Strike A Light Festival returns to Gloucester for its sixth season this month with performances taking place indoors, outdoors and on a car park rooftop!

The festival programme is packed with something for everyone to enjoy, including critically acclaimed dance and theatre, spoken word, free family performance and a potential cultural revolution at the biannual launch night. Tickets to the shows are £10/£5 as part of the festival’s commitment to making cultural events accessible.

Wednesday 20 April kicks off with an evening of organised chaos at the Festival Launch, with special celebrity guest Tom Herbert from Channel 4’s The Fabulous Baker Brothers, and operations director of Hobbs House Bakery in Gloucestershire. Tickets are free, but there are only 150 so you need to book in advance.

Thursday 21 April double-programming sees Travelling Light Theatre’s nationally acclaimed theatre show Into The West by Greg Banks take to the stage for family audiences and on top of the roof of King’s Walk car park, internationally renowned site-specific dance & music performance Of Riders and Running Horses  by Still House will delight all audiences of all ages against the panoramic backdrop of Gloucester city at dusk! Come along for a drink next to the fire before the performance begins and soak up the electric atmosphere.

Accessibility & disability take centre stage on Friday 22 April when Touretteshero bringa comedic performance where no two shows are ever the same – Backstage in Biscuit Land to Gloucester following appearances on BBC’s Live From Television Centre and Russell Howard’s Good News. These performances are relaxed which means audiences are welcome to make noise during the show. Strike A Light Festival are holding a conversation preceding the show, Arts and Disability: Why programme work by disabled artists?

King’s Square will be taken over on Saturday 23 April by Second Hand Dance‘s quirky outdoor dance show Grass.Featuring worms, slugs, snails, spontaneous outbreaks of ant dancing, this free performance will inspire children to look closely at the world around them, to get mucky and play! No booking necessary, just turn up and enjoy.

If you missed Backstage in Biscuit Land or Of Riders and Running Horses you can see them again on Saturday evening.
In true Strike A Light style there will be a flashmob-style performance by 50 Gloucester community members after the performance Of Riders and Running Horses. This will follow on from a four day residency between the festival, professional dance company Still House and these talented new dancers.

An hour of non-stop hilarity hits the stage on Sunday 24 April in the form of Gloucestershire-based company Spitz & Co. and their unmissable show Glorilla,and on Monday 25 April the festival puts on its biannual Scratch Night with work-in-progress performances from GDance Associate Artists and two companies who have received funding from the festival to develop their creative ideas for a show – come and see how performances start out and give your feedback.

On Tuesday 26 April, Laura Dannequin’s Hardy Animalstops off on its national tour, and looks at chronic pain and human resilience through dance.
The festival will culminate in a double-bill night of spoken word theatre Wednesday 27 April, with nationally acclaimed Until You Hear That Bell by Sean Mahoney (who has performed on Channel 4’s Random Acts) that tells a story of amateur boxing and family, followed by I-Dentity by Gloucester artist Rider Shafique that explores questions around race and identity informed by Rider’s personal experiences growing up in Gloucester.

The festival also have an exhibition, 11 Million Reasons by People Dancingto positively profile Deaf and disabled people in dance activity in this country. The exhibition will be free to the public in Gloucester Guildhall Gallery from 12 – 28 April.

Strike A Light Festival is part of Battersea Arts Centre’s Collaborative Touring Network and has recently secured funding to ensure they can keep programming exciting, inspiring work twice a year for the city of Gloucester and its residents.

Co-Producer of Strike A Light, Emma-Jane Benning says: “Strike A Light is a festival for all. It’s about welcoming everybody and it’s about presenting high quality work by diverse artists. We’re excited to be able to host such incredible work like Backstage in Biscuit Land that has previously been seen at the Royal Albert Hall!”


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Tickets are available from the Strike A Light website, or directly from Gloucester Guildhall 01452 503050


Festival Programme (day by day):

Wed 20 April

7:30pm – Festival Launch (free, booking essential) @ Gloucester Guildhall


Thurs 21 April

7:30pm – Travelling Light presents Into the West by Greg Banks (£10/5) @ Gloucester Guildhall
8:00pm – Of Riders and Running Horse by Still House (£10/5) @ Rooftop, King’s Walk Car Park


Fri 22 April

2:00pm – Arts & Disability conversation (£30 *includes pre-show dinner and ticket to Backstage in Biscuit Land)
7:30pm – Backstage in Biscuit Land by Touretteshero (£10/5) *Accessible performance @Gloucester Guildhall
8:00pm – Of Riders and Running Horse by Still House (£10/5) @ Rooftop, King’s Walk Car Park


Sat 23 April

11:00am & 1:00pm – Grass by Second Hand Dance (free, no tickets required) @ King’s Square
7:30pm – Backstage in Biscuit Land by Touretteshero (£10/5) *Accessible performance @Gloucester Guildhall
8:00pm – Of Riders and Running Horse by Still House (£10/5) @ Rooftop, King’s Walk Car Park


Sun 24 April

7:30pm – Glorilla by Spitz & Co (£10) @ Gloucester Guildhall


Mon 25 April

7:30pm – Scratch Night (£5) @ Gloucester Guildhall


Tues 26 April

7:30pm – Hardy Animal by Laura Dannequin (£10/5) @ Gloucester Guildhall


Weds 27 April

7:30pm – Until You Hear That Bell by Sean Mahoney (£10/5) @ Gloucester Guildhall
9:00pm – I-Dentity by Rider Shafique (£10/5) @ Gloucester Guildhall


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