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NINE

What to expect

The year they were born scientists confirmed a skeleton buried under a car park in Leicester was the English king Richard III.

Since then it’s been an eventful nine years;

Brexit, Minecraft, a climate change emergency, Donald Trump, COVID-19.

But what do they remember and what was actually important to them?

So what does the future look like to these young people? How will they look in the future? Will the world last? Will we ever return to the ‘old normal’? Do they think there will ever be a female pope? Will we eventually all start falling in love with robots?

When they turn 18 the year will be 2031. What will the world be like by then?

This new project from Bootworks Theatre Company will comprise of workshops with children from Robinswood Primary School in Matson who will then perform on the Saturday evening.

Where and when

Robinswood Primary School, Matson

Robinswood Primary School
Underhill Road
Matson
Gloucester
GL4 6HE

Practical details

  • The show lasts between 45 & 55 minutes
  • Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before the show starts

    We want anyone to be able to come along – so we’ve made the tickets pay what you choose.

A performance like this would often cost £7-£12. But we don’t want people to miss out because of price.

If you can’t afford anything at all, we’d love you to come along for free. If you can comfortably pay more than the suggested price, please consider doing so – generosity is good for everyone. Whatever your situation, we want you to be welcome. There are no favourites at our events: you’re all family to us 💖


Directed by James Peachey-Baker, with Rob Daniels and Andy Roberts

Devised and written by Bootworks, with different groups of children

Every time the show takes place, it’s performed by new children. It is therefore slightly different each night; using the experiences, opinions, thoughts and stories of the new performers to make the show anew.



Presented by GL4 in partnership with Strike A Light


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Destiny

What to expect

“They’re sayin I brought it on myself. 

Oh yeah, they’ve heard about me. Basically it must’ve been my fault cause I’m me, Destiny”

Destiny dreams big. She dreams glamour. She’s gonna be an MTV Base backing dancer, you watch. 

A “captivating” ( ★★★★ The Guardian) show that follows a teenage girl growing up on a Chippenham council estate. Born below the breadline, she’s desperate to see beyond the neighbourhood and find hope in hopelessness.

Written and performed by Florence Espeut-Nickless.

  • Recommended age: 14+
  • Running Time: 70 minutes
  • Trigger warning: Sexual abuse and violence.

Where and when

Robinswood Primary School, Matson

Robinswood Primary School
Underhill Road
Matson
Gloucester
GL4 6HE

Practical details

  • The show lasts about 70 minutes. No interval.
  • Trigger warning: Sexual abuse and violence.
  • The show is recommended for ages 14+.

    We want anyone to be able to come along – so we’ve made the tickets pay what you choose.

A performance like this would often cost £7-£12. But we don’t want people to miss out because of price.

If you can’t afford anything at all, we’d love you to come along for free. If you can comfortably pay more than the suggested price, please consider doing so – generosity is good for everyone. Whatever your situation, we want you to be welcome. There are no favourites at our events: you’re all family to us 💖

Written and performed by Florence Espeut-Nickless

Directed by Jesse Jones



Presented by GL4 in partnership with Strike A Light

❗Show coming subject to funding ❗

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Soumik Datta – Hope Notes

What to expect

“One of the biggest new music talents in Britain” – Vogue

Soumik Datta is a multi-faceted creative combining traditional Indian instrumentals with pertinent spoken word.

A musician, producer and television presenter, Datta has worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Anoushka Shankar, Bill Bailey and Nitin Sawhney.

Datta’s work is intertwined with activism and his latest project is no different. His new production ‘Hope Notes’ focuses on sharing refugees’ stories and combines the audio from these personal accounts with electronic sarod, a 19-stringed Indian instrument, string arrangements and animation.

⏰ 1 hour long
😌 Relaxed performance – there are seats if you need them but you can stand, dance and move around whenever you need to

Where and when

Gloucester Guildhall

A big hall right in the city centre – perfect for an atmospheric live music experience

Gloucester Guildhall
23 Eastgate Street
GL1 1NS

Practical details

The show lasts about an hour.

We want anyone to be able to come along – so we’ve made the tickets pay what you choose.

A performance like this would often cost £15-£20. But we don’t want people to miss out because of price.

If you can’t afford anything at all, we’d love you to come along for free. If you can comfortably pay more than the suggested price, please consider doing so – generosity is good for everyone. Whatever your situation, we want you to be welcome. There are no favourites at our events: you’re all family to us 💖

⏰ 1 hour long
😌 Relaxed performance – there are seats if you need them but you can stand, dance and move around whenever you need to

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Workshops, meetups & gig night for young activists

A day festival with the aim of building and celebrating community around youth activism in Gloucestershire.

We’re inviting young people (aged 15+) who are doing organising work already, as well as those who want to find a way into activism but aren’t sure whats out there.

Join us for music, food, talks and workshops from inspiring activists and artists, and meet other people doing organising near you!!

🗓 Saturday 30 July, 1-8pm
📍 Kings House (JOLT & The Music Works), Gloucester
🎟 FREE

Age 15+

Lineup

Spread across 5 rooms on 2 floors, you can pick and choose whatever you feel like doing throughout the whole day. Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

  • 1pm: sticker/flyer swap

  • 2pm: arts and activism panel discussion

  • 3pm: resilience training

  • 4pm: zine-making workshop

  • 6pm: dinner! Free food

  • 7pm: live music

Photography and filming will be taking place at this event for documentation and publicity purposes.

We’re putting on some events in Gloucester for you – including workshops, meetups and a gig night.

Get involved in some free events where you can meet and chat with other people like you.

And then, on 30 July, come along to a day of activities and a gig night to let your hair down 🎉

Massive thanks to these brilliant people for making this event possible:

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‘Us’ – youth theatre show on a moving train!

The fantastic Strike A Light youth theatre have been cooking up something special…

A live performance on an actual train!

It’s an original show called ‘Us’ – all the Youth Theatre’s own ideas and work 🎉

It’s been specially commissioned by Cross Country and Gloucestershire Community Rail Partnership

You should come and see it!

The show starts at Gloucester Train Station.

Then, we’ll all take our seats on the train as it sets off for Lydney.

During the journey, you’ll get to watch an amazing, original performance from the brilliant Youth Theatre members (ages 11-16).

At the other end, there’ll be a short walk to Lydney waterfront, where the show finishes.

Then you’ll have some time to explore the beautiful scenery and grab a drink in the local cafe, before heading home whenever suits you.

Your ticket includes the train journey AND a free drink and cake from Hips Social cafe in Lydney.

The show tickets are pay-what-you-choose, so you can get all that for free if you want!

Times, locations and other important info

10:20 Meet at Gloucester Train Station, Bruton Way GL1 1DE for safety briefing and ticket collection

10:30 Performance begins

11:00 All board train from Gloucester to Lydney

11:20 Arrive at Lydney Train Station

11:40 Performance finishes at Lydney Harbour, GL15 4ER

Everyone is then welcome to explore the beautiful surroundings, with a map provided by us, and enjoy a drink and slice of cake from the local independent cafe at Lydney Harbour. This is all included in your ticket

12:55 Return train journey from Lydney to Gloucester (included in your ticket). This is the next available train back to Gloucester, although you may decide to stay longer and choose an alternative train time that suits you.

There is a 15 minute walk from Lydney Train Station to the harbour. The ground is uneven so appropriate footwear is recommended.

Please let us know about any dietary requirements so we can inform the cafe prior to your visit.

Any questions or queries, please contact charlene@strikealightfestival.org.uk

This event has limited capacity so please only attend if you have a ticket.
This event is now sold out!

This project is only possible thanks to these brilliant people:

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Kings Square Launch: giant dance flashmob

Kings Square is fully reopening – complete with fountains again!

To celebrate, there’s going to be a whole day of exciting, FREE events

We’re bringing our own bit of Strike A Light flavour to the party – with a giant dance flashmob 🎉

It’s going to be a collaboration between the incredible Avant Garde Dance and 100+ Gloucester residents, of all different ages and backgrounds

AND THAT’S NOT ALL!

You can also see Avant Garde’s brand new dance x VR show – ‘Scrum’ 😮

An electrifying 35-minute hip-hop dance theatre performance for all ages. Audiences are immersed in a riotous protest; as a rabble of young digital natives confront a powerful regime. Live performance overlaps virtual reality! Bring a smartphone to access hidden content 🤫

You do not want to miss this one!

There’ll be cool stuff happening from 1pm-9pm. Come along for as much as you like. (Full timings below)

The whole day is completely free and you don’t need tickets – just turn up whenever you want!

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Daytime activities

  • 1pm: ribbon cutting and fountains playing
  • 1.30pm-2.05pm: ‘Scrum’ – dance x VR performance from Avant Garde
  • 1pm-5pm: family circus skills classes by Circomedia. Plus Gloucester Swing Dance demonstrations

Evening activities

  • 6pm: DJ set and welcome from your hosts
  • 6.30pm: giant dance flashmob!
  • 7pm-7.15pm: fountain show
  • 7.30-8.05pm: ‘Scrum’ – dance x VR performance from Avant Garde
  • 8.15-8.50pm: ‘Wave At The Moon’ – circus performance from Cirque Bijou and the Bullzini High Wire Company
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Club Origami: a GL4 event

What to expect

A perfect daytime activity for under-5s

Get inspired by beautiful, imaginative performance and play

Bring your little ones along to Matson Library for a morning of unique paper performance and play.

Penguins, monsters, the sea…if you can dream it, Takeshi and friends can make it and bring it to life – just from paper!

Enjoy a gentle, creative performance with live music to fire up your imagination. Then get stuck into the giant pile of scrunched up, torn and folded paper for yourself 🎉

Stay and play afterwards, too!

⏰ 45 mins long, plus stay and play afterwards
👶 Ideal for under-5s but suitable for older children too
😌 Relaxed performance – get up and move around whenever you need to

Where and when

Matson Library

The local library in the middle of Matson. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be silent during this event! 🤫

Matson Library
6 Winsley Road
Matson, Gloucester
GL4 6NG

Tues 5–Weds 6 April
Performances at 11am and 1pm

Practical details

The event lasts about 45 minutes – and you’re welcome to stay and play after that.

We want anyone to be able to come along – so we’ve made the tickets pay what you choose.

A performance like this would often cost £7-£12. But we don’t want people to miss out because of price.

If you can’t afford anything at all, we’d love you to come along for free. If you can comfortably pay more than the suggested price, please consider doing so – generosity is good for everyone. Whatever your situation, we want you to be welcome. There are no favourites at our events: you’re all family to us 💖

⏰ 45 mins long, plus stay and play afterwards
👶 Ideal for under-5s but suitable for older children too
😌 Relaxed performance – get up and move around whenever you need to

Book tickets online

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Hungry Nation – part 1: conversation

What to expect

Eat, listen and debate to find out how food poverty is related to us.

You might not be suffering from food poverty, but in Coventry, there are still people who struggle for food and experience being hungry in their daily life. 

Listen to our 10 storytellers, who have lived experience of being hungry or accessing emergency food banks, as they share their personal stories in a relaxed performance over lunch or dinner at Foleshill Community Centre – Coventry’s first and largest Social Supermarket.

Hungry Nation is an opportunity for us all to hear some of the key issues related to food poverty faced by Coventry people today. We’ll add to the collective’s solutions in a friendly debate and generate ideas for what must be changed.

Strike A Light have been working with Coventry participants to collectively create this performance together. Hungry Nation will culminate in April 2022 as part of Coventry UK City of Culture with a larger public performance that is co-curated with the participants. 

Co-produced by Coventry City of Culture Trust and Strike A Light. Supported by Spirit of 2012, Arts Council England, Strike A Light, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Feeding Coventry.

Image: Jo Newman

1 in 4 parents in the UK have skipped a meal as they cannot afford it

End Hunger UK

All ticket sales will go directly to Feeding Coventry, a small charity with big ambition: to create a food resilient city in Coventry where nobody goes hungry.

Where and when

Foleshill Community Centre

A community centre offering a hub for events, activities and other functions for the local population

Friday 3 December 2021, 1.30pm & 7pm

757 Foleshill Rd
Coventry
CV6 5HS

Practical details

This event will be captioned.

Together, we will discuss how to solve the key issues that many people in Coventry are facing today in a friendly debate over food.Headline topics include:

  • What are the root causes of food poverty in Coventry – and what are the local, and national, policy solutions?
  • What are the main barriers that people face when accessing food?
  • Should we have a right to food?
  • How can we work together to help people avoid becoming hungry?

Facilitator: Dr Jasber Singh, Associate Professor, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University

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Bright Nights: Globoscope

What to expect

Head out on a magical night-time stroll through an illuminated landscape.

Pulsing, glowing orbs will transform Robinswood Hill into a multi-sensory light experience for all the family.

Available after dark!

⭐️ Completely FREE
⭐️ Great for all ages
⭐️ Grab some amazing photos!

Winter lights fantasy! Amazing sounds – esp Globoscope. Go check it out!

Audience member

Where and when

Robinswood Hill

A beautiful hilltop country park, and home to Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Globoscope will cover the whole of the front of the hill – when you first go past the visitor centre and cafe. There is some parking available on site.

26-28 November 2021, 5pm-9pm

Robinswood Hill
Reservoir Road
Gloucester, GL4 6SX

Practical details

This event is completely free.

It is taking place on cold, dark winter evenings – so remember to come prepared!

Wrap up warm 🧣
You’ll probably want to wear wellies or other sturdy footwear 🥾
And it will be dark – so have your phone or your torch ready! 🔦

It is wheelchair accessible: there’s a smooth concrete path straight from the car park up the hillside (although the hill is steep and might be a bit slippy!)

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust will have a range of activities to help you explore the site, and the café will be open for hot drinks and snacks.


We are pleased to be partnering with Global Streets – a national programme that is inspiring local change through unforgettable international outdoor arts experiences coupled with targeted engagement activities. Gloucester is one of 12 places around the UK to be part of the Global Streets programme.

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‘I Remember When…’

Missed the live event? Watch the video of the evening!

Stories from the Windrush generation in Gloucester

Hear Elders from Gloucester tell their stories of life in the city – in the 1960s and today.

Featuring live music from a local band, free Caribbean food and a performance from spoken word artist and Bristol laureate Miles Chambers.

if you only hear one side of the story, you have no understanding at all

Chinua Achebe

Can’t make it to the event in-person? Watch the free livestream online! ▶️

There’s been really high demand for this event! And we know that, even if we still had tickets available, not everyone is able to attend events in-person. So we’re going to livestream the evening as well.

Let us know your email address and we’ll send you a link to watch the online video stream of the event – live from 6.30pm on Tues 2 November.

What to expect

Join us at the Guildhall for a celebratory evening of stories, film and spoken word – complete with live band and free Caribbean food.

The evening kicks off with a relaxed meal in the main hall. Grab a plate and take the chance to chat as the band gets started.

There’ll be live music while you eat, and then the lights will go down, the big screen will come on and you’ll have the opportunity to watch Elders from Gloucester tell their stories in short films.

The films will be interspersed with spoken word performances from fantastic poets, including Bristol laureate Miles Chambers.

Where and when

A photograph of the Gloucester Guildhall's The Hall space.

Gloucester Guildhall

Gloucester’s premiere music and performance venue, right in the middle of Eastgate Street.

Gloucester Guildhall
Eastgate Street
Gloucester, GL1 1NS

Practical details

The evening lasts 2 hours in total, including the food, the band, the filmed stories and the spoken word performances.

The Guildhall will be laid out ‘cabaret-style’, with chairs grouped around tables on the hall floor.

Food will be served from 6.30pm. The bar will also be open and serving drinks. You’re welcome to take food and drinks with you into the hall, for the band and the films.

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