Chelmsford City Council

More UnCivic Arts as the audience decide what they pay!

The new, exciting season of cutting-edge comedy, straight from the Edinburgh Fringe to Chelmsford's Cramphorn Studio's stage, continues this month and into November, as the UnCivic Arts season picks up steam.

UnCivic Arts rips up the theatre rulebook with edgy, exciting and ultra-contemporary performances, and a new way for audiences to pay for the show! In a bold move, UnCivic Arts will let the audience pay what they think the show was worth, after seeing each performance.

Ian Knowles, theatre manager, explains the ethos behind 'Pay What You Decide': "When we curated this new season of raw, brave talent, we realised that the theatre had to be equally brave with the audience to encourage them to see these fantastic shows.

"Pay What You Decide allows people to book tickets for free, watch the show, and then pay what they decide based on their experience of the show.

"If you loved the show, you might want to make a generous payment, but if it wasn't your cup of tea, there's no pressure. This new payment structure removes risk for the audience and we look forward to welcoming lots of new faces to the Cramphorn to enjoy a feast of talent!"

So what's coming up this UnCivic Arts season?

The Redux Project comes from artist Richard DeDomenici, who travels the world remaking scenes from blockbuster films such as Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome and The Matrix, but on a much smaller budget, using amateur actors and affordable props. The films hilariously subvert Hollywood conventions in his lo-fi homages to the celluloid originals. DeDomenici will be discussing his work on Thursday 18 October, when he will also be showing previously unseen footage from his films, and he will reveal his secret plans to bring The Redux Project to Chelmsford.

Chris Dobrowolski returns to UnCivic Arts after the success of his 'All Roads Lead To Rome' show in September. Chris will be bringing his Antarctica show to the stage on Thursday 8 November. In 2009, Chris was selected by the British Antarctic Survey's Artists and Writers program to spend three and a half months in the Antarctic. How does an artist spend that time when he's surrounded by heroes? Well, he could make a sledge out of gold picture frames. But how do you create artwork when you're trying to survive in the most inhospitable location on Earth? Find out how directly from Chris himself!

How (Not) To Live In Suburbia is a hilarious, brutal and poignant portrayal of when single mother, artist and proud Londoner Annie Siddons found herself living in suburbia by accident. The work is a confessional piece by an artist who calls herself 'The Walrus of Loneliness', mixing live performance with projected films. The show premiered at the Edinburgh Festival and has seen two sold-out runs at the Soho Theatre in London. Catch it at the Cramphorn Studio on Friday 16 November.

Closing the UnCivic Arts season for 2018 will be Bi-Curious George on Thursday 22 November, a collaboration between a father and a daughter that examines the tension between the two. Professor 'The Amazing' Addrian is a Punch and Judy man extraordinaire and his artist daughter, Lucy Hutson, helped him out as a child as a money collector and even dressing up as the monkey Curious George. The two now recreate those childhood magic tricks and reflect on what it means to choose the life of an artist.

All UnCivic Arts shows start at 8pm. For full details and to book tickets, visit or call the Box Office on 01245 606505.

Friday 5 October 2018

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