Work In Progress

Life is a work in progress especially when you have a head full of creative ideas and people to share them with. There are lots of things that I love about life at  Olive Loves Alfie but probably the best thing is the people that we have the chance to meet, the conversations we have and the ideas that develop along with new friendships. Christmas is coming and I am taking my usual renegade position, that in many ways isn’t that of a retailer. You won’t notice any evidence of Christmas  in our store until the beginning of December. Instead in good old fashioned style we try to hold onto the magic for as long as we can.

In our own pared back, home spun style, this Christmas our window will shine with simple messages of love and peace – the two things that we want to sing out to one and all. Very much work in progress we will keep you posted with news of our window when the lights go on!

For two evenings in December we are going to transform our window into a  shadow puppet theatre with the help of the rather magical and elfin puppeteer and sculptor Justina Kochansky.  Studying puppetry in the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre’s Bali Program Justina’s work has been seen around the world.  For 2 evenings only passers by and friends from our community will be able to enjoy something special from the pavement outside of our store.

We couldn’t resist giving you a sneak preview of the puppet of Olive and her friend the squirrel in work.  Taken from a photograph her profile is perfect and we just can’t wait to see her come to life.  Oh and don’t you just love Squirrel’s tail!


The first show on 5th December is just part of the festive celebrations that are being planned by Stoke Newington N16 Christmas Lates.  Gathering the community spirit of the neighbourhood stores will be open until 8pm with special festive offers and events.  The show ‘A Winters Eve’ is inspired by the view from our shop window in the heavy snow of 2011.

The second show has been devised especially for children and families.   ‘Olive Loves Christmas’ will be performed on the eve of our community Christmas Carol singing on the 13th December.   A festive family night, our first show will be performed at 6.15 just minutes away from the Carol singing that takes place outside the Fire Station.

Performances of  the 10 minute shows will begin at 6.15 and will be performed every 20 minutes until 8pm.

Whats next?… our round of the the best family shows written especially for us by theatre director Matthew Lloyd, and a special ticket competition to see our pick of the London theatre season!






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