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In The Spotlight
Friday 31st March 2017, 7:30pm
The Bohemian Balcony
Canute's plastic Army
Canute’s Plastic Army is an acoustic duo consisting of Anish Harrison’s vocals (prev. of the Teddy White Band) and Neil Mercer on guitar (prev. of Rumour Shed and the Dacoits).
The band began as a solo project of Neil, who started playing and writing on his own due to depleting band mates. In 2016 Anish and Neil discovered a shared love of dark, twisted songs by artists as disparate as Odetta, Cate Le Bon and Pulp. Anish’s soaring vocals and Neil’s dynamic acoustic guitar was a potent mix. They quickly started writing dark and twisted songs of their own.
Saturday 1st April 2017, 12:00pm
Clown Workshop for children
by Bianca Bertalot
A one hour workshop that will bring activities for children to learn and create through clown techniques and play.
Through different games and exercises creativity will be developed, not only individually but also collectively in a group. Objects and costumes selected by the children will help in the development of each child. It will be a safe environment where each child will discover their clown within.
They will learn and explore:
The 5 basic clown energies.
Different ways of communicating (body language, gobbledygook)
Discover objects and their usages, freeing mind and body and letting spontaneity emerge.
Recommended Age: 5-12 years
Sunday 2nd April 2017, 12:00pm
by Jo May
ome and learn to play the spoons with Jo May! Jo will provide an assortment of metal, wooden and plastic spoons, including joined-up ones for younger participants. You’ll learn a few different techniques and put them together to create a short routine. The session will be accompanied by Against the Grain’s guitarist Matt Sullivan. All ages welcome, no experience necessary.
Tuesday 4th April 2017, 8:00pm
by Tony Cowards
If you’re a fan of puns and are ‘up all night for good fun’, prepare to ‘get lucky’ as Sony award-winning comic Tony Cowards brings his show Daft Pun, an hour of great gags, playful puns and witty wordplay, to Swindon Fringe.
A sought-after comic worldwide, Tony’s gags turn up in all sorts of places from greetings cards, to TV shows. So, even if you’ve never heard of him, there’s a very good chance you’ve laughed at one of his jokes!
Recommended Age: 16+
"The best joke writer around" GQ Magazine
"Hilarious… a delight to watch…you’ll definitely enjoy this" ★★★★ BroadwayBaby
Wednesday 5th April 2017, 7:30pm
The Bohemain Balcony
by Madam Renards. Written by Zoe Smith
It’s been a bad night, a really bad night. In fact, life in general is pretty bad for these two strangers. They wind up in A&E… then sat on bench, in the early hours, waiting. What they’re waiting for is a bit of a mystery. All that’s certain is the sun will rise and they will part ways. The question is: how much do you share with a stranger?
In Breaking Point two women take a one-night stand approach to the confessional, in a bid to wind up a little happier at the end of it all.
Thursday 6th April 2017, 7:30pm
All American scream
Welcome to The Average Joe Show, a good ol’ fashioned daytime sitcom with zinging one-liners and loveable characters all working hard on that freedom freeway named the pursuit of happiness.
Except that recently the world has pursued a terrifying, globalising and memetic transformation into something very grey indeed.
Joe’s life goes off the rails in existential crisis when the show reaches its happy conclusion and all that is left is an ugly land filled with cybernetic post-humans and trump-like revisionists, that reveal the inherent absurdity of all he held dear.
All American Scream is a genre-bending and off kilter, mind-warping piece with a pitch black sense of humour; deploying radical 4th wall-breaking sensibilities and surrealist costume as well as experimental live music and offbeat dramatics to tell a thought provoking story about the state of the world today in a cultural-analytical fashion. It’s heaps of fun.
Recommended Age: 12+
Saturday 8th April 2017, 12:00pm
worker & Parasite
by Liquid Library
The Swindon Fringe presents Liquid Library presents Worker & Parasite presenting a seamless exposition featuring members of Tremolo Ghosts, Zero Gravity Tea Ceremony and SexJazz.
A deconstructed and reconstrued approach to a rock concert that will excite and amaze!
An experiment in improvisational muzack that will shock and arouse!
A collection of sensible sounds for a stupid world!
Expect incense, coffee and earnest pretension.
Sunday 9th April 2017, 2:30pm
Only for now
by Stage Coach Swindon Further Stages
In or out? Red or blue? Hot or not? The public will decide. An amusing new musical, exploring what can happen when the world of politics meets celebrity culture.
Stage Coach Performing Arts Swindon Further Stages students (aged 16-19) are excited to take part in their first Fringe Festival. They can't wait to share Only For Now, a brand-new show including a variety of musical theatre and pop songs.
Quick Fire Round
Who are you?
Canute's Plastic Army We are a duo, bringing a mix of folk, Americana, with a sprinkling of rock and pop on the side.
Clown Workshop for Children I am Bianca Bertalot and I am bringing a Clown Workshop for Children
Spoons Workshop I am Jo May and I am bringing a Spoons Workshop
Daft Pun I'm Tony Cowards, an award winning stand up comedian living here in Swindon, bringing my successful Edinburgh, Leicester and Adelaide Fringe show, “Daft Pun”
Breaking Point I'm the writer, Zoe Vail Smith and this is my first (one act) play – Breaking Point, produced by the man himself Matt Fox and directed by Molly Campbell – feeling very privileged!
All American Scream SWiNE are a multi-disciplinary art collective that endeavour to create enriching, progressive debate and action through carefully crafted experiences. Our play ‘All American Scream’, a multi-layered exploration of contemporary existence – complete with jokes about poo.
Worker & Parasite We are Liquid Library! And we bring some rather odd sounds
Only For Now Stagecoach Swindon Further Stages students (Tamara, David, Olympia, Olivia, Georgia and Leah). We are aged 16-19 years old and train every week at Stagecoach, developing skills in Drama, Singing and Dance. ‘Only For Now’ is a devised musical, exploring what happens when the world of American politics meets celebrity culture. We are bringing fun, originality and harmonies to the SWINGE.
Describe your company in 3 words
CPA Erudite And Witty
CWC Innovative Safe Clowning
DP Me, myself, I
AAS Avant-garde, Thought-provoking, Truly-Scrumptious
W&P Low-Fidelity Audio
OFN Awesome, sarcastic, BFFs
Describe your show in 2 words
CPA Twisted, Original,
CWC Creativity, Fun
DP Silly jokes
BP Strange Encounters
W&P Bad Idea
OFN Political, sassy
Describe you in one word
What is your show’s selling point / highlight?
CPA We can lick our own eyebrows
CWC Safe space for children to express themselves
SW I hope to give people a new skill which they can have fun with and try again at home in their kitchen..
DP It contains lots of gags, so if you don’t like one don’t worry there’ll be another half-a-dozen along any moment. In Edinburgh, Broadway Baby said it was “hilarious… a delight to watch… you’ll definitely enjoy this” **** (that’s four stars, they didn’t swear at the end)
BP I’ve taken quite a romantic idea of placing two strangers on a bench at midnight and instead of making it about romantic love I’ve made it about two lost souls impulsively confessing all – which in a way is a bigger gift than anything as we all need to feel understood and sometimes that comes from the least unexpected place.
AAS The way it examines contemporary states of being, and this relevance to us all, and the poo joke
W&P It could be a car-crash of epic proportions
OFN If you enjoy being entertained by the world news and TV shows like X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing, ‘Only For Now’ is the show for you. If you don’t, try picturing President Trump with a microphone and backing dancers - we hope we can change your mind.
What kind of audiences do you appeal to?
CPA Humans and marsupials
CWC Recommended age 5-12 year old
W&P People you wouldn’t have expected, actually
OFN Teens to Grannies!
If your show was a doughnut, what flavour would it be?
CPA Crème Brulee with a splash of Papa Lazaru
SW Organic and vegan with lots of dark chocolate!
BP Raspberry jam but one of those ones were you think it’s empty because the jam’s been piped in all on one side so when you get to it it spurts everywhere!
AAS Avant-garde (and jam [but weird jam])
OFN A lemon meringue pie doughnut – soft and sweet on the surface but zingy in the centre
What is the weirdest feedback you’ve ever received?
SW Hm, I have had some quite funny feedback, but haven’t written it all down.. Various comments about spooning, and sore fingers and legs.. Had this the other day "I've got no sense of rhythm, I really wasn't looking forward to it.. But that was GREAT!"
DP A sort of loud pitched screeching noise when I once held the microphone too close to a speaker.
AAS “I’m breaking up with you. We are over. I’ll come by yours next week to collect all my stuff but after that I never want to hear from you again. Get rid of the poo joke.”
W&P ‘That sounded like the end of the world’
OFN “That’s great, maybe you could give him a feather boa?”
Who inspires your work?
CPA Many eclectic bands and artists, from Radiohead to Odetta, Fairport Convention to Jarvis Cocker
CWC The children!
SW All sorts of musicians, too many to name! But check out Abby the Spoon Lady and
DP As a kid I was a huge fan of Tommy Cooper and nowadays I love Tim Vine, Gary Delaney and Milton Jones.
BP This is for my sister!
AAS We are greatly inspired by the works of groundbreaking post-modernist writers and absurdist playwrights; as well as surrealists, Dadaists, conceptualists and philosophers; people like Beckett and Jorodowsky and Derrida and Kafka and David Foster-Wallace. But mostly we are inspired by what is happening; and by the idea of creating a vehicle that others can use to contextualize, explore, engage with and deal with what is happening – the idea that something can be timely, and timeless. We are inspired by a lot, not least poo jokes.
W&P The Kims Deal and Gordon
OFN Davina McCall, Hilary Clinton and Beyoncé
What does a regular day look like for you?
CPA Sparkly and wet
BP For me, as writer, it’s early days, and most days are me looking for more excuses to write! And counting down to the Swinge, of course.
AAS Very busy, fraught with drama, we are constantly at work on a wide range of projects
W&P A very large pot of tea surrounded by scissors, pritt-stick and cassette tapes
OFN A vocal warm up followed by lots of laughter!
If you weren't a performer, what would you be?
CPA A librarian and a teacher, because that’s our real day-jobs
DP A lumberjack
W&P A caterpillar
Who would you be most excited to see on the front row of your audience?
CWC Lots of children with sparkling eyes!!
SW One of my old teachers from Lawns or Churchfields!!
DP Lord Lucan
AAS My father. I like to think he’ll be looking up from the burning depths of hell at our performance. Burn in hell dad.
W&P Myself, travelling back in time from the future to warn me of a terrible disaster that I can prevent if we act very, very quickly..
OFN Our main man Barack Obama and our Mums
"I would be happy if my performance at the Swinge..."
CPA ...made us millionaires
CWC ...inspired all children to play more and more and more!
SW ...inspired lots of people to make music in their kitchen. ;)
DP …was a massive success and led to a huge TV deal, fame and fortune. Or alternatively, if a load of people turned up, laughed for 55 minutes and then went home happier than when they arrived.
BP ...made just one person say – everyone needs to see this.
AAS SWiNE are a multi-disciplinary art collective that endeavour to create enriching, progressive debate and action through carefully crafted experiences. Our play ‘All American Scream’, a multi-layered exploration of contemporary existence – complete with jokes about poo.
W&P ...results in the complete dismantling of patriarchal hegemonic capitalism
OFN …made people think, dance and laugh...rocked…didn’t end in a ball of flames
Buy your tickets below
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Canute's Plastic Army
Clown Workshop for Children
All American Scream
Work & Parasite
Only For Now