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A warm, winter welcome to the second issue of ,Ignore This .,

IGNORE THIS is created by Clocktower Arts in association with the 4WD Foundation and funded by the London Borough of Croydon. This publication creates media and marketing training for people between 18 and 28 who are not in education and employment. For more information contact

Very special thanks to Kevina Kiganda and Chris Aidoo for all their hard work and dedication

Thanks to everyone who wrote to us about issue one. We love to hear from you and we want to make our magazine the finest quality free arts publication in the region. Inside you will find in depth editorial arts content and clear event listings for both The Clocktower Arts Centre and The David Lean Cinema. Our programme is packed full for December through to March so we’ve tried to fit in as much information as possible. If you’d like more information about what’s on at The David Lean Cinema you can check out our separate film brochure or the Clocktower website. On the subject of films, we’re pleased to be able to announce that we will be hosting a very special film festival in April 2011. Look out for more details about this in January. This edition we celebrate Clocktower Arts’ exclusive theatre co-promotion of A Clockwork Orange - with a very special feature written by Will Carr, Deputy Director of the Anthony Burgess foundation. You may have spotted the reference to this classic novella on our front cover, combined with imagery from The Penguin Café, another one of the world class shows we’re delighted to be able to bring to Croydon in 2011. Clocktower Arts is dedicated to bringing more shows of this quality to town. And alongside the artists and productions that usually grace large international stages we’re also determined to develop vital new work in house from local emerging writers and performers. And the team continues to go from strength to strength, with 2011 looking like being a bumper year for the development of arts participation programmes for young people, refugees and people with disabilities. Find out more about Club Soda, Big White Light and Ignite inside this issue. ‘Ignore This’ itself provides valuable training for aspiring creative adults who aren’t currently in training, education or employment as the primary focus of the magazine is to put something of real value back into the community. We hope that you will make the most of what is on offer in Croydon. The Clocktower Arts Centre is a beautiful venue and Croydon is a unique place. Let’s celebrate that together in 2011. Yours,

Clocktower Arts

Andy Ingram’s


Circus 18, 20, 21 Dec 2010, 3pm & 7pm Family Ticket £20, Adult £7 / £5

What was your earliest memory of the circus?

How have you seen the world of Circus change?

I remember first going to the circus when I was about five, and was adamant that I wanted to be that person on stage. From then on I would insist on my parents taking me to every circus within a 30 mile radius of our house. I would treasure the programme and poster from the show until the next time a circus visited. Joining the circus was all that I have ever wanted to do. At first I think my parents thought that I would grow out of it, but I didn’t! At the age of 6 I joined a local juggling club and began to learn the basics of circus skills. I would then spend the summer holidays helping circuses out, and loved every minute of it. When I finished school, I attended Peter Jones’ (Dragons Den) National Enterprise Academy for a year and then joined the circus “full time” working on the administration/business side of things.

Lots of people will say that these are the last few years of circus. However I strongly disagree. I guess the main change I have seen is the contemporary side of circus becoming a lot more popular. The other change is the paperwork side of things getting a lot more complicated. It is really like starting a new business every venue that you visit.

Is it as unusual as people might expect working in the circus or do you actually have a relatively normal life?

This December Clocktower Arts are very proud to host the very first shows from the newly formed and eagerly anticipated Adam Ingham’s Circus in the grand setting of the Braithwaite Hall. Adam has been working in circus for the majority of his years. He has now gathered together the finest traditional circus acts in the trade to form his very own super circus, a troupe of the highest calibre. We met him in his caravan and asked him how he found himself in the most exhilarating and romantic of trades. 2 / 020 8253 1030

I think that quite a lot of people think that the circus is a very care and hassle free environment - it is actually quite the opposite! I guess that the most unusual part of the job is that you live and work there. You have to enjoy what you are doing, as sometimes the work is very hard. Everybody at the circus is like one big family! Whilst travelling I live in a 37 foot American caravan. It is a bit like taking your house with you - it has a cooker, washing machine, bath and dishwasher, actually everything you could possibly need!

Do you travel the world? Every year I try to see as many different circuses as possible. I have visited circuses in the USA, Spain, Holland, France, Ireland and Germany. I have only worked in the UK though.

What is your favourite or most impressive circus act that you’ve seen? I have two! One is Los Marinhos who perform the Wheel of Death and High Wire and the other is a clown called Housch ma Housch.

What made you realise you wanted to start your own circus? All my life it is what I have wanted to do. I think that it is most circus people’s ambition!

How do you audition your acts? I always try to see acts working with another audience. As it is live entertainment that’s the only way.

What can we expect in Croydon? You can expect an action packed one hour show featuring jugglers, clowns, acrobats, hula hoops and many more circus acts.

What other towns are you playing in? We visit Wokingham on 22nd and 23rd December, Woodley from the 27th – 29th December and Ickenham 31st December – 2nd January.

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Foxtrot Tango Charlie

Tea Dance with a Twist Wednesday 16 February, 5pm – 7pm Wednesday 16 March, 5pm – 7pm £6 / £3 Concession Foxtrot-Tango-Charlie, the Clocktower’s cocktail hour dance club, launched autumn 2010 as a monthly early evening event and proved to be an instant hit. The event is back with a bang for 2011, with dates planned FOR the regular Wednesday slot once a month in January to April. Foxtrot-Tango-Charlie, the Clocktower’s cocktail hour dance club, launched autumn 2010 as a monthly early evening event and proved to be an instant hit. The event is back with a bang for 2011, with dates planned on the regular Wednesday slot once a month in January to April. It’s a tea dance – with a twist! Instead of tea, we offer sumptuous cocktails (alcoholic or nonalcoholic) at a dizzyingly low price at the special Cocktail Corner bar of the gorgeous woodpanelled Braithwaite Hall. Come and savour the best of social dancing at this regular monthly early evening soiree – suitable for experienced dancers and absolute beginners alike. You don’t need to bring a dance partner, and people of all ages and persuasions are most welcome! 4 / 020 8253 1030

Dorothy’s Shoes and her Gentleman Friend Champagne Charlie are your hosts, accompanied by other special guest performers and co-hosts. So come and be drawn into the dance, encounter whimsical dance demonstrations and whizz-bang instant dance classes. Expect the vintage sounds of tempestuous tangos, quirky quicksteps, and wistful waltzes. And we’ll go upbeat with luscious Latin rhythms, sizzling Swing, and whatever else takes our fancy – perhaps the sexy Saturday Night Fever disco hustle, a cheeky Cowboy Polka, or a chirpy Charleston. Oh, and if you really insist – you can get a cup of tea at the Clocktower café-bar! So grab your dancing shoes and come along – see you on the dancefloor!

Working under their stage name Dorothy’s Shoes and The Gentlemen Friends, dance teacher/ choreography Dorothy Max Prior and dancer/DJ Matthew Blacklock (aka Champagne Charlie) are on a mission to bring partner dancing back into fashion!

“Expect the vintage sounds of tempestuous tangos, quirky quicksteps, and wistful waltzes ... luscious Latin rhythms and sizzling Swing.”

“Of course, Ballroom is back in the headlines with the success of Strictly, but we feel that this show perpetuates the image of partner dancing as sequin-loaded show dancing, rather than something that everyone can do in a social setting. We are personally more interested in the roots of social dancing, as practised across the world in the first half of the twentieth century – in the ballrooms, dancehalls, nightclubs, and even streets – from Paris to London to Buenos Aires to Havana to New York and beyond. We are committed to the notion that anyone can dance, and that dancing should be learnt in a social setting, with drinks and lights and warmth, rather than in a draughty and miserable school setting. We also feel that dancing is fun, so learning to dance should be fun. Our instant classes are all about quickly picking up enough information to get you round the floor, then having a chance to practice your steps straight away.

In another break from the Ballroom norm, we are personally highly committed to ideas that challenge assumptions about gender roles – we teach all our steps as lead and follow and encourage everyone to learn both, so that they can take the role of lead or follow as they wish, rather than be told ‘this is the man’s role’ and ‘this is the woman’s role’. Our dance demonstrations often offer a lighthearted look at gender roles, for example, with The Gentlemen Friends’ (Champagne Charlie and Burlington Bertie) renowned Gentlemen’s Tango. We are currently working on a Rumba-Bolero dance for Dorothy and Charlie that will subvert the usual malefemale roles!”

Charlie and Dorothy are your hosts for each Foxtrot-Tango-Charlie, joined at each session by guest artists, including Burlington Bertie (actordancer Tom Adams, who is currently touring the country playing Bobby Beauty in Miracle Theatre’s modern panto take on Beauty and the Beast!) and Aila Baila (co-founder and performer in the Charleston and Lindy specialist troupe The Bees Knees). And there may well be other special guests popping in … All of the team are highly experienced performers, teachers, and event hosts – and we welcome you with open arms to come and join the dance! 020 8253 1030 /


“The sweet harmonic sounds and melodies from the Creole Choir of Cuba brought audience members to their feet with tears of joy ... Spiritually uplifting ... A must see for the whole family!” The Voice “A mesmerising experience ... astonishing stuff... I’m lost for words .....absolutely extraordinary.” Mark Lamarr, BBC Radio 2 “Entrancing, exquisite, unlike any other music show.” ***** The Scotsman

Creoleof Cuba Choir 9 February / 8pm–10pm / All tickets £15 Hear the passionate melodies, wild harmonies and richly textured arrangements of these vocalists and you will be sure to agree this is the most original vocal sound to come out of Cuba in a long time. The Creole Choir of Cuba are currently selling out long runs all over the UK as one of the most popular foreign language choirs to hit our shores since The Boys Choir Of Kenya or even Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The Creole Choir’s Cuban name Desandann means literally ‘descendents.’ With the songs on their forthcoming album Tande-La they tell the stories of their Haitian ancestors who were brought to Cuba to work in near slave conditions in the sugar and coffee plantations. Their mesmerising sound, jubilant dancing and deep spirit made them a big hit in this country at the Edinburgh Festival. They start their first UK tour after a run at the London Jazz Festival and an appearance on Later with Jools Holland. This is impassioned singing by a group celebrating roots, resistance and the rhythms of their daily life. Their debut album Tande-La is out now on Peter Gabriel’s Realworld Label.

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Penguin CafÉ 5 February. 8pm – 10pm All tickets £15

“Penguin CafÉ continues to occupy a unique place in music: nothing else has

ever sounded quite like it. Eccentric, charming, accommodating, surprising, seductive, warm, reliable, modest and unforgettable:

it’s a true friend.” Brian Eno

Penguin Café headline festivals and sold out The Royal Albert Hall. Their music has been used so much in TV and film that one would be sure to recognise their unique sound even without hearing one of the many incredible albums they have made since 1977. Croydon is extremely privileged to have such an exclusive and intimate performance from such a world class band in the space of The Braithwaite Hall at the Clocktower Arts Centre. The band will be rehearsing at the Clocktower for two days prior to their shows and trying out new material before their tour. Tickets are limited so get yours soon. Using rubber bands, telephone tones, old harmoniums and the kind of found sounds not usually heard amongst an orchestra, the music of Penguin Cafe seem at once both innovative and immediate. Their music is packed full of classical devices and dramatic crescendos that get the heart racing and feet tapping. Their sound is at once familiar and new, combining acoustic power and a beguiling, feisty charm. The Penguin Café Orchestra played their first major gig with Kraftwerk in 1976 at The Roundhouse in Camden. The band was founded by Simon Jeffes and other mainstay of the band Cellist Helen Liebmann. 8 / 020 8253 1030

The Orchestra would contract and expand with a dazzling collective of musicians, depending on the need. After 20 years making international hit records and touring the world Simon sadly died in 1997. Simon’s son Arthur brought the band together for a three night sell out run at The Union Chapel in Islington and since then has continued to tour under the name Penguin Café selling out The Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC proms 2010. Suggesting listening: Portico Quartet, Sophie Solomon, The Books, Moondog. 020 8253 1030 /


Club Soda’s

We are especially proud to give opportunities for emerging artists with learning disabilities to present and develop their work. Club Soda events are produced and run by people with learning disabilities.


Valentine Party will feature live music


from the astonishing Catherine O’Rourke, DJ sets from Soul Sista & Super D. Plus

THEATRE NEW! From March 2011 we will be running free weekly workshops in theatre, film-making, art & music!

Speed Dating,

Amazing arts events! Live music, DJ’s, films, theatre, karaoke & much more!

Face Front Theatre and Big White Light.

Contact us: • For more information and to book places on workshops call 020 8253 1034 10 / 020 8253 1030

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26(.2) Jackson’s Ways in 26(.2) Jackson’s Days!

Written and performed by Will Adamsdale. Produced by Fuel in partnership with Mobius

Winner of the Perrier Award for Comedy 2004

Sat 15 January / 8pm £8 / £6 Concession

“Hi I’m Jackson, and ten years ago I got excited…” JACKSON’S BACKSON! Will Adamsdale’s Perrier Award winning life coach character undertakes his most ambitious project yet: touring 26(.2) London venues in 26(.2) days, on a marathon trip to bring Jackson’s Way, his hilarious gospel of self helplessness, to the people of London Town.

“Jackson’s Way is simply the best, funniest, cleverest miracle of make believe.” Scotsman “… I just can’t wait to tell you about a new approach to love, life and finance that everybody’s talking about! It’s called ‘Jackson’s Way’ and it’s a simple, workable method of making the equation ‘love/ “As funny as it is wonderfully weird… money + property/mood2 = WINNING’ work on YOUR terms and at YOUR pace!” remarkable for both its sheer inventiveness Jackson’s Way is a satire on the world of self help and corporate and its perfect pitch” jargon, but so much more ... Join Chris John Jackson for perhaps New York Times

the most surreal and funny hour you are likely to spend in a theatre. 12 / 020 8253 1030


Madame SOuth London 26 Feb – John Simmit + special guests 8pm 19 Mar – Felix Dexter 8pm Tickets: £9.50 / £7.50 Concessions John Simmit is back again in 2011 with South London’s premier comedy night. He has pulled together the finest black comedians from the UK and USA in partnership with Def Jam Comedy US. We have a very special surprise line up for February and in March TV’s Felix Dexter, star of many UK comedy programmes and trained lawyer to boot! Felix has been in many landmark comedies such as Alan Partridge, Absolutely Fabulous, The Fast Show and The Real McCoy. Upfront Comedy South London has fast become the main home for showcasing TV’s finest quality comedians in an intimate and unique venue. 14 / 020 8253 1030

Thursday 23 Dec / 8pm Tickets: £9 / £7 Concessions The Clocktower’s favourite Comedian / Ballerina Madame Galina and her alter ego Iestyn Edwards have had Croydon rolling in the isles for the last six months, presenting a monthly series of razor sharp topical satire, physical comedy and a wild selection of traditional variety acts every month. Madame Galina takes inspiration from Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova, gathering together the finest collection of top quality cabaret acts from the four corners of the world as well as auditioning for new talent from Croydon. The show is always a miraculous spectacular of the finest entertainment for miles around, a show not to be missed.

Jenny Eclair

Old Dog NewTricks Friday 4 March / 8pm / £14 / £12 Concessions


enny Eclair found fame as the first woman to win the Perrier Award, she has since gone on to become the nation’s favourite Grumpy Old Woman and most recently dominated the prime time in ‘I’m A Celebrity. Get Me Out Of Here!’ Totally unique, genuinely incomparable, instantly recognisable and always hilarious, Jenny has successfully surfed the tidal wave of alternative comedy safely onto the sandy beaches of the mainstream, but don’t think for one minute that this means she has lost any of her edge. She’s back on a new nationwide tour proving that there’s life in the old dog yet and what’s more, she’s got some new tricks! Having dug up some fresh new comedy bones, Jenny Eclair is back, wagging her arthritic tail and resisting the urge to sniff lamp-posts, yes, the old dog of the circuit is trotting once more around the block, proving yet again that she’s got what it takes to be an award winner (Crufts 1982). Jenny Eclair has been a stand up comic since the last millennium; She is also fifty years old and trying not to mind.

a u J artnin m Flamenco Fire and Soul

28Jan / 8pm–10pm / £14 / £12 Concessions

The man invited by Picasso to play at his 90th birthday celebrations, Juan Martin is a celebrated virtuoso of the flamenco guitar, voted into the top three guitarists in the world by US magazine ‘Guitar Player’. Aged 17 Juan Martín played in the Spanish film ‘Donde Tu Estes’ and has since gone on to perform at international festivals from Montreux to Hong Kong as well as the First World Guitar Congress in the USA. In 2004 he played in Tehran to 9,000 people over three nights. ‘El Mundo’ in Spain said of him that ‘he has a terrifyingly good technique and absolute dominance of the guitar’. The Times called him ‘a giant of the flamenco guitar tradition’ and The Age in Melbourne said ‘no flash, just loads of panache’. A review of his latest dvd in the July 2010 issue of Songlines said “Flamenco show blows the roof off the Barbican”. He has recorded 18 CDs and two films and has books and tutorial DVDs published with Faber, UMP and Mel Bay. Website:

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‘For young people, run by young people’ over the past two years The IGNITE brand of unique youth-lead arts events has built up a large local following of young people wanting to get involved. The established strands of music, theatre and film have collectively contributed to the success of the innovative and exciting model. IGNITE offers the opportunity for young people (aged 14-19) in Croydon to gain skills and experience within the arts industry. Participants are responsible for performing, event management, programming, marketing and budget management. Every aspect of the project is inspired and created by the groups themselves. Oliver Tipper Arts Participation Officer says “We have found that by giving young people ownership over all aspects of the project they automatically take the opportunity seriously and support and motivate each other. Participants learn that working as a team leads to amazing results that they can be proud of; and gives them far ranging skills set that they can use in many aspects of their lives.” The project opens up learning and development opportunities for young people interested in the creative industries, who can also work towards internships and work possible placements. IGNITE offers young people an alternative (and in many ways, more relevant) arts experience than they receive from formal education. IGNITE will continue to be led by young people and aim to meet the demand for performance opportunities for young people in Croydon. 16 / 020 8253 1030

For more information about IGNITE: 020 8253 1034 For the latest updates on IGNITE : add us on Facebook ( or follow us on Twitter (

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IGNITE presents

No Noise i n

t h e

L i b r a r y

Friday 17 December / 6.30pm – 11pm Tickets £5 in advance only 14+ EVENT

Nightmare & Oni, MiLLiON, Razr, Highpass, Dubfreakz IGNITE welcomes the filthiest young emerging Dubstep/Drum & Bass/ Electro House DJs in Croydon to IGNITE’s newest event No Noise In The Library. After the success of IGNITE’s live music/tlub night for artists aged 14-19, the team behind IGNITE Music thought it was time to offer an event showcasing underage DJ’s in Croydon. Dubfreaks headline this epic night of bass, nationally known as one of the most exciting new Dubstep acts to hit the scene. Dubstep/Chiptune artist Jonny Beckett aka MiLLiON aged 17 has been the driving force behind this new unique club experience produced by young people.

“Dubstep was born in Croydon after all. It only seems right to have an event that celebrates the future of the scene in it’s birth place.”

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“There are several nights for young people in London but not many offering a chance for them to experience a genre generally restricted to over 18’s. If so, not enough of them are planned by the same people they are targetting, us. We are using a teen state of mind and imagination and applying it to this event.” Jonny has featured at IGNITE Music events, dishing out a mixture of Chiptune (underground video game music) and his own Dubstep productions. After each set the audience seemed to be left with a hungry feeling in their bellies and craved a second serving. From this Jonny was inspired to start a night committed to providing night of ‘bass entertainment’ where young DJ’s were given a chance to play and support a professional act.

ba s s e t t IGNITE p r e s e n t s

A new play by James Graham

Wed 2 March & Thurs 3 March 7pm / £3

Citizenship class at Wootton Bassett School and the supply teacher has gone a bit nuts, doing a runner and locking the pupils in. That’s bad enough, but tensions are higher today than normal. Today only yards from their confinement, a repatriation of former British soldiers is taking place along the High Street, as it has over a hundred times before in this quiet Wiltshire town. And this one is more personal than most. Dean needs the toilet, Aimee needs a coffee, Amid needs to pray, and Leo….well, Leo really, really wants to be at the repat, and is determined to escape. As factions form and secrets are revealed, maybe he’s not the only one who’ll want to get away.

IGNITE Theatre is an exciting theatre company led by young people from Croydon. After experimenting with new writing and improvisation the company are now performing Bassett as part of the esteemed National Theatre Youth Connections Festival, working in partnership with the Rose Theatre, Kingston.

Bassett is a pacy, funny and exhausting look at young people who have inherited a world at war; who, as they grow older, are starting to ask questions about these conflicts, their country, and themselves.

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family shows

family shows

LAUNDRY BOY Directed by Annie Smol Choreography Chisato Minamiura Designer Jo Paul Friday 25 March / 1.30pm & 8pm / £6 Face Front Inclusive Theatre presents Laundry Boy Martin’s time has come – to move on from dependence to independence. His journey is both terrifying and exciting as he falls in love, suffers loss and gains a glimpse of who he could be. Laundry Boy is a heart warming new play devised and performed by an outstanding team including award winning writers Julie McNamara and Ray Downing, Deaf performer David Sands, Becky Allen and popular Learning Disabled actors Peter Faventi and Ellen Goodey. The production is in BSL, spoken English and has integrated audio description. Touch tours for visually impaired people will start 30 minutes before the show begins Face Front creates original, ground-breaking inclusive theatre with a company of disabled and non disabled artists. The company produces entertaining and challenging multilayered theatre using drama, dance, music and projections transporting the viewer from one world to another. 20 / 020 8253 1030

Wally Watthead

And His Lost Glow Friday 22 April / 2pm & 7pm £10 / £8 Concessions £25 Family ticket (2 adults 2 children) Wally Watthead And His Lost Glow is an adventurous theatrical performance for young and old alike. On stage there’s an enlarged version of Polly’s bedside table. On it, we see a cell phone, a bedside lamp and a picture of Polly. All is going well, until, one day, the light bulb on Wally Watthead’s head goes out. Wally’s friend Simon Simcard the multimedia cell phone, tries to help Wally search for his light. Their search is the cue for the magic to commence. Wally Watthead gets up to all sorts of things, like when he relaxes a bit too much – and ends up levitating in the air or shrinking himself down to Lilliput size. Then things get totally out of hand when the object of Wally’s affections, Polly Picture, starts to come to life. Wally Watthead And His Lost Glow is a new kind of theatrical performance using magic, clowning, black art, video, various special effects, humour and plenty of compassion. Appearing on stage – the magician himself – Janne Raudaskoski is accompanied by the voices of Jonathan Hutchings as Simon Simcard and Tuija Nuoja as Polly Picture.


Saturday 12 February / 11am & 2pm £8 / £4 Concession £22 Family ticket (2 adults 2 children) Pied Piper Theatre presents Laura’s Star by Klaus Baumgart. Laura has always wanted someone special to share her secrets with. One night she finds a star lying, broken, on the pavement. Tenderly, she takes the star home. As it glows warmly in her hand she knows that she will be able to tell it all her secrets. But when she wakes up next morning, the little star has disappeared. Was her special friend just a dream? In this magical story a lonely girl learns that friendship sometimes means letting go of your most precious treasures. Pied Piper’s acclaimed production brings to life this much loved children’s book with live music and puppetry. Suitable for children aged 3 to 7.

Saturday 29 January / 2pm – 3pm £8 / £4 Concessions £22 Family ticket (2 adults 2 children) ajtc Theatre Company presents Scarecrow by Mike Kenny A furrowed field. The end of winter. The distant cawing of crows. A couple of farm workers turn up with a bundle of sticks and a pile of old clothes. They build a scarecrow. This is the story of a lonely scarecrow and a bunch of noisy crows. It’s about solitude and community in hard, hard times. The scarecrow hates the crows. Well that’s what you’d expect. But every time he chases them off they just keep coming back. The crows can take or leave the scarecrow. They’re too busy squabbling, eating and living their lives. All he wants is to be left alone. We follow their relationship over a year, from their beginnings as enemies, to their conclusion as grudging friends. From the creative team that brought you Mike Kenny’s The Gardener, nominated for The Children’s Theatre Prize in Germany and The Chronos Prize in France, Scarecrow is directed by Rosamunde Hutt, Associate Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre for Children, London. A story told with music, movement, puppetry, and fun. Perfect for over 5s and their families.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS ■ Secretariat 1.30pm / The American 5.30pm ■ Ignite presents Dubfreakz + more 6.30–11.30pm


■ Alpha & Omega (Autism Friendly Screening) 11.30a m Secretariat 1.30pm / The American 6pm An Ordinary Execution 8.15pm ■ Adam Ingham’s Christmas Circus 3pm & 7pm


■ Secretariat 1.30pm / An Ordinary Execution 6pm The American 8.15pm ■ Adam Ingham’s Christmas Circus 3pm & 7pm


■ Secretariat 1.30pm / The American 3.30pm ■ Adam Ingham’s Christmas Circus 3pm & 7pm


■ It Happened One Night 1.30pm ■ The American 6pm / Secretariat 8.30pm


■ Secretariat 1.30pm / The American 6pm It Happened One Night 8.15pm ■ Madame Galina – An Evening of Variety 8pm

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■ It’s A Wonderful Life 12noon & 2.20pm

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■ The Way Back 1.30pm & 6pm / Another Year 8.30pm


■ Peeping Tom 1.30pm / The Way Back 6pm Another Year 8.30pm

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■ 127 Hours 1.30pm & 6pm / Thorn In My Heart 8pm

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■ Another Year 1.30pm / The Way Back 6pm Peeping Tom 8.30pm

■ Tinkerbell & The Fairy Rescue (Autism Friendly Screening) 11.30am Thorn In My Heart 1.30pm / 127 Hours 6pm & 8pm ■ Thorn In My Heart 1.30pm & 8pm / 127 Hours 6pm ■ 127 Hours 1.30pm / Thorn In My Heart 3.30pm ■ Thorn In My Heart 1.30pm / 127 Hours 6pm For Colored Girls 8pm



■ Africa United 1.30pm / Legends of the Guardians 6pm Miral 8pm

■ The Kings Speech 1.30pm & 6pm / Neds 8.30m ■ Juan Martin – Flamenco Fire & Soul 8–10pm



■ Miral 12noon / Somewhere 2.25pm

■ The Kings Speech 1.30pm & 6pm / Neds 8.30pm ■ ajtc Theatre Company presents Scarecrow 2–3pm


■ Neds 1.30pm / The Kings Speech 6pm & 8.30pm

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■ Somewhere 1.30pm / Miral 3.40pm

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■ Uncle Boonmee 1.30pm / Miral 6pm / Somewhere 8.25pm ■ The Tourist 1.30pm / Of Gods & Men 6pm & 8.30pm ■ Of Gods & Men 1.30pm & 6pm / The Tourist 8.30pm ■ Of Gods & Men 1.30pm & 8.30pm / The Tourist 6pm ■ Of Gods & Men 1.30pm / The Tourist 4pm ■ The Tourist 1.30pm & 6pm / Waiting For Superman 8.30pm ■ Waiting For Superman 1.30pm / Of Gods & Men 4.45pm ■ Fela! (Live screening) 7pm ■ The Way Back 1.30pm & 6pm / Another Year 8.30pm ■ The Way Back 1.30pm & 8.25pm / Another Year 5.45pm ■ Jackson’s Way – The London Jacksathon: 26(.2) Jackson’s Ways in 26(.2) Jackson’s Days! 8pm

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■ The Kings Speech 1pm / Neds 3.30pm


■ The Kings Speech 1.30pm / Neds 3.40pm ■ King Lear (Live screening) 7pm

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■ Penguin Café 8–10pm

■L GBT History Month – Launch Event* ■ The Kings Speech 1.30pm & 8.30pm / Neds 6pm

■ Testing 123 – Bands 7.30pm ■ Testing 123 – Grand Final 7.30pm ■ Upfront Comedy South London – John Simmit 8pm

02 ■ Ignite Theatre presents Bassett 7pm 03 ■ Ignite Theatre presents Bassett 7pm 04 ■ Jenny Eclair – Old Dog, New Tricks 8pm 09 ■ Fourth Monkey Theatre Co. presents A Clockwork Orange 8pm 10 ■ Fourth Monkey Theatre Co. presents A Clockwork Orange 8pm 11 ■ Fourth Monkey Theatre Co. presents A Clockwork Orange 8pm 12 ■ Fourth Monkey Theatre Co. presents A Clockwork Orange 8pm 16 ■ Foxtrot Tango Charlie – Tea Dance With A Twist 5pm–7pm 17 ■ Custom/Practice Theatre Co presents Macbeth 8pm 18 ■ Custom/Practice Theatre Co presents Macbeth 8pm 19 ■ Upfront Comedy South London – Felix Dexter 8pm 25 ■ Face Front Theatre presents Laundry Boy 1.30pm & 8pm 01 22


■ Legends of the Guardians 1.30pm / Miral 6pm Africa United 8.25pm


■ For Colored Girls 1.30pm / 127 Hours 6pm The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (Holocaust Day) 8pm



■ Somewhere 1.30pm / Miral 6pm / Uncle Boonmee 8.25pm

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■ The Way Back 1pm / Another Year 3.30pm




■ Creole Choir of Cuba 8–10pm ■ Club Soda Valentines Party 7-11pm ■ Pied Piper Theatre presents Laura’s Star 11am & 2pm ■ Foxtrot Tango Charlie – Tea Dance With A Twist 5pm–7pm ■ Electronic Arts Review 6.30–11pm ■ Electronic Arts Review workshops 2–6pm / show 6.30–11pm ■ Testing 123 – Singer/Songwriter 7.30pm

BT Month ■ Testing 123 – Urban 7.30pm s celebrating LG details about film for ite bs we r * Please see ou

■ Ignite Music ■ Wally Watthead 2pm & 7pm

KEY ■ Music ■ Theatre: Adult ■ Theatre: Children’s ■ Dance

■ Comedy ■ Film ■ Film: Live screening

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Anthony Burgess’s 9, 10, 11 & 12 March 8pm – 9:30pm Tickets: £12 / £10 Concessions / Ages: 16+ Note: Depicts scenes of a sexual and violent nature Following a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010 Fourth Monkey Theatre Company bring their critically acclaimed production of Anthony Burgess’s seminal, often violent, yet timeless tale concerning an individual’s right to freedom of choice.

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Casting a female in the role of the iconic Alex (the exceptional Amy Brangwyn), Fourth Monkey portrays for a contemporary audience Burgess’s possible future; a future born out of the modern rise of the female gang, a future where sexual ambiguity and the ambiguity of assigned gender roles, not to mention a future of moral ambiguity, is prevalent in our society. Fourth Monkey is a new theatre company with a clear and specific philosophy on how theatre should be both produced and delivered. Part of a contemporary theatre movement that causes an audience to leave the theatre and fill the nights air with conversations and debate stimulated by what they have witnessed … conversations beyond “how nice the costumes

were!” With such a mission statement, what better piece to launch Fourth Monkey than Anthony Burgess’s seminal and iconic classic ‘A Clockwork Orange’. Brimming with visceral energy and passion, it is a story so imbedded in the history of its time, but also quite clearly so relevant today. In the age of the ASBO have we ever questioned or vilified our youth’s passage into adulthood more readily? Or indeed been so ignorant to the workings of the adolescent mind in this most complex of times. Burgess’s story is a stunning metaphor for all that we experience in our defining teenage years, it is not a play advocating violence as some assume; it is a story using violence to make us listen, sit up and take note. There are many messages in his writings, if we hear them then maybe not only us, but also today’s youth will receive a lesson … As Burgess himself says “Man is like a fruit” let us not therefore all turn into clockwork oranges. Please.” 020 8253 1030 /


A Clockwork OrangE

A study by Will Carr, Deputy Director of The International Anthony Burgess Foundation

‘I meant it to stand for the application of a mechanistic morality to a living organism oozing with juice and sweetness […] Eat this sweetish segment or spit it out. You are free.’ Anthony Burgess (1986) Well, what is it going to be then, eh? What does A Clockwork Orange taste like for us: should we eat it up or spit it out? Burgess’s 1962 novel exerts a vicious power over our imagination. Its powerful themes, such as the relationship of the individual to the state, the terrifying potential of the young, and the possibility or otherwise of redemption, remain entirely contemporary; and its linguistic innovation, totalitarian imagery, fierce ultraviolence and fiercer moral questions are still resqueezed and resucked throughout popular culture. Burgess himself hated popular music, but bands take their names from his text (Heaven 17, Moloko, The Devotschkas and others), they write songs using its concepts (for example ‘Ultraviolence’ by New Order, ‘Horrorshow’ by The Libertines, Sepultura’s recent album ‘A-Lex’) and they dress up as droogs for their live performances (David Bowie, Guns n Roses, Usher and Kylie have all succumbed). Korova Milk Bars – places of vice and vodka – currently 26 / 020 8253 1030

do brisk trade in New York, Melbourne, Glasgow, Manchester and elsewhere. ‘The Drughi’ are a feared group of ‘ultra’, indeed ultraviolent, supporters of Juventus FC. Bart Simpson, juvenile delinquent if perhaps not sociopath, frequently quotes Alex in codCockney and has been subjected to variants of the Ludovico Technique. Cartman of ‘South Park’ suffers the same treatment. The list goes on. The book itself has never been out of print, and is in translation all over the world. While Burgess’s novel developed a counter-cultural following in the sixties, with its prophetic colliding of drugs, music, youth culture and thrilling, violent release, Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film is of course the way in which the dystopia of A Clockwork Orange reached a mass audience. The violence in the novel, in some ways toned down but now of course painstakingly shot in vigorous colour, retains its ability to shock. Burgess sought to distance himself from what he viewed as

the gratuitousness of Kubrick’s film and expressed frustration that his short novel would now forever be his best-known work, even while there were others. Remorselessly prolific, Burgess wrote thirty-three novels in all, as well as twenty-five books of non-fiction, reams of journalism and over a hundred musical works – that he was more satisfied with. However, he never stopped writing about it, giving interviews about it, and preparing new stage versions of it: A Clockwork Orange continued to tick in his creative imagination. Kubrick worked from the American edition of the novel, which has an important difference from Burgess’s original text in that it leaves out the final chapter (Burgess claims against his wishes) and so fundamentally changes the conclusion; Burgess’s stage version reinstates it. There is no need to reveal what happens for you now, but the changes represent one of the ways in which Burgess sought to re-assert his authorship over the text and the ideas that it contains. It was always too late, of course, and new generations of performers and audiences will continue to grapple in new ways with the questions that A Clockwork Orange asks: this ambitious production by Fourth Monkey gives us an exciting and powerful take on a text that continues to resonate. 020 8253 1030 /


electronic 18 & 19 February Over the weekend of the 18 –19 February Clocktower Arts in partnership with White Label Music present the pioneering first instalment of The Electronic Arts Revue or EAR as we like to call it. The weekend will feature two days of music/sound workshops, DJ sets and live performances from our favourite bands from the electronic realms of production. Croydon has rich history in electronic based music, Kraftwerk debuted their genre defining classic album Autobahn at The Fairfield Halls, Mad Professor developed the sound of UK Dub in Thornton Heath, an embryonic rave scene developed through Croydon’s wealth of record shops and in turn Dubstep was born out of Big Apple Records. A bastion of this rich history thrives in the form of Swag Records in West Croydon where DJ Terry Francis worked behind the counter and the Tech House record label Wiggle was born. Wiggle and Swag Records still fly the flag for South London’s club scene, as resident DJs at Fabric London. The Electronic Arts Revue takes a side step from the dance aspect of electronic music and celebrates the warmth and live expression that can be mined from a chipboard or microprocessor. From vintage Synth fanatics through to 8 bit Chiptune up-starts the Electronic Arts Revue proudly presents a line up of artists that stretch across the broad gamut of electronic based production. Our partner is White Label Music (WLM), a record label and publishing house founded in 2002 by Marc Hunter and Ann Shenton (the latter the founder member of art-rockers Add N to X). WLM is an independent specialist label in the field of electronic music, which released the critically acclaimed electronic Bible compilation albums featuring work from musicians as diverse as Delia Derbyshire, Sonic Boom, Billy Ray Martin and Jarvis Cocker. They also host the Sonic Weekend Experiments, a series of improvised recordings by international musicians in various locations in The UK. 28 / 020 8253 1030

arts revue

18 February 6:30pm – 11pm, £8 / £6 Concessions 19 February 2pm – 6pm (Workshops), FREE 19 February 6:30pm – 11pm, £8 / £6 Concessions Weekend tickets £14 / £11 Concessions

EAR FRIDAY 7.00 – 7.30pm ANN SHENTON WARM UP DJ SET (Add N to X) 7.30 – 8.10pm AUTOROTATION 8.30 – 9.10pm THE PROTAGONIST! 9.30 – 10.10pm TOFFEETRONIC 10.30 – 11.10pm SKYWATCHERS 11.10pm ANN SHENTON DJ SET From the sumptuous shoegaze fuzz of Autorotation and sumptuous sleazy sounds of The Protagonist to the jump-up punks like Toffeetronic, Friday night will explore the breadth and diversity of talent on the WLM roster, bands that all use electronics as the basis of their sound to wildly differing results. Friday night culminates with a performance from Sky watchers, one of the most glorious and dramatic live bands of the moment. Space age anthemic Folk with an underlining fizz and pop of space aged electronics, capturing and simplifying the quintessentially English pastoral progressiveness of Pink Floyd and King Crimson.

Ann Shenton

Ann Shenton is a founder member of electronic 90’s art rockers, Add N to X, infamous for their explosive live performances and always going against the grain (having several of their videos banned.) After quitting and leaving Mute Records she hooked up with Marc Hunter and became part of White Label Music in her hometown of Windsor. Shenton has had a varied career in music: recording, producing, composing for radio, journalism and performing all over the world from Norway to Uruguay. She even had a stint in the American mid-west hanging out with a biker gang. Her love of experimentalism and interaction has led on to the development of the Sonic Weekend recording sessions which she hosts with Marc Hunter twice a year. At EAR 2011, Ann will be DJing some choice music from her dusty archives and hosting a little workshop called ‘The Human Tape Worm Machine’. No actual parasites will be harmed or involved. 020 8253 1030 /



“An M62 Orbital, Kraftwerk after a night on the pop” Neil Mason (Rolling Stone/NME)

This London band make delicate soft and summery music that much like our beloved Stereolab, blurs the lines between many genres of music from electronica to shoegaze. The group has released three albums and several singles on TeknoStan Records, Comfortstand Recordings, Periphery Records and TMBase. They have toured the UK, Canada and Europe, sharing stages with acts such as Styrofoam, Solvent, Rechenzentrum and Schneider TM. Autorotation are testament to the versatility of electronics, making sounds that can’t be obviously traced back to an instrument or machine.


Empty one bag of sugar into a large bowl, stir in some moog acid and blend with the Orb, Sky Sunlight Saxon, Lemmy’s liver and FSOL. Crack half a dozen 80’s synth pop bands and sprinkle with a hint of Conny Plank. Agitate with New Waves, cut into slices of 4 to the floor and bake under very hot intelligent lighting systems. Serve with 808 state, cool rok bass & Cola on ice.

The Protagonist!

From his secret base somewhere in the area of Lambeth and Crystal Palace, evil super villain “The Protagonist!” is at work fusing the refrains and structures found in easy listening and pornographic movie soundtracks with the imagery of 1970’s TV and sci-fi to produce beautiful, intoxicating and unsettling music. To see The Protagonist is to take a journey into a filmic, absorbing and, at times, wistful world of classic themes. The Protagonist! Is London based writer, musician and Critical Beats Theorist. He describes himself as being “Not bespoke, not best fitting.” If you love moogy synths, squelchy bass lines, strings and brass pads, all combined with contemporary beats and samples, then you will certainly enjoy his delivery of even tempos and textures.


In 2001 I-Monster hit the charts in with their smash single Daydream in Blue, they are Jarrod Gosling and Dean Honer (Honer was also one third of All Seeing I who released the hit single The Beat Goes On in 1998). Jarrod and Dean are collectors of vintage synthesizers and lovers of folk music and space travel. They formed Skywatchers after stumbling across the remarkable voice of Kevin Pearce emanating from his observatory in Derbyshire Hills. They describe themselves as space age hippies with an olde world sound. 30 / 020 8253 1030

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EAR SATURDAY 2.00 – 3.00 The Human Tape (Worm) Machine – workshop with Ann Shenton 3.15 – 4.45 London Theremin Group – workshop 5.00 – 6.00 A Canter Through The History Of Electronic Music – workshop with The Pony Harvest 6.00 – 7.30pm Barry 7 DJ set (Add N to X) 7.30 – 8.10pm HealeyIsland 8.30 – 9.10pm Lord Numb 9.30 – 10.10pm The Pygmy Globetrotters 10.30 – 11.10pm The Horn and the Hunt 11.10pm Barry 7 DJ Set (Add N to X)

Workshops The Human Tape (Worm) Machine

with Ann Shenton (Add N to X) Tape worms are so called because they bare a resemblance to tape, long thin lengths of tape. There is wrapping tape, magnetic tape, builder’s tape and electrical tape, you get the idea. Ann Shenton will host a ‘workshop’( semi-controlled chaos) were the participants join hands (literally) and become a piece of living tape, long thin reams of the stuff, we play at being a piece of living magnetic tape ( parasitic in that we will be sonically feeding off each other). With the use of microphones and an 8 track recorder we shall create a layered vocal piece that is created with this idea in mind: like a human echo machine. We shall record & film the entire performance for prosperity. The workshop will end in a short demo of non Newtonian fluid in action. See something fascinating, ectoplasmic and wonderful, resembling cheap special effects. You can view it on YouTube but nothing beats experiencing things in the flesh.

A Canter Through The History of Electronic Music

with The Pony Harvest Sharpen your pencils, dust off your leather elbow patches and join Richard Bradley who is The Pony Harvest for an audio/visual presentation comprising of a highly selective delve into the work and working methods of overlooked early electronic music pioneers, backed with slides, cine film and played excerpts. Featuring sonic morsels from the stables of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the hugely mysterious Paul Lowry (UK), François de Roubaix, The Johanna Group, the archives of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (France) and Pietro Grossi (Italy) amongst others.

London Theremin Group

The London Theremin Group was formed in 2010 by Gordon Charlton, organiser of the highly successful Hands Off theremin events and recording theremin artist, Beat Frequency. They present events of experimental, free and improvised theremin music as well as hosting theremin workshops, interactive sessions and masterclasses. The 13 members include the acclaimed classical thereminist Lydia Kavina and British thereminist Miss Hypnotique, as well as rising young modern classical composer Christian Mason and Bruce Woolley of the Radio Science Orchestra. The Theremin Workshop will consist of a twenty minute set of free music for between four and six theremins, followed by a ten minute spoken introduction to the instrument, its history, technology and playing methods. Workshop members will be invited to try out the theremins culminating with a light-hearted talent contest where those who showed some natural aptitude will attempt to play familiar melodies. 32 / 020 8253 1030

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Performances Barry 7

As founder member of nineties Art Rocker band Add N to X, Barry went on to develop Horse Glue Records and has been a producer/DJ & composer ever since. Every live gig would result in Barry 7 trashing synths and rare modulators much to the horror of the audience. He infamously shot and directed the Plug Me In video for Add N to X which was subsequently banned, and has been involved in many bands since, including Lung Rotter and 7, as well as the Underage movement which was started by Barry’s son Samuel. “Pygmy Globetrotters, equal parts ‘Born Slippy’ era Underworld meets Crystal Castles” NME “Pygmy Globetrotters are using junk-shop keyboards and cheap laptops to offer a digital update of budget analogue pop.” The Sunday Times Magazine “Unsigned band of the week” Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music


HealeyIsland is the one man electronic music project of Cornwall based musician, visual artist and writer Greg Healey, also a DJ for Dandelion FM a station devoted entirely to the spirit of John Peel. HealeyIsland is an exploration of where genres meet and collide and a place where dark Electronica meets Light Music, the music is deliberately diverse and eclectic in its reference points. Greg describes his music as “having an atmosphere of smokey, electronic, down-at-heel cabaret with elements of warm jazz and light music mixed with close up electronic beats, basses, melodies and momentary glitches”. His music takes you through an imaginary landscape of run down ballrooms, dance halls and claustrophobic clubs. Influences include bad American T.V. detective shows from the 1970s and the 1980s, science fiction movies and Film Noir, John Barry, Iggy Pop, Hawkwind, Can, Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk, Burt Bacharach and Dean Martin, to name but a few.

Lord Numb

Lord Numb has been welding angular guitars and machinery together ever since he built Laboratoire Numb from scraps of Space Junk. Another regular on the magnificent Dandelion Radio, he continues to blend organic instrumentation with glitches and beeps to thrilling effect.

Pygmy Globetrotters

Richard Owen and Ian Turley met whilst working in the basement cloakroom of the Millennium Sheffield super club. Left to their own devices for long periods of time, deprived of daylight, sleep and peace and quiet they came up with plans. Over the next few years these plans developed into Pygmy Globetrotters. The basis of Pygmy Globetrotters is Richard’s deceivingly complex laptop melodies meeting Ian’s simplistic synth noises, fuzz bass and distortion. That added to repetition, repetition, repetition = The sound of paranoid fun. 34 / 020 8253 1030

“I can’t think of a more prolific artist than Lord Numb. I use the word prolific here to denote someone who continually puts out material of a consistently high quality and yet continues to be inventive and brilliant with all of it. That, my friend, is the magnificent artiste we know as Lord Numb.”Mark Whitby, Dandelion Radio. “Cutting-edge machine beats, on vibrating, subsonic bass riffs, spindly synth riffs and the dark, diseased imaginings of two boys cut off from it all, cast adrift 150 miles from the mundane, media mainstream” The Guardian

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The Horn The HunT

“The darkness of the human mind and our difficult relationship with nature, these are the things that became apparent. And the most therapeutic way to deal with them, in all cultures, is through art.” Explains Clare Carter, a visual artist and one half of Leeds based pop duo The Horn The Hunt. Talking of hers and fellow band member Joseph Osbornes’ threemonth stay in Greenland, Carter details how they spent half their time in perpetual darkness, 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle on a tiny island next to the icecap, completely isolated. “Our time in Greenland was significant, artistically speaking. Being exposed to landscapes, the people and their history, their paganism. It made us realise why we had put ourselves in such an extreme environment.” With influences as diverse as Kate Bush, David Lynch, The Knife, Rammstein, China, Peter Doig, Tom Waits, One Million Years BC, Yves Netzhammer, Bjork, taxidermy, Angelo Badalamenti, The Jesus Lizard, Lars Von Trier, Beastie Boys, The Fall, Luc Tymans, Babes in Toyland, Murakami, Leonard Cohen, a plethora of early 90s British alternative bands, geology, kebabs, Russian landscape painters from the 1800’s, Melanie and Goya. The Horn The Hunt (THTH) aren’t like other pop bands or the current flourish of Witch House acts to grace the current music scene.

Their songs are equally magical and accessible. Reminiscent of long forgotten folk stories, embellished with futuristic sounds and contemporary beats. Visually intriguing and sonically cool.

macbeth directed by Suba Das and Rae McKen

17 and 18 March 8pm, £10 / £8 Concessions “It will have blood; they say, blood will have blood” Soldier, Husband, Killer, King: How far would you go for power? Shakespeare’s timeless tale is that of one man’s bloody lust for power. Witness Macbeth as he kills King and comrades in his quest for the crown only to loose it all. This extraordinary production, made with support from the Royal Shakespeare Company and English Touring Theatre, is the result of a unique, year-long project bringing together

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actors from a range of backgrounds and disciplines to create arresting classical theatre of the highest quality. Told by six brilliantly versatile performers, this is a physically charged and furiously-paced production for both new audiences and those already familiar with Shakespeare’s great, bloody tragedy. Custom/Practice is a theatre company that was established in November 2009, they are committed to expanding access to classical texts for diverse practitioners and audiences. Supported by Arts Council England. 020 8253 1030 /



“Charming performance which appeals to the child in us all. Splendidly designed Heath-Robinson convertible contraption.”

by Fittings

1–28 Feb / Free Clocktower Arts Centre Courtyard

Sputnik is landing in Croydon! Sputnik is a 20 foot high kinetic sculpture created by master sculptor Eduard Bersudsky and the Sharmanka team in collaboration with Fittings Multimedia Artists, commissioned as the third part of Clocktower Arts’ artist in residence programme ‘Subject To Change’. The structure playfully riffs on the themes of time, ships, travel, the union of flesh and steel and the constancy of human hopes and dreams. Once the machine has been constructed inside The Clocktower’s courtyard space, a movement piece exploring these themes in the context of the machine will be performed by dancer/aerialist Claire Cunnningham and choreographer Mish Weaver, with music by Leigh Stirling at various times (see our website for details).

I loved every minute of it! Delightful, whimsical, fun and engaging piece.” “Thought-provoking, clever mechanical choreography”

Sputnik will be on constant display at the Clocktower throughout February. 38 / 020 8253 1030

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The Search For Croydon’s Hottest Unsigned Music Act 

TESTING 123 Tues 22 February Singer/Songwriter Wed 23 February Urban Thur 24 February Bands Fri 25 February Grand FinaL festival organisers (Festival Republic) and A&R specialists. Jim Benner, judge and former XFM Head of Events first judged in 2006 and keeps coming back as he is “constantly astounded by the emerging music talent in Croydon”. Having been at the forefront of discovering and booking some of the UKs most influential artists (Oasis and Kasabian), Testing is firmly on his radar. One of the biggest challenges of Testing is that every act interprets the same cover. Songs such as Prince’s Purple Rain and Aretha Franklin’s Respect have produced some astounding results! Festival Producer and judge Daz Guerin said ‘Some acts have been playing for years, some a few months therefore the challenge of a new interpretation reveals their true musical ability – it can make or break their chances of winning.’

Testing 123 winners have gone on to play large festivals, tour nationally and secure national radio air play thanks to our judges. 2007’s winners, Four Kornerz, were nominated for a MOBO! Evie Fisherman, a finalist from 2010 said ‘this competition got our band 6VI started, just a few months later we performed on the 02 Arena! Testing 123 gave us not only the opportunity to perform but confidence as a band’ Come along and experience the cutting edge of Croydon music. As Deep London Magazine editor Angela Ferrara notes “Testing is rammed with fans from all musical genres and buzzing with an excitement rarely seen.”


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Every February for the last six years, Croydon Clocktower has reverberated to the sound of musicians going head to head at TESTING 123 The Search For Croydon’s Hottest Unsigned Music Act. Unusually, this competition pits rappers, folk musicians, rock bands and soul singers against each other – with the act showing the most musical ability and potential winning the day. Revered as one of the most professional unsigned artist competitions in South London, there are three categories –singer/ songwriter, urban and bands – showcased over three nights. The final consists of two acts from each night playing to win. Judges have included musicians (from Placebo / Morcheeba / M People / Levellers); music journalists and biographers (Chris Welch); Radio DJs (XFM and Radio 6);

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Testing 123 winners have gone on to play large festivals, tour nationally and secure national radio air play.

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testing 123 self promOtion & sustainable careers in music  You wanna be a rock star? It is a dream that is peddled to us daily through the mass media. Simon Cowell’s talent show format has been syndicated worldwide and has never been so popular. For those artists that prefer to earn their stripes and develop with a little more integrity, the concept of ‘the big breakthrough’ is still a dream scenario whether that is through a traditional recording contract or the more commonly now the option of finding early doors support from a publisher or management company. But what is it that artists actually need to do, to start developing a living in this newly shaped, over subscribed world of music? Toby Kidd will be a guest judge at Testing 123. Toby has been Artist Manager for a variety of respected artists, including Franz Ferdinand, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Loick Essien, as well as running a successful music marketing and PR agency which specialises in developing artists from the very early grassroots beginnings. Toby was behind the first press and radio campaigns for Metronomy who later signed to Daft Punk’s label, And So I Watch You From Afar (the perfect model of a self-sustained international touring success) and LostAlone who regularly play arenas with some of the biggest names in rock including My Chemical Romance, Paramore and 30 Seconds to Mars. We asked Toby to give us some career building ideas for emerging artists


BE a control freak! Never rely too heavily on decisions that are out of your control. If someone else can’t change your situation, find a way to do it yourself. If you need a good recording in order to get media coverage, then waiting for a label to pay for one could take forever, pool your resources and get one made yourself. Activity and progression create a positive image around you and that makes your more attractive to investment. If money is holding you back, then invest time. You might tell yourself you don’t have the time in between your day job, practice and playing gigs but you have to make that time. As Jay Z says “difficult takes a day; impossible takes a week”


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for most publications and radio shows so make a list of key targets who support your kind of music and get in touch.


Give your music every possible chance of being heard. Post CDs or deliver by hand, email Soundcloud links as well but don’t ever attach tracks to an email unless asked to. (Always remove shrink wrapping). Maintain a prolific and engaging presence online. If you haven’t got anything interesting to say, post a picture or video.


Presentation is important. You don’t need to press square promo CDs or turn up naked at the station but do try and put effort into how your promo CD looks. Handmade is cool, it often works better but if it looks like a scrappy demo with a label or marker pen on then it won’t get played. Printing on the body of the CD and putting in a clear slip case is

a cheaper way to make something “It’s an incredible feeling attractive and keeping paper print to see artists build costs down. from being completely unknown through to Allow plenty of time. their first slice of Building a strong reputation media praise and public takes years so be recognition. Artists prepared for a long slog. Take can feel a slight encouragement in small victories. disillusionment when it Give yourself a notional release becomes clear to them date for each recording even if they that media coverage aren’t being released commercially. doesn’t pay out cash A promotional campaign should rewards in the short take about three months from term. Therefore It’s beginning to end. This allows my responsibility to enough time for publications with let artists know that a long lead-time to digest your turning those column music. The release date gives media inches into stacks of a timeframe in which to schedule cash requires a steady reviews and plays. As the first three build on that reputation month campaign draws to a close and even more hard have your second campaign ready work” . Toby Kidd to send out.



Keep up momentum. Whatever you do it is important to keep up momentum because once you start you can’t stop. Have a flexible plan before you kick off and make sure you have a follow up plan for every step you make. If you are making your first approaches to media, be sure that you have a second recording ready to send them after they support the first, and so on and so forth. It is a terrible shame if you drop off the radar after building early doors support just because you don’t have any recordings or gigs lined up. This can give the impression that you’ve failed and disappeared.


Book your own gigs. These days the live booking agent or promoter is more in demand than ever and are therefore often harder to get hold of than a record deal. An artist will always be judged on how

many punters they can attract to a show and so it is more important than ever to build a live following yourself by playing a wide spread of shows. Conduct your own research into relevant venues and promoters around the country who support your kind of music. Be persistent and strategic in your approach. Having a network of other artists can help with this. Whether you get a booking or not it helps to keep updating promoters with significant pieces of news as you progress. This helps them track your progress and shows you to be the kind of pro-active self-promoter that will make an effort to fill a show. It can’t hurt to build yourself a local following by running your own night. This also helps with building up a network of other artists and booking agents. If you play it right and build up enough followers, then by the time an agent or label is actually interested in representing you, you may actually be better off doing it yourself.


Be polite: always say please and thank you. You’ll no doubt get a lot of knocks along the way but remain stoic, persevere and always remember to say thanks to the people who support you, that includes receptionists, soundmen and interns, they are the eyes and ears of the business and the potential kings of tomorrow. Make sure you watch the other bands’ set and always drop a line to a radio DJ if they play your record. Why not get fans, friends and family to write in too. It shows you have a following and that gets people excited. Basically it is all about perceived value. 020 8253 1030 /




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