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November 2019

The Aquatic City’s Well of Ideas

November 14, 3:00 pm - November 23, 6:00 pm

Inspired by the Poet’s Box shops in which Dundonians once performed and printed their latest creations, this festival-long shopping centre hub will celebrate the city’s aquatic heritage through hands-on workshops, dramatic performances, film and visual art, and more. Get your hands inky with Pathfoot Press and their hand-operated letterpress. Watch some of Dundee’s most talented 'zinesters' hard at work. Explore ideas of place, environment, and climate change in writing workshops. Or join in making poems from found texts, and take…

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Eating Under Fire: Food in WWII Britain and Italy

November 14, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Italian Institute of Culture, 82, Nicolson Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9EW United Kingdom
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Have you got an Italian relative or a person you know who was living in Italy during WWII? How could they survive? What were they eating? Do you want to know what the situation was like here in Britain and make a comparison? Join us for this evening event where you will be able to see the types of bread, coffee, tea and other food available in Italy and Britain during WWII. Experts will introduce you to the food situation…

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Flying Circus Airlines

November 14, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus
London, London WC2R 2LS Select a Country:
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ice&fire theatre company presents extracts from their upcoming show: a fun, irreverent and accessible excavation of the complex themes of freedom of movement versus the politics of exclusion. Be prepared for a show featuring clowns, an airplane, karaoke and possibly a turf war between a brown owl and a parakeet. Includes Q&A with the creative team. Created by playwright Amy Ng and Olivier-award winning Director Donnacadh O’Briain in collaboration with Dr Sarah Fine (King's College London). This event is part…

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Making Theatre in Exile

November 14, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hampstead Jazz Club, The Duke of Hamilton, 23-25 New End, Hampstead
London, NW3 1JD‬ United Kingdom
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Delving into a suitcase full of sketches, songs and letters, the theatre group brings to life the little-known story of the Laterndl Theatre in Hampstead, established by a group of exiled actors and writers from Nazi-occupied Austria during the Second World War. Rekindling the Viennese tradition of political cabaret, they reflect on their new surroundings and hopes for the future and bring a beacon of light to the 30,000-strong traumatised refugee community. The Laterndl received wide critical acclaim and soon…

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The Remarkable Deliverances of Alice Thornton

November 14, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1SR United Kingdom
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Yorkshire, 1668. Mrs Alice Thornton – widow, mother, and daughter of the late Lord Deputy of Ireland - finds herself the subject of a most dreadful scandal which threatens to destroy her reputation. Tonight, she begs your presence at a defence of her life, including twenty miraculous deliverances from death. Based on the handwritten notebooks of Alice Thornton (1626-1707) – including two recently rediscovered manuscripts - this one-woman theatre/storytelling performance reflects on one woman’s life and experiences across the span…

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Assassinations Past & Present

November 14, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cinema & Co, West Glamorgan House, 17 Castle St
Swansea, Wales SA1 1JF United Kingdom
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This interactive talk, quiz and readings will investigate secrecy and the use of assassination from Medieval to modern times. Together consider the methods deployed by assassins past and present, including red hot pokers and poisoned toothpaste! Suitable for ages 16+ (some strong language). This event is part of the 'Rediscovering Swansea: From Land to Sea' hub series, by Swansea University.

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Romancing the Gibbet – The Ballad of Johny Walford

November 14, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nether Stowey Village Hall, Lime Street
Nether Stowey, Somerset TA5 1NH United Kingdom
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‘Romancing the Gibbet’ is a collaboration between poet, Ralph Hoyte and historian, Steve Poole, exploring ‘dark tourism’ at sites of extraordinary public execution in Georgian Britain. This is one of four related events for the festival where researchers will explain the historical background to a single public hanging, perform some spoken-word poetic responses, and introduce the project’s four free audio trails. At this event a sample audio-trail will be relocated in and around the venue for you to try out.…

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Making Theatre in Exile

November 14, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Hampstead Jazz Club, The Duke of Hamilton, 23-25 New End, Hampstead
London, NW3 1JD‬ United Kingdom
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Delving into a suitcase full of sketches, songs and letters, the theatre group brings to life the little-known story of the Laterndl Theatre in Hampstead, established by a group of exiled actors and writers from Nazi-occupied Austria during the Second World War. Rekindling the Viennese tradition of political cabaret, they reflect on their new surroundings and hopes for the future and bring a beacon of light to the 30,000-strong traumatised refugee community. The Laterndl received wide critical acclaim and soon…

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Discover the Harp

November 15, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mansions of the Future, 15–16 St Mary's Street
Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN5 7EQ United Kingdom
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Get behind-the-scenes insight into the fascinating world of composing and performing music for the harp. With no specialist knowledge needed, this event gets you up close and personal with award-winning harpist Oliver Wass and composer Martin Scheuregger as they lead you through a hands-on workshop, performance and discussion where you get the chance to hear, learn about and even compose for the harp. 10:30 – arrival and free refreshments 10:45 – interactive workshop 12:15 – break for lunch (not provided)…

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Oxford Research Unwrapped

November 15, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Humanties Building, Woodstock Road
Oxford, OX2 6GG United Kingdom
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Come along to Radcliffe Humanities for a fantastic night of activities for all ages, bite-sized talks, stalls and games powered by research from across the University of Oxford. There will also be a spectacular light and sound installation magnificently projected onto the original Radcliffe Infirmary. This stunning free display is based on research from across the University of Oxford and uses the latest in technology of 3D mapping and projecting onto a building by the award winning artists from the…

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Romancing the Gibbet – The Lay of the Two Deadly Brothers

November 15, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Avonmouth Community Centre, 257 Avonmouth Road
Avonmouth Village, Bristol, Bristol BS11 9EN United Kingdom
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‘Romancing the Gibbet’ is a collaboration between poet, Ralph Hoyte and historian, Steve Poole, exploring ‘dark tourism’ at sites of extraordinary public execution in Georgian Britain. This is one of four related events for the festival where researchers will explain the historical background to a single public hanging, perform some spoken-word poetic responses, and introduce the project’s four free audio trails. At this event a sample audio-trail will be relocated in and around the venue for you to try out.…

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Sounds From the Gardens

November 16 - November 17
Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill,
London, London SE23 3PQ United Kingdom
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Come along to two days of activities exploring the sounds of the Horniman Museum and Gardens and our impact on the environment. On Saturday there will be soundwalks, field recordings, composition workshops and participatory live performance. This will be followed on Sunday by sound-art performances exploring environmental change that will be broadcast from the Bandstand. You can also access out-door sound installations throughout the weekend and sounds of the local ecosystem will be brought into the Museum's Natural History Gallery…

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Northern England’s Linguistic Heritage

November 16, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Unity Centre, Chester, 17 Cuppin St, Chester CH1 2BN, 17 Cuppin St
Chester, ,CH1 2BN United Kingdom
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This family day will include a wide range of activities for all ages, including arts and crafts, language games, storytelling, and talks. Visitors will be invited to explore the rich linguistic heritage of the northern English dialects, with particular emphasis on the impact that contact between Anglo-Saxons and Vikings had on the vocabulary of these dialects. This event will also take place on Sunday 17 November at Barley Hall, York. 

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The Georgians’ Marvellous Medicines

November 16, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Seaton Delaval Hall, The Avenue
Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay NE26 4QR United Kingdom
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An hour of comedy and capers for all of the family. Georgian actress Mistress Slurp needs your help finding the perfect prescription for pimples and pox. Join in a family-friendly treasure hunt discovering ingredients for Slurp’s remedies, or simply sit back and enjoy the show exploring the surprising secrets of 18th century remedies. Delivered with the assistance of a team of academics from Northumbria University's Leverhulme-funded 'Writing Doctors' project. The comedy show will run twice, once at 10:00 and again…

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Sea Creatures, Great and Small

November 16, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dundee Science Centre, Greenmarket
Dundee, Scotland DD1 4QB United Kingdom
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This take-over event at Dundee Science Centre will include all of the regular interactive exhibitions, plus some special water-themed activities, such as monstrous crafts and drawing, pop-up performances and talks, face-painting, and more. Artists from Dundee Comics Creative Space will help you create your own sea creatures, great and small. Come and see the new permanent whale and whaling exhibition for yourself! Suitable for all ages. Please note: hundreds of free tickets will be available to book on first come,…

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Aaarrtt on the High Seas

November 16, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5DZ United Kingdom + Google Map

All aboard for a fun-filled day of fantastical adventure on the high seas, celebrating the Glynn Vivian’s new exhibition 'The Mary Rose: People and Purpose'. Discover fascinating facts and sinister secrets about life on board this infamous ship in a series of workshops including animated theatre and creating your own Tudor play, digging for buried treasure, building a 3-Dimensional open world and designing and racing your own Tudor-themed self-propelled motor boats. You will need to keep your eyes peeled for…

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Breaking the Silence

November 16, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St John the Baptist Church, Royal Lane
Uxbridge, Hillingdon, London UB8 3QP United Kingdom
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Come along to a unique theatrical performance of an 18th-century abolitionist meeting. Learn about the campaign to abolish the slave trade and the untold stories of British Caribbean slaves in their own words, located in the burial ground of former African slave, Toby Pleasant.

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Romancing the Gibbet – At the Instigation of the Devil

November 16, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
St Denys Church, Church Street
Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 8PQ United Kingdom
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‘Romancing the Gibbet’ is a collaboration between poet, Ralph Hoyte and historian, Steve Poole, exploring ‘dark tourism’ at sites of extraordinary public execution in Georgian Britain. This is one of four related events for the festival where researchers will explain the historical background to a single public hanging, perform some spoken-word poetic responses, and introduce the project’s four free audio trails. At this event a sample audio-trail will be relocated in and around the venue for you to try out.…

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Windrush Voices

November 16, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Main Hall, Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin St
Deptford, London SE8 4RJ United Kingdom
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In collaboration with Guyana SPEAKS, this event brings together performers, intellectuals and memoirists from across the generations of the UK's Caribbean community. The afternoon will include Guyanese elder Joyce Trotman in conversation with BBC journalist Lainy Malkani, a spoken-word performance by the acclaimed Mr Gee, and a meditation on the contributions of the Windrush to British society by Prof William ‘Lez’ Henry (formerly Lezlee Lyrics). Bringing these individuals together will create an afternoon of entertainment and vibrant discussion on the…

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Hidden Gems

November 16, 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, University of Lincoln, Rope Walk
Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN6 7DQ United Kingdom
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This special event is dedicated to the celebration of Lincoln’s East and South East Asian communities. Expect fun for all ages with activities including: interactive workshops with the Lincoln Community Gamelan, Japanese calligraphy, delicious food, an interactive walk-through exhibition (with a kimono photo-opportunity!), followed by an evening of diverse performances in the auditorium with music, dance, poetry and more. ‘Hidden Gems’ is co-curated by Lincoln’s East and South East Asian communities. Please note: booking required for the evening performance. This…

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