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The first Strike a Light festival comes to Gloucester

PUBLISHED: 12:50 22 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:50 22 September 2014

The Black Album by Avant Garde Dance

The Black Album by Avant Garde Dance


Strike a Light is a new festival bringing theatre and live entertainment to Gloucester from September 25-29

Strike a Light is a new festival bringing theatre and live entertainment to Gloucester working in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre and the Collaborative Touring Network.

Strike a Light aims to connect existing groups, encouraging people to work together and share experience & expertise, and to support emerging artists, musicians and performers. The event will be a chance for local people to be inspired to come together, chat and be inspired.


What’s on?

• Thursday September 25

Festival Launch, 7:30pm-11pm

The Olympus Theatre, Barton Street


The festival launch will feature live music from Romania, Middle Eastern street food, Adrift / Afloat – a rehearsed reading based on Mammalian Diving Reflex’s residency in Gloucester earlier in the year, plus sneak previews of new work, DJ’s and dancing.

• Friday September 26

Scratch Night, 7:30pm

The Olympus Theatre, Barton Street


First showings of 3 new pieces of emerging work from Gloucestershire based artists. This work has been delivered in partnership with Theatre Gloucestershire and generously funded by The Summerfield Trust

• Saturday September 27

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers, 1pm onwards

Kingswalk Shopping Centre


“Henry loved books, but not like you and I like books… He loved to EAT books!”

This adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ award-winning children’s book by Bootworks Theatre follows the story of a boy with a voracious appetite for books. And better still, he realises the more books he eats, the smarter he gets.

This unique performance for 4+ year-olds and their grown-ups uses live performance, puppetry and back projection. Each performance is 5 minutes long, performed for two people at a time and repeats 30 times a day.

Folk in a Box, 1pm onwards

Kingswalk Shopping Centre


Folk in a Box is a one-on-one music venue and performance space. It is a bespoke wooden box with a little front door for audience members and a little back door for performers. One audience member is allowed in at a time. The door is closed behind them. They are given one song, performed by one musician. It’s simple, but works like a charm.

The Black Album, 7:30pm

The Olympus Theatre, Barton Street


In this triple bill, three distinctly different hip hop choreographies are seamlessly woven together like a concept album. The Black Album is music-inspired dance.

From Jazzanova to Mozart, Woodkid to Trentemoller, Linkin Park to Beethoven, Avant Garde Dance’s contemporary choreography endeavours to take you on a journey experiencing the many complex and cool shades of black.

• Sunday September 28

Open Conversation, 4-6pm

The Olympus Theatre, Barton Street


What role / responsibility does the arts community play in representing conflict in performance?

Ballad of the Burning Star, 7:30pm

The Olympus Theatre, Barton Street

£7 (£5 concessions)

Multi-award-winning Theatre Ad Infinitum presents the tale of an enraged Israeli armed with music, killer heels and a lethal troop of divas, exploring victimhood, persecution, aggression and love.

• Monday September 29

Gloucester – Culture Matters? 2:30-5:30pm

Open Space at Blackfriars Priory, Via Sacra, Ladybellegate Street, GL1 2HN

£3.50 (includes mezze supper, 6-7pm at The Olympus Theatre, Barton Street)

Are you passionate about Gloucester City? Do you think art and culture can make a place unique and help to build strong communities and meaningful lives?

If so, add your voice to the mix at this special Strike a Light ‘Open Space’ gathering.

You don’t need to work in the arts or cultural sector to come along – the only thing that matters is that you care about Gloucester and think that arts and culture have a key part to play in the life of the city.

Ballad of the Burning Star, 7:30pm

The Olympus Theatre, Barton Street

£7 (£5 concessions)

Multi award-winning Theatre Ad Infinitum presents an explosive tale. Armed with music, killer heels and a lethal troop of divas, an enraged Israeli executes a story of victimhood, persecution, aggression and love.


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