SEP 3 - SEP 27
Thursday - Sunday (7:30pm first show, others each night)
Celebrating pop-up theatre in a pop-up arts centre, ImpFest is an impermanent festival of contemporary performance, hosted by Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre in Crouch End throughout September. The Festival will include a wide array of performances, ranging from text-based theatre productions to improvised drama and dance pieces, with the aim of bringing a wide variety of work to local audiences as well as stimulating creative dialogue between artists from a variety of disciplines.
The festival includes work that has toured internationally to critical acclaim, as well as new pieces by some of the capital’s most exciting performance artists – please see below for a programme. The festival will also feature a number of smaller one-off performances, as yet to be confirmed. It is being produced by Jamie Harper of Hobo Theatre and Becka McFadden of the Beautiful Confusion Collective and Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre.
Since the Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre (HTHAC) in Crouch End opened its doors as an interim arts project at the end of 2014 the building has seen a broad range of events, including vintage swing dance balls, international film festivals and charity galas, amongst myriad other happenings. Alex Rochford, Nick Saich and Asa Taulbut (ANA Arts Projects LTD) have been heading up this project, and will soon be announcing their first full season, alongside ImpFest. They will also be throwing open the doors to their Grade II listed, art deco building for artists, producers and other creatives and will actively invite companies to contact them about additional programming.
IRON M.A.M., Bring Your Own – 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th September, 7.30pm
Caught between a TED-talk and an action thriller, Owl Young explores drone warfare, and why Iron Man might just be the perfect metaphor.
wish i was…, Laura Wyatt O’Keeffe – 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th September, 8pm
wish i was… a journey story that defies convention. If Michael Palin and Sarah Kane were to write a play, this might be it.
Newfoundland, Hobo Theatre - 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th September, 8.30pm
Newfoundland is an improvised play, full of happiness, sadness, despair and hope, about loneliness, the big city and leaving something behind you after you’ve gone.
Backstories, Beautiful Confusion Collective – 3rd, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th September, 8.30pm
Muscle memory, past and present, viewed from behind OR what secrets does the spine whisper, what weight do the shoulders carry?
Late! Night Solos, Seke Chimutengwende and Rebecca Mackenzie – 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th September, 9.30pm
Watch Seke Chimutengwende and Rebecca Mackenzie encounter worlds, beings and journeys as they riff off the moment in this double bill of pioneering solos.
Considering This, Paper Door – 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 26th, 27th September, 8pm
Empathy and objects competes with hyper individualism in a disrupted verbatim play.
Performance A, BARK - 6th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 27th September, 9pm
BARK invites you to contribute to the composition of this text/movement mash-up over an eight part live-construction adventure.
Pennyroyal, Asa Misi Nasa - 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 27th September, 7.30pm
James & Laura broke up. Not uncommon after going through something like that. ★★★★ “Enchanting, thought-provoking, relaxing and disturbing”