• 20 reviews
  • Pond Dalston


  • Theatre/Arts, Food & Drink and Something A Little Different
  • Tickets from £20.00 - £25.00
  • Hackney
  • 11+
  • This event has taken place.
  • 19:30 - 21:30



Sometimes life cuts deep. Sometimes life needs a slap.

Written by David Watson (Housed, The Old Vic) and directed by The Big House Artistic Director, Maggie Norris, Knife Edge is a play about fear, food and family that begins with a murder and ends with a feast.

A girl with no name, hungry for life, fights to tell her own story. Immerse yourself in a darkly comic world, and join her on a journey of discovery, culminating in a culinary coming-together of cast and audience.

The world premiere of this innovative production takes place in Pond, Dalston. This venue is fast becoming one of the capital’s hottest destination restaurants. Working closely with the production team, their chefs have created a unique and delicious authentic Hawaiian feast especially for the production, and for you to enjoy within the price of your ticket.

The Big House stages high profile productions with young people who have been in care. This award winning company has blasted on to the theatre scene and established a reputation for staging immersive productions that take the audience on an emotional journey, inspired by the stories of its cast.

Meet our young people in an extraordinary environment bringing together people who might not ordinarily meet. Come on a theatrical journey like no other. Laugh - Think - and Eat...

Sound Design by Ed Clarke (Frankenstein, NT), Lighting Design by Amy Mae Smith (2015 Winner of the Knight of Illumination Award for Best Musical, Sweeney Todd) and Musical Direction by Louise Wellby.

Praise for previous Big House productions:

“Visceral storytelling. Shot through with moments of pure theatre, graced with vivid, moving performances by an excellent young cast. A stirring opening statement from this exciting new theatre group.” Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem)

“I’ve seen quite a lot of this sort of work with young people, but rarely anything so passionately or so brilliantly acted, and even more rarely so beautifully staged.” Michael Coveney

“They were funny and incredibly moving. And at the end , the audience stood up and gave them a well deserved ovation. Because they were that good. Go see it.” Sir Lenny Henry CBE

“Within all of us there is a poem, within all of us there is a painting, within all of us there is a novel, within all of us there is a real expression of what we want to see of the world. And what The Big House does is open it up and bring it out. It’s wonderful. I loved every minute of it.” Rt. Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party

50% of the cost of your ticket for this event will go directly to the charity and 50% to provide the food. 




Ticket Event time Cost
General Admission 7:30PM
Food is included in the ticket price.
19:30 - 21:30 £25.00
General Admission - Concession
Proof of concession needed on the night. Available to students, under 16s, over 60s and those on disability and unemployment benefits.
19:30 - 21:30 £20.00
General Admission Group Ticket
Buy 9 full price tickets and get 1 free. Food is included in the ticket price.
19:30 - 21:30 £22.50



Stamford Works, 3 Gillett Street, N16 8JH



Nearest Station

Dalston Kingsland (Rail)


The Big House
The Big House has a simple mission: to enable young people who have been in care to fulfill their potential. Maggie Norris established The Big House in 2013 after spending six years working to rehabilitate offenders and ex-offenders and having staged productions in Pentonville and Wormwood Scrubs. Working with a high number of care leavers, she was shocked to discover that almost half of all prisoners under 21 have been in care. The Big House was set up to break this cycle and many others that care leavers find themselves trapped in. Through drama, mentoring and long-term support The Big House enables care leavers to move forward with their lives and live independently. The impact of The Big House is astounding: "I [was] standing on street corners selling weed, and fighting…I hit rock bottom, getting stopped and searched by police every day. Without The Big House I think I would be in prison." (Jasmine Jobson, Sunday Times News Review) On visiting the charity Sir Lenny Henry said The Big House was “A genuine life transformer, helping the lost to locate a path and stick to it”, while it’s work has been praised by the Observer magazine as “remarkable”. Since its humble beginnings in 2012 the charity has grown incredibly, and in 2014 it was fortunate enough to be awarded the prestigious Born to Be award by the Centre of Social Justice. As one of our beneficiaries explains: “The Big House is a place for people who have nowhere to go and who feel they don’t belong. It’s like a family. It allows us to show the world we’re not just kids from care, that we have feelings and dreams like everyone else. Thank you so much for making me feel human again. I don’t feel like I’m just surviving. I feel like I’m living life!” 50% of the cost of your ticket for this event will go directly to the charity and 50% to provide the food. If you would like to donate more please visit the website. Just £15 will enable a young person to spend a day accessing support rather than being alone.


Pond Dalston

Pond Dalston is a venue, bar, restaurant and general vibe machine.  Enjoy the bar on the weekend and sit outside to soak in the heat of the London summer fun.  Let us host your event here for the summer.     Pond's New Hawaiian Food is back at the end of Summer along with some major new renovations…


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Knife Edge @ Pond Dalston - London Theatre Review

An organisation who work with young care leavers at a high risk of social exclusion, The Big House Theatre Company use theatre to inspire, develop and facilitate personal growth for their members. Their current production, Knife Edge, is taking place at Pond Dalston throughout May and June this yearThe…



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