NewsPerformance Published 14 September 2012

The Yard Presents Festival of Performance

Performance exploring the concept of faith.

Catherine Love

Throughout September and October, The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick is presenting Heaven is a Place on Earth, an eclectic festival of performance that brings together ten pieces around the theme of faith. Each evening throughout the festival (running 25th September Р13th October) features two performances, which audiences can attend for a total ticket price of £10.

Questioning what faith might mean in our increasingly secular society, each of the shows explores this concept through different styles of performance, including puppetry, storytelling, music and animation. The festival opens with a double offering of solo shows from Greg Wohead, an Artistic Associate of the Yard, and Radio 4 writer John-Luke Roberts.

The second pair of shows both bring together theatre and visual art, incorporating elements of original artwork. Puffball, featuring artwork and text by Caroline Williams, is an examination of human empathy, while Jessie McLaughlin’s new show All One Fabric is a genre-crossing piece inspired by Virginia Woolf’s novel To the Lighthouse.

The festival’s October programme, meanwhile, starts with a series of absurdist sing-alongs from female duo Molly and Me and a performance around the idea of protest and personal politics by Katy Baird and Jonathan May. This is followed by a double-bill of music, featuring a one-act opera and a new show by New Opera Hero.

The Yard’s consideration of faith closes with two fresh looks at ancient stories. Alex Rennie’s show centres around the Greek mythical figure of Sisyphus, while Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian’s The Evolution of Eve explores the many different incarnations of this Biblical character through the ages.

For more information and tickets, visit the website.


Catherine Love

Catherine is a freelance arts journalist and theatre critic. She writes regularly for titles including The Guardian, The Stage and WhatsOnStage. She is also currently an AHRC funded PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, pursuing research into the relationship between text and performance in 21st century British theatre.



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