Fringe

Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 October

In partnership with ILF, Playful Being proudly presents the new look 2019 Festival Fringe – taking place over one weekend, in three neighbouring venues: Church House, Ilkley Arts Studio and The Manor House.

We have a packed programme of delights and surprises: from spoken word to comedy, storytelling to music, workshops to drop-in sessions – there’s so much to enjoy. Come for an hour or stay for the day.

All Fringe events are free – no need to book, just turn up.

Please note: Events may include adult content unless specifically described as suitable for children.

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Church House

Saturday 5 October

Cafe open 9.30am – 4.15pm

Bar open 5.15pm – end

 

10-10.50am

Promoting Yorkshire Authors: A Gossip of Yorkshire Writers

A fast-paced 50 minutes of performances – some anecdotal and many humorous – presented by Promoting Yorkshire Authors. You’ve never heard writers like this before!

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11.30am-12.30pm

Otley Poets: Town Below the Steps

feat. Otley Town Poet Matthew Hedley Stoppard

Openly in homage to Under Milk Wood, Town Below the Steps is an affectionate rendering of the goings-on in Otley, a town at the foot of the ancient Chevin hill.

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2-2.30pm and 3-3.30pm

Jo Brandon: Poetisserie

Fancy a slice of verse? A sip of poetry? Come over to the Poetisserie and poet Jo Brandon will prepare you a hearty portion of poetic refreshment.

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2.30-3.00pm

Chevin Jazz: Winter Moon

Chevin Jazz perform music inspired by Winter Moon, written by the Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.

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3.30-3.45pm

Without a Hat: Pop Up Show

A short burst of classic comedy improv – think Whose Line is it Anyway – in the company of Without a Hat ahead of their show later this evening.

Suitable for adults and children

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4.15-5.15pm

Cathianne Hall: Modern Girl 1895

Award-winning storyteller Cathianne Hall brings alive an agony column from the 1890s. Meet real Victorian women with real lives which echo our own.

Suitable for ages 12+

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7-7.30pm

Welcome to the Land of Nod

Leeds-based rock gods of comedy theatre Land of Nod have garnered rave reviews at Edinburgh Fringe. See their satirical sketches in Ilkley for the first time as they split the leather pants of the midlife crisis.

Suitable for ages 12+

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7.45-8.15pm

Without a Hat

Comedy improv troupe Without a Hat bring you 30 minutes of fabulous, completely unscripted comedy. Everything you see will be made up in the moment!

Suitable for 12+

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8.30-9.15pm

Say Owt Showcase

Say Owt are York’s loveable and raucous poetry gang. We proudly present an assortment of slam-winning poets, word-weavers, and gobheads performing the very best Yorkshire spoken word.

 

Sunday 6 October

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1.45-2.45pm

Mike Farren & Keely Hodgson: All of the Moons

Marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Mike Farren’s poetry considers our satellite from natural, personal, political and many other angles! Meanwhile, Keely Hodgson’s music conjures up a diversity of moods.

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3.15-4.00pm

#MeToo Poets: Several Parts of the Whole

Some of the 80 contributors to the 2018 #MeToo anthology tell their stories in poetry, bravely putting their names to several parts of the whole.

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4.30-5.40pm

Night School Poets & Leeds Writers Circle

The Night School Poets are a group of mismatched writers bound by their passion for words, particularly poetry. Their inspiring poems reflect the group’s diversity and enthusiasm.

Members of Leeds Writers Circle, the longest established writing group in the country, treat the audience to an eclectic selection of poetry and flash fiction on the theme of ‘why and how I write’.

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6.15-6.45pm

Camille McCawley & Andrew Gooch, aka ‘Brexit Girl’

Camille McCawley is a Sheffield-based poet who speaks the truth about difficult subjects with the aim of reducing stigma around the day-to-day struggles many people face.

As the colourful and vocal ‘Brexit Girl’, writer and performer Andrew Gooch addresses topics ranging from youth culture to depression to what it means to be creative.

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7-8pm

Sharena Lee Satti, Phil Pearce, Steve Williams & Alex Asher: Slam Poetry

An exciting hour of slam poetry from four distinctive local voices, each with their own personal take on 21st century living. Emotive, passionate and challenging in equal measure

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Ilkley Arts Studio

Access note: The door to Ilkley Arts Studio is narrow and there is a slight lip across the threshold so it may not be accessible to all wheelchair users. Please click here for more information.

Workshops are open to all levels, from beginners to the more experienced.

Saturday 5 October

10-11am

Hannah Woodcock: Picoems – Poetic Inspiration in Unexpected Places

Using different poetic styles, we will explore how everyday scenes (such as trolley bays and potholes!) can spark interesting metaphors and new ways of writing.

Suitable for ages 12+

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11.30-11.45am and 12.45-1pm

Ilkley Writers: Invite to Write

Bite-sized, friendly writing sessions offering a variety of fun writing prompts, exercises and games. Run by regular members of Ilkley Writers. All materials provided. Bring enthusiasm and curiosity.

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2-2.40pm

Elisabeth Sennitt Clough & Julian Turner: Poetry Reading

At or Below Sea Level is Elisabeth Sennitt Clough’s third poetry collection – ‘dark, tricksy and full of a strange music and menace’ (Deborah Alma). Her previous collections are Glass and Sightings.

Julian Turner will be reading from his new collection Desolate Markets – a book of extraordinary macroscopic vision.

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3.10-4pm

Jane Kite & John Hepworth: Phobia and the Girl

How can the Girl grow up? Can Phobia climb out of the colours and help her? Illuminating and disturbing, this fable of survival and transformation will intrigue and amaze.

 

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4.30-5.30pm

Elizabeth Poynter & Joe Williams: It’s in the Fridge! & An Otley Run

Writer Elizabeth Poynter performs her one-woman short play It’s in the Fridge! She’s alone, she’s just turned fifty and things are not looking too rosy (rosé?). But there’s always another bottle in the fridge…

Followed by a lively, interactive performance by award-winning writer Joe Williams with his verse novella An Otley Run, telling the story of a day spent doing the famous Leeds pub crawl.

Sunday 6 October

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11am-12pm

Sussi Louise Smith & KM Herbert: Poetry Puzzles

This workshop engages the reader as an active participant in the creative process. Poet KM Herbert and illustrator Sussi Louise Smith offer their works up for creative destruction and reconstruction.

Suitable for ages 12+

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12.15-12.30pm and 12.45-1pm

Ilkley Writers: Invite to Write

Bite-sized, friendly writing sessions offering a variety of fun writing prompts, exercises and games. Run by regular members of Ilkley Writers. All materials provided. Bring enthusiasm and curiosity.

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2-2.30pm

Ella Sanderson & Alex Asher

This spoken word event will showcase the ups and downs of Ella Sanderson’s life with Asperger’s, with Alex Asher adding his own unique view on unhelpful labels and preconceived stereotypes.

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3-4pm

Sarah Davis & Sarah Connell: Debut Writers

Baby Daze, Sarah Davis’s collection of relatable short poems, was recommended in Mother & Baby magazine as a funny read. Her poetry reflects the humorous and sentimental rollercoaster of parenting a newborn.

Sarah Connell writes short form literary fiction about the northern city where she lives. Her novel Whenever won the 2017 Cinnamon Prize.

Readings from both writers will be followed by a discussion about their journeys to publication.

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MANOR HOUSE

Saturday 5 October

11am-4pm

Melanie Shearn: Work-in-Progress Live

Watch a new work-in-progress being handcrafted. No pre-planning, just spontaneous and interactive writing. Come chat with me, write with me, draw with me, inspire me, prompt me.

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11am-4pm

Sussi Louise Smith & KM Herbert: The Happy Ball

Drop in anytime throughout the day and share your best thoughts with us on strips of paper so we can make a massive, papier-mâché Happy Ball of gratitude!

Suitable for adults and children

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5.30-6pm

Kathleen Strafford, Elizabeth Jones & Andrea Hardaker: Tales by Torchlight

Three writers from Runcible Spoon Publishing invite you to bring your children with their teddy bears (and maybe even in their pyjamas!) for bedtime stories about sleepy Little Bo, Dr Bear and Isabelle, and Sandy the chick.

Suitable for children aged 3-5 and their families

 

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6.30-7pm

Barbara Howerska: The Widow Witch

The Widow Witch, an epic poem inspired by Slavik folk tales, tells the story of a boy being pursued through an ancient forest by a shape-changing wolf.

 

Sunday 6 October

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11am-12.30pm and 1.30-3pm

Lizzi Hawkins: Poetry Surgery

Drop in to the Poetry Surgery, a Doctor’s Office with a difference! Bring your woes, worries or just curiosity, and leave with a specially crafted poetry ‘prescription’ to make you feel better.

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