When: 12th – 23rd July 2016
Where: Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA
£: Pay what you decide
What is it?
Postcards Festival 2016 will take place in London from 12th to 23rd July. For two weeks, Highgate will be home to a host of weird and wonderful acts, as Jacksons Lane presents an eclectic mix of circus, cabaret and extraordinary performances.
Postcards will be breaking the mould this year. For the first time at a London festival, all ticket prices are up to you, with the launch of Jacksons Lane’s Pay What You Decide scheme. Tickets can be reserved in advance, and after the performance you’ll pay by cash or card, based on how much you think the performance is worth.
At this year’s Postcards festival:
Water on Mars
Tuesday 12th July at 8pm
Plastic Boom have created Water on Mars, a meteoric whiz of a show. Take three out of this world skillful young jugglers, six hands and thousands of catches. Add chocolate flies, back flips, giant card castles and magnetic jump ropes. Result? Better than sex and as good as chocolate.
Think virtuoso juggling gone wild in this extrinsic playground experiment. Designed for spaceships and distant planets, Water On Mars is the future of juggling.
Flappers: all-female circus cabaret
Wednesday 13th July at 8pm
It’s girls on top in this rip-roaring, trail-blazing night to remember. Hosted by the inimitable and award-winning Sh!t Theatre, Flappers brings together some of the most exciting talent from circus, comedy, and live art.
And the Little One Said
Thursday 14th July at 8pm
And the Little One Said combines high-level circus skills with pathos, humour and beauty. Jess Love creates a vision that is at once delicately touching, visually enchanting and heart-warmingly playful. Dark clowning, dirty acrobatics and surreal sideshow feats go hand-in-hand with slapstick, roller-skating, hula hoops, skipping and hopscotch acrobatics. With crafted storytelling and awe-inspiring images on a bed of roses and broken glass, it’s so sweet you’ll want to squeal.
A Night with Alula
Friday 15th July at 8pm
Newly announced as Associate Artists at Jacksons Lane, Alula are a phenomenon. Three strong, skilled young women with a rapport like no other. Their main discipline – the Cyr Wheel – has astounded audiences the world over. Now they return to their home for this very special one-off event, A Night with Alula. Combining stylish group work, astonishing solos, acrobatics and live music, with a special guest or two thrown in to the mix.
Saturday 16th July at 8pm
Ssshhh! is circus cabaret, curated by Lucy Loves Circus. Doffing a cap to the traditions of vaudeville and the origins of circus and cabaret, acclaimed circus blogger Lu Cyrcus curates this very special night, led by Cirque du Soleil’s lead clown Sean Kempton. New and old combine in this evening of contemporary varieté, featuring everything from pole dancing to aerial rope and trapeze. Where burlesque meets juggling kettle bells, with a dash of musical saw thrown in for good measure.
Tuesday 19th July at 8pm
The classic story of Persephone is retold with live music, aerial acrobatics, fire, dance, and mime. Becoming Shades promises to be a high impact show full of hope and sorrow. It’s Greek mythology, but not as you know it. This tale of love, choice and empowerment gets a contemporary circus twist. Chivaree Circus will take you on a journey and leave you ready to embrace an eternity in Hades.
Wednesday 20th July at 8pm
Internationally acclaimed comedian George Egg is also a rather fanatical self-taught cook with a somewhat anarchic approach to making meals. As obsessed with culinary matters as he is with comedic ones, and finding himself dissatisfied with the quality and cost of takeaways and room-service meals while touring the stand-up comedy clubs of the world, George embarks on a project to take matters into his own surprisingly capable hands.
Anarchist Cook is a surreal and absurd mix of stand-up comedy and striking innovation.
Selfie with Eggs
Thursday 21st July at 8pm
If Kraftwerk made circus it would look something like this; comedy meets electro-robotic-vogueing in an epic feat of handstand endurance. Natalie Reckert is a German hand balancer who loves to dance to electronic beats and read Wikipedia articles about load experiments. In her highly skilled one-woman experiment, Selfie with Eggs, she tests the limits of the body and the stability of quite a lot of eggs. Brilliantly absurd and totally unique.
Fantastic Voyage: a Bowie Circus Cabaret
Friday 22nd July at 8pm
David Bowie loved the circus, and Jacksons Lane loves David Bowie.
Jacksons Lane pays its respects with a once-in-a-lifetime night of spectacular sound and vision with a Bowie Circus Cabaret. Performers from across the globe come together to celebrate Ziggy, the Thin White Duke, and maybe even Jareth the Goblin King, as they choose their favourite Bowie look and song for a night of spaceman-inspired circus that’s out of this world.
Saturday 23rd July at 8pm
Lords of Strut’s Chaos will close the festival in screwball style. Join Ireland’s most emotional dancers as they share their bullet proof secret to life and happiness. A motivational, semi-nude, funny show, Sean and Seamus dance and bicker their way through an hour of physical and meta-physical comedy.
More info: www.jacksonslane.org.uk