Last catch up on some of the events!

Sorry it’s taken a while to get the rest of these photos up – ‘normal’ life has kicked in a bit post the C.I.F., but here at last are a few wonderful memories from some of the events not already covered that took place across Camberley from 20 – 23rd June 2018.

On Thursday 21st June along with the Film and Animation Festival which took place at Camberley Theatre, we had local writer Joe England host an evening of discussion at The Cabin on the London Road. Joe shared conversation with fellow author, John King. Each talked in general about their themes and then interviewed one and other.

Here’s Joe asking John questions.

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Then a switch round and John is talking to Joe.

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John is the author of ‘The Football Factory’ and Joe’s debut novel will be available soon through East London Press who have also published his football fanzine anthologies PUSH.

Music on the evening was performed by CIF favourite, Will Whisson. Some of the CIF team went down to The Cabin for a post film festival drink at about 10:30pm and were delighted to see Will up and singing a special set to a very rapturous crowd!

Friday 22nd June

Camberley Theatre played host to a sold out crowd who watched adoringly as The Unthanks performed.  The band walked on stage and said ‘We’ve never played Camberley before. Hello’ and the crowd cheered and laughed with delight. There followed two beautiful sets of glorious Northumbrian folk music.

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Two very funny comedians played at The Cabin on the Friday night. A packed bar laughed uproariously (and in some cases looked just a little bit bemused) as Mark Simmons and Matt Rees plyed their craft brilliantly!

Here’s Mark…

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And here’s Matt….

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After the Carnival on Saturday 23rd June it was back over to Camberley Theatre for two events. Upstairs in the studio there was a script reading event. Woking playwright Liz Lennie had the premier of her new play ‘Tinkler!’ and Frimley’s Brightlight Theatre Company shared their play ‘The Fire Stack’.

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While in the theatre’s main auditorium the hilarious and very talented Jon Culshaw kept the audience hugely entertained with his impressions. He actually called a local pizza delivery company in the voice of Surrey Heath MP, Michael Gove!

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Thanks to Laura Woodrow for all these photos – except the script reading ones, thanks to Robin Lennie for those.

We held a few live streaming events over the course of the festival. Thanks to The Peas who performed outside Bill’s on the opening day…

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and to poet Steve Larkin who performed in Schmidt’s on Pembroke Broadway and then did a second set up at the Obelisk!

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We also filmed a live stream from the kitchen of Wagamama’s (‘here comes the sauce!’)and the film and animation industry experts panel at Camberley Theatre.

Thanks also to everyone who took part in the 2018 CIF. Sorry there are no photos of Gregory Norminton and Murray Rowlands who discussed Gregory’s new book ‘The Devil’s Highway’ and Murray’s new book ‘Hampshire at War 1939 – 45’ at Camberley Theatre on Thursday 21st June. That night also hosted the Echoes poetry group with readings also from Daniel Jeffery. Thanks to Jack Mason who performed at the Carpenters Arms on Friday 22nd. Camera ‘phone shot from the audience!

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Thanks to John Peddie who filmed lots of performances – we’ll be sharing his highlights film very soon. Phew! See you in 2019!

 

 

 

Literature Events

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We have a choice of literature events at the C.I.F. this June – we’ve already announced what’s going on at The Cabin on the London Road (scroll down to see the flier). We have a great evening also lined up at the Theatre on the Knoll Road featuring Gregory Norminton and Murray Rowlands.- here are the details.

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Kodiak Island single launch party and drama

The first ever Camberley International Festival nudges closer to its completion – folk-rock legends, Fairport Convention played a gorgeous set last night at the theatre.

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Tonight sees local psychedelic-folk band, Kodiak Island launch their new single ‘Spanish Steps’ at The Bear in Camberley. Just to show the level of attention that has gone into setting this festival up – the place Kodiak Island is famous for its bears, and the band Kodiak Island are part of the Musical Bear label and, yes, this is all taking place at The Bear pub- oh my word! 🙂

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Support comes from Skylephant and the fun kicks off at around 7:30 – this is another free fringe event and actually the last gig of the festival, so a party indeed. Get yourselves down there for some summer fun.

If live music isn’t your bag and you actually prefer a bit of interactive drama, there’s also two drama sessions taking place at Camberley Theatre.

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From 7:30 – 8:45pm local playwright Liz Lennie will be performing ‘Not In Our Town’.  This is the world premier of Liz’s latest play, a comedy written for radio.

A debate on terrorism in a Surrey town, not unlike Camberley, culminates in  some surprising multi-cultural bonds.

Scripts will be handed out on the night and small but significant parts will be available.

Anyone willing to give it a go can e mail Jo.Bartlett@surreyheath.gov.uk before 4pm today (June 9th) or simply make themselves available this evening.

After this, Frimley’s Brightlight Theatre will be presenting scenes and sketches from their recent performances from 9 – 11pm – again with a chance to join in.

Poetry Slam!

#CamberleyInternationalFestival is getting closer!

Hammer and Tongue are hosting the poetry slam at Camberley Theatre café / bar from 2- 4pm on Saturday June 4th. This is a free event.

‘Hammer & Tongue have reinvented the medium for the hip hop generation’ The Guardian

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The slam is open to all. Randomly appointed audiences-judges will decide who will progress towards the National Final at The Royal Albert Hall next year.

Each contestant gets three minutes for their original spoken word or poetry.

Previous participants include the Mercury nominated artists Kate Tempest and Polar Bear, plus John Hegely, Scroobius Pip, Hollie McNish, Mark Grist, Luke Wright, Dizraeli, Simon Munnery have all taken part in Hammer and Tongue poetry slams!

Anyone wishing to take part can email Steve Larkin at admin@hammerandtongue.com

The theatre bar will be open and along with tea and coffee will also be serving cocktails, locally-brewed craft ales, an excellent wine list and a great new menu of contemporary food and snacks. Come along and enjoy the afternoon, or get up and have a go!

Special guests for the afternoon are Steve Larkin, himself a former International Slam Champion and named “the spoken-word guru” by the C.B.C. and Paula Varjack, a multi-media artist whom The List called “punchy & engaging” both will perform and host the afternoon.

Interactive Drama Sessions

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On Thursday June 9th in Studio 1 at Camberley Theatre, there will be two chances to join in with some drama, or if you prefer, simply come and watch.

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From 7:30 – 8:45pm local playwright Liz Lennie will be performing ‘Not In Our Town’.  This is the world premier of Liz’s latest play, a comedy written for radio.

A debate on terrorism in a Surrey town, not unlike Camberley, culminates in  some surprising multi-cultural bonds.

Scripts will be handed out on the night and small but significant parts will be available.

Anyone willing to give it a go can e mail Jo.Bartlett@surreyheath.gov.uk in advance or simply make themselves available on the June 9th.

After this, Frimley’s Brightlight Theatre will be presenting scenes and sketches from their recent performances from 9 – 11pm – again with a chance to join in.

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Jazz Archive Playback from 1966

As part of the C.I.F., on Thursday June 2nd, Camberley Theatre are hosting a very exciting playback of a recording of  The New Jazz Orchestra made when they played the Highwayman pub in Camberley in 1966. This is particularly poignant as this is also the year that the theatre opened.

Gearbox Records, in association with The Heritage Lottery Fund, have purchased rare recordings of the London jazz scene from the 1960s – including this one from The Highwayman.

The New Jazz Orchestra featured world famous bass player, Jack Bruce (also of Eric Clapton’s Cream) and Jon Hiseman of Colosseum on drums.

Gearbox Records will be pressing up one acetate of the recording, to be played on a record deck in Camberley Theatre’s café bar and will be giving a talk, including Q&As after the playback.

This is a free event and doors will be open from 7:30pm. The bar will be open, serving cocktails, locally-brewed craft ales, excellent wine list and a great new menu of contemporary food and snacks.

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Free live music Saturday 4th June

On Saturday June 4th we have LOTS of fabulous free live music taking place throughout Camberley!

Things kick off in the café / bar at Camberley  Theatre when Sophie and the Giants and Sun Circus both play acoustic sets from 1pm, (before the Hammer and Tongue poetry slam).

Then, The Surrey Arms start the full band electric sets at 4:30pm with these guys, Vinyl Staircase

 

Head over to The Carpenters Arms at 6:30pm for Sophie and The Giants this time playing an electric set plus The Hallucinations.

To finish the evening off, The Bear will be hosting both The Luxe and Sun Circus’s second set of the day – this time electric.

Phew! What an amazing day this is going to be 🙂

Calling all spoken word and poetry enthusiasts!

‘Hammer & Tongue have reinvented the medium for the hip hop generation’ The Guardian

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 Camberley International Festival have invited nationally renowned poetry slam organisers, Hammer and Tongue to host an afternoon of spoken word and poetry in the bar at Camberley Theatre from 2pm on Saturday 4th June. The Sunday Times recently said, ‘The best live poetry is to be found at the Hammer and Tongue slams’.

The slam is open to all. Randomly appointed audiences-judges will decide who will progress towards the National Final at The Royal Albert Hall next year.

Each contestant gets three minutes for their original spoken word or poetry.

Special guests for the afternoon are Steve Larkin, himself a former International Slam Champion and named “the spoken-word guru” by the C.B.C. and Paula Varjack, a multi-media artist whom The List called “punchy & engaging” both will perform and host the afternoon.

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The theatre bar will be open and along with tea and coffee will also be serving cocktails, locally-brewed craft ales, an excellent wine list and a great new menu of contemporary food and snacks. Come along and enjoy the afternoon, or get up and have a go!

 

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Anyone wishing to take part can email Steve Larkin at admin@hammerandtongue.com

This is a free event.