Postcards is back and bigger than ever! This three-week festival of circus, cabaret and extraordinary performance at Jacksons Lane, North London’s creative space, offers twists, turns and just a touch of blasphemy.
All shows are Pay What You Decide, so audiences can reserve their tickets in advance – totally free – and make a donation of their choice after the performance, either by cash on the door or card at the box office. This is the only London festival where all shows adopt this policy!
All uncollected tickets are released 15 minutes before the performance, so come down, hang out, and take a chance. There’s a pop-up kitchen and a fully-stocked bar featuring craft beer and locally sourced gin. Highlights this year include Two Tongue Theatre’s gender-bending satire, Scandi circus sensation Tanter’s Vixen and Morgan & West’s mind-blowing magic tricks.
Artistic Director, Adrian Berry, comments for our 7th year we are delighted to announce the return of Postcards Festival for 2017. It’s the one time of the year that we really get to mix things up – edgy new cabaret, enticing circus and peep shows around the building, a feast of live art fused with hiphop and gospel – 15 nights of the most fun you could possibly have in our capital – and possibly the only festival where the audience chooses how much to pay. How could you refuse?
The full Postcards 2017 programme is as follows:
Tuesday 11th July – 8pm – The Late Night Shop
Sinister sex appeal, sharp wit and underground vaudeville vibes from the ladies of The Late Night Shop. Adults only.
Wednesday 12th July – 8pm – Boys Club
Some girls will do anything to get on stage. Awaken your inner activist with Two Tongue Theatre’s gender-bending satire on inequality.
Friday 14th July – 8pm – The Cocoa Butter Club Speakeasy
How’s your Friday night looking? A little dry and dusty? A good squirt of warm, thick Cocoa Butter will do the trick. This roster of queer performers of colour are here to moisturise a thirsty club scene with burlesque, voguing, spoken word and more.
Saturday 15th July – 8pm – Oh My God! It’s The Church
It’s time you sinners went back to church. Fusing music, dance, theatre and comedy, Legs Akimbo’s raucous Deep South Pentecostal Church party is brimming with heaven-sent soul, Motown and disco tunes. Hell, even Jesus gets down and dirty at this show!
Monday 17th July – 8pm – Guilty Party
Hocus Pocus Theatre transform Jacksons Lane into Harry’s Place: a theatrical club experience in a den of immersive iniquity. The sleazy proprietor and menagerie of performers turn cabaret on its head, making a song and dance out of the state of the nation.
Tuesday 18th July – 8pm – Parlour Tricks
Join time-travelling magic duo Morgan & West for an evening full of jaw-dropping, brain-bursting, gasp-eliciting feats of magic. Wear a hat – they might just blow your mind.
Wednesday 19th July – 8pm – First Lady
In early 90s Chicago, a man in a dress ran for president. George Orange tells the true story of Joan Jett Blakk, the queer hero who promised to “Lick Bush in ’92!”
Thursday 20th July – 8pm – Vixen
Women, sex and circus: three women throw themselves at female stereotypes with comic timing, contortion and a swinging trapeze. A fanatically female explosion from Scandi sensations Tanter.
Friday 21th July – 8pm – Rise
Let’s go round again! Against a backdrop of tightwire, live music, theatre and dance, Dizzy O’Dare wanders into a world of romance, surrealism and eternal return. For lovers, voyeurs, and all in between.
Saturday 22nd July – 8pm – It Started With Jason Donovan
Sarah Blanc recounts her past dating life through the songs of her first love – Jason Donovan. Heartfelt life lessons delivered through dance, theatre, comedy and a whole lot of lycra.
Tuesday 25th July – 6.30pm and 9pm – The Penguin and I
It’s the morning after the night before and Living Room Circus have a story to tell. Absurd acrobatics, audacious aerials and an obnoxious penguin combine in this explosive, immersive performance.
Wednesday 26th July – 8pm – Cypher Stories
Records scratch. B-boys dance. A freestyle cypher begins. A cyr wheel spins by – wait, what?
This one-of-a-kind mash-up from Simple Cypher recalls the early days of hip hop with a fresh circus twist. And if you don’t know, now you know.
Thursday 27th July – 8pm – Stuff
A love story, but not like that. Another kind of love story. Maybe everybody’s love story. Lead clown for Cirque du Soleil Sean Kempton combines comedy, mime, clowning and dance to create a piece that’s playful, funny, sad and familiar.
Friday 28th July – 8pm – Circus Abyssinia
Bibi and Bichu present a joyful celebration of circus: an autobiographical tale of mischief, magic and the Man in the Moon. Daredevil stunts, heart-in-mouth acrobatics, virtuosic juggling and sinuous contortion are performed to an exhilarating Ethiopian soundtrack.
Saturday 29th July – 8pm – Shhh! Cabaret
Acclaimed circus blogger Lucy Loves Circus returns to Postcards with a specially-curated night of spectacle and surprise. From burlesque to boxing: expect nothing but the unexpected from this festival finale.