Are You Sitting Comfortably? HEROES AND VILLIANS

For most of this year White Rabbit are investigating Heroes (and Villains). Later on this year we have a new show with Birmingham Rep and Albany Deptford called “How To Be A Hero” which will include stories of local heroism.

But before that we are hosting a short story telling night at Arts Admin (Toynbee Studios) and we’d love you to join us! We’re expecting stories of :

Heroes: you know, all tragically orphaned, with rippling muscles, capes, masks, pants-outside-trousers, side kicks, fatal flaws, square jaws. Their eyes glisten with tears, that kind of thing


Villains: this lot wear black a lot, they tend to be devilishly attractive/ horribly scarred, with maniacal laughs, plus some kind of terrible accident which bent their souls out of shape. They do however  like cats. But nothing else. Their eyes glitter with evil.

Donald Pleasence

Who can tell, these days? The good guys from the bad guys? And whom would you rather have a night out with? Come and find out with us,we serve delicious FREE food which will make a Superhero out of you and we play silly games, watch superheroes in action on the screen and have daring fun.

Date: Friday 19th June 2015

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Arts Admin at Toynbee Studios

28 Commercial Street E1 6AB

LONDON (nearest tube Aldgate East)

Tickets: £8 includes FREE food, competitions and prizes.

For tickets go here

There will be a prize for the best dressed Hero and the most dastardly dressed Villain, so dress up if you like but don’t feel obliged! See you there.





“Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast”

Free to download/listen to is the next White Rabbit podcast featuring stories from Eddy Dreadnought, Steve Folan and B J Ellson. This is the second in our series of podcasts inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The third and final episode “Off With Their Heads” will be out in June.

Happy listening! You can find it here

Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland


BED at the Brighton Festival

For this year’s Brighton Festival, White Rabbit‘s Bernadette Russell will be visiting people at home in their beds and reading them a story written especially for them.


Their rooms won’t be quite as they remembered them, there will be surprises and a midnight feast. Podcasts of the stories and conversations to follow. The story may continue in their dreams…..

BED is an on-going storytelling experiment, and has taken place in a giant bed at The Basement in Brighton, in a outdoor bed-on-stilts at Stroud Art Fair and in various beds of friends and strangers. Inspired by Truman Capote’ short story “Master Misery”

In bed on stilts at Stroud Art Fair.

In bed on stilts at Stroud Art Fair.

Dates for Brighton Festival

Friday 1st May- in the BED of Dorothy Max Prior, Brighton

Monday 4th May- in the BED of Lucy Ann Holmes, Eastbourne.

Click here for  a video of a previous BED


If you’d like a visit from Bernadette, please email and put BED in the subject line.





White Rabbit presents: We’re All Mad Here

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, White Rabbit presents the first of our FREE podcasts “WE’RE ALL MAD HERE”. Featuring stories inspired by Alice written by Julie Balloo, Tristram Hanks, Rachel Malham and Amanda C Cox, and read by Gareth Brierley and Bernadette Russell.


The podcast can be found here and on iTunes. More to come in May and June…. we can’t get enough of Alice!

Curiouser and Curiouser

“You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are”

White Rabbit is seeking short story writers for a storytelling tea party in celebration of the 150 anniversary of the publication of the beauteous nonsense that is “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. Interested writers should submit stories of around 1000 words to The deadline for submissions is Midnight 13th February.

To check out past events and more about submitting, please visit our website

Here are the details of the show:
When: 20th Feb, 7.30pm till 11.30pm
Where: Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street E1 6AB
Nearest tube: Aldgate East
Price : £8, includes free tea party food.
Tickets go here

Hatter's Tea Party

“White Rabbit present a splendiferous topsy turvy teaparty. Enjoy free jam tarts, chocolate roses, sugar mice, party games and competitions.

A wonderful collection of weird, surreal and contrary stories inspired by that strange and wonderful story will be read aloud, in a Alice themed installation with party games and cocktails in teapots.

Follow us down the rabbit hole, you’ll never be the same again. You’ll be so small you’ll be able to bathe in a teacup.”

White Rabbit’s new family show at Knole

fox in the snow

We’re delighted to be creating a new family story telling show at beautiful Knole House in Sevenoaks, Kent,TN15 0RP – home to the Sackville- Wests, and surrounded by wildlife and ancient parkland.

As well as our new stories, you get hot chocolate and a crafting workshop suitable for all the family.

Show dates: 20th and 21st December 2014

Times: 11am-12 midday, 12.30- 131.30, 13.30-14.30

Tickets: £10 (Children £10; family ticket £35) / 01732 462100

“Imagine a winter so harsh that the animals who live in Knole’s ancient parkland are invited into the house at Christmas time. Snow leopards, deer, foxes and many more share their stories with the family in this magical Christmas tale told by Bernadette Russell and Gareth Brierley”

to find out more about us, visit



White Rabbit’s Are You Sitting Comfortably? HALLOWE’EN

be prepared to be scared....

be prepared to be scared….

White Rabbit invites you to a HALLOWEEN short story party, with terrifying tales read aloud featuring ghosts, witches, the evil dead, fings wot go bump in the night, murders most ‘orrible and the mouldering undead.

There’ll be TRICKS – spells you can eat baked by real witches and petrifying poppets and a screaming competition and TREATS – a prize for the most spooky super short story (tweet @betterussell #whiterabbit) submitted before or on the night.

We aim to have beastly fun. There will be chocolate. And evil dolls.

Writers interested in having their work showcased should submit spooky tales of around 1000 words to by 24 October 2014.

Please tweet your ghost stories to @betterussell #whiterabbit anytime from now to win a bumper pack of horrificness.

For tickets please visit here:

When: Friday 31st October, 7.30pm
Where: Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street E1 6AB
How much: £8 (includes cakes, chocolate, prizes)
Nearest tube: Aldgate East

WONDERLANDS – White Rabbit’s storytelling walk

celebrating at our final destination

celebrating at our final destination

A storytelling walk from Vauxhall through Nine Elms via New Covent Garden Market and ending at Battersea Power Station, taking in Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s new commission in the River Thames.

Tour guides Derek and Daisy Elm invite you to join them on a walk from Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, via Covent Garden Flower Market right to the magnificent Battersea Power Station.

This theatrical promenade performance is brought to you by award winning White Rabbit, who create site specific performances, installations and spoken word events for many venues including at the National Theatre, Southbank Centre and Birmingham Rep.

an enchanted night **** Total Theatre

who’d have thought storytelling could be so much fun – Daily Express

When: Sunday 14th September 2014. 2.30pm-4.30pm

How to get there

Nearest Tube: Vauxhall

Meeting point at 2.15pm: Tea House Theatre, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, SW11 5HL


£3 includes booking fee and tea

ages, 14+

For tickets please visit

Please note tickets must be purchased before the event, there are no tickets available on the day. The ticket price of £3 includes tea, a goody bag and some flowers from Covent Garden Flower Market

Fanny Peculiar’s Hellfire Club hosted by Bernadette Russell/White Rabbit

Find out more about Bernadette Russell/White Rabbit here

This Friday 13th June is a full moon, what better way to celebrate this auspicious occasion than by joining Fanny Peculiar and her succubi at this wild sabbat?

Details: Arts Admin/Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street LONDON E1 6AB nearest tube ALDGATE EAST. Friday 13th June 2014, £5, 7.30pm- the witching hour.

Fanny and friends in the Hellfire Club

Fanny and friends in the Hellfire Club

Please book tickets here

Fanny invites you to a soiree in celebration of women, for the general improvement of mirth, joy and gaiety, and to join her getting smashed on cheap gin.

There will be funny stories,ribald poems, dirty songs,  acts sublime and ridiculous plus frequent toasts.

For one night only, The Hellfire Club, once the preserve of pasty male aristos, has been annexed by Fanny Peculiar and her succubbi. Help them celebrate on this most unholy of days the glorious wickedness, strangeness, hilarity and beauty in the women around you.

Come together! Misbehave! You’ll leave with a title, and a section of the United Kingdom bestowed upon you to keep as your own by Fanny Peculiar.

We have punk in our hearts and glitter on our lips, we happy and rebellious disciples of Fanny.

Flippant musical comedy bawdiness ****

Erotic Review

Hosted by Bernadette Russell

Line-up of artists on the night:
Christine Entwisle
Zoe Charles
Johanna Hauge
Vera Chok
Miss Luna Peach
Bebe van der Belt
Chloe Morgan
Alex Brew
Cindy Oswin
Penny Pepper
Francoise Lauwerie
Julie Balloo
Hannah O’Driscoll
Emma O’Rourke
Ursula Dares

a little song about bearded ladies

a little song about bearded ladies

WONDERLANDS White Rabbit Walks – From Pleasure Gardens to Powerhouse

Tour guides Derek and Daisy Elm invite you to join them on a walk from Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, via Covent Garden Flower Market right to the magnificent Battersea Power Station. These charming siblings are experts on the fascinating past and colourful characters of this rapidly changing part of London. With an exciting and hilarious mixture of historical fact and tantalizing fiction, this is a walking tour with a difference… we guarantee you’ll return home better informed and with a smile on your face.

This storytelling promenade performance is brought to you by award winning White Rabbit, who create site specific performances, installations and spoken word events  at venues including National Theatre, Southbank Centre and Birmingham Rep.

“an enchanted night” **** Total Theatre

“who’d have thought storytelling could be so much fun” Daily Express ****

May 17th 2014

1.15pm & 4.15pm ( each tour is approx 1.5 hours long)

Meet at Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HL

Nearest tube/rail: Vauxhall

Book tickets here:

Suitable for age 14+

Please wrap up warm and waterproof


Tour guide Derek Elm

Commissioned by the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership and Wandsworth Arts part of Chelsea Fringe 2014

from Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, via Covent Garden Flower Market right to the magnificent Battersea Power Station




White Rabbit’s new children’s storytelling show at Southbank Centre

 shhhhh.... it's The Secret Garden

a sanctuary and a place to keep your secrets…

The Secret Garden

We’re delighted to be back at the Southbank Centre as part of their Imagine Children’s Festival with White Rabbit’s new storytelling show The Secret Garden. We’re proud to be working with Folk Dance Remixed and dancers from Lewisham College to create some magic in the Southbank Centre’s rooftop garden. Dancing, a maypole, a wishing forest, a sanctuary for wondrous creatures and beings, strange things growing on trees, secrets and enchantment abound!

You can book tickets here

The shows are suitable for children around 8 years old and their families.

Dates and times are: Friday 21st- Sunday 23rd February 2014

11am, 1pm, 3pm. tickets £6/£3 concessions

Are You Sitting Comfortably? SCIENCE FICTION

White Rabbit presents: Are You Sitting Comfortably -SCIENCE FICTION. Travel with us back to the future, to a parallel universe, through a tear in the space time continuum, past monkeys typing furiously as stars are born and galaxies revolve around impossible suns.

We’ll visit worlds populated by teleporting androids and carnivorous plants, where beings of incredible wisdom do unspeakable things to our bums.

Put on your catsuit, and we’ll beam you up to our fantasy land for an evening of Sci-fi short stories, written by Londoners and read by the team at White Rabbit.

We’ve got spacedust. You can have some.

Show Friday 28th February, 7.30pm.

Age guidance 14+

Venue: Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street LONDON E1 6AB
T 020 7650 2350
for tickets go here: 

£8 includes space dust, chip buttes, games, competitions and prizes.

“an enchanted night” **** Total Theatre

The truth is out there. or in there.

The truth is out there. or in here…..

White Rabbit presents: 366 Days Of Kindness on tour


366 Days Of Kindness is a new show written and performed by Bernadette Russell and Gareth Brierley of White Rabbit

This new show  goes back out on tour from 10th Jan.

On 18th August 2011, after a chance encounter in a post office in Deptford, and in response to the London riots, Bernadette Russell decided to try to be kind to a stranger every single day for a year.

This multi media show tells the heartbreaking, surprising and challenging stories of that year, which began with burning buildings and ended with the flame of the Olympic torch, against a global backdrop of social unrest and economic crisis. Part storytelling, part stand up, part live documentary, featuring a dinner party with surprise guests including the Dalai Lama, Aristotle and Princess Diana, this show attempts to answer the question: is it possible to change the world just by being kind?

We did sell out shows at Norden Farm, Colchester Arts Centre and Birmingham Rep, as well as being invited to the Southbank Centre and the  Albany Theatre with the sister projects, the interactive installations “Dear Stranger” and “Coat Tales”

To see the full list of UK dates, please go here: 

For the website dedicated to this project please go here:

Join The Revolution!

Some nice things people have said about the show:

“engaging and entertaining…charming, self-deprecating and downright funny…this show might just change your life”

from by William Stafford

 “bold, truthful…inspiring…so much more than a theatrical production…it is a cry to ask us all to stop being scared…” ****

from by Elizabeth Halpin

“This show is radical, political, subversive & important. Thank- you.”

from David Harradine, Artistic Director, Fevered Sleep

 “‘366 Days of Kindness’ is a wonderful show by a fabulous company,by turn laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving, ”

from Roxanna Silbert, Artistic Director, Birmingham REP

“A beautiful, very funny, inspiring and moving show.”

from Gill Lloyd, Director, Arts Admin

Are You Sitting Comfortably? BIRTHDAY

When? Friday 22nd November 7.30pm- 11.30pm

CELEBRATING 5 YEARS of story telling at Arts Admin with White Rabbit!

What? Come celebrate with us: we have jelly and ice-cream, party games, sparklers, and murder in the dark. Plus stories of strippergrams and unexpected guests, presents and surprises, joys and sorrows, love and loneliness, paper hats and best dresses, one night stands and fisticuffs, good parties, bad parties, all the parties ever. If you come we’ll give you the bumps. If you like.

You get: Original short stories read aloud, beautiful visuals, jolly music, jelly and ice-cream, games and prizes. Nice music. Cake. Cocktails in teapots. Presents. Tickets £8 includes FREE grub

 Where? Arts Admin, Toynbe Studios, 28 Commercial Street E1 6AB
ImageT 020 7650 2350