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The Junction Jan 足- Apr 12 Performance (01223) 511 511 www.junction.co.uk Cambridge

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Introduction

Junction Double Bill in Association with Forest Fringe

(01223) 511 511 Wed 01 Feb

Our Performance Programme is packed with highlights… Stand-out shows from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Vertigo, The Table, 2401 Objects, Thirsty). Wonderful pieces of storytelling (John Peel’s Shed, What I Heard About The World, The Adventures of Wound Man & Shirley). Playful physicality (Where did it all go right? and Gameshow). Exciting collaborations (Forest Fringe Double Bill, Art Crush, Hunt & Darton Café) and scratch ideas looking for your feedback (So Far…, My Robot Heart, Stories from an Invisible Town). Plus at JAM we launch our next Junction Sampled: Festival of Performance (05 & 06 May 2012). Join us at The Junction this Spring and let us know what you think.

2 shows for £10 /£8 con

Made In China: We Hope That You’re Happy (Why Would We Lie?)

Dan Canham: 30 Cecil Street

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8pm

Duration: 50 mins

Duration: 25 mins

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12+ / J3

Jess is stuck. Her lifelong friend, Chris, can’t help. The others are out getting wasted. And the world is falling apart. Luckily Jess and Chris have a cooler full of beer, a goofy rapport, a series of dance moves - and a sincere desire to make you, the audience, happy. Or so they claim. Each claims the other’s a liar. That they only met last year. And that they are eyewitnesses to the key world events of the last hundred years. A hilarious and unsettling examination of what it means to be a tuned-in, delusional and unwitting consumer in a hyper-communicative world. Presented as part of BAC Take Out - productions developed at BAC presented nationally and internationally.

Cafe Bar open 1hr before all performances serving fair-trade coffees, teas, soft / alcoholic drinks and snacks. There’s also free Wi-Fi in our foyer. We are family friendly - children’s activities, buggy park and baby change facilities are available at all our family shows. Plus there’s a car park just round the corner.

“ Quirky, funny…surreal and entertaining” The Scotsman

Photo: Will Hanke

9pm 12+ / J2

In 2009 Dan Canham (Kneehigh, DV8, Punchdrunk, Fabulous Beast) made a film in a rotting, dilapidated theatre in Limerick, Ireland. Using that film as source material, this original piece of dance-theatre is an eloquent, heartbreaking elegy for a lost and ruined theatre. A performance of fragments of memories, of wild nights and long-disappeared communities. It evokes the life of a once-mighty building and asks what is left when a theatre closes its doors to the public. See the original film at www.stillhouse.co.uk Made with support from Grants for the Arts through Arts Council England, Escalator Performing Arts, Bristol Ferment and Battersea Arts Centre.

“ Dan Canham raises ghosts in spine tingling dance-theatre piece, 30 Cecil Street… exquisitely c rafted, thoughtful theatre” The Guardian

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www.madeinchinatheatre.com

www.stillhouse.co.uk

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Theatre & Dance

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Theatre & Dance

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Tue 07 Feb

Fri 10 Feb

Mon 20 Feb

Fri 24 Feb

ponydance: Where did it all go right?

Night Light Theatre / (Kindling) Project: Vertigo

Third Angel: What I Heard About The World

John Osborne: John Peel’s Shed

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8pm

6.30 & 8pm

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Duration: 45 mins

Duration: 50 mins

Duration: 1hr 10

Duration: 1hr 05

Age: 16+*

Age: 13+

Age: 15+*

Age: 14+

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£10 / £8 con / J2

Four people in a bar, trying to get out of it. You’ve probably met some of them before. Nearly outrageous, mostly clever, always inventive. A hearty, lumpy mix of humour, honesty, careening and cavorting. The ever-industrious ponydance, champions of comedy dance-theatre and all things brilliantly average, serve up their latest and tastiest. A confection of moves and movement to a soundtrack of garish music and nervous tension. Four outstanding performers dance their way into hearts, minds and underwear. You’ll laugh and cringe! ponydance - good looking, funny, charming.... what’s not to like? *due to some explicit material.

“ Where did it all go right? is laugh-out-loud funny” **** The Scotsman

www.ponydance.com

£8 / £6 con / J3

Vertigo is a surprising tale of two young people struggling to keep their balance as their lives spin out of control. Live music and nostalgic ramblings combine in this intimate piece. Two solo performers become unlikely friends and tell their stories of growing up and moving forward. Real life comedy tales and informal direct address place this show somewhere in between madcap theatre-presentation and observational comedy performance. The (Kindling) Project has been created by Night Light Theatre to support, develop and promote new work and emerging artists. This production is directed by Rich Rusk and written by the performers (Philippa Hogg and Tom Penn).

£12 / £8 con / J2

There’s a place where you confess your sins to voicemail. There’s a place where you can buy a cure for loneliness on CD. There’s a place where you can rent strangers to cry at your funeral. There’s a place where there are only five official haircuts for men. There’s a place where, if the army send your Dad overseas, they give you a life-size cut-out version to keep you company. A theatre piece with songs: one original, one karaoke. Join Third Angel and mala voadora as they attempt to describe the whole world. A co-production with Sheffield Theatres & Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon in association with Worldmapper.org.

Sometimes before you take a big step in life, you might feel a little Vertigo…

*due to some swearing and adult themes.

“ A beautiful reflection on growing up and the absurdities of life…it’s not often that I find myself laughing through tears in the theatre” ***** Whatsonstage

“The great thing about Third Angel is you never know what you’re going to get…heavenly work”

www.nightlighttheatre.co.uk/kindling

The Guardian

£8 / £6 con / J3

In 2002, John Osborne won a competition on John Peel’s Radio One show. His prize was a box of records that took eight years to listen to. This five-star, sell-out smash theatre hit of the Edinburgh Festival, broadcast on BBC Radio Four in December 2011, is an ode to radio, those records and anyone who’s ever sought solace in wireless. Inspired by Osborne’s acclaimed book Radio Head (Radio 4’s Book Of The Week) and featuring records previously owned by Peel. Produced by Show + Tell. Script edited by Joe Dunthorne (Submarine).

“ Osborne sits somewhere between Tom Wrigglesworth and Daniel Kitson, which is a very good place to sit. I could have listened for hours” The Independent

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www.thirdangel.co.uk

www.johnpeelsshed.com

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Theatre & Dance

(01223) 511 511

Mon 27 Feb

Bryony Kimmings & Friends: Art Crush Photo: Christa Holka

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16+

Duration: 1hr + DJ

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£8 / £6 con / J3

Bryony Kimmings (Associate Artist) and Kate Madden (Producer) at The Junction love art, and what’s more they love you!

Join hostess Bryony and the cream of the crop of live art and post-cabaret talent...if you like her work, wait until you meet her friends!

8pm

What better way to celebrate their favourite things than to programme a rip-roaring, sparkletastic ‘love in’ of a performance evening, topped off with silly chat, fun tunes and dancing about!

www.bryonykimmings.com www.scottee.co.uk www.timtenyen.com www.liveartcollectiveeast.com

Theatre & Dance

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Wed 29 Feb

Tue 06 Mar

Blind Summit Theatre: The Table

Company Chameleon: Gameshow

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8pm

Photo: Brian Slater

8pm

Duration: 1hr

Duration: 1hr

Age: 14+

Age: 14+

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£12 / £8 con / J2

£12 / £8 con / J2

Fresh from an award winning sell out run at the Pleasance, Edinburgh, puppet innovators Blind Summit Theatre present their brand new show about a puppet stuck on a table.

Company Chameleon’s Anthony Missen and Kevin Edward Turner invite you to watch and pass judgement, as contestants test their luck against the big man J.O.Z. the personification of excess itself.

The Table is a visual feast of adult puppetry including a ballet of disembodied heads, a story told entirely with pieces of paper emerging from a briefcase, and a tiny puppet Moses with a cardboard head full of lonely wisdom. Blind Summit employ their trademark ‘extreme puppetry’ style, dark Beckettian humour and flat-pack technology, to give you a theatrical experience like no other.

A show packed full of physical movement, fearless dancing and athletics, with prizes, power, money, fame, celebrity and a cult following up for grabs or at the very least a new pair of trainers. Missen and Turner ask what needs to be sacrificed in order to win big.

The first night of our new regular soiree also features Scottee, Tim Ten Yen and Hunt & Darton. Get down here love lollipops; Cambridge has never tasted so good!

No man is an island, but sometimes a puppet can be a table…

“ An unabashedly, wacky sweetheart, with a delightful anything goes air”

“ Astonishingly accomplished puppetry from the excellent Blind Summit”

“Fearless dancers and acute observers of human behaviour”

The Times on Bryony Kimmings

**** The Telegraph

The Guardian

www.blindsummit.com

www.companychameleon.com

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(See also More Extreme Puppetry Master Class, PG 12).

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Theatre & Dance

(01223) 511 511 Fri 23 Mar

Wed 14 Mar

Theatre & Dance Mon 26 Mar

www.junction.co.uk Coming this Spring Offsite micro-venue

Analogue: 2401 Objects

Chris Goode & Company: The Adventures of Wound Man & Shirley

The Paper Birds: Thirsty

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Photo: Andreas J Etter and Liam Jarvis

8pm

Photo: Adam Smith and Liam Jarvis

8pm

Duration: 1hr 20

Duration: 1hr

Age: 14+

Age: 14+

Age: 12+

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2401 Objects is the new Fringe First winning show by “bright new things of British Theatre” Analogue (Observer), direct from an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival. In 1953 Henry Molaison emerges from experimental brain surgery without any recollection of the last two years of his life, or the ability to form new memories. In 2009 Patient H.M.’s brain is dissected live on the internet to a global audience of 400,000 people, cut into carefully preserved slices; manuscripts of tissue like the pages of a book. Inspired by the world’s most important neuroscientific case-study, 2401 Objects tells the remarkable story of a man who could no longer remember, but who has proven impossible to forget.

£8 / £6 con / J3

Shirley is a teenage boy with a girl’s name, growing up in suburbia and feeling like the weirdest kid in the school. Nothing makes much sense to him, and his heart belongs to a classmate who barely knows he exists.

Based on our nation’s love affair with alcohol, Thirsty weaves together real stories, memories and booze-based confessions, collected from a ‘drunken hotline’ and an online questionnaire. Fusing live music, verbatim text and stunning physical theatre, The Paper Birds explore the stories and social repercussions of lost memories and gained traumas, bruised knees, uncontrollable laughter, urine stained beds and sore heads, particularly focusing on the women waving the flag for ‘Booze-Britain’.

Wound Man has just moved into a house on Shirley’s street - and he happens to have a vacancy for a teenage sidekick... The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley is a funny and touching story by Chris Goode about two unlikely friends and the adventures they share.

A dynamic theatrical exploration delving beyond statistics, facts and figures, Thirsty looks to the faces and the voices of everyone who likes a drink and asks why, as a nation, are we so thirsty?

An Analogue, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater and New Wolsey Theatre co-production.

“ The most accomplished show yet from Analogue” **** The Times

www.analogueproductions.co.uk

£12 / £8 con / J2

Multi-award winning company The Paper Birds present their critically acclaimed, sell-out show Thirsty.

Wound Man is an unconventional superhero, sprung from the pages of a medieval medical textbook, with an alarming assortment of weapons sticking out from every part of his body.

Photo: Christa Holka

8pm

Duration: 1hr £12 / £8 con / J2

Hunt & Darton: Hunt & Darton Café

Join live art duo Jenny Hunt & Holly Darton for an interactive performance that blends art with the every day. Run as a fully functioning café and micro-venue, Hunt & Darton will creatively expose the inner workings of their new business venture by considering and presenting everything as Art. From the food that is served to the people who serve it, from the décor to the profit and loss sheets, everything will be served with a twist. Prepare for appetites to be satisfied in more ways than one. Hunt & Darton Café is part of Live Art Collective East. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Developed and presented with support from Escalator Live Art, The Junction and Changing Spaces. Produced by Artsadmin. An offsite micro-venue for Cambridge in association with The Junction. Secret city centre location. Follow @HuntDarton, @TheJunctionCamb and @JunctionKate for details.

“ A simple, unaffected piece of storytelling… There is something so unguarded about this show that you can’t help but fall in love with it”

“Terrifically sharp, vibrantly choreographed and sensitively paced, poignant without getting preachy”

**** The Guardian

The Independent on Sunday

Hannah Nicklin on Break Your Own Pony at Inbetween Time Festival

www.thepaperbirds.com

www.liveartcollectiveeast.com

www.chrisgoodeandcompany.co.uk

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“Gently humorous, and highly tongue-in-cheek... great fun”

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(01223) 511 511

Artist Development

Artist Development

Laura Mudgridge / Photo: Joe Martin

Michael Pinchbeck / Photo: Alex Eisenberg / Showtime

SHOWCASES

SHOWCASES

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The Junction is a centre for talent, committed to supporting the research, development and scratch work of artists based in the East region and beyond. Fri 20 Jan

Fri 17 Feb

Thu 08 Mar / Fri 20 Apr / Fri 25 May

Wed 21 Mar

Laura Mugridge: So Far…

Molly Naylor: My Robot Heart

Hoipolloi: Stories from an Invisible Town

JAM & Junction Sampled Launch

Time: 6pm

Time: 6pm

Time: 8pm

Time: 8pm

Duration: 30 mins (plus informal feedback)

Duration: 55 mins (plus informal feedback)

Duration: 1hr (approx)

Duration: 1hr (approx)

Age: 12+

Age: 14+

Age: 12+

Age: 12+

Price: PWYL / J3

Price: PWYL / J3

Price: £5* / J3 (*per scratch)

Price: PWYL / J2

After a sold out Edinburgh run and a UK and European tour of her first solo show Running on Air, comedian and storyteller Laura Mugridge returns to Cambridge with the very first scratch performance of her second show.

Molly Naylor (writer of BBC Radio 4’s Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You) invites you to toast Eliza’s wedding and mourn her own lost sense of romance.

Hugh Hughes, Cambridge’s favourite emerging Welsh artist is continuing to work on his new project. He’s granting audiences three exclusive work-in-progress glimpses of the project as it moves towards completion in the Autumn.

JAM is The Junction’s experimental scratch night; an opportunity for artists to test ideas and audiences to help shape the direction of a future piece of work.

During a week’s residency at The Junction, Laura will be working with longform improviser Katy Schutte, looking at fictional storytelling, marking a shift away from her previous autobiographical work, and creating intimacy with an audience in a theatre space.

A charming and gently interactive storytelling show exploring love, fear and the relationship between the two. With ‘wedding band’ The Middle Ones.

In Stories from an Invisible Town, Hugh is sharing his memories of his childhood in Langefni, Anglesey. As there are hundreds of stories to tell, he’s still in the process of remembering them all and so each performance can be a very different experience.

Scratch performance.

Commissioned by Harrogate Theatre and supported by The Junction. “She is simply brilliant” ***** Metro

Hugh would be delighted if you could join him to help shape the final piece. “A brave, funny, tough and beautiful piece of writing.”

Produced by Hoipolloi. Research and development supported by The Junction, Cambridge and the Barbican.

The Guardian on Whenever I Get Blown Up...

www.lauramugridge.co.uk

www.mollynaylor.com

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www.hughhughes.me

At March’s JAM we’ll be launching our 2012 Junction Sampled: Festival of Performance (05 & 06 May 2012) and announcing the full programme. There will be tasters from artists in the line-up including Michael Pinchbeck’s The Beginning; Pinchbeck remembers his first performance and waits in the wings as if it is that time again. Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this is the second in a trilogy of works taking Shakespearean stage directions as starting points for performance. Follow @TheJunctionCamb and @JunctionKate for details. www.michaelpinchbeck.co.uk

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Artist Development

(01223) 511 511

All Master Classes 11am - 6pm £35 / £25 con 18+ /J3

Sun 05 Feb

Wed 15 Feb

Lyngo Theatre: Snow Play

The People’s Theatre Company: There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly

Early recombooking mend ed

Photo: NIE

MASTER CLASSES The Master Class Series is a practical programme of artist development workshops for creative professionals facilitated by the country’s leading performing arts practitioners.

© M. Twinn 1973, Child’s Play (International) Ltd.

Time: 11.30am & 2.30pm Duration: 50 mins Age: 3+ Price: £9 / £5 con / J3 Family Ticket: £23 (max 2 adults)

Time: 11.30am & 2.30pm Duration: 1hr Age: 4+ Price: £9 / £5 con / J2 Family Ticket: £23 (max 2 adults)

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly...

Sat 04 Feb

Sat 03 Mar

NIE: Clown On Stage

Blind Summit Theatre: More Extreme Puppetry

Work on playfulness and the actor’s presence.

Blind Summit Theatre are innovators leading a UK revolution in adult puppetry. The company is renowned for reinventing Japanese Bunraku style (three-man operated) puppets, which interact with performers.

Imagine if one day Winter decided to come and stay in your house. You would have icicles in the bathroom and a snowman in your kitchen!

Co-Artistic Director, Mark Down, writes, directs and performs in Blind Summit shows including - Fringe First winning The Table, an extraordinary adaptation of 1984 and world touring Low Life. He has created a new style of performing with puppets that is charismatic, highly physical and character driven.

That’s what happens in this interactive show where you can play with all types of snow, snowmen, ice and snowballs and help to try to keep winter where he belongs - in the garden!

Who am I on stage and am I funny? Work on theatre clown as a basis for improvised performance and devising. This Master Class led by NIE’s Artistic Director, Alex Byrne will explore the physical preparation of the body for performance through work on pure and expressive movement and the playfulness of the actors in performance through games and group work. Alex will explore work in red noses as a way to access emotions, material and playfulness. Alex Byrne, as well as directing international touring work for NIE, has taught workshops in Germany, Norway, the Czech Republic, Russia, Bosnia and the UK. He trained at Central School of Speech and Drama in London and at Ecole Phillipe Gaulier in London.

www.nie-theatre.com

Lyngo Theatre’s Snow Play comes to The Junction after a sell-out Christmas run at the Lyric Hammersmith and success at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Building on the success of and techniques explored in 2011 Master Class Extreme Puppetry, this is an extended opportunity to work with Mark Down and take creative ideas to the next stage. Focusing on making a show with puppetry, this workshop is suitable as a follow up to Extreme Puppetry and an introduction for new participants.

But The People’s Theatre Company do! And now you can too as they bring one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes to life for the very first time with a magical mix of sing along songs, games and colourful animal characters. Presented by the team behind How The Koala Learnt To Hug, this new show has been written especially for parents to enjoy with their children. It’s the perfect treat for anyone aged 4 to 104!

(See also The Table, PG 07).

www.blindsummit.com

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www.lyngo.co.uk

www.ptc.org.uk

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Diary Sun 04 Mar

Sun 18 Mar

Tall Stories: The Snail and the Whale

Kid Carpet & Theatre Bristol presents: Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals

Time: 11.30am & 2.30pm Duration: 55 mins Age: 4+ Price: £9 / £5 con / J3 Group of 4: £23 (max 2 adults)

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A tiny snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a huge humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, experiencing sharks and penguins, icebergs and volcanoes. Tall Stories (creators of the Gruffalo and Room on the Broom stage shows) are proud to present their latest collaboration with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals is a punk rock musical following the adventures of gorilla, bear, hedgehog and badger as they make friends, play games, contemplate the world and finally rock out at the grand dance contest. A fun and fantastically fresh show for adults as well as children.

Sun 08 Apr

Sun 22 Apr

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Season at a glance...

Key:

Jan 20 SH Laura Mugridge: So Far...

11.30am & 2.30pm 45 mins 3-8 £9 / £5 con / J2 £23 (max 2 adults)

Little Angel Theatre: Goldilocks

Tucked In Productions: Tim and Light

Time: 11.30am & 2.30pm Duration: 50 mins Age: 2-5 Price: £9 / £5 con / J2 Group of 4: £23 (max 2 adults)

Time: 11.30am & 2.30pm Duration: 1hr (plus meet the puppets) Age: 5+ Price: £9 / £5 con / J3 Group of 4: £23 (max 2 adults)

Young Goldilocks likes to explore the world and experience new things. This time, when she wanders into an empty house, she finds much more than three bowls of porridge… But what will happen when the Bears return and find her? Using table-top puppetry and musical influences from around the world, this production brings this classic story to life with a twist.

“Friendship is much more than a painted picture, Tim. It is a gift, an adventure, a voyage.” Tim will need to discover the true meaning of friendship before it’s too late... Tim and Light is a beautiful new fairy tale told through playful physical theatre and intricate puppetry. It is a story of courage that will warm the hearts of young and old alike. 14

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Double Bill 01 TH/ Made In China: DA We Hope That You’re Happy (Why Would We Lie?) & Dan Canham: 30 Cecil Street 04 MA NIE: Clown On Stage 05 FT Lyngo Theatre: Snow Play 07 DA ponydance: Where did it all go right? 10 TH Night Light Theatre / (Kindling) Project: Vertigo 15 FT The People’s Theatre Company: There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly 17 SH Molly Naylor: My Robot Heart 20 TH Third Angel: What I Heard About The World 24 TH John Osborne: John Peel’s Shed 27 TH Bryony Kimmings & Friends: Art Crush 29 TH Blind Summit Theatre: The Table

Theatre Dance Family Theatre Masterclass Showcase

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03 MA Blind Summit Theatre: More Extreme Puppetry 04 FT Tall Stories: The Snail and the Whale 06 DA Company Chameleon: Gameshow 08 SH Hoipolloi: Stories from an Invisible Town 14 TH Analogue: 2401 Objects 18 FT Kid Carpet & The Bristol presents: Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals 21 SH JAM & Junction Sampled Launch 23 TH Chris Goode & Company: The Adventures of Wound Man & Shirley 26 TH The Paper Birds: Thirsty

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08 FT Little Angel Theatre: Goldilocks 20 SH Hoipolloi: Stories from an Invisible Town 22 FT Tucked In Productions: Tim & Light Coming Soon… Hunt & Darton: Hunt & Darton Café / PG 09 Junction Sampled: Festival of Performance (05 & 06 May) Hoipolloi: Stories from an Invisible Town (25 May) / PG 11


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The Junction also presents a unique and acclaimed programme of comedy, clubs and live music. For further details of all upcoming events visit www.junction.co.uk Address:

The Junction, Clifton Way Cambridge, CB1 7GX

Email:

tickets@junction.co.uk (enquiries only)

Box Office:

01223 511 511 Open Mon – Sat 1-6pm (and 1hr before events). Book online 24 hrs a day at www.junction.co.uk

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Cover Image: Hunt & Darton: Hunt & Darton Café Photo:

Christa Holka

Access:

The Junction is fully accessible. If you would like to discuss any access requirements prior to your visit, please call the Box Office on (01223) 511 511.

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The Junction Spring 2012 Performance Brochure  

The Junction's Spring 2012 Performance Programme featuring ... Stand out shows from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Vertigo, The Table, 240...

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