The Chelsea Theatre presents The Not Television Festival

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For those either left still hungry for more after the end of the Fringe festival, (or for those who can’t just drop everything for a jaunt to Scotland) The Chelsea Theatre and Ben Walters are hosting a post-Edinburgh weekend of shows from Friday August 29 to Sunday August 31 with a strong tendency towards total audience immersion rather than more traditionalist fare. Billing itself as The Not Television Festival, the emphasis is on one-off unrepeatable material that is as reliant on the audience as the script.

 

The Not Television Festival is the brainchild of critic and programmer Ben Walters, who blogs about cabaret and DIY culture, among other things, at NotTelevision.net, and also produces the quarterly cabaret Come With Me If You Want To Live for Chelsea Theatre.

 

“The Not Television Festival is a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the bold new performance work I’m most passionate about,” says Ben. “Unrehearsable, unpredictable and unrepeatable shows that gets you buzzing in places the telly just can’t reach.”

 

What’s On:

 

Friday August 29

7:30pm, Edinburgh discovery

“We don’t know what this one will be yet! An exciting show handpicked by festival programmer Ben Walters at the Edinburgh Fringe – the only guarantee is it’ll be unlike anything else around.”

 

9pm, Red Bastard“Confrontational clown, inspirational arse-kicker, tomato-rooster hybrid and more. Red Bastard is a face-full of laughs who’ll have you itching in your seat and questioning your priorities.”

 

Saturday August 30

2-5pm, Open air tea dance 

“Ragroof Theatre host stylish afternoon tea dances for all ages and levels of experience. Come and trip the light fantastic to the sounds of the roaring 20s, 30s and 40s and encounter a recreation of the glamorous heyday of ballroom dance, with a dash of luscious Latin and scintillating swing.”

 

4-8pm, Drawabout  “will be on hand doing brilliant live drawings depicting and inspired by the life stories of anyone and everyone present – plus live music, great grub and a chance to contribute to the Anxiety Box – a cathartic repository of all the ills of our neurotic society wrapped up in a couple of square feet of cardboard.”

 

4pm, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

“Unopened script. Unprepared actor. Unknowing audience. Unforgettable. Iran’s Nassim Soleimanpour can’t leave his home, but his writing can. Watch an amazing performer bring it to life without setting eyes on it ever before – and perhaps hand the reins over to you…The speakers are two of the outstanding talents of the cabaret world: London’s Jonny Woo and New York’s Lady Rizo. (Days TBC)”

 

4-6pm, Mister Meredith

“A Mrs Mills for the new century – presents an irresistible singalong straight from the music hall, the boozer and the charts.”

 

6pm, The Creative Martyrs: Cabapocalypsaret

“Welcome to the Armageddon floorshow. What kind of world shall we make next? The Creative Martyrs – think Vladimir and Estragon with a cello and ukulele – invite you to help invent a new form of society in the ruins of a music hall. No pressure”.

 

8pm, Edinburgh discovery

“We don’t know what this one will be yet! An exciting show handpicked by festival programmer Ben Walters at the Edinburgh Fringe – the only guarantee is it’ll be unlike anything else around.”

 

10pm, Tomás Ford’s Electric Midnight Cabaret

“Using a hefty mixing console, video wizardry, killer tunes, snake hips and a shedload of chutzpah, this euphoric show suggests what might happen if Sweeney Todd threw an electro-punk party in the sex dungeon of the TARDIS en route to nirvana. Key terms: ‘Nothing bad is happening. Forgive this show. You are not alone.”

Sunday August 31

“In the afternoon, Drawabout will be on hand doing brilliant live drawings depicting and inspired by the life stories of anyone and everyone present – plus live music, great grub and a chance to contribute to the Anxiety Box – a cathartic repository of all the ills of our neurotic society wrapped up in a couple of square feet of cardboard.”

 

2:30pm, Sunday Assembly

“A godless congregation celebrating the wonder of life and joys of community. Join the celebrants of the Sunday Assembly for a new kind of happy hang-out, bringing together shamelessly joyous pop singalongs, a smarter kind of inspirational speaking and, most importantly, a sense of being in it together.”

 

4-6pm, Michael Roulston

“Maestro of the cabaret pianoforte Michael Roulston tinkles the ivories, takes requests and embarks on melodic flights of fancy.”

 

4:30pm, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

“Unopened script. Unprepared actor. Unknowing audience. Unforgettable. Iran’s Nassim Soleimanpour can’t leave his home, but his writing can. Watch an amazing performer bring it to life without setting eyes on it ever before – and perhaps hand the reins over to you…The speakers are two of the outstanding talents of the cabaret world: London’s Jonny Woo and New York’s Lady Rizo. (Days TBC)”

6:30pm, Miss Behave’s Gameshow“A lo-fi cardboard aesthetic is the perfect backdrop for this new venture from the mistress of the sideshow spectacle. Oodles of charm and innovative oomph go into cleverly designed games that make a benefit of the ubiquity of mobile phones while carrying a satirical sting. There might just be a special guest or two as well.”

 

About Ben Walters

“Ben Walters blogs about cabaret, moving image, queer and DIY culture at nottelevision.net and tweets at @not_television. He was Time Out London’s cabaret editor from 2009 to 2013, and co-directed the cabaret documentaries This Is Not a Dream and Vinegar to Jam. In 2010, Ben created BURN, the platform for moving images by cabaret artists.”

 

About Chelsea Theatre

“Chelsea Theatre is a contemporary performance space and community hub which combines artistic excellence and community participation.  As a performance space they are dedicated to commissioning, producing and presenting the freshest and most innovative artists, both nationally and internationally. SACRED, Chelsea Theatre’s highly-rated season of theatre-based live art will run through late November 2014.  Chelsea Theatre is a member of Live Art UK”

 

Single shows:  £12/£8 concs

Day tickets for all shows on one day (either Fri or Sat or Sun):  £20/£12 concs

Weekend Ticket (for all shows on all three days): £35/£25

Day and Weekend tickets give access to shows subject to availability

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