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Full programme announced for IF:MK 2018

Date Posted:19/06/2018

Giant insects stalking the city streets…an immersive night-time adventure in the woods…a Circus Hub in an iconic shopping centre…a new composition for multiple bicycle bells… a political ghost train ride…

From 20 to 29 July, IF: Milton Keynes International Festival will transform the physical spaces of Milton Keynes and invite people to see a different side of the city with 10 days of new outdoor theatre, large and small-scale performance, circus, stand-up comedy, live music, family activities and free events.

IF website: http://ifmiltonkeynes.org/home.html

Full listings:

Companyìa Vavel Circus: Garbuix
Middleton Hall Circus Hub, centre:mk MK9 3EP
Friday 20 - Sunday 22 July
11am and 3pm each day
£8, Under 16s £7, Universal Credit concession £5, Family (4 people, max 2 adults) £28. See website for special offers
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
Made up of five women from five different countries, Catalan company Vavel brings a delightful, high energy circus show.

Garbuix is jam-packed with acrobatics, music, game playing, laughter, bicycles, a big white bear, and bags of fun and mayhem.

These highly talented performers come from Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Italy and Switzerland bringing endless physical and linguistic tricks in a zany and enthralling comic circus show for all the family.
 

Sur Mesure: Fillage
Middleton Hall Circus Hub, centre:mk MK9 3EP
Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 July, 11am and 3pm each day
£8, Under 16s £7, Universal Credit concession £5, Family (4 people, max 2 adults) £28. See website for special offers
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
Fillage brings together musicians, instrument manufacturers, woodworkers and circus artists to combine spectacular trampolining, acrobatics and juggling with specially composed live music.

The result is a comedic, witty and daring show from this Belgian company, with musicians and acrobatic artists sharing the stage and leaping into the unknown. Great fun!

   
NoFit State Circus & Motionhouse: Block (not a typo - ‘NoFit’ is one word!)
Middleton Hall Circus Hub, centre:mk MK9 3EP
Wednesday 25 July, 11am and 3pm
Thursday 26 July, 10am and 1pm
£8, Under 16s £7, Universal Credit concession £5, Family (4 people, max 2 adults) £28. See website for special offers
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
What happens when dance and circus collide? Block is a powerful fusion of dance and circus that pushes the limits of both art forms, using daring physicality, split-second timing and thrilling feats.

Twenty oversized blocks, fashioned to resemble giant concrete Jenga blocks, are deconstructed and reformed into an infinite variety of shapes for the performers to play on, move with and explore.


Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger: Halka (‘Tanger’ is correct, though the city in English is ‘Tangier’)
Middleton Hall Circus Hub, centre:mk MK9 3EP
Friday 27 - Sunday 29 July
2.30pm each day
Tickets £16, Under 16s £14, Universal Credit concession £10, Family (4 people, max 2 adults) £56. See website for special offers
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
UK PREMIERE
This Moroccan collective of extraordinarily skilled acrobats and musicians take audiences on a compelling journey through bustling market places, to the cafés and beaches of Tangier.

Halka is the word used to describe the circle formed by crowds gathered around street performers, storytellers, acrobats and singers.

Inspired by this rich cultural heritage, the company combines traditional and contemporary acrobatics, tumbling and high-flying human pyramids to share stories with humour, and an authentic and magnetic energy.


Tombs Creatius Company: The Strange Travel of Mr Tonet
Middleton Hall Circus Hub, centre:mk MK9 3EP
Friday 20 - Sunday 29 July, 10am - 5pm
Free
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Discover the extraordinary world of Mr Tonet whose fantastical life and fascinating adventures are revealed by solving the puzzles created by the skilled makers of Catalonia’s Tombs Creatius.

Crafted from discarded objects and recycled old furniture, these ingenious games combine mechanical movement, light and sound.

Each puzzle includes a box, in each box there is a story, and in each story there is a fascinating character or creature…


The Strong Lady
Middleton Hall Circus Hub, centre:mk MK9 3EP
Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July, 10.30am and 12.30pm
Sunday 29 July, 12.30pm
Free
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
The Strong Lady performs her classic street theatre show with muscle and grace, brute strength and beauty – and always with elegance.

A genuine strong woman, Australia’s Betty Brawn presents an exhilarating array of stunts. Shattering gender clichés, she tears thick books in half with her bare hands, twists solid metal, snaps steel chains and performs the Human Carousel, carrying the weight of two gigantic men.

The Strong Lady is also at Festival Central, Campbell Park on Friday 27 to Sunday 29 July. See website


Sarruga: Insectes + Fireworks Finale
Central Milton Keynes. Starts at intu (Saxon Gate side) and finishes in Campbell Park
Friday 20 July
9.45pm
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
As dusk becomes darkness, giant insects move through the streets in a larger-than-life spectacle with music and special effects from Catalan company, Sarruga.

Witness fantastical steam-breathing ants, spiders and praying mantis tower over cars and feast on trees.
Follow the parade as it works its way to Campbell Park for a short firework finale at approximately 10.30pm.

Celebrate the Festival’s opening night and prepare for the insect invasion…
 

Dries Verhoeven: Phobiarama
Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Friday 20 - Monday 23 July and Wednesday 25 - Sunday 29 July
Sessions from 3.30pm daily
Tickets £15, Universal Credit concession £10
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
Dutch theatre maker and visual artist Dries Verhoeven invites you on his theatrical ‘ghost train’…

Swept along on a thought-provoking tour of today’s angst-fuelling media landscape – so flawlessly exploited by politicians, terrorists, marketers and fake news – explore our contemporary culture of fear, difference and
migration, with its ever-increasing threats and paranoia.

Dries Verhoeven is a world-renowned artist who makes installations and performances highlighting the socio-political reality we live in. Suitable for ages 16+.


Theater Tol: Life of Tree
Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Friday 20 - Sunday 29 July
Free
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
Belgian company Theater Tol’s Life of Tree is an installation of large-scale illuminated dresses.

Honouring remarkable women who have made a significant contribution to history with pioneering courage, strength and intelligence, Life of Tree is a meeting place, a memorial and a resting place.

Stand under a dress and you will hear music and lyrics - an ode to the inspiring woman the dress represents.

Theater Tol will present dance performances to accompany the installation on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July.


For The Birds
Linford Manor Park, Great Linford, nearest postcode MK14 5AX
Friday 20 - Monday 23 July and Wednesday 25 - Saturday 28 July
From 9.15pm
Tickets £15, Under 16s £13, Universal Credit concession £10, Family (4 people, max 2 adults) £52
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
Immerse yourself in a night-time adventure where sound and light take flight…

For The Birds is a self-guided journey in an historic landscape transformed by light and sound installations by some of the most dynamic sound artists in the UK, including Mark Anderson, Jony Easterby, Kathy Hinde, Ulf Pedersen and Pippa Taylor.

Marvel at the beauty and poignancy of the installations – performances, projections and kinetic sculptures –
that celebrate birds in song, movement and flight.


Casus: Driftwood
Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July, 7pm / Sunday 22 July, 2.30pm
The Spiegeltent, Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Tickets £21.50, Under 16s £18.50, Universal Credit £14, Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £74. See website for special offers
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
Driftwood is an exquisitely beautiful and dazzling display of choreography, acrobatics, trapeze and aerial stunts.

This is a circus show that will take you on a journey of explosive encounters, hidden looks and humorous discoveries reminding us that to feel is to be human and in a moment of danger, a grasping hold is survival…

These phenomenal performers make up Australia’s hottest young circus company, taking this art form to a whole new level and testing the very limits of the human body with breathtaking skill, strength and bravery.


The HandleBards: Romeo and Juliet
Fred Roche Gardens, 406 Silbury Boulevard MK9 2ND
Saturday 21 July, 2pm and 6.30pm
Free: Book a ticket to reserve a place. See www.ifmiltonkeynes.org / Call 01908 280800
Shakespeare’s epic tale of love, hate, fate and friendship set in Verona amidst a long-running family feud.

Presented in the open air, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of charm and laughter from all-female troupe The HandleBards.

Why not dine in style - bring a picnic, blanket and cushions, and enjoy a drink from the pop-up bar! Gates open an hour before for ticket collection and picnics.

   
Bicycle Bell-ero composed by Craig McLeish
Sunday 22 July, Cycling from 2pm, Performance at MK Rose, 3pm
Starts and finishes at the MK Rose, Campbell Park MK9 4AJ
Free
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
NEW COMMISSION
Bicycle bells become musical instruments, cyclists become musicians, musicians become cyclists…

Cycling and music come together in this unique collaboration between Milton Keynes composer Craig McLeish and dozens of cyclists who have swapped their regular bell for one crafted from a repurposed instrument.

These specially tuned bells will be played as cyclists travel routes and Redways around Campbell Park, culminating in the performance of a brand new short piece of music for massed bicycle bells at the MK Rose.

Supported by Pedalling Culture, a Cultural Destinations Fund programme funded by Arts Council England


Schweigman& with Slagwerk Den Haag: For The Time Being
Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate MK9 3NZ
Sunday 22 July, 4pm and 8pm / Monday 23 July, 1.30pm, 4pm and 8pm
Tickets £15, Under 16s £13, Universal Credit concession £10, Family (4 people, max 2 adults) £52
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
UK PREMIERE
A playful theatre performance without words, made by Utrecht’s Schweigman& with percussion group Slagwerk Den Haag.

The earth is running slower and slower, but our world is running faster and faster. Time is rushed. How can we experience time and space in the middle of this chaotic and charged environment?

Combining movement, design, light, sound and manipulation of space, Schweigman& (under the artistic direction of Boukje Schweigman) creates an experience that is at once playful, spontaneous, empowering and thought-provoking. Suitable for ages 14+.


Back to Back Theatre: The Democratic Set MK
Vagabond Film Dome, Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Screening: Friday 27 July, 7pm
Free
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
NEW COMMISSION
The Democratic Set MK explores the belief that all people are, in principle, equal and should enjoy social, political and economic rights and opportunities.

Creating a short film that captures a cavalcade of live performances and screen-based video portraits, Australian company Back to Back will use a custom-made film set and work in collaboration with the people of Milton Keynes.

 

Karine Polwart: Wind Resistance
Thursday 26 - Saturday 28 July, 8pm
The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon MK17 8LU
Tickets £27.50
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
ENGLISH PREMIERE
A compelling fable for our modern world, Wind Resistance is written and performed by multi-award-winning
singer-songwriter, Karine Polwart.

Every autumn, 2,500 pink-footed geese fly from Iceland and Greenland to winter at Fala Flow, a protected peat-bog south-east of Edinburgh.

From this windy plateau, Karine surveys the surrounding landscape through history, birdlore and personal memoir in a spellbinding alchemy of song and story, with potent lighting and electro-acoustic effects.

Nominated for Best New Play, Best Production, Best Director and winner of Best Music & Sound at the Critic’s Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2017. Karine also won Folk Singer Of The Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards 2018 and was shortlisted for Best Actor in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards.


Teatro Container: La Cocina Pública
West Bletchley, by The Frank Moran Centre, Melrose Avenue MK3 6PA
Tuesday 24 - Sunday 29 July
Tickets: Places allocated to the local community
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Housed in a shipping container, La Cocina Pública is a mobile kitchen that brings communities together
through food and feasting.

Travelling from Chile through cities and neighbourhoods in search of local recipes, aromas, practices and customs, Teatro Container will work with West Bletchley residents to share stories and food that will be enjoyed at delicious collective feasting events with entertainment.

   
Family Focus Events
Friday 20 - Sunday 29 July
Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Free
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
A feast of free family-friendly shows and experiences for children and grown-ups taking place in and around Festival Central in Campbell Park:
Cow Go Round: An intriguing carousel operated by grown-ups.
Theatre of Widdershins: Storytelling with puppets and props
The Little Gardener: An outdoor adventure for 2-6 year olds
Bootworks’ Jukeboxes: Retro jukeboxes act out classic pop

  
The Stables Sessions: Acoustic Stage
Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Friday 20 - Sunday 29 July
Free
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
New sounds, emerging talent and unsigned bands in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Each session is 45 minutes.

 

The Puppini Sisters
The Spiegeltent, Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Friday 20 July, 9pm
Tickets £27.50
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
With impeccable retro style, The Puppini Sisters brilliantly rework modern pop as vintage swing and add zest to timeless classics.

Famed for their gorgeous and immaculate Andrews Sisters-style close harmonies, the Sisters have a legion of fans worldwide, have collaborated with Michael Bublé and have five albums under their waist-clinching belts.


Brother Strut
The Spiegeltent, Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Saturday 21 July, 9pm
Tickets £21
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
Driven by a love of funk, blues and 1960’s/70’s soul, Brother Strut deliver unparalleled live shows.

Exciting and electric, the band is made up of some of the finest musicians around - between them they’ve notched up half a billion sales working with iconic artists including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner and Amy Winehouse.


Mark Watson: This Is Half Way To Being A Show
The Spiegeltent, Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Sunday 22 July, 8pm
Tickets £17
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
After fending off death on Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island TV show, Mark Watson returns to what he’s best at – being indoors.

This multi-award-winning writer and TV comedy star offers witty food for thought, audience interactions and all sorts of other fun in this work-in-progress show.
 
Addictive TV: Orchestra of Samples + Evelyn Glennie
The Spiegeltent, Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Monday 23 July, 8pm
Tickets £22.50
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
Pioneering audio-video remixers and electronic duo Addictive TV have spent six years collaborating with musicians around the world.

The Orchestra of Samples features international artists from Brazil, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Senegal, Colombia, Bhutan and across Europe ingeniously sampled and spliced together to create a digital supergroup who have never met, but play together on-screen.

This one-off musical journey without borders will feature world-famous percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and guitar virtuoso Alejandro de Valera.

   
CC Smugglers + Support: Emma McGrath
The Spiegeltent, Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Tuesday 24 July, 7.45pm
Tickets £16.50
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
With a host of headline stealing gigs across Europe, this 6-piece outfit plays great, original music with showmanship, swagger and suave.

With echoes of American folk, swing, jazz, country, ragtime and bluegrass, as well as contemporary touchstones such as hip hop, metal, dubstep, house and dancehall, nothing is off limits!


Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
Support: The Black Feathers
The Spiegeltent, Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Wednesday 25 July, 7.45pm
Tickets £25
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
Eliza first assembled the exceptional 12-piece Wayward Band in 2013 to promote her ‘best of’ compilation Wayward Daughter.

Still together, they continue to champion the vibrancy of today’s traditional music, ‘the last truly underground music scene’, with a big band and big sound.


Newton Faulkner + Support
The Spiegeltent, Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Thursday 26 July, 7.45pm
Tickets £37.50
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
It’s just over a decade since Newton Faulkner released his debut album and became something of a household name.

Since then, he has recharged his batteries, reinvented his sound and released an astonishing genre-hopping sixth album Hit The Ground Running (2017) that is by far the best and boldest of his career.

The ultra-long dreadlocks have gone, the guitar is even better and the voice is bigger than ever. Book early!


The Gilded Lili Revue
The Spiegeltent, Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July, 10pm
Tickets £16. Unreserved seating, cabaret style
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
Ms Lili La Scala - decadent diva of vintage glamour and divine Mistress of Ceremonies - is back!

With her beloved cabaret reprobates to entertain you in these rollicking late-night shows, Lili presents her dazzling cabaret spectacular (for ages 16+) with a veritable variety smorgasbord of international comedy, burlesque, music and more. With Havana Hurricane, Elliot Mason, Pi the Mime, Scarlett Daggers - and, of course, Lili herself.


Monski Mouse: Baby Disco Dance Hall
The Spiegeltent, Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Saturday 28 July, 2.30pm
Tickets £8, Universal Credit concession £5, Family (4 people, max 2 adults) £28, Free for babies under 6 months
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
Australian DJ Monski Mouse spins the discs, bringing high energy fun and smiles to under 5s and their families.

Striking a balance between anthems for the grown-ups and tracks for the children, the musical selection is a combination of fun retro dance tracks and funky nursery rhymes.

Part of the dance floor is set up with a soft furnished ‘baby area’ where non-walkers can roll around to the music too. Ms Mouse and her experienced early childhood performers lead the crowd in a warm-up
and facilitate the fun.

 

Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young
The Spiegeltent, Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Saturday 28 July, 7.45pm
Tickets £21
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
This cactus sharp, stetson wearing, magnificent 6 create the perfect cantina setting for a tequila-fuelled rocking party night.

Fronted by Paul Young, Los Pacaminos play the very best in Tex Mex Border music with an incendiary mix of classics and original material, from The Texas Tornadoes and Ry Cooder to Los Lobos and even Roy Orbsion. Book early!

 

Comedy Club 4 Kids & Simple Politics: How Does This Politics Thing Work Then?
The Spiegeltent, Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Sunday 29 July, 11.30am
Tickets £6, Universal Credit £5
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
Politics is boring. Politics is complicated. Politics is for adults. RUBBISH!

Politics is actually super important. Luckily Tatton Spiller (Simple Politics) and Tiernan Douieb (Comedy Club 4 Kids, CBBC’s The Slammer) know exactly how to make sense of it so that it’s great fun.

You might not be able to vote yet but you have opinions and you know the world you want to see… Suitable for ages 7+.


Comedy Club 4 Kids
The Spiegeltent, Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Sunday 29 July, 2pm
Tickets £10, Under 16s £9, Universal Credit £6, Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £36
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
The best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit do their thing for an audience of children and their families.

It’s just like a normal comedy club, but is on in the daytime, the children are welcome, it’s without the rude bits and there’s no patronising idiocy! Suitable for ages 6+.


Ceilidh Liberation Front
The Spiegeltent, Campbell Park (Festival Central) MK9 4AD
Sunday 29 July, 7.45pm
Tickets £14
www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Box Office 01908 280800
With a small army of virtuoso musicians the Ceilidh Liberation Front combines music, dance and a generous sprinkling of theatricals.

Subverting and converting the world with their energetic new ceilidh regime, this band breathes vigour and vitality into the traditional ceilidh, whilst honouring its roots and traditions with charismatic callers, uplifting tunes and cracking dances…

Bring your dancing shoes for a final fling on the last night of the Festival!

To book tickets visit: http://ifmiltonkeynes.org/home.html

 

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