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19:30 - 21:30
Theatre/Arts, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different



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. 

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Pond Dalston
Stamford Works 3 Gillett Street, Dalston, London, N16 8JH

East London

Nearest station:
Dalston Kingsland (Rail)


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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.

Our Review

Knife Edge @ Pond Dalston - London Theatre Review

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...

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I saw the performance on the last night 12/6. It is the second time I have seen a Big House production -- the first was Babylon which I thought was outstanding in every way, performance, singing, storyline and the simplicity of the set. Knife edge is a little raw, rather shouty and didn't quite have the fluidity of Babylon. There were good performances and the instrumentalist was great. Perhaps the squeezing between narrow openings from one room to the next, during the performance, contributed to my feeling the story lacked cohesion. Also, the moving added to the time and what should have been an 80 minute play ended being 95 minutes because as there was a good attendance the squeezing through the gaps took a while. Pond is an interesting venue and the food (my vegetarian dishes) was tasty and all meals had generous helpings. Congratulations to Big House for succeeding in producing a show that is off to The Royal Court bar/food floor. Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-06-12
by on June 22nd, 2016

Really inspiring piece & amazing and performances from the cast. Particularly impressive were the leading lady, and the dog! Great food too. Thank you Big House for a great night out. Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-06-08
by on June 16th, 2016

This was my first time seeing a Big House production and I was very impressed by the actors and the script. Very thought provoking and fun. I will definitely go and see another of their productions. Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-06-11
by on June 14th, 2016

Yet another outstanding performance by THE BIG HOUSE actors. It is a truly innovative experience,a joy and privelege to attend. I look forward to their next production, I will DEFINATELY be there. Janie Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-06-10
by on June 12th, 2016

Big House shows are always brilliant and this was no exception - full of life, humour and passion. Great cast and wonderful, unusual venue. Food also fab. My only quibble was that I was starving, think having the food about half way through would have been ideal and perhaps added to the immersive experience - dining with characters, being part of play etc? Well done to everyone involved and good luck for your next steps. Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-06-08
by on June 10th, 2016

Really great. Show stood up to many professional shows I've seen. Food great and had a really interesting chat with actors & restaurant owner. Great value & great entertainment. Show felt about 10 mins too long but that's a v minor quibble for a great evening. Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-06-07
by on June 10th, 2016

Such a talented, dynamic group of young people. Utterly unique and interactive experience for the audience; weber you move around the space and get to eat with the actors at the end. You have a chance to speak to the students/actors and get an understanding of their backgrounds, which illustrates what a transformative experience it is for the young people. Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-05-18
by on June 6th, 2016

Great work from an inspirational company. Plot was a bit mad but all added the the experience. Performers were excellent and couldn't be more worthwhile supporting the work of The Big House! Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-06-03
by on June 5th, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised by the play and the level of acting. I have never been to play where you move about to watch the scenes play out. It was topped off with having a meal with the cast, which again was a new experience. They all did a great job, the play was original and had loads of energy. Well done to everyone and I strongly recommenced people go and support this play. Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-05-31
by on June 3rd, 2016

Absolutely brilliant. Funny and tragic in equal measure. Really inventive and keeps you in suspense. The cast outstanding, the production superb, the food wonderful! Cannot recommend too highly. A total 'must see'! Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-05-25
by on June 1st, 2016

Exceptional as always, Maggie Norris and her actors and crew put together another excellent production. I can not recommend highly enough the work that is produced at the Big House. I look forward to the next production. Congratulations. Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-05-28
by on May 30th, 2016

Amazing play! Would highly recommend. The cast are talented and absolutely lovely and the food at the end is gorgeous! You won't be disappointed, money well spent. Big House are an amazing organisation. Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-05-24
by on May 30th, 2016

What a great evening out. Touching, painful, raw and thought-provoking evening which is the culmination of three months of a group process of learning life skills and self-development, teamwork and focus sing inwards and outwards at the world. The evening is followed by a feast (amazing Hawaiian food) which we shared with the cast. Wonderful experience for everyone. A great project that everyone should know about, support and can admire. Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-05-26
by on May 28th, 2016

Knife Edge is a brilliantly original play about life lived by those who feel - and are often seen to be - on the periphery of society; left out and undervalued. With a talented cast, thoughtful and witty writing, and creative staging and direction, the play does a wonderful job of bringing us into this world, with tremendous pathos. And to top off the evening, we got to enjoy a delicious Hawaiian meal! Cannot recommend highly enough. Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-05-21
by on May 28th, 2016

it was brilliant, funny and way cool. and a great dinner. what great kids and marvelous focus and energy cant believe they havent been snapped up. this is the second big house production ive seen and will look out for more Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-05-25
by on May 27th, 2016

Awesome show and how lovely to spend time eating with them after. As a Deaf person I would love to know how that could be signed so I could access the words but I was blown away by the visceral energy of the actors. Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-05-25
by on May 27th, 2016

Amazing show! You would not believe that these are not professional actors. Talking to them after the show was a caress to the soul and the meal real treat. Unmissable. Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-05-24
by on May 26th, 2016
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Bought this for my girlfriend and myself and it didn't dosappoint. Thought provoking and was amazed by the talent of the young stars who are also lovely people! The feast was also amazing... Whole sea bass is one to look out for!! Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-05-21
by on May 23rd, 2016

Loved KnifeEdge!! Original, powerful and thought provoking - we were blown away by the talent of all the young actors. And loved the food at the end!! Would defo recommend. Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-05-20
by on May 22nd, 2016

Totally fantastic night. Really cool location fantastic punchy funny short theatre followed by one of the best feasts you'll ever eat. And all for an essential cause. What's not to like ... Go! It's an exceptional evening xxx Visited Pond Dalston on 2016-05-20
by on May 22nd, 2016

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