Platform8, Peterborough’s theatre festival, has shown the city how there’s more to shows than sitting in the dark watching men in tights tell stories from a hundred years ago!
Over the past two years Platform8 has staged exciting performances across the city, from boxing clubs to bonfire parties.
There will definitely be some early fireworks for Platform8 when Luke Wright returns to The Key Theatre with Frankie Vah on Wednesday October 18. Luke was last in the city in July, compering for John Cooper Clarke’s summer tour, where he showed exactly why JCC has adopted him as his stage-comrade.
Fast, visceral, unashamedly controversial and political, Luke Wright has a swagger and energy which is more like a rock star than a poet – think Mick Jagger with verse.
And Frankie Vah is the perfect show for him – set during Thatcher’s 80s, Luke Wright plays an idealistic Essex lad who’s full of discontent and anger but also desperate for something to believe in. We follow his overnight fame, young love and shattered dreams in a visceral performance that burns with love, loss and belief, against a backdrop of late-night indie gigs and 80’s politics.
Using archive film-footage and music to punctuate the story Frankie Vah will take you back in time to the social and political discontent of the 1980’s – and question as to how far we’ve really come?
The excitement isn’t just for the grown-ups, in fact it’s No Adults Allowed when Non Zero One take over the town hall with Ground Control. In this fun and active show 7-11 year olds become mission control for astronauts, leading them to create a new civilisation on a distant planet. This is a great show for any kids excited by the Tim Peake capsule – but hurry as tickets are limited to only 40 per show, and they’re going fast.
For more information about the other shows and events in the autumn season of Platform8 and booking go to the Jumped Up Theatre website, or call The Key Theatre box-office on 01733 207239.
Season5, Platform8 – What’s On
Saturday October 13 @ The Undercroft, Hampton & St John’s, Cathedral Square: Rustle by Paddleboat Theatre– the best campfire story ever told, for all the family. Includes BSL.
Tuesday October 16 @ Vivacity Key Theatre: Shall I Speak For You? – scratch performances of works-in-progress by local writers
Wednesday October 17 @ Key Theatre: Frankie Vah by Luke Wright– award-winning poet with his second smash hit show.
Thursday October 18 – Saturday October 20 @ Peterborough Town Hall: Ground Control by Non Zero One–a mission to a distant planet needs your help.
Friday October 19 (7.45pm) @ Vivacity Key Theatre + Saturday October 20 (1pm) @ St Mark’s Church Hall, Lincoln Road: Rendezvous In Bratislava by Miriam Sherwood – cabaret-theatre about family, laughter and sticking together.