ARGComFest 2019 Day Tickets

Date

Saturday 6 July & Sunday 7 July

Time

12noon - 10.30pm (both days)

Tickets

£27 (day ticket)
£44 (weekend ticket)

Category

Comedy

Space

Large Committee Room & The Ditch

 

London's greatest comedy festival returns for it's eighth year, bringing the spirit of the Fringe to Shoreditch!

ARGComFest is a weekend comedy festival of Fringe previews and work-in-progress shows that takes place every July. The festival brings an attentively curated programme of sixty comedians — from big name TV favourites to up-and-coming newcomers — to the labyrinthine settings of Shoreditch Town Hall.

For a single ridiculously good value ticket price, you get access a whole weekend of comedy. We sell day or weekend tickets with audience members free to see whichever acts they like — just like a music festival.

In 2016, ARGComFest became the first major comedy festival to have a gender balanced programme and it continues to champion diversity and representation within comedy.

Last year’s acts included Netflix star and five-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee James Acaster and double-nominee Kieran Hodgson, as well as Top Coppers's Steen Raskopoulos, co-writer of The Vicar of Dibley Paul Mayhew-Archer, Sofie Hagen, Adam Riches, Lou Sanders, Lucy Pearman, and Ahir Shah.

For the most up-to-date programme including artists and show information, visit argcomfest.com

Images: Ed Moore

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"the ultimate concentrated comedy event…ARGComFest is the comedy Glastonbury"

"intense, ridiculously good-value festival"

"[ARGComFest] has become an integral part of Fringe preparations … from its first year it developed a reputation for the calibre of its line-ups."

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Date

Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 July

Time

12noon - 10.30pm (each day)

Tickets

£27 (day tickets)
£44 (weekend ticket)

Category

Comedy

Space

Large Committee Room & The Ditch

 

London's greatest comedy festival returns for it's eighth year, bringing the spirit of the Fringe to Shoreditch!

ARGComFest is a weekend comedy festival of Fringe previews and work-in-progress shows that takes place every July. The festival brings an attentively curated programme of sixty comedians — from big name TV favourites to up-and-coming newcomers — to the labyrinthine settings of Shoreditch Town Hall.

For a single ridiculously good value ticket price, you get access a whole weekend of comedy. We sell day or weekend tickets with audience members free to see whichever acts they like — just like a music festival.

In 2016, ARGComFest became the first major comedy festival to have a gender balanced programme and it continues to champion diversity and representation within comedy.

Last year’s acts included Netflix star and five-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee James Acaster and double-nominee Kieran Hodgson, as well as Top Coppers's Steen Raskopoulos, co-writer of The Vicar of Dibley Paul Mayhew-Archer, Sofie Hagen, Adam Riches, Lou Sanders, Lucy Pearman, and Ahir Shah.

For the most up-to-date programme including artists and show information, visit argcomfest.com

Images: Ed Moore

The Skinny Logo

"the ultimate concentrated comedy event…ARGComFest is the comedy Glastonbury"

"intense, ridiculously good-value festival"

"[ARGComFest] has become an integral part of Fringe preparations … from its first year it developed a reputation for the calibre of its line-ups."

ARGComFest Images

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Date

Sat 6 - Sat 13 April

Time

7.30pm (Sat 6 - Fri 12 Apr)
12pm & 5pm (Sat 13 Apr)

Tickets

£15 (full price); £12 (concessions)

Running time

TBC

Category

Theatre & Performance

Space

Assembly Hall

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Book by Hugh Wheeler | Directed by Sally Ann Gritton

Performed at the historic Shoreditch Town Hall, this production of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic musical will bring the dark side of Victorian London to life. When a prisoner returns to town, he promises to wreak vengeance on the men who stole his freedom. And his revenge is a dish best served piping hot…

Sally Ann Gritton is Mountview’s Director of Academic Affairs. Previous direction for Mountview includes Grand Hotel, Jane Eyre, Mary Shelley and Anna Karenina.

Credits
Cast information

From an adaptation by Christopher Bond, Original Direction on Broadway by Harold Prince, Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. Originally produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards in association with Dean and Judy Manos. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe).

Sat 6 April – 7.30pm (Cast 1)
Mon 8 April – 7.30pm (Cast 2)
Tue 9 April – 7.30pm (Cast 1)
Wed 10 April – 7.30pm (Cast 2)
Thu 11 April – 7.30pm (Cast 2)
Fri 12 April – 7.30pm (Cast 1)
Sat 13 April – 12pm (Cast 1)
Sat 13 April – 5pm (Cast 2)

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Dates

Tuesday 26 March - Friday 5 April

Times

8pm

Tickets

£15

Category

Theatre & Performance

Age guidance

16+

Trigger warning

This show explores themes of sexual assault

Running time

60 mins

Space

Council Chamber

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Told with a tender intimacy, dressed., is a true story told by four women who have been friends since school.

After being stripped at gun point, Lydia set out to redress herself with a new healing set of armour. Lydia now only wears clothes she has made.

Multi-award winning ThisEgg combine choreography, live sewing, comedy and original music to celebrate the power clothes have to define us, to liberate us, to hide us and to embellish us.

★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ The Sunday Times
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ WhatsOnStage

Winner:
Fringe First Award 2018
New Diorama Theatre & Underbelly’s UNTAPPED Award 2018

Nominee:

Off West End's The Offies: IDEA PRODUCTION (Innovative. Devised. Experiential. Atypical.)
Emerging Company Total Theatre Award 2018

"Just gorgeous"
★★★★ Matt Trueman

“It fashions something rich, brocaded and gossamer beautiful out of dark shadows … watching it, I thought my heart might burst"
★★★★ Lyn Gardner

Cast
Credits
Difference Engine Captioning
Additional programming
Starring

Josie Dale-Jones, Lydia Higginson, Nobahar Mahdavi & Olivia Norris

Created and performed by

Josie Dale-Jones, Lydia Higginson, Nobahar Mahdavi & Olivia Norris

Produced by

Josie Dale-Jones

Dramaturgy by

Laurence Cook

Choreographed by

Olivia Norris

Lighting Design by

Lucy Adams

Costume Design by

Lydia Higginson

Stage Design by

Stefanie Mueller

Composition by

Nobahar (Imogen) Mahdavi & Alex Paton

Image Credits

Lidia Crisafulli

Presented by

Shoreditch Town Hall and BAC

All performances (except for Thursday 4 April) will be captioned using The Difference Engine.

Download The Difference Engine App from the App Store (for free) to your smartphone before the show, follow the simple set up process and have the captions displayed on your phone as you watch the performance.

Post-show Q&A

In Conversation with ThisEgg
Wednesday 3 April

Production Images
Rehearsal Images

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Date

Tuesday 26 February

Time

6.30pm (doors)
7.30pm (start)

Tickets

£15 - £20

Running time

TBC

Category

Town Hall Talks
Workshops & Learning

Space

Assembly Hall

Funzing presents a unique evening with award winning broadcaster and documentary maker Reggie Yates, in partnership with Shoreditch Town Hall.

What took his career from the BBC Radio 1 studios through to the refugee camps of Syria? What was it like to be on the front-line of the Mexican war on drugs? This rare 'In Conversation' will get under the skin of his exciting career and feature select footage of his under-cover adventures.

Reggie Yates’ career has seen him move from fronting children's programming, to national radio to become an RTS award-winning documentary maker. In the last five years, Reggie has become synonymous with critically acclaimed documentaries. His films include the BBC3 Extreme series, Reggie Yates: Extreme Russia, Extreme South Africa and Extreme UK.

Other notable films he has made include the critically acclaimed BBC Two documentary Grenfell Tower’s Hidden Victims which aired in March last year and the amazing Insider series.

In 2017, Reggie released his debut book Unseen: My Journey with Penguin Random House, taking readers behind the scenes of his journey from TV presenter to documentary maker.

During this exciting In Conversation, Reggie will discuss all of this and more.

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Dates

Thursday 10 - Sunday 13 January

Times

8pm, Thursday - Saturday
3pm, Sunday only

Tickets

£16 - £18

Category

Theatre & Performance

Age guidance

12+

Running time

75 mins (no interval)

Space

Assembly Hall

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St Augustine

Birth is a powerfully sensitive new piece of visual theatre about being on a precipice, losing and creating a new life.

Emily is six months pregnant when she reads her grandmother's journal.

Delving into the depths of her family history triggers a shift in her sense of reality, unveiling a legacy of unspoken tragedies, courage and unconditional love.

Established in 2009, Theatre Re is a London-based international ensemble creating thought-provoking and moving work. Its shows examine fragile human conditions in compelling, physical style, embracing mime, theatre and live music. Close collaborations with appropriate community groups and experts in different fields including science, philosophy and public health throughout the devising process play a crucial part in the development of its work.

Birth was inspired by the field of psychogenealogy, Frida Kahlo and interviews with women. The live, original music score is by Alex Judd.

On Theatre Re's previous shows:
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"Profoundly moving… An action-packed celebration of life" BBC Radio 4 Front Row

Additional programming
Credits
Aftershow discussion

Saturday 12 January

Presented by LIMF in association with
Shoreditch Town Hall

Conceived & Directed by Guillaume Pigé
Devised by the Company

With: Eygló Belafonte, Vyte Garriga, Alex Judd, Claudia Marciano, Charles Sandford, Andres Velasquez

Composer - Alex Judd
Lighting Designer - Dr Katherine Graham
Costume and Prop Designer - Malik Ibheis
Costume Maker – Amédine Bello
Dramaturg - Tamara von Werthern
External Curator - Professor Reverend June Boyce-Tillman
External Advisor - Josephine Tremelling
Philosopher - Dr Graeme Forbes
Neuroscientist - Professor Kate Jeffery

Devising cast: Matthew Austin, Eygló Belafonte, Stefanie Bruckner, Vyte Garriga, Alex Judd, Claudia Marciano, Guillaume Pigé, Charles Sandford, Andres Velasquez and Louise Wilcox.

Funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Co-commissioned by London International Mime Festival, The Point Eastleigh and South Hill Park.

Supported by Shoreditch Town Hall, The Lowry and the University of Kent.

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Date

Sunday 9 December

Time

8pm

Tickets

Stalls: £16 (full price), £12 (concessions)

Categories

Community & Family
Music & Gigs

Running Time

2hrs 30min (including an interval)

Space

Assembly Hall

Links

Soaring voices, roaring brass, fiery jazz solos, hypnotic drums…

When the Empire Windrush arrived in 1948 with hundreds of people from the Caribbean to help rebuild Britain after the war, was it yet another chapter in the long history of African migration, and how those migrants have been treated? Uncharted Crossings tells the back story of the Windrush generation, a story that began long in the past.

Over 500 years ago with the transatlantic slave trade, millions of Africans were transported to Brazil, Cuba, the West Indies and southern states of the USA. In horrific circumstances, they took with them their customs, their culture and their religions; remarkably these survived in the New World, and above all their music has developed into an extraordinary legacy.

This is a story the Grand Union Orchestra is well-equipped to bring to life. Its musicians and singers include many of African or Caribbean heritage, all fine exponents of West African drumming and chant, through Latin-American and Caribbean music to the blues and modern jazz.

Among them are South African Claude Deppa (trumpet, congas); jazz saxophone star Tony Kofi (Ghana); Francis Fuster (Sierra Leone), master of the talking drum; singer Jumoké Fashola; singer and African drummer Jonathan André; Caribbean Britons Harry Brown (trombone) and Andy Grappy (tuba); Jamaican-born Kevin Robinson (trumpet, flugelhorn); jazz virtuosi Chris Biscoe (soprano and alto saxes), Louise Elliott (flute, tenor sax) and Shanti Jaysinha (trumpet, cello); and an allstar international rhythm section of Carlos Fuentes (Latin percussion), Gerry Hunt (guitar), Andres Lafone (bass guitar) and Cristiano Castellitto (drums)

Music: Tony Haynes
Lyrics: Sara Clifford, Valerie Bloom, David Bradford, Jumoké Fashola

The complete line-up, further information and links to audio and video tracks can be found here.

Tony Haynes writes about his music for Uncharted Crossings here

'These guys know that what brings people together is something shared. It can be music. It may be through struggle. One thing’s sure: the Grand Union Orchestra’s music makes you feel alive, makes you think and makes you long for a better world. I can think of few other ensembles with its sheer range, versatility and sense of the dramatic.' – Duncan Heining, All About Jazz

Grand Union Orchestra

These guys know that what brings people together is something shared. It can be music. It may be through struggle. One thing’s sure: the Grand Union Orchestra’s music makes you feel alive, makes you think and makes you long for a better world. I can think of few other ensembles with its sheer range, versatility and sense of the dramatic
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Dates

Saturday 8 December

Times

7pm (Doors)
7.30pm (Start)

Tickets

£15

Category

Theatre & Performance

Space

Assembly Hall

Links

Hamburger Queen, Scottee’s infamous beauty pageant and talent show for fat people is back!

Established in 2013 the contest has seen over 60 fatties from across the world battle it out for the coveted title! This year to celebrate a decade of Scottee’s work he is bringing the cult contest back for one night only!

20 contestants will flaunt their fashions, talent and culinary skills for our celebrity judges and their chance to win a cash prize, exclusive goodies and of course the crown!

Hosted by: Scottee
Head Judge: Sofie Hagen
Judging panel includes: Grace Victory, Louise McSharry, Gemma Cairney and Scottee’s Mum
With guests: Le Gateau Chocolat and Rubyyy Jones

Superstar guest performances, plus disco dancing til late with Unskinny Bop providing the tunes!

Who will be crowned Queen of the Fatties?

Kindly supported by Tatty Devine & Paul A Young Chocolates

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Date

Thursday 1 & Friday 2 November

Time

7.30pm

Tickets

£12.50

Running time

60 mins

Category

Theatre & Performance

Space

Large Committee Room

Links

Meet Kate: a physicist in the male-dominated labs of the 1980s. Addicted to the pounding beats and neon glow of her generation. Follow Kate as she discovers her potential as a cutting edge scientist.

As a girl, Kate dreamt of being among the elite, but as expectations become reality and the professional turns personal, her world is in a spin.

Inspired by the work of female scientists, Flux uses extraordinary puppetry, an electrifying set of shadow and light and a filmic score, to follow Kate as she discovers what it means to be a woman in a world of men.

Flux has been developed with Shoreditch Town Hall, Oxford Playhouse, Arts at the Old Fire Station, Cornerstone Arts, Brewery Arts Centre and the Institute of Physics.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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Dates

Thursday 25 - Saturday 27 October

Times

7pm (Thu & Fri)
2pm (Sat)

Tickets

£8 (Thu & Fri)
£12 (Sat)

Category

Theatre & Performance

Space

The Ditch

Links