FRI 28 JUN
Rathskeller — 6pm
BYRON VINCENT - INSTAGRAMMING THE APOCOLYPSE
Who do you trust when everything is fake news?
Who do you trust when the news is fake, your partner is cheating on you and global politics is an exploding clown car? Byron Vincent is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, but with dying icons, impending climate catastrophe and that bloke from Home Alone Two in charge of world’s largest nuclear arsenal; isn’t abject panic the only sane response?
It’s a glib postmodern world in which cynicism is cool, modern life is rubbish and sincerity is for suckers; but as concepts like truth, peace and hope become risible anachronisms, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate our perspective. In a post-satire age, what’s so funny about peace love and understanding?
‘Byron Vincent plays with language like it lives, he has the ability to stretch words almost to breaking point then snap them back to meaning like nothing ever happened. He tells funny hard poems about things that are true’ Kate Tempest
This is a scratch show – as an audience member, you are invited to experience an unfinished show and offer ideas and feedback to the artist.
Suitable for ages 18+
SAT 29 JUN
Soul Café — 5pm
Five years ago, James’s best friend Tom was diagnosed with heart cancer and given three months to live. His last wish was to be given a full Viking burial.
This is the remarkable, hilarious, heart-lifting and outlandish story of how James actually gave his best mate the send-off he wanted.
Originally developed at the Vaults Festival where it won the Origins Award, Team Viking was one of the runaway hits of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival, combining storytelling, music and comedy-theatre to rave reviews.
Featuring live music, side-splitting anecdotes and even an actual viking helmet, James Rowland’s Team Viking – a comic ode to death and friendship
★★★★★ 'Joyous – heart-lifting and incredibly moving... as accomplished a piece of storytelling as you could hope to see.' The Stage
WED 3 JULY
Gin Saloon — 6pm
TALKING TO STRANGERS
Stand-up poet Laurie Bolger brings you a charming, chatty and witty new show about the impact of strangers. Through storytelling, poetry and song she asks: how does that annoying passenger on the bus turn out to be the stranger that saves the day? Talking to Strangers is a delightful celebration of random encounters and how we are all strangers – until we’re not!
Laurie was recently appointed lead facilitator for BBC 1Xtra’s Words First London and shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate for London. She has performed at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Old Vic Theatre and 02 Arena as well as being Poet in Residence in schools libraries and Queen Elizabeth’s Olympic Park. Laurie currently hosts BANG Said the Gun London’s leading stand-up poetry night and multi award winning poetry podcast Round @ Laurie’s.
THU 4 JULY
Groundwork — 6:30pm
There was a collective gnashing of teeth and beating of breasts across the land when Wrighty didn’t get the royal nod to take up the position of Poet Laureate this year. Still, he’s an irrepressible sort of chap, so he’s bought his own sherry and hit the road with a show the critics are calling his best yet
Luke Wright is on a mission to write poems to unite a nation divided by austerity and Brexit. Can it be done? Can one poet ever really represent an entire nation?
Big-hearted and quick witted, Wright’s poems have been lauded by everyone from Patti Smith to The Libertines. A Fringe First and Stage Award winner, Wright is truly a wordsmith and raconteur at the top of his game.
Luke is a spit and sawdust wordsmith who tells inventive and engaging stories, documenting 21st century British life with wit, humanity and panache.
“Fierce, wistful, romantic and witty by turns, this is a sensational hour of poetry.” ★★★★★ The Stage
“One of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation” The Independent
SAT 6 JUL
St Nicholas’ Chapel
The Greatest Showman (6 - 11 years), 10am / 2pm
Do you and your child love The Greatest Showman? Then this workshop is for you. Adults and children alike will learn and create choreography suitable for any show extravaganza. Children ages 6 - 11 years …adults ANY age!
Bollywood dance (4 - 9 years) , 11am / 1pm
Bollywood is the largest film industry in the world - this workshop will offer children the opportunity to dress in traditional Indian costume and learn some basic yet effective moves to perform to parents.
Scrap Junk dance (3 -7 years), 12pm
Using items commonly found around the home this workshop will show how using stimuli, children can explore creative movement and develop essential physical skills in a fun and innovative way.
SAT 6 JUL
Soul Café — 5pm
I AM DRAM
Hannah Maxwell is a writer, performer, storyteller, podcaster and stand-up comedian.
I, AmDram is about the artist's individual experience, of a particular amateur dramatics’ society, in a specific New Town. There may be deeper reflections upon the value of different art forms and labours, our native cultures and our learnt politics but the main point is that the performer looks like they're enjoying themselves and we all have a little sing-a-long.
SUN 7 JUL
St Nicholas’ Chapel — 2pm
BRITPOP ACOUSTIC - FEATURING MARK MORRIS (THE BLUESTONES)
Morris is a singer songwriter who famously made his name fronting English indie outfit The Bluetones. Mark fronted the four piece over a successful and fruitful 15 year period, scoring 14 top ten singles and 3 top ten albums, whilst touring the UK, Europe and Japan, before temporarily disbanding in 2011.
After releasing ‘Memory Muscle’ in 2008, Mark banded together The Mummys and hit the road. He spent the best part of that year touring Memory Muscle while The Bluetones took a short sabbatical, often with his bandmates in tow, either sharing touring duties or joining him in the studio for the odd overdub.
After returning to The Bluetones to record their ‘A New Athens’ swan song, Mark re-focused his attention on his solo career. In 2013 he recorded ‘A Flash of Darkness’, raising the recording funds via a successful Pledge Music campaign.
The album was then given a general release by Acid Jazz Records the following year, whilst Mark continued to tour both as a solo acoustic artist and with an ever changing line up behind him. The various members of The Magical Sex Band.
In the summer of 2015 Mark recorded and released ‘The Taste of Mark Morriss’ for Acid Jazz. Intended as a companion to ‘A Flash of Darkness’, the album comprised a collection of cover versions of songs that had informed the writing of its predecessor.
At the same time as producing and touring his own solo material, Mark has produced Theme and Chapter music for the audio versions of David Walliams’ successful series of children’s books, from ‘The Boy in the Dress’ right through to his latest, ‘The Midnight Gang’, all released on Harper Collins.
Since 2013 Mark has also been a member of Acid Jazz label-mate Matt Berry’s touring band The Maypoles. When in 2015 The Bluetones announced that they would be returning to play a series of anniversary shows it started to look like there was never going to be time to start work on solo record #4, but in December 2016 a new Pledge Music campaign was launched to raise a budget to do just that. Titled ‘Look Up’, and with an April release in mind it looks like 2017 is going to be another busy year.
SUN 7 JUL
Rathskeller — 5pm
Kirsty is a sixteen-year-old girl growing up in 00s Brentwood. She likes WKD, Elton John, Pie and Mash and Charlie Red body spray. She’s on a quest to win Sexy Ricky’s heart and pass her GCSEs. She also has a secret to tell you. One she can’t tell anyone else. Follow Kirsty’s story through the house parties and Irish pubs of Essex. From West Ham matches to choir practice, pre-drinks to registration, she will tell you what it’s really like to be an Essex Girl.
Essex Girl is the second show from award-winning theatre maker and real-life Essex Girl, Maria Ferguson (Fat Girls Don’t Dance). This show is a monologue about growing up surrounded by expectation, of inappropriate relationships, female friendship, secrets, desires and alcopops. It questions how the Essex Girl stereotype influences young girls, what they want, what they think they deserve, and how they are treated. Wonderfully funny and ultimately hard-hitting it will resonate with a wide audience, particularly millennials, or anyone who has got too drunk at a house party.