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So rarely these days do you get a chance as a parent to spend a day with your children without the invasion of technology and the shared experience I enjoyed with my children of 9 and 4, on the family day of the Feast festival, is something I shall never forget.  The various sessions and events planned through the day were inspired and thoughtful providing a unique environment in which to enjoy theatre and the arts, thank you. Russell Lewis Photography








FEAST 2017

9-12th November 2017

Returning for it’s second year FEAST festival is offers the best of regional and national contemporary theatre in the gorgeous setting of Malvern.

All performances are based at Malvern Cube with the exception of the Sunday Dance workshop held at Elmslie House.


Crystal Clear Enter Edem   Meet Fred   The Rehearsal  Joan


Thursday - Starter
Thursday 9th November from 7-9pm we will kick off the FEAST weekend with Jump Start Scratch Night. Jump Start is excited to host some of West Midland’s most exciting new theatre makers’ works-in-progress. A fantastic evening’s entertainment packed with energy and creativity and is part of Worcestershire Arts Partnership’s 1000 Days. Stick around afterwards to talk the artists in the bar and let them know what you think. 10-20 minute bite-sized portions to work up an appetite!

Doors open at 7pm Donations Appreciated

Friday - Side Orders
Encounters: 2pm - 3.30pm
Encounters presentation and workshop for over 50’s. After some short performances, the audience will be invited to participate using the techniques of ‘Forum Theatre’ which will be adapted to enable the audience to adopt the role of participant observer. This session is free to whet your appetite, no need to book, just turn up and enjoy.

Golden Thread Playback Performance & Fours Solos in the Wild: 7.30pm - Tickets for the evening - £5
After last year’s beautiful performance Golden Thread return by popular demand to bring to life the audience’s
stories. This powerful and moving experience is something you don’t forget.

Also on this evening a wonderful exhibition in the Cube Lounge:

Fours Solos in the Wild, an experiential and movingimage making project produced by Arty Party, will be
showing before and after the performance in the lounge. The filmed solos, made during intensive residencies in
the woods, reflect each disabled performer’s unique experience, and relationship to the wild.

18620945 656768921183023 5973495343581932968 oSaturday - Family Day!
Family FEAST is for kids aged 1-101
Wristbands for the days activities are just £5 per person and will allow you to access all FEAST activities right through until 5.30pm.

Aerial workshop with EveryBody Dance: 10.30 - 12pm
Aerial dance workshops for all ages and abilities. Moving with gravity in a completely new way, supported by climbing harnesses and within reach of the floor. Family workshops for everyone 5 years+ (under 12 years must be accompanied by a participating adult) Beginners welcome
(Free with FEAST day-pass, though advance booking recommended).

‘Best day EVER!’ Participant

Performances throughout the day: 12.30 - 5.30pm
Crystal Clear: Brought to you by Enter Edem, Crystal Clear is an out of this world sensory experience. Inspired by the work of Bjork, Crystal Clear guides you through a range of stimulus in this immersive celestial space. Spend time and experience at your leisure. We think this will be delicious!

The Rehearsal: By Araceli Cabrera
Performed by Briony Dace & Araceli Cabrera at intervals throughout the family show. The Rehearsal is a shadow show that gives the audience an insight into the trials and tribulations of putting a show together. The short show is a behind the curtain view that allows you to witness the challenges the circus folk must overcome or endure to deliver seamless magic and sparkle to an expectant audience. Araceli’s work is pure magic!

Crafts and face-painting

Clapperbox: A firm favourite of FEAST
Clapperbox will take over the lounge. A curious participative puppet event, featuring small-scale theatre booths, a lot of random objects and wonderfully written quirky adaptations of classic movies. To be enjoyed by all ages.

Puppet-making: Enjoy a workshop to create a huge puppet to celebrate FEAST, with master puppeteers from the Fetch theatre.

SongSPACE: Seasonal and organic sing-a-long sessions with sensational cellist JuLaLa will be peppered throughout the day. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Campfire Conversation: 3.30 - 7pm
Join us around the Campfire on Saturday afternoon and evening at FEAST. Meet new people and old friends, chat, enjoy the time to think. Find out more about Campfire Convention and how you can get involved in the Malvern Hills Beacon. Bring yourself, your family and your ideas! Everyone welcome.

Dish of Day! Surprise performances to be announced!


Meet Fred lead image c Tom BeardshawSaturday - Main Course

Meet Fred 8pm Tickets £10/12 available here.

“Prejudice against puppetry is the only acceptable form of prejudice” (David Sefton, Artistic Director, Adelaide International Festival)

Meet Fred, the two foot tall cloth puppet who fights prejudice every day. He just wants to be a regular guy, part of the real world, to get a job and meet a girl, but when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred’s life begins to spiral out of his control. Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 sell-out show Meet Fred is ‘sharp, funny and vastly entertaining’ (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian). Contains strong language and puppet nudity.

Packed full of first-rate theatrical invention, irreverent revelling, and with an urgent human story at its heart, Meet Fred is a real marvel. Essential viewing for humans and puppets everywhere.

★★★★★ The humour here is brilliantly black with mordant social and political relevance The Herald

★★★★★ Meet Fred is an ingeniously conceived, hilarious and truly unmissable piece of theatre. Broadway Baby

★★★★★ A terrifically funny no holds barred subversive satire Edinburgh Guide

★★★★★ If you only see one show at the EdFringe this year, make sure you see Meet Fred Fringe Review

JOANSunday - Desert

Dance Workshop
11-12.30 at Elmslie House - Places booked for £5 here.
Dance and Movement workshop for over 50’s led by Rachel Freeman (EVERYBODY DANCE). An opportunity to enjoy moving and creating simple dance pieces within your own range of physical flexibility and stamina. Nationally a number of successful dance groups for older people have been established and we think it’s time Malvern had a chance to take its’ first steps!

Pentabus workshop: 5 - 7pm -  £5 Tickets availabe here.Tickets availabe here.
Pentabus are the nations rural theatre company. We tour new plays to village halls, fields and theatres. This workshop will explore some different methods of creatively engaging with and responding to rural communities and rural issues, led by Pentabus Artistic Director Sophie Motley. Please feel free to bring with you any stories, encounters, or ideas you have had about rural issues / communities. If you are a musician, do feel free to bring an instrument. Advance booking is recommended.

Joan: 8pm - £12/£10 Tickets available here.
Milk Theatre presents this award-winning show. An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, this is Joan of Arc. Performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, history’s greatest gender-warrior takes to the stage, dragging up as the men she defi es in this smash-hit show. Winner of the Scotsman Fringe First Award, Stage Award and Spirit of the Fringe Award 2016. Limited seating.