This September FEAST (Festival of Equality in Arts and Society through Theatre) are bringing you a week of live theatre, dance, workshops, puppetry, story-telling, family day, light installation, music and film! With inspirational companies near and far, this is their biggest and brightest festival so far!
FEAST is run by co directors Tiffany Hosking and Michelle Pogmore. They work to bring their shared love of of regional and international theatre work to the heart of the Malvern Hills that the community wouldn’t otherwise have access to. They have built up a reputation for challenging, diverse and highly professional work that is accessible to all. From 20th-28th September 2021, with Malvern Cube as their host venue and spilling outside into the town and the beautiful Priory Park they will bring the FEAST to you.
Join in the opening of the festival on Monday 20th September at The Coach House Theatre in company with Chris Bassett, for a lively and fascinating talk Spare me the Drama that maps the development of the pleasure gardens, concert halls and Malvern theatres and will look in particular at the principal surviving venue, the Assembly Rooms and Winter Gardens (now called the Festival and Forum Theatres) which were the home for the ground – breaking drama festivals of the 1930s premiering the work of playwright Bernard Shaw and starring some of the most famous actors of the time. The event will include a display of relics from the Festivals including scripts, props, and photographs.
Tuesday 21st is the first FEAST fringe theatre piece of the festival A Pattern of bad behaviour at The Coach House Theatre. “One of the UK’s most exciting early-career theatre companies“- David Byrne, Artistic Director, New Diorama Theatre.
Wednesday 22nd Join local composer and musician Julila performs In Fields an evening concert with her stunning debut album In Fields. A beautiful collection of finely crafted songs to uplift and inspire. Performed on the Steinway Grand and Cello in the beautiful hall at Elmslie House where Bernard Shaw once performed.
Thursday 23rd at the Malvern Cube is Ceremony of Golden Truth by Lucy Hopkins ★★★★★ ‘Outstandingly original… Lucy Hopkins is a golden-goddess revelation in this extraordinary power hour of one woman’s improvisation and the healing power of comedy’ ToDoList
Friday Night Bite is FEAST’s most fierce offering. This is a night of original short theatre and dance by esteemed performers from all over the country, exploring gender, the climate crises and much more – held together gloriously by Strange Futures. Not to be missed!
Saturday 25th is the second fringe theatre piece The Endling “Join Strange Futures, as they use their humour, quirky perspective and powerful physicality” – (Scotsman 2019), to discuss climate impact and responsibility. ★★★★ London Theatres
The main Saturday Evening show at the Malvern Cube The Birth of Death is “ a genuinely remarkable piece of theatre … Tremarco is utterly captivating.” This piece will include a Q&A
★★★★★ Ed Fringe Review
Sunday 26th is time for the wonderful FAMILY DAY event and this year will take place at both Malvern Cube AND Priory Park. The day begins at 11am from the Malvern Cube where wristbands can be picked up and activities begin including Adventure walks, Jewish storytelling, OddStepprz dance workshops, Umbrella bling up art and an inspirational Celestial SoundCloud for the whole family to enjoy. Main performance The Brolly Folk by Strange Futures begins at 12.15pm with all other activities continuing at the Cube throughout the afternoon until 3pm.
We will be on the move with our FEAST Umbrella Parade to Priory park from the Cube at around 3pm and greeted by the Malvern Big Band at the Priory band stand before an enchanting family theatre piece by The Fetch Theatre company East of the Sun and an incredible display of street dance by OddStepprz. Come and join the FEAST!
Sunday evening Malvern’s very own THE VERY GRIMM BROTHERS Unlocked with Jeremy Fallowfield (gtr) at the Coach House Theatre will bring you ‘a great mix of poetry, comedy, silliness and wistfulness – a fabulous evening!’ Church Stretton Arts Festival – something about reflecting on the times?
For more information and the full festival line up including workshops and Fringe Theatre performances throughout the week visit www.feasttheatrefestival.com