Café van der Brocke

Theatre (new writing, drama)

  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months
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1915, Ypres, Belgium. A few civilians are living in the cellars of buildings, reluctant to leave as shells rain down on their broken town. Jan is waiting for the return of his father in the basement of their café. Tragedy looms closer as the shelling intensifies and Jan's cellar becomes home to an increasing number of young refugees. Escape is paramount but Jan's world is shattered by revelations that are more shocking than the devastation above. This new play showcases the very best young talent in this dramatic and impassioned story.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Level access is via a different route across the courtyard of the Royal College of Surgeons, our FOH team can advise.
  • Wheelchair access type: Platform Lift

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Nicola Hogan 7 days ago

It's the hottest Fringe in 75 years a baptism of fire by any standards but this talented Aquila Youth Theatre cast take it all in their stride .
Their energy does not sag. Powerfully compelling ,raw and talented rarely seen in such a young cast. Grab a ticket whilst you can .

Martin burroughs 8 days ago

Worth being aware overran by 10 mins! Difficult when on a schedule.

Dan Eld 8 days ago

Amazing show, very atmospheric - you really get a sense of the chaos, the terror and arbitrary nature of war and its impact on people. The acting was so impressive. A must watch!!

Francesco Scarito 8 days ago

There were performances from a number of this young cast that were extraordinary. As is usually the case when you take a chance on a show at the fringe you don't know what to expect, well with this one I was so pleased I took the gamble. I was moved by the performances at a number of points. I was Impressed enough to wait for an opportunity to speak to the writer after the show, who also had a part in the production, to congratulate him on the achievement. Highly recomended.

James Hogan 8 days ago

Aquila Theatre return with a triumphant performance at this years Fringe. An outstanding piece of theatre that grips you from the outset. The cast are committed, engaging and perform the play with such passion. See them this week whilst you can!

Zachary Watts 9 days ago

A fantastic play from Aquila youth theatre set in harrowing circumstances as a group of children seek to survive in a bombed out city during WWI. The story is brought to life with intensity by a committed and talented young cast. Strongly recommend for both the story and the talent on display.

Abbie Watts 9 days ago

Wow! What a fantastic story about a group of children trapped in a bombed-out city. The plot unfolds with twists and turns keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. The emotional intensity displayed by the cast is impressive and convincing. What a talented group of players. I encourage you to see for yourself.

Jonathan Slot 10 days ago

This is yet another in a long line of utterly captivating Aquila Youth Company fringe performances. This young but frighteningly talented cast deliver a Stella performance of an original play. If you want to be captivated and entertained then see this show. The future of the fringe is in good hands.

Jayne MacLeod 10 days ago

This is a play that grips you from the start. Some shows you passively watch but with this show you gasp and hold your breath as you are truly transported to the war damaged cafe cellar in this marvellous production. This is the play for you if you want to see truthful, gritty and heartfelt acting with plenty of realistic atmosphere.

Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Luigi 10 days ago

Amazing performance by all actors in this very powerful play!

Amy Eld 11 days ago

This show was absolutely compelling in every way.
Both the content and acting were excellent, as well as being extremely emotive and thought provoking. A well written and passionate production - a must see!

Emily Vaughan 11 days ago

I loved this play. The cast conveyed the desperation of the war time situation well and we were carried along with their emotion. It was fast paced with a gritty subject matter. A huge success from this youth theatre group.

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 8 days ago

Each character is well defined. Arlo Watts shines as Jan. They have a very effective set and costumes, with an evocative soundscape.

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