A special outdoor edition of our end-of-season event, showcasing performance work created as part of Progression during the Summer season, headlined by Moxie Brawl. This triple-bill of outdoor performances includes: a new dance / physical-theatre piece performed by Progression young artists, in collaboration with established choreographer Wayne Parsons; a new outdoor show by Reach; and a work-in-progress by current artists in residence, Spring Theatre.
This event is British Sign Language interpreted. Wheelchair / step-free access is available at the venue.
PROGRESSION COMPANY & WAYNE PARSONS
Young performers from Progression, working with choreographer Wayne Parsons, present a new piece of dance-theatre based on themes of celebrity culture and posthumous fame.
GLYPT’s resident company of young artists with disabilities, Reach, present a new outdoor performance. Reach have previously shown work at the first CHARGED event, as well as A Bit Of A Do festival in Croydon. You can expect an absurd and hilarious performance – probably featuring Reach’s trademark dancing skeleton!!
SPRUNG THEATRE: ‘Take Your Fate and Build, Always’
Alex has a choice: mould the future or let it grow. History sings from the earth and a crossroad stands unchanged. A new performance piece by Progression company in residence, Sprung Theatre.
MOXIE BRAWL: ‘Lady In The Blue Dress’ (work in progress)
A new dance theatre piece from Moxie Brawl looking inside the head of a 19th century artist’s muse. Playing with power, femininity and how to get away with being a down right vixen.
Night (Nepali folk)
Haymanot Tesfa & Ansuman Biswas (Ethiopian folk)
Sounds of the World brings critically acclaimed global musicians to Woolwich, creating a platform to share live music with local audiences. Join us on August the 18th for the fifth event in the series and experience a night of explosive rhythms and hypnotic melody lines that will take you out of London and around the world.
The headline performance comes from the Night; a Kathmandu-based folk band who focus on reviving lost and endangered Nepali instruments, creating new sounds rooted in Nepali heritage. The people, places and cultures of Nepal are their greatest inspiration.
“Enthralling energy and poignancy”
– Himalayan News
The second act of the evening comes from Amharic singer and traditional krar player (Ethiopian lyre) Haymanot Tesfa, accompanied by percussionist Ansuman Biswas. Haymanot’s music is inspired by the ancient landscapes and meditative social & religious music of her Ethiopian roots. The sound of Haymanot’s voice is fearless and intensely experimental.
Audiences are invited to interact with the artists after the performances through a live Q&A session, providing an opportunity to learn about the performers’ artistic journeys and musical styles.
Food will be available to buy at the event so don’t eat first!
Summer 1999. Margate’s beaches are packed with day-trippers…. and its hotels filled with Kosovan asylum seekers – including Hanna (Celia Meiras), a survivor of Europe’s most recent genocide. Hannah (Lisa Payne) is from Margate and bored with life in the rundown seaside town – hanging out with her boyfriend Bull and his prejudiced mates. The only things the two sixteen year olds have in common are their names and their love of singing along to their favourite pop songs….
Sixteen years later, Hanna returns to Margate – this time in search of a Syrian girl she befriended in Kosovo and who may have succeeded in getting across the Channel. The Calais ‘Jungle’ is close and attempts by its residents to reach England fill the local media. Hanna hopes her young friend will be welcome in Margate, but although the town has changed, alongside the coffee bars and vintage shops, there is still an undercurrent of hostility towards the migrants and refugees who are so desperate to enter the UK.
Just as in 1999, when Hanna’s arrival turned Hannah’s life upside down, so her return takes the friends on a journey which Hannah from Margate would not have thought possible.
Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland builds on John Retallack’s award winning earlier play, Hannah and Hanna, which has been performed extensively both nationally and internationally.
“couldn’t be more topical….. gets right to the heart of the tensions that arise in depressed communities when refugees arrive. It’s funny and sad….. with head butting toughness.” The Guardian