Jabberwocky Market Workshops at Polam Hall School

Yesterday The Castle Builder and Almost Always Muddy were delivering workshops at Polam Hall School.

Kid Carpet and Vic Llewellyn did one workshop in the morning and one in the afternoon in the Liddiard Theatre. They showed short extracts from The Castle Builder and then shared with the students the practices they use working together.

The Almost Always Muddy team were with the Year 5s and introduced them to Paper Bag Girl, made sea creatures out of dust sheets and elastic bands to attend King Crab’s Ball.



The one with the reviews of Ross & Rachel

★★★★ “A startling piece of new writing about relationships and what comes after a happy ending” The Stage.

★★★★ “It’s a virtuosic piece of writing, playful, post-modern and devastatingly serious, all at once.” Timeout 

★★★★ “The liberal sprinkling of pop culture makes this piquant, the gender politics and wasted lives give it plenty of real-world clout.” What’s On Stage

Ross & Rachel is on Thursday 5 October and Saturday 7 October.

Ross & Rachel                                                    By James Fritz, produced by MOTOR         Date : Thursday 5 & Saturday 7 October Time: 7pm (60mins)                               Location: Roundabout, Market Place     Access: Fully Accessible                          Age:16+                                                      Tickets: £10/£7 (£12 on door)               

For tickets and more information please go to www.jabberwockymarket.org.uk

The Castle Builder

★★★★ “Hilarious, touching and poignant.” – Across the Arts
★★★★ “Funny, educational and most importantly, inspiring.” – The Fix
★★★★★ “boisterous and innovative.” – British Theatre Guide
“joyful, messy and exuberant” – Total Theatre Magazine

These are all reviews for The Castle Builder on Friday 6 October.

And to whet your appetite watch the video below.

The Castle Builder                                                                                                              By Vic Llewellyn  & Kid Carpet                                                                                          Date: Friday 6 October                                                                                                    Time: 2:30pm & 7pm (55mins)                                                                                   Location: Liddiard Theatre, Polam Hall                                                                    Access: 7pm show with BSL                                                                                            Age: 12+                                                                                                                                     Tickets: £10/£7 (£12 on door)

Go to  www.jabberwockymarket.org.uk to purchase tickets & for more information.

Darlington Rocks


By the Jabberers

Joining in with the current trend of hiding and finding painted rocks, Jabberwocky Market rocks will appear all weeks in parks around Darlington.

Find one and bring it along to one of our events to collect your Lucky Dip prize.

Claim your prize at one of the following:

1 – BIG Little Gigs                                                                                                  Saturday 7 October, 2:30-4:30pm @ Roundabout

2 – Fun Palaces                                                                                                       Saturday 7 or Sunday 8 October, 11am-3pm @ Polam Hall

DARLINGTON ROCKS Hide & Seek adventure is part of our Fun Palaces, free activities for everyone.

Fun Palaces is a movement promoting community at the heart of culture, with an annual weekend of arts and science action created by, for and with local people.  Find out more at www.funpalaces.co.uk

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The Jabberwocky Market Fun Palaces

For Jabbermouth by Gemma Hirst

Fun Palaces believe that there is an artists in everyone and that creativity and community can change the world for the better. And that anyone, anywhere can make a fun place with radical fun.

It started out in the 60’s when Joan Littlewood  and Cedric Price created the Fun Palace as a laboratory of fun. This was going to be a home for the arts and science for everyone to enjoy, sadly never came to fruition as a building. The whole idea, however of bringing arts and science together for everyone was still alive.

It’s made by local people for their own communities, to bring together science, arts, crafts and tech, free and fun by the Fun Palace network.

Photo by Rich Kenworthy

In past years at Jabberwocky Market, Fun Palace has created free event such as Ask A Scientist at Voodoo Cafe with Durham University’s, Dr Lorraine Coghill and Physical Literature on High Row with Darlington based artist, Kirsten Yates.

Producer of Jabberwocky Market, Caroline Pearce said:”We love the ethos of Fun Palaces, embracing creativity and innovation through arts and sciences and all creative endeavours and stories.  We love to be able to offer free activities for our whole community and to tie in with people across the world through the festival of Jabberwocky Market events.”

Fun Palace launched in 2013 at a Devoted and Disgruntled Open Space event. And Co- Director of Fun Places, Stella Duffy created a session called “Who wants to do something for Joan Littlewood’s centenary in October 2014, that isn’t another revival?”

Taken from their website  http://funpalaces.co.uk/fun-palaces-begin/, Duffy said in the session they talked about Fun Palaces- about the politics and community spirit behind them. With the idea that a fun palace can be anywhere not just a building.

Adding on the report that One of the main things we’ve always acknowledged is that community and interest and engagement is there anyway, already. What the Fun Palaces Campaign is doing is simply providing a channel for people to come together, to make together. 

Fun Palaces                                                                                                                       From some friends of Jabberwocky Markets                                                     DATE: Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October
TIMES: 11am-3pm
VENUE: Liddiard Theatre & Polam Hall School
ACCESS: good
AGE: All ages

For more information and tickets please go to www.jabberwockymarket.org.uk

Jabberwocky Market’s Scratch

What is Scratch?

Scratch is a process developed by  Battersea Arts Centre  and on their website page What is Scratch? is written the following:

Scratch is about sharing an idea with the public at an early stage of its development. When you Scratch an idea, you can ask people questions and consider their feedback. This helps you work out how to take your idea on to the next stage. It’s an iterative process that can be used again and again. Over time, ideas become stronger because they are informed by a wide-range of responses.

An example of this process would be the journey of Empire of the Rats written by Van Badham and directed by Carl Kennedy which was at Jabberwocky Market’s Scratch in the third season 2014 and went onto further development with a work-in-progress performance directed by Selma Dimitrijevic in season six 2016.

Scratch Nights can be a Pick-and-Mix of new writing, dance, clowning, performance but what they have in common is that the work is in development.

In other seasons there have been call outs for work to be presented at Scratch but this season is a curated selection of scratch performances at different stages of development. This year Odd Doll Puppet will be presenting a work that is nearly ready for an upcoming tour, Sian Patterson will be presenting a piece that is near the midpoint of development, and Jade Byrne will be presenting a brand new work.

Following the scratch will be two performances by the Polam Hall School Sixth Form.  As ever our Jabbervan will be there serving beverages.

Scratch Night                                                                                                                         By various artists                                                                                                         DATE: Friday 6 October
TIME: 8:30pm
VENUE: Liddiard Theatre, Polam Hall
ACCESS:  Ask us
AGE: 12+
TICKETS: Pay What You Decide

For more information and tickets go to  www.jabberwockymarket.org.uk

In Conversation

What would happen if you gathered artists with an invited chair person and the public in a room?

A conversation.

In Conversation captures a unique moment in time where the artists presenting their work at Jabberwocky Market are in the same place at the same time with a carefully chosen chair person facilitating conversation between the artists and artists and public.

Sometimes these conversations happen behind what can be felt as closed doors: in theatres, studios and rehearsal rooms and to encourage these conversations to happen outside of arts spaces in past seasons venues have included Voodoo Cafe and Darlo Savoury Cafe.

During the panel discussion the conversation can explore connections to their work and talk about how it is to present their work in Darlington.

This year Miranda Thain will chair the panel of artists. She has been selected because of her interest in play, particularly in play and mindfulness and wellbeing, especially in light of her connection to the theatre network here and the opening of The Hullabaloo in December.

Discussing Truth & Compassion at Liddiard Theatre
Photo by Rich Kenworthy

In Conversation                                                                                                                            By Luxi in collaboration with Theatre Hullabaloo                                                                                                           DATE: Sunday 8 October
TIME: 11am
VENUE: Roundabout, Market Place
ACCESS: Ask us
AGE: All ages


For more information and tickets go to www.jabberwockymarket.org.uk

Ross & Rachel at the Roundabout

The one with Ross & Rachel at the Roundabout….

Ross & Rachel is duologue for one performer but what would that look like? Have a peak here at the trailer.

Ross & Rachel will be popping up at the Roundabout which is Paines Plough’s Pop-Up, Plug-and-Play Theatre which flat packs into a lorry and pops up round the country and will be in Darlington at the Market Place.

Wonder what seeing a show in the Roundabout is like? Check out this compilation video:

Ross & Rachel                                                                                                                         By James Fritz, produced by MOTOR                                                                    Date : Thursday 5 & Saturday 7 October                                                              Time: 7pm (60mins)                                                                                                         Location: Roundabout, Market Place                                                                             Access: Fully Accessible                                                                                                Age:16+                                                                                                                              Tickets: £10/£7 (£12 on door)                

For tickets and more information please go to www.jabberwockymarket.org.uk

Meet Jenna Johnson British Sign Language Interpreter

Jenna at West Side Story, Darlington Operatic Society (2017). Photo by Scott Akoz

What does it mean to you to be interpreting at the Jabberwocky Market?                                                                                                                                   It is an honour to be a part of Jabberwocky Market, with their vision to display top class theatre in a fabulous town.

It is great to be interpreting ‘The Castle Builder’ as part of pop up theatre in Darlington. I am very passionate about theatre and the arts, thus interpreting such a creative and inspiring piece of theatre is so exciting.

Is interpreting a theatre show different from interpreting at other events?                                                                                                                                 Yes, with theatre, it takes weeks of preparing, getting to know the characters, their intentions and motives. It is also really important to understand the meaning of the dialogue to ensure that it is conveyed clearly in BSL.

What are you looking forward to at the Jabberwocky Market?  Being involved in a creative piece of theatre is exciting, it is great to be a part of it and allow theatre to be accessible.

What would you like us to know about you?                                                      I like Game of Thrones, honest people, interior design, drinking tea and Disney, actually I love Disney I’m a bit of a fan girl.

What is your favourite word?                                                                                  In English- Jelly.                                                                                                                  In British Sign Language- I love the signs- cake or chocolate- they’re good signs to know don’t you think?

Least favourite word?                                                                                                      I haven’t really thought about that before- I’m a really positive person so I always try to look on the bright side 🙂

The Castle Builder                                                                                                              By Vic Llewellyn  & Kid Carpet                                                                                          Date: Friday 6 October                                                                                                    Time: 2:30pm & 7pm (55mins)                                                                                   Location: Liddiard Theatre, Polam Hall                                                                    Access: 7pm show with BSL                                                                                            Age: 12+                                                                                                                                     Tickets: £10/£7 (£12 on door)

Go to  www.jabberwockymarket.org.uk to purchase tickets & for more information.

Want more on Jenna? Visit her Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/jennajbsl


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