Aug
24
5:00 PM17:00

No Refuge and The Refuge Woman (Performance)

No Refuge- the real life story, by Maeve McClenaghan and Jasmine Andersson:

In late July Maeve and Jasmine read a Facebook post that would send them on a long investigative journey - from dirty council flats, to bland hotels, to town council steps. They followed the stories of women fleeing domestic violence and found them let down by the system designed to support them. On the way they met Cash [writer/performer of The Refuge Woman]. In this talk, Maeve and Jasmine explain how they ran an eight month investigation into the state of domestic violence. 

The Refuge Woman by Cash Carraway: 

Cash is a self-confessed refuge connoisseur. She knows the refuges with the best counsellors, clothing donations and the ones closest to the heartiest of ‘all you can eat’ buffets.  Now she’s just set foot in what she has decided is her final refuge, a safe house in Retford. It’s run by a woman with a Farage tattoo and is located opposite the Bernard Matthews factory - it isn’t exactly how she imagined escaping from abuse, but now she has a young daughter to consider she’s out of options.

Inspired by real life events, this spoken-word performance provides snapshots of life in a women’s refuge, as Cash attempts to rebuild her life from scratch in a world where the smell of turkey carcasses signal freedom and an Argos suitcase contains everything they need to start again

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Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Nicole Acquah

A one woman show exploring the relationship between identity, power and language. Through poetic storytelling, the show tracks the journey of the “N word”, from the Portuguese/Spanish origin, to its use today. As the story unfolds, we will explore the exploitation, reclamation and celebration of words.

“N*gger” is part scripted, part improvised and part English, part Portuguese, placing a history of conflict and reclamation side by side.

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Aug
24
8:00 PM20:00

Frankie Forman

Frankie Forman is a singer/songwriter from London. Compared to Lana Del Rey, her unique voice has left her with a high profile in the music scene. Her debut album, ‘Kid’ showcases her natural abilities, with performances at festivals such as Isle of Wight, Camp Bestival, Blissfields, Leefest, Danny Boyle's shuffle festival and Boomtown.

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Aug
24
9:00 PM21:00

Nathan Evans

Nathan Evans diverse portfolio includes stage and screen work, a poetry collection and a performing role with the London Gay Symphony Orchestra. His comedy-drama Curtains was shortlisted for the Best Comedy in the Portobello Film Festival 2016. His short film Rock’n’Roll Suicide “the puppetry promo Bowie never made”, won the low-budget award at the the London Short Film Festival.

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Aug
24
10:00 PM22:00

Tessa Pollitt

Tessa Pollitt was the Bass Guitarist for the punk rock band, The Slits. The Slits were a pioneering punk group that paved the way for female artists. The all women crew lived the raw, punk attitude with their music and life-style being loud and confrontational.

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Aug
25
12:00 AM00:00

Joey BASE

An emerging R&B and Hip Hop artist, Joey’s recently released single ‘Living in the Moment’ received over 50,000 streams in the first three weeks since its release and receive air time on BBC Radio 1 Xtra and Pulse 88 Radio.

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Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

The New Age of Consent - What #MeToo Means to Millennials

Amna Saleem is a freelance writer with words featured in places such as Glamour, BuzzFeed and Huck. You can also hear her on the BBC discussing mental health and sexual harassment. She is an obnoxious Scottish Pakistani intersectional feminist and not even a tiny bit sorry for it.

Jasmine Andersson is PinkNews' investigations reporter, and writes about LGBT rights, women's rights and working class issues for the website and as a freelancer for several national titles. At the end of last year, she co-founded the Second Source, an organisation that promotes awareness of the problem of sexual harassment in the media, informs people of their rights, and works with organisations to create change.

Emily Reynolds is a freelance journalist and author specialising in mental health, gender and science. She regularly writes for The Guardian, NY Mag, Stylist, the TLS and many more. Her first book, A Beginner's Guide To Losing Your Mind, came out last year; she is currently working on her second. At the end of last year, she co-founded the Second Source and is also a co-founder of the Words by Women Awards.

Robyn Vinter is founder and editor of The Overtake, an investigative news website for millennials, launched in October 2017. Robyn has written for the Guardian, BuzzFeed, the i paper, the New Statesman and a number of other national and international publications. In 2016, she was one of the founders of Words by Women, an awards for women in journalism and, in 2017, joined the founding team of the Second Source

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Aug
25
8:00 PM20:00

Vadge of Honour - Comedy Lecture

Purple Ostrich are rocking the comedy stage at Byline Festival again this August with a brand new (and currently unnamed) comedy lecture looking at the rollercoaster of a year that's passed. They're asking men 'you ok hun?' and talking new found vaginal strength. Expect songs, dances, reenactments of terribly sexist film scenes and political commentary. Round two, fight!

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Aug
25
to Aug 26

House of Comedy

House of Comedy is proud to bring you the best standups around, guaranteed for a night of laughter.

Charmaine Davies will be MC for House of Comedy's appearance on the Forest Forum stage - She has worked with the likes of Judi Dench to Jo Brand. She has been seen on stage, TV and film all over the world including reality TV in America.  Starting her career in stand up 6 years ago Charmaine has been seen on BBC 1 , Channel 4, Latest TV and Sky. She can be heard regularly on Talk Radio, Trickstar Radio and recently on Radio 4. Her podcasts often get in the top 5 in the Comedy Charts on mixcloud. For the last 4 years Charmaine had run the Cult comedy night Funny Fursdays in Brighton. Audience warm to her bubbly, friendly and outgoing attitude. Charmaine will be joined by:

Craig Campbell - Described by some as the 'Wild Man of Comedy', Craig never fails to entertain. He deliver's laughs in a unique story telling style where his unique humour fuses together whimsical anecdotes of his endless adventures around the globe with stories as diverse as roundabouts, sex, drugs and circumcision. However, be warned, his laid-back manner and genuine warmth belie the true outrageous nature of his material. Still, his stoner philosophy and risque subjects have won him devoted fans worldwide. 

Josh Dillon - "Great act with great jokes. Has the audience entertained from start to finish." Nathan Caton. “Josh Dillon really impressed me with his confidence, his instinctive stage craft and above all some excellent, well crafted gags. One to watch!” Simon Evans. "Josh Dillon is charming, dark and very very funny. I like him a lot.” Sean McLoughlin. “Josh Dillon amuses, surprises and engages the audience with a nicely balanced blend of well timed jokes and devastating dryness. His immaculately maintained dead-pan demeanor leaves you wondering whether you’ve witnessed a comedy routine or the confessions of a sociopath. There are two things I can say for certain; He’s very very funny and I never ever want to get into a staring contest with him.” Joss Gurney, The Laughter Lounge.

 

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Aug
26
12:15 AM00:15

Amy Odell

Amy’s philosophy is centred on the power of music, in its purest form, to both awaken and heal. An indie folk singer and songwriter, her approach to music has been described as organic, emotive and intensely spiritual with her voice delivering power and invoking mysticism.

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Aug
26
1:00 AM01:00

PowerDress

The London based singer/songwriter stepped into the limelight with her debut single “Torture”, blindsiding the scene with her revitalizing brand of lipstick pop. 'Torture' is an addictive segment of 80's pop with an uppercut of contemporary-fused 90's dance that incorporates feel-good synths and a sensational bass-line that compliments Foster's charismatic and beguiling vocals ravishingly.

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Aug
26
5:30 PM17:30

The Modulus Quartet

Modulus Quartet is a London-based ensemble specialising in performing original string quartet repertoire written in close collaboration with a number of international composers. Drawing on its collective experience, the quartet seeks out music of an individual style, developing creative relationships with composers and artists. The quartet explores new ways of presenting music, performing in unusual venues and incorporating visual arts and multi-media technology.

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Aug
26
7:30 PM19:30

Romea and Julian

Purple Ostrich Productions reimagines Shakespeare’s classic play Romeo and Juliet as a gender-swapped, music-laden love-fest. Set on an estate in South-East London, where the young people are left to their own devices and where carrying a knife is second nature we follow the tragic journey of these two lovers over the course of 90 blood pumping minutes.

 

The show is a piece which explores female sexuality and power and a reappraisal of literatures most famous love story in the year of #metoo.

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Aug
26
8:30 PM20:30

Kat and Co.

A combination of pop, rock, jazz, soul and blues one hesitates to give a label to the art created by Kat and Co. If one did exist it would be Urban Blues, and Kat and Co.'s atmospheric, sassy and seductive creations are imbuing the blues with a relevance and dynamism for some time lost.

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Aug
26
10:30 PM22:30

Don Mescall

Don’s songs have sold on over 10 million records worldwide. A versatile and subtle songwriter his songs have been sought out by pop, country, folk and classical artists. As well as being a successful songwriter Don is also an accomplished performer whose lilting melodies and profound lyrics amount to a deeply moving musical experience.

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Aug
26
to Aug 27

Arcade Hearts

Arcade Hearts are an energetic four piece Alternative Indie Pop band intent on breaking the mould. Their fresh new sound combining indie, alternative and dance genres with a lively stage presence is guaranteed to re-energise and rekindle your love for upcoming bands.

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