Everybody has a secret they’d rather forget. What if you were given the chance to forget your sins and begin anew? Once a year, during the ides of February, a secret gathering takes place; a festival of frivolity and forgiveness. Shrouded in mystery and open only to those fortunate enough to receive an invitation, a group of strangers are given the chance to change their lives forever. Audiences are cordially invited to The Gathering – Where the lost can find forgiveness and sacrifice will set you free.
The Gathering is promenade piece of theatre, featuring music and physical story-telling.
Wrong Shoes Theatre is a Swindon based company, aiming to create challenging new work with both professional and community groups. “We create original performances, which explore the relationship between the audience and performance” says Luke Marquez, the artistic director for the company. One of the company’s aims is to engage local people in contemporary performance both as audience and as performers. To this ends, Wrong Shoes Theatre Company began a project in October 2014, which invited local people to take part in devising a piece of theatre, for a performance in February. David Cousens, one of the community performers taking part in the project said “This has been a new experience for me but, I have thoroughly enjoyed the creative process” he continues “having the audience in the space with you is a scary but exciting prospect!”
The company are also keen to work with other artists from the local community, and are collaborating with artists from Artsite, who will be completely transforming the Postmodern Gallery for the performance. “Swindon is host to some wonderfully creative artists, and it has been such a pleasure to work with some of them on this project” said Luke.
Wrong Shoes Theatre Company is a theatre company based in Swindon, aiming to create challenging new work with both professional and community groups and explore the relationship between the audience and performance. Most recently, Wrong Shoes devised and performed The Anima Project, which saw a successful sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014.
Artsite exists to encourage the practice of art through education, provision of resource and peer support. They are committed to providing access to these services to anyone who shows an interest, especially those living in the Swindon area. Artsite works in partnership with Swindon Borough Council through the Swindon Does Arts initiative to further the cultural life of the town.
Venue: Artsite, The Post Modern, Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN
Dates: 11th, 12th, and 13th of February at 8pm and 14th of February at 2pm and 8pm.
Suitable for age 16+
Tickets: £10 + booking fee available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/wrongshoes