Presented by China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre

First Bite Festival 2021

...brand new theatre in the making.

#FBBS21

Run time: 30 - 40 minutes (per event)

Age: Please see each event

Content warnings: Please see each event

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"an eclectic, jam packed taster menu of theatre from the Midlands"

Coventry Culture

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First Bite Festival 2021

First Bite is back! Grab your lunch, sit back and have a taste of some exciting new theatre being cooked up across the Midlands – all delivered directly to your table!

First Bite 2021 is a weeklong online festival of new ideas from some of the most exciting theatre makers working in the region. 4 bite sized, lunch time festival events will be served up during the final week of September, each offering an exclusive sneak peek of brand-new work currently in development.

The festival includes a chance to hear from the artists themselves and offer them your feedback to help further develop the work.

Two of the pieces seen at the First Bite Online Festival will be commissioned by the festival partners and programmed at the Bite Size Festival at Warwick Arts Centre in April 2022.

Also on the menu are 3 new pieces of digital work made by young companies and artists as part of Take a Bite – an initiative providing Midlands based 18-23 year olds with professional development opportunities within the UK arts scene.

Be there at the start to help mould the future of theatre in the Midlands!

For more information on the festival line up, and to register to attend the premiere festival events, follow the link here.

Events are free to watch, but you must register in order to receive the viewing link.

All events will be hosted by Georgie Jones.

Commissioned by Attenborough Arts Centre, In Good Company and Midlands Arts Centre. Supported by Camden People’s Theatre.

Artwork © Matthew Austin

Festival Programme

Tuesday 28th September 2021 – 1.30pm | Hosted by Georgie Jones

  • Altered Skin – Fatherhood
  • Penelope Yeulet and Lilith Harris – Where There’s a Rattle
  • Radical Body – Planet Alex
  • Daz Scott – Curfew* (Take A Bite Artist)

First Bite Festival events are free to attend, but registration is required: REGISTER HERE

If you are having an issues registering, or require support, please email info@chinaplatetheatre.com

All festival events are BSL interpreted, captioned and include audio introductions of the work.

Age Guidance: 12+
Content Warnings: References to misogyny, sexism, manipulation and emotional abuse.

Wednesday 29th September 2021 – 1.30pm | Hosted by Georgie Jones

  • Keiren Hamilton Amos – Pulled
  • Georgia Kelly – Blood
  • Jana Aizupe & Company – 1001* (Take A Bite Artist)

First Bite Festival events are free to attend, but registration is required: REGISTER HERE

If you are having an issues registering, or require support, please email info@chinaplatetheatre.com

All festival events are BSL interpreted, captioned and include audio introductions of the work.

Age Guidance: 14+
Content Warnings: References to physical abuse, HIV/AIDS stigma, blood, needles, some strong language, themes of death and loss.

Thursday 30th September – 1.30pm | Hosted by Georgie Jones

  • S.B.Cole / Rukus / Donna Briscoe-Greene – Forgiven
  • Jess Green – Remember Me
  • Out of Office – Hang in There* (Take A Bite Artist)

First Bite Festival events are free to attend, but registration is required: REGISTER HERE

If you are having an issues registering, or require support, please email info@chinaplatetheatre.com

All festival events are BSL interpreted, captioned and include audio introductions of the work.

Age Guidance: 14+
Content Warnings: Strong language, references to bereavement and loss, references to grooming and sexual abuse.

Friday 1st October 2021 – 1.30pm | Hosted by Georgie Jones

  • Emily Howlett/Max Runham – The Teacup Monkey
  • Omar Khan – A Beginner’s Guide to Widowhood
  • Fatt Butcher – Fister Act

First Bite Festival events are free to attend, but registration is required: REGISTER HERE

If you are having an issues registering, or require support, please email info@chinaplatetheatre.com

All festival events are BSL interpreted, captioned and include audio introductions of the work.

Age Guidance: 18+
Content Warning: Strong language, Strong Sexual references and content, mild reference to manipulation, reference to drug use, references to death and bereavement.

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Festival Team

First Bite & Bite Size support, commission and showcase new work from the Midlands.

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  • Video Design | Ben Hewis Videography
  • Image Design | Matthew Austin at MAYK
  • Audio Description | Michael Achtman
  • BSL Translation | Jay Thomas-Morton at CommPlus
  • Captioning | Ben Hewis

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