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River Stage: Mayfest

Mayfest

12 to 14 August 2016

River Stage: Mayfest

Bristol’s unique annual festival of contemporary theatre brought a selection of unusual, playful and ambitious work to the River Stage.

Mayfest is Bristol’s annual festival of contemporary theatre, and since 2008 has trail-blazed as a city-wide celebration of local, national and international theatre. Produced by MAYK - Mayfest spills out across the city with a playful and sometimes provocative celebration of extraordinary new work from artists with distinct voices for audiences whoever they are. 

Friday

Of Riders and Running Horses

choreographed by Dan Canham

8.10 – 9pm
A group of female dancers and a live band conjure a new kind of old dance, an insistent rhythm, a joyful step into what it means to move together. A stirring and visceral new dance event by Still House.

Dan Canham presents Of Riders and Running Horses

Sam Halmarack and the Miserablites

9.45 – 10.45pm 
A stadium pop concert comes to the theatre in this hilarious and heartwarming show about what it means to never give up. Get ready for handclapping anthems and electro music to move and inspire.
 

Sam Halmarack and the Miserablites

Saturday

Symphony

by Verity Standen

12.30 – 2.30pm 
A symphony for one. 
By blending metallic tones from tuning forks with live voice, two performers create a vivid and unique sound world for individual audience members. 
A performance for one person at a time lasting approx 15 mins, sign up on the day.

Symphony by Verity Standen

Verity Standen in association with Tobacco Factory Theatres presents

Mmm Hmmm

6 – 7pm
Verity Standen’s original a cappella songs evoke the awkward, heartrending and hilarious moments that characterise what it means to be human.

Verity Standen in association with Tobacco Factory Theatres presents Mmmm Hmmm

Junior Jungle

1.30 - 2.30pm 
Age appropriate for little people. Nick Terrific expertly mixes some proper tunes to give a real ravin’ experience for kids and adults. 
There will be dance offs and battles. Who will win? The Jungle cats? Or the Mashup monkeys?
Expect to dance, a lot. 
 

Junior Jungle

Of Riders and Running Horses

choreographed by Dan Canham

8.10 – 9pm
A group of female dancers and a live band conjure a new kind of old dance, an insistent rhythm, a joyful step into what it means to move together. A stirring and visceral new dance event by Still House.

Dan Canham presents Of Riders and Running Horses

Sleepdogs present

Circadial

3.30 – 5pm
Built from local field recordings made in the days and nights preceding the performances, Sleepdogs create live, improvised, constantly shifting music. An attempt to find the ghost music underneath the traffic noise, street bustle, police helicopters, and birdsong.
 

Circadial

Typesun DJ Set

9.30 – 10.45pm
Typesun is a producer, drummer and DJ with a long and varied history in the Bristol music scene. As a DJ he shares his love of dusty drum machine jams, deep boogie and soul cuts and sounds from Bristol's new wave of sonic experimentalists.
 

Typesun DJ Set

Sunday

Symphony

by Verity Standen

12 – 2pm 
A symphony for one. 
By blending metallic tones from tuning forks with live voice, two performers create a vivid and unique sound world for individual audience members. 
A performance for one person at a time lasting approx 15 mins, sign up on the day.

Symphony by Verity Standen

Sleepdogs present

Circadial

2.30 – 3.30pm
Built from local field recordings made in the days and nights preceding the performances, Sleepdogs create live, improvised, constantly shifting music. An attempt to find the ghost music underneath the traffic noise, street bustle, police helicopters, and birdsong.

Sleep Dogs present Circadial

Wilf and Friends

12 – 1pm  
Wilf Merttens harvests the little clumps of story that collect in sock drawers and obscure chat rooms. He mixes them up in a jar until they make a dark and childish syrup. He was once young storyteller of the year but now he's not.
He will also be joined by Jamie Doe and Alim Kamara amongst others.
 

Wilf

Verity Standen in association with Tobacco Factory Theatres presents

Mmm Hmmm

4 – 5pm
Verity Standen’s original a cappella songs evoke the awkward, heartrending and hilarious moments that characterise what it means to be human.
 

Verity Standen in association with Tobacco Factory Theatres presents Mmmm Hmmm

Alabaster dePlume

1.15 – 2.15pm
Alabaster dePlume, a presentation of jazz/folk with theatrical performance in it, reassures with behaviour and sound while it challenges with thoughts and words. 

Alabaster will be joined by Jordan Copeland (Bass), Dan Leavers (Piano/Synth) and Maxwell Hallett (Drums).
 

Alabaster de Plume

River Stage weekend takeovers

27 - 29 July 2016: The Glory

East London’s alternative establishment brings a drag-packed tour-de-force of shows, DJs and outrageous fun.

See the line-up for 2016

The Glory

5 – 7 August 2016: Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival ventures from Suffolk to the South Bank with an exciting and eclectic selection of performances.

See the line-up for 2016

Latitude

19 – 21 August 2016: Rambert

Internationally renowned dance company Rambert fills the stage with unique dance from their wonderful, thrilling, repertoire.

See the line-up for 2016

Rambert

10 – 12 August: National Theatre

The closing party weekend of family theatre, contemporary circus, music and dance. 

See full weekend line up

National Theatre