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					4TH YEAR FESTIVAL – PERFORMANCES WEEK 22
TUESDAY 24TH MARCH BRIGHT WHITE ELEPHANT – BIG LOVE APHRA STUDIO 8PM
BIG LOVE – OR THE DARK AND VIOLENT WORLD OF MR FIGHT-A-LOT Come into Mr Fight-a-Lot’s dark and violent world of big love and bigger choices… In this place, anything is possible… Crass Choreography…Interactive Imagery…Mischievous Melodies…and Violent Attacks of Story-Telling shall await you in his Evening of Extreme Extravagance… For one night only, you will be dazzled, baffled & moved right out of your chair and into a world where Mr Fight-a-Lot is in charge, and one wrong decision could change everything...

THURSDAY 26TH MARCH ELECTRA EASTBRIDGE HOSPITAL, CANTERBURY 1PM AND 3PM
ELECTRA “Evil in one breeds evil in another….” Sophocles’ Electra centres around its heroine Electra, the afflicted daughter of King Agamemnon, and her obsessive mourning of his death by the hands of her own mother. Her one hope for justice lies in the return of her brother Orestes, who holds responsibility appointed by the gods, to kill his own mother and her lover Aegisthus. Orestes believes that his act of justice will restore the balance in Argos and lift the insufferable curse upon the House of Atreus but Electra’s true motives for revenge are left ambiguous; is her vengeance driven purely by emotion and is Electra’s waiting for her brother all in vain? Sophocles presents new challenges in this epic tragedy, with his powerful emphasis on the psychology of the characters, raising important issues about our emotions, family conflicts, the trappings of society and the human preoccupation with seeking justice. Through the careful reconfiguration of the text and a passionate collaboration with the performers in workshop-based rehearsals, catharsis is recreated for today, using stimulating physical theatre, vivid characterisation, classical mask work and stirring rhythms to craft an intense theatrical experience for both the audience and the performer.

FRIDAY 27TH MARCH PITCH-UP THEATRE - DWELLING OUTSIDE THE TEMPLEMAN LIBRARY 7PM AND 8.30PM
DWELLING Discover Dwelling in the centre of campus, situated on the borders of knowledge and questions, staging the places between heroes and villains, them and us, inside and outside. Dwelling focuses on our perceptions and imaginings about terrorism, fusing verbatim texts with physical scores to heighten the everyday to the level of magic, and to find the humanity within extreme actions. PitchUp provides a unique theatrical voice in order to speak about contemporary politics. 

 

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TUESDAY 31ST MARCH AVALON FOULMOUTH – THE SEVER’D TALE OF BLOODY HILL THEATRE ROYAL MARGATE 7.30PM (MATINEE PERFORMANCE ON APRIL 1ST ALSO AT 2.30PM)
AVALON FOULMOUTH – THE SEVER’D TALE OF BLOODY HILL In the town of Bloody Hill, there lies a graveyard in which the townsfolk fear to tread. Only one boy ventures into this crumbling cemetery, to visit the grave of his parents. But on this particular day the boy’s life will be changed drastically as he embarks on a journey to save a life - or at least the memory of one. Avalon Foulmouth, a contemporary performance company, play with the boundaries of puppet/performer interaction and object manipulation in this dark whimsical tale of the comically deceased.

WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT / D-ACTIVATE: STATISTICALLY SPEAKING GULBENKIAN THEATRE 7PM
ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT Lovers and Madmen have such seething brains, Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. What are you blinded by? Love, jealousy, the past...? Narcotic dreaminess distorts reality giving rise to a loss of identity, where hallucinations are not all they seem. Nightly apparitions lurk in the shadows of an abandoned playground where mortal intruders are subject to mischief. Consumed by desires and obsessions, a collective of lovers are drawn into a world where chaos promptly ensues. Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” is re-imagined, juxtaposing the classical text with devised acrobatics, physical trickery and puppetry.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING “The question today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works.” th (Obama, Inauguration Speech, 20 Jan 2009) With a focus on today’s political arena and the affect it has on all our lives, this piece aims to make a satirical comment on the apathetic versus the politically active within our society. The initial inspiration is rooted in the international publicity the newly elected US President Barack Obama received, which not only changed America, but the face of American politics itself. Why has our own political system become so untouchable in contrast? Would a celebrity status for British politicians combat the youthful apathy and disinterest inherent in today’s society? This play which explores the power of oration and the influence of words, ultimately hopes to challenge the way politics is perceived. Yes We Can.

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MON 6TH, TUES 7TH, WEDNESDAY 8TH MONKEYSHINE – SUBTERRANEAN ROOFTOP CABARET 7PM
Enter the murky world of the Subterranean Rooftop Cabaret, and open yourself up to the laughter that's brought about by EXPERIMENTAL COMEDY. The stand-up comedians have been set a challenge: to experiment with comedy, to push the boundaries, to see how far they can go. Each night, you can see a different line-up of all-new material, as they boldly go where no comic has gone before. On Monday, you’ll see nudity, male impersonation, th surrealism and an inappropriate use of the 4 wall. On Tuesday, you’ll experience a stand-up Punch and Judy show, adventures in rhythm, and, er, comedy yoga. On Wednesday, you’ll enjoy virtual reality, an intelligence test, and an act that will shatter the spatial and temporal boundaries of stand-up. All shows will be compèred by your host, Oliver Double, and drinks will be served. It could all go horribly wrong, or it could produce the most amazing comedy you’ve ever seen. Expect the unexpected.

MONDAY 6TH APRIL BITTERSQUEAK CHURCH, HISTORIC DOCKYARD, CHATHAM 8PM
BITTERSQUEAK Art is not performance without an audience. To disrupt the "agreed" rules of performer/audience relationships we implode theatre on itself. BITTERSQUEAK is more than just lemon mice; we are two female artists dedicated to creating performance with beauty, integrity and ardor - questioning where performance lies in the world of art and the life of people. As a site-specific company, discovering place and unmasking space has become a way for us to invite fresh, uncorrupted, real spectators to explore the unknown. Producing a collision of dance, multisensory and interactive installation, large-scale sculpture, multimedia technology, music and honest facade, to forge contemporary performance art. We have fun screwing with perceptions; of the audience's senses, of ourselves as performers and of theatre-art as a body. Our performance never ends past, present, future we are but visitors

WEDNESDAY 8TH APRIL PYGMALION AND GALATEA / WHEN SHAKESPEARE’S LADIES MEET
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd

GULBENKIAN THEATRE 7PM
"Pygmalion and Galatea is a new interpretation of the ancient Greek legend of Pygmalion in which Pygmalion created a statue with which he fell in love. The play expands that narrative and raises questions for a modern, and feminist, audience using a mix of heightened and colloquial language. It explores concepts of feminism such as the concept of “beauty” and the way in which modern society can still be defined by patriarchal narratives. It also addresses the multiple definitions that we have of “love”; is it about “passion” or companionship? Is it about the meeting of minds or the meeting of souls? "

THURSDAY 9TH APRIL HOUSE OF ILLUSIONS OASTHOUSE, CANTERBURY CAMPUS 7PM
HOUSE OF ILLUSIONS Roll up, Roll up for a night that you will never forget! Enter the House of Illusions and experience the world of Colonel Kearney’s Spectacular Circus. But it’s not all fun and games here. Even with its glamorous façade, backstage the Circus finds support in a sordid trade; coins shift from hand to grubby hand, transforming fantasies into reality. Dancing to the rhythms of sex, money, love and freedom meet the characters consumed by this Bohemian world in London 1899. Incest, prostitution, beauty and murder are all in arm’s reach, as we invite you to explore an all encompassing world of the darker side to the circus and its “family” entertainment.

THURSDAY 9TH APRIL LOLITA – REHEARSED READING LUMLEY STUDIO 5.30PM


				
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