Views from the ‘Bridge

Date:Thu 28 Nov
Venue:J2 (seated show)
Price:Pay What You Feel

Views from the ‘Bridge is our seasonal mixed bill of work under development by members of our artist development network Troop.

This autumn the lineup includes work in progress by Tanya and Fauve, Clare Currie and Charmaine Childs’s new work STRONG.

Celebrating the stories of ordinary people finding epic strength, interwoven with Charmaine’s stories of touring the world as a circus strong lady, POWER is an uplifting circus-theatre show which asks: How can we feel powerful in an uncertain world … and how do we find strength beyond just lifting heavy things?

Charmaine Childs
Charmaine is an Australian-British artist making work primarily for outdoor arts festivals, whose solo show STRONG LADY offers a spotlight on female strength and male kindness as she lifts men from the audience. It has been performed in 24 countries and in 6 languages. She also acts as an acro-base including with companies such as Mimbre, and GOP. This is her first indoor theatre show, supported by an Arts Council England Develop Your Creative Practice award which enabled her to work with an array of collaborators including Ockham’s Razor, Complicité, and Spy Monkey. POWER is directed by Emma Bernard and choreographed by Anthony Missen of Company Chameleon.

POWER is co-commissioned by the Lowry and the Lawrence Batley Theatre, and the recipient of the inaugural Troop / Creative Arts East New Ideas Award to develop a new piece for rural touring.

Cold Snap (working title)
Ever wondered why the power and resilience of women’s bodies isn’t celebrated more?  Clare Currie is a writer and performer who wants to unpick the strengths and struggles of being female, a sportsperson and a mum.  Join her as she grapples with the ageing process, a love of sport and the demands of modern womanhood, as she asks the question:  Somewhere between netball and neurosis us there a well-adjusted, calm person?

Clare Currie

Clare is Poet Laureate for Peterborough.  Her work ranges from writing for and performing at events to facilitating workshops and writing for the stage.  She was writer-in-residence at Metal Southend, performing there as part of the Essex Book Festival,  She has been a judge in the poetry section of the Young Muslim Writers Awards and has performed alongside artists such as Mark Grist and Ross Sutherland.  Clare has worked on a number of theatre projects, including pieces for Eastern Angles and Jumped Up Theatre, in collaboration with Battersea Arts, and was recently awarded Arts Council funding to develop her creative practice. Clare’s writing has been described as image-packed and lyrical and often centres on the visceral nature of being embodied as a female.


XOX is the first showing of an interdisciplinary collaboration exploring digital intimacy. Working with the movement of the body, digital mapping and responsive sound we invite the spectator into a world exploring love, heartbreak and technology. Using techniques built from ASMR we will take you on a journey to the very heart of love and its spine tingling pleasures.

Fauve & Tanya

Fauve and Tanya make provocative multi-disciplinary performances. Tanya studied Neuroscience before going to the anarchist clown school, École Philippe Gaulier. Fauve has worked as a performer for different companies across Europe before returning to the UK where she dabbles in directing and performance art.  Their work is international facing and is interested in themes of intimacy and the sense of belonging. Their first show together was Extra Terra (Tiyatro Medresesi/BAC) a punk pop performance which follows the surreal thoughts of a young woman as she enters a hospital to have an abortion and takes inspiration from the work of visual artists Tracy Emin and Louise Bourgeois. They have subsequently worked together on the short film Siren (2019) and theatre piece Nights at the Circus which was taken to Edinburgh Fringe festival this summer.


From this autumn you can Pay What You Feel for the majority of our arts programme, with tickets from £2.50. All seating is unreserved and every ticket receives the same great experience. So whether you’re feeling flush or short on cash, you can come with us on some amazing artistic journeys.

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Age: 12+

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Duration: 2 hours (approx).

Box office and Bar open 1 hour before show start time.

All prices shown include booking fees.