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COVID-19 UPDATE

(Updated 17 March: 11am)

Following yesterday’s announcement from the government we have made the difficult decision to cancel all our shows and workshops this week. We will be contacting all audience members, participants and artists as soon as we can. 

  • You can choose to swap your ticket to a future Strike A Light event- we can credit your customer account and you can then book using this credit in future.
  • You can choose to donate your ticket to Strike A Light we will contribute your donation to our ticket campaign so that in future a child in Gloucester can see a show for free.
  • If you do not want to do any of the options above then we can offer a refund for your ticket.

    To arrange this please contact info@strikealightfestival.org.uk with the name your tickets were booked under, the event name, the number of tickets and what you’d like to do.

Behind the scenes we’re working together with artists, companies & tutors and keeping up to date on the latest guidance. We’ll post updates on our social media. 

Thank you for your support in these unprecedented times.

We believe that with the combined creativity of the Strike A Light family we can find some ingenious ways to keep you entertained over the following months.

Keep in touch & stay safe!

Lots of love from the Strike A Light team 🔥


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Jonny Fluffypunk’s ‘The End of the Pier Show’

❗️POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBC❗️

🗓 Wednesday 8 April, 2.30pm
📍 Gloucester Library, GL1 1HT
🎟 Free!




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Is the library ready for Jonny’s unique storytelling style?!


What to expect

Renowned stand-up poet and lo-fi theatremaker Jonny Fluffypunk presents a brand spanking new little show for families, with story, song, poetry, puppetry, and a healthy dose of anarchy.

At the end of a soon-to-be-closed-down pier in a forgotten seaside town, Pierre the pier handyman spends the last weeks as he always does: catching fish for his old bedridden mother and making strange and wonderful things from the rubbish he finds on the beach.

Then who should wash into his life but a homeless mermaid with a spiky attitude and a story to tell! And things aren’t going to be the same again… Can kindness lead to great things? Can a bit less litter make a difference? Can the world’s first human/mermaid rock ‘n’ roll band make big waves?

Age Recommendation: 7+
Duration: 45 minutes


“Acute social observation, intricate humour, surreal fantasy, sharp irony and wit… and England’s most pretentious moustache”
The Independent on Jonny Fluffypunk


Awesome people who are making this event possible 🎉🙏

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Bromance

❗️POSTPONED – NEW DATE 7 OCTOBER❗️

🗓 Wednesday 7 October, 7.30pm
📍 Gloucester Guildhall, GL1 1NS
🎟 100 spaces. Tickets £12/£7


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Expect to see aerial feats like this, up close and personal


Hot UK circus! An audacious, touching, exhilarating tour-de-force of physical heroics – where handshakes become handstands and backslaps become backflips. 

Running time: 60 mins


Reviews

“astonishing circus skills”
Time Out

“a wonder to behold”
The Metro

“this jaw-droppingly magnificent show”
The Stage

“smartly crafted and highly entertaining”
Times, London


Awesome people who are making this event possible 🎉🙏


Credits

Performers: Beren D’Amico, Louis Gift, Charlie Wheeller
Director: Eddie Kay
Producer: Di Robson
Additional choreography: Ella Robson Guilfoyle
Production: Manager Hannah Blamire
Photography: Chris Nash

Produced by DREAM funded by Arts Council England with support from Underbelly Productions through Circus Maximus and the National Centre for Circus Arts.


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Back of the Head with a Brick

❗️POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBC❗️

🗓 20 May, 7.30pm
📍 Dr Foster’s, GL1 2ES
🎟 Tickets £12/£7



“I was young when I chose to love my city. I was in on every joke it pulled on me. I still love home but it’s not the source of strength it used to be. The jokes aren’t landing any more. I’m happy, but I never thought I’d find happiness outside this city.”

Sean Mahoney, Back of the Head with a Brick

We love Sean’s voice! What he’s got to say, the way he says it and just the way he sounds. Have a little listen for yourself to see what we mean… 🔊👇


What to expect

This latest show draws on Sean’s own experiences – of zero hours contracts and hipster cafes; of growing up and wanting to get out; of his visits to a mental health hospital to see a friend who was sectioned after hurting himself.

There’s stuff in there that might bring you to tears, and that’ll make you laugh out loud. There are some hard and even shocking moments, but also loads about finding beauty in small and unexpected things.

You’ll feel wistful, you’ll feel uplifted, you’ll feel like you want to give him a massive hug… Basically, if you like feelings, you’ll wanna be there!

Sean Mahoney returns to Strike A Light following his previous knock-out show, Until You Hear That Bell.

Age 14+. Contains themes some may find distressing.

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Undersong

❌CANCELLED 😔 ❌

🗓 2-4 June, various times
📍 Chapter House, Gloucester Cathedral, GL1 2LX
🎟 Only 60 places. Tickets £12/£7




Undersong places you at the meeting point between threads of music. Voices weave amongst you and around the space, from a whispered duet to a screaming mob.

Live singers build a vibrant language of a cappella music and movement as they bring to life a series of brand-new compositions, which move between tender and expansive.

Verity Standen creates unique sound worlds, using intricate vocal techniques and rich harmony. She has established a reputation around the UK and internationally for her innovative approach to music-making, exploring playful and profound ways for audiences to experience the human voice.

Babes in Arms Performance

We want this amazing experience to be open to everyone so if you have a young baby we will be making extra provisions at the 10:30am performance on 2nd June for them to attend. Babes in arms can come for free! 

  • There will be a place to leave buggies and changing facilities available.
  • You can leave the show and re-enter as often as you need to.
  • You will sit on a stool and the singers will move around you.
  • There will be lights that illuminate and dim throughout the piece and moments when the show is quite loud and intense.
  • The Cathedral is a historical building and will be cold so please do bring a coat and blanket.
  • Unfortunately the show is not suitable for toddlers.

“One of the most extraordinary pieces of performance I’ve ever seen.”
Exeunt

“A visceral and life-affirming experience”
Bristol 24/7

“Undersong is truly transformative”
Miro Magazine


Awesome people who are making this event possible 🎉🙏


Credits

Composer: Verity Standen
Performers: Coco Mbassi, Dominie Hooper, Dominika Jarosz, Ellie Showering, Henry McGrath, Jannah Warlow, Kate Smith, Tom Penn & Verity Standen
Sound Designer: Jack Drewry
Movement Director: Laila Diallo
Lighting Designer: Ben Pacey
Dramaturg: John Norton
Costume Advisor: Hannah Wolfe
Outside Eye: Tom Morris
Composing Mentor: Orlando Gough

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Outdoor VR Dance in Matson

A GL4 event, in partnership with Strike A Light

❗️POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBC❗️

From The Light Of The Fire, Our Dancing Shadows
🗓 26-27 June, various times throughout the day
📍 The Green, Matson, GL4 6LL
🎟 Free!




What to expect

VR headsets, gold coats and a massive gantry are landing in Matson. Dance through outer space in the middle of the green on the estate! 👨‍🚀

Our Dancing Shadows explores two sides of the same experience, one in VR and the other watching on. It uses the latest VR technology to enable people to collaborate in the same virtual world at once, untethered and outside.

You can choose to watch the dancers and/or be a dancer yourself. If you choose to dance, you’ll take to the stage wearing a VR headset. You do not need to have experienced VR before in order to be a dancer, or have any experience of dance. It is not a competitive environment. If you choose to be a dancer in the VR experience you will find yourself guided through a gentle, poetic VR world.


Awesome people who are making this event possible 🎉🙏


Credits

A Kaleider Production, written and directed by Seth Honnor with Andy Wood and All Seeing Eye.

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Queens of Sheba

🗓 1 July, 7.30pm
📍 Gloucester Guildhall, GL1 1NS
🎟 120 spaces. Tickets £12/£7


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Turned away from a nightclub for being “too black”, four women take to the stage with their own explosive true stories.


This multi-award winning “theatrical firework” (The Independent) arrives in Gloucester following critically acclaimed sold-out runs in London and Edinburgh.

Loosely based on the DSRKT nightspot incident of 2015, Queens of Sheba tells the hilarious, moving and uplifting stories of four passionate Black Women battling everyday misogynoir – where sexism meets racism. The music and the misogyny, the dancing and the drinking, the women and the (white) men.


Reviews

★★★★
“Queens of Sheba is the beauty that comes when the authentic voice of the marginalised is given room to breathe… I for one can’t wait for their next offering… A tour de force.” – Quays Life

“An explosive piece of theatre that is engaging, laced with humour, and hugely empowering… Provides a strong tonic for these increasingly divisive times we live in.” – The Play’s The Thing

“Undeniably potent… There are four very different and unique women on stage, but they speak as one… They are united in their urgency and anger but that voice is balanced by their palpable support of one other on stage – vocally and emotionally.” – The Stage

★★★★
“Nouveau Riché’s pared-back piece has insight, power, and beautiful a cappella singing… Provides both joy and entertainment without pandering to its audience.” – The Guardian

★★★★
“[A] theatrical firework, in which four terrific performers burst across the stage using song, movement and spoken word to examine Misogynoir.” – Independent


Awesome people who are making this event possible 🎉🙏


Credits

Presented by Nouveau Riché and Omnibus Theatre. Written by Jessica L. Hagan and devised by the company