July 2021 Wrapup: Dread Falls Theatre, The Masterplan, Sloth in the City and More!

July 2021 Wrapup: Dread Falls Theatre, The Masterplan, Sloth in the City and More!

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Hello everyone, and welcome to our July 2021 Wycombe Arts Centre wrapup post!

It’s been a little while since we’ve written one of these, because we’ve been busy focussing on moving over to our new website. Now that that’s done, we’ve got a little bit of breathing room to bring back our wrapups and to take a proper look at what we’ve got coming up for the rest of 2021 and into 2022 and beyond.

July has been a busy month for us, and August is set to be even busier thanks to the Hybrid Festival, which we’ll talk about some more later on in this article. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, and so without further ado, let’s take a look at what we’ve been up to.

Looking back at July

We welcomed Victoria Snaith and Dread Falls Theatre to Wycombe Arts Centre on Saturday 3rd July for a family theatre day in which they performed two shows each of Tanglewood Tales and Professor Octavia’s Magical Menagerie. Families were treated to some fantastic theatre involving everything from sword fights and fortune telling to the chance to name and be photographed with a baby dragon, as modelled for us above by our very own Hugo!

While we’re on the subject of theatre, our in-house theatre company Roundabout Creative Theatre hosted their open performance of The Masterplan on Sunday 4th July. Despite a few last minute hitches, including a couple of cast members who unfortunately had to self-isolate, the performance was a huge success and set a solid benchmark that they’ll be trying to beat in future performances. We shared a few photos here.

We also shared a few photos of when Craig Easton came to visit! Craig was commissioned by Discover Bucks Museum County Museum to add to the collection of portraits of people of Buckinghamshire. We’re super proud to have been able to get involved by providing a location, and we can’t wait to go and see his work.

Speaking of sharing photos, our in-house installations artist Dr. C also shared some snaps of some of her work in progress in our Garden Space. You can take a look at those here.

On Friday 16th July, we welcomed Sloth in the City back to High Wycombe after their move to Brighton for the launch of their new EP, Remember Music. They were supported by Grammy Award winning guitarist Amrit Sond and played a fantastic show in our Cafe Space, impressing both old and new fans with their mixture of jazz and folk.

On Saturday 24th July, we hosted Jazz in the Garden with fabulous acts including the WAC Jazz Workshop Band, Constant Rhythm Garden Machine, Catch 22 Jams and Drop Downs. This coincided with the launch of the Land-Marks Art Exhibition, which runs until the end of the month and showcases artists from Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year West Wycombe Heats. Featured artists include Dougie Adams, Gary Eite, Renata Fernandez-Zarauza, Rory Brooke, Shaun Morris, Sophia Broke and Jan Gaska.

We also had all of our regular events, including our open mic night on the second Friday of the month, Films @ Wycombe Arts Centre on the fourth Friday of the month and Sunday jam on the fourth Sunday of the month. We also had Connie’s pottery workshops (every Tuesday and Thursday), Roundabout Creative Theatre (every Wednesday) and The Rock Project (every Thursday).

Meanwhile, work continued on our website, and we added a write-up of our Big Arts Market @ Bucks Art Week, which you can check out here. We also launched a brand new events section, which should make it easier for you to find the perfect events for you and to book your tickets.

And we also announced that we’ll be supporting Buckinghamshire Council and Buckinghamshire Culture with their #SummerOfStories campaign! You’ll be able to fill out a story postcard at one of our events so that you can share your story and join the Story Stall. Keep your eyes peeled on-site if you want to take part or find out more!

 

Coming up in August

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Pottery Evenings with Connie Fielder Ceramics
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Connie Fielder for regular pottery workshops at Wycombe Arts Centre! Thursday morning classes are from 10.30 – 12.30 for rolling six-week courses, with students able to join at any time! Connie also runs a six-week Tuesday evening course from 7-9 PM. Connie also runs workshops from 10-3, usually on Saturdays, alth , …
Humming Bee Yoga @ Wycombe Arts Centre
7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
WELCOME BACK to your face to face yoga class in the lovely cafe space of the Wycombe Arts Centre. After this difficult time we are finally able to get back to our in person yoga practice for an hour of beautiful Hatha Flow Yoga and Relaxation. Suitable for all levels. Instructions Please bring your own mat and any prop , …
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Roundabout Creative Theatre
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
What is Roundabout Creative Theatre? An inclusive theatre group for anyone over the age of 17 who wants to have fun exploring and creating original local theatre. The group is led by Alison and Soobie, two experienced community directors who met whilst training at The Royal Central School for Speech and Drama. The grou , …
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Pottery Mornings with Connie Fielder Ceramics
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join Connie Fielder for regular pottery workshops at Wycombe Arts Centre! Thursday morning classes are from 10.30 – 12.30 for rolling six-week courses, with students able to join at any time! Connie also runs a six-week Tuesday evening course from 7-9 PM. Connie also runs workshops from 10-3, usually on Saturdays, alth , …
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Hybrid Festival Carnival-Themed Opening Night
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This event takes place as part of wider Hybrid Festival programming from 6th – 21st August 2021 by Signdance Collective in association with Wycombe Arts Centre. The Hybrid Festival public engagement project is an in-person/post-lockdown event promoting creativity, confidence, unity and a sense of belonging.&n , …
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“The Land of I” Art Exhibition
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Introducing “The Land of I” Art Exhibition, curated by Wycombe Arts Centre’s Tabitha Gunstone-Pollock. “The Land of I” art exhibition, as part of Hybrid Festival, features work by talented local artists exploring their relationship to home, whether past or present or during lockdown, , …
MACA Nights
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Signdance Collective and Wycombe Arts Centre in association with throughtheyes in the USA present: MACA Nights. MACA Nights is an international exchange show highlighting artists in New Jersey and High Wycombe in honour of Lionel M. Macauley. DATES: August 7th and August 21st 2021TIMES: 6:30 PM – 10 PM VENUES: Ne , …
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“The Land of I” Art Exhibition
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introducing “The Land of I” Art Exhibition, curated by Wycombe Arts Centre’s Tabitha Gunstone-Pollock. “The Land of I” art exhibition, as part of Hybrid Festival, features work by talented local artists exploring their relationship to home, whether past or present or during lockdown, , …
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Open Rehearsals of ‘Oriente Plus’ by Signdance Collective
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Oriente Plus/Power Cut is a brand new Signdance Theatre show written by Pedro de Senna with additional material from Tarik Ross Cameron and Lionel M. Macauley. It fuses Cuban Free Hop music from David Omni with Signdance Collective’s unique style and 3D visual settings by artist Viviana Fernandez Molinares. This is , …
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Open Rehearsals of ‘Oriente Plus’ by Signdance Collective
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Oriente Plus/Power Cut is a brand new Signdance Theatre show written by Pedro de Senna with additional material from Tarik Ross Cameron and Lionel M. Macauley. It fuses Cuban Free Hop music from David Omni with Signdance Collective’s unique style and 3D visual settings by artist Viviana Fernandez Molinares. This is , …
Pottery Evenings with Connie Fielder Ceramics
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Connie Fielder for regular pottery workshops at Wycombe Arts Centre! Thursday morning classes are from 10.30 – 12.30 for rolling six-week courses, with students able to join at any time! Connie also runs a six-week Tuesday evening course from 7-9 PM. Connie also runs workshops from 10-3, usually on Saturdays, alth , …
Humming Bee Yoga @ Wycombe Arts Centre
7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
WELCOME BACK to your face to face yoga class in the lovely cafe space of the Wycombe Arts Centre. After this difficult time we are finally able to get back to our in person yoga practice for an hour of beautiful Hatha Flow Yoga and Relaxation. Suitable for all levels. Instructions Please bring your own mat and any prop , …
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“The Land of I” Art Exhibition
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Introducing “The Land of I” Art Exhibition, curated by Wycombe Arts Centre’s Tabitha Gunstone-Pollock. “The Land of I” art exhibition, as part of Hybrid Festival, features work by talented local artists exploring their relationship to home, whether past or present or during lockdown, , …
Open Rehearsals of ‘Oriente Plus’ by Signdance Collective
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Oriente Plus/Power Cut is a brand new Signdance Theatre show written by Pedro de Senna with additional material from Tarik Ross Cameron and Lionel M. Macauley. It fuses Cuban Free Hop music from David Omni with Signdance Collective’s unique style and 3D visual settings by artist Viviana Fernandez Molinares. This is , …
Roundabout Creative Theatre
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
What is Roundabout Creative Theatre? An inclusive theatre group for anyone over the age of 17 who wants to have fun exploring and creating original local theatre. The group is led by Alison and Soobie, two experienced community directors who met whilst training at The Royal Central School for Speech and Drama. The grou , …
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Pottery Mornings with Connie Fielder Ceramics
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join Connie Fielder for regular pottery workshops at Wycombe Arts Centre! Thursday morning classes are from 10.30 – 12.30 for rolling six-week courses, with students able to join at any time! Connie also runs a six-week Tuesday evening course from 7-9 PM. Connie also runs workshops from 10-3, usually on Saturdays, alth , …
Hybrid Festival Carousel of Performances
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Doors open at 6 PM for work-in-progress sharing of ‘Oriente Plus’ by Signdance Collective, Under Gomms Wood by Roundabout Creative Theatre and “Time” commission by Caylia Wallace. ‘Under Gomms Wood’ by Roundabout Creative Theatre It is summer, early evening in the market town, and dow , …
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“The Land of I” Art Exhibition
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Introducing “The Land of I” Art Exhibition, curated by Wycombe Arts Centre’s Tabitha Gunstone-Pollock. “The Land of I” art exhibition, as part of Hybrid Festival, features work by talented local artists exploring their relationship to home, whether past or present or during lockdown, , …
Open Mic Night
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Join Wycombe Arts Centre for our popular open mic night!  Known as one of the friendliest in the area, our open mic nights are perfect for seasoned performers and first-timers alike, welcoming everything from music and stand up comedy to poetry, dance and more. Sign up on the night to take to the stage or simply come a , …
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“The Land of I” Art Exhibition
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Introducing “The Land of I” Art Exhibition, curated by Wycombe Arts Centre’s Tabitha Gunstone-Pollock. “The Land of I” art exhibition, as part of Hybrid Festival, features work by talented local artists exploring their relationship to home, whether past or present or during lockdown, , …
Hybrid Festival: In Between Spaces by Signdance Collective
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
In Between Spaces is a live show which combines image, music, dance-theatre and spoken word poetry to create a unique experience for an audience. Brought to you by Signdance Collective. The performance centres on five characters who perambulate in a world outside of time. A meeting between a Woman and a M , …
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“The Land of I” Art Exhibition
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introducing “The Land of I” Art Exhibition, curated by Wycombe Arts Centre’s Tabitha Gunstone-Pollock. “The Land of I” art exhibition, as part of Hybrid Festival, features work by talented local artists exploring their relationship to home, whether past or present or during lockdown, , …
Hybrid Festival: Island Workshop
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
A movement and word workshop for families led by Caylia Wallace and Soobie Whitfield. Come and join two members of Signdance Collective in workshops exploring the theme of Islands, through dance, writing and theatre. Suitable for families. Tickets are available at £3 + booking fee via Ticket Tailor: https: , …
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Pottery Evenings with Connie Fielder Ceramics
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Connie Fielder for regular pottery workshops at Wycombe Arts Centre! Thursday morning classes are from 10.30 – 12.30 for rolling six-week courses, with students able to join at any time! Connie also runs a six-week Tuesday evening course from 7-9 PM. Connie also runs workshops from 10-3, usually on Saturdays, alth , …
Humming Bee Yoga @ Wycombe Arts Centre
7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
WELCOME BACK to your face to face yoga class in the lovely cafe space of the Wycombe Arts Centre. After this difficult time we are finally able to get back to our in person yoga practice for an hour of beautiful Hatha Flow Yoga and Relaxation. Suitable for all levels. Instructions Please bring your own mat and any prop , …
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“The Land of I” Art Exhibition
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Introducing “The Land of I” Art Exhibition, curated by Wycombe Arts Centre’s Tabitha Gunstone-Pollock. “The Land of I” art exhibition, as part of Hybrid Festival, features work by talented local artists exploring their relationship to home, whether past or present or during lockdown, , …
Roundabout Creative Theatre
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
What is Roundabout Creative Theatre? An inclusive theatre group for anyone over the age of 17 who wants to have fun exploring and creating original local theatre. The group is led by Alison and Soobie, two experienced community directors who met whilst training at The Royal Central School for Speech and Drama. The grou , …
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Pottery Mornings with Connie Fielder Ceramics
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join Connie Fielder for regular pottery workshops at Wycombe Arts Centre! Thursday morning classes are from 10.30 – 12.30 for rolling six-week courses, with students able to join at any time! Connie also runs a six-week Tuesday evening course from 7-9 PM. Connie also runs workshops from 10-3, usually on Saturdays, alth , …
Hybrid Festival Carousel of Performances
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Doors open at 6:30 PM for performances by Kate Lawrence and Zoe Partington. About Kate Lawrence Kate Lawrence joined Bangor University as lecturer in Performance in 2010 after eleven years as dance lecturer at University of Surrey. She received her BA in Dance Theatre from the Laban Centre, London and her do , …
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“The Land of I” Art Exhibition
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Introducing “The Land of I” Art Exhibition, curated by Wycombe Arts Centre’s Tabitha Gunstone-Pollock. “The Land of I” art exhibition, as part of Hybrid Festival, features work by talented local artists exploring their relationship to home, whether past or present or during lockdown, , …
Hybrid Festival: Island Workshop
11:30 am – 8:00 pm
Dance, writing and theatre workshop for families and individuals of all ages, leading to a sharing of work at 6 PM. Come and join two members of Signdance Collective in workshops exploring the theme of Islands, through dance, writing and theatre. Suitable for families and individuals. Tickets are available at , …
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“The Land of I” Art Exhibition
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Introducing “The Land of I” Art Exhibition, curated by Wycombe Arts Centre’s Tabitha Gunstone-Pollock. “The Land of I” art exhibition, as part of Hybrid Festival, features work by talented local artists exploring their relationship to home, whether past or present or during lockdown, , …
MACA Nights
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Signdance Collective and Wycombe Arts Centre in association with throughtheyes in the USA present: MACA Nights. MACA Nights is an international exchange show highlighting artists in New Jersey and High Wycombe in honour of Lionel M. Macauley. This event features performances by Punch Records from Birmingham, one of the , …
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Pottery Evenings with Connie Fielder Ceramics
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Connie Fielder for regular pottery workshops at Wycombe Arts Centre! Thursday morning classes are from 10.30 – 12.30 for rolling six-week courses, with students able to join at any time! Connie also runs a six-week Tuesday evening course from 7-9 PM. Connie also runs workshops from 10-3, usually on Saturdays, alth , …
Humming Bee Yoga @ Wycombe Arts Centre
7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
WELCOME BACK to your face to face yoga class in the lovely cafe space of the Wycombe Arts Centre. After this difficult time we are finally able to get back to our in person yoga practice for an hour of beautiful Hatha Flow Yoga and Relaxation. Suitable for all levels. Instructions Please bring your own mat and any prop , …
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ColourFest
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us for a FREE mini children’s festival on Wednesday 25th August. Come and meet The Trolls’ Poppy and Branch! Between 11am – 4pm, join in the colourful fun with face painting, crafts, music, interactive workshops, giant colouring boards, ice cream, games, prizes and much, much more! Pl , …
Roundabout Creative Theatre
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
What is Roundabout Creative Theatre? An inclusive theatre group for anyone over the age of 17 who wants to have fun exploring and creating original local theatre. The group is led by Alison and Soobie, two experienced community directors who met whilst training at The Royal Central School for Speech and Drama. The grou , …
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Pottery Mornings with Connie Fielder Ceramics
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join Connie Fielder for regular pottery workshops at Wycombe Arts Centre! Thursday morning classes are from 10.30 – 12.30 for rolling six-week courses, with students able to join at any time! Connie also runs a six-week Tuesday evening course from 7-9 PM. Connie also runs workshops from 10-3, usually on Saturdays, alth , …
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Films @ Wycombe Arts Centre
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Join Wycombe Arts Centre for a monthly film screening! This is a FREE ENTRY event, but please do reserve your place to avoid disappointment as capacity is limited. We have a different theme each month and take YOUR film suggestions before putting them to a public vote. Join the Films @ Wycombe Arts Centre Facebook grou , …
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DJ Ragga T Presents Caribbean Music in the Garden
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join Wycombe Arts Centre as we continue our series of COVID-safe Music in the Garden events! Our bar will be open, and with a bit of luck, the sun will be out. If not, we’ll move into our Cafe Space! Are you ready for a summer DJ party? Come to Wycombe Arts Centre on Saturday 28th August and enjoy our local DJ Ra , …
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Sunday Jam
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Our monthly Sunday jam welcomes all comers of all ability levels. Bring some friends to play with or jam with our in-house band. A full PA and drumkit setup is provided. Whether you’re a professional musician or just a beginner, come along and join the Wycombe Arts Centre Sunday Jam! It’s a live show run by , …
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Pottery Evenings with Connie Fielder Ceramics
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Connie Fielder for regular pottery workshops at Wycombe Arts Centre! Thursday morning classes are from 10.30 – 12.30 for rolling six-week courses, with students able to join at any time! Connie also runs a six-week Tuesday evening course from 7-9 PM. Connie also runs workshops from 10-3, usually on Saturdays, alth , …
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Hybrid Festival

Signdance Collective and Wycombe Arts Centre in association with throughtheyes in the USA present: Hybrid Festival.

The Hybrid Festival public engagement project is an in-person/post-lockdown event promoting creativity, confidence, unity and a sense of belonging. Highlights include Signdance Collective’s work-in-progress Oriente Plus, in-person and remote creative engagement opportunities at Islands workshops, “The Land of I” exhibition curated by Tabitha Gunstone-Pollock and MACA Nights in memory of Lionel Macauley.

Events at Hybrid Festival include:

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Hybrid Festival Poster at Wycombe Arts Centre
Hybrid Festival Poster at Wycombe Arts Centre

Other news

You’d think that Hybrid Festival and our existing programming was enough to keep us busy, and you’d be right. With that said, we have a ton of other stuff in the pipeline too, including:

  • Art and writing workshops: So hot off the press that we’re still finalising the details ahead of listing them on our website, these workshops will be led by local creatives and welcome people of all skill levels.

  • Roundabout Creative Theatre: Our in-house theatre company is cranking things back up again after their successful performance of The Masterplan and is on the lookout for new members. Please contact Soobie and Alison on roundabout@wycombeartscentre.com if interested!

  • Electronic Music Taster Session: Join musician and QA engineer Mario Buoninfante for a two-hour taster session ahead of a new series of “Exploring Sounds” electronic music workshops. Find out more and get tickets here.

  • ColourFest: We weren’t able to participate in Desborough Carnival this year for various COVID-related reasons, and so we’re working with the team at HWBidCo on ColourFest instead! Taking place during the summer holidays, this is a family-friendly spin on a carnival with special guests coming all the way from Dreamworks movie studios. Keep your eyes peeled!

  • Other notable upcoming events include Wycombe Mind Body Spirit Show, Chuckl Presents Stand Up Comedy feat. headliner Terry Alderton and Bare Jams + support at the end of October.

  • We’ve also been working with a promotor to start scheduling events for 2022, with key events including multiple instalments of High Wycombe Record Fair along with Ozric Tentacles Electronic (so excited!) and Bootleg Blondie.
Ozric Tentacles at Wycombe Arts Centre

Get involved

We’re always looking for people who are interested in volunteering or helping out, whether you’re interested in hosting events or whether you’re just looking to get more involved in the local artistic community.

Please do get in touch if you have anything to share! In the meantime, you can also follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube for further updates. We look forward to seeing you again soon!