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Strike A Light Festival set to entertain in Gloucester this weekend

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

By Jonathan Whiley

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GROUND-breaking contemporary theatre continues in Gloucester this weekend courtesy of the Strike A Light Festival.

After last year’s trial run of four performances proved so successful, founder Sarah Blowers has doubled the size of the programme.

Taking inspiration for its name from the Moreland’s Match Factory, the festival aims to light up the city with creative and innovative shows.

A launch night at Gloucester Guildhall last night featured food and entertainment with clowning from 2 Hoots Theatre Company, followed by a new production Gloriator, about a glamorous actress who puts on her own show.

Sarah said: “Strike a Light is about getting more people engaging with culture in Gloucester and giving artists a brilliant platform from which to showcase their work.

“It’s also a chance for local people to come together to share food and chat and to be inspired.”

The festival is set to run twice a year for three years and is run in partnership with the Collaborative Touring Network, which aims to inspire a new generation of theatre-goers.

Tonight at 7pm and tomorrow at 2.30pm, Victoria Melody performs as part of her Major Tom show at Gloucester Guildhall.

It tells the tale of how Victoria unknowingly discovered that her dog had prize-winning potential at a charity dog show.

She seized the opportunity to access the subculture of this extraordinarily exclusive member’s only club but it was a disaster.

Soon after she decided to put herself through the same process by becoming a beauty queen.

Tomorrow at 8pm, Pip Heywood explores the act of story-telling with his Eye of the Hare show and there is an outdoor performance courtesy of Will Dickie’s Team of the Decades at 2pm and 4pm.

Meanwhile, on Sunday night at 7.30pm, hip-hop, dance and spoken word combine in John Berkavitch’s Shame as he brings the festival to a close.

For tickets to any of the festival events, call 01452 503050.

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