Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Chapter 141: Postcards Festival at Jacksons Lane - Ssshhh!

"Lu, I've had this crazy idea, it's a bit out there, you may not be up for it..." said Ade Berry, Artistic Director of Jacksons Lane, one day. "How would you like to curate an evening of circus cabaret for our Postcards Festival at Jacksons Lane?"

Postcards Festival is in its sixth year at Jacksons Lane theatre in Highgate, bringing together, over a fortnight, short experimental pieces of circus and cabaret. It is playful, quirky, entertaining and, quite frankly, just my cuppa tea.  

Each evening has a unique stamp. The festival opens with a show that is literally “a bit out there”, as Plastic Boom defy gravity with intense juggling, set on a space station in Water on Mars. Talking of astronauts and thinking of Major Tom, I am also looking forward to tripping with Bowie in A Fantastic Voyage, while Chivaree Circus take you to the Underworld with their retelling of Persephone in Becoming Shades. There's an all female cabaret Flappers, compered by tongue-in-cheek duo Sh!t Theatre, and Jacksons Lane's new Associate Artists Alula Cyr will have you in a spin, with a special guest or two to boot.  The multi-talented Australian Jess Love, who I last saw as a hula-hooping virtuoso in La Soirée, blasts onto stage with her darkly beautiful one woman-show And the Little One Said. Get your food fix with surreal George Egg: Anarchist Cook, and the extraordinary hand balancer Natalie Reckert in Selfie With Eggs. Finally the festival is guaranteed to end in Chaos with the hilarious Lords of Strut. 

Meanwhile I am ridiculously excited about the line-up of stellar artists for the evening I'm curating, hosted by Cirque du Soleil's lead clown Sean Kempton, who bring together old school circus and sideshow skills with a contemporary cabaret twist. So join us for a wicked evening where everyone has a secret to share and who knows what will be revealed... Ssshhh! Tell no-one. At least not until you’ve got hold of a ticket...

Postcards Festival is on at Jacksons Lane 12-23 July. 

For more information and to book your tickets: (click here)

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