Watch Out festival 2018

Cambridge Junction's festival of 'dangerous' theatre returns

Edgy, provocative, surprising, perhaps humourous and collaborative, the Watch Out one-day festival of new theatre and performance returns to Cambridge Junction on 26 May.

The mix of shows and experiences across the whole of the venue runs all day from 12pm.

The wide choice of what's on is bound to inspire and invigorate, as artists explore new and dangerous ideas in theatre, dance and installation pieces.

Hosted by bearded drag lady Timberlina (right), the fourth edition of the festival is packed with world premieres, previews and new work from performing artists from the region, the UK and abroad.

From Canada comes Edinburgh Fringe hit Mouthpiece (described by The Stage as “truly astounding”), which is a heart-wrenching, humourous journey into the female psyche, as a woman – played by two performers expressing inner conflict – tries to find her voice in the wake of her mother's death.

This image: Mouthpiece

It's a performance of physical ingenuity and vocal orchestration that interweaves a capella harmony, dissonance and text.

Rachael Young presents Nightclubbing, a fusion of Afrofuturism and the cult of Grace Jones, while returning to the festival are Made in China, with Super Duper Close Up, using live film-making to explore our online selves.

Cambridge performance maker Anna Brownsted attempts to collate the top five most significant songs in the last 40 years in My Vinyl Ate Your MP3, while Figs in Wigs present their own take on a classic in Little Wimmin.

This image: Nightclubbing

Essex-based Roxanne Carney talks about young millennials in I'm the Hero of the Story and closing the festival is a new piece co-comissioned by the Junction, Black Holes, with its own spin on the history of the universe.

A drop-in session run by Collusion explores virtual reality and Crusing For Art is a performance installation created by Brian Lobel.

Cambridge Junction arts producer Daniel Kok said: “This year's festival is proud that all of the projects are being led, or co-led by women. Join us for a day of provocative and unusual theatre ending the night with local DJ collective You Know It Makes Sense.”

Festival passes are £20, or £15 for concessions, and for a timetable of what's on and when, check out the Junction website. 

junction.co.uk

This image: Little Wimmin