SEASON: May Festivals 2016

Our programmer has been working her socks off to bring you an amazing May here at TOM, and we think you’ll agree that this one’s going to be a real humdinger.


Thu 12 – Wed 18 May
One of the UK’s hottest new circus ensembles has been wowing audiences of all ages the world over, winning a Total Theatre Award for their sell-out run of Bromance at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and the UK’s inaugural circus competition Circus Maximus in 2013.

The sincerity and passion of these guys for their art is palpable. It’s a definite re-book with friends for me and five stars with a muscular flourish. Great show!” Edinburgh Guide ★★★★★

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The Lamellar Project
Fri 13 – Sat 14 May
Told using film, theatre and a live video link to Philadelphia, this pioneering brand new trans-Atlantic thriller sees science fiction meet eco-activism in a gripping story of love and betrayal.

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WiFi Wars
Sun 15 May
From two of the men behind gaming sensation Go 8-Bit (in development for TV): a live comedy show where the audience compete in games on their smartphones & tablets to win prizes (charge your batteries)

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What I Learned From Johnny Bevan

Mon 16 May
A funny and poignant poetic monologue about the British relationship between class and politics told through one extraordinary friendship.

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With A Little Bit OF Luck
Tue 1 7 – Wed 18 May
Underscored by a live mix of old school UK Garage, award-winning writer Sabrina Mahfouz explores the legacy of a euphoric summer before 9/11, when New Labour promised glorious futures for young people, and a new genre of music sprang up in the nightclubs of London to capture hearts and minds.

Fist-pumping euphoria… one of the highlights of Latitude’s sun-stroked 10th anniversary festival… crackles with a rare and unexpected life” The Stage

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Songhoy Blues
Fri 20 May
The Great Escape bring desert blues punk band Songhoy Blues as the second Spotlight show at Old Market, supported by Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara.

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Sleeping Trees – Western? & Sleeping Trees – Sci Fi?
Tue 24 – Wed 25 May
Award-winning comedy trio Sleeping Trees and jazz fusion trio The Physics House Band are back, this time stamping their unique brand of fast-paced, physical comedy on Wild Western and Sci-Fi movies!

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Trygve Wakenshaw: Kraken
Thu 26 – Sat 28 May
The multi-award-winning, critically-acclaimed, total-sell-out returns to The Old Market. Join Gaulier-trained clown Trygve Wakenshaw for a beautifully strange and “blissfully funny hour of physical stream-of-consciousness” (Time Out)

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1972: The Future Of Sex
Fri 27 – Sat 28 May
A brisk romp through the ins and outs of those excellently awkward first sexual encounters.
Terrific work. Funny and true and a little bit heart-breaking.” ★★★★ Lyn Gardner,
 The Guardian

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James Campbell’s Comedy For Kids
Tue 31 May
Stand-up comedy for children over 6, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words.
James Campbell pioneered the idea of stand-up for children”  Stephanie Merritt, The Guardian

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Just Right – A Tale Of 1 Girl, 3 Bears & Lashings Of Porridge
Thu 2 Jun
From the creators of Three Excellent Little Pigs and Gorrid the Horrid (Al Start, Nicola Bloom and Fran Malone) comes Just Right, another spell-binding musical puppet show.

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Strange Face – Adventures With A Lost Nick Drake Recording
Thu 2 Jun
This Edinburgh award-winning show is perfect for music and photography fans, and anyone who likes a life-affirming tale. If you enjoyed The Measure of All Things (Brighton Festival 2015) you’ll love this.
“A gorgeous show” The Times

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See Full 2016 Festivals Line-Up