At the Gate, dialogue with the audience sits at the heart of our programming.
We hope that the work we put on the Gate stage sparks thought and conversation amongst our audience. For every show there are a range of other ways you can get involved – in the process of making, the wider context of the play, or practical workshops from the artists involved.
As a small theatre, our audiences make up an integral part of our artistic output and so for every show we programme a series events which are a chance for audiences to share artistic, political or performative responses to the work. Our Gate Lates programme includes post show Q&As, open mic events, poetry readings and expert opinions designed to further explore the themes within each season. These are hosted by some of the most exciting writers, directors, artists and innovators to open up a space for us to come together to confront and debate the biggest questions facing humanity today.
Past Gate Lates have included poet, critic and journalist Bridget Minamore discussing the politics of authorship in The Ridiculous Darkness; poet Dean Atta hosting an Open Mic night for Dear Elizabeth; playwright Winsome Pinnock and author Jamaica Kincaid discussing the themes of A Small Place, and actor Martina Laird reading a selection of West Indian poetry as part of the Gate’s Windrush celebration and David Lammy discussing the criminal justice system in response to Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.
We want our Gate Lates to be as accessible as possible and for that reason we can offer free tickets for our post show talks and a Pay What You Can ticket scheme for any of our post show gigs. We ask all attendees to pay what they can out of the three options £1/£2.50/£5 for gigs. All the money received from our Gate Lates goes back into the ongoing projects and helps to support the Gate in delivering high quality and engaging work in and around the community.
Every Gate production also includes one captioned speech-to-text Gate Lates Q&A event. For more information on captioning at the Gate, please click here or call our Box Office on 020 7229 0706.