Following a successful inaugural season in 2018, Barking-based fringe festival Clout! returns next month for a bigger 2019 season including 18 shows over 11 days at two venues. Book your tickets now!
East London’s own pre-Edinburgh, fringe theatre festival is back by popular demand, running from Thursday 4 – Sunday 14 July 2019.
First staged in 2018, the new performance festival gives opportunities to artists and theatre companies to present new and existing work, and showcase work in development. The 2019 programme promises to be bigger and better than the debut festival, with theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, burlesque, music and family shows all on the bill.
While the 2018 festival was a single space affair, Studio3Arts hosts the 2019 performances across two sites – Galleon Community Centre and their new venue at Unit 46, Vicarage Field Shopping Centre.
Speaking about the festival, Liza Vallance, Artistic Director of Studio3Arts, said:
We want to celebrate Barking and Dagenham’s exciting and emerging creative talent and welcome artists and companies to our venues. We received applications from outstanding companies covering many artforms. It was such a treat to curate this line-up and I look forward to hosting their shows and welcoming our local and new audiences to our great spaces
The line-up for Clout! 2019 is hugely eclectic, including:
- Twisted Lanes: A short play based on Patrick Phipps novel following four interconnected lives
- Reality Sucks: Nav Chima‘s show exploring how a battle with kidney disease led to her first performance at the Edinburgh Festival
- Eyecon: Georgie Morrell‘s comedy show about disability and celebrity
- The Bureau of Untold Stories: an interactive, imagination igniting detective drama for the whole family
- Curated Pleasure: Delving into the world of intersectional feminism and BDSM pleasure, join a coven of womxn as they activate your senses and collectively destruct the patriarchy
- Hysterical! The Hilarious History of Hysteria: Rebecca Buckle‘s show about hysteria and it’s legacy for modern women
- King John: Rendered Retina retell Shakespeare’s ‘worst’ play for a family audience, using songs, a wooden box and many hats
- A Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide: A one-man show about a nearly-was rock star
- The Tropical Island: Music, dance, inflatables and coconut trees in a dark comedy about sexism, xenophobia and bigotry
- Many: Autobiographical theatre from a group of 13-to 18-year-old theatremakers
- Jeu Jeu’s La Foille’s Frontal Lobotomy: Beat poetry meets tormented lullabies with a mythology mixer in this show from a burlesque maverick
- George: A surrealist, physical theatre piece offering an insight into the ways the millennial generation deals with the side effects of ambition
- Disabled Coconut: The latest show from Jewish Comedian of the Year 2017, Aaron Simmonds
- Black Fashion V M.E: A dance piece which looks at the evolution of three black women breaking free from the dictated margins created by society
- Happy Father’s Day: A reflective coming-of-age piece with a comedic edge following a sperm cell hoping to find his purpose in life
- You Can Always Sell Any Dream To Me: A show about the American troubadour Joshua Kadison
- Hip Hip I’m Gay: A comedy cabaret that follows real-life stories and experiences of coming out and the mental health struggles people have faced alongside their sexual identity
- Sweet Like Chocolate Boy: Melting timelines, lives and fantasy, and featuring Garage and Jungle music, this hit show critiques Black British protest in the broiling estates of London
Studio 3 Arts, which runs Clout!, was founded in 1987 and has been working with the local community to create art of more than 30 years. They stage locally-driven, curated and produced work, mixing their own programme with the work of other artists who are interested in the local Barking and Dagenham Community. With the help of the Greater London Authority’s Good Growth Fund and Arts Council Funding, their current home is about to undergo work to turn it into a world class arts venue.
Clout! runs at Studio 3 Arts, Galleon Community Centre, Boundary Rd, Barking IG11 7JR and Unit 46, Vicarage Field Shopping Centre, Ripple Rd, Barking IG11 8DQ from 4 to 14 July 2019, with performances at a variety of times. Prices for individual events range from free to £10, but you can also buy a Festival Pass for £65. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!