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A GL4 event, in partnership with Strike A Light

🗓 17 March, 12pm
📍 Matson Baptist Church
🎟 Free! (SOLD OUT)


For babies aged 6 – 18 months

What to expect

Blink. Blink again. What do you see? 

Day by day your world is filling up with colour, little one.  

Reds and blues, yellows and greens. Twinkling lights that glisten and gleam. 

Your reflection is staring back at you. Wide eyed and full of hope. Mirrors, lights, colours and sounds. The world is your Kaleidoscope. 

Inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops and how they instinctively begin to categorise colour, watch as a multi-coloured Kaleidoscope is brought to life for you and your baby.

Created for babies aged 6 – 18 months

Awesome people who are making this event possible 🎉🙏


A Filskit Production supported by Arts Council England.

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🗓 Thursday 12th September, 7:30 – 8:30
📍 Gloucester Guildhall, GL1 1NS
🎟 Tickets – £12/£7

By Willy Hudson

Thursday 12 September | 7:30pm
Gloucester Guildhall

Tickets: £12/£7

Locked in his bathroom during a tragic third date, Willy Hudson asks: are you a top or a bottom?

Bottom is about bums, Beyoncé and burnt fish fingers. Join Willy for a queer coming-of-age remix, as he questions if ‘bottom’ in the bedroom means ‘bottom’ in life –and whether Beyoncé can help put his love on top.

With a cracking soundtrack, Willy’s funny, honest and open-hearted storytelling yanks the lid off the queer experience. He faces performance anxiety and the realities of being overworked, underpaidand under-respected.

This is for anyone who hates making the first move. Anyone who thinks they are unlovable.

Anyone that’s ever tried to be someone they’re not.

Following a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe and UK tour, Willy brings Bottom to Gloucester. Developed with support from The Arts Council, Exeter Phoenix, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Strike A Light and Bryony Kimmings.

Presented in partnership with GL4.

Presented by Strike A Light and GL4 Festival

Performers: Willy Hudson

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Never Better Tour

🗓 11th – 13th September
📍 Gloucester
🎟 Tickets – Free to Attend

A new FREE show about mental health in Gloucestershire.

Tour Dates – September 2019

– Wednesday 11th at Roots Coffee & Community – 11am
– Wednesday 11th at The Roses Theatre – 2:30pm
– Thursday 12th at Prema – 2:30pm
– Friday 13th at Coleford Library – 2:30pm

The Never Better tour takes elements of the performance and brings it to a venue close to you!

An hour long performance with discussion, performance and music, performed by three actors, a producer, a staff member from the archives and a musician.

Free to attend – no booking required.

In Partnership with GUST, Gloucestershire Archives, Gloucester History Festival

Presented by Strike A Light, GUST, Gloucestershire Archives and Gloucester History Festival

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A Haunted Existence

🗓 Friday 13th September, 7:30 – 8:30pm
📍 Blackfriars Priory, Gloucester, GL1 2HJ
🎟 Tickets £12/£7

A Haunted Existence
By Tom Marshman

Friday 13 September | 7:30pm
Blackfriars Priory
(as a part of Gloucester History Festival)

Tickets: £12/£7

“The judge said it was appalling that a town like Taunton should exhibit as many cases of homosexual crime ….The answer was not that the population of Taunton is more debased than other groups of the community, but that once vice got established it spread like a pestilence and unless held in check, threatened to spread indefinitely” – News of the World 1954

Join Tom Marshman in a special performance blending creative technology, music and projection as he retraces the forgotten true story of a young local man who was arrested for gross indecency. In the early 1950s 17-year-old Geoffrey Patrick Williamson was on the Exeter to Bristol train when he approached a plain clothed railway officer. This pass lead to Williamson being arrested: on questioning, Williamson revealed the names of men he had had sex with, beginning a domino effect of 17 arrests, prison, aversion therapy and suicide.

A Haunted Existence highlights the turmoil, stigma and heartbreak of this experience by weaving together history and hearsay to tell the story of Britain’s very recent, shameful past.

“As tongue-in-cheek as it is heartbreaking and the result is a one-man show which is quite remarkable.” Bristol Post ****

“This is a play you cannot and should not ignore.”

Presented by Strike A Light and Blackfriars Priory
Performers: Tom Marshman

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Scratch Night #1

🗓 Wednesday 25th September, 7:30 – 8:30
📍 St Mary De Crypt, GL1 1TP
🎟 Tickets £5

See exciting, brand new shows while they’re still in development and give your feedback!

– Thrills, Spills and anti Inflammatory Pills

Explores the aerial journeys of Nix Barnaville and Sally Gibson.

Arthritic knuckles and knees, a need to go to the loo every 20 mins, the decline of the memory coupled with the societal barriers of body image caused their creativity to hit an impasse. But there is no retirement from performing and creativity, can they continue to get their thrills as they get older?

– Saili Katebe

Saili will be sharing poems exploring the masculine through the archetypes of King, Warrior, Magician and Lover.

Inspired by the longstanding oral tradition of his culture, he uses language and the musicality within in to create work that connects with its narrative and plays with the potentials of the spoken word.

Tickets £5

Here’s more info on the performers:

Presented by Strike A Light
Performers: Nix Barnaville and Sally Gibson

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🗓 7th – 8th October
📍 Matson Baptist Church, GL4 6LA
🎟 Tickets £5/£3

GL4 Festival in partnership with Strike A Light present…

By Akin Theatre

7 October | 11am, 12pm, 2:15pm, 3:40pm
8 October | 9:30am, 2:15pm
Matson Baptist Church

Tickets: £5/£3

Nest is a stunning multi-sensory experience for pre-walking babies and their parents and carers.

Unfolding in a custom-built performance tent, NEST takes audiences on a journey through the seasons, using playful poetry, puppetry, song, movement and tactile and sensory play. This magical show awakens babies’ curiosity and invites adults to look afresh at the world around them.

Based on extensive research on early-years development and exploration with babies and their families, NEST was originally developed at artsdepot and premiered at Brighton Festival in 2017. In spring 2019 it toured 80 performances to 19 venues, and sold out shows across the tour.

Duration: 35 mins
Age Recommendation: Pre-walking babies

Presented by Strike A Light and GL4 Festival
Performers: Akin Theatre

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Scratch Night #2

🗓 Wednesday 9th October, 7:30 – 11:00
📍 All Nations Community Center, GL4 6PH
🎟 Tickets £5

Dani Harris-Walters and Jamaal Burkmar are amazing dance performers, each working on fantastic new shows. This is your chance to see those shows while they’re still being shaped – and give your feedback direct to the artists.

And that’s just part of the night! It’s gonna be a full-on party vibe. We’ll have Kizumba with Mamadi Sanha – social kiz in Gloucester, performances from local singers & dancers, Caribbean food and a set from DJ Banks until late.

You don’t wanna miss this one!

For more info on the performers click here –

Presented as a part of Black History Month Gloucestershire.

In partnership with Hawkwood, The Everyman Theatre and Lives of Colour.

Presented by Strike A Light, Hawkwood, The Everyman Theatre and Lives of Colour
Performers: Dani Harris-Walters and Jamaal Burkmar

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Man On The Moon

🗓 ednesday 16 October 2019, 7.30pm
📍 Gloucester Guildhall, GL1 1NS
🎟 Tickets £12/£7

By Keisha Thompson
Directed by Benji Reid

Wednesday 16 October 2019, 7.30pm
Gloucester Guildhall
Tickets: £12/£7

The award-winning Man on the Moon is a journey through space and time, fuelled by love, fear and Afro-futurism.

Keisha communicates with her reclusive dad through books, letters and symbols. But when the letters stop coming she is forced to venture into his world. This truth-infused narrative sees the protagonist follow a trail of breadcrumbs that lead her to a number of check-points: cultural displacement, religious confusions, political paranoia, misplaced masculinity and more.

With the use of poetry, looped sounds and story- telling, this piece explores the impact that mental health can have on the family dynamic, particularly within the context of the Black British experience.

Prepare to jump from Manchester to the Moon as this story reaches for those answers that can often feel out of reach.

Best Studio Production – Manchester Theatre Awards 2018

Reviews Hub 4.5/5: “Man on the Moon is a remarkable achievement”

The Stage: ★★★★ “Man on the Moon is a poetic and eloquent piece of storytelling”

Manchester Theatre Awards: ★★★★ “leaves you feeling like you have been chatting with a friend”

Quiet Man Dave: “brilliantly written and well-structured narrative on a fascinating subject”

State of the Arts: “A stunning and simple performance that doesn’t need anything but its words and story to stop you in your tracks.”

John McGrath – Director, Manchester International Festival: “Man on the Moon is one of the most assured and resonant pieces of solo performance I have seen in a long time. Keisha Thompson is an artist of enormous talent, and her new show is profoundly personal, touchingly funny, and arrestingly relevant.”

Cheryl Martin, Co-Director, Black Gold Festival: “Keisha is brilliant, as is Man on the Moon. Warm. Generous. Vulnerable. I could listen to her share her words for days.”

Age recommendation: 12+

Presented by Strike A Light and Gloucester Guildhall
By Keisha Thompson
Directed by Benji Reid

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I Wish I Was A Mountain

🗓 Fridayday 18th October, 7pm
📍 Gloucester Guildhall, GL1 1NS
🎟 Tickets £12/£7

I Wish I Was A Mountain
By Toby Thompson

18 October | 7pm
Gloucester Guildhall

Tickets: £12/£7

On the day of the famous annual fair, the town of Faldum receives an unexpected visit. A wanderer offers to grant a wish to anyone who wants one. Before long, the city is transformed. Mansions stand where mud huts once squatted, and beggars ride around in horse drawn carriages. And one man wishes to be turned into a mountain.

Written and performed by former Glastonbury Poetry Slam Champion Toby Thompson, I Wish I was a Mountain uses rhyme, live music, and just a smattering of metaphysical philosophy to boldly reimagine Herman Hesse’s classic fairytale.

Do we really need the things that we need? What do mountains feel? How did time begin?

Adults are kindly requested to leave all answers to these questions at the door. Children, come as you are.

Recommended Age: 6+

Co-Produced by the egg and Travelling Light Theatre Company

Presented by Strike A Light and Gloucester Guildhall
Performers: Toby Thompson

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Doodle Dance

🗓 Saturday 19th October
📍 The Redwell Centre, GL4 6JG
🎟 Tickets £10/£7

GL4 Festival in partnership with Strike A Light present…

Doodle Dance
Saturday 19 October | 11:30am & 2pm
The Redwell Centre, Matson

Tickets: £10/£7

The Doodle Dance Show is a playful and innovative show for families that combines drawing and dance. Created by award- winning performers Anna Williams (Russell Maliphant, La Ribot) and Tom Roden (New Art Club) the show invites children and their families to grab a pen and join in the action, as the whole audience comes together to turn a giant piece of paper into a delightfully anarchic world populated by crazy birds, dancing pirates, strange underwater creatures and maybe more…

‘Having fun as a family and giving confidence to my 4 year old!’

Originally produced and premiered by Greenwich Dance in 2015 he show has since been touring the UK, selling out and generating fantastic response.

‘We went in grumpy & came out v. happy!’

Presented by Strike A Light, GL4 CIC and The Redwell Centre
Performers: Anna Williams (Russell Maliphant, La Ribot) and Tom Roden (New Art Club)