Autumn 2020 distanced Coming up Events

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

🗓 Date and time TBC
📍 Gloucester Library, GL1 1HT


Sneak peeks

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

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Coming up Events



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


Sneak peeks

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


“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

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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.


Back of the Head with a Brick


🗓 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.




🗓 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.”

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

“Undersong is truly transformative”
Miro Magazine

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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


Queens of Sheba

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


Sneak peeks

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.


“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

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

Archive Events

Is Theatre Just For Posh People?

🗓 Thursday 12 October 2017
10:30am – 5pm
📍St Hilda’s Hall, Matson, Gloucester, GL4 6JG

A one-day event for Arts industry professionals in the heart of Matson, Gloucester’s largest housing estate, actively exploring the question “is theatre just for posh people?” co-hosted by GL4 festival, Strike A Light and Create Gloucestershire and fabulously supported by Gloucester Services.

Over the last year Strike A Light’s conversation and action around diversity has thought about class:

How do we engage with the predominantly working class audiences who live in Matson, Gloucester’s largest social housing estate?

Gloucester is traditionally known as an area of low cultural engagement, with areas in wards, including Matson, ranking in the most deprived fifth of neighbourhoods nationally.

In 2016 we started to work collaboratively with Matson residents and co- produced their first theatre festival;  the GL4 Festival.

The GL4 Festival enters its third season in October and are proudly co-hosting this national industry event, is theatre just for posh people?, with Strike A Light and Create Gloucestershire.

What to expect on the day:

It will be informal, action based, conversational, jargon free, with delicious lunch, new performance and brilliant panel speakers including:

  • Rhiannon White from CommonWealth
  • Conrad Murray, Beat boxer and Artistic Director of the Beatbox Collective