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Halifax Festival – Starts 6 July

Friday, 15 June, 2012

Here are some of the events from the first day.

MUSIC
Let’s Celebrate!
Friday 6 July, 7.30pm. Tickets: £7, Concession £5, Under 21s £3
A musical celebration by Calderdale Music Service and guests AT Halifax Minster.

THEATRE
Before Bedlam Theatre Company
A Bowl of Bedlam
Friday 6 July, 7.30pm.  Tickets: £27.50 inc. 3 course meal. (pre-booking essential)
Grand Salon, Le Metropolitain
Enjoy a night of fantastic food and engaging theatre in the beautiful and historic Grand Salon.

MUSIC
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
Friday 6 July, 7.30pm.  Tickets: £15, Concession £12, Family £45
Piece Hall
Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums in a spellbinding display of fluid grace, precise choreography and sheer athleticism.

THEATRE
A One Night Stand with Barrie Rutter
Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough
Friday 6 July, 7.30pm.  Tickets: £11, Concessions £9
An intimate and entertaining choice of readings, memories and anecdotes from someone who will always have the gob for it.

www.halifaxfestival.co.uk

 

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UK Premiere, The Coming Storm

Thursday, 7 June, 2012

19 – 23 June. At Battersea Arts Centre. Part of LIFT Festival

Employing devices from puppet theatre, song and naive dance, Forced Entertainment tell an epic story that (they say) is resolutely too big for the stage. In a style as inventive as it is absurd, wrong-headed theatrical tricks take their place alongside an increasingly preposterous narrative, and for the first time in the Forced Entertainment’s work, live music. This darkly comic and haunting tale promises to explode audience expectations.

www.forcedentertainment.com

 

 

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Mysteries of Puppetry. A full day at the Wellcome Collection

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

Objects of Emotion 16 June 2012, 10.30 – 17.00

A performance of The Table, by Blind Summit is included in the day

As humans, we have an ability to empathise with one another. Reading emotions and sharing them are integral to our survival and social cohesion. But why is it that objects can also spark these feelings in us? When we watch puppets, what triggers our emotions? Is it their movement or is it simply the stories they tell? And can we be just as moved by everyday objects?

None of these questions have straightforward answers, but this unique event tries to uncover the latest science exploring the mysteries of empathy in puppetry and elsewhere in culture.

The morning will start with an extract of Blind Summit’s critically acclaimed performance The Table, followed by discussion about the relationship between puppeteers and puppets. Satellite performances will happen over lunch, followed by a discussion about the ways humans relate to objects in the afternoon.

£20 full price/£15 concession including a full day of discussion and performance as well as lunch and refreshments.

To book, please call 020 7611 2222.

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Air-conditioned Finborough on a hot streak

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

“Events while guarding the Bofors gun,” is revived at the Finborough till 16 June

Latest productions at the Finborough Theatre in Earl’s Court are getting good reviews, which could make tickets for the small theatre even more difficult to get.

The main production at the moment is a well-regarded revival of the late John McGrath’s ‘Events while guarding the Bofors gun.” Directed by emerging director Robert Hastie, John McGrath’s depiction of young men coming to terms with a new, inhuman era of warfare is based on his own experience of National Service in the 1950s.

On Sundays and Mondays, the theatre is presenting Merrie England, a light opera from the early 1900’s.

More at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk

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Alternative Fringe at the Hive

Friday, 25 May, 2012

Expect some legendary comic experiences alongside the most exciting freaks around. Expect chaos and the unexpected.

Alternative Fringe is attempting to recreate the spirit of adventure that thrived before the Alternative went Mainstream.

Their line-up includes:- Phil Kay doing his only full hour shows, Greatest Show on Legs making a triumphant return to the Fringe after some amazingly special one off appearances at Royal Festival Hall, Leicester Square Theatre, Bloomsbury Theatre. Supurbly inventive Trevor Lock, king of the Fringe Lewis Schaffer, the very naughty Bob Slayer fresh from causing a stir in Australia. John Robertson returns, Dave Cohen (previous Perrier nominee), Godfather of Antifolk Lach, Chris Dangerfield, So You think You Are Funny winner Nick Sun, Hackney Empire new act winner David Mills, the glorious Twonkey’s Kingdom, cult This Barry Ferns Belongs To Lionel Ritchie, Internet phenomenon Devvo, Half Past Bitch, Aidan Killian, Laura Levites.

The Hive has a mix of Free and Paid Shows over two rooms (150 and 100 capacity). Paid shows £5 per show. For your £10 membership fee you get to see ALL the paid shows in the alternative Fringe with no extra costs.

You can suupport the Alternative Fringe by becoming a member http://buytickets.at/heroesof

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Loads of Edinburgh Fringe jobs

Tuesday, 22 May, 2012

If you’re interested in working at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, go to http://www.edfringe.com/about-us/jobs

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Pop-up open air venue for Shakespeare double bill

Monday, 21 May, 2012

The Faction, winners of the Peter Brook Equity Ensemble Award 2011, are creating a pop-up open air venue in Brockwell Park near Brixton to present a new production of Othello and a revival of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Faction has taken over the copse in Brockwell Park to create an improvised auditorium underneath a canopy of trees – perfect for enjoying the summer evenings with a hamper of food, a picnic rug and a high quality Shakespearean production – or two.

Shakespeare’s enthralling tragedy of jealousy, prejudice and betrayal, Othello, is the first production to be directed by The Faction’s Associate Director Rachel Valentine-Smith. Nana Amoo-Gottfried and Elizabeth Twells make their debuts with the company as Othello and Desdemona.

The same company are cross-cast in Shakespeare’s comedy masterpiece A Midsummer Night’s Dream which closed its UK tour last year at the Theatre Royal Bath. Kate Sawyer recreates her critically acclaimed performance as Helena alongside Derval Mellett (Hippolyta / Titania) and Jonathan Plummer (Bottom / Egeus). The production is directed by The Faction’s Artistic Director Mark Leipacher.

The Faction is an ensemble interpreting classical texts with a contemporary aesthetic to engage and excite local, national and international audiences, building a permanent ensemble with a rolling repertoire.

For further information visit www.thefaction.org.uk