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All Our Tomorrows Festival

All Our Tomorrows Festival

The ALL OUR TOMORROWS festival comprised of a broad mix of work from young people at all stages of their development, and in different models of collaboration with seasoned practitioners & artists – from secondary aged young people working with emerging directors (Bristol Old Vic), through young dancers working with some of the UK’s best choreographers (Gateway Youth Dance Company and Phoenix Academy NE) to self-standing theatre companies
emerging from two of the country’s top universities (Clown Funeral from the University of Warwick, and Keychain Theatre Company from Coventry University).

We were delighted also to be inviting back old friends from our INSPIRING CURIOSITY & NATIONAL THEATRE CONNECTIONS festivals in 2015 & 2016 respectively (Bristol Old Vic, Gateway Studio and See & Eye Theatre); to be bringing new partners into the fold (The Core at Corby Cube); and to be sharing some of the work emerging from young people at the top end of the Belgrade’s youth programme (Rise, Tethered to the Light).

Performances took place in the Belgrade’s B2 auditorium and at the Shop Front Theatre. Companies performed at the Festival include;

The Belgrade Young Company
Rise
Girls are defying the rules. Making waves. Shining bright. They can be anything they want to be. Can’t they? Frustrated by their experiences of everyday sexism, a group of young women hijack a van and go on a road trip to seek solace from their pop idol, Queen Bey. But things don’t work out quite as planned, and the young women have to look elsewhere to find a way forward in their own lives.
B2, Tues 11 – Fri 14 July

Belgrade Senior Youth Theatre
Tethered To The Light
David has isolated himself, while the rest of Coventry carries on around him. The only way to communicate with him is through the lit up screens that keep us connected to one another. Will that be enough to save him? Tethered to the Light is a play created and performed by the Belgrade Senior Youth Theatre, which takes the audience through the stages of grief, while examining how technology affects our relationship with ourselves and others.
Shop Front Theatre, Tues 11 – Fri 14 July

Gateway Youth Dance Company and Phoenix Academy NE
Quantum Leap
Based in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, Gateway Studio Project delivers wide ranging opportunities for young people to access dance in many genres at all levels. Be it as a purely recreational pastime, or as a means to access professional vocational training, GSP aims to provide tuition and performance experience of the highest level. Quantum Leap showcases four short works from our repertoire created by some of our country’s leading choreographers.
bq. This was clearly a very professional piece of choreography performed exceptionally well by the dancers. These dancers showed true potential and we wish you luck for all future projects.
Youth Dance England
B2, Sat 15 July

See & Eye Theatre
Zero for the Young Dudes
The inmates at a bizarre summer camp are plotting a revolution. Or has it happened? Spending a day watching their schedule of exercise, lessons and meals, a long history of unrest lies hidden, and as the day wears on a violent future looms on the horizon.
Shop Front Theatre, Sat 15 July

The Core at Corby Cube
Sleep Patterns
Sleep Patterns is a journey through sleep explored through dance. The cast, aged 14-17, have created material based on their own dreams, sleep patterns and awakenings over the past term and have amalgamated these into a piece of dance that is fast paced and imaginative. Falling back onto their heavily release-based technique training programme at The Core, the dancers are both highly skilled and exceptionally creative and have captured the art of sleeping effortlessly. Their dressing gown costumes and pillow props only add to this light hearted and intricate dance theatre piece.
How far are you willing to go for the one you love?
B2, Sat 15 July

Keychain Theatre Company
Shine My Nine
Shine My Nine is a devised piece set in South London where violence and gang crime are at an all time high. It tells the story of eighteen year old Shakilus, or Shaks as he’s known on the streets. When Shaks meets the girl of his dreams, his intentions for his future are extremely bright. However Samantha, his dream girl, has other intentions.
B2, Sat 15 July

Clown Funeral
The Murderer
Clown funeral, a New Diorama Graduate Emerging Company 2016-17, were shortlisted for the NSDF Edinburgh Award & commended for Best Direction and were featured in Natasha Tripney’s theatre picks for The Stage, August & September 2016. “I have a murderer in my house. It’s all perfectly fine.” In a world where citizens rehabilitate criminals, the Carer and the Murderer go for coffee and play badminton. Clown Funeral’s adaptation of Luke Kennard’s darkly comic poem tells the story of their unusual relationship, questions how easily we can forgive someone and asks to what extent our obsessions can consume us.
Using an electrifying style that blends surreal humour, physical theatre and original music, Clown Funeral vividly bring the bizarre world of the poem to life. With a rolling cast portraying the characters of the Carer, the Murderer and Everyone Else, this unconventional three-hander poses difficult questions about morality, preconceptions and care in a uniquely offbeat voice.
Shop Front Theatre, Sun 16 July

Bristol Old Vic
Beowulf
The definition of a hero is a person, typically a man, who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities. The definition of a monster is a large, ugly, inhumanly cruel, imaginary creature. All is not well in the office. The ruthless Grendel Incorporations are making redundancies left, right and centre. The employees are living in fear of their new boss, Graham. They are in need of a champion, a saviour. A hero. Inspired by the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf unapologetically reflects on gender, heroism and asks the age-old question; is decapitation really the most appropriate way to deal with an unreasonable boss? Performed with a cast of 9 women in collaboration with the Bristol Old Vic, the show uses an original score and ensemble theatre to tell the story of history’s greatest hero.
B2, Sun 16 July