PuSh Festival 2017: 16 January – 5 February 2017
We’re delighted to be friends with PuSh Festival and to be using the Festival to strengthen the relationships between Canadian and English theatre makers. The first result of which was a visit to Canada in January 2013 by three English contemporary theatre companies, all of whom are interested in producing new work for new audiences. This year we are presenting a programme of new performance work made in England over the past couple of years – mostly work designed to reach new audiences in often surprising places – and are contributing throughout the PuSh Assembly.
Caroline Horton is an award-winning theatre maker, writer and performer. Her work is marked by its playfulness, emotional power and exploration of personal, and often political concerns, and has been performed throughout the UK and internationally. Her works include You’re Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy, Penelope Retold and Islands.
Mess is a play about anorexia, as accessible as it is insightful. Through Josephine, Boris and Sistahl, we get a personal look into the disorder, what it does and what recovery might mean.
Paines Plough is the UK’s national theatre of new plays; commissioning, producing and touring the best playwrights far and wide. Formed in 1974 over a pint of Paines bitter in the Plough pub, they have since produced more than 130 new productions.
Every Brilliant Thing is by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, directed by George Perrin. A play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love, based on true and untrue stories. Co-produced with Pentabus Theatre Company.
Jess Thom is an author, advocate and performer who co-founded Touretteshero in 2010. As a woman with Tourette syndrome, she has verbal and physical tics that make her incapable of staying on script and a comic personality you won’t soon forget. Her work challenges our received notions of normalcy.
Backstage in Biscuit Land uses comedy, puppetry and song to bring Jess’ world to audiences. The performances are relaxed, allowing audiences to move around and make noise.
Quarantine has created over 30 pieces of theatre, in forms ranging from karaoke to cooking lessons. The work emerges from intense research with performers, and those new to the stage. The company makes work characterised by intimacy, fragility and a playful instinct to place everyday life side-by-side moments of rare, crafted beauty.
Funny, sometimes awkward and always human, Wallflower challenges its performers to try and remember every dance they’ve ever danced.
Point Blank Poets are a collective of spoken word artists, breaking down the barriers between rap, poetry and the dramatic monologue. They speak with passion and precision, their words touching on the political, the personal and every point in between.
Dean Atta, Sabrina Mahfouz, Hollie McNish, Bridget Minamore and Deanna Rodger are each stars in their own right. Between them they have published books, written plays, performed at Buckingham Palace and racked up millions of YouTube views.
Chris Dobrowolski studied Fine Art in Hull and, when he got there built a boat from driftwood to try and escape. He makes things with a deliberate “knocked up in the garden shed” aesthetic. Chris has retold and refined his escape stories as both artist and teacher, presenting his lecture How To Not Make A Living As An Artist across the UK.
As well as lectures and kinetic sculptures, Chris makes performance work including the critically acclaimed All Roads Lead to Rome and Antarctica.