When: 11th – 29th July 2017
Where: Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA
£: All shows are Pay What You Decide, so audiences can reserve their tickets in advance – totally free – and make a donation of their choice after the performance, either by cash on the door or card at the box office.
What is it?
Postcards is a three-week festival of circus, cabaret and extraordinary performance at Jacksons Lane in North London. Now in its seventh year, this unique festival of new work aims to engage new audiences and highlight the diverse and incredible programme that Jacksons Lane offers year round, from emerging to established performers across a range of genres.
Highlights at this year’s Postcards includes Two Tongue Theatre’s gender-bending satire, Scandi circus sensation Tanter’s Vixen, and Morgan & West’s mind-blowing magic tricks. There will also be a pop-up kitchen and a fully-stocked bar featuring craft beer and locally sourced gin.
The Postcards 2017 programme:
The Late Night Shop
Sinister sex appeal, sharp wit and underground vaudeville vibes from the ladies of The Late Night Shop. Adults only. Tuesday 11th July at 8pm.
Some girls will do anything to get on stage. Awaken your inner activist with Two Tongue Theatre’s gender-bending satire on inequality. Wednesday 12th July at 8pm.
The Penguin and I
It’s the morning after the night before and Living Room Circus have a story to tell. Absurd acrobatics, audacious aerials and an obnoxious penguin combine in this explosive, immersive performance. Thursday 13th July at 8pm.
The Cocoa Butter Club Speakeasy
How’s your Friday night looking? A little dry and dusty? A good squirt of warm, thick Cocoa Butter will do the trick. This roster of queer performers of colour are here to moisturise a thirsty club scene with burlesque, voguing, spoken word and more. Friday 14th July at 8pm.
Oh My God! It’s The Church
It’s time you sinners went back to church. Fusing music, dance, theatre and comedy, Legs Akimbo’s raucous Deep South Pentecostal Church party is brimming with heaven-sent soul, Motown and disco tunes. Hell, even Jesus gets down and dirty at this show! Saturday 15th July at 8pm.
Hocus Pocus Theatre transform Jacksons Lane into Harry’s Place; a theatrical club experience in a den of immersive iniquity. The sleazy proprietor and menagerie of performers turn cabaret on its head, making a song and dance out of the state of the nation. Monday 17th July at 8pm.
Join time-travelling magic duo Morgan & West for an evening full of jaw-dropping, brain-bursting, gasp-eliciting feats of magic. Wear a hat; they might just blow your mind. Tuesday 18th July at 8pm.
Women, sex and circus; three women throw themselves at female stereotypes with comic timing, contortion and a swinging trapeze. A fanatically female explosion from Scandi sensations Tanter. Thursday 20th July at 8pm.
Let’s go round again! Against a backdrop of tightwire, live music, theatre and dance, Dizzy O’Dare wanders into a world of romance, surrealism and eternal return. For lovers, voyeurs, and all in between. Friday 21st July at 8pm.
It Started With Jason Donovan
Sarah Blanc recounts her past dating life through the songs of her first love; Jason Donovan. Heartfelt life lessons delivered through dance, theatre, comedy and a whole lot of lycra. Saturday 22nd July at 8pm.
In early 90s Chicago, a man in a dress ran for president. George Orange tells the true story of Joan Jett Blakk, the queer hero who promised to ‘Lick Bush in ’92!’. Tuesday 25th July at 8pm.
Records scratch. B-boys dance. A freestyle cypher begins. A cyr wheel spins by – wait, what? This one-of-a-kind mash-up from Simple Cypher recalls the early days of hip hop with a fresh circus twist. And if you don’t know, now you know. Wednesday 26th July at 8pm.
A love story, but not like that. Another kind of love story. Maybe everybody’s love story. Lead clown for Cirque du Soleil Sean Kempton combines comedy, mime, clowning and dance to create a piece that’s playful, funny, sad and familiar. Thursday 27th July at 8pm.
Bibi and Bichu present a joyful celebration of circus; an autobiographical tale of mischief, magic and the Man in the Moon. Daredevil stunts, heart-in-mouth acrobatics, virtuosic juggling and sinuous contortion are performed to an exhilarating Ethiopian soundtrack. Friday 28th July at 8pm.
Acclaimed circus blogger Lucy Loves Circus returns to Postcards with a specially-curated night of spectacle and surprise. From burlesque to boxing: expect nothing but the unexpected from this festival finale. Saturday 29th July at 8pm.
All shows are Pay What You Decide, and all uncollected tickets are released 15 minutes before the performance, so head down to Jacksons Lane, hang out, and take a chance on an unusual performance.