When: 7th – 30th June 2012
Where: Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA
£: All Postcards tickets 10 per night & Festival Pass 50 (excluding Postcards Late Night Cabaret 29th)
What is it?
Postcards is Jacksons Lane’s annual festival of circus, cabaret and performance. Below are the brilliant and bizarre shows you can catch as part of the festival:
Boom! Circus Theatre presents Floors (7th – 8th June at 8pm)
An audio-visual spectacular performed at breakneck speed on a state-of-the-art structure, BOOM! bring you dynamic dance and mind-blowing acrobatics. This is an incredible, award-winning tale of reality and passion as five young performers bear their souls.
Boom! is a Bristol-based collective of four innovative and vibrant young performers who came together sharing a strong desire to create and perform something new and exciting. Incorporating theatrical circus seamlessly with live music, Boom! are a multi-skilled group with backgrounds in a variety of disciplines. Winners of the Deutsche Bank Award 2011.
The Two Wrongies: World of Wrong (9th June at 8pm)
Enter the wonderfully strange, hilariously chaotic, sometimes naked world of The Two Wrongies!
This risqué performance features glorious physical parodies, dance, illusions and an utterly unforgettable display of synchronised swimming on land. It’s comedy. It’s cabaret. It’s dance. It’s so bloody wrong it’s right!
Lab:Time presents Experiments in Circus ( 12th June at 8pm)
Fresh from the laboratories at Circus Space, this mixed bill brings you 10 of the best new performances of contemporary circus from some of the brightest young artists around.
Thrill to sensual aerial performances on a giant shower curtain, marvel at a musical tightwire and swoon at unprecedented athletic feats on a cyr wheel.
Lightning Ensemble: 1908 – Body and Soul
Ian Marchant: 20 Hours and Counting
Frederike: New Site – Specific Work (14th -15th June at 8pm)
1908 – London hosts its first Olympic Games. In this historical spectacular, circus and sport collide as Edwardian athletes and their idiosyncratic training regimes tell a poignant tale of forgotten Olympians; athletes who competed not just for personal best, but for a Brave New World.
In 20 Hours and Counting, juggler and clown Ian Marchant will amaze and entertain in this lovesong to Music Hall and silent films of yesteryear, with influences ranging from Buster Keaton to Stan Laurel.
Internationally-acclaimed circus artist Frederike presents three new site-specific pieces in and around Jacksons Lane’s landmark, historic building.
Scottee‘s Party Piece (16th June at 8pm)
Jacksons Lane is delighted to invite you to share your weird talents with the biggest star of today’s late-night scene.
In Scottee’s brand new show invited members of you guys, the punters, will take centre stage and share with the rest of us their cringesome, unique and downright filthy party piéces de résistance.
If you impersonate fornicating foxes or you’re able to recite the complete works of Maeve Binchey, we welcome you with socially-awkward arms. You’ll be in great company as you’ll be joined by familiar and famous faces to get you in the mood. Bring your mates. Bring your kazoo. Bring gin. If you’d like to share your skills, then let Jacksons Lane know when you book.
Leela Bunce in Waiting for Stanley (20th June at 8pm)
Scene. 1945. A railway station platform. A wife anxiously waits for her husband, Stanley, to return home from the front. A train arrives full of homecoming soldiers, but Stanley is nowhere to be seen.
Brilliant clowning and innovative puppetry combine to tell this moving, true story of war, loss and enduring love. Hugely acclaimed for her cabaret alter-ego, Audacity Chutzpah, this is another surprising side to the fast-rising star that is Leela Bunce.
Marcella and The Forget Me Nots: Murder and Lullabies (21st June at 8pm)
It’s like this, you see. Marcella Puppini could be basking in the glow of retro glamour and silver-screen loveliness cuddling up to her multi-million selling Puppini Sisters albums. But would she be happy? Hell, no.
The Puppini Sisters are Marcella’s bit of fun. Now meet her real band. This rock’n'roll-art-punk-Weimar-orchestra of misfits, broken dolls and drama queens. From opera to big bands, Nick Cave to the Dresden Dolls, Marcella fuses these disparate influences with her own unique style.
Book very early for this one-off evening of unbridled decadence from a huge star.
Boogaloo Stu’s Pop Magic! (23rd June at 8pm)
A pop theatre show with a massive difference – a DIY X Factor!
In just over an hour, you the audience will be are given the opportunity to collectively write, record and produce your very own pop single, complete with a lip-synched video with an assembled cast of miscreants performing a flashmob dance routine. Within hours you can watch, download and share the results of the show across the world.
All the fun of Prime Time telly without the soul-sucking horror of pretending to be happy when Louis Walsh makes you sing a Boyzone medley.
Karavan Ensemble: Anima (26th June at 8pm)
Join international collective Karavan Ensemble for an unforgettable and award-winning rhapsody on the power and mystery of Light on a stage awash with scores of lamps, in this physical spectacular.
Crimson Skye’s Death Row Diva (27th June at 8pm)
Coming to you direct from death row, this is Patsy Cline’s ‘Crazy’ as you’ve never heard it before, featuring a strait-jacket striptease.
The story of Crimson’s love affair with Ed the Severed Head serves as a charming reminder about how it’s definitely not okay to lie to your partner. Sharper than Freddy Kruger’s pinkie, and with a bite that makes Hannibal Lecter look like the tooth fairy, this is burlesque at its most intoxicating… and deadly.
Triple Bill – Dresses (28th June at 8pm)
Julie Rose Bower: Tea Dress
The Little Theatre of Dolls: The Holy Dress
Andrea Meneses Guerrero: The Woman Who Lost Her Head
Clothed only in teabags and surrounded by boiling kettles, Julie Rose Bower climbs into a bath and invites you to take tea with her – a human cocktail mixed up live with enough for everyone to share. An interactive and evocative performance for the senses.
In The Holy Dress, The Little Theatre of Dolls tell the vivid and hauntingly-beautiful story of creation that happens within the corseted confines of a most peculiar dress. Beguiling and beautiful, this is puppetry dressed up to the nines.
The Woman Who Lost Her Head is a visually stunning aerial story of a woman whose life has spiraled and become so empty that she may be beginning to forget who she is.
Postcards Late Night Cabaret: Curiouser and Curiouser (29th June at 8.30pm)
One of the most highly-acclaimed acts on the London scene, our special guest curator Crimson Skye has worked with some of the most astonishing acts on the planet. She’s traveled the world and tonight she wants to share the very best of them with you.
Crimson has brought together a veritable menagerie of burlesquers, contortionists, acrobats, cross-dressing prima ballerinas and magicians. With great DJs, a late licence and a line up like this, can you afford to miss out? All tickets £15.
Double Bill (30th June at 8pm)
Simone Riccio: Nothing Moves If I Don’t Push It
Zu Aerial: The Dream
Combining German Wheel, acrobatics, juggling and dance with stunning original music and shifting projected landscapes, Simone Riccio explores his need to keep pushing, against his desire to let go. Sometimes funny, often moving, NoFit State Circus performer Simone Riccio performs the most astounding feats of dexterity and daring.
Zu Aerial takes us to a bizarre reality of distortion, disproportion and enchantment, where gravity has lost its power forever, sound is suspended and beauty is inverted. A visual feast of sheer aerial brilliance, Zu leave you wondering which way is up, where the dream ends and reality begins.
Exhibition (7th June – 31st August)
Elsa Quarsell: The Domestic Burlesque
Admission is free (closed Mondays)
Over a period of 2 years, photographer Elsa Quarsell travelled the world photographing burlesque performers in their homes. This collection of images, taken from her book of the same name offers intimate snapshots into the humorous and beautiful world of burlesque.
By opening a window into the home life of the performance scene and these beauties’ most intimate environments, (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen…) she brings fantasy and seduction to the mundane arena of the domestic.
Elsa Quarsell is a London-based Swedish photographer. Her work has appeared in many publications including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Arena, Vogue and The Face.
More info: www.jacksonslane.org.uk