Riverside Studios today announces the return of its innovative Bitesize Festival, following the success of the launch of this initiative in January that saw 9 shows take to Riverside’s stage showcasing work from new and emerging theatre makers.
The next instalment of the festival, running from 5-31 July, promises more shows, a wider variety of performances and an accessible £10 ticket price across all productions. The festival delivers punchy, thought-provoking, inspiring, and innovative theatre in bitesize pieces from new writing to well-established hits; with many travelling from Riverside to the Edinburgh Fringe thereafter.
The Festival programme includes Impromptu Shakespeare, who perform a ‘new’ Shakespeare play every night, with story and verse improvised in the moment; and Angels’ Wings Theatre Company’s A Plague on All Your Houses, a rip-roaring ride through the plagues of history.
Dark comedy Moral Panic by Blue Dog Theatre explores horror film hysteria in 1984, contrasting with Really Big Pants Theatre’s Clare and Cory Share a (Glorious) Story - a gentle show for younger children, written entirely in rhyme. DuckTape’s Bad Sex is a character study of a lost boy trying to piece his life together, plunging us deep inside the mind of a young actor after a very public meltdown. Belly Button’s The Man Who Lives Under the Bed is a semi-autobiographical, high-energy performance of comedy, dance, poetry and music; while Boorish Trumpson is an interactive, music and clowning-filled interrogation of power, from critically acclaimed clown Claire Parry.
Those audiences who enter the festival feel and see all the performances each day will be rewarded with a free drink from Riverside’s thriving Bar and Kitchen.
Further programming for the festival will be announced shortly.
Rachel Tackley, Creative Director of Riverside Studios says today, “We are thrilled to be announcing another Bitesize Festival following the huge success of our first one back in January. It’s been a joy to create a festival that presents new work from such inspiring and innovative theatre makers and to introduce them to audiences at Riverside”.
The Bitesize Festival page can be found here.