Unexpected 2014 Festival: events, dates & times
Friday 29 August
12 noon–4.30pm FREE
Princesshay & Blue Boy Square, EX1 1QA
Produced by Fools Paradise:
Compere: Goronwy Thom is a juggler, unicyclist and all round showman.
Friday 29 August XPLOSION Shows:
• Turbo Jones – Reckless Invention: This blazin’ show from Reckless Invention is a totally unique comedy fusing breakdance, physical comedy, audience participation and 80’s rap.
• Le Navet Bete – Rumpus: laugh uncontrollably with Exeter’s favourite clowns for a ‘Rumpus’ – expect a high-energy ridiculous, madcap and utterly hilarious show.
• Angie Mack – Hula Hoop Show: Join Angie Mack on her hula hoop journey through the ages and across the globe.
• Circadian – Schmutter Bros. The Brothers are hungry and in need of some food. Using nothing but their portable kitchen and a bag of the finest ingredients, they serve up a smorgasbord of culinary chaos.
• Upswing – Loved Up: Don’t miss this unique mix of dancehall, acrobatics and street dance blended with stunning aerial techniques.
Friday 29 August: Exeter City Centre Walkabouts:
• Vamos Theatre – Midwives on Call: Our 1940s midwives hit the streets averting ‘medical emergencies’, delivering babies, and making sure that the public are in tip top health.
• Circadian – Art Critics: The Art Critics are two flamboyant lovies who find the beauty in everything. To them everything is a piece of art.
Friday 29 August & Saturday 30 August
7pm & the only ticketed event during Unexpected 2014
Burn the Curtain present: THE COMPANY OF WOLVES
Based on the stories by Angela Carter
Riverside Valley Park, Exeter, EX2 4RY
The meeting point will be confirmed after booking
Adults: £8 Children (U18): £5 Family Ticket: £24 (two children, two adults)
Minimum age 8+
Tickets www.bikeshed.co.uk – a ticket sales contribution will be made to WaterAid.
Join Burn the Curtain in this retelling of this dark and mysterious modern classic. Run or walk with us, and help to sniff out those who have been born feet first, who are hairy on the inside… Depending on the path you take, the journey will be between 2 miles (walkers) and 5 miles (runners) long, this mythical and spine tingling tale will be told along the way.
Remember ‘if you stray from the path for one instant, the wolves will eat you’. Please wear suitable footwear and dress appropriately for the weather.
The show will take place as dusk falls please bring a torch or head torch.For further details, please see www.burnthecurtain.co.uk
Saturday 30th August
12 noon–4.30pm FREE
Produced by Fools Paradise
Princesshay and Blue Boy Square, EX1 1QA
Compere: Goronwy Thom
Saturday 30th August XPLOSION Shows:
• Circo Rum Ba Ba – L’Hotel: The ‘smallest hotel in the world’ is shrouded but watch as it comes alive.
• Andrew Elliott – Jaardu the Magic of India: Drawing on his eastern & western heritage, Jaardu presents a show combining traditional Indian magic with comedy.
• Reckless Invention – Comedy Waiters: This dinner service delight combines silent comedy and graceful slapstick to great effect.
• Jason Maverick: High-energy shows for street events or cabaret which are set almost entirely to music, combining superb mime and robotics with a huge range of circus skills.
Saturday 30 August
Festival Commission: THE GREAT FÉTE
RAMM Garden and Rougemont Gardens, EX4 3PT
Artistic Director: Tony Lidington
Raise Morale! Do Your Bit! Exeter Unexpected Expects You!
In August 2014 the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. In Exeter, like in many places across the country, the recruitment of civilians into the forces began in earnest in August 1914. These recruitment events captured the spirit of that time when nobody expected the war to last so long or to be so severe.
Unexpected, with artists Promenade Promotions, Le Navet Bete, Nuts and Volts Theatre and Devon Carousel has created a reinterpretation of the enthusiastic, optimistic recruitment events which encouraged the men and boys from Exeter to enlist in 1914. The Great Fete is an opportunity to share the optimism of this time but also to reflect and commemorate.
Enter the recruitment zone. Be examined by the Sergeant Major, grab an enlistment pass, participate in games and activities designed to be fun as well as informative about the practical realities of military life. including an obstacle course, map reading skills, agility tests, show of strength; interact with characters of the period, recruitment sergeants, enlisting nurses and more presented by Le Navet Bete, Nuts and Volts Theatre and Promenade Promotions.
For families with young children come along and help the Suffragettes to make poppies and roses for our let’s remember garden, decorate a shortbread biscuit with a poppy or a rose to eat and join in a musical singalong, celebrating popular songs from the day.
Get a cup of tea & take to the floor with the Tasty Music Palm Court Trio! Or join in a sing song on the Music Hall Stage – a contemporary look at this popular entertainment including many of the songs that suggested joining up to fight was every man’s duty. ‘We don’t want to lose you (but we think you ought to go)’ (1914) ‘Goodbye-ee (1917).
In partnership with RAMM, Exeter Library and Exeter Phoenix, www.prom-prom.com; www.lenavetbete.com; www.nutsandvoltstheatre.co.uk and www.thecarouselproject.org.uk
Also open during the Great Fete:
We Will Remember 1914-18
This embroidered hanging is the creation of artist and embroidery tutor Adrienne Howells. The six foot high black and white artwork depicts scenes from the trenches, with red silk poppies appliquéd onto banners either side, honouring those who died in the First World War. Poppies are available for visitors to write the name of a family member who served; each poppy will be sewn around the main image. All donations will go to support the work of the British Legion.
Across the lines @ Exeter Library
An exhibition of items related to the First World War drawn from the Library and Heritage collection. Plus café.
Archive film footage and café/bar
Part of First World War Centenary, the national partnership of commemorative events
Saturday 30 August
BLOOD ON THE STREETS
Mr Fred’s Barbers, South Street, EX1 1EE
Blood on the Streets is a public performance lecture situated withinthe window of a barbershop. The lecture explores the history of bloodletting as a medical practice, tracing its roots in ancient medicine, the rise of the barber-surgeon and the current understanding of blood within modern medicine. There’s a new Sweeney Todd in town, but this one’s not out to kill! www.newsweeneytodd.com Supported through funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England and The Wellcome Trust.
Burn the Curtain present
The Company of Wolves
7pm (see Friday 29 August)
Unexpected 2014 Circus Sunday
Sunday 31 August
11am–12.30pm & 2pm–3.30pm FREE
OPEN HOUSE No Fit State
Princesshay. EX1 1QA
Directed by Orit Azaz, Open House is an immersive, ever-evolving large-scale circus installation where anything can happen and everything becomes an excuse for performance and spectacle. Flowing through the town, setting up in a city square, unfolding washing lines, flags, umbrellas and piles of bric-a-brac, there is no big top but a colony of musicians, acrobats and aerialists exploding out of caravans – a joyous menagerie of circus chaos setting the town alive. www.nofitstate.org
CAN’T SIT STILL – A SMALL CHANCE OF SHOWERS
Blue Boy Square, Princesshay
A journey of rain and storms, weather reports and wellies!
12.30-2.30PM PROMENADE PROMOTIONS
UNCLE TACKOS IMAGINARIUM
Exeter Guildhall Shopping Centre
Enter the exotic world of Uncle Tacko’s Imaginarium where any extraordinary act might be on show!
Grand Finale: THE UNEXPECTED 2014 CIRCUS CARNIVAL PARADE
Designed by Iola Weir
Music: Samba Marcianas
Leaving Exeter Guildhall at 3.45pm
Did you ever dream of joining the circus? If you haven’t done so yet, now’s your chance – you won’t look back! Wear your beard with style, bounce on the back of an acrobat and hide behind a ferocious lion … it’s all yours for the taking – and the making! Unexpected Carnival costumes, made by local people throughout the summer, will parade with NoFit State and live music providing a colourful, stunning finale to Unexpected 2014. Come and join in! The Express & Echo are media sponsors for the UnExpected grand finalé.
Unexpected 2014 Festival Workshops
11 – 24 August (not Sundays)
10am – 6pm
CARNIVAL WORKSHOPS led by Iola Weir
FREE Exeter Scrapstore Exhibition space,
85 South Street EX1 1EQ
Exeter needs you! Helping Make Carnival Parade Costumes
This is a fantastic, free chance to work with top carnival artists to make and decorate circus costumes for Unexpected’s Grand Finale Carnival Parade. Between the 11 – 24 Aug, from 10am-6pm (not Sundays), hands-on carnival workshops will be lead by Iola Weir at the Exeter Scrapstore Exhibition space, 85 South Street EX1 1EQ.
Calling all community groups and anyone interested in costume making, make a costume to promote your group and join in carnival. Come and join or have a workshop in your own community space. An excellent free activity suitable for all ages (children must be accompanied). For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 22nd, Wednesday 27th & Friday 29th August
10am – 12pm DEVON CAROUSEL’S POPPY AND ROSE MAKING WORKSHOPS FOR THE GREAT FETE
FREE DROP-IN SESSIONS
Children’s Library, Exeter Library, Castle Street, EX4 3PQ
Excellent for families with young children
Make paper poppies and roses, one to wear and one to decorate the Great Fete, the Unexpected First World War event in Rougemont Gardens on Saturday 30 August ! We’ll also be going on a musical storytale, using stories, memories and brilliant songs from the time.
Friday 29 August & Sunday 30 August
12 noon – 4.30pm 12 noon – 4pm
DOUBLE ELEPHANT PRINT
WORKSHOP CONVERSATION STATION
Bedford Square, EX1 1LR
Exeter Guildhall Shopping Centre, EX4 3LP FREE
Visit the Conversation Station for printing and a chat. Using letterpress and screen print Double Elelephant will help you to print a design onto a bag or poster whilst talking about ending prejudice around mental illness. This is a project of “Time to Change” the campaign to end mental health discrimination. We all have stories to tell, so don’t be shy and take away a souvenir of your conversation.
Monday 1 September
INTERACTIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP
LED BY CONEY
Studio TS1 – University of Exeter Drama Dept,
Thornlea, New North Road, EX4 4LA Theatre.
Tickets: £10 full price/£5 Unexpected Artists & concessions*
Book tickets via Event Brite:
Coney make interactive theatre, where the audience is present and has scope to play. This workshop opens up some of the tactics and techniques for making interactive theatre, including game design, responsive writing and character creation.
This practical workshop is open to all theatre-makers: writers, performers, directors, designers, facilitators, and more. www.coneyhq.org For further info contact Becca Savory on: email@example.com
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