Poetry - Dangermouse#
On 17 March 2020, Papatango launched Isolated But Open: Voices from Across The Shutdown, to inspire creativity and share brilliant new stories at a time when people needed them most. The result was ten new monologues, chosen from 2063 submissions, representing the freshest, most vital and most exciting voices from across the country at that unprecedented time. Wild Swim was one of those monologues.From fags, red stripe and eclairs to plunging into icy water, the grieving process is full of surprises. In Wild Swim we meet Lauren who is persuaded to plunge into a frosty, muddy lake as a way of re-connecting with her Mum. It’s a beautifully written, emotional piece that manages to explore loss with humour and is ultimately joyful and life-affirming.Performed by Lucy Hayton and directed by Helen Withers. This is a Criterion Theatre production.
Drama Fast by Fin Kennedy
A twenty-four-hour school fundraiser in a semi-rural town takes on a new urgency when farmer's daughter Cara refuses to eat again until the supermarkets she holds responsible for her father's suicide agree to her demands. The Criterion Youth Theatre presents this thought provoking ensemble piece.
Directed by Alan Fenn.
Comedy Drama- The Closing by Andrew Sharpe
The Cabinet Minister from MinCult is here to close the Festival. A hilarious presentation of art imitating life as Jon Elves, Chair of the Criterion Theatre performs this eviscerating parody.
Music and Comedy - Keith Donnelly.
Singer-Songwriter/Comedian Keith, is a graduate of the University of Warwick and it was while in this part of the country that he found folk clubs and began playing in groups. As well as being a performer in his own right, Keith has also written material for Phil Cool and Jasper Carrot. If you have ever seen Keith live, you will know that his shows could be described as unique and are filled with fun, laughter and bags of energy.