never called survival; reprisal if you touch my disciple, fam – it’s a vicious cycle.

Daniel is from the block, or, as it is known from the outside – the hood. A place where you can dream… and a place where you can lose your best friend to the streets.

Daniel is doing everything within his power to leave the hood behind but soon learns that things aren’t always that simple.

A night of hard-hitting storytelling told through rap, poetry and prose about growing up black in the jungle – or, as we know it, the hood.

Suggested age: 15+

Yan Toby-Amisi is an actor and playwright based in North London, and a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. His theatre credits as an actor include Far Away (Donmar Warehouse). He is also a hip-hop artist under the handle ‘Talla’.


St Paul’s Church Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9ED

Tickets: £12


Iris Theatre is a charity and the resident theatre company of the Actors’ Church, committed to developing the careers of early-career artists. As well as its annual outdoor summer season which has run for 10 years, Iris presents new work through the year at the Actors’ Church and creates opportunities for training for artists of all backgrounds and disciplines.


Known affectionately as the Actors’ Church because of its long association with the theatre community, St Paul’s is located in the heart of the West End on Covent Garden Piazza. Designed by the theatre designer and architect Inigo Jones and built in 1633, St Paul’s serves as the Parish Church of Covent Garden and much of Theatreland. As well as Iris’s events, the church hosts a wide variety of theatre, memorial services and concerts, totalling around 300 events a year.


The Grad Fest was founded in May 2020 by Liam Gartland and Alice Croft from the comfort of their bedrooms, during the height of the pandemic, to support recent theatre graduates as they left the safety of their colleges for the big wide world of the performing arts industry. Due to such a warm response from Graduates and the industry, The Grad Fest team have continued to provide support and professional opportunities for graduates, and in return, have created a vast and diverse body of work, including Graduates at Cadogan Hall, Next Thing You Know (The Garden Theatre) and Grad Tidings (Southwark Playhouse). Their ultimate goal is to make every graduate feel represented and valued in our wonderful industry.

Twitter: @thegradfest

Instagram: @thegradfest

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