DARE FESTIVAL 2018
25 - 27 OCTOBER 2018
Now in its third year, DARE is a festival of new and in-development theatre and performance. This year’s festival explores the theme of ‘power’ through performance, installation and conversation between artists and audiences.
The three-day festival is peppered with performances, informal discussion events, and opportunities to network. The festival culminates in a party on Saturday night in the Ditch bar.
SHOREDITCH TOWN HALL, 380 OLD STREET, LONDON EC1V 9LT
Thursday & Friday: £8
One ticket gets you access to all Festival performances that day, subject to capacity. Please note that some performances happen simultaneously - check the lineup below for timings.
THURSDAY 25 OCT
7.30 | SURGE | CHANNIE B
7.30 | CONFESSION | NATASHA HYMAN, ALEKSANDRA JAKUBCZAK & NIKA PASURI
8.30 | ATLANTIC | EMMA CLARK & PJ STANLEY
8.30 | THE PROMISED LAND | RHIANNON BRACE
9.30 | FIGHT. FLIGHT. FREEZE. FUCK. | PINK FREUD THEATRE
9.30 | CAN YOU SEE INTO A BLACK HOLE? | THOMAS RYALLS
FRIDAY 26 OCT
7.30 | HERE, QUEER AND MENTALLY UNCLEAR | IZZY JOAN
7.30 | ALL AT SEA | RACHEL GADSDEN
8.30 | KERENSKY BOULEVARD | TOM MANSFIELD
8.30 | CONFESSION | NATASHA HYMAN, ALEKSANDRA JAKUBCZAK & NIKA PASURI
9.30 | #THEBABYQUESTION | PAULA VARJACK, LUCA RUTHERFORD, CATRIONA JAMES
9.30 | SLUTS | DON’T BE ABSURD
SATURDAY 27 OCT
12.30 | WORKSHOP: DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS| CHANGE OF ART
2.00 | #THEBABYQUESTION | PAULA VARJACK, LUCA RUTHERFORD, CATRIONA JAMES
2.00 | CONFESSION | NATASHA HYMAN, ALEKSANDRA JAKUBCZAK & NIKA PASURI
3.00 | FIGHT. FLIGHT. FREEZE. FUCK. | PINK FREUD THEATRE
3.00 | ALL AT SEA | RACHEL GADSDEN
4.00 | DISCUSSION: PEOPLE, POWER, PARTICIPATION
4.00 | DISCUSSION: CROSSING BORDERS
5.30 | KERENSKY BOULEVARD | TOM MANSFIELD
5.30 | CAN YOU SEE INTO A BLACK HOLE? | THOMAS RYALLS
6.30 | HERE, QUEER AND MENTALLY UNCLEAR | IZZY JOAN
6.30 | LIGHTNING TALKS: WHAT IS POLITICAL THEATRE?
7.30 | SURGE | CHANNIE B
7.30 | THE PROMISED LAND | RHIANNON BRACE
8.30 | ATLANTIC | EMMA CLARK & PJ STANLEY
8.30 | SLUTS | DON’T BE ABSURD
9.30 | DO WHAT YOU DARE | HEATHER LONG
NATASHA HYMAN, ALEKSANDRA JAKUBCZAK & NIKA PASURI
Confession is an international collaboration between director Natasha Hyman, dramaturg/director Aleksandra Jakubczak and composer Nika Pasuri. Part online platform, part installation and part performance, Confession is an interactive multi-art form project exploring the practice of the admission of sin. Developed partly through workshops with young people aged 15-18 based in Hackney, we interrogate ancient and more recent models of confession, to ask who has the authority to forgive us?
Concept and Direction by Natasha Hyman
Dramaturgy by Aleksandra Jakubczak
Composed by Nika Pasuri
Produced by Maya Ellis
What would happen if I stripped you of everything you knew, to rebuild us? I want to let you know that it's not just about me, or people like me, it's about all of us, because who knows who will be next.
Channie B's new work combines poetry and sound design to create an evocative exploration of humanity and brutality.
Written and performed by Channie B
Sound engineering by Curtis Arnold Hammer
EMMA CLARK & PJ STANLEY
We've been told that the world is drifting. Ideologies, societies, people. Even our planet is slowly tearing itself apart year by year, the steady accumulation of history piling up like the garbage patch in the middle of the sea.
So there's only one thing for it. We're headed out to the middle of the ocean to pull everything back together again. Nations, cultures, tectonic plates. After all, there are no rules in international waters, just two people and an open horizon.
Created and performed by Emma Clark and PJ Stanley
THE PROMISED LAND
Rhiannon is thirteen and has a recurring dream about the end of the world. She is not like her classmates; there are no birthday parties, Christmas trees, pop music or make-up. She can recite all the books of the bible, the Ten Commandments, the twelve sons of Jacob and is fearful of being possessed by the devil. Despite her fears she is beginning to find her voice and her own identity and she secretly loves peering at the twinkly Christmas lights in wintery windows.
Written and performed by Rhiannon Brace with Scott Swinton
FIGHT. FLIGHT. FREEZE. FUCK
PINK FREUD THEATRE
We have fought.
We have flown.
We have frozen.
And we have fucked.
Three people have stories to tell. These are stories of smeared consent, sexual violence, rape. Let’s create a space in which to hear them. Let’s create a space in which they can respond to them.
This is a play about voices and spaces and sexual violence. It is also a play about kindness.
Created by Ria Davis, Amelia Brown and Coco Jackson
CAN YOU SEE INTO A BLACK HOLE?
Epileptic seizures are like black holes, we don't know a lot about them and we can'tt really observe what's happening inside them. Can You See Into a Black Hole? puts feelings of shame, power and love back in to the scientific timeline of a seizure and tries to understand how they might be part of this little-understood phenomenon.
It's also a pretty mint disco. Tom is going to take you to a proper northern (epileptic-friendly) party, the walls are covered in EEG charts and the strobes have been smashed. We might not see into a black hole but we'll have a good time trying!
Written and performed by Thomas Ryalls. Sound and Music by Christian Czornyj.
ALL AT SEA
A creative collaboration between visual and performance artist Rachel Gadsden and composer Freddie Meyers featuring renowned Syrian oud player Rihab Azar. The artistic enquiry focuses on the plight of refugees who have settled in the UK, Germany and Jordon. Migration narratives have been explored with refugees to stimulate powerful evocative responses. It is hoped the emerging performance will express the challenges and hopes of diaspora, and will consider how individuals not only survive harrowing migration journeys, but also how these cataclysmic experiences authorize future existences and can ultimately empower individuals.
Rachel Gadsden - Visual & Performance Artist & Artistic Director
Freddie Meyers - Composer & Music Director
Rihab Azar - Musician - Oud
HERE, QUEER AND MENTALLY UNCLEAR
A verbatim music and theatre piece featuring stories from people in the LGBTQ+ community who suffer from mental illness. This work focuses on education and healing while supplying the audience with both heartbreaking and heartwarming stories, humour and music. Aimed at breaking down the stigma our society carries towards these things, while also examining the interconnected nature of queerness and mental illness. This piece asks why the LGBTQ+ community is 3 times more likely to experience mental health disorders, and what can we as a society do to help ease this crisis.
Writer/Producer/Performer - Izzy Joan
Co-producer/Performer - Bradley Birkholz
PAULA VARJACK, LUCA RUTHERFORD, CATRIONA JAMES
A devised research based performance by three female performers, investigating how the decision of whether or not to have a child impacts women differently than men, and the pressure it can create on career and relationships. Why are contraception, parenting, and fertility still so often seen as "women's issues"? In 1974 the contraceptive pill was made available by prescription to single women for the first time on the NHS. What has changed since then in the way we discuss not when or how but *whether* a woman has or wants to have children?
Created & Devised by Paula Varjack, Luca Rutherford and Catriona James
Reheased at Old Diorama Arts Centre
It’s 1989 and the Berlin Wall has fallen. In the tiny nation of Grusinia, revolution is in the air. This is a time for new leaders: you. How will you shape your nation’s future? Will it become a land of peace and freedom, a socialist utopia, or a devastated warzone?
The first playtest of a new theatre game from the co-creator of The Situation Room (★★★★ “Immersive theatre at its very best…stirring, involving and highly original” Whatsonstage.com)
Designed and facilitated by Tom Mansfield
Join Change of Art for an interactive workshop about Difficult Conversations. We are creating a performance at DARE Festival inspired by the question: how do you speak to someone you care about, about an issue you care about, when you passionately disagree? Change of Art has gone door-to-door in the community around Shoreditch Town Hall, asking people what they care about, and how it feels when communication breaks down. In this workshop, we’ll share some tried-and-true methods for having a transformative conversation instead of a shouting match.
Facilitated by Sarah Sigal
DON'T BE ABSURD
Two women. Both dead. Hanged; jumped down a well. Two writers: Goethe and Hebbel - who condemned them. But this time, they won't stick to their stories.
Welcome to The School of Womanhood, a chance to learn from those who have died for their sexual transgressions. This school will form you (all of you) into real women.
Text by Goethe, Hebbel and devised by the company.
Directed by Kesia Guillery
Cast: Atilla Akinci, Stef Brückner, Judith Von Orelli, Rebecca Phillips
In a time in which walls seem to be going up across the continent and borders closing, what can artists and societies learn from one another by working together? For this discussion, we bring together a group of theatre and performance makers to talk about the possibilities, frustrations, challenges and joys of creating art across international and cultural borders.
PEOPLE, POWER, PARTICIPATION
European theatre as we know it stems from the Greek tradition of the community performing on stage - representing itself, its stories and its history. In the 21st century, how do different communities and arts organisations collaborate to bring theatre and democracy together?
WHAT IS POLITICAL THEATRE?
What is theatre for? Can it change the world - and if so, how? And should it?
We bring together a group of theatremakers, performers and activists to give us their personal manifesto on how to use the arts to make change.
DO WHAT YOU DARE
Do What You Dare is an end-of-festival celebration of the creativity and bravery of DARE artists and audiences! To close out this year’s Festival, we’ve invited all our DARE artists, and several other creatives, makers and adventurers, to get up and do something outside of their comfort zone. Whether they’re a dancer who wants to try singing for once, or a director who’s courted a secret penchant for magic tricks, or perhaps a writer withe zero rhythm who fancies a bash at a tap dance, this is a chance for them to Dare themselves to try something a little bit daunting.
Here’s the twist: in and amongst the programmed Dares there will be open slots for any festival-goer, should the spirit move you, to Dare yourself! It’s a chance for all of us to celebrate trying something new and a bit scary, so feel free to step up and take a risk.
Alongside the Dares we’ll play games together, including jelly eating competitions, apple bobbing and maybe a little bit sing song ping pong (look it up!)
Do What You Dare is an end-of-festival party filled with games and performance spots. Have a drink, relax and do what you dare!