Performance and Spoken word


  • the venus papers
  • The Venus Papers

  • Thursday 23 November
  • 6pm - 8.30pm. £10 / £6
  • What if Venus the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty washed up on a beach in the 21st century?
    A theatrical poetry show of arrivals, departures, landscapes and journeys, written and performed by Lydia Towsey with live onstage music and vocals by Dave Dhonau and Ola Szmidt. Co-directed by Rachel Mars and Nick Field


  • four people performing on stage
  • Tetrad’s Here & Now festival presents

  • Tetralude improvisation workshop
  • Saturday 25 November 2017. 11am, 90 minutes
  • Pay-what-you-think
  • Included in £10 Here & Now festival weekend pass
  • (16+ years)
  • Come and take part in our Giant Tetralude improvisation workshop!
    In this Tetralude we will move through a series of instructions that an individual or group can improvise and experiment with using movement, drawing, objects and voice.
    You don’t have to have any experience in performance, just up for taking part! You are welcome to observe if you would prefer to come and watch Tetrad and friends at play!
    We will guide everyone through the different improvisation exercises and there will be room for participants to add to the exercises.
  • two people dressed in black in a corn field looking towards the sky
  • Tetrad’s Here & Now festival presents

  • Saturday 25 November 2017, 1.30pm, 90 minutes
  • Pay-what-you-think
  • Included in £10 Here & Now festival weekend pass
  • Start your engines! In this relaxed but fast-paced 90 minute workshop LaPelle's Factory will arm you with strategies for finding unusual starting points for devising original performance. The company will share several initial steps and exercises, both written and physical, which help develop floaty thoughts into concrete action. There will be experimental explorations of varying ideas and themes which participants will take in exciting and unexpected directions.
  • woman standing with a microphone held above her head
  • Tetrad’s Here & Now festival presents

  • Awkward Silence
  • Saturday 25 November, 4pm. 2 hours
  • Pay-what-you-think
  • Included in £10 Here & Now festival weekend pass
  • Performance maker Rachael Young invites you to join her to consider the power of the ‘Front Woman’ as a radically inclusive force for emancipation.  Drawing on ideas from intersectional feminism, this workshop explores the use of endurance, repetition and duration in performance and asks what these elements can offer us when thinking about activism, resistance and fighting oppression.
    This workshop is for anyone who’s ever felt like feminism doesn't fit or like they don't fit it!  It’s open to people of all experience levels, you might be an artist, but you might not, you might be a musician, a butcher, a mother of three.


  • two women sitting with blankets around them on a stage
  • Tetrad’s Here & Now festival presents

  • “It’s Okay, I’m Dealing With It”
  • Saturday 25 November, 7.30pm. 75 minutes
  • £8.00 / £7 special,
  • Included in £10 Here & Now festival weekend pass
  • Cristina and Chess have both experienced smashing their two front teeth. It affected them, and it got them thinking. In a culture that needs perfection, quick fixes and for everything to be ‘fine’, “It’s Okay, I’m Dealing With It” asks what we do when things aren't okay; how do we deal with difficult things? What happens if we don’t want to deal with them? Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry and sometimes we distract ourselves. But don’t worry: it’s okay, we’re dealing with it.
    Through their multi-award winning blend of dance, comedy, chat and song, Cristina and Chess unravel some of their own struggles and vulnerabilities, and try to piece together how to cope when things get really shit.
  • blue background with text us and them
  • Tetrad’s Here & Now festival presents

  • Us & Them
  • Sunday 26 November, 7pm
  • £6 / £5 . 3 hours (16+ years)
  • Included in £10 Here & Now festival weekend pass
  • Tetrad hosts its flagship performance work in progress night Us & Them, one of the hottest* performance nights in Town!
    Come and explore new performance ideas from selected artists in East Midlands and across the UK. Take part by hanging your thoughts on a washing line, join in the conversation with a Q and A at the end, watch the famous Tetraludes* unfold in front of your very eyes. Discover Tetrad’s unconventional hosting methods, for an evening of conversation and fun.
  • *figuratively

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