Fun Palaces, October 2014

From the Isle of Man to the Isle of Wight, Iceland to Canada, 105 Fun Palaces have signed up to be part of Fun Palaces 2014, a vast communal celebration of arts, culture and sciences quite unlike anything that has come before. With more Fun Palaces signing up each day, it is anticipated that Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 October 2014 will see more than 150 Fun Palaces popping-up across the country.

Venues including RSC, Liverpool Everyman, Southbank Centre, Roundhouse, Wales Millennium Centre and Joan’s own theatre Theatre Royal Stratford East, have all signed up to be Fun Palace Makers. Unusual locations include a Fun Palace at Brockwell Lido, which will offer physics lectures in the swimming pool, eco action games, canoes and water walking. School Wood, Cheshire will be transformed into Whirligig Fun Palace, with a giant insect procession, campfire sing-alongs and woodland yoga.

Creative scientific experiments lie at the heart of many Fun Palaces. The Melodrome Fun Palacein Morecombe centres on the recreation of a spectacular Victorian variety theatre illusion, Pepper’s Ghost, bringing together local artists, computer geeks, filmmakers, entrepreneurs and entertainers to recreate the illusion using 21st Century technologies. Birmingham Fun Palace, a partnership between Birmingham REP, Library of Birmingham, University of Birmingham and Birmingham Literature Festival,will include an interactive murder mystery to be solved using science, poetry in a Planetarium and physics explored through circus and dance. At the Roundhouse, participants will work with neuroscientists and set designers on the creation of a giant brain that will enable participants to understand the complexities of this vital organ from which part of the brain feels sad, happy or scare to where our memories are stored.

Plans for the Royal and Derngate Fun Palace include turning the theatre into a campsite, inviting the public in to pitch a tent and take part in a day and night of activities. Celebrations also continue into the night at Farnham Fun Palace,working with The Astronomy Society on night time entertainment, and a 24 hour take over of Farnham Museum.

Lyric Hammersmith partners up with Firehouse Creative Productions to present All Change Festival – an international Fun Palace combining performance, funfair and village fete. In Toronto, Canada, The Fun Palace Variety Radio Show, will be performed live and online, and the Manx Fun Palace will take participants on an interactive historical trail through Laxey, Isle of Man.

Fun Palaces is also announcing a Digital Fun Palace entitled Everyone An Artist, Everyone A Scientist, co-commissioned by The Space. Led and created by Caper and Mudlark, the commission will see the Fun Palaces website become a community for Fun Palaces Makers and Participants to share their Fun Palace visions, before becoming a public platform for the huge range of community-led arts on the weekend itself.

Posted in Theatres | Leave a comment

More Theatre At the Cinema

Digital arts pioneers Hibrow will join forces with cinema chain ODEON to take the world’s biggest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to a cinema near you with a [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in Theatres | Leave a comment

We’ve gone Responsive

The main website, www.uktw.co.uk, has now gone responsive! What does this mean, well, basically it means that it will adapt to the width of the browser you are using [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in SeatChoice | Leave a comment

The Scottsboro Boys – open auditions

Seeking a young African-American male performer for the role of EUGENE only: Playing age: 13/14 Height: 5’9” or under Ethnicity: African-American, Dances well including good tap plus solid vocal, [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in Dance, Theatre | Leave a comment

Enterprising Local Band

Off to see Fame at the Bristol Hippodrome last night we parked as usual in Trenchard Car Park … on the way out was a tall man in a [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in Concerts | Leave a comment

A good weekend for Us

The Chip Van Plays Dixie was performed by Postscript Players at the RAFTA One Act Play Festival (NDFA Affiliated) this last weekend and was extremely well received. UK Theatre Web [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in Writing | Leave a comment

Private Lives on Digital Theatre

Digital Theatre has now released the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives. Rent for £3.99 or buy forever from £8.99.

Directed by Jonathan Kent and starring Toby [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize

The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize in association with the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool and the Liverpool Echo …. now open for entries.

Liverpool Hope University has partnered with Royal Court [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in Writing | Leave a comment

Organised Chaos Productions – Script Call

Organised Chaos Productions announce the launch of their sixth annual Script Call.

Nurturing theatrical talent in the most chaotically organised way you could imagine the company was set up to [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in Writing | Leave a comment

Urban Scrawl

Good to see the Urban Scrawl website back up and running in all its glory after a bit of an unplanned absence. If you haven’t ever visited it then [...] Continue Reading…

Posted in Writing | Leave a comment