Exciting new Leicester festival kicks off this Monday

Story City

From Monday 6th July, Leicester will play host to a multitude of new performances and events as Story City Festival spreads across the city over a week. Story City is a new festival showcasing exciting new work in theatre, digital performance, spoken word, interactive arts, film, dance, and online storytelling. The events kick off on Monday with the acclaimed Little Terrors by Madeline Shann at The Y Theatre, 7pm.

Every show and event in the festival is offered to the audience on a ‘Pay What You Decide’ basis. At each event, the audience are given an envelope, and at the end put in however much they think the experience was worth, with the artists receiving 100% of these donations.

It’s not just the ticket prices that make Story City easy to experience; the festival will have homes in unusual city spaces, so if you don’t like sitting quietly in a dark theatre, there’s a show for you too – one of the events combines football and theatre in a pub! Stories can be experienced in cafes and bars such as St Martin’s, The Exchange and The Western, online, and in the cinema (Phoenix), as well as traditional performance spaces such as The Y, Attenborough Arts (formerly Embrace Arts) and Upstairs at the Western.

Andrew Davis, Co-Artistic Director of A Bang in the Void, who are headlining the festival with their show, What Remains, says,

Story City Festival is just what we need in Leicester! There’s such a vibrant community of artists creating original work here, and this is a perfect format for us to be able to come together and share it with the public. We are really excited to be previewing our new Arts Council funded show at the festival before we tour – and to an almost sold out audience with 9 days still to go! I’m also looking forward to seeing as much work as possible across the week; let’s see what Leicester has to offer!

The festival has a huge local presence, with over 50% of the programme made up of local artists. This includes poet and Internet sensation Jess Green, digital performance company A Bang in the Void, comedian Rob Coleman and Scufflebox Theatre Company, who inject high octane fun into reworked classics. There are also shows from Sheffield (Madeline Shann – Little Terrors), London (High Rise Theatre – Penny Lane), and the UK’s best storytelling night (according to The Guardian) from Manchester (Tales of Whatever). The programme also features events from local and regional partners such as An Indian Summer, Off the Fence Theatre Company, The Arena Theatre Wolverhampton and The Short Cinema.

Check out the festival programme and reserve tickets for what promises to be an exciting week in Leicester at www.storycity.co.uk