At Stanley Halls, South Norwood, London SE25 6AB
ACCESS: Fully wheelchair accessible. Friday and Saturday evenings will be British Sign Language interpreted.
AGE GUIDANCE: Evening events are recommended as 16+ due to some adult content
Our 3 day mini-festival is back for a second year, with a thrilling line-up of theatre, dance and comedy, by artists and companies with and without disabilities.
The festival’s opening night – a cabaret evening – will kick things off with comedy from TANYALEE DAVIS (Live at The Apollo, Abnormally Funny People). The Saturday evening will feature dance performances, including the award-winning MOXIE BRAWL. And the third and final night showcases new theatre, including Unlimited commissioned artist ABY WATSON, alongside a guest performance from Olivier Award Winner URSULA MARTINEZ, with Viva Croydon!. The whole festival is hosted by DISCO DISCO – Croydon’s company of artists with learning disabilities.
Other artists and companies include Non Applicables, Caldonia Walton & Katharine Richardson, Reach Theatre and Whimsy.
Local Croydon company SLiDE Dance will present two pieces of work, including a solo piece and a performance by their youth company.
British Sign Language poet and Visual Vernacular performer Zoe McWhinney will perform at the opening cabaret night. Alongside this, Love Language will be providing integrated British Sign Language across the Friday and Saturday evenings, alongside communication assistants to facilitate conversations between d/Deaf and hearing audience members and artists.
Beer will be on sale from our wonderful friends Ignition Brewery, and we’ll have an amazing front of house team trained specially for the festival with our partners Willow Learning for Life and Mencap.
All events at the festival are free (booking advised) and take place at Stanley Halls in South Norwood.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE. HOWEVER, WE WELCOME DONATIONS TO HELP US CONTINUE OUR WORK. We are a registered charity, creating live events, supporting emerging artists and empowering people with disabilities to create and access theatre and dance. All donations will be used to further this work – to help us make this year’s festival amazing, and to make sure we can do it again in 2019!
Donations can be made via Total Giving: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/charity/drunken-chorus
2-4pm, Friday 14 September 2018
A BIT OF A GET TOGETHER
Join us for an afternoon of networking and discussion for artists and organisations working in disability arts contexts. The get together is open to artists and arts organisations from across London and throughout the UK. There will also be opportunities in advance to shape the agenda for the session, and for artists and organisations to pitch ideas, talk about projects and start conversations. To take part in this event and to join Let’s Do This More Often (a new disability arts network) click the link below…
7.30pm, Friday 14 September 2018
A BIT OF A KNEES UP
A cabaret night to launch the festival – with comedy, dance, spoken word and surprises!
Featuring: Tanyalee Davis (Live at The Apollo, Abnormally Funny People)
Plus: What’s Love Got To Do With It by Non Applicables, BSL Poetry and Visual Vernacular from Zoe McWhinney and a performance from Reach Theatre Company. Hosted by DISCO DISCO
1-4pm, Saturday 15 September
Introduction to Inclusive Theatre-making Collaborations
with GRAEAE THEATRE COMPANY
Graeae Theatre Company is a force for change in world-class theatre, boldly placing D/deaf and disabled actors centre stage and challenging preconceptions.
Join us for a 3 hour workshop focussing on creative and inclusive collaboration. This workshop is aimed at practicing artists, but we welcome anyone with a passion for theatre-making. You will explore collaborative work and inclusion, the benefits of collaboration within theatre and creative tools to use in your own practice.
7.30pm, Saturday 15 September 2018
A BIT OF A BOOGIE
A triple-bill of dance and physical theatre
Featuring: History of Ireland by Brighton Fringe Award Winners Moxie Brawl
PLUS: Weight/Wait by Caldonia Walton & Katherine Richardson and a solo piece by SLiDE Dance. Hosted by DISCO DISCO
2-4pm, Sunday 15 September 2018
CANCELLED: A BIT OF A DO: YOUTH PLATFORM
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to cancel the youth platform at the festival. We are very sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment that this may cause.
7.30pm, Sunday 16 September 2018
A BIT OF A FINALE
An evening of bold new performances.
Featuring: Viva Croydon! by Oliver Award winner Ursula Martinez
Plus: -ish by Unlimited commissioned artist Aby Watson and Dreambomb by emerging company Whimsy. Hosted by DISCO DISCO
Train: Norwood Junction Station (National Rail, London Overground)
Bus: 196, 410 (both immediately outside venue)
Accessibility: The building is wheelchair accessible, with accessible toilets. Seating is cabaret style, with moveable chairs, and all on one level. Performances on the Friday and Saturday evening, as well as the Saturday afternoon workshop with Graeae, will be British Sign Language interpreted by Love Language. On the Friday and Saturday evenings we will have BSL communication volunteers throughout the venue. We will have a specially trained festival front of house team, who will be on hand to advise audiences on all access issues.
If you have questions about access please contact Chris Williams, who is our designated access officer for the event – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Bit Of A Do is supported by Arts Council England, Croydon Council, Stanley Halls, Croydon Mencap and Willow Learning for Life.