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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

Book tickets online

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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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Co-creating change in Gloucester

A photograph of Philipa Smith

Hi everyone, my name is Philippa and I am an Associate Producer for Strike A Light. 

I am currently working on a project called ‘co-creating change‘ which is an initiative to encourage everyone to work together to create something special for their communities. 

Gloucester has a thriving African and Caribbean community and as a member, I feel that there is a lot of talent that can be shared in and around Gloucester and beyond. 

Lately, I have been working with a number of people to create a team of ‘community promoters.’ So, what is a community promoter? Well, they are locals who are passionate about Gloucester and its arts scene and they would like to see more people, access, create, participate in, produce and be a part of a thriving arts scene in Gloucester. The group of community promoters I’ve been working with promote events within the African and Caribbean community. 

The group have a couple of shows planned for the next few months. The first is a family variety show, which will take place in May. This night promises to be a treat! It will include local acts as well as one or two guests from outside of town. If you would like to be involved, let the team know – the more, the merrier!

Secondly, the group is planning a performance at this year’s Rooftop Festival. Once again, the idea is to showcase local talent, and bring a variety of different artists and genres together: music, singers, dance, fashion and more. 

Keep an eye out for more performances during the year – and why not get involved yourself as well? We’re always happy to hear from people who’d be interested in helping us co-create some change!

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Lifting the lid on the secret best nights out in Gloucester

Act 1. ‘There’s nothing going on in Gloucester’

Gloucester… is a dump.

At least, that’s what Google’s autocomplete will tell you if you start typing in ‘Gloucester is…’

In a 2016 survey, students at the University of Gloucestershire were asked to name their single favourite thing about the city. The overwhelmingly top answer, the runaway leader by a mile, was…’NOTHING’.

(And their second favourite thing was that Gloucester had ‘good transport links’ – i.e. ‘ways to get out of here to somewhere else’… 😬)

54% of students in a 2016 survey said their one favourite thing about Gloucester was…NOTHING.

Gloucester has been officially declared a ‘cultural cold spot’ – and, if you walk through the city centre after about 6pm, you might be inclined to agree with that: the high street looks almost deserted pretty much every weeknight.

AND YET…

Act 2. Absolutely incredible, brilliant, magical, one-of-a-kind things are happening in Gloucester

Last year, I went to the All Nations Community Centre for the first time.

Round the back of an industrial estate car park, tucked away off the side of a dual carriageway, next to the railway line, with no signs or even lights to give you any hints of life, I walked up to possibly the most unassuming building you can imagine. If my phone map hadn’t been insistent that I was in the right place, I would’ve turned around and left, because surely nothing was happening here.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The instant you walked in, it was just…awesome. Electric. Alive. Full of the buzz of conversation and the smell of curry. There’s a game of dominoes going on in one corner, people stood eating freshly-cooked dinner off paper plates in another, friends greeting each other at the door or bustling to get drinks at the bar – and in the middle of it all, a little troupe of dancers going through some pretty advanced-looking warmup moves?!

I was there, along with maybe 80 other people, for a ‘Scratch Night‘ – a chance to see artists/actors/dancers/performers honing their work before it’s put on full, final, public release. After some beer and curry, we all went through from the buzzing bar to the dark main hall. I took my seat, not entirely sure what to expect… and then I got to watch some literally jaw-droppingly brilliant dance.

These were some of the country’s best contemporary performers and choreographers, who’d travelled up from London, from all over the place in fact, to come and do a 20-minute bit in this so-called ‘cultural cold spot’. And it was spectacular. You know when you can feel an atmosphere in a room? Everyone in that room was enthralled by what we were seeing. You didn’t want it to end!

Of course, it had to at some point. And, when it did, the whole room burst into cheering applause, up on their feet.

And then? Then EVERYONE danced.

(That is actual footage from that Scratch Night. It is the best GIF on the entire internet. It never, ever fails to make me smile.)

The whole night is one of my favourite memories of all time.

In fact, several of my all-time favourite memories have come through my time at Strike A Light – and I’ve only worked here for 1 year out of my 36 on the planet so far!

There was the thumping party on the car park roof, with MCs rapping to the backing of a full-on live orchestra (?!) as the sun went down…

There was the gentle, quiet magic of ‘Man on the Moon‘ – listening, rapt, to Keisha Thompson weave a fragile, funny, sad story in achingly gorgeous sentences. There was the fascinating oddness of hearing your own small talk played back to you through a date-in-headphones at Binaural Dinner Date. There was sitting on tiny plastic primary school chairs with a crew of award-winning beatboxers as they ate KFC and told tales of estate life in the middle of Matson.

And that’s without even mentioning the hilarious and brilliant official team away days. Although that’s not a ticketed event tbf 😂

But, yeah, it turns out Google and those surveyed students are wrong. Turns out, there are all sorts of people doing all sorts of cool things around the place. Turns out, actually, Gloucester is a city of young people organising their own gigs, the home of King’s Jam, of a Cathedral frequently filled with amazing art installations, of Afrobeats nights and breakdance battles, of hidden smartphone audio trails of the city…And all the Strike A Light stuff, too, of course.

There is magic here. You’ve just gotta find it!

Act 3. How to never miss the best nights out in Gloucester again

Well, so, this is what we do all-year-round: run out-of-the-ordinary events in unexpected places all across Gloucester. And we’ve just announced our spring and summer lineup.

Hopefully it comes as no surprise that I’m excited about that (even if I don’t manage to exude anything other than ‘terrible posture’ in this video) 😬😅

So these are the places to be between now and June:

And if you want to make sure you’re first to hear about these things – and other cool, exciting stuff happening in Gloucester – you should basically just hang out with us! You can do that however you prefer: follow us on Insta or Facebook or Twitter, or stick your name down for our emails, or just stop by our office and come and say hi in person if you like.

Any which way, hope to see you soon!