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Jacksons Lane - Autumn 2014 (adult)

Season preview

JACKSONS Lane has announced its Autumn 2014 programme for adults and it includes:

Transmission (Various Artists) – until Friday, September 12 at 4pm (final Friday of each residency). Tickets: £5.

Jacksons Lane’s annual residency programme for brand new circus has returned for the second year. Entitled Transmission, it offers circus artists and companies the unique opportunity to experiment and collaborate with other artists and art forms. Companies have the freedom to explore new ideas which may develop into productions in the future.

Still to come are: Ziggy Slingsby (August 11-15), StumbleDance Circus (August 18-22), Circumference & Inverted (September 1-5) and You Need Me (September 8-12).

An Evening with Noel Fielding (Work in Progress) – Thursday, August 14 to Saturday, August 23 at 8pm. Tickets: £15.

Audiences can expect a magical mix of Noel Fielding’s unique brand of stand up comedy, live animation, music and some of his best-known TV characters (such as The Moon and Fantasy Man). There will also be muscular support from the loose stylings of Mike Fielding (Naboo/Smooth) and the physical lunacy of Tom Meeten (The Mighty Boosh/Oram & Meeten).

The Liberation of Colette Simple, presented by Spatfeather in a co-production with Jacksons Lane – Tuesday, September 16 to Saturday, October 4 at 8pm (Saturday matinee at 2pm). Tickets: £14.95/£12.95 (3 For 2 Fridays).

Eight lyricists collaborate with French composer Vincent Guibert on this musical adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ The Case of the Crushed Petunias. Read more.

That is All You Need to Know from Idle Motion – Wednesday, October 8 to Saturday, October 11 at 8pm. Tickets: £14.95/£12.95 (3 For 2 Fridays). Early Bird Discount: Book before Monday, September 15 and save 10%.

During World War Two, the grounds of Bletchley Park housed some of Britain’s greatest minds in secret communications. Alongside Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman, thousands of gifted men and women lived and worked together in this eccentric country house.

Decades later, as Bletchley’s secrets begin to be revealed, another group of groundbreaking pioneers gather to save the home of the Enigma code breakers. Using personal testimony, multimedia and inventive staging, this is an insightful and innovative celebration of the people whose hidden heroism changed the course of history.

That is All You Need to Know was developed in association with Jacksons Lane, The Lowry, Greenwich Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre.

Blood Wedding from Rogueplay in a co-production with Jacksons Lane – Tuesday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 15 at 8pm. Tickets: £14.95/£12.95. Early Bird Discount: Book before Monday, September 22 to save 10%.

A highly physical version of Lorca’s scorching classic tale.

Lorca’s Blood Wedding pivots around the uneasy marriage of two villagers, against a violent backdrop of betrayal, family feuding and death. Combining the original text with physical theatre, aerial circus and acrobatics, as well as a powerful Spanish soundtrack, RoguePlay deliver their version of Lorca’s famous tragedy.

Ten Degrees South West – Friday, October 24 at 8pm. Tickets: £5.

Following the launch of the brand new BA Honours degree at Circomedia, Academy of Contemporary Circus with Physical Performance in Bristol, the first ever group of third year students present a mesmerising evening of unexpected circus-theatre. Showcasing their unique and eclectic combination of skill, style and humour, Ten Degrees South West is a one-off performance putting emerging young circus performers in the spotlight.

Kinesonic from Vagabond’s Hat – Tuesday, November 11 at 2pm and 8pm. Tickets: £12.95/£10.95 (Schools: £7.95).

In a quirky mix of impressive circus, slapstick comedy and innovative music making, Kinesonic is a joyful journey of companionship and creation.

In the parallel, industrial world, audiences meet a Victorian inventor, a wannabe WW1 pilot, a 1950s factory worker and a twitchy mechanic from the 70s. Their existence revolves around one thing, Kinesonic, the machine fuelled by music and discovery.

With lasers, valves, rubber balls and lots of fun physical performance, four unlikely characters create a story that’s full of fantasy.

The Great Spavaldos from Il Pixo Rosso – Tuesday, November 18 to Saturday, November 22. Performances are from 2pm – 5pm and happen ever 20 minutes (please see website for a full performance schedule). Tickets: £10.

From New York to Bombay, from Paris to Abyssinia, the Spavaldo brothers performed their flying trapeze daredevil stunts without a safety net for over a quarter of century before their mysterious disappearance. Now they are back to tell their story and dare audience members to join them inside the big top, high up on the flying platform.

The Great Spavaldos is a 20 minute immersive theatre piece for one person at a time. Fitted with video goggles and headphones and following instruction to a tightly choreographed series of movements, the participants are cast to become the central characters in a multi-sensory cinematic experience taking the role of a circus performer.

Circus Double Bill: Handspun and Namesake – Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29 at 8pm. Tickets: £8.95.

Aerialist Ilona Jäntti presents a circus double-bill following a residency of research and development at Jacksons Lane.

Handspun is a duet of aerial dance and live cello. Using just a rope, choreographed performance and music, a gentle, dreamlike piece is punctuated with the risk and danger of aerial circus. Inspired by two women – Lilian Leitzel, the greatest aerialist of all time, and by performer Ilona Jäntti’s own great grandmother – Namesake is about strength, beauty and endurance.

Ilona Jäntti doesn’t come from a circus family, or even from a family of artists. Through this piece she honours her own family and her personal history with circus.

FREE PERFORMANCE – Monday, December 1.

In addition to the residency, Jäntti will perform brand new work that was developed in Helsinki in a spectacular location in North London. More information on this unique performance will be released soon. Check website for more details.

All I Want – December 9 at 8pm and December 10 at 7pm and 9pm. Tickets: £12.95/£10.95. Early Bird: Book before Monday, November 24 and save 10%.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
What do you want for Christmas?
What do you want most in life?

In November and December 2013, Kirsty Housley and Colin Carmichael went on a mission to find out what people really want… they took to the streets and spoke to people of all ages and backgrounds to ask what they want most in the world. They took the frank, funny, fascinating and mostly heartfelt answers and created All I Want.

This intimate one-man show takes audiences on a captivating and challenging journey that poses important questions about consumerism, globalisation, ambition and desire.

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See also Children’s Theatre.