Things we have previously programmed

Strike a Light Gloucester Rooftop Festival featuring the Multi-Story Orchestra supported by local primary schools and the Gloucestershire Academy of Music playing in Eastgate Shopping Centre Car Park Picture by Mikal Ludlow Photographer tel; 07855177205 13-7-18

The Multi-Story Orchestra – *schools performance*

A special performance, with the Multi-Story Orchestra joined by a choir of children from Moat, Robinswood, Tredworth and Widden Primary Schools. FRI 5 JULY – TICKETS ONLY AVAILABLE VIA PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

Strike A Light Gloucester Rooftop Festival. The Multi-Story Orchestra featuring Artists from The Music Works’ UPSURGE programme playing on top of King's Walk Car Park

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The Multi Story Orchestra

The Multi Story Orchestra return to Gloucester to join forces with artists from The Music Works’ UPSURGE programme to create a unique event fusing Hip Hop, R’n’B, Pop, Rap and Spoken Word, performed live with the orchestra. FRI 5 JULY



In this explosive outdoor gathering, Still House joins forces with Steppaz Performing Arts Academy and north London’s music production powerhouse Empire Sounds to create a high-energy night of dance and live music. SAT 6 - SUN 7 JULY

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Roundhouse Poetry Slam

The Roundhouse Poetry Slam is coming to Gloucester! The next big names in spoken word: Gloucester heat: THUR 2 MAY

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Scratch Night

Be the first to see the future of contemporary performance in Gloucester! Scratch nights feature excerpts of brand new shows that are still in development. TUE 19 MAR.

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Les Gloriables

Inspired by Les Miserables, legendary French actress Gloria Delaneuf has created a life-changing piece of theatre which will reunite Europe. She has dreamed a dream and her hapless assistant Josephine has promised to build a barricade. SAT 16 MAR.


Now is the Time To Say Nothing

Using stunning video and immersive sound, follow the real story of Syrian artist Reem Karssli as she captures her daily experience of the Syrian conflict on camera - MON 11 - WED 13 MAR



Charmane is a story about acceptance, courage and learning how to find your inner ROAR! - WED 20 FEB


Juliet & Romeo

SOLD OUT! Lost Dog’s new show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after... well they lived at least - TUE 12 FEB

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Practice Like You're Performing

'The power of dance can unify. Through physical demonstration we create different senses….' A new, free, outdoor dance show – WEDS 27 MAR



Spanish circus company using acrobatics & Chinese pole. A humorous show for all the family - TUE 26 MAR


The Paper Cinema's Macbeth

Immerse yourself on a journey through rugged Scottish landscapes and encounter storms, betrayal and murderous plot - MON 25 MAR

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Hansel & Gretel

A Fearless Dance Adventure from Uchenna Dance – The classic fairy-tale Hansel & Gretel gets a dance makeover - FRI 22 MAR

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We Have Overcome

‘Windrush Generation’ African Caribbean elders share and celebrate their own stories through an original new play. – WEDS 6 MARCH

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We That Wither Beneath

Join South African born poet Thembe Mvula for an evening of storytelling through poetry, in the premier launch of her debut poetry collection We That Wither Beneath. THURS 21 MAR

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The Snow Queen and her Winter Wonderland

This Christmas, Blackfriars will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland with an enchanted trail and theatre show for families... 6 - 22 Dec

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Plink & Boo

An interactive circus theatre adventure to explore what happens when people don’t fit into boxes (even if it is the neatest place to put them) - Wed 17 Oct

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I Infinite

Part dance, part video installation, I INFINITE is inspired by the digital world’s quest to re-create life. It explores the boundaries between the artificial and the real, the digital and the organic, worlds - Tue 20 Nov

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COAT is the honest and emotional story of Junior, born in Nigeria he leaves at the age of 9 and heads to London leaving behind a life that he loved and was settled in - Wed 17 Oct


Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer

Indian dance & laugh-out-loud comedy to lead audiences on a revealing journey; from unlikely dance student to ‘rude boy’ to international performer - WED 20 MAR



A brand new piece of theatre for babies aged 6–18 months, inspired by research into how a baby's sense of sight develops and how they instinctively begin to categorise colour. SUN 10–MON 11 MAR

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HIGH RISE eSTATE OF MIND is a fast paced, urban story about class and housing, frustrations and inequalities. - SAT 4TH MAY

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Multi-Story Orchestra

EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCES. UNEXPECTED SETTINGS. "Absolutely incredible; unsurprisingly, the response is ecstatic" – TUES 7TH MAY



ORAL is a rebellious gobby kind of show about rising up and biting back. A jaw-dropping call to arms. – THURS 9 MAY

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An interactive response to the Grenfell fire, inspired by interviews from those that it affected. 7 Oct

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Festival Launch: Water, Bread and Salt

WATER BREAD AND SALT is an informal presentation delivered in the style of Southern African township theatre, celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth - Wed 10 Oct

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Ground Control

You are Ground Control, and Futuretron is asking for your help to decide the future of a new planet. NO ADULTS ALLOWED! Thu 11 - Sat 13 Oct



Using live music and puppetry, Charmane is a story about friendship, courage and finding your inner ROAR! - Fri 12 Oct...

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Foreign Radical

30 participants play an intriguing theatrical game exploring security, profiling, and privacy in the age of cybersurveillance - Fri 12 - Sat 13 Oct

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A spectacular and accessible outdoor dance circus production for families - FREE | Sat 13 Oct

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One Kid And Their Dog

Family theatre in public spaces inspired by TV's long-running and much-loved sheepdog trial show of the same (ish) name.

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A hard-hitting show about racial tensions in the U.K. today. Nikki doesn’t think that her Dad is a racist, he just cares deeply about his community. But when a Zimbabwean family move in over the road, the dog won’t stop barking, the local kids start lobbing stones, and her Dad starts laying down the law. - Mon 15 Oct

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Circus theatre performance of exceptional acrobatic skills, fused with clear narrative exploring our hopes for the ideal lover - Tue 16 Oct [captioning available]

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She's A Good Boy

Elise Heaven's SHE'S A GOOD BOY tours to Camden Fringe in August...

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Gloucester Rooftop Festival

This July, join us for a summer festival season of theatre, music and performance on the rooftops of King's Walk multi-storey and Eastgate Centre carparks.....12 - 21 July

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You are invited to the final requiem for the last music joint left in town... Fri 25 May

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A collision of fiercely energetic dance and comedic theatre. Thu 26 April

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10th Festival Charity Fundraising Gala

Food, fire, new performance, beatboxing and cocktails. Wed 21 March

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Quarter Life Crisis

What does it mean to be an adult and when do you become one? Thu 22 March

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Roll, squeeze and pop yourself through a new, squishy kind of family show Thu 22 - Sat 24 March

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GL4's Mix & Move

GL4 presents Mix & Move: a local youth platform night. Fri 23 March

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Dad Dancing

Meet three brave dads who agreed to dance with their daughters... Sat 24 March


One Kid and His Dog

'One Man and His Dog' meets rollerdisco. Sun 25 March

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She's A Good Boy

A solo show exploring non-binary gender from lived experience Tue 27 March

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According to Arthur

An interactive show for the adventurer in all of us Mon 26 March

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An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, this is Joan of Arc Mon 26 March

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Christmas Tales with Granddad

A feast of festive stories for ages 5+ and their families. Tue 5 - Sat 9 Dec

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Frankenstein by BAC Beatbox Academy

An electrifying hour of song, soundscape and beatbox inspired by the famous tale of a genius scientist and creation beyond control. Wed 22 Nov, 7:30pm

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Festival Launch Night

Join Strike A Light and GL4 for a walkabout adventure & a delicious feast in the heart of Matson. Wed 11 Oct

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Loc's by Rider Shafique

A photographic exhibition by Rider Shafique & Khali Ackford. 23 Sept - 31 Oct

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Hidden Voices

Join us for this walkabout adventure...


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Is theatre just for posh people?

Is Theatre Just for Posh People? An industry event for Arts Professionals in the heart of Matson, Gloucester. Thur 12 Oct

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Ross & Rachel by James Fritz

A mind-bending, heart-breaking story of what happens when a couple that was always meant to be together, gets together. And stays together. Thu 12 Oct

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Almost Always Muddy by Likely Story Theatre & Kirsty Harris

An immersive story telling experience... Thu 12 - Sat 14 Oct

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The Castle Builder by Vic Llewellyn & Kid Carpet

A hard rocking adventure to the outer limits of creativity. Sat 14 Oct

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Night at the Theatre by Casson & Friends

An accessible dance theatre show, celebrating the creativity in all of us! Mon 16 Oct

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Head Wrap Diaries by Uchenna Dance

Three fierce females share stories of community, heritage & friendship, through an interactive dance-theatre experience. Tue 17 Oct

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Passpawt by HeavenLee Theatre

Helena wanted a new cat, what she got was the devil in disguise. Wed 18 Oct

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DOUBLE BILL: Scratch performances from James Moore, JPDL & Bee Daws, an interval and then headline performance of Passpawt by HeavenLee Theatre. Wed 18 Oct

PARTUS by Third Angel

If you’ve had a baby, are planning to or know anyone who has, this is the show for you. Tues 26 & Wed 27 Sept

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Twinkle Twinkle by Touched Theatre

A magical introduction to theatre for the very young. Mon 16 - Wed 18 Oct

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Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) by Lost Dog

A one-man staging of Milton's epic 'Paradise Lost' and not like whatever came into your head when you read the first bit of that sentence. *****The Independent. Fri 19 May 7:30pm

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My Country; a work in progress

A work in progress, in the words of people across the UK and Carol Ann Duffy. In the days after the EU referendum, the National Theatre began a nationwide listening project... 8 & 9 May

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I Am Joan by Viv Gordon: Touring May-June 2017

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Festival Launch Night -Spring 2017

Join us for an evening of new short performances in development from Gloucestershire artists and a traditional Strike A Light feast. 29 March 7:30pm

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An autobiographical, audio-based artwork about Shannon’s experience of falling critically ill with a rare brain infection and her journey of rehabilitation with an acquired brain injury. 30 March - 1 April: 12pm, 6:30pm, 9pm

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Inspired by J.M. Barrie’s Neverland in Peter Pan, this immersive new show for children aged 1-3 uses beautiful 360 video projections, original music and performance to tell the story of a child’s imagination. 30 March - 1 April: 10am, 11:15am, 12:45pm

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BUCKET LIST by Theatre Ad Infinitum

Bucket List is the powerful story of one Mexican woman’s fight for justice. 31 March (post-show discussion) & 1 April (BSL Interpreted performance) 7:30pm

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A hilarious show revealing just what happens when a glamorous French actress and her hapless assistant stage their own version of Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator. Sat 1 April 7:30pm

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TEN by ACE dance and music

Full of both intense physical power and very human fragility, TEN explores the concepts of moving away, looking at how and why people choose unimagined destinies over the lives they’d always thought they’d live. 3 - 4 April 7:30pm

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Work in Progress

A collection of work in progress performances from Gloucestershire and the South West

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An Elephant in the Garden By Michael Morpurgo

Lizzie, her mother - and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Dresden fire-bombing in the Second World War. From the creators of the 5 star hit Private Peaceful. Wed 5 April 1:30pm & 7pm

BREAKING THE ICE by Filskit Theatre

Have you heard the astonishing true story about the polar bear who made friends with a husky? Filskit Theatre's Christmas show comes to Gloucester 5-10 December 2016...

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Join us for a night of Theatre Uncut to support the refugee crisis. Weds 23 Nov 7:30pm


WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER 7:30pm - Tales from the council estate ... Conrad Murray presents 'DenMarked', plus chip supper and Gloucester Rising supported by Conrad and the BAC Beat Box Academy

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THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER 7:30pm - Tales from the council estate ... Conrad Murray presents 'DenMarked', plus performances from Gloucester Rising supported by Conrad and the BAC Beat Box Academy

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FRIDAY 14 OCTOBER 7:30pm - 'We want social housing, not social cleansing.' Facing skyrocketing rent and forced relocation out of London, 29 single mothers united to confront Newham Council’s gentrification of their hometown.


FRIDAY 14 - MONDAY 17 OCTOBER, 11am-3pm - The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid is an evolving collection of anonymous testimonies donated by members of the public

Can I Help You? by Rhiannon Armstrong

SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 11am-3pm - Been meaning to move that sofa from the basement to the spare room for months, but couldn’t face it alone? Not sure what to do about that all important life-changing decision and need a fresh point of view? Never fear, help is at hand!


SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER 1:30pm - Kid Carpet will teach you how to rock out at a rock show, fly like a Golden Eagle , win a penguin race and do a little poo in the forest.

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SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER 7:30pm - 'We want social housing, not social cleansing.' Facing skyrocketing rent and forced relocation out of London, 29 single mothers united to confront Newham Council’s gentrification of their hometown.

FAGIN'S TWIST by Avant Garde

MONDAY 17 OCTOBER 8pm - Fagin’s Twist is the untold story of a notorious and complex villain. It imagines Fagin's youth, driven by greed and ambition in the face of overwhelming poverty.


TUESDAY 18 OCTOBER 1:30 & 5pm - A boy falls out of a book and the pages slam shut behind him. He’s lost and doesn’t seem to know which story he belongs in. There’s only one way to fix that...

THIS IS HOW WE DIE - Autumn 2015

THIS IS HOW WE DIE - Autumn 2015 A motor-mouthed collage of spoken word and storytelling. Tales of paranoia, young love and ultra-violence... DATE: 14 OCTOBER TIME: 7:30 PM

PRODUCERS DAY - Autumn 2015

PRODUCERS DAY - Autumn 2015 Join us to talk about the role of the Producer and how it currently works within Strike A Light. DATES: 14 OCTOBER TIME: 4:00 - 6:00 PM


AT THE END OF EVERYTHING ELSE- Autumn 2015 When her best friend, a little yellow bird named Tito, goes missing Icka puts her inventive mind to the test and sets off on a mission over land and sea to save him... DATE: 13 OCTOBER TIME: 2PM & 7PM

I AM JOAN - Autumn 2015

I AM JOAN - Autumn 2015 A hopeful comedy about a woman in recovery from trauma finding empowerment by connecting with various inspiring Joans... DATES: 12 OCTOBER TIME: 7:30 PM


ARTS AND MENTAL HEALTH DAY Strike A Light are holding an Arts and Mental Health Day with discussions about making work, accessibility, audience development and programming opportunities. DATE: 12 OCTOBER TIME: 2:00 - 8:30 PM

SCRATCH NIGHT - Autumn 2015

SCRATCH NIGHT - Autumn 2015 Join us for five pieces of work in progress, performed by Gloucestershire based artists DATE: 11 OCTOBER TIME: 7:30 PM

SPARK - Autumn 2015

SPARK - Autumn 2015 Exciting new Hip Hop showcase in Gloucester programmed as part of the Strike A Light Festival. Live Performances, Breakdance Cypher’s, Producer Battles, DJ’s and Beat-Boxing from the best local talent and Artists from around the UK. DATE: 10 OCTOBER TIME: 9:00PM

L_VE HANGMAN - Autumn 2015

L_VE HANGMAN - Autumn 2015 A life-sized, game show version of the pen and paper classic, HANGMAN! DATE: 10 OCTOBER TIME: 11:00-11:45 AM, 12:30-1:15 PM, 2:30-3:15 PM

WOT? NO FISH!! - Autumn 2015

WOT? NO FISH!! - Autumn 2015 Premiering to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival 2013, Wot? No Fish!! tells the true story of a Jewish family living in 20th century London. From falling in love to quarrels about fish balls, audiences are taken on a funny and moving journey against the backdrop of a changing city. DATE: 9 OCTOBER TIME: 7:30 PM


MANA: THE POWER WITHIN - Autumn 2015 ACE dance and music present Mana: the power within Directed by Gail Parmel, Choreography by by Jose Agudo and Vincent Mantsoe DATE: 8 OCTOBER TIME: 8PM


FESTIVAL LAUNCH - Autumn 2015 Kick off the festival with live music, sets from local DJ's, a new piece of performance work in progress and an Italian feast DATE: 7 OCTOBER TIME: 7.30 PM


BLACK DANCE ARCHIVES EXHIBITION - Autumn 2015 The Black Dance Archives exhibition – The Family Tree – explores the connections, influences and relationships across Black dance in the UK and beyond, from the perspective of the artists in the sector. DATE: 3 - 17 OCTOBER

11 MILLION REASONS presented by People Dancing

11 MILLION REASONS presented by People Dancing Free Exhibition: 11 Million Reasons was conceptualised by People Dancing to positively profile Deaf and disabled people in dance activity in this country. DATE: 12 - 28 APRIL


FESTIVAL LAUNCH An evening where Gloucester’s cultural revolution may just start DATE: WEDS 20 APRIL TIME: 7:30PM

INTO THE WEST by Greg Banks. Presented by Travelling Light

INTO THE WEST by Greg Banks. Presented by Travelling Light Imagine a glorious white horse comes out of a sea-mist and into your troubled life. Imagine trying to keep her on the 14th floor of a Dublin tower block. Now imagine the police are after you, and your only escape is to ride into the west… DATE: THU 21 APRIL TIME: 2PM & 7:30PM


OF RIDERS AND RUNNING HORSES by Still House A group of female dancers and a live band conjure a new kind of old dance, an insistent rhythm, a joyful step into what it means to move together. DATE: THU 21, FRI 22 & SAT 23 APRIL TIME: 8:00 PM


ARTS AND DISABILITY Why programme work by disabled artists? Join us for a structured afternoon to discuss this question and others. DATE: FRI 22 APRIL TIME: 2PM - 8:30PM


BACKSTAGE IN BISCUIT LAND by Touretteshero Backstage_in_biscuit_land_380x200_view Jess Thom has Tourettes, a condition that makes her say 'biscuit' 16,000 times a day. Her unusual neurology gives her a unique perspective on life; one she's about to unleash on the world. DATE: FRI 22 & SAT 23 APRIL TIME: 7:30PM

GRASS by Second Hand Dance

GRASS by Second Hand Dance Using humour,insect facts and gentle audience interaction, Grass explores the world beneath our feet and its wriggling inhabitants. DATE: SAT 23 APRIL TIME: 11:00 AM & 1:30 PM

GLORILLA by Spitz & Co.

GLORILLA by Spitz & Co. French actress turned international animal communicator Gloria Delaneuf talks about her life-changing experience in the Kungalunga Jungle and the subject of her new book “Glorilla”. DATE: SUN 24 APRIL TIME: 7:30PM

HARDY ANIMAL by Laura Dannequin

HARDY ANIMAL by Laura Dannequin Hardy Animal is a delicate solo about chronic pain and human resilience; a goodbye letter to a former self and an ode to dance. DATE: TUE 26 APRIL TIME: 7:30PM


UNTIL YOU HEAR THAT BELL by Sean Mahoney Told through spoken word and within timed boxing rounds, Until You Hear That Bell is a story about amateur boxing and family. It’s about doing something for ten years, and slowly getting good at it. DATE: WED 27 APRIL TIME: 7:30PM

I-DENTITY by Rider Shafique

I-DENTITY by Rider Shafique I-Dentity When I was five my mother told me that I was black A spoken word theatre piece which looks at the artist's identity and growing up in Gloucester DATE: WEDS 27 APRIL TIME: 9PM