Leicester and Lincoln Takeover

Attenborough Arts Centre 20th April & Lincoln Drill Hall 22nd April

What happens when we put two budding artist collectives together and ask them to take over a venue in a city they are not familiar with? Well we don’t know but we are excited to find out!  Lincoln based, Spud Collective and Leicester based collective Tetrad will be taking over the Attenborough Arts Centre, and the Lincoln Drill Hall to fill the venue with artists from either region.


Booking information to be released soon.


Friday 20th April @ Leicester, Attenborough Arts Centre

The Spud Collective presents an entire day of events for Lincolnshire and Leicestershire artists to come together and get creative. With workshops from Zest Theatre, performances from Flickbook Theatre and plenty of time for a drink and a chat this is a chance for artists and arts lovers to celebrate innovative work across the East Midlands.

Chip In with Toby Ealden - 11am

Toby Ealden shares Zest Theatre's approach to creating interactive theatre that puts young audiences at the centre of the action. Zest Theatre make both national touring work 'What Once was Ours', 'Thrive', 'Gatecrash' and bring Lost Village Festival to life every year.

Half Baked - 2pm

Half Baked is an occasional scratch event– providing a platform for artists to present work-in-progress to supportive audiences for feedback. We’ve invited Lincoln and Leicester theatre makers to show some of their very new work to an audience for the first time. This is your chance to catch some of the East Midlands most exciting artists in the early stages of their process and to have an influence in how it develops.

Microchips - 4pm

Shake off the creative cobwebs with an informal creative play session led by Flickbook Theatre. It’s a great opportunity have a little fun, get creative and collaborate at lightning speed with artists from across the two cities.

Mash Up - 6pm

The MashUp is an informal, social event for local creative professionals. With the bar very much open, it’s a great way to catch-up with colleagues and make new connections. In this very special Leicester-Lincoln Mash Up we’ll be inviting artists from both cities to meet, have a drink and share stories, practices and advice.

Casket Case - 7:30pm

After the Mash Up join us for Lincoln’s own Flickbook Theatre as they perform 'Casket Case'.

Lightning. Heights. Raw Meat. Bears. Knives. Spiders ... and death, obviously ..

Casket Case is a show about our fear of death, dying and being dead.
It's about Jozey, who doesn't really do anything that could possibly, even slightly, increase her risk of dying. Not even putting salt on her chips. Madness! Her anxieties are spiraling out of control and her friends are faced with just two options - kill, or cue.
Casket Case is part story, part cabaret, part totally morbid curiosity. After all, none of us are getting out of here alive...


Chris Thorpe Workshop - Keeping the Door Open

Saturday 21st April @ Lincoln Drill Hall, 10-4pm

Seperate to the Takeover, we have this workshop available with the brilliant Chris Thorpe. In this writing and making workshop we'll look at how we make open political work, rooted in ourselves. We'll look at the questions that are important to us, right now, today. We'll imagine how we could make work examining those questions - informed by our individual thinking and research but focused on creating a communal experience. We'll write/make some theatre that keeps the link between our work and the world outside that work alive. For ticket booking and further information click here.


Takeover Sunday 22nd April @ Lincoln Drill Hall

The Tetrad Collective bring the takeover to Lincoln with workshops and performances for East Midlands artists and enthusiasts to get involved with. Whether you want to take part in one of the workshops, meet and chat to other local artists or just come along and enjoy some brand new performances, there’s plenty to do.


Katherine Hall:For all we care - a workshop with Katherine Hall 12:30pm-2:30pm

A movement workshop exploring care as a practice of dancing and community.

Katherine ​is amidst creation of a new solo work 'You sit there' informed by research into ​performing care.

​In this workshop Katherine will share about ways that she has generated solo material to make her new work and guid​e​​ the group through  improvisation ​exercise​s​ ​to consider ​how care​ manifests​ amongst a ​community of​ moving​ people. ​H​olding a space to explore questions like 'what can performing care look like?' and 'how do we give, take, disperse attention?'

This inclusive workshop is suitable for anyone with a professional or personal interest in performance and care. Bring clothes you are comfortable to move in. No dance experience necessary but a will to move is welcome!


An Introduction to Impro-Collaborative Choreography: A Workshop with Near Miss Company 3pm-6pm

This workshop offers an insight into the choreographic practices of interdisciplinary contemporary performance group Near Miss Company.

Impro-Collaborative Choreography is a term coined by the group  to describe the collaboration between movement and music, to inspire and conduct across disciplines - through the medium of improvisation.

We will introduce and explore concepts of instant composition as well as the development of unique systems/tools for generating material and fresh perspectives for performance as well as within a creative process.

‣ Open to dancers, musicians and performers

‣ All ages and skill levels

‣ No previous improvisation skills necessary

‣ Fun and games - guaranteed!


Ten29 Theatre Collective: A Place By The Sea 7pm-7:30pm

A Place By The Sea is a tale of survival, travel and the displacement of families in the face of war. In an engaging combination of visual and physical imagery, A Place by the Sea, reminds its audience of all the elements at play in these stories, as the performers step between being endangered travellers and foreboding travel agents with reassuring tones. Tables are turned, tales are told, games are played and families are torn apart. This vivid story reveals the pain and determination bred in the destruction of war and the struggles for compassion left in its messy wake.


Lewys Holt: Footnotes 7:45pm-8:15pm

Footnotes is a solo dance theatre performance. The show fluctuates in form throughout. It begins as a lecture whose topic, subject and purpose are almost completely obscured by jargon and pseudo-intellectual nonsense. The footnotes attached to several words in the lecture begin as semi useful if somewhat unnecessary asides and extra info but quickly devolve into more expressive outbursts, actions, impulses, dances and overshares. This starts to develop a split in the man delivering the lecture as he veers from formality to informality and is interrupted constantly by his own thoughts and desires.


Perpetual Motion:The Importance of Walking Lobsters 8:30pm-9pm

The Importance of Walking Lobsters (inspired by famous eccentric Oscar Wilde’s penchant for walking lobsters around) is a comedy celebrating eccentricity and exploring the link between eccentricity and genius.

Eccentrics are often perceived as ridiculous, weird, caricature-esque characters, or even seen as borderline mentally ill. In reality, the majority of eccentrics are perfectly (medically) sane, and statistically much happier with their lives than the rest of us. They are usually incredibly intelligent, with high IQs and detailed expertise about their given interests.

Using a mix of puppetry, lo fi scenography, comedy and narrative this piece will explore the importance of living life slightly off-kilter.