DARE Festival 2017

DARE Festival 2017

Shoreditch Town Hall, 29 and 30 September

Tickets £8 (Friday), £11 (Saturday)

7pm-11pm (Friday), 2pm-11pm (Saturday)

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Dare Festival 2017

Critically-acclaimed arts innovators Upstart Theatre present the second annual DARE Festival at Shoreditch Town Hall, bringing together artists and audiences from across London and beyond in an explosion of new and in-development performance presented at the earliest possible stage. Inventive, unexpected, challenging and joyous, DARE Festival is a place for people to join together to make, discover, dream and play.

Tickets and Times

Your DARE Festival ticket gains you admission to all performances and installations that day. 
Friday 29th September – doors open 7pm, festival closes 11pm. Tickets £8. [book now
Saturday 30th September – doors open 2pm, festival closes 11pm. Tickets £11. [book now

Lineup includes:

Big Teeth (Friday 7pm-11pm, Saturday 2pm-9pm)

Gripped by the Great Freeze of 1947, with wolf-whistling spivs and other predatory characters skulking round every corner, London could be a dangerous place for an unwary girl. Climb into Elizabeth Dearnley’s immersive installation – a bedtime story with bite. [Find out more]

Do You Live Alone? (Friday 10pm, Saturday 4:30pm)

What do you do when all hope is gone? Stay in? Go out? Nina’s love life coaching can help YOU out, but can she help herself? A new solo show performed by Rebecca Peyton (Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister) and directed by award-winning Rebecca Hill. [Find out more]

Freshy (Friday 8:45pm, Saturday 6pm)

Simon is pissed off at being in a pair with Dawit just because his parents are Eri. He doesn’t want to look like a freshy too. He’s got a reputation to protect. Anyway he can’t even speak Tigrinya. Segen Yosife’s new theatre piece combines text written by and with Eritrean performers and contributors, an equal opportunities game and traditional Eritrean hymns and dance. [Find out more]

How to Cope with Embarrassment (Friday 10pm, Saturday 7:30pm)

Two Pale Ladies’ How to Cope with Embarrassment is almost a cabaret. It is also almost a comedy,  and almost a politically and socially engaged performance piece that explores a history of societal blackmail and emotional pressures.  But probably it is just a series of questions that we don’t have answers to. [Find out more]

Live Poetry Jukebox (Friday 7pm-11pm, Saturday, 2pm-9pm)

In need of food for thought? Or food for the soul? Looking for exhilaration? Or a moment of contemplation? Wanting to recharge your batteries? Or wind down? Craving for a laugh? Or a cry? Or both? Enter Mueller and Malten’s Live Poetry Jukebox! [Find out more]

Metamorphosis (after Kafka and Nabokov) (Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 4:30pm)

“Gregor Samsa awoke from unquiet dreams to find that in his sleep he had turned into a vile and verminous insect.” Simon Watt’s new interpretation of Kafka’s masterpiece stars a live beetle and puts man and insect side by side. [Find out more]

Trigger Warning (Friday 8:45pm, Saturday 6pm)

In an age of information overload and non-stop media coverage of non-stop international tragedies, Marcelo dos Santos and Natasha Nixon’s Trigger Warning is a jet black comedy exploring the politics of ‘trigger warnings’. Can we protect audiences from real life? Should we? [Find out more]

WRESTLELADSWRESTLE (Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 7:30pm)

Inspired by Eve professional wrestling, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mixed Martial Arts, Judo, dance and clown. We will play fight for you. So you don’t have to. WRESTLELADSWRESTLE explores personal risk through the forgotten joy of play fights. Get down to your pants lads and let’s f*@£ing wrestle for freedom. From Jennifer Jackson, Simon Jones and Tom Hughes. [Find out more]

Long Table on Arts and Activism

 (Saturday, 2:45pm)

Join a conversation between artists, audience and guests about the meeting points between theatre, social justice campaigning and protest performance. With contributions from Richard Howlett, co-founder of Reclaim Shakespeare and BP or not BP collaborator, Zahra Dalilah, writer with Gal-Dem and founding member of Take Back The City and Maa-Yarkor Addo, Resident Director at Company 3. There can be silence. There can be laughing. There will certainly be tea and cake. [Find out more]

Do What You Dare (Saturday 9pm)

An end-of-festival celebration of the creativity and bravery of DARE artists and audiences! We’ve dared our artists, plus guests, to try something new – directors playing music, dancers reading poetry – and we’ll be inviting our audience to join in! [Find out more]

DARE Festival is curated by Tom Mansfield and James Blakey, and produced by Tom Mansfield for Upstart Theatre. It is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and supported by Shoreditch Town Hall.

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