People Power Passion People Power Passion

17th Jul - 20th Jul 2019

Riot Act

In 1919, Lutonians rioted when they were excluded from Peace Day celebrations. In 2019, we're looking back on this bold act.
Six events. Five months. One extraordinary riot.


In this brand-new devised show by Yet Another Carnival and Dark Olive created in collaboration with the people of Luton, a platform will be given to the voices that we rarely hear. Join us as a group of everyday Lutonians take over the council chamber for an immersive exploration of decision-making today.

Booking will be required and will open soon. Register your interest here or sign up to our mailing list to be notified when bookings open.

Luton Town Hall council chamber
FREE
Matinee and evening performances

It's time for change.

Celebrations are laid out in the Luton council chamber for a special and exclusive event, but the night before a group of strangers barricade themselves in the chamber, they have been excluded for too long. It’s time for a takeover, it’s time for change, but what will they do with the platform they have, how will they mark this one hundred-year anniversary?

In this brand-new devised show by Yet Another Carnival and Dark Olive created in collaboration with the people of Luton, a platform will be given to the voices that we rarely hear. Join us as a group of everyday Lutonians take over the council chamber for an immersive exploration of decision-making today.

Audiences will be seated in the Luton council chamber with the action happening in front of and around them. Level-access, wheelchair and limited-step seating will be available. Tickets should be pre-booked in advance to avoid disappointment and booking will open shortly. It is expected that the age guidance will be 12+.

Do you feel that you experience inequality in the decision-making process? Do you have a desire to perform or a passion for making theatre? Make your voice heard in Riot Act.

We are seeking people to perform in a new play which will be staged in the Luton Council Chamber this July. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with professional theatre makers Dark Olive and Yet Another Carnival to create Riot Act, one of six projects commissioned by Luton Council for People Power Passion.

Riot Act will be devised by our community company, a group of local people from Luton who feel they experience inequality in the decision-making process and want to make their voice heard. If this is you, or you’re not sure and want to find out more about joining the community company, we want to hear from you. No previous acting experience necessary.

To find out more, come along to one of our taster workshops:

Wednesday 15 May 6pm - 8pm | Marsh House Community Centre Bramingham Road LU3 2SR

Saturday 18 May 11am - 1pm | Bury Park Community Centre Oak Room LU1 1 BW

Community Company Rehearsal and Performance Dates:

  • Rehearsals: Wednesday/Saturday evenings 5, 12, 19, 26 June and 3, 6, 10, 13 July | times & venue tbc
  • Full Co. Rehearsals: Monday 15 July | Luton Council Chamber
  • Tech Rehearsal: Tuesday 16 July | Luton Council Chamber
  • Performances: Wednesday 17 - Saturday 20 July | Luton Council
    Chamber

To RSVP or continue the conversation email amber@darkolive.co.uk

We are two companies – Dark Olive and Yet Another Carnival who like to collaborate!

We have a shared passion for inclusion and connecting people with the arts, particularly those who have not taken part before. We often create work in non-traditional art form settings and cherish the challenge of making stuff happen where you least expect it, with people who may not think of themselves as performers or artists. As theatre makers our approach is based on forming trust; on empowering people as decision makers, performers, and artists; and on artistic excellence.

"We aim to empower every participant both performing and non-performing to have a voice. We cherish the challenge of making stuff happen where you least expect it, with people who may not think of themselves as performers or artists”.

DARK OLIVE

@darkoliveuk @DarkOlive www.darkolive.co.uk

Dark Olive is a creative projects and event management company run by producer and project manager Amber Knipe and social entrepreneur Darren Knipe. Registered as a Community Interest Company (C.I.C.), we work with cultural organisations, artists and communities to produce meaningful, creative opportunities for social engagement and collaboration, as well as supporting organisations to deliver their programmes of work.

Amber Knipe is an experienced arts professional with a proven track record in theatre and event production, project management and administration. From leading the development and delivery of both large and smaller scale creative projects to overseeing the operational functions of a growing arts organisation. I bring a life time of practical experience to any project - as a child my family toured circus/ theatre shows across Europe and the UK and during my professional career I have worked for a range of cultural organisations and venues: Pentabus Theatre, Cheshire East Council, National Theatre Wales, Meadow Arts, Oriel Davies, Storyhouse, Chester Performs, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), Liverpool Biennial and Aberystwyth Arts Centre. A wealth of early experience is combined with an extensive range of skills in project development and management, theatre producing, programming, marketing, production and administration, commissioning artists, audience development and community engagement, recruiting and managing staff, strategic planning, budget management, project evaluation and partnership development.

YET ANOTHER CARNIVAL

@anothercarnival @yetanothercarnival www.yetanothercarnival.co.uk

Yet Another Carnival are a Chester-based theatre and performance company made up of co-directors Thomas Frith, Freyja Winterson and John Young. Connecting professional artists with anyone and everyone, and providing a platform for a wide range of voices is a core principal of the company’s work.

Yet Another Carnival is associate company at Storyhouse. As individuals the directors of Yet Another Carnival have directed work for MAC Birmingham, Theatr Clwyd, Orange Tree Theatre, Camp Bestival, West Yorkshire Playhouse and the New Wimbledon Studio. Freyja, John and Thomas have worked in community settings of all kinds including with people with disabilities (PMLD, autism, and physical needs), over 60s, refugees in the UK and in refugee camps, homeless people, looked after young people, and students in Pupil Referral Units.


"We aim to empower every participant both performing and non-performing to have a voice. We cherish the challenge of making stuff happen where you least expect it, with people who may not think of themselves as performers or artists”.