Performances


February

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  • Ashok Mistry: The Birth of Understanding

  • Friday 16 and Saturday 17 February, 10am – 5pm
  • Free. All ages welcome
  • Explore ritual, storytelling and gameplay by contributing to a large scale sand drawing made through visitor participation. This live artwork will feature performances by dancer Jessica Murray and percussionist David Stickman Higgins. The Birth of Understanding culminates in the drawing being destroyed by participants, which does not mark the end, but instead the creation of something new.

March

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  • Apples and Snakes: The No Panic Book of Not Panicking

  • Saturday 17 March, 3 - 4.30pm
  • Tickets: £6 / £5. 16+ years
  • Meet the poets as they read stories from The No Panic Book of Not Panicking that explores personal experiences of panic and anxiety, practical and creative strategies for coping, and attitudes towards mental health. There will be a Q&A session and a talk about how writing can help well-being.
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  • Lapelle’s Factory: The Night Shift featuring The Dice Man Speaks

  • Workshop: 9pm Friday 2 March – 9.30am Saturday 3 March. 18+ years.
  • Public performance: Saturday 3 March, 8 – 9am. All ages welcome.
  • Pay What You Think
  • This is a very special creative all-nighter: a theatrical lock-in for anyone interested in rapid-response theatre making and staying up really, really late. The night’s chance-based production is inspired by The Dice Man Speaks, a new spoken word composition set to music composed by Sputnik Weazel with the words of Luke Rhinehart, author of The Dice Man. Artists are welcomed to join the ten hour workshop, resulting in a public sharing at 8am the following morning.
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  • Jackie Hagan: This Is Not A Safe Space

  • Friday 23 March & Saturday 24 March, 7pm - 8.10pm
  • Tickets: £10 / £5. 18+ years
  • Jackie Hagan reveals the real voices of proper skint disabled people in her new solo show that aims to get people to sit up, listen and care without keeling over with empathyfatigue or boredom of statistics. Expect audience interaction, DIY puppetry, poetic comedy with comedic poetry, and one underclass amputee steering the show.
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  • The Weight of Expectation: visualising the effects of weight-based stigma

  • Monday 26 March 5.30pm  - 7.30pm
  • FREE
  • The Act With Love art collective collaborated with illustrator Jade Sarson (winner of Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel competition with For the Love of God, Marie!) to visualise the research of Oli Williams (Department of Health Sciences). Their comic tells the story of how stigma associated with bodyweight and size gets under the skin and is felt in the flesh. This event includes: an exhibition of screen-printed panels from the comic, signing session with Jade, and a short talk by Oli followed by a panel discussion about the project. Free copies of the comic will be available to all!

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