© 2019 Swindon Spring Festival

SUNDAY 19th MAY

IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP – with Laura Barnes.

Lower Shaw Farm, West Swindon SN5 5PJ
Tel: 01793 524481
10am - 12noon ~ 19th May ~ £10 (£9)


Presented in association with Gatecrash Theatre and supported by Kate Brailsford.
Whoever you are – office worker, artist, actor, doctor, dentist, soldier, sailor, work at home man or high-flying woman - whatever you do, here’s a chance to enjoy some serious creative Sunday morning fun! Improvisation games and activities are a happy workout for mind, body, and spirit. 
This workshop, led by experienced theatre director and producer Laura Barnes, founder of Gatecrash Theatre, is suitable for all-comers, whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced improv practitioner. 

Two Acrobatics Workshops – for Young Dancers aged 10 – 15 years, and Dancers 16+, with Jacob Hi-Ho & Darine Flanagan.

Acrobatics: 10-15 years
Court Theatre, Swindon Dance, Town Hall, Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QG
Tel: 01793 601700  www.swindondance.org.uk
10.30am - 12.30pm ~ 19th May ~ £10 (£9)


Acrobatics: 16+
Court Theatre, Swindon Dance, Town Hall, Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QG
Tel: 01793 601700  www.swindondance.org.uk
1.30pm - 3.30pm ~ 19th May ~ £10 (£9)


These two workshops offer an opportunity for dancers of all ages to learn partner and group acrobatic techniques to combine with their existing dance skills.
Between them, Jacob and Darine have a wealth of experience in circus arts, dance, and performance. Their workshops are fun, rigorous, respectful, and creative.

FESTIVAL FINALE

Circus theatre ~ Dance ~ Music ~ Poems ~ Performances ~ Pleasure!

Town Hall, Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QG
Tel: 01793 601700 
7.30pm  ~ 19th May ~ £12 (£10)

  • Music, dance, acrobatics, theatre, magic, and wordplay with performers, dancers, storytellers, and live musicians, in a relaxed cabaret setting, this promises to be a fitting Finale for the first Swindon Spring Festival – of literature, arts and ideas! 

  • Live music for the evening is provided by the ever-expanding Small Rubber Band, which stretches music-making to new and exciting limits, thanks to the mischievous musical talents of Fergie on drums and Vicki and Natalie on a sassy selection of saxophones.

  • Swindon Dance offer a Festival Finale jazz extravaganza, a production by Sarah Josh and starring showman Dan Martin, full of verve, nerve, and excitement. Another Swindon Dance offering is a new stunning, emotional, physical, and demanding duet choreographed by Anna Watkins and Andre Kamienski.   

  • Two women, in the shape of Casey Jane and Darine Flanagan, meet on stage to bring you an Irish dancing and banjo picking piece where two cheeky characters stomp and play their folking hearts out until they can’t do no more!

  • Two poets will be appropriately . . . erm, poetic. Steve Rooney, erstwhile Slam Champion and reckoned to deliver ironic observations from the hard shoulder of life’s motorway, has performed to loads of people at Latitude and to seven on the outskirts of Derby. Now, finally in a Swindon finale, he hits the big time! Sara-Jane Arbury, the only Sara-Jane Arbury that can be found on the internet, has been hitting big time for a long time, at least in Swindon. She has also worked in TV and on radio and has been told that she has an eye for the unusual. What the other one is looking at, she has no idea!

  • Hat-Trick Harry will ask you to turn off the lights, put away your cameras, and look out for a very special suitcase full of surprises!

  • As the Finale draws to a close, Ben, Fergie, and Jake give us Don’t Drop the Beat, a rip-roaring, rhythm-driven, juggling and drumming extravaganza, with jugglers catching the beat and the drummer juggling the rhythms, a performance where the line between circus performer and music maker is blurred . . . but brilliant!

BSL Interpreted Performance 

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