The Rosemary Branch Theatre’s annual new writing festival Branching Out which “seeks to create a lively atmosphere bubbling with artistic ideas and creative experiments” is now in its fifth year, originally conceived by co-Artistic Director Cleo Sylvestre whom we recently interviewed.
Branching Out features works from theatre makers spanning all disciplines (cabaret, poetry, puppetry, comedy etc.) at various stages in their development, giving them the opportunity to try out their work in front of an audience. Ticket prices start at £5 to encourage audiences to try something new and possibly discover an emerging gem. The festival has previously played host to artists including Milton Jones, John Hegley, Pete Firman, Annie Freud, Michael Rosen and John Osborne’s acclaimed one-man play John Peel’s Shed.
Highlights this year include Yes – The Adrian Mitchell Show on November 22nd and 23rd, a celebration of the life and works of the poet Adrian Mitchell performed by Only Fools and Horses star Roger Lloyd-Pack and supported by Mitchell’s daughter Sasha Mitchell’s musical talents. Acclaimed comedian, actress and writer Sara Pascoe presents Emily’s Very Sad Play on November 19th and 20th and If You Dare Productions present Re:Mix, “a unique experiment to explore what’s at the heart of the creative process” on November 30th by writers, musicians and DJs.
For those who enjoy fairytales free from sugar coating, Sparkle and Dark Travelling Players’ new show The Girl With No Heart on November 18th influenced by the Nagaski and Hiroshima bombings comes highly recommended for ages 10+. It might sound like a grim subject, but the company’s first show The Clock Master, which premiered at the 2009 festival and went on to win Best Family show at Buxton Fringe Festival, was a darkly enchanting treat with its puppetry, live music and inventive use of recycled materials.
Branching Out 5 runs from November 8th– December 3rd at Rosemary Branch Theatre. For a full schedule and to book tickets, please visit the Branching Out Festival website.