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21 - 30 JUNE 2013 MUSIC Theatre & Dance Families & Children Art LITERATURe Talks Outdoor Film

A 10-day festival celebrating arts, culture and heritage

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Welcome From 21-30 June, Portsmouth plays host to one of the most vibrant summer festivals on the south coast. A fantastic mix of concerts, talks, plays, films, dance, exhibitions and outdoor events means that there is something for everyone. As well as new and local artists, we are thrilled to feature acclaimed performers such as The King’s Singers, Breakin’ Convention of Sadler’s Wells, Alexander L’Estrange, Hugh Dennis and Michael Rosen. Why not join us for a Festivities’ first as we create a colourful Art Trail around the historic buildings of Spice Island? Come and see new singer-songwriter talent making waves at the legendary Wedgewood Rooms. Or why not bring your bicycle for the Festivities finale - a Wheeled Carnival on Southsea Seafront? We are enormously grateful to all our sponsors, partners, performers and volunteers and, especially this year, to the New Theatre Royal who have provided invaluable support. James Priory, Festivities Chairman

Contents Welcome Inside cover Thanks 1 Programme 2 - 11 Music Theatre & Dance 13 - 19 Children, Young People & Families 21 - 23 Art 24 - 25 Talks 26 - 28 Literature 29 - 31 Outdoor 32 - 33 Film 34 - 35

Features 12 Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose Alexander L’Estrange, Writer and Composer New Theatre Royal goes 20 ‘Out and About’ Caroline Sharman, New Theatre Royal 36 Getting There Booking Information 36 - 37 Map 40 - 41 Back cover Festival Highlights

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Portsmouth Music Festival 2012 Winner’s Recital With Ed Fry

A celebration of emerging talent. Ed is the winner of the Portsmouth Music Festival 2012 Recital Prize. Joined by special guests Robert Douglas (Professor of Piano, Royal Marines School of Music) and Adam Pinkney, Ed will perform the Hummel and Arutunian trumpet concertos, Bozza’s ‘Caprice’, trumpet duets and much more. This talented young musician is the first of several local artists we’re thrilled to promote.

Thursday 20 June, 6pm The Rotunda at The Portsmouth Grammar School Tickets £5, Concessions £1 Runs approx 60 mins

In association with Portsmouth Music Festival

Death’s Cabaret – A Love Story Performed by Matthew Sharp & The Sacconi Quartet


After dark, entertainment means life or death. Tonight, the forbidden pleasures of cabaret are locked in a passionate embrace with classical music - songs by Brel, Ravel, Kurt Weill Ravel’s irresistible string quartet, and a groundbreaking cabaret concerto. This unique musical and narrative performance was commissioned for cellist, baritone and story-teller Matthew Sharp with the Sacconi Quartet. Brought to you by celebrated composer Stephen Deazley and award-winning writer Martin Riley, it’s intimate, raw and virtuosic. This story of all-consuming love promises to be unforgettable. ‘Extraordinary cellist, virile bass-baritone, compelling actor – Matthew Sharp’s astonishingly comprehensive versatility’ The Daily Telegraph ‘Impressive and effective...a spell-binding triumph’ Evening Star

Friday 21 June, 7.45pm David Russell Theatre, The Portsmouth Grammar School Tickets £16, Concessions £14 Runs approx 110 mins with interval

Post-Concert Talk 9.45pm

David Russell Theatre, The Portsmouth Grammar School Free (no ticket required) Runs approx 30 mins Box Office 023 9282 4355 unless otherwise stated

Supported by Portsmouth Grammar School

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The King’s Singers present The Water is Wide


Join one of the world’s most celebrated ensembles, The King’s Singers, for a very special programme exclusive to Portsmouth Festivities. This magical evening will include folksongs from across the British Isles, music from the Renaissance and a selection of the group’s world-famous close harmony favourites. Spend a delightful evening with consummate entertainers - a class act with a delightfully British wit. photo © B Ealovega

‘Pinpoint precision, total rapport, crisp diction, faultless tuning and seemingly effortless’ The Times

The Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club will offer a pre-event meal, service from 6.30pm to 7.15pm. Table bookings must be made by 5pm on Friday 21 June. Book through the Box Office at Portsmouth Guildhall (p36).

Saturday 22 June, 7.45pm Portsmouth Cathedral, Old Portsmouth Concert Ticket £20, Concessions £18 Concert and Meal £30, Concessions £28 Runs approx 100 mins with interval

Pre-Concert Talk 6pm

Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club Supported by Portsmouth Cathedral RNC - RAYC

Tickets £5, Under-18s £1 Runs approx 45 mins

The Singer & The Song: Songwriting Competition


For 17 – 25 year olds In association with The Portsmouth News, Wedgewood Rooms and Wave 105 Are you aged 17-25? Do you write and sing original music? Or maybe you’re a fan of great music and want to discover the best local talent? This event’s for you. It’s an exciting search for the region’s greatest young singer-songwriters. Heats will take place online, with acts uploading video footage. An expert panel will select eight finalists to perform at Southsea’s premier music venue, Wedgewood Rooms, on 23 June. The winner will receive a package of amazing prizes to support and develop their profile. The audience will enjoy an amazing show. Discover more and details on how to apply at Closing date for entries is Friday 17 May.

Sunday 23 June, 7.30pm doors, 8pm acts start Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road Tickets £5 Runs approx 120mins Tickets available through the Wedgewood Rooms Box Office (p 37) Buy online

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Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose Composed by Alexander L’Estrange, featuring Hugh Dennis


Experience the incredible life of the Portsmouth-built Mary Rose - perhaps the most famous of the city’s many ships. Commissioned by Portsmouth Festivities and written by internationally acclaimed composer Alexander L’Estrange, the story is brought to vivid life through a playful collision of jazz, sea shanty, Tudor music and Shakespearean verse - from her beginnings during Henry VIII’s reign, through her tragic loss, to her discovery and raising. This world premiere musical celebration features children from local schools, alongside The Portsmouth Community Choir, The Festival Choir and local actor, comedian and star of Outnumbered and Mock the Week, Hugh Dennis.

Monday 24 June, 7pm Portsmouth Guildhall Tickets £7, Concessions £5 Runs approx 45mins

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Supported by The Southern Cooperative The Portsmouth Grammar School Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Portsmouth Guildhall The Mary Rose Trust

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Angelic Voices With St John’s College Chapel Choir, Southsea Enjoy an enchanting mix of popular sacred and secular works, all arranged for the angelic tone of boys’ voices. Since 2009, St John’s College Chapel Choir has achieved astonishing successes, with tours to France, Italy, Holland, Germany and Belgium. The 24 boy choristers and 18 choral scholars are all pupils at St John’s College in Southsea. Tonight, they’re bringing their heavenly voices back home.

Sunday 23 June, 3pm Portsmouth Cathedral, Old Portsmouth Tickets £5, Under-18s £1 Runs approx 65 mins with interval

Supported by St John’s College, Southsea

Live Lounge with Gordon Gilltrap One of the UK’s most innovative acoustic guitarists brings you an amazing evening of Cabaret in the intimate Guildhall Live Lounge. Much imitated, but never bettered, Gordon Giltrap has developed his own truly unique style. You’ll find it impossible not to be awestruck as he coaxes incredible melodies from his instruments.

Tuesday 25 June, doors open for dinner 7pm, show starts at 8pm Live Lounge, Portsmouth Guildhall Tickets £12 standard, £10 students, £22 including 2-course meal Runs approx 90 mins

Dysconformity With performances by Alonso Mendoza and Sam Cox

Presented by Portsmouth Guildhall


“Dysconformity (noun). An unusual interruption in layers of underground rock: a type of unconformity” The premiere of a musical journey through the history of Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal, brought to life through acoustic and electronic percussion. Mexican percussionist, Alonso Mendoza, explores milestone moments – from the big fire of 1972 to the long-awaited rebirth. Also enjoy Spotlight – a brand new poetry and percussion piece by Portsmouth Poet Laureate Sam Cox.

Tuesday 25 June, 7pm David Russell Theatre, The Portsmouth Grammar School Tickets £5 Runs approx 60 mins

Post-Concert Talk 8pm

David Russell Theatre, The Portsmouth Grammar School Free (no ticket required) Runs approx 45 minutes

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Portsmouth Military Wives Choir The Portsmouth Military Wives Choir have had an unforgettable year - from performing at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, to contributing a classic track to the album Military Wives Choir: In My Dreams, curated by Gareth Malone. Now they bring their love of music back to their home city, with an unforgettable evening of song.

Wednesday 26 June, 8pm Portsmouth Cathedral, Old Portsmouth Tickets £8, Concessions £6 Runs approx 90 mins with interval

Supported by Portsmouth Cathedral

Lunchtime Live With Portsmouth Grammar School Music Scholars A varied and beautiful recital of solo vocal and instrumental performances, by music scholars from The Portsmouth Grammar School. Many of the performers are members of regional and national ensembles, and prizewinners in music festivals around Hampshire. This year alone, they’ve been involved in three world premieres and participated in masterclasses with international soloists and chamber musicians.

Thursday 27 June, 1.10pm - 2pm Portsmouth Cathedral, Old Portsmouth Tickets £5, Under-18s £1 Runs approx 50 mins

Supported by The Portsmouth Grammar School Portsmouth Cathedral

The Genius of Arcangelo Corelli: A 300th Anniversary Celebration With Andrew Arthur and Orpheus Brittanicus A wonderfully dynamic and varied programme of chamber music by the great Italian Baroque virtuoso, Arcangelo Corelli. The acclaimed period-instrument ensemble Orpheus Britannicus, directed by Andrew Arthur, presents masterpieces from Corelli’s ever-popular Opuses 1-5. There’s no better way to celebrate the legendary composer’s 300th anniversary. Violins: Theresa Caudle & Kelly McCusker Violoncello: Joseph Crouch Harpsichord / Director: Andrew Arthur ‘If music can be immortal, Corelli’s consorts will be so’ Roger North, musician and writer The Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club will offer a pre-event meal, service from 6.30pm to 7.15pm. Table bookings must be made by 5pm on Friday 21 June. Book through the Box Office at Portsmouth Guildhall (p36).

Thursday 27 June, 7.45pm Portsmouth Cathedral, Old Portsmouth Concert Ticket £16, Concessions £14 Concert & Meal £26, Concessions £24 Runs approx 120 mins with interval

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Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells for Two In collaboration with The Kings Theatre, Portsmouth One of the nation’s biggest selling and most loved albums of all time. Over twenty instruments. And just two musicians to play everything. Multi-instrumentalists Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts have arranged the entire score of Tubular Bells for just four hands and four feet, leaving all its subtle beauty intact. Following their breathtaking dash from instrument to instrument, you’ll be on the edge of your seat. ‘Two man orchestra bring soundtrack of 70s back to life... an intensely focused race around every twist and turn of Oldfield’s quirky masterwork’ The Times ‘A live music experience, a virtuoso performance from two musicians at the top of their game’ Edinburgh Evening News

Thursday 27 June, 8pm Kings Theatre, Portsmouth Side Stalls £14/£12, Stalls £16/£14, Dress Circle £16/£14, Upper Circle £14/£12 Runs approx 100 mins including interval Tickets for this event are available through the Kings Theatre Box Office (p 37)

Ceilidh in the Tower With Threepenny Bit Folk Band A rousing evening of suitcase percussion, fiddle and dancing. Let your hair down with the fun and vibrant Threepenny Bit folk band and Ceilidh caller, Phil Moxley. It’s a unique opportunity to get carried away by all kinds of Irish, English, Cornish, Breton and Scottish music in the historic Square Tower. Bar refreshments available. The Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club will offer a pre-event meal, service from 6.30pm to 7.15pm. Table bookings must be made by 5pm on Friday 21 June. Book through the Box Office at Portsmouth Guildhall (p36).

Friday 28 June, 7.45pm Square Tower, Old Portsmouth Ceilidh Ticket £14, Concessions £12 Ceilidh & Meal £24, Concessions £22 Runs approx 135 mins including interval

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Britten: Thou now art great In association with Britten100 Celebrating Benjamin Britten’s Centenary, we’re delighted to welcome three outstanding young performers to the Festivities. Paul du Plessis-Smith and Paul Bentley sing with vocal ensembles, including Ars Nova Copenhagen and the Gabrieli Consort. Pianist Richard Allum regularly accompanies leading musicians, and has performed as a soloist throughout the UK and in Europe. This enchanting twilight recital features songs by Britten, including the much-loved Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac, and also one of his favourite composers, Henry Purcell. Countertenor Paul du Plessis-Smith Tenor Paul Bentley Piano Richard Allum

Friday 28 June, 8pm Portsmouth Cathedral, Old Portsmouth Supported by Britten 100 Portsmouth Cathedral

Tickets £8, Concessions £6, Under-18s £1 Runs approx 60 mins

BRASS Masterclass with Crispian Steele-Perkins in association with Portsmouth Music Festival Witness eminent international trumpeter, Crispian Steele-Perkins, sharing his passion and expertise with five young brass players. We’re delighted to host the annual Portsmouth Music Festival masterclass. The three soloists and duettists who will join Crispian recently performed with distinction in the 2013 Portsmouth Music Festival. They share a wealth of talent and are sure to have a very bright musical future ahead. Accompanied by pianist, Leslie Pearson.

Sunday 30 June, 2pm - 4.30pm The Rotunda at The Portsmouth Grammar School Tickets £5, Concessions £3, Under-18s £1 Runs approx 150 mins with interval

Recital with Crispian Steele-Perkins in association with Portsmouth Music Festival Crispian is one of the world’s best known trumpet soloists, renowned for the quality of his performances and his wide-ranging musical experience. Playing alongside some of the world’s greatest singers, Crispian’s purity of tone and artistic subtlety have received critical acclaim for more than three decades. Enjoy an evening of famous trumpet tunes from the 17th and 18th Centuries plus a selection of modern classics. Accompanied by pianist, Leslie Pearson. ‘The world’s leading player of the Baroque trumpet’ Continuo Magazine

Sunday 30 June, 8pm Portsmouth Cathedral, Old Portsmouth Tickets £14, Concessions £12, Under-18s £1 Runs approx 120 mins with interval

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Organ Festival 2013

Portsmouth and Gosport have the great fortune to benefit from a number of wonderful organs. This year, local schoolchildren and accomplished musicians are joined by an international organist for our very own Organ Festival.

St John’s College Chapel Organ Recital


An inspiring programme of music for the heart and soul. Join the Organ Scholars of St John’s College for a spirit-stirring recital on the St John’s College Chapel organ. The Organ Scholar 2013 will be joined by the Junior Organ Scholar and other young musicians for a performance that’s sure to bring some beauty to your afternoon.

Friday 21 June, 1pm St John’s College Chapel, Southsea Free (limited capacity - booking required) Runs approx 40 minutes

Supported by St John’s College, Southsea

Jordan-Hill Organ Celebration with Holy Trinity Church, Gosport and Portsmouth Cathedral Celebrate an extraordinary instrument with historical connections to Handel - the recently restored Jordan (1720) - Hill (1897) organ at Holy Trinity Church, Gosport. Spend an evening with Dr David Price, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Portsmouth Cathedral, together with singers from the Cathedral and the resident Holy Trinity Dolce String Quartet. They’ll perform Lotti’s Mass for Three Voices, music by Finzi and Elgar and, of course, works by Handel including one of his organ concertos.

Tuesday 25 June, 7.30pm Holy Trinity Church, Gosport Tickets £10, Concessions £8, Students and Under-18s free All proceeds will go to the Organ Restoration Fund Runs approx 100mins with interval

Lunchtime Live Organ Recital With Henry Fairs Join prizewinning, internationally acclaimed musician Henry Fairs for a moving recital including Schumann, Wagner and his beloved Bach. Head of Organ Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, Henry Fairs is also organist to the University of Birmingham. His concert career has taken him throughout Europe and America, including recent Bach recitals in Helsingør (Denmark) and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Wednesday 26 June, 1.10pm - 2pm Portsmouth Cathedral, Old Portsmouth Tickets £5, Under-18s £1 Runs approx 50 mins Buy online

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Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose

In celebration of the opening of the new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard , Portsmouth Festivities, in collaboration with the Mary Rose Trust, have commissioned Ahoy! The Festivities will host the world premiere performance at Portsmouth Guildhall on Monday 24 June (p.6). Writer and composer Alexander L’Estrange explains the inspiration behind the music. “Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose has been a very exciting commission for me. I was honoured to be approached by Portsmouth Festivities, who have a formidable reputation for commissioning new works. The brief was to commemorate King Henry VIII’s warship, the Mary Rose, and the brand new state-of-theart museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard which has been built to house her. Numerous choirs had been asking if I was working on a follow-up to Zimbe! (a cantata fusing African, jazz and choral music). Since that had proved so successful worldwide, I decided to adopt the same formula of combining adult choirs, children’s choirs and a

band – this time bringing in a nautical theme with fiddle and accordion. The two main themes of Ahoy! are Tudor music and sea shanties – which are very well matched. The score spans everything from ‘Greensleeves’ to the Sailor’s Hornpipe, together with a new setting of ‘Full Fathom Five’ from Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. The piece begins with narration, spoken over a musical overture, which tells the story of the ship’s 34-year naval career, tragic and mysterious sinking, and resurrection from the depths almost 450 years later – and I’m delighted at the premiere it’s being delivered by Hugh Dennis. Personally I have been very moved by many aspects of the ship’s story and, since for me music is something to be shared by everyone, I have particularly enjoyed the chance to bring together singers of all ages in a spirit of community. The Portsmouth Festivities are the perfect occasion for its premiere.” Written by Alexander L’Estrange Writer and Composer

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Portsmouth Grammar School Presents The Exonerated By Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen Hear the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words. From moving monologues to tense court room drama, six interwoven stories paint a picture of a justice system gone horribly wrong - and of brave souls with the strength to survive it. A theatrical phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic, this powerful piece is performed in the unique and atmospheric setting of The Round Tower. Catch it now before its run at the Avignon Festival in July. By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. ‘Brilliantly realised… the finest piece of verbatim theatre you’re ever likely to see’ The Herald

Saturday 22 June, 8pm Round Tower, Old Portsmouth Tickets £8, Concessions £6 Runs approx 95 mins

Supported by The Portsmouth Grammar School

The Royal Marines Museum presents Alice in Wonderland – An Extraordinary Adventure Experience the magic of Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece in this fun-filled, energetic open-air performance. Acclaimed theatre company Heartbreak Productions have created a brand new adaptation with all the excitement, colour and song of Wonderland. From the tea-toting Mad Hatter to the crazy, croquet-playing Queen and picnic-nicking Knave, this interactive, imaginative show is an unmissable treat for all the family. Bring a picnic, rugs or picnic chairs.

Wednesday 26 June, 5pm to 7pm The Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Adult £12, Under-12s £5, Under-5s £3 Runs approx 120 mins with interval Tickets available in advance from The Royal Marines Museum Box Office (p 37)

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Meet a shoal of fish, The Gills, as they try to escape the net of the fisherman. Get close to The Gulls careful though, they can get PECKish! Two playful, highly visual and comic outdoor performances by one of the UK’s most exciting and ambitious young companies will be coming to a public space near you. ‘Gills and Gulls’ is a co-commission between the New Theatre Royal and Portsmouth Festivities, by NTR Associate Artists, tinder theatre.

Sunday 19 May, appearances 1.30pm to 3pm Gunwharf Quays Sunday 23 June, appearances 1pm to 4pm Canoe Lake, Southsea at The Canoe Lake Model Boat Display (p 32) Saturday 29 June, appearances 11.30am to 3pm Castle Fields, Southsea at the Keep on Rolling Wheeled Carnival (p 32) Sunday 30 June, appearances 11.30am to 3pm Portsmouth Historic Dockyard at the Armed Forces Weekend (p 23)

In collaboration with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

Street performances - Free (no ticket required)

The Southsea Shakespeare Actors & Portsmouth Festivities present Hamlet In association with Trash Arts Media Production Company “Something is rotten in the state.” A Prime Minister dies at the hands of his brother. His son, Hamlet, is thrown into a spiral of doubt and confusion. Meanwhile, the killer, Claudius, struggles with his guilt as trouble brews in the streets. A contemporary, politically charged take on Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Director: Danny Carter Assistant Director: Nick Downes Recommended age 12 years +

Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 June, 7.30pm Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 June, 7.30pm The Pyramids Centre Tickets £10, Concessions £8 Runs approx 150 mins with interval Box Office 023 9282 4355 unless otherwise stated

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Portsmouth Festivities & The Kings Theatre Collaborations: Local Schools present The Six Wives of Henry VIII FESTIVITIES In collaboration with the Mary Rose Trust EXCLUSIVE Six wives of Henry VIII. Six amazing stories. And just one day for a collection of local schools to decide how the tales should be told. Our young people are creating a ‘play in a day’, with the support of staff from the Mary Rose Museum. It’s a tribute to Portsmouth’s own Tudor heritage. It’s a unique take on a vivid period of English history. And it’s a very special showcase for the city’s young performers.

Wednesday 26 June, 7.30pm Kings Theatre, Portsmouth Supported by Blake Lapthorn The Mary Rose Trust

Tickets £7, Concessions £5 Runs approx 90 mins

The Homemade Orchestra presents Centrally Heated Knickers: Adventures in science and sound Legendary children’s poet, Michael Rosen, has created a vibrant new show with songs, grooves and flights of musical fancy from The Homemade Orchestra. Join us on an exciting adventure through science… What am I? Where am I? How does it all work? Let’s re-discover the world together. Centrally Heated Knickers is a vibrant voyage for children, packed full of surprises. It will take you to places you have never been before!

Friday 28 June, 2pm Kings Theatre, Portsmouth Side Stalls £8/£6, Stalls £8/£6, Dress Circle £8/£6, Upper Circle £7/£5 Runs approx 75 mins Tickets for these events available through the Kings Theatre Box Office on 023 9282 8282 or online

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18 Portsmouth Festivities with Portsmouth Dance Initiative (PDI), led by New Theatre Royal, present imPact Dance – an exciting programme of dance events and workshops.

Portsmouth Festivities and Breakin’ Convention as part of Gunwharf Quays Extreme Festival present Avant Garde and SOUL MAVERICKS, hosted and beatbox by Marv-iLL


Breakin’ Convention is the world’s leading Hip Hop dance theatre company, based at Sadler’s Wells, London. Fresh from a tour to New York City, Breakin’ Convention bring world-class dance crews Avant Garde and UK b-boy national champions, Soul Mavericks, to the Gunwharf Quays Extreme Festival. See amazing performances and learn new moves with workshops throughout the day. Featuring Portsmouth’s own street dancers and breakers, with a re-working of Romeo and Juliet.

Saturday 22 June, performances 11.30am, 2pm & 4pm Gunwharf Quays Runs approx 20 mins Open Workshops 11.50am & 2.20pm Run approx 30 mins Free event (no ticket required)

imPact on the Steps

Supported by Host Contract Management Gunwharf Quays


This diverse programme explodes into life on the newly refurbished steps of the Guildhall. It’s a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the city’s great dance talent, featuring Southzone, JSD KRU, Amici, The British Bangladesh Cultural Academy, The Jade School of Dance and more. Be prepared for a few surprises!

Sunday 23 June, 5pm The Guildhall Square Runs approx 60 mins Free (no ticket required)

imPact Tea Dance


Enjoy memories of the 1940s and 50s with the waltz, foxtrot, quickstep and perhaps a tango or two! Professional dancer David Keal of the Keal School of Dance will guide you through popular sequence dances, from the Boston 2-step to the Valeta. An afternoon of warming nostalgia and great company, plus delicious tea and cakes.

Friday 28 June, 3pm Portsmouth Cathedral, Old Portsmouth Runs approx 90 mins Free (no ticket required)

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imPact Dance is supported by Portsmouth Dance Initiative and New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

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Cancion Gitana present ‘Goya, Joy to Despair’

International Flamenco Dance Theatre company Cancion Gitana mixes a colourful palette of the deepest, purest Flamenco and 18th Century Classical dances in this powerful depiction of the troubled life of the Spanish painter, Goya. Created and choreographed by the acclaimed Helena (Sadler’s Wells, BBC TV, Channel 4), this spectacular performance captures the joy and despair of Goya’s work and the passionate, but doomed, loves of his life. The show features renowned dancers, singers, guitarist and narrator from the legendary Flamenco cities of Andalucia.

Saturday 29 June, 7.45pm Menuhin Theatre, Portsmouth Central Library

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Runs approx 110 mins Tickets £15, £13 Concessions

imPact Dance Workshops

Groundlings Theatre, Kent Street Saturday 29 June

All workshops are FREE. No need to book in advance, just come along wearing suitable clothing and ready to move! Workshops run approx 90 mins

10am Street dance workshop with Carrie-Anne Sait of Southzone Dance

Supported by The Groundlings Theatre


For 7 year olds + Learn Hip Hop foundations plus some fantastic street moves. Then put it all together to make your own funky routine. It’s sure to be fast paced and great fun.

11.45am Waacking workshop with Jo-Jo Williams


For 12 year olds + This is a unique opportunity to learn how to be a whaacktitioner! Whaacking is an African American form of street dance which has its origins in the 1970s disco era in LA. The lightningfast arm-work is combined with “voguing” for a visually spectacular style. You’ll learn the basics of Whaacking and create a brand new routine.

1.30pm Contemporary Jazz workshop with Amy Ireland of Amici


For 16 year olds + Fusing Jazz with a Contemporary approach, this workshop is designed for dancers with training experience. You’ll explore a style which combines the precise alignment and dynamics of jazz styles with contemporary dance’s unique freedom of expression. You’ll learn technical exercises and put together a creative routine.

3.15pm Bollywood Dance workshop with Sheena Hall


For 12 year olds + Experience Indian dance - from unique rhythms and authentic Bollywood music, through to basic performance principles including those instantly recognisable hand gestures. This fun and lively dance workshop for all ages promises plenty of exercise and physical activity, plus the chance to explore another culture. Buy online

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New Theatre Royal goes ‘Out and About’ This year, Portsmouth Festivities are proud to be working in partnership with New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth (NTR). It’s an exciting time for the theatre, as CEO Caroline Sharman explains.

“NTR started out life in Old Portsmouth as The Theatre Royal, before moving to Guildhall Walk in 1854. Many wonderful artists have graced our stage, including Sarah Bernhardt, Henry Irving, Laurel and Hardy, Sheila Hancock, Big Daddy and Lenny Henry. In 1972, an accidental fire destroyed the stage house. Thankfully, the stage curtain fell and saved the auditorium. Over the following 40 years three attempts have been made to demolish the theatre, with the last attempt saved by just one vote. With our new creative learning space dedicated to Anthony Minghella. A 21st century state-of-the-art theatre with a 19th century auditorium. So while building work takes place, we are going out and about. It has been a real pleasure to partner with Portsmouth Festivities. Not only offering marketing and technical support, but also adding to the programme of activities and events. We are pleased to include our imPact Dance programme with the Portsmouth Dance Initiative (p18), three seafront installations commissioned with Worthing Theatres (p25) and two new pieces by NTR Associate Artists; Gills and Gulls by tinder theatre (p16) and Dysconformity by musician Alonso Mendoza – a musical response to the New Theatre Royal’s extraordinary story (p7). We hope that our association with the Festivities will grow and grow”. Caroline Sharman, CEO of New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth


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The Dream Surfer


For 8 – 11 year olds Explore a magical new world with authors Joanne Toner and Georgina Constantinou in this creative, storytelling workshop. Have fun bringing characters to life, learn how to write stories and meet new friends along the way.

Saturday 22 June, 10am Southsea Library, Palmerston Road Free (limited capacity – ticket required) Run approx 150 mins

Speak like a Sailor

Supported by Portsmouth City Council


For 5-11 year olds + accompanying adults Avast, me hearties! Sailors have always had their own language, full of words that baffle landlubbers (that’s people who don’t spend much time on the ocean waves!). In this fun workshop, you’ll learn the language of the sea. What’s more, you’ll create a new sea shanty, write it on a postcard and send it - to anywhere in the world! Enter through Victory Gate.

Saturday 22 June, 1.30pm Action Stations, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Free (no ticket required) Run approx 45 mins

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A Sailor Went to Sea With Dani Bradstreet in collaboration with HMS Warrior 1860 Education Department For 5-7 year olds + accompanying adults All aboard HMS Warrior1860! This fun drama workshop for young children and their accompanying adults is sure get you in ‘ship-shape’ condition. Kids can explore all the best bits about being a sailor through playful drama and storytelling. Adults - help your little ones to get creative, play drama games together and meet new friends. Enter through Victory Gate.

Saturday 22 June, 2.30pm HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Tickets £3 per child Run approx 120 mins

Supported by HMS Warrior 1860

Portsmouth Festivities Glee With Collin Billing

For 16 – 19 year olds You love to sing. Now you can enjoy a unique opportunity to develop your voice, working with a West End professional. Colin Billing is a vocal coach with a range of Musical Theatre credits including, most recently, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. Join him for a fun evening singing classics from the greatest musicals.

Thursday 27 June, 7.15pm Performance Theatre at Highbury College Campus, Hilsea Tickets £7 Runs approx 100 mins

Supported by Highbury College

School of Fish For babies, toddlers & parents This charming craft and coffee morning is perfect for parents, babies and toddlers. Join a 60-minute tour around the Blue Reef Aquarium and feed the nursery fish. Then enjoy some free craft activities, a coffee and spectacular sea views in the Blue Reef Café. High chairs and a microwave will be available. This fun morning includes £2 discounted entry in to the Aquarium.

Thursday 27 June, 10am Blue Reef Aquarium Café Tickets on the door, £7.75 Adult, £6.75 Senior & Student, £5.50 Child, Free to Under-3s Runs approx 120 mins

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Supported by Blue Reef Aquarium

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Longnose Puppets present Arthur’s Dream Boat Based on the book by Polly Dunbar

For 2 - 7 years + accompanying adults One night, Arthur has an amazing dream about a beautiful pink and green boat with a stripy mast. He can’t wait to tell everyone about it but no one (not even his dog!) is interested. And then it starts to come true - in the strangest way... This magical, playful children’s show with breathtaking puppets is so enchanting that everyone will want to sail away with Arthur in his dream boat. Featuring music by Tom Gray of the Mercury Award winning band Gomez. Stay to meet the puppets after the show!

Saturday 29 June, 11am David Russell Theatre, The Portsmouth Grammar School Tickets £8, Concessions £6 Runs approx 55 mins

Presented by Portsmouth Grammar School

National Museum of the Royal Navy present Forces throughout the years


Travel through time, over 200 years from Nelson’s era to the present. You’ll see how clothing, navigation and weapons in the Royal Navy have changed. It’s the perfect way to mark National Armed Forces Day. There’s no need to book in advance and all ages are welcome. Enter at Victory Gate. Discover more at

Saturday 29 June, 11.30am to 4.30pm Starboard Arena of HMS Victory, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Free (ticket only required if visiting the Historic Dockyard attractions)

Royal Navy ships open to visitors


Join in Armed Forces Weekend with this unique opportunity to visit two ships of the Royal Navy’s fleet. Enter through Victory Gate. Find more information at

Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 June, from 10am Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Free (ticket only required if visiting the Historic Dockyard attractions) Buy online

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Portsmouth Festivities in association with Art Space, Aspex, Strong Island & Portsmouth Guildhall present The Spice Island Art Trail Free FESTIVITIES EXCLUSIVE A unique opportunity for local artists to showcase their work in historic and unusual venues throughout Old Portsmouth. This brand new event is free to attend. Enjoy a wide range of Portsmouth talent, observe artists at work and make your own mark at sketch points along the way. Start at Square Tower to collect your trail map.

Sunday 23 June, 11am - 4pm The Round Tower, Square Tower, The Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club & Portsmouth Cathedral Free (no ticket required)

Spice Island Artist Exhibition Portsmouth Festivities


View pieces by winners of the Portsmouth Festivities Spice Island Art Trail (Sunday 23 June). These have been selected by a panel of judges from local arts organisations including Art Space, Aspex, Portsmouth Guildhall and Strong Island. Please check for up to date information, including opening times, or phone 023 9283 4773.

Tuesday 25 June to Thursday 11 July The Zodiac Gallery, Portsmouth Guildhall Free (no ticket required)

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Exhibitions during the Festivities: New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth & Worthing Theatres present Memories of the Seaside – Captured and Shared


Worthing Theatres and the New Theatre Royal have joined forces to co-commission a series of new site responsive performances or installations for Worthing and Portsmouth seafronts around the theme of memories of the seaside – captured and shared. For further information, please visit

Friday 21 to Sunday 30 June Portsmouth Seafront

I am algorithm


Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays welcomes back Charlie Tweed, winner of Emergency5 – Aspex’s open submission exhibition - for a solo show featuring a series of new and recent video works. Learn more at

Saturday 27 April to Sunday 7 July, open 11am to 4pm daily Aspex, behind Loch Fyne in Gunwharf Quays

Presented by Aspex

Free (no ticket required)

Any Port in a Storm The album cover art of Storm Thorgerson


This legendary artist’s work is part of music and design history. The opening exhibition of the new Zodiac Gallery at Portsmouth Guildhall will mark a career spanning more than 40 years. Highlights include Storm’s album covers for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Cranberries and Muse. For opening times, visit or phone 023 9283 4773.

12 May to 23 June The Zodiac Gallery, Portsmouth Guildhall

Presented by Portsmouth Guildhall

Free (no ticket required)

Art Space portsmouth open studios


Enjoy a unique opportunity to meet over 30 professional artists in their studios, as Art Space Portsmouth generously opens its doors to the public. View the Art Space gallery, purchase artwork, and enjoy refreshments in the Art Space urban garden. Find out more at

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June, 1.30 to 4.30pm Art Space Studios, Brougham Road, Southsea Free (no ticket required) Buy online

Presented by Art Space

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St John’s College Politics Society presents What is the point of the House of Lords? With Lord Norton of Louth


Lord Norton of Louth is Professor of Government and Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull. He is the author or editor of 30 books, including The Constitution in Flux, Conservative Dissidents and The British Polity (now in its 5th edition), plus over 100 book chapters and articles. He is also Vice-President of the Political Studies Association and the editor of The Journal of Legislative Studies. Lord Norton was elevated to the peerage in 1998 and was the first Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. He has been described in the journal of both Houses of Parliament as ‘our greatest living expert on Parliament’.

Monday 24 June, 7.30pm St John’s College, Auditorium Free (limited capacity – ticket required) Runs approx 60 mins

Supported by St John’s College

St John’s College Apollo Society presents Sherlock Holmes – A Worldwide Phenomenon


Few literary figures have gripped the world’s imagination quite so strongly as former Portsmouth resident Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. Join Michael Gunton to explore this remarkable character. Michael is Senior Archivist at Portsmouth Museums, Archives and Visitor Services (Portsmouth City Council) and curator of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection – Lancelyn Green Bequest archive.

Wednesday 26 June, 6pm St John’s College, Auditorium Free (limited capacity – ticket required) Runs approx 60 mins Box Office 023 9282 4355 unless otherwise stated

photo © Lancelyn Green Bequest Archive

Supported by St John’s College

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Christopher Hitchens Memorial Lecture Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles With the Politics Society of St John’s College Following several years in HM Diplomatic Service, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles offers an account of his time working in the Foreign Office and Afghanistan. This insightful, thought-provoking afternoon will explore his books “Cables from Kabul” (2011) and “Ever the Diplomat” (2012). Sir Sherard was a personal friend of Christopher Hitchens, so we are particularly pleased to welcome him as a speaker for the second annual lecture in memory of the great Portsmouth born author and journalist.

Wednesday 26 June, 12pm St John’s College Auditorium Free Free (limited capacity – ticket required) Runs approx 60 mins

Supported by St John’s College

Portsmouth Grammar School present Charles Walker MP In this plain speaking talk, Charles Walker offers a personal account of the campaign to reduce the stigma and negative perceptions associated with mental illness. Elected to the House of Commons in May 2005, Charles Walker has been a strong champion of mental health issues at Parliament.

Friday 28 June, 11.40am David Russell Theatre, The Portsmouth Grammar School Tickets £5, Concessions £3 Runs approx 80 mins

Supported by The Portsmouth Grammar School

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Business & Ethical Events Portsmouth has a thriving business community, including a host of creative and innovative enterprises. This special programme of events explores the connection between the corporate sphere and the wider world, with an emphasis on ethics.

Business and Social Responsibility –The Next Frontier A one-day conference and celebration of business books, organised by the Cathedral Innovation Centre with Portsmouth Business School and Business In The Community. A range of fascinating speakers include Professor Francis Antonie (World Economic Forum), Helen Suzman (Helen Suzman Foundation, Johannesburg) and Jayne Carrington (Right Management Workplace Wellness).

Friday 21 June, 10am to 4pm University of Portsmouth, Dennis Sciama Building Tickets £12.50 to include lunch. Free to students

One Nation – Ideas And Social Change Dr Jon Cruddas MP, Head of the Labour Party Policy Review and Shadow Minister. A keynote lecture and discussion organised by the Cathedral Innovation Centre

Tuesday 25 June, 5.30pm Houses of Parliament, London To book a place, contact

Reading Enterprise


A workshop for young people exploring enterprise with an ethical twist. Led by Professor Francis Antonie (World Ecnomic Forum) and Francis Davis (from think tank ResPublica), the event will focus on great texts in innovation, technology, finance and strategy. Sixth Form students welcome.

Wednesday 26 June, 12pm Portsmouth Cathedral Innovation Centre, Old Portsmouth Free (limited capacity - ticket required) Runs approx 120 mins

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Business & Ethical events supported by Just Ventures University of Portsmouth Business School Business in the Community

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Lost Worlds With AndRew Lane The bestselling author of the internationally acclaimed Young Sherlock Holmes introduces the first book in a brand new series, followed by a book signing. Callum Challenger is a boy with a mission: to track down supposedly mythological creatures and capture their DNA. But while Callum and his friends want to save these beings, an aggressive drug company wants to wipe them out. Now Callum and his misfit mates – a computer hacker, a freerunner, an ex-marine and a girl with a chip on her shoulder – must criss-cross the globe, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of their enemy.

photo © Helen Stirling

Tuesday 25 June, 2pm David Russell Theatre, The Portsmouth Grammar School Tickets £5, Concessions £3, Under-18s £1 Runs approx 110 mins

Supported by Hayling Island Bookshop

Pompey Poetry Walk in association with Kings Theatre Portsmouth AND Tongues & Grooves


Join us for a journey to discover the many characters and voices of Albert Road. Following in the footsteps of ‘Where the Dickens?’ during Festivities 2012, this delightfully different evening will feature performances by local poets in unusual venues. Experience a guided walk like no other, as Albert Road plays host to the best of Pompey poetry.

Tuesday 25 June, 7pm Meet at The Kings Theatre Supported by Kings Theatre Portsmouth Tongue & Grooves

Tickets £4 Promenade – approx 100mins with interval

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THE ETYMOLOGICON With Mark Forsyth Join this acclaimed writer for a circular stroll through the hidden connections of the words we use every day. Mark Forsyth’s bestselling book, The Etymologicon, is a satirical, witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language. It’s an adventure that takes in monks and monkeys, film buffs and buffaloes, and explains precisely what the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening. Mark’s latest book, The Horologicon, was BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Your ticket price includes a signed paperback copy of The Etymologicon, with hardback copies of The Horologicon also available to buy. ‘I’m hooked on Forsyth’s book … this is addictive’ Matthew Parris, The Times ‘Kudos should go to Mark Forsyth … Clearly a man who knows his onions.’ Daily Telegraph

Wednesday 26 June, 6pm David Russell Theatre, The Portsmouth Grammar School Tickets £11, Concessions £9 Unreserved seating Runs approx 90 mins

Supported by Hayling Island Bookshop

Citadel in the tower With Kate Mosse Following the success of the recent TV adaptation of Labyrinth, author Kate Mosse talks in detail about her latest book Citadel in the atmospheric surroundings of Portsmouth’s Square Tower. Set in Carcassone and the Aude during World War II, Citadel tells the story of a female resistance unit, fighting against the occupation of their country. It is the concluding part of the Languedoc Trilogy, which also includes international bestsellers Labyrinth and Sepulchre. Your ticket price includes a signed newly released paperback copy of Citadel. Copies of Labyrinth and Sepulchre will also be available to buy.

Thursday 27 June, 6pm Square Tower, Old Portsmouth Tickets £11, Concessions £9 Runs approx 90 mins

Supported by Hayling Island Bookshop

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Project Adorno: An evening of poetry and music Hosted by Maggie Sawkins, Tongues & Grooves An evening of beat poetry and understated quirky pop songs. Project Adorno are a double act who use voice, electronic sounds, a few props and occasional acoustic guitar to explore subject matter ranging from the surreal to the downright nonsensical - from the smell of second-hand books to love affairs with Daleks and photocopiers. The duo have performed at venues around the country including shows at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Buxton Fringe and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. ‘A bizarrely enjoyable hour of nerdy oddness’ Cheltenham Literature Festival ‘A must for anyone who likes, or hates, librarians’ Buxton Festival Fringe ‘An interesting blend of quirky beats and truly strange subject matter’ Don’t Sleep Magazine

Sunday 30 June, 8pm The Gun Room, RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney Tickets £5 on the door Runs approx 120 mins

Supported by Tongues & Grooves

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PORTSMOUTH FESTIVITIES 2013 FINALE EVENT Keep On Rolling: Wheeled Carnival Free


Roll up, roll up for a celebration of life on wheels. Bring your bikes, blades, scooters and skates to Castle Fields between 10am to 12noon and decorate them carnival-style with the help of local artists. We’ll be wheeling our way along the seafront in style from 1pm. Whether you’re there for the ride or you simply want to enjoy the sights and local craft stalls, you’re sure to have a spectacular time. If you are interested in performing or running a stall at the carnival, contact 023 9268 1390.

Saturday 29 June, 10am to 12pm Free Decorating Workshops 1pm Carnival Procession Supported by Castle Fields, Southsea Portsmouth City Council Free (no ticket required)

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The Canoe Lake Model Boat Display 2013 With the Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team


Witness a a convoy of U-Boats, a Sailing Ship Display, a raid on a heavily defended harbour and a Battle of the Atlantic - all taking place on the calm waters of Canoe Lake. As this unique Southsea event marks its 70th Anniversary, members of the Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team will be ready to answer your questions.

Sunday 23 June, 11am - 3pm, with water display from 2pm Canoe Lake, Southsea Free (no ticket required)

Lakeside Nature Trail in association with 1000 Lakeside


Enjoy a wildlife walk in the beautiful surroundings of Lakeside North Harbour, led by local expert Rohan Amick. June is the perfect time to enjoy the wonderful scenery around the 19 acre lake stocked with carp, roach, rudd, pike, skimmers and bream. Catch a glimpse of the resident green woodpeckers and herons, hear the summer time songs of the birds in the trees and, if you’re lucky, see wading birds taking their young chicks out for a summer time swim. And once the walk is over, take time to relax on the Lakeside decked area. Why not bring your own picnic and blanket?

Saturday 29 June, 12.30pm 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour (limited capacity – ticket required) Walk approx 90 mins

Supported by 1000 Lakeside North Harbour

Outdoor Walks With Portsmouth Tourism Guiding Service Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Walk Explore locations and buildings associated with the author during his early years in Southsea, including locations that will forever be connected to some of the characters featured in the world famous Sherlock Holmes novels.

Sunday 23 June, 4.30pm Portsmouth City Museum

Henry VIII’s Portsmouth One of the world’s most famous monarchs, Henry VIII became King in 1509. He would turn the English navy into a powerful fighting force. Join this walk to hear about Henry’s visits to Portsmouth during war and peacetime, and discover more about life in the city 500 years ago.

Sunday 30 June, 2.30pm Square Tower, Old Portsmouth Tickets £3 adults, £1 Leisure Card, accompanied children free Walks approx 90 mins Tickets available in advance from Visitor Information Service (p 37) For information about outdoor film screenings, page 35. Buy online

Presented by Portsmouth City Council

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This is the Difference Written by Sam Cox, Portsmouth Poet Laureate Directed and Produced By Kabuki Productions



This imaginative and original animation has been specially created for Portsmouth Festivities by Kabuki Productions, working in collaboration with Portsmouth Poet Laureate, Sam Cox. Sam’s words explore renewal, rediscovery and reconnection - with our environment, our community and our creativity. Kabuki’s unforgettable imagery combines a broad range of arts to show how ideas grow when we collaborate. This beautiful piece embodies our aspiration to pass on inspiration to future generations in Portsmouth. View it exclusively on our website during the Festivities. Producer & Director Ajay Parekh Neill Blume Camera & Editor Animation & Graphics Ian Bennett

Friday 21 to Sunday 30 June

In collaboration with Kabuki Productions New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

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No.6 Cinema presents I’M SO EXCITED Cert 15 (Spain 2013) Portsmouth’s only independent cinema presents the new film by internationally acclaimed director, Pedro Almodovar. A technical failure has endangered the lives of the people on board Peninsula Flight 2549. In the face of danger, the aircrew try to forget their own personal problems and devote themselves body and soul to the task of making the flight fun for the passengers. But life in the clouds proves to be as complicated as it is at ground level. Director Pedro Almodovar Cast Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Cote Soler

Friday 21 June, 7pm start, doors 6.30pm Boathouse No. 6, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Tickets £7.50, Concessions £5.50 Runs 90min Tickets available through the No.6 Cinema Box Office (p 37) Box Office 023 9282 4355 unless otherwise stated

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Portsmouth Film Society and Mobile Community Cinema present LES MISéRABLES CERT 12A (2012) Les Misérables is an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Director Tom Hooper Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried Cast

Sunday 23 June, 8pm start Hilsea Lido, Hilsea - Open Air Screening Tickets £5, Free for PFS member card holders Runs 157 mins

SHERLOCK HOLMES Cert 12A (2009) Witness an action-packed adventure in the historic surroundings of the Square Tower, with an introduction by Michael Gunton, archivist for the City Museum’s Conan-Doyle collection. Director Guy Ritchie Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong Cast

Tuesday 25 June, 8.30pm start Square Tower, Old Portsmouth Tickets £5, Free for PFS member card holders Runs 128 min

DJANGO UNCHAINED Cert 18 ( 2012) A special open-air screening of Tarantino’s most recent film, at Southsea Castle. Set in the Southern States of America two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as Django. This screening is the finale of the PFS Pop up Community Cinema. Director Quentin Tarantino Cast Jamie Foxx, Don Johnson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz

Wednesday 26 June, 8.30pm start Southsea Castle - Open Air Screening Tickets £5 in advance, £7 on the door. Free for PFS member card holders Runs 164min Tickets available through the Portsmouth Film Society Box Office (p 37) PFS Pop-Up Mobile Community Cinema is supported by the National Lottery through BFI and Creative England, Portsmouth City Council, WEA Learning for Life and in partnership with New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

MAKING WAVES FILM FESTIVAL presents New Wave A showcase for some of the most exciting new talents in filmmaking. Watch a selection of fantastic short films, spanning all kinds of styles and genres, then meet the Directors in a live Q&A. You could be the first to find out what inspires the region’s best young filmmakers – and discover what they’re planning next. Films include RTS Southern Student Award winner, The Marrowing, a unique short horror.

Friday 28 June, from 7pm Kings Theatre, Portsmouth Tickets £3, Students £1.50 Tickets through the Kings Theatre Box Office (p 36) Buy online

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Getting there Make the most of your time in Portsmouth! There’s plenty to see and do, so why not take advantage of one of the pre-concert menus, enjoy interval drinks or visit another local attraction during your stay.

Eat and Drink We offer pre-concert dining experiences for some events, with plenty of space for large groups and children. These can be booked through our Box Office when you buy your tickets. Interval drinks and refreshments will be provided at most Festivities events. Visit to find out whether a meal and refreshments will be provided at the events you want to attend.

Access Doors to Portsmouth Festivities events will open 30 minutes before the indicated start time. In order to provide a great experience for all our audience members, we work with our partner venues to provide any necessary access information. More information can be found at

Transport & Accommodation Portsmouth benefits from excellent transport links across the region. For information about buses, mainline rail, parking and details of some of the area’s top hotels and B&Bs, check out This website also has excellent information about other things to do in Portsmouth during your stay.

Booking In order to provide a high level of customer service and keep booking fees to a minimum, tickets for most Portsmouth Festivities events are managed by Portsmouth Guildhall. This applies to all events, unless otherwise indicated. Public booking opens Friday 26 April, 10am.

In Person Portsmouth Guildhall Box Office Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB Open for personal callers Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm. Bookings can be taken up to 3 hours before events. No transaction fee applies to cash bookings.

On the Door Any unsold tickets will be available on the door. Please check availability in advance by calling 023 9282 4355. Please note, tickets bought on the door can only be paid by cash.

Ticket Collection for online & telephone bookings When buying a ticket through Portsmouth Guildhall online or over the telephone, you can either pick up your tickets in person from the Portsmouth Guildhall Ticket Office (opening times above) or pay £1.50 postage at point of sale to have your tickets sent to you. You could also request for tickets to be held in care of Box Office for collection at the event.

Exchanges/ Refunds Once purchased, tickets may not be exchanged or refunded.

Seating Plans Many Festivities events offer unreserved seating. However, customers booking tickets for Portsmouth Guildhall, The Kings Theatre and The Pavilion may be able to reserve specific seats in the auditorium. Please check the seating arrangements at the point of booking or visit for more information.

Senior Citizens, Full-Time Students, Children Under 18, Jobseeker Allowance Claimants, Income Support Claimants and Disabled Patrons


Where concessions are indicated. Children under 18 can buy a ticket for £1, for events where indicated. Please note that only one reduction applies per ticket and all discounts are subject to the discretion of the Box Office (ID must be shown). We offer a 50% discount for people with disabilities and their companion.

Kings Theatre Portsmouth

Open for online bookings up to 3 hours before events, 7 days a week. Booking online is a simple, secure process, you may choose your own seats – if applicable. Please note that an 8% booking fee applies to all non-cash bookings (capped at £15 per booking). All online ticket bookings are processed by Portsmouth Guildhall. Should you have any questions about booking online please contact them on or 023 9283 4355.


Portsmouth Guildhall

Phone Portsmouth Guildhall Box Office: 023 9282 4355 Open for telephone bookings up to 3 hours before events Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm. Please note that an 8% booking fee applies to all non-cash bookings (capped at £15 per booking). No booking fees apply to free events.

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Phone Kings Theatre Portsmouth Box Office: 023 9282 8282 Open for bookings and enquiries Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm and during all performances. All tickets paid for by debit or credit cards, over the telephone are subject to a 6% transaction fee, capped at £10. This includes postage to a UK address.

In Person Kings Theatre Portsmouth Box Office The Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 2QJ Open for personal callers during the times above. There are no additional charges when paying in person over the

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No. 6 Cinema

Visitor Information Service at D-Day Museum or City Museum Email Contact

Phone Please note, you can book tickets for No. 6 Cinema by email or phone only.


Visitor Information Box Office: 023 9282 6722 Open daily all year 10am – 5pm.

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Visitor Information Box Office within the D-Day Museum, Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth, PO5 3AA


Open for personal callers daily 10am – 5pm

Box Office 0743 502 9408

Visitor Information Desk within the City Museum, Museum Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2LJ

In Person Tickets may be available to buy on the door. Please check availability in advance.

Open for personal callers Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm

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A processing fee of £1.50 will be added to each online order.

If you have any questions regarding booking online, call 0758 071 5982 or email

If you have any questions regarding booking online, email

In Person Tickets may be available to buy on the door. Please check availability in advance 0758 071 5982 or

Royal Marines Museum

Phone Wedgewood Rooms Box Office 023 9286 3911 Open Monday to Friday 12noon to 7pm, Saturday 12noon to 6pm. Charges apply.

In Person Box Office 147b Albert Road, Southsea PO4 0JW Open to personal callers from 3.30pm until 7pm (10pm on a show day) Wednesday to Friday, and 12noon until 6pm on Saturdays.


Phone Royal Marines Museum Box Office 023 9281 9385 Open daily 10am to 5pm

Tickets may be available to buy on the door. Please check availability in advance.

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All information is correct at the time of going to press. Portsmouth Festivities reserve the right to make changes to the published programme if necessary.

Box Office Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 9PX Open for personal callers daily 10am to 5pm Tickets may be available to buy on the door. Please check availability in advance

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Executive Committee and Trustees

The Second Sea-Lord, Vice-Admiral David Steel / Catherine Bott / Very Reverend David Brindley, Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral / Prof. John Carey FBA / Prof. John Craven, Vice-Chancellor of University of Portsmouth / Dame Mary Fagan, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire / Right Reverend Christopher Foster, Lord Bishop of Portsmouth / Dr Tim Hands / The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Lynne Stagg / Raymond Leppard / Sir Andrew Motion / Peter Phillips / Sandi Toksvig, Chancellor of University of Portsmouth

James Priory (Chair), The Portsmouth Grammar School / Stephen Baily, Portsmouth City Council / Rear-Admiral David Bawtree / David Baynes, Friends of Old Portsmouth Association / Graham Best, St John’s College / The Very Reverend David Brindley, Portsmouth Cathedral / Cheryl Buggy, Express FM / Walter Cha, Blake Lapthorn / Max Craft, Blake Lapthorn / Prof. John Craven, University of Portsmouth / Christopher Evans / Cllr Lee Hunt / David Jeapes, Mayfield School / Brian Larkman MBE / Drusilla Moody / Margaret Roberts, Portsmouth Music Festival / John Sackett, Gunwharf Quays / Caroline Sharman, New Theatre Royal / Jacquie Shaw, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard / Claire Looney, Portsmouth City Council / Ian Pratt, The Kings Theatre / Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Portsmouth City Council / Mark Waldron, The News / Cllr Steve Wemyss / Commander Paul Bolas, Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club

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Benjamin Britten: War Requiem A Remembrance Concert in commemoration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth. Saturday 9 November 2013, from 7.30pm The Portsmouth Guildhall Featuring The Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir, Portsmouth Choral Union, Portsmouth Cathedral Choristers, St John’s College Choristers and Southern Pro Musica Conductors: David Gostick and Sam Gladstone

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Festival Highlights A selection of festival highlights to explore

Concerts The Kings Singers Saturday 22 June Portsmouth Cathedral (p 3) Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose Monday 24 June Portsmouth Guildhall (p 6) Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells for Two Thursday 27 June Kings Theatre (p 9)

Talks & Literature Pompey Poetry Walk Guided walk like no other Tuesday 25 June Albert Road (p 29) Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles Christopher Hitchens Memorial Lecture Wednesday 26 June St John’s College (p 27) Kate Mosse Bestselling author Thursday 27 June Square Tower (p 30)

Children and Family Friendly Sailor Went to Sea Workshop for children Saturday 22 June HMS Warrior 1860 (p 22) Alice in Wonderland Open-air theatre by Heartbreak Prodcutions Wednesday 26 June Royal Marines Museum (p 13) Centrally Heated Knickers with Michael Rosen Vibrant show for schools by The Homemade Orchestra Friday 28 June Kings Theatre (p 17)

Arthur’s Dream Boat Magical theatre with breathtaking puppets by Longnose Puppets Saturday 29 June David Russell Theatre (p 23)

Young People Exonerated Unique site-specific theatre Saturday 22 June Round Tower (p 13) The Singer and The Song Regional music competition Sunday 23 June Wedgewood Rooms (p 3) Portsmouth Festivities Glee Fun singing workshop Thursday 27 June Highbury College (p 22)

Outdoor Breakin’ Convention World-leading hip hop dance theatre Saturday 22 June Gunwharf Quays (p 18) Spice Island Art Trail Showcase for local artists Sunday 23 June Old Portsmouth (p 24) imPact on the Steps Dance by local talent Sunday 23 June Portsmouth Guildhall Steps (p 18) Keep on Rolling Wheeled Carnival procession Saturday 29 June Southsea Seafront (p 32) Lakeside Nature Trail Beautiful wildlife walk at 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour Saturday 29 June (p 33)

Portsmouth Festivities were established by the Partnership Portsmouth initiative, originated by The Portsmouth Grammar School in 1998. Portsmouth Festivities is a company limited by guarantee no.5447367 and a registered charity no. 1114695 Designed by The Graphic Design House • Printed by Bishops Printers


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