The Major Arcana

The Major Arcana is a shared dialogue amongst the collaborators about queerness, inclusion and playfulness in a political climate of adversity, austerity and commercialism. The Major Arcana’s pieces explore the tarot cards’ themes; anxiety, ecology, sexuality, gender, freedom, love.

The host performers, Tom Marshman, and special guest Timberlina (on the 11th Dec) will select one audience member for a tarot reading of their past, present and future cards. Their future card is a bespoke, performed cabaret experience, creating a vivid spectacle for the wider audience.

The Major Arcana lasts for an hour and a half, with readings working in 10 minute cycles, with performances from Corali Dance Company, Impermanence and host performers. The aesthetic of this “game show” varies greatly from raggle-taggle charm to a refined visual spectacle.

Originally devised for Latitude Festival by Impermanence, Tim Redfern and Tom Marshman

“Genius.”
Ruby Wax

Running Time: 90 mins

The Bearpit

The night is young.
The world is ending.
The relationship is exploding.

Publicly, Flora and Nic are the perfect couple. Privately, they haven’t spoken to each other in months. As the Glaciers melt and the rain begins to fall, they’ve got one night to settle the scores. One of them is going to crack. The Bearpit interrogates what we tell ourselves to be true versus the reality raging beneath the surface. Utilising and contrasting text and movement, the show is investigation into what happens when a community stops talking to each other.

“Brilliantly co-written… like a firework going off in your face.”
Matt Trueman, WhatsOnStage

“A deeply atmospheric piece of theatre, achieved with style.”
Broadway Baby

“A stunning debut.”
730 Review

Kopfkino is the collaboration between Flora Marston and Nic McQuillan. We tell stories about what it means to be part of our generation, and the juxtapositions of living in a polarised society. Our work burrows down into the cracks between public and private; real and unreal. It is inherently autobiographical.

Dirty Words

Exploring the filth, fun and aftertaste of our everyday interactions, Dirty Words is a humorous, intellectual, visceral experience that leaves you contemplating your own individual modes and forms of communication.

A crash landing of self-expression, communication, humour, action and reaction through live music, dance, theatre and digital media. This visual monologue questions the physical, verbal, facial, tonal, nuanced way we talk to the world. An exploration and debate of music and movement that rebounds, vibrates, clashes, reacts and challenges each other in the same space, just as our words do.

A music and dance duet with dancer, Grace Clayton (Grace Clayton Dance, Cheap Date) and multi-instrumentalist, Seamas Carey (Kneehigh, Wildworks) created with associate director Kyla Goodey (Trifle Gathering, Kneehigh, Wildworks). The work, through the use of subtitles and sign language, explores modes of accessibility to a deaf and hard of hearing audience.

“Hilarious and energetic and didn’t require you to lie afterwards pretending you understood the concept.”
Memegirls on Cheap Date’s How We Lost It

“A life affirming performance – amazing. Blown away again by the talent of Cheap Date Dance…. effortlessly brilliant!”
Audience Member on Cheap Date’s Little Women Big Balls

“Captures something essential and honest.”
Roy Campbell-Moore, National Dance Company Wales

“Fresh, fast and flipping funny.”
Kirsty Cotton, Talent Development Office HFC

Lovely Girls

Chess and Cristina are The Hiccup Project, a comedic dance-­theatre company. People commonly refer to them as ‘the lovely Hiccup girls.’ It’s got them thinking… It’s been 100 years since (some) women got the vote. This was a (bit of a) step towards gender equality, but how liberated are women today?

After diving into the world of romance and heartbreak in critically acclaimed multi-­award winning May-­We-­Go-­Round?, Cristina and Chess explore what it means to be a young woman in brand new show Lovely Girls.

As little women, and through their teen years, they were fed fairy tales, stories and images full of the idealized woman; beautiful, sweet, passive, lovely. Now, they are 27. They are feminists. They’ve read lots of books, had tons of conversations, and are feeling empowered. Yet they still find themselves on Google asking; “I feel good when an attractive man compliments me, am I still a feminist?” Chess and Cristina open up the confusing pot of contradictions, clichés and expectations, that face women today; Have lots of sex and be sexy, but not too much. Strive for a good career, but make time for everyone else. Have curves, but don’t be fat. Be assertive, but not bossy… Blimey!

Lovely Girls meanders through real women’s stories using The Hiccup Project’s potent blend of dance, theatre and comedy. It is an insight, a celebration and an ode to being a woman in the 21st Century. A show made by women for women and men, and everyone, regardless of gender.

WINNER – Outstanding Theatre Award, Brighton Fringe 2015
WINNER – South East Dance Award, Brighton Fringe 2015
WINNER – Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Award 2015
NOMINATED – Audience Choice Award, Brighton Fringe 2015

“Physical comedy and dance are stupendous companions when they work – and Chess and Cristina have the energy and the intelligence to make it work.”
★★★★★ Fringe Guru

“Theatre and dance that throws custard pies at convention. Outstanding.”
★★★★★ Fringe Review

“Comparable to French and Saunders… their work defies theatrical convention in every sense.”
★★★★ Miro Magazine

“Men will laugh from their very core… in a story every woman can relate to.”
★★★★ Total Theatre (on May-We-Go-Round?)

Image: Paul Seaby
Ages 12+
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)