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Interview : Christopher Brett Bailey

Festival Blogger Gemma Hirst talks to the creator and performer of THIS IS HOW WE DIE about what the attraction is to dark theatre.

ChristopherBrettBailey_THISISHOWWEDIE_1_Credit Claire HaighWhat was the inspiration behind This Is How We Die?

The show is a lightning speed monologue, equal parts story, poem, and comedy rant. It’s pulpy and beat-ish in style, talks about violence, sex, death, apocalypse, paranoia and taboo amongst other lusty topics. A more introspective riff in the show is about language itself. I’m not entirely sure where this part comes from but I’ll give it a stab…

My Aunt Thelma is a very verbal woman but not in any high falutin’ way. It ain’t diamond when she opens her mouth. It’s plain speaking, homely wit and a joy in the simple pleasures of language: pun, alliteration, the pull back and reveal. She is also the Scrabble champion of Canada. I realised only recently that my interest in words must come, in part, from my childhood affection for her. I remember how she was a hoot to hear talk and how an afternoon together her vocab would rub off on me…  Opening my ears to the peculiarities of how we communicate and the absurdity that we do it at all…  why do I say this or that instead of this or that? Why do I say this or that at all? Am I actually trying to communicate something or am I just making noise because god carved a hole in the front of my face?

As a teenager I moved around a lot and in one school particularly did not fit in. There was a violent element present in the school and being small, new and long-haired, I found myself at the mercy of the school bullies. Being no use at fisticuffs then or now, I fast developed a skill for talking my way out of a duel: mostly using humour to throw them off their guard. All comedy is about knowing your audience and needless to say the tough kids in my school had the toughest sense of humour. If you’re about to get your head dunked in a toilet, toilet humour is your only lifeline.

Your performance has been described as pitch-black humour and nightmarish prose, what is it about this style of dark theatre that you like? 

It wasn’t a conscious effort to invoke a certain style to have a particular effect… it grew organically out of the topics I wanted to write about and the things I grew up loving.   Those two tags are kind of marketing buzzwords designed to signal to a potential audience whether or not the show is for them (and act as a warning to deter people who would hate it!). Live theatre is one of the least genre lead art forms we have: people often turn up solely because a show is on in their town. And while I’d love as many people to come to the show, you can’t make a show with “whoever might turn up” in mind. If you do it will be boring and nobody will like it. So… this show is steeped in all the things I grew up in love with, and will appeal most to people who like those things too. A non-exhaustive list would include: beat poetry and American underground lit, rock music, punk and metal, rap, pop art, x rated humour, horror and b movies, etc. etc. etc.

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Is there enough theatre like this in the industry?

I don’t really think of what I do as existing in an industry. Of course I know it does, but I find that a depressing way to look at it. I think all creative artists (whether they make theatre shows or plates) should make exactly the thing they have in their hearts to the best of their ability. The best shows are the ones that feel completely personal to the artist performing it. Like, ONLY that person could have done that thing. So long as every show stays completely true to itself, each artist true to her or his influences, and we all work hard to make every show as good as it can be, then most shows will be good and most of them will not be too much alike.

As an audience member I don’t crave shows exactly like mine, I crave shows that are as good as they can be at whatever it is they are doing!

You have written and are going to perform in How We Die, how have you found this process creatively as an artist? Did you experience any obstacles? 

It was a total thrill to write it and is an absolute rush to perform. I had never written anything very substantial before but I had been dreaming up a monologue for myself for a few years. The process of getting it on paper was sometimes hard work and there was plenty of writer’s block and belly aching along the way, (oh and I sure had doubts: is this any good? are people going to hate it? why am i doing this again?) A lot of time went into redrafting and reformatting – probably more time than a more experienced writer would need! But it was a fun obstacle because I really wanted to do it, to prove to myself that I could. And night by night there’s a challenge to perform the show well – some nights it’s good chemistry, some nights it’s not – but that’s present in every theatre show and this is by far the most fun I’ve had onstage… plus is the only gig where I get to say “fingered” in the first 10 seconds!

What can the audience expect from your show?

There will be gore, silliness and pretentiousness in almost equal measure. There will also be noise, sweat and veins popping in my forehead. I will probably drink a glass of water when my throat is itchy. After the show I’ll have at least one beer in the bar and it’d be a pleasure to meet you, should you choose to say hi. We will also need a recommendation of a good (cheap) restaurant open late that would ideally cater for vegans. I’m just saying what’s on my mind now… Does that answer the question?

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You have quite an impressive curriculum vitae when it comes to theatre, for any young artist out there who wants to have a career in the arts, do you have any advice for them?

Well that’s an awful nice thing to say! *blushes*

To be real with you, I feel I’m still very much figuring it out as I’m only recently making exactly the kind of thing I want to make and am still struggling to make the rent each month… So, I’m not sure that I feel I have enough authority to give good advice. But if I was forced, for example at gun point (or at the point of any life threatening weapon) to deliver a “Wear Sunscreen” style speech to a crowd of young creative’s it might go something like this…

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Do exactly what YOU want to do and do it as well and as often as you can.

You will suck most days. That’s okay.

One day you will come across something you could get good at. Do it again tomorrow

And the day after that.

Until you rule at it.

When you think you rule at it: you don’t.

So do it again tomorrow.

So long as it makes you happy.

Don’t pander to an audience

or your teachers

or your friends.

Especially not your teachers.

Don’t rip off your peers.

Or resent them when they are better than you.

Art is not a science… quality is in the mind of the audience.

Do you love what you do? What you made? Is it perfect to you?

If yes, you’re done.

If not, keep tinkering.

Take that thing you love and send it out into the world

as often as you can.

Learn which parts of it need to be presented “perfect”

and which can be presented “however the fuck it happens on the day”

Be prepared for people to hate it

Be prepared for it not to pay

Is it still beautiful to you?

If so, make the parts people hate about it LOUDER and see if they don’t hate it LESS

Make it the extreme version of itself and see if it isn’t BETTER

Start asking everyone your meet how they make their money

(nobody really knows how this happens cause there’s no formula for it)

and take the good advice.

If somebody is reticent to tell you how they make their money they probably get it from their parents.

If you are getting money from your parents be honest about that and be the first to buy the beers.

Some will have bar jobs forever, some will live off their parents, some will figure out how to make their artwork pay.

Are you prepared to sacrifice your Time, your Pride or your Comfort?

Make piece with that

and stop worrying about the money part.

Return to the top and repeat.

If somebody tells you something useful take it as good advice.

If somebody tells you something not useful tell them to pound sand,

me and this advice included…!

 

This Is How We Die is on Saturday 3rd October at 7pm

http://www.jabberwockymarket.org.uk/content/35177/home/events__tickets/this_is_how_we_die

 

DIARY OF A SCRATCH VIRGIN

Hello all,
If you’ve had a little flick through our festival programme you will have come across a rather curious thing entitled Scratch Night. This type of event, as pioneered by BAC, gives the chance for performers to present their unfinished work, and to get valuable feedback from the audience. Some of you may be unfamiliar with what goes down during these Nights (nothing untoward I promise!), so I thought today I would take you back, ‘3 years past, to my younger and more inexperienced days, on a dark and stormy night…’
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There I was, armed with a theatre friend and a newly purchased drink, I headed upstairs to experience my first taste of Scratch Night. I was expecting that stuffy auditorium atmosphere, self conscious coughing and hear a pin drop silence. Instead, the atmosphere was buzzing, akin to that of a trendy wine bar scene, but with more of a purpose than just getting off our faces (that was saved for afterwards, don’t worry).
Taking our seats amongst the crowd, we were faced with four performers on a stage, scripts in hand: this was not my usual idea of a Friday night, no Netflix to be seen but I tentatively settled down into what became a weird and witty evening. Following the first performance, we were given cards with questions and a pen. I felt almost drunk with the power, no longer was I a Scratch virgin, no, I had my Theatre Expert Hat on and offered what I’m sure was some very invaluable criticism.

15462661735_8486bb6f26_kThe next show was to be a retelling of A Christmas Carol, during which a friendly bearded man uttered those two dreaded words – “Audience participation”. As I sank further into my seat, six more enthusiastic audience members volunteered. Phew. I could relax now. Or at least I did until I experienced the last performance which sent my head into a spin. Surely a rival to Haruki Murakami in terms of plot bonkersness, this show-in-progress somehow managed to link Darlington,a family of rats, Japan and a recent newspaper article which named the North East the new Detroit. As I said, bonkers.

Feeling suitably mind-bended (probably not a word) and entertained, I headed off into the night, telling anyone who’d listen of what I’d just witnessed and desperately looking forward to its return. As it so happens, Scratch Night is once again gracing the lovely people of Darlington with its presence this week. All new performances, but with the same unpredictability and experimentation.

Get yourself down to Liddiard Theatre this Friday @ 9pm, you’ll be in for a treat!!

Why you should volunteer with Jabberwocky Market

Hello all,
As you may or may not know, we are holding a drop in meet and greet on Thursday for people to come chat with us and see if they would like to volunteer for the festival. Here are a few reasons why you might like to pop along and join our Jabber gang!

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  • Meeting New People, whether that be artists, fellow volunteers or the general public, working with Jabberwocky Market can be a very social experience and a great way to make new friends with a shared interest in the arts.
  • Trying something new. Fancy trying your hand at manning the Jabbervan, writing reviews, or becoming a festival steward? We have many roles to suit those looking for something different and a great way to discover a potential new hobby.
  • Extending your existing skills. Are you a whizz with social media? Or perhaps you are a keen photographer? Whatever you’re skills, we are always on the look out for talented people willing to offer their expertise.
  • Adding to you CV. Whether you are a job seeker, student or looking for that all important experience needed for a career change, Jabberwocky is something unique and can be a valuable addition to any CV.
  • Assisting in the promotion of Darlington. Are you passionate about your local community? Fed up of people putting the town down? Volunteering as part of Jabberwocky Market helps promote the arts in the town and enables the continuation of the festival, because we massively depend on the generosity of our volunteers.
  • Seeing what goes on behind the scenes. For all you curious types,  volunteering with us gives you an insight to both the fun and sometimes manic world of festivals!
  • Last but not least, Experiencing some great theatre for free. Always a bonus!!

Head over to our event page on Facebook for more details on the volunteering session.  🙂

Our win at The Journal Culture Awards!

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Hello,
 
Caroline here, Festival Producer.  I am so excited to share with you our news of winning a prestigious award.  The Journal Culture Awards are the main way that arts and culture in the region gets recognised annually. I was overwhelmed just to be nominated for Best Event Teesside.  We were shortlisted against the Homecoming show that outdoor theatre company Periplum did in Darlington late last year, and was also performed in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar.  It was a fantastic event in the Market Square.  The other candidate was an exhibition called Chance Finds Us at mima that I must admit I didn’t see, but it was
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A few of the Jabber Group went in a minibus up to Sunderland Minster last Tuesday evening to make the most of being nominated and celebrate in the sunshine.  It was a packed event and we got great seats, at the front and side, so we could see everything, although they showed it all on big screens so no-one missed anything. 
 
It was also a really fun event, with several music performances and a really great atmosphere (I’d been expecting a graduation-ceremony-style tedium).  Our category was announced shortly into the second half of the evening and the award was presented by Sharon Paterson from Teesside University who sponsor the section.  It turned out later that almost everyone else was sure we would win, but not me.  When they said “and the winner is Jabberwocky Market” I was amazed.  I was the one selected to go onstage to receive the award and all the way there I was sure that I’d misheard and was making a fool of myself.  There’s a compilation video of the night and you can see on my face that I was totally overwhelmed and perplexed.
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Don’t get me wrong, we work so very hard and manage to attract a fantastic programme every time so I really believe we had done everything to deserve it, but still, it’s a glorious surprise when it happens.
 
Thanks so much to all our audiences, artists, volunteers and supporters – the who, how and why we do it!  Cheers!!

Reviews from Season 4

In March 2015 some of our volunteers took on the mission of writing about the shows in the festival, to bring us a taste of what it’s like to be in the audience.16368941143_96fbb85ab8_o
Helen Devonshire (HD) and Robert Mooney (RM) caught most of the festival and had a lot to say, here are the highlights:

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HD – “If you’ve been to a play and thought ‘that made no sense… I wish they’d ask me what I thought of it’ then scratch performances are for you.

In a format pioneered by London’s Battersea Arts Centre, writers and/or performers present their ‘work in progress’ to an audience. Then they bravely ask for written anonymous feedback.
At The Quaker Meeting House on Friday night, three new pieces were presented. For each performance, the creators had questions covering the areas they wanted to explore or find out if they were getting their story across. The audience had 10 minutes to write their responses.”
“People create art in various ways but if those creators are brave enough to present the kernels of an idea to a room full of people they don’t know and accept their responses they deserve at least a big round of applause.”

RM – “Among the acts on show, “Wasters”, a show which follows a young disabled girls obsession with computer games … While the performance is evidentially in development, it is clear to see that the story tells a realistic story of how, in the face of tackling disability, many find that online interaction is an easy way to make friends. Further to this, the play also shows that this, despite being meant as a confidence booster, can obviously become extremely addictive. “
“… it was a well acted out scratch night performance and got full marks from me. “
“… Nicola Cameron, writer of the piece said it’s “a bit scary but I’m looking forward to the feedback. I’ve not done it in front of an audience yet so it’s going to be really interesting just to see how people react and whether they understand, sort of, what I’m trying to get across”

LORRAINE AND ALAN

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HD – “Is being likened to a seal an insult for an actor? Possibly, but in this case it’s a compliment when all you have to indicate that you’re playing a seal is a brown anorak!
‘Lorraine & Alan’ is a modern re-telling of the Selkie myth. Selkies are legendary creatures from Irish, Scottish and Icelandic folklore and generally are imagined as seals that can transform into humans. This story is transplanted to the Norfolk coast but the essential elements remain – seals, sea, islands and a lost soul.
The performance includes live electronic sound design and singing, and several hundred plastic bottles. The lighting on the water in the clear bottles gave a watery presence to help anchor the play firmly out at sea.”

16842630678_3337eaf6ce_oNel Crouch, Director of Lorraine and Alan
“Touring is an essential step in the development of any emerging young company… Performances of the same show can feel completely different, depending on where we are and who is watching. Playing a Quaker House in Darlington can turn out to be just as enjoyable as playing a more prestigious venue, and can be more enlightening in terms of how the piece works. It’s about who turns up, not the space we’re playing in.”
“Perhaps our most enjoyable shows have been those that we’ve performed as part of the Collaborative Touring Network… In Hull, audience members on the front row gave a running commentary of the show during the performance (“ooh, she’s got a tin of tuna”). In Darlington, people came up to us after we finished offering their interpretations of what they’d seen (and of the actors’ looks – “no offence Katie, but you look a lot plainer on stage than you do in real life”). Hull gave us audible oohs and aahs that we’d never expect from a more knowing and theatre-savvy London audience. Interpretation of the show and what people find funny is surprisingly different depending upon venue and audience…”
“… For us, it feels like touring is at its most sustainable and satisfying when conversation between venue, performers and audience extends out and around the performance itself.”
Read her full blog here: http://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2015/may/11/new-theatre-company-first-tour-bucket-club

THE FRIGHTS

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RM – “’The Frights’, a play that, while it may live up to Jabberwocky Markets promise of “World-Class, Small-Scale Theatre”, tells the compelling story of the struggles faced by those who have spent time in captivity. It follows the aftermath of coming home from captivity, in the unlikely setting of a bank.”
“…the twists and turns kept me transfixed on the show throughout. In three words, collected from feedback after the show, many said that the show was Enjoyable, Amazing and Inspiring.”
“The play, while being a slight mystery by its name, is a thrilling watch and I would recommend going to see it.”

17029485501_7ce97626ff_oHD – “The truth, or just another truth, is revealed through flashbacks to phone calls. Again a change of time and place is achieved with a change to colder lighting and positioning of actors away from the central space.
The play tackles questions about being trapped, in a prison or relationship, and whether or not it is acceptable to lie to protect someone you love. And it does it with tension and humour.”

photos credit: Rich Kenworthy

10 Reasons We Love Darlington

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Here on the blog we wanted to share some of our  favourite things about Darlington, and show how our Jabberwocky Market is just the latest in a long line of exciting things taking place in this vibrant northern hotspot of cultural events, art and heritage.

1. Thriving Arts Community When the arts centre closed down in 2012 the local community was determined not to let our town be deprived of the arts. With the setting up of  Darlington for Culture, introduction of the annual Festival of Thrift, and many weekly arts events such as the film club at Forum Music Centre, Darlington has ensured that there is still plenty on offer.

2. Grange Road’s Independent Centres. We all love our big chains and brands, but for something a bit different and one off, Darlington has a great selection of independent shops  and cafes situated around Grange Road and the surrounding Skinnergate. My highlights include Angel Bakery which sells delicious homemade treats and newly opened Dolly Mama (vintage clothing) located in the Imperial Quarter of the town.            

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Credit: Darlington Borough Council

3. Art In the Yards Described as an ‘open air gallery’, public artworks by local sixth form pupils are displayed around the nooks and crannies of Darlington. My personal favourite is the mural panels behind the Civic Theatre. Take a look here for more info on these unique pieces of art.                                                                                

4. Award winning eateries Jabberwocky Market partner, Voodoo Cafe, was voted the Best Latin restaurant outside London 2012, whilst Cafe Spice was also recognised by the Bangladesh Caterer’s Association in 2013, and there’s even a Michelin starred restaurant in the form of Raby Hunt situated in nearby Summerhouse.

5. The town clock Darlington’s most famous landmark is its town clock, towering above the centre. It is attached to the equally grand Victorian market hall, making it a striking feature for our town.

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6. South Park For picturesque tranquility, a stroll around the lake in South Park feeding the geese is ideal. In the summer, ‘Theatre in the park’ brings open-air performances to this beautiful park. It is also home to a rose garden, orchard, skate park and a bird sanctuary.

7. Darlington’s gay scene The town was the first place in the UK to allow same sex civil partnerships, and this tradition of inclusiveness and tolerance is mirrored in the very popular gay night which takes place on Monday nights, culminating with the annual gay pride festival. 

8. Darlington Heritage Trail This 2 hour self-guided walking tour of Darlington’s Heritage sites takes in 79 (!) of the town’s architectural landmarks, sculptures and notable stores. Follow the trail here

9. The legacy of rail  Darlington is the birthplace of the railway, offering the world’s first steam-worked public train line. This heritage endures through the great Head of Steam museum and the big train monument (pictured above), created in 1997 by renowned artist, David Mach.

10. Darlington Arts Festival Borne from the shared passion and creative spirit of the members of Darlington for Culture, the now annual Darlington Arts festival is coming back in May and I am  looking forward to a taste of what can beat last year’s brilliant Art Lending Library. In its third year, the festival runs from mid-april to the end of May, for details of its lineup visit darlington for culture.

 

What do you think?  What’s your favourite thing about our remarkable town?  Tell us in the comments, or send us a message.

Until next time, Hannah

10 Questions with Josephine from Gloriator

Rebecca Parkinson is back with our ’10 questions’ series .  Rebecca is 17 years old. Blogger from Earth. Spends too much time reading books and listening to music.  This week she’s interviewing Josephine Cunningham from Gloriator:

_DS30676Name: Josephine Cunningham
Age: 44
Favourite TV show? Anything with Damien Lewis in, even though he has red hair I think he is very attractive (Please don’t tell my husband)
Favourite type of music? I love musicals, Les Mis is my favourite.
1 – What is your favourite animal that lives in the water? Don’t animals live on land?
2 – When you go swimming, what is your favourite stroke to do? I’m not a very good swimmer, but I can do Doggy paddle
3 – What is the biggest risk you have ever taken? I recently accompanied french actress Gloria Delaneuf on a trip to the Kungalunga Jungle.
4 – If you could choose one thing to fight for, what would it be and why? Love – It makes the world go round.
5 – If you could pick one unsolved mystery to solve, what would it be? The mystery of my missing car key.
6 – You can choose 5 people from history to go on an adventure with, who would they be? Gosh that’s a tricky one…Enid Blyton , Red Rum, Tim Rice, Napoleon ( I think we’re about the same size) and Tarzan.
7 – Which movie would you like to see turned into a play? Well Gloria has already done it – Gladiator!
8 – If you could only wear clothes out of one material for the rest of your life, what would that material be? Waterproof
9 – If you could travel to one place in the world, where would it be?France! I love everything about France
10 – You’re going on holiday and have room left for one more item. Do you take; –
An extra t-shirt (just in case). YES.

You can catch Gloriator at the Jabberwocky Market on Thursday 26 March, performance at 8pm. For more info and tickets please visit our official site.

10 Questions with Fred from The Adventure

Our fabulous new blogger Rebecca Parkinson, is introducing a brand new Q&A series to the blog.  Each week she will be conducting a quick fire questionnaire with some of the weird and wonderful characters in our shows.  To start with, here’s Rebecca interviewing Fred from The Adventure:

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Name? Fred McGill
Age? 13
Favourite TV show? Adventure Time
Favourite type of music? Rock
1 – What is your favourite animal that lives in the water? SHARKS.
2 – When you go swimming, what is your favourite stroke to do? Hehehe… Breast Stroke…. hehehe.
3 – What is the biggest risk you have ever taken? I bet my whole month’s pocket money that I could beat Tommy Sidebottom at table tennis… and I won! Then Tommy started crying and Mrs. Sidebottom made me give him his money back. Still totally worth it though.
4 – If you could choose one thing to fight for, what would it be and why? Free ice-cream for all children! Adults have all the money and rarely spend it on ice-cream. I think a reasonable share of the world’s ice-cream supplies is a fair trade for all the stuff we have to do at school.
5 – If you could pick one unsolved mystery to solve, what would it be? You know when you get a new tent, and it’s all wrapped up real small and fits inside it’s bag and everything? How do they do that?!
6 – You can choose 5 people from history to go on an adventure with, who would they be? Robin Hood, Katniss Everdeen, Harry Potter, Batman & Buffy Summers.
7 – Which movie would you like to see turned into a play? Guardians Of The Galaxy.
8 – If you could only wear clothes out of one material for the rest of your life, what would that material be? Mithril.
9 – If you could travel to one place in the world, where would it be? Middle Earth or New Zealand… I think they’re pretty near each other anyway.
10 – You’re going on holiday and have room left for one more item… I’d leave them all behind to make more room for the things I find on my expeditions!

 

You can catch Fred in The Adventure at the Jabberwocky Market on Thursday 26 March, performances at 11am/2pm/6pm. For more info and tickets please visit our official site.

 

New shows added to the Spring 2015 festival line-up

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Clockwise from top left: The Adventure, Gloriator, Lorraine and Alan, The Frights

We’re back! and very excited for this years Jabberwocky Market, we have an abundance of new theatre for you to enjoy over the  weekend of 26- 29 March 2015 in venues around Darlington. Head over to our main site for  more information and tickets, but for now, we’re taking a quick look at the first four shows we’ve confirmed for the festival line-up:

THE ADVENTURE    Thurs 26 March  icon-asterisk  11am/ 1pm/ 6pm    Quaker Meeting House    Tickets: £9/ £7                                                The Adventure is an interactive mystery story for 8-11 year olds and parents who refuse to grow up. Jam-packed with excitement, tension, scares and humour it creates an immersive and explorable world where children don’t need adults to solve the mystery, and places the young audience right in the thick of the action.

The Famous Five meets Scooby Doo meets The Crystal Maze in a unique hour of funny, scary and inventive interactive theatre. You won’t be sat in the dark watching a play… you’ll be at the heart of The Adventure!

DS30708GLORIATOR  Thurs 26 March   8pm   Quaker Meeting House Tickets: £9/£7                                                                                                                      In 2000 director Ridley Scott brought you Gladiator; an epic film of bravery, honour and sacrifice. Now, nearly fifteen years later, the world-renowned French actress Gloria Delaneuf and her UK tour manager Josephine Cunningham, bring you Gloriator; an awe-inspiring production of bravery, honour, and costumes made out of cardboard.

Russell Crowe may not be available and their budget is limited, but they are determined it will be a show you’ll never forget …

Image and video hosting by TinyPicLORRAINE AND ALAN  Saturday 28 March    8pm    Quaker Meeting House   Tickets: £9/£7                                                              Lorraine and Alan is, essentially, about a relationship that goes wrong. It is about co-dependency and how those we love shape who we are. It is about moving out of your parents’ house and the sleepiness of little England. It’s about delicious salty peanuts and a woman who eats them.

The story is a reworking of the Orkney Selkie myth, wherein a fisherman encounters a woman lying near the sea beside a sealskin. He takes her home along with the skin, either as an act of capture or rescue. He hides the skin from the woman, makes her his wife and they raise children together. However, one day the woman discovers the skin, remembers where she truly belongs, assumes her seal form and returns to the sea, abandoning her husband and child.

In Bucket Club’s version, the fisherman is a disillusioned young Marine Biology graduate named Alan, living with his parents in Blakeney, North Norfolk. Whilst working on one of the seal tours running from Blakeney Point he discovers an unconscious woman amongst the seals. The two fall in love, have a child and build a life together until the call of the sea proves too strong for Lorraine

Image and video hosting by TinyPicTHE FRIGHTS  Saturday 28 March    2.30pm   Quaker Meeting House    Tickets: £9/£7                                                                      Activist Hanny is finally back where she belongs, walking the streets of her hometown with boyfriend Luke. But her three months of captivity overseas is proving difficult to leave behind.

As the remnants of Hanny’s time away begin to claw their way back to the surface, Luke attempts to pick up their relationship from where she left it behind – which is a challenge when Hanny can’t promise not to take another deadly risk, and he can’t face being left behind again to fear the worst. With their happy reunion interrupted by soundbite-hungry strangers Tash and Kieran, Luke begins to question everything Hanny has told him.

The Frights is a twisting, darkly funny play that explores the shades of right and wrong and asks: is there ever a right time to look the other away?

Keep your eyes peeled for more fantastic events being added to the festival programme including the return of our very popular Scratch Night.