Dreams 1 Podcast

White Rabbit’s latest podcast is FREE and here!

Featuring these amazing stories on the subject of DREAMS

dream girl


“The Burning Pier” by Ray Morgan
“Six Dreams It’s Possible To Have” by Joel Shea
“Dream Lover” by Angela Smith
“Dreams?” by Thomas Jancis
“The Dream of the Dead” by Belinda May

One more to come before summer’s over

Sweet dreams…..



Are You Sitting Comfortably? MONSTERS

Award winning White Rabbit  are seeking short story writers interested in having their work showcased at their next event “Monsters.”

They say we always get the monsters we deserve, that they are simply a dark reflection of ourselves, our fears and our desires. What makes a monster?
Are they amoral,inhuman beasts, eyes glittering with madness? Or beautiful and seductive beings, tempting us to sin? Or, worse of all, misunderstood creatures, unfairly hunted, lonely, unloved? We are hosting an evening of short stories read aloud, chosen and read by the team at White Rabbit. The evening will include B-movie visuals, monster mash music from the 1920s to now, ghastly games, free food served by a lycanthropist waiter, and blood drenched cocktails.

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Writers who would like their work showcased at this event should email a story of around 1000 words to areyousittingcomfortably@live.com by midnight 26th August 2016. Please note we prefer the writers to attend.


If you’d like to see what one of the shows looks like please go here

If you’d like to find out more about Are You Sitting Comfortably? and White Rabbit please go here


Friday 9th September

7.30- late

Arts Admin @Toynbee Studios

28 Commercial St, London E1 6AB

nearest tubde Aldgate East.

tickets £8 includes free food. (writers get complimentary ticket)

Tainted Love- a celebration of the darker side of love

what big eyes you have...

what big eyes you have…

White Rabbit, in delighted collaboration with London Dreamtime, bring you a Valentine’s Day celebration of love in all its dark, weird bestial beauty under the night skies of Deptford. Plus magic, of course, from our 16th century Book of Spells….

we're all hairy on the inside....

we’re all hairy on the inside….


Please wrap up warm, and bring a candle in a jar.

Adults only, and spaces strictly limited. Please email vanessa@londondreamtime.com to reserve a place and receive instructions.

February 14th, 5pm start.

Tainted Love is part of the Hothouse Project with Deptford Lounge.

White Rabbit presents Heroes and Villains podcast

video killed the radio star....

video killed the radio star…

White Rabbit is proud to bring you our long-awaited Midnight Feast “Heroes and Villains” podcast- featuring short stories from these amazing writers:

Van Demal, Michael Spring, Julie Baloo, Nigel Munson, Ahmed Siddiqui, Alan McCormick, Ruth Sedar, Stephen Keyworth, Molly Sweeney , Robert Pallot, Paul Golden. Stories read by Bernadette Russell and Gareth Brierley

You can listen in here, the podcasts will be available on Wednesday 18th and Wednesday 25th November.

Many thanks and happy listening…


All the world is waiting for you….



Are You Sitting Comfortably? GHOSTS

White Rabbit presents our traditional Winter Ghost Story extravaganza and we are looking for writers!

Sitting uncomfortably....

Sitting uncomfortably….

Since 2008 we’ve created a platform for short stories and writers, in a fun, lively, supportive and occasionally anarchic atmosphere!

We’re seeking a spine-chilling selection of original mid-winter spooky stories, written by you, read by us, to haunt and thrill the audience.

Accompanied by scary songs and haunting films, you can comfort yourself with scrummy FREE food served by the undead, a screaming competition and TREATS – with prizes including a voodoo doll made to your specifications, a love spell and a ouija board.

Ghost reader

Ghost reader

Writers interested in submitting a story should email areyousittingcomfortably@live.com by Friday 20 November with a story of around 1000 words.Please ensure you put GHOSTS in the subject night AND that you can attend on the night- our audience likes to meet the writers.

Details of the show are:
Are You Sitting Comfortably? GHOSTS
Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street E1 6AB
020 7650 2350
£8 with FREE food and other treats
nearest tube Aldgate East
for tickets go here

.Questions? Lots more information here

White Rabbit presents “How To Be A Hero” on tour

White Rabbit‘s latest storytelling show “How To Be A Hero” goes on a mini tour this September!

Let's Save The World!

Let’s Save The World!

“How To Be A Hero” tells the story of desperado vigilantes Gamma Guild.
The fearless foursome, together with their canine sidekick Dangerwoof, gather outside Greggs on the High Street to take on the city’s dark side. And so their battles begin: with three- legged cats, drunk and disorderly party goers, underage smokers, and the Women’s Institute; as they attempt to cope with growing YouTube notoriety in their quest to “Save The World”.
The show also includes stories of unsung local heroes from around the U.K, gathered and recorded from public workshops and interviews.

age 14+

Venue addresses and show dates and times:
17th-19th September 2015 7.30pm
The Albany, Deptford
ticket prices £12 (concessions £10)
post show discussion on 18th September
The Albany Deptford, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG
for tickets go here
29th September- 3 October 2015 8pm
The Door at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Tickets £13 (concessions available)
Post show discussion on 2nd October.
The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Ltd.
Centenary Square
Broad Street,
B1 2EP
For tickets go here
8th October 2015 7pm
ARC Stockton
Tickets pay what you decide
ARC Stockton
Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1LL
For tickets go here
14th October 2015 7.30pm
Arena Wolverhampton
Tickets: £10 ( £8 concessions)
Arena Wolverhampton
Wulfruna St, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV1 1SE
For tickets go here

Hope to see you out 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


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 areyousittingcomfortably@live.com. The deadline for submissions is Midnight 13th February.

To check out past events and more about submitting, please visit our website www.thewhiterabbit.org.uk/projects/are-you-sitting-comfortably/

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 https://shortstops.info/white-rabbit-live/

or www.thewhiterabbit.org.uk


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 areyousittingcomfortably@live.com 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: http://www.artsadmin.co.uk/events/3582

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 http://totallythames.org/events/info/white-rabbit-walk

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

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 Bumonaseat.wordpress.com 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 www.behindthearras.com 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