• Archived Events/ Autumn 2015

    Dickie Beau

    Dickie Beau - Blackouts


    Thu 24 Sep | 7.30pm | Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 15+

    In Blackouts: Twilight of the Idols ‘Drag fabulist’ Dickie Beau conjures the spirits of celebrated Hollywood icons in an innovative theatre experience. Dickie leads audiences on a bewitching adventure as he channels the ghosts of his childhood idols.

    Dickie secured exclusive access to audio tapes of Marilyn Monroe’s final interview conducted by journalist Richard Meryman. Published in LIFE magazine just two days before her death, Blackouts includes material never before heard in the public domain and sees Dickie shape-shift through a shadowy soundscape of lost souls in a sensational trip to the subconscious underworld of his future self; bringing to life these audio artefacts. Dickie is a pioneer of playback performance, emerging from the drag tradition of lip-synching, and the digital script incorporates much original source material, including the spellbinding Judy Speaks tapes – Judy Garland alone with a Dictaphone, making notes for a memoir never to be written.

    Directed by Jan William van den Bosch. Lighting design by Martin Langthorne. Produced by Sally Rose.

    Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

    “Touching, bizarre and visually gorgeous . . . a thing unlike any other . . . it is the drag show at the end of the world.”
    Time Out


    Photo credit: Joao Braz
  • Archived Events/ Autumn 2014

    Action Hero

    Hoke's Bluff

    Hoke’s Bluff

    Thu 16 Oct | 8.00pm | Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 16+

    Everything rests on this one free throw. On this one last shot. On this power play. On these last few seconds. Action Hero have got their game faces on. Bring it.

    With a nostalgic yearning for the simplicity of a world that never really existed, Hoke’s Bluff meets its audience on the bleachers and tells them an underdog story that’s been told a million times before. By shifting and rearranging the trite narratives of high school storylines and inspiring locker room speeches, Action Hero use hackneyed formulas and cheap sentimentality to find out what it means to be a winner (on the inside).

    Co-produced by China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre. Co-commissioned by Bristol Old Vic Ferment. Funded by Arts Council England. Action Hero are supported by Theatre Bristol’s Company Producer.

    “The key to the show’s success is that it is all done with love. A very clever piece of theatre; a cracking night out”
    Total Theatre



  • Archived Events/ Spring 2013

    Performing Place Symposium

    The ShowRoom Chichester

    An Open Invitation:

    Saturday 1st June 2013, Chichester University, Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester.
    9.30a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

    The Dance and Performing Arts Department at Chichester University invite researchers, practitioners, artists and post-graduate researchers to a 1 day symposium that will explore, celebrate, problematize and articulate notions of experiencing, encountering, articulating and ‘performing’ place through creative arts inquiry.
    The symposium will include installation and performance work, academic paper presentations, informal discussions and opportunities to engage in dialogue with colleagues interested in exploring practices and processes of experiencing and ‘performing’ place, and associated notions of (amongst others) site-specificity, embodiment, mobility, location, space, place and performativity.

    The symposium aims to stimulate a sharing of knowledge and ideas in an informal, playful and participatory manner.

    The event will take place on Saturday, 1st June 2013 at Chichester University, Bishop Otter Campus.


    • Fiona Wilkie: ‘Walking/cruising/motoring: performing place on the move’
    • Carl Lavery: ‘Postgeopathological Ecologies: Simon Whitehead and the Body as Home’
    • Jane Bacon and Vida Midgelow: ‘Experiences of Skript: A micro-installation’
    • Virginia Farman: ‘Performance in Urban Spaces’.
    • Victoria Hunter: ‘Dancing-Worlding the Beach’
    • Gregg Whelan: ‘What I Run About When I Run About Running’
    • Pete Phillips: GIFT-TAKE-MAKE-GIFT: A one-on-one performance encounter (running throughout the day)

    The day will also include a work in progress performance of a new outdoor dance performance piece, Everyday Hero, which is a development of the Mass touring show by Bicycle Ballet. Everyday Hero has been made with participants with visual impairments and 3 sighted dancers, and tandem bicycles. The work employs the structure of the Hero’s journey to explore themes of heroism found in the real life experiences of people with visual impairments.
    This is a free event, tea and coffee will be provided on the day, attendees are advised to provide their own lunch as there are no catering facilities on campus on that day.
    Please email Vicky Hunter at v.hunter@chi.ac.uk to reserve a place.

    We look forward to welcoming you soon!