Coming Up Festival 2011

IdeasTap and Old Vic New Voices presents:




A Creative High, Free of Charge, Free of Constraint

Debut London, February 21st to March 4th 2011

What happens when six young artists are given £75,000 and told to stage a multi-disciplinary arts festival?
With a strong emphasis on gaining practical experience and having the freedom to make and learn from their own mistakes, IdeasTap and Old Vic New Voices hand complete creative and budgetary control to six young directors who stage a festival of wrestling, culinary theatre, hip hop, folk music, “silent” opera and cinema in Debut London, formerly London’s largest nightclub SE1, underneath London Bridge station.

The core collective are Jamie Hadley, Daisy Evans, Nina Smith (Kindle Theatre), Spike Laurie, Preethi Mavahalli and Cherry Franklin. Rachel Tyson and Alex LeRoux have also received special commissions.

BRITWRES-FEST presented by Jamie Lewis Hadley
21, 22 Feb at 7pm
For this wrestling spectacular, Jamie, who spent his student loan on a wrestling ring in order to reinvent UK wrestling, brings some of the most exciting spandex-clad sports entertainers in the country together in one ring with projections, lighting, sound and pyrotechnics with a live feed broadcast. All tickets include an after show event with Arthur Cauty who will premiere his documentary Hard Knocks followed by an opportunity to meet with wrestlers and other VIP’s.

UNDERGROUND CINEMA presented by Preethi Mavahalli
22, 23, 24, 28 Feb at 7.30pm, 26, 27 Feb at 2pm, 4 March at 9.30pm
A unique showcase of up-and-coming film talent as well as movie classics in an evocative screening room fully equipped with an exclusive Courvoisier punch bar. Preethi is a script editor and producer who recently worked on BAFTA-nominated Ill Manors, a directorial debut by Shifty and Ben Drew (aka Plan B). Currently working in the development team at Film4, she last year won an Ideas Fund Shorts award to make a video for Manchester-based band Crooked Rooks.

ELECTRIC TUNNELS presented by Alex Le Roux
24 Feb at 8.30pm
A showcase of talented, young musicians from DJs and live acts will be playing across two stages into the early hours of the morning. Confirmed artists: Picturebook, Flashworx, The Neon Lights (DJ set) and Graphics.

OLD ROOTS NEW ROUTES presented by Cherry Franklin
25 Feb at 6pm
Hip hop artist Dizraeli, spoken word performer Polarbear and MC Jam Baxter will join leading folk musicians Lisa Knapp, Sam Carter and Anna-Helena McLean in a three day collaboration to be premiered exclusively at Debut. Expect film screenings, live graffiti and raw stories with old tunes from both genres brought together by Cherry Franklin, a performer, director and producer.

EAT YOUT HEART OUT presented by Kindle Theatre
26 – 27 Feb, 8pm
A theatrical three course banquet set to a baroque-inspired musical score, here Kindle invite the audience to literally eat the story. Three cooks assemble in the last remaining corner of the human world to create a celebratory meal using the carcass of their once great kitchen. What goes on the menu in the aftermath of catastrophe? Suitable for 18 years only, please note there is no vegetarian option.

SILENT OPERA presented by Daisy Evans
1 March at 7.30pm and 9.30pm, 3 March at 9.30pm
An interactive high-tech production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas using Silent Disco technology, the audience will experience the production through headphones whilst following the singers around the cavernous underground space. Daisy Evans is the Founding Director of King’s Opera, and the Waistcoat Company. She is currently working as an assistant to the Staff Directors at the Royal Opera House.

CIVIL UNREST by Ben Ellis, presented by Spike Laurie
2 – 3 March, 7.15pm, 4 March 1pm & 7.15pm
In an era of fine dining, will we find civil unrest a little hard to swallow? Spike Laurie brings together Ben Ellis’ new play ‘Unrestless’ with the unlikely dishes of political dissent and sumptuous pre-theatre dining in a mêlée of food, film, photography and political fervour. Visual artists Marc Vallée, Brian David Stephens and Kennard Phillips work with House of Jonn, creatives in residence at The Hospital Club, to provide a feast for the eyes, while chef Mark Jankel serves up haute cuisine slammer food and contraband Courvoisier is smuggled in for dinner ticket holders.

COALITION presented by Rachel Tyson
2 – 3 March, 12pm
Founded by Old Vic New Voices exchange artists, Coalition Theatre Company brings together the most exciting young theatre makers from London and New York to explore and produce original new work. This double bill looks at the unique modern pressures of urban life, examining dark and surreal experiences of ordinary people living in extraordinary cities, showcasing Midlife Crisis, written by Josh Koenigsberg and Grief written by David Kantounas.

Led by arts philanthropist Peter De Haan. IdeasTap is an arts charity established to help young, creative people at the start of their careers with accessible funding, exclusive opportunities career development, advice and creative collaborations. With a professional network of over 33,000 young people, IdeasTap has partnered with Old Vic New Voices, the National Youth Theatre, National Student Drama Festival, Magnum Photos and Ideas Club, (a South London performance and visual arts organisation working with school children and young people).

Coming Up is conceived by Steve Winter, director of Old Vic New Voices and funded by IdeasTap and Old Vic New Voices, and supported by Courvoisier.

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