Cracked Festival is Bath’s first student curated multi-arts event; taking over The Egg Theatre, Bath from June 2nd to 4th 2015. Cracked Festival began as a partnership project between Bath Spa University and The Egg Theatre to get students more involved with Bath Fringe Festival and to help The Egg redefine their space for young adults alongside their already brilliant work hosting and creating theatre for young audiences. Cracked Festival features the very latest and best work from upcoming future artists, alongside Action To The Word, a theatre company awarded five stars at Edinburgh Fringe. Four third year students from Bath Spa University, Alex Knight, Daniel Seath, Imogen Hanson and Sam Robertson were selected to plan, organise and implement the event.
Rhythm of Silence, Main Theatre, 1pm and 7pm
While Virginia Woolf was searching for silence and peace in her writing, Benjamin Britten was composing bars of silence into his scores. Woolf’s The Waves, her self-termed ‘playpoem’, and Britten’s haunting Phantasy Quartet are married in this musical and physical exploration of the power of silence and solitude.
London Conchord Ensemble was founded in 2002 by principal players from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and has won an international following.
Cracked Festival Talks Back!
Cracked Festival talks back is a brilliant opportunity for A level and Collage students to talk in a relaxed informal Q&A setting to current Bath Spa University students about University life and the courses available to them.
Bound To Reality, Roper Room, 3:30pm-4pm
A solo dance piece choreographed and performed by Olivia Richards. During this time Olivia will discuss her process.
Cracked Festival Cabaret, Wednesday 3rd June 2015
Hosted by The VA’s Luke Mallison
I watch you from my lair, my willing victims on the subjects of; food, sex and how to have hours of fun using only a stick and your garden fence!
A group consisted of the Bath Spa’s best and brightest comic actors and writers, The Idle Plaything’s bring you their revue show consisting of all their greatest sketches from the past year. Being part of the Bath Literature and Comedy Festival, as well as the Edinburgh Fringe, the Playthings will provide a fresh batch of fun and enjoyable sketches.
In this entirely-improvised spy thriller, you determine the international crisis Agent Nigel has to solve, you determine what gadgets he’ll use and you determine the dastardly villain he must face.
These poetic delights are some of the best emerging poets around and definitely ones to watch! With a variety of flavours throughout their work, make sure you get the best seats in the house…they’re not to be missed!
The 25 year old’s debut EP secured a top ten position in the international iTunes hip hop/rap charts only hours after being released. As a craftsman lyricist and a captivating song writer, it is no wonder that his independently produced music recorded in the living room of his rented home has been well received. The EP has been called ‘passionate, powerful and purposeful’.
Music, Tuesday 2nd June
I am a singer/song writer and I have been playing the piano since I was four years old. I started to write my own songs when I was about ten. My singing became more especially important to me around the age of twelve when I started performing Jazz songs in the Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon. This led to an opportunity to sing with the Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra for about three years. I have been to a performing arts academy in the year 2010-2011. There I worked on my furthering my technique and performance skills. Since last year I have been gigging and recording my own compositions in and around Bath. I am currently studying drama at Bath Spa and I love it.
“Joni Mitchell meets Julie London.” Armed with her acoustic guitar, Maaike Siegerist (NL) writes and sings her own songs, which draw inspiration from the beautiful melodies, ingenuous harmonies and swinging rhythms of jazz, especially the Great American Songbook.
The Floral Wham Trams are a 7-piece dysfunctional family, raised in the cloudiest of mountains and trained by Vietnamese monks. Now, based in the city of Bath, The Floral Wham Trams are out to enjoy the summer, touring the UK across the month of June to promote their debut EP ‘Songs For Megan’.@FloralWhamTrams
King Canute is a devised production based on a Scandinavian & English folk tale of King Canute and The Waves, which has been brought into the 21st century. Our story takes place during the 2013-14 Somerset Levels Floodings.
The Little People Theatre Company create hard hitting, feminist, gender-bending performances. Their most recent performance is based on the controversial song Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. They utilise physical theatre and performance-poetry to highlight the real meaning of this song touching upon how the pop-music industry hides a subculture of rape and inequality.
A dark comedy by David K. Barnes & Michael Milne.
Timothy is a husband any woman would die for.
But when his wife suspects he is plotting to kill her she calls on her two friends to help. Not knowing what to expect, they soon find themselves in a tangled web of accusation, hysteria and cocoa – all on a Sunday afternoon.
by Liam Maddin
No books, no songs, no press, no movies about love stories. There is no Romeo and Juliet.
By James Leyshor
A black comedy about two incompetent flatmates who get more than what they bargained for. A story of crime, deceit, friendship…and afternoon tea
I’ll tell you a story. This story is about what can’t be said. This story is about me. It’s about you. I don’t know if it’s mine, or yours. All it is, is a collage of the unconscious.
Cracked Festival Lineup
Tuesday 2nd June 2015
T 13:00-14:30 Rhythm of Silence #1
T 19:00-20:30 Rhythm of Silence #2
F 10-10:30 Skin Deep
F 10:30-11 Chavs
T11-1 Cracked Talks Back (Q&A + Lunch)
T 2.30pm-3pm Freedom
D 3:30pm-4pm Bound To Reality
M 5:15pm-5:5:45 Chloe Tyghe
M 5:45pm-6:15pm Maaike Siegerist
M 6:30pm-7:00pm Floral Wham Trams
Wednesday 3rd June 2015
T 13:00-14:00 King Canute
T 15:00-16:00 What Can’t Be Said
T 17:00-18:00 Loggerheads
C 19:30-19:45 Claire Crocker Stand Up
C 19:45-20:15 Idle Playthings Sketches and Stand-up
P 20:15-20:45 Poetry
C 20:45-21:15 VA
M 21:15-21:50 Mystery Guests
F 10:00- 10:30 Life Before Death
F 10:45- 11:15 Anything You Can Do
F 11:30-12:00 Shelter
F 12:15-12:45 S.W.A.T
Thursday 4th June 2015
T 12:00-13:00 Timothy
T 13:00-14:00 Blurring The Facts