The world has gone POP-UP: The Yard, Folly for a Flyover, Floating Cinema & Shacklewell Nights

We love a good POP-UP venue and think they’re the best way to experience true DIY culture in the capital. Some of these venues covered are exclusively revealed by us on the very little information that we have garnered for you our lovely readers.

The Yard

New Pop Up venue in Hackney Wick featuring performance, film and happenings. We found out that Lauren Barton is producing a new piece called Imagine You Are Everyone (email her for more details as she would love you to volunteer –

She says “The Yard is committed to risk-taking, boundary pushing theatre that respects, challenges and entertains it’s audience. Built in dormant warehouse from recycled materials, it sits by the canal opposite the Olympic Park, about 5 minutes from Hackney Wick station.”

Their website is coming soon here  – Join them on Facebook here for the latest gossip: Or on Twitter here

New details we just received via email (12:00 19/07/11):

You’re the first to hear – here’s a little secret.
A new theatre opens in Hackney Wick this weekend.
There will be plays for under £10 all performed in a beautiful new space designed by Practice Architecture.
Tickets can be purchased at the door from 7pm.*
After the plays there will be music and dancing until late.
Would you like to come to our opening?
*We don’t take cards (yet) so please stop off on your way to get cash.
For more information join our website
mailing list (, follow us on Twitter (@YardTheatre), like us on Facebook (The Yard Theatre) or just come say “hi”.

Folly for  a  Flyover 

This pop-up also in Hackney Wick, has had quite a lot of press and its film programme has nearly sold out accordingly. We recommend popping in for a drink and seeing if anything impromtu strikes up.

This is the deal: On 24th June, a building appeared in the gap between the east and westbound traffic of the A12. Transforming the cavernous undercroft where the motorway crosses the Lea Navigation Canal, Folly for a Flyover will host a six week programme of waterside cinema, performance and play. Until the end of July

More info on their website here

Floating Cinema

Amazing floating cinema, which will be moored at different locations across London. It’s at Canary Wharf tonight (Thurs 14th July) and has this rather great programme:

A day of diverse film screenings inspired by London’s Docklands and its environs, including:

London’s Olympic Waterscape (2010, 21mins) by Royal Holloway University
A fascinating look at the history and future of London’s inland waterways 

The King of Deptford Creek (2009, 11mins) by Fred Rowson
An atmospheric and obsessive story of missing person shot on the quiet backwaters of the Thames

Men of the City (2010, 59mins) by Marc Isaacs (showing at 2.00pm 5.00pm & 7.00pm)
A meditation on the state of mind and motivations of men working in diverse City roles 
More details and DVD information here


Shacklewell Nights

Yummy food in a POP-UP palace. Buy tickets here