Love [and Survival] in a Time of Covid : Week 4

Here’s the detailed programme for the final week of the festival : Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th July
Love and Survival
Thursday 15th July

In the theatre 

19:30 Air by Emily Carmichael, directed by Ruth Sullivan
Cameron and Jaime Eyre are a brother and sister living together in Glasgow during the pandemic, trying to make sense of their father’s death before the world went into lockdown.
Musician Cam has shut himself away and pours his sense of loss into experimental recordings while publishing officer Jaime is working hard and cooking, exercising and doing what she can to stifle her pain.
Air is an emotive exploration of grief, love, longing and trying to find hope in our own ways.
Contains strong language and sexual references.

Friday 16th July

In the theatre 

19:30 Vaccine – Astravax
Census Night by Lucy Beacon, directed by Ciara Robley
Olivia written, performed and directed by Joanna Nevin
One for the Road by Tamara von Werthern, directed by Ruth Sullivan
Cry Freedom by Menesh Patel, directed by Simona Hughes

In the studio

21:00 Gig Night!
 With a mixture of classical and jazz standards to get your toes tapping

Saturday 17th July

At the Arcola Outside

10:30 Jubilee Voices
A collection of inspired and heartfelt lockdown monologues written by year-6 children from Jubilee Primary  School, commissioned by the Tower and performed word-for-word by a company of 12 actors.
11:45 I can’t breathe
A collection of poems, monologues and plays celebrating black voices and examining what it means to be “black”, questioning when black lives and black futures will finally matter.
Directed by Landé Belo and Lyla Smith-Abass.

In the studio

14:00 Duologue in a Day
A writing challenge set during the festival, led by Andy Marchant and his Playwriting  Collective, and sightread by actors. Anyone who wants to read can sign up and take part!

In the theatre

18:00 Air by Emily Carmichael, directed by Ruth Sullivan
Cameron and Jaime Eyre are a brother and sister living together in Glasgow during the pandemic, trying to make sense of their father’s death before the world went into lockdown.
Musician Cam has shut himself away and pours his sense of loss into experimental recordings while publishing officer Jaime is working hard and cooking, exercising and doing what she can to stifle her pain.
Air is an emotive exploration of grief, love, longing and trying to find hope in our own ways.
Contains strong language and sexual references.

In the studio

20:00 Gig Night!
Another chance to catch Friday evening’s performance, with a few surprises thrown in…

Sunday 18th July

At the Arcola Outside

10:30 Jubilee Voices
A collection of inspired and heartfelt lockdown monologues written by year-6 children from Jubilee Primary  School, commissioned by the Tower and performed word-for-word by a company of 12 actors.
11:45 Booster Jab
Best of Fest – featuring four short pieces from the Vaccine Programme as chosen by the Tower Theatre’s Artistic Directors :
Abney Park by Simon Christian, directed by Simona Hughes
Condensed written and performed by Anthea Hill
One for the Road by Tamara von Werthern, directed by Ruth Sullivan
Cry Freedom by Menesh Patel, directed by Simona Hughes

In the theatre

14:00 Air by Emily Carmichael, directed by Ruth Sullivan
Cameron and Jaime Eyre are a brother and sister living together in Glasgow during the pandemic, trying to make sense of their father’s death before the world went into lockdown.
Musician Cam has shut himself away and pours his sense of loss into experimental recordings while publishing officer Jaime is working hard and cooking, exercising and doing what she can to stifle her pain.
Air is an emotive exploration of grief, love, longing and trying to find hope in our own ways.
Contains strong language and sexual references.

In the studio

15:00 Move to Heal
Our body holds our memories. Movement psychotherapist Brenda Naso helps to utilise trauma-informed practices for self-care to find resources in our body to help cope with the effects of the pandemic.

In the theatre

17:00 The Parent Project, curated by Angharad Ormond
An intimate glimpse into how the pandemic has changed our relationships with our parents. This one-off event explores real-life parent/child experiences from conception to death.
19:00 Vaccine – Astravax
Census Night by Lucy Beacon, directed by Ciara Robley
Olivia written, performed and directed by Joanna Nevin
One for the Road by Tamara von Werthern, directed by Ruth Sullivan
Cry Freedom by Menesh Patel, directed by Simona Hughes

Throughout the festival, our Visual Arts exhibition will be displayed in the Tuerk rehearsal room, the Smith Studio, Rehearsal Room 3, the Meeting Room and in the bar and corridors of the theatre. We invite you to buy a drink and take your time viewing the incredible artworks presented here, from stunning photography, paintings and crafts which have been the saving of our collective sanity during lockdown. More information here.

And we also have two interactive walks for you around Abney Park cemetery which you can enjoy at any time when the park is open. The walks start from the cemetery entrance on Stoke Newington Church Street. Full information on these here.

conceived online – created in isolation – performed live

performances – workshops – visual arts