Watch this Space presents August Outdoors

Free pop-up festival at the National Theatre every Friday and Saturday from 2 to 31 August 2013.

Join us on Fridays and Saturdays throughout August, for free outdoor entertainment at the National Theatre. Line-up includes pop-up music, pop-up dance, a pop-up gallery and pop-up children’s theatre.

Watch this Space presents August Outdoors

Friday 2 August

1:10pm (Sneakers) and 6:30pm (Streetlights)
Foot-stomping, knockabout, rockabout, rooting-tooting rock ‘n’ roll.

Saturday 3 August

1pm (Streetlights) and 6:30pm (Sneakers)
More excellent music to liven up your weekend.

2pm, 4pm and 6:45pm
Be amazed, appalled and delighted by Vernon Ponder: the extraordinarily indiscreet human telepathic transmitter.


Friday 9 August

1:10pm and 6pm

Dance, circus and theatre are fused into a dynamic performance exploring human relationships.


Saturday 10 August

1-3pm and 5-7pm 
Help create a massive work of art using a 500 year-old chalking technique and imagination.


1pm, 3pm and 6pm
Are they bird-like people or people-like birds? Ornithophobics keep away.


Friday 16 August and Saturday 17 August

12-3pm and 4.30-7.30pm

Be puppeteer or spectator in a uniquely intimate and magical theatrical experience.


Friday 23 August

1.10pm and 6.30pm  
Super-loud, super-energetic recycled junk percussion.


Saturday 24 August

12pm - 6.30pm
Children aged 5-11 and their adults are invited to enter the micro-nation of Upper Caravania and play on the micro-beach.


Friday 30 August

1.10pm and 6pm
Comedy swing whoopee band. Tip top jazz!


Saturday 31 August

Within a mustard-coloured 1960s caravan, take a wry look at the British and their peculiar ways.


An interactive musical hairstyling experience inside a modish mobile salon.

1pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm
Visit Professor H Jones’ weird and wonderful museum in a garden shed.


2pm, 4pm and 6.30pm
Mrs Preener wants her (peacock) son to settle down: 'Springwatch' meets 'Blind Date'.

  • War Horse
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Collage of a boy on a rubbish heap with a passenger jet flying overhead
  • Treasure Island poster image
  • Dara. Photography by Seamus Ryan
  • The Hard Problem
  • Man and Superman poster, with Ralph Fiennes. Photography by Juergen Teller
  • Rules for Living. Instruction image for combining people and objects
  • Parades banner for Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
  • Everyman - a figure in a bleak space with cartoon finger pointing down at his head
  • Beyond Caring. Curtains against a wall
  • The Beaux' Stratagem - Portrait of an 18th century woman, collaged and retouched
  • The Red Lion. Blurred figure holding a football in a doorway, lit from behind
  • London Road film poster. Cast members leaning and looking through an interior window
  • The Motherf**cker with the Hat. Illustration of a head with a hat but no face
  • We Want You to Watch. Female head with wide open mouth and wide open mouths for eyes
  • An Oak Tree. Instructional diagram of one male figure raising and lowering another with their hand, as if by magic
  • Brainstorm. Teenage boy with blue exploding head
  • - a grinning cartoon cat