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Fest West 2019 Line-Up Announced

Fest West Funders
08 November 2018

Fest West runs from 14 February to 2 March 2019

The programme for the eighth annual Fest West festival has been announced with film and dance in the mix alongside theatre performances.

Fest West sees Wiltshire Creative venues Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury Playhouse collaborate with The Pound, Corsham and Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge to present some of most interesting arts from across the South West.

Companies and artists taking part include circus artist Hazel Lam and Plymouth’s Narwhal Ensemble and multi award-winning choreographer James Wilton. Companies and artists from every region in the South West are part of the festival.

New at Fest West in 2019 are film screenings including The Levelling – winner of the BFI London Film Festival Filmmaker Bursary Award – about a girl returning to her family home in Somerset after the death of her brother and devastation by the floods of 2014. The Levelling is at Salisbury Arts Centre on 27 February and at The Pound on 14 February.

Other film includes an evening of shorts at Salisbury Arts Centre on Wednesday 20 February including Needletale by Barney Norris and Song of the Open Road by Sonia Wargacha.

On the same night, Paines Plough presents Come to Where I’m From with four playwrights including Barney Norris. Come to Where I’m From is a national project that invites playwrights to write plays about where they’re from. The plays are then made available on a free app which makes up a theatrical tapestry of the nation – a playwright’s guide to Great Britain.

Theatre performances include a triple bill of performances on Friday 15 February and a double bill on Saturday 2 March – both in The Salberg, Salisbury Playhouse. The double bill sees new shows from Run Like Stags and Scratchworks, both playful retellings of forgotten pieces of British feminist history. The triple bill includes Grow Up and Just Love Chocolate from Poole’s The Shouting Mute, Safiya Kinshasha’s Firebird and Chris White and Poppy Pedder with Kin. Young man Dave (The Shouting Mute) is working out how to live his life; Firebird follows the adventures of Birdspeed, a modern black female superhero and Kin is an interactive dystopian comedy exploring what it means to be alone.

Dance comes from James Wilton who presents Leviathan at Salisbury Arts Centre on Thursday 21 February. Leviathan follows Ahab, a ship captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale Moby Dick. It will leave audiences gasping under the sheer ferocity of the movement. Heather Walrond Company presents The Rising, a highly charged double bill of dance and live music, at Salisbury Arts Centre on Saturday 16 February. Cornwall’s Cheap Date Dance company’s Dirty Words  is a visceral experience that contemplates individual modes and forms of communication and incorporates the use of subtitles and sign language.

Family performances include The Pixie’s Scarf for ages 3+ inspired by Alison Uttely’s story on Monday 18 February and Lily and the Albatross, a tale of wild heather, wild birds and wild ambitions in a small coastal village, on Tuesday 19 February for ages 5+.

The award-winning Jamie Wood will perform in Salisbury and at The Pound in Corsham with Oh No! and I am a Tree while Elise Heaven performs She’s a Good Boy in Salisbury, Corsham and Trowbridge, a show exploring non-binary gender using Elise’s real life experiences.

Wiltshire Creative Associate Director Jo Newman said: “This is the biggest line-up yet for Fest West; it’s fantastic to be bringing so many brilliant South West artists working across disciplines – dance, music, circus, theatre, film and visual arts – together to share their work as part of a celebration of what’s being made in this region.”

Fest West runs from 14 February to 2 March 2019.

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Notes to Editors:

Wiltshire Creative is a pan-arts organisation that brings together Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Playhouse.

Wiltshire Creative has commissioned A Wiltshire Tale from musician Nick Harper, produced the regional premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s suffragette drama Her Naked Skin and collaborated with LGBTQ+ museum Queer Britain on exhibition Our Naked Skin.