Please join us on Friday 11th July, 7:45pm – 11:30pm in the East Oxford Community Centre.
Tickets £7/£5 on the door, or buy tickets online.
In the arts room we’ll be running a circus skill share, so bring along your juggling balls, hula hoops, diabolo and poi. (Please keep it safe for an indoor event – no fire!)
In the Cabaret Lounge, we are very pleased to welcome back storyteller Hel Gurney as our headline act. Hel performed at our International Women’s Festival event in March, and returns in July to share some of their very popular fairytales. You can hear one of Hel’s stories on Soundcloud.
We will also be enjoying the considerable talents of Oxford Hammer & Tongue’s slam champion, Davy Mac. David will perform poetry including extracts of his “Homeless Oratorio”.
Ann Domoney adapts some of her favourite songs to involve more feminism and more ukulele.
All compered by the wonderful Lucy Ayrton!
Schedule for the evening and more details about our performers under the cut……
7:45 Doors open. The bar will be open in the Lounge.
Circus skill share and stitching circle in the Arts Room.
8:30 Performances in the Cabaret Lounge:
Ukulele songs by Ann Domoney
Poetry by Davy Mac
Time to carry on with arts activities, or chill out and chat in the Lounge.
10:00 Performances in the Cabaret Lounge:
Storytelling by Hel Gurney
10:45 Time for more art or socialising
Hel Gurney is a writer, performer, and researcher. They write prose, poetry, and fairytales that hover somewhere between the two. Their poetry ranges from slam to sonnets, translations to transformations, and mixes literary finesse with raw and bloody passion. This Quiltbag Cabaret they will be reading from their fairytale collection.
David MacArnold, or Davy Mac as he’s known on the slam circuit, is the the Nomad poet who wrote the poetry links for the Homeless Oratorio and Sounds of an Unquiet Mind, which played diverse venues from the actors church in Covent Garden, to Spitalfields Music Festival, to the Royal Festival Hall.
Davy is a Koestler Arts Foundation award winning poet and was the 2012 Oxford Hammer and Tongues Slam poetry champion. He writes about life on the streets, and life after the streets in way designed to shatter the urban myths surrounding homelessness and life on Benefits for those with mental health issues. The other string to his bow is writing about being a gay man in the army at a time when it was against the law. Throw in a few love poems, season with a pinch of eco awareness and one or two forgivable little rants against the system, and you have him. Grey, gay, out and proud and won’t get fooled again.
Ann Domoney performs wry feminist comedy and bittersweet ukulele songs. Her solo performances include supporting Mae Martin, being a featured artist at She Grrrowls, and performing stand-up at Progressive Women’s Funny Fundraiser.
She has also performed at many events with Lashings of Ginger Beer Time, highlights including at three Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and the Carnival of Feminist Cultural Activism.