Each month IDEA1 invites a guest editor to choose their top five events for the month; this month was the turn of Creative Producer Kate Hall

About Kate Hall

Kate is the producer for Platform8, Jumped Up Theatre’s new three-year partnership with Battersea Arts Centre’s Collaborative Touring Network.  She is also the Project Director for Marketplace, in Fenland and Forest Heath.  Kate previously worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Exchange in Manchester, Nottingham Playhouse, English Touring Theatre and Vivacity, directing shows, running projects and delivering workshops.



Warning, this blog contains theatre, politics and the promise that I might travel outside of PE1.


E15 by Lung Theatre at The Key Theatre Sun 6th Nov and Paston Farm Centre on Mon 7th Nov.

This is the flagship show in Platform8’s first season, and when I saw it in Edinburgh this summer I agreed with the Lyn Gardner’s review which talks of its sophistication, emotion and authenticity.  But what I couldn’t forsee is that the true story in E15 would become Peterborough’s story, with striking parallels to the eviction by corporate landlords of 74 families in St Michael’s Gate in Parnwell.  This is just what theatre should be – it will make you laugh, cry and want to do something. Find out more here. 



Linocut Workshop with Janet Bates at Peterborough Museum 1.30 – 4.30pm, Sun 13th Nov

I often bemoan my inability to make anything visually attractive out of inanimate objects, it has even been said that I can’t even hang a picture.  But the process of printmaking has always seemed to me be full of magic, and having seen participants as part of an event in my Marketplace project produce some beautiful work within a very short timescale I am tempted to give this workshop a go.  If anyone can drag the visual artist out of me it’ll be an experienced leader like Janet. Find out more here. 



Al Murray, Let’s Go Backwards Together at The Cresset, Weds 16th Nov

By the time this show comes to The Cresset there will be no Marmite in the shops, Russian warships will be tied up at Brighton Pier and the USA will be a week into legal wrangles because Trump won’t accept the result of the election.  What better time to sit with a Babycham and listen to what the nation’s favourite pub landlord thinks about it all. Find out more here. 



Getting Better Slowly, 7.30pm, Thurs 17 Nov, Stamford Theatre

“What if you woke up to find your body was slowly shutting down? Unable to walk, talk or blink and nobody knows why….”

I have worked with Nick Wood, who wrote this show (including on Jumped Up’s production of Workhouse Christmas) so I have been watching this production gain momentum as it has toured around the UK, gathering high-praise in reviews, adulation from audiences and two-page spreads in the Independent. So I am going to get myself to Stamford and see what the fuss is about, my expectations are high for this dance-theatre piece which is causing such a stir. Find out more here. 



Afternoon Tea & Talk, “Once Upon A Time” at Stamford Arts Centre Gallery, 3,30-5pm, 19th Nov.

Last weekend I took myself and the family away to The Peaks for the weekend, and we found ourselves off-grid, no WiFi, i-Player, or even phone reception.  Instead we had lots of mud, fantastic views, sneaky cowpats and roaring log-fires.  It was great to be reminded how inspiring the great outdoors can be after weeks of being chained to a laptop.

This event brings the two worlds together of arts and ecology together, with talks by local tree ecology experts with national reputations (Emma Goldberg and Christine Reid), and the Art Pop-Up’s artists exploring the inspiration they find in nature, including Sue Shields whose work I covert for its vivid and dark imaginations. Find out more here. 



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