2017 Camberley International Festival

From 7 – 17 June Camberley will be buzzing with live music, film, comedy, drama, literature, food and fun. Literature with John Williams,  James Brown and more, music from the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, Folk from Oysterband, Short Films! Loads more – Please check out this full programme of events and see how many you can make it to!


We kick start the whole #CIF17 with a party at Camberley Theatre:

‘Z Cars’ Party Camberley Theatre Wednesday 7 June 7pm (Free Event)

This promises to be a very special evening! The party is co-hosted by Ian Cullen, who played DC Joe Skinner in the iconic BBC series from 1969-75.

 ‘Pieces’, an episode from 1973, will be shown in the main auditorium and followed by a Q&A session with Ian and other ‘Z Cars’ cast and crew. Bernard Holley (PC Newcombe 1967–71), actress and author, Tara Ward (widow of Ray Lonnen – DS Moffat 1972-77), Margot Hayhoe (production assistant on ‘Z Cars’ and producer of ‘Waking the Dead’ and ‘Silent Witness’) and Ann Davies ( ‘Z Cars’ ‘Dr Who’ actress and widow of Richard Briers).

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Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco or soft drink on arrival and there will be live music in the bar from Dean Dyson, who sings classics from the likes of James Taylor, Bob Dylan and Don McLean.

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BlackWaters / Annabel Allum / Sophie and the Giants / King Knit Central Bar (AKA The Working Men’s Club) Friday 9 June   Doors 7pm (Free Event)

7:15 – 7:45pm King Knit

Indie garage punk from Bracknell

8 – 8:30pm Sophie and the Giants

Creating haunting indie dreams, this Guildford four piece are sonically wise beyond their years.

8:45 – 9:30pm Annabel Allum

Recently returned from this year’s SXSW Festival in Texas. Annabel released her debut single ‘Tricks’ in July 2016, has received multiple spot plays on BBC Radio 6 Music and has gained a host of fantastic reviews from the online music world.

10 – 11pm


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Indie-Punk from Guildford. BlackWaters play the Download Festival on the same line up as Biffy Clyro the day after their C.I.F. gig. They will also be supporting The Libertines in August. See BlackWaters in a small club while you still can!


Saturday June 10th – all free to attend

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The Mall 11am – 5pm (Free Event)

Keep your eyes peeled for our ‘POP UP FESTIVAL’!

Plus – Children’s Stories – read by ‘in character’ actors.

11am The Tiger That Came To Tea

12:00 Mog the Forgetful Cat

1pm Harry Potter

2pm Winnie the Pooh

3pm Alice in Wonderland

4pm Dr Seuss

 Please check either the C.I.F. website or for venue details nearer the time.

The Carpenters Arms 12:30 – 10:00pm (Free Event)

12:30 – 1pm Joe Booley

Singer-songwriter who floats seamlessly between heartfelt ballad and folk-punk.

1:15 – 1:45pm Sam Horton

Talented singer and guitarist from Farnham.

2 – 2:30pm Martha Paton

Fabulous songstress originally from Fleet, now living and performing in London.

2:45 – 3:15pm Brightr

Acoustic music that blends beauty and rage.

3:30 – 4:15pm The Gentle Good


The Gentle Good is the stage name of Gareth Bonello, a singer-songwriter and folk musician from Cardiff, who sings in both Welsh and English. The Gentle Good’s live session on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show last year was chosen by Mark as one of his favourites in his end of year show.

4:45 – 5:30pm Joe Waller

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Wonderful song writer from Aldershot who combines beautifully crafted lyrics with a unique, soft and gentle tone. Joe will be playing as part of a three piece band for this show – expect dance beats along with emotional vocals.

6 – 6:45pm The Sheratones

Matching up razor sharp riffs, melodic vocals and rhythmic grooves to create a sound reminiscent of the best of British rock and pop from the 50’s to the present.

7:15 – 8pm Kodiak Island

Local psych-folk band who released their debut album ‘The Golden Section’ last year.

9 – 10pm Martin Stephenson and the Daintees

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We are so honoured to have Martin Stephenson and the Daintees headlining  this intimate gig. Their debut album, ‘Boat To Bolivia’ was released on Kitchenware Records in 1986 to huge acclaim; appearances on the BBC’s ‘Whistle Test’ and Glastonbury followed. The band released three further albums before calling it a day in 1992. Luckily for us, they have reformed and we’re thrilled to welcome them to Camberley.

The Bear 12:30 – 11pm (Free Events)

New for 2017 – Literature:

12:30 Joe England ‘D.I.Y. Fanzines’

Local man, Joe England will be reading from and talking about his role in the fanzine scene. His literary fanzine ‘PUSH’, featuring previously unpublished working class writers and poets, ran for 23 issues until last year. Joe then went on to put out his own West Ham fanzine during the last season at Upton Park, called ‘5MANAGERS’. That magazine and two anthologies of PUSH have now been published in book form by East London Press.

The C.I.F. is incredibly lucky to have John Williams, Cardiff novelist and founder of the Laugharne Weekend in Wales, to curate this new literature section of the festival.  John will be interviewing and hosting Q&A sessions with these fabulous authors:

1pm Daniel Rachel

The Clash

Daniel Rachel’s book ‘Walls Come Tumbling Down’ is an exhaustive account of the Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge movements. In April it won the Penderyn Music Book Prize.

2pm James Brown


Ex NME and Loaded journalist talking about his book on Five A Side football ‘Above Head Height’

3pm Travis Elborough


Travis Elborough is the author of four acclaimed books, and regularly appears on Radio 4. His new book ‘A Walk In The Park’ has been described as ‘A fascinating, informative, revelatory book’ by William Boyd in The Guardian. Parks are such a familiar part of everyday life. You might be forgiven for thinking they have always been there – and that they always will.

Hosted by Ben Hinzman (AKA ‘been jam-min’)

4pm Dave Randall

Dave’s book, ‘Sound System’ is a book of raves, riots and revolution. Dave Randall (guitarist with Faithless, Sinead O’Connor and Dido) looks at examples from Beethoven to Beyoncé and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interests of the many, rather than the few?

6 – 8pm Open Mic. Drop Ben a line if you would like to play as part of this open mic section. Only for soloists or duos, 2-3 songs maximum.

The Best of the Bristol Math-Rock Scene

8:30 – 9:30pm Chiyoda Ku

A fresh, aspiring trio and one of the best instrumental acts in the UK.

10 – 11pm Steve Strong

A one man arsenal of beats, tapped guitar and lush, textural melodies. Steve played an awesome #CIFLive for us in January. Now’s your chance to see him play in the flesh – and be blown away.

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Park Street  1 – 5pm (Free Event)

The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band  2pm / 3:15pm / 4:15pm

Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band

With a diverse repertoire spanning Rajasthani folk songs, Bollywood hits, spiritual qawwali and Bhangra beats these ten vividly costumed artists cover the full spectrum of the evocative and joyous music that governs life in Rajasthan.

1 – 1:45pm Moody Will and the Roll

Folk-pop from Bristol

2:30 – 3:15pm Western Sky

Bringing the sweet sounds of Americana to the local festival scene since early 2012

Central Bar (AKA The Working Men’s Club) 8pm

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8 – 9:10pm The Start of Something by Brightlight Theatre

Brightlight Theatre are excited to present their award-winning production of local playwright Jamie Lakritz’s powerful play.

When Amy finds a letter, lost and forgotten under her floorboards, she starts a chain of events that changes three lives forever. Through separate stories of love, loss and loneliness, we hear from Amy, struggling with grief, Emma, struggling to keep her marriage together, and Evelyn, struggling to find love.

Winner of Best New Play, Woking Drama Festival 2016.

“Genuinely moving as well as intriguing.” Mike Kaiser, Guild of Drama Adjudicators.

Surrey Heath Museum Exhibition – Take Ten (Free Event)

Throughout C.I.F. period (Wednesday to Saturday) 11am – 5:00pm

The rich culture make-up of our area is the inspiration behind this exhibition which features 10 people who have made Surrey Heath their home. Some people have lived here all their lives, others have moved here from elsewhere. We look at where they grew up, what attracted them to this area, and why Surrey Heath has become their permanent home. A chance to celebrate the diversities and similarities within our borough.

Oysterband Camberley Theatre Sunday 11  June 7:30pm £20 (Main Auditorium)

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40th Celebration Special .Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career.

Oysterband make modern, folk-based British music, acoustic at heart. Since 1978 they’ve toured in 35 countries, won 5 BBC Folk Awards and made 13 studio albums.

Oysterband still play with that spirit of the punk ceilidh band that roared through people’s lives all those years ago.  But the growing depth and sensitivity of their songwriting, coupled with the strength of John Jones’ voice and their remarkable musicianship, have lifted their music into a richer, more acoustic era.


Jack Philp Dance ‘Psychoacoustic’ Camberley Theatre Sunday 11 June 7:30pm £12 / £11 (Large Studio)


Working in tandem with a team of neuroscientists from the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit at City University; Jack Philp Dance are interested in creating changing environments to test the limits of theatre as an emotional tool. Science as dance, dance as science.


Comedy – ‘Graeme of Thrones’ Camberley Theatre Tuesday 13 June 7:30pm £19.50  

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In this critically-acclaimed theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, avid ‘Thrones’ fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favourite fantasy saga on stage. He doesn’t quite have the same budget as the TV show, or as many cast members, or the performance skills required, but he’s sure George RR Martin would approve – and that’s what matters. Having started life in London’s West End, the show has since been seen around the world with sold out shows in Australia, Canada and the USA.

See it before the inevitable lawsuit.


Wednesday June 14thRooftop Film Festival, multi-storey car park Collectively Camberley Ticketed Event



Rooftop Film Festival

Organised by our friends at Collectively Camberley

Three fantastic films – all being shown on the roof of the Main Square multistorey car park in Camberley.

Arrival: 8:45pm – 9:15pm (Film start approx. 9:15pm)

Seating: Deckchairs provided

Wednesday 14 June – Pretty Woman

A wealthy businessman needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets… only to fall in love.

Thursday 15 June – Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events.

Friday 16 June – Hot Fuzz

Exceptional London cop Nicholas Angel is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village and paired with a witless new partner. While on the beat, Nicholas suspects a sinister conspiracy is afoot with the residents.

Tickets to the Rooftop Film Festival:

Frames Party Camberley Theatre Thursday 15 June 7pm (Free Event)


As the C.I.F. nears its finale, this free party is co-hosted by Frames, the animation collective. There will be live music in the bar from Jack Francis and his band, with complimentary Prosecco or soft drinks on arrival. There will also be a couple of virtual reality games for you to try!

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The ten short listed entries in the C.I.F. short film competition will be shown on the cinema screen in the main auditorium, then, the winners will be announced by BAFTA Award winning actress and C.I.F. patron, Juliet Aubrey. Juliet, along with Polly Nash, course leader at the University of the Arts in London and James Hill, Director at Fudge Animation, are the judging panel.

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2017 Winners

The winner of the 2017 Camberley International Short Film Competition was ‘Cipid’s House’ by Francis Cousins and Evie Gordon. They were presented with their trophy by BAFTA Award winning actress and C.I.F. patron, Juliet Aubrey at Camberley Theatre on June 15 2017.


This year we are very excited to be running the first Camberley International Festival Short Film Competition.

The judging panel is the C.I.F. patron and BAFTA Award winning actress; Juliet Aubrey, Course Leader of  BA Film Practice and MA Film at the University of the Arts, London; Polly Nash, and Director at Fudge Animation; James Hill.

We have Short Film, Animation and Documentary / Experimental as our three categories. All entries must be ten minutes or under.

Please send a link with your entry to – the closing date is midnight on May 19th.

If you can put which category your submission will fall  under and where you are based and / or study please.

All short listed entries and winners will be shown in the main auditorium at Camberley Theatre on June 15th as part of the Frames party.

The overall winner will receive £100 with the two runners up receiving £50 each. The winner will also be presented with a White Elephant Award. The competition is free to enter.

Good luck!

Thanks very much to Natalie Priest for designing our white elephant logo and making the short film competition animation.



Comedy – All-Star Stand Up Camberley Theatre Friday 16 June 7:30pm  £21


All Star Stand Up

The All-Star Stand-Up Tour is back in 2017 with three more top comedians alongside returning compere Jarred Christmas. This year’s line-up includes Canadian one-liner king and star of ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘Live At The Apollo’ Stewart Francis, Justin Moorhouse  from ‘Phoenix Nights’ and ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ and from ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ Mike Gunn.

Recommended age limit – 15+


 Saturday 17 June

Farmers’ & Artisan Market

Organised by our friends at Collectively Camberley


From 10am until 3pm Park Street hosts the monthly market with a huge variety of street food, crafts and traditional farmers’ produce. It’s a great place to try before you buy and get to know exactly where your food comes from.

With everything from freshly baked breads, fish caught that day and bacon farmed less than 20 miles from the town centre. There’s also a great range of fresh street food including sweet and savoury crepes, paella and Thai food!

Saturday June 17th

 Camberley Carnival

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We are so happy to be reintroducing the Camberley Carnival!

The Carnival, which will help to mark 140 years since Camberley got its name, will featurea colourful parade through the town centre before finishing at London Road Recreation Ground, where a range of family activities and entertainment will be on offer throughout the afternoon. As this will be the grand finale of the Camberley International Festival, the theme will be ‘Around The World’. There will be a drop in arts and crafts workshop at Camberley Theatre from 10 -11:30am, for any last minute creations to take on the procession.

To get involved in the Carnival or for more details, please click here.

Carnival Fun Day London Road Recreation Ground Saturday 17 June 12:30 – 5pm (Free Event)

With food, a licensed bar and entertainment including,  ‘Carnival of Games’ – a marquee packed full of retro computer games including Nintendo 64, Sega Saturn, Atari, Playstation 2, Giant Gameboys and many more.


The Big Art – Children’s art workshops. Creating the famous Camberley white elephant and decorating it to become full of colour!


Walkabout Performance – The Ark – 3×30 min shows between 12.30 and 5pm

Plus the Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion and various displays.

And that’s it! We hope to see you at as many of these fabulous events as possible!




 2016 Camberley International Festival

As part of the Camberley Theatre 50th Anniversary celebrations, 2016 saw the inaugural Camberley International Festival take place from June 1st – 11th.

Camberley Theatre  hosted concerts from Lau, the Vienna Festival Ballet and Fairport Convention.

There were also free fringe events taking place at the theatre and other venues across  Camberley town centre.

Juliet Aubrey,  BAFTA Award winning and Golden Globe nominee, is the festival’s patron.

‘I am so pleased to support this wonderful new venture that truly encourages the development of the arts in my hometown area’ Juliet Aubrey

This promo film was made ahead of the first C.I.F..

Here are some of the festival’s highlights.

Feel free to have a flick through the 2016 programme, printed by our sponsors The Best Print.