London Tour: All immigrant variety show – WE LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT! September 28th – October 16th 2021

Created by Olivier-award winning director Donnacadh O’Briain and playwright Amy Ng

Made in collaboration with Dr Sarah Fine and the Philosophy Department at King’s College London.

Running from 28 September – 16 October 2021


 Various venues across London Bethnal Green, Hornchurch, Wembley, Willesden Green, 

Catford, South Kilburn, Harlsden, Neasden, Norwood, Shoreditch


ice&fire –and Matthew Schmolle Productions are delighted to announce the London tour of a brand-new all-immigrant variety show. WE LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT is performed by a clown collective of immigrant performers, who take the audience on a journey of variety and satire. grappling with our decade’s stickiest subject; immigration.  It’s a show where karaoke meets moral philosophy, incorporating a stand-up pigeon double act, smorgasbord of characters, plenty of juice, plenty of biscuits and plenty of food for thought.


ice&fire have established themselves as a theatre company renowned for their use of performance to explore human rights issues, in WE LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT, the cast do just that. Because while Brexit is now ‘done’ it seems we are still far from done with the age-old immigration ‘question.’ This all-immigrant variety show, has been created by Olivier award winner Donnacadh O’Briain (Ireland) and playwright Amy Ng (Hong Kong), with a company of actors; Jahmila Heath (Jamaica), Tomoko Komura (Japan), Gaël Le Cornec (Brazil-via-France) and Sergio Maggiolo (Peru). Collectively they are over 29,000 miles from home.

Touring to every corner of London, visiting venues in Bethnal Green, Hornchurch, Wembley, Willesden Green, 

Catford, South Kilburn, Harlsden, Neasden, Norwood, and Shoreditch – and serving up jokes, songs and satire, the performers ask; ‘What is behind our societal acceptance of immigration control? What does it say about us and what do those who have come to the UK from somewhere else want to say about it?’ 


Christine Bacon from ice&fire says: ‘As a company, ice&fire have for some time been concerned with the here and now of human rights stories and what can be done to make current systems more fair. With this project, we are trying to take a big step back and interrogate how and why immigration controls are seen as such a common sense and ‘natural’ feature of our world. But with clowns, so it will make you smile.’


Matthew Schmolle says: ‘We are passionate about getting this show out beyond the traditional theatre-world-echo-chamber, getting it in front of the broadest audience possible and seeing what all those people have to say about these over-looked issues which under pin so much of modern discourse around immigration’.

Tickets All shows have tiered pricing to suit every budget.


Set and Costume Designer – Elizabeth Rose Sound Designer – Tingying Dong

Stage Manager – Kayleigh Atkinson Assistant Director – Poppy Sutch



Tuesday 28th September – Saturday 16th October: 

Evenings (Timings vary, see for full information)

Tickets: Range from £Free – £15

Performance length: Approximately 60 minutes with no interval. 


Tuesday 28th September & Thursday 30th September                        St Margarets House, Bethnal Green 

Tuesday 5th October                                     Queens Theatre Hornchurch, 

Thursday 7th October & Friday 8th October                                                             The Yellow, Wembley

Saturday 9th October                                    The Library at Willesden Green, Willesden 

Monday 11th October                                                        Lewisham Irish Community Centre, Catford 

Tuesday 12th October                                                                                  The Granville Community Centre, South Kilburn

Wednesday 13th October                              The Roundwood Community Centre, Harlsden

Thursday 14th October                                  St Catherine’s Church, Neasden

 Friday 15th October                                      Stanley Arts, Norwood 

Saturday 16th October                                                               RichMix, Shoreditch

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