insideKENT Magazine Issue 60 - March 2017 - Page 42

ARTS+ENTERTAINMENT EXPLOSIVE THEATRE THIS MARCH AT FOLKESTONE QUARTERHOUSE! THIS MARCH, FOLKESTONE QUARTERHOUSE PRESENTS THE VERY BEST IN CONTEMPORARY, BRAVE AND CHALLENGING TOURING SHOWS, CREATED BY SOME OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST EXCITING THEATRE COMPANIES. Songs for the End of the World The Diary of a Hounslow Girl ©Shaheen Razzaq E15 The month begins with E15, a retelling of the Focus E15 campaign in which 29 single mothers united against skyrocketing rents and forced relocation out of London. From the streets of Newham to the Houses of Parliament, this bold and pertinent part of documentary theatre is adapted from the real-life testimonies of the most under-represented and prominent voices on the political spectrum – providing a truthful retelling of the focus E15 Campaign, Britain's housing crisis and how one group of women refused to be marginalised. E15 received glowing reviews during last year’s Edinburgh Festival with the Guardian’s Lynn Gardner describing it as “Loud, raucous and angry, but also deceptively disciplined and focused.” With a young and talented cast, E15 perfectly encapsulates what can be achieved when people come together to campaign, without romanticising the realities and struggles of opposing both local and national government policies. E15 visits Folkestone Quarterhouse on Friday 10th March at 7.30pm. On Wednesday 22nd March, Folkestone Quarterhouse welcomes Dom Coyote and the Blood Moneys with Songs for the End of the World. Part gig, part play and part apocalypse, this inspired new show explores the line between epic theatre and a raucous rock concert with a generous dose of off the wall sci-fi. Inspired by Philip K Dick's post-apocalyptic novel Dr. Bloodmoney, Ziggy Stardust and 1950’s rock’n’roll, Songs for the End of the World is a show like no other, set in a dystopian future steadily steamrolling towards catastrophe. When the apocalypse finally arrives, astronaut Jim Walters is suspended in orbit, broadcasting his songs for the end of the world back to a silent Earth where the few remaining survivors must fight for their future. Dom Coyote is an associate artist of Kneehigh Theatre and his high octane, multi-instrumentalist band, the Bloodmoneys, have toured and recorded with artists including Beth Orton, Scissor Sisters, Gary Numan, Goldfrapp, Beth Gibbons, and Tinie Tempah. On Wednesday 29th March, Quarterhouse presents a funny, bold and provocative coming of age tale, The Diary of a Hounslow Girl. You've heard of an Essex Girl and a Chelsea Girl but what is a Hounslow Girl? A Hounslow Girl has become a byword for young Muslim women who wear hooped earrings along with their headscarves, tussling with their traditional families while hustling their way in urban West London. Confident, young women grappling with traditional values, city life and fashion. From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus, The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is told through the eyes of a bolshy hooped earring, headscarf-wearing 16-year-old British Muslim girl growing up in West London. It’s a funny, bold, provocative play highlighting the challenges of being brought up in a traditional Muslim family alongside the temptations and influences of growing up in and around London. For more information on these and other shows please visit www.quarterhouse.co.uk 42